Cast Blog: #MDLNY

Fredrik: Raw and Unedited

Luis: I'm Evolving Every Day

Fredrik: I Wish I Deserved Luis' Friendship

Fredrik Is Feeling Bittersweet

Ryan: I Believe in Karma

Ryan on the Art of Selling

Fredrik Won't Give Up on Milla

Is Ryan a Handsome Piece of Cardboard?

Fredrik Says It's About to Get Dark

Luis: Ian Is a Great Person

Fredrik: This Deal Failing Was My Fault

Ryan Doesn't Really Hate LA

Luis Will Do What It Takes for Ian's Trust

Ryan: I Am Such a Jerk

Fredrik on His Baby Blues With Derek

Ryan on His Haunted House

Luis Will Be Committed to You

Fredrik Doesn't Buy Followers

Ryan Is Guilty as Charged

Tomorrow Is a New Day for Luis

Fredrik: Is Ryan a Villian This Season?

Fredrik on Conquering the Impossible

Hey, Look Who's Back? Fun Ryan!

Luis Likes What He Sees

Luis Is So Proud of Todd

Ryan: I Played a Cartoon

Fredrik on the City's Saddest Penthouse

Luis D. Ortiz Has Evolved

Fredrik Loves You All

Ryan: This Season is a Game Changer

Ryan Gets Down in the Hole of Season 2

Luis Gives Thanks

Watch What Happens Tonight

It's All About Fredrik

Co-Listing Is Not Ryan's Style

Fredrik the Little Wizard

Going Straight to the Developers

Fredrik's Sharknado of Lies

Fredrik on Keeping it Professional

Luis' Perfect Pair: Film and Real Estate

Ryan is Humbled But Always On the Hunt

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 Is Feeling Bittersweet

Fredrik reflects on the highs and lows of this season and focuses on what is yet to come.

As this season of Million Dollar Listing New York is coming to an end tonight with it's dramatic finale, it's a bittersweet moment. Bitter because it's over, sweet because it IS over.

Like most things in life when you give everything and put it all on the line, it is intense and honest. Bitter because it's not easy seeing my own bad sides sometimes. Sweet because I have grown so much since the first season. Bitter because I can't seem to agree with my husband on having kids for now. Sweet because I love him so much it hurts. Bitter because Luis doesn't see what I see. Sweet because I will keep on moving. Sweet because Ryan and I are not disagreeing for the first time in a long time.

This season was emotional for me, but most of all it was an incredible ride for business. And finally, after 12 years in New York, becoming number one. From 16 Warren the cursed penthouse that sat five years in the market with six brokers until I came along, to the Apthorp with a new friend in Ari, to 11 North Moore and it's $100M in a week for amazing Zach, to the 101 Warren penthouse record deal with Zekey, to the 20 Greene St penthouse also a record in record time, to the Park Slope's big townhouse for Jeanne, to finally tonight's big, bold, beautiful new project in Bridgehampton with 37 freestanding homes. Bitter because I couldn't show you more deals. Sweet because I hope someone somewhere out there learnt a thing or two from me.

I like this photo because it is now finally summer and dare I say a new season might start, because the fog is lingering there behind me in the grass with hope, because I stand between day and night and therefore in an ending and a beginning.

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Thanks to Bravo and all for watching, and for all your likes and amazing comments, those are only sweet. Yes, really, really sweet! 

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