Cast Blog: #MDLNY

Fredrik: Raw and Unedited

Fredrik explains his high-kicks, apologizes to his staff, and wants to prove the listing machine has returned.

I'm glad to be back SELLING, completing a deal from start to end, making a big commission and high-kicking again after Hurricane Sandy and the Marble House. The sun came back to New York and my love goes out to all the lives affected by the storm as the city's pace -- and my deal-making -- eturned to normal.

And, I fell out of my chair. . .I remember that interview in my apartment. I was clearly in a good mood, so excited to have set another price record and this time at the Broome Street Penthouse and for my developer Ross Morgan. When asked how I felt about the deal, I got carried away in my typical "na-na-na-na" karate sounds and then slipped off the plastic chair down on the floor. And fell yet again laughing and screaming. I never thought they would continue filming, or keep all of that in editing for that matter, but they did. That's me for you, raw and unedited. I can be a real tough negotiator but a real silly goosie goosie when celebrating!

374 Broome Street is one of the most historic building's in all of New York. It's an old carriage factory, built long before cars and electricity were invented. The building actually was the center of an economic boom in the area 150 years ago, and lots of business and sub-manufacturers flocked around it. When my developer Ross bought the building he had no idea just how historic it was. But as he researched it, piece by piece was uncovered and he found old posters for the Brewster Carriage House with drawings of royals and wealthy traders in big hats coming from all over the country to buy the best carriages there. So he started restoring it, which took many years, even turning each brick inside out, cleaned the façade up, re-using the old wooden beams and inserting new but old-looking back metal casement style windows.

I love the building, and the penthouse. To me it has that perfect blend of old and new. I always say, a developer can build a thousand new condos, but you cannot replicate the history and story of this building. When you buy here, you buy a piece of New York history. Plus, it's very unusual to have VIEWS like this in Soho, Noho, Nolita, because the entire area has a height restriction. So to be able to have dinner on your own private 1,500 square foot planted terrace, grilling in that outdoor kitchen, in pink dusk, looking out over the city and all it's glorious landmarks -- that's the money. THAT is going to sell it. At least I thought so. . .

And I created a dinner for the top brokers. I hired a private chef, who grilled shrimp in the kitchen up there. It was a little chilly, but I was lucky with the weather (and some good white wine). And I was a bit sneaky; I pushed these brokers against each other, and told them that only one of them was going to sell it and only time would tell who would be the quickest. Real estate is all about creating a moment, inventing urgency, and then closing on the deal while that wave of interest exists.

My plan panned out. WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! With a little help from Buddha and meditating. Ross was ecstatic, and I love when a client gives me a big smile. You see, I am not really driven by commissions (they come and go) but to have my clients tell all there friends about me and how great I am. That is how you build a career to last a life-time. Seeing Ross so happy made me happy.

The issue with lot line was painful. It's never easy to get a call with the message that the deal is DEAD! But you know what, I never give up, never ever. At first I was angry, screaming at my team (although it wasn't their fault and for that I apologize) and angry at myself for not already knowing the answer to this riddle. But as I researched I realized this was going to be a learning experience. Property line/lot line is a complicated issue, and the truth is that although it's a common term in New York real estate where buildings expand in size all the time and space is limited, a lot of real estate brokers -- and some attorneys -- are not fully educated on it, especially when the buildings are extremely old. I always say to my assistants: see every challenge as a way to LEARN.

I'm glad I solved it. Although my suit got dusty, and we almost got lost in that dark cellar. 

Blue skies ahead. You are in for a ride. Now the fun begins: in the next episodes is where I really start selling. I hope I can live up to that promise I gave you a long time ago: I am the listing machine and closer, and I work harder than anyone else.

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Fredrik: I Wish I Deserved Luis' Friendship

Fredrik opens up about filming a Reunion, his baby plans, what he learned about Ryan, and where he stands with Luis now.

Filming a Reunion was a first for me. It was very intense, and long, with tears, disagreements, some laughter too, and an opening to understanding the other two guys. I am so happy we got to do it, to actually sit with Andy and take a good look back at this year and each other. I also got to look at myself, my relationship, and my own actions. You see, we film for so many months and then we watch it like you guys do, and I get proud, I get sad, I get happy, I have so many emotions I never voice, until the Reunion. And that felt good.

Opening up on our baby issue was tough but we are working through it. Derek is my rock and we do understand each other more now, partly because of the show.

Discussing my past with Ryan was healing. Getting to know Emilia was maybe the best part of it all for me because it makes me understand Ryan so much more, and I am interested in getting to know him more. We are so totally different, our styles couldn't be more opposite and that's OK too, actually kind of interesting. I really don't dislike him anymore and I'm starting to understand his humor more.

And then Luis. . .I wish I could deserve his friendship. I wish he wouldn't have said the things he did, and seen my sides of things. I wish I had a different way of communicating with him. I wish I wouldn't have lost his trust a long time ago. I wish I was better on apologizing. For now we will move in different directions. I will be cautious and guarded and then we will see. I do wish him the best with everything, I truly do, and it was hurtful to see him cry like that, but also beautiful I think. I have told him that after the Reunion, and that he should be proud to be able to open up like that.

When it comes to the future I am excited -- excited for my offices in Europe, my team in New York, the almost two dozen new development projects I have coming. My clients. I am even excited to have a baby, one day, soon. I'm not giving up! And then I'm excited for the future of this show. . .

Until then I want to thank all of you for watching. Doing this show has been the most difficult, but rewarding thing I have ever done. Your support and love for us three makes it worth it all. And fun. Thanks to the network for believing in us and making us look so good at what we do (and handsome!). #Weeeee

Now I'm going to celebrate with a high-kick and dinner with Derek and my family visiting from Sweden. Follow me on Instagram (@fredrikeklundny) until I see you on my TV screen again xoxoxo and thanks again.

Much love,
Fredrik your crazy loving meatball

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