In the city of a million real estate stories, we're always on the lookout for the ones that not only make us go w-h-a-a-?-?, but also have some resonance for the rest of us who may one day experience the same thing (we try to be service-y here at Brick).
This week's SurvivalList brings you some of the most shocking (and funny) Inside Stories we've ever run.
Of course, building staff members make plenty of cameos, such as the "Penthouse" magazine-loving super who insists tenants refer to him as "Rambo."
We've also explored the pros and cons of a landlord that's like family (pro: security, con: having to sneak out friends post-coital) and some insane housekeeper dramas.
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There's also no shortage of other real estate-related travails, like new construction nightmares leading to shattered windows and indoor rain storms and brand new buildings with construction so faulty that the apartment owners basically had to rebuild the entire thing.
Sometimes the stories are seriously sinister--like a Craiglist scam that cost a (not-too-) trusting New Yorker thousands of dollars, some serious slimey (and illegal) super activity and incredibly corrupt condos.
Want a glimpse into the other side? Check out confessions of an on-site leasing agent, and go inside the mind of a broker who hasn't closed in 100 days (spoiler alert: It's not pretty).
Take a look at these and other jaw-droppers below.
Life in the building
- Did I shtup my super or did he shtup me?
- The roadmap to graft starts with a super
- My super, "Rambo"
- Pros and cons of a live-in landlord
- I was a slave to my Polish housekeeper
- Pot smoking nabes
- Corrupt condos
- "I had a thing for my 'doorman'--usually, it was vodka"
- My illegal washer-dryer
Shopping for real estate
- What I saw at your open house
- Anatomy of a Craigslist scam
- Confessions of an on-site leasing agent
- Inside the mind of a broker after 100 days without a closing
- Confessions of a pre-construction buyer
New construction nightmares
Questionable real estate decisions
- Why a real estate attorney bought in a land-lease building (twice!)
- My suburban nightmare
- How a leak drove us to Westchester