Cast Blog: #MDLNY

Fredrik's Sharknado of Lies

Ryan says what he really thinks about Fredrik's bad business practices and his co-lister's motivation issues.

I feel like this should be my shortest blog entry because, well, it's all been laid out for you.

Let's start at the beginning: the 250 Bowery broker party or as I remember it -- the "Sharknado of Lies." I arrived ready to do deals with Mr. Eklund, having gone through his ritualistic purging by double date and high kick fire. My snap kick has a little more extension than Fredrik's but I guess that's not the point. I even brought my team of hungry agents with even more clients ready to do deals. Right away he pours it on me; over 30 percent markup from what was originally discussed. What I still want to know is: Why did Fredrik do this to me? Because I jumped in his pool after he made fun of me numerous times in front of my clients? Seriously?

In any business, the games Fredrik decided to play in this last episode would be frowned upon. I couldn't convince John to back out of 250 Bowery, and like I've said from the beginning, I will do whatever it takes for my client. What needs to be put into question are the ethics used to sell a project that would have sold-out with or without Fredrik Eklund.

By the time I got to the Elliman board room I knew that this would get ugly. Just the look on his face as he wrapped around me from behind was swift and silent like a snake. John wanted this to get done but unfortunately I had to make peace with my wicked-stepmother first. The signs of a good compromise are that no one is happy in the end so I took my parting shots. Whether he's spilling green tea or venom; it's all the same color. In this business you have to be ready to get down and dirty for your team and your clients. That's what I did; I took on the mean kid and exposed his real nature for the whole world to see.

On the other side of town, way uptown, Luis sold his clients the movie set of Saw Six: Let's play a Game in Harlem. Just where'd I want to live; an abandoned, structurally unsound church. To each their own. I wish his clients nothing but the best with their upcoming housewarming and exorcism party.

Finally, I listed a beautiful 15 million dollar penthouse with Nest Seekers broker Jill! Jill is new to the business, so I was happy to co-list with her when my CEO Eddie asked me to help her out. She's a fun-loving person and hard worker, so I was very excited to list such a massive apartment with her. 15 million dollar penthouse and just starting in the game!?! I mean, common, how awesome is that!

Until next week, you should appreciate life and all those special people who make it worth living. This is a game, and I'm just getting started. In every situation, every interaction, there is a lesson to be learned. I appreciate you and hope to see you soon, right here on my side of the fence. Come on over to me; I've got free Wi-Fi and air conditioning. I'll miss you -- Tweet me @ryanserhant or follow me on Facebook at RyanSerhant and Instagram @ryan_serhant.

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Luis: Presentation Is Everything

Luis discusses the 92 Laight Street listing (and gives some dating advice in the process).

Is 92 Laight Street beautiful or what!? It’s the same listing, but the presentation tells you a whole different story. Presentation to me is everything, because first impressions are very powerful. There is only one shot at a first impression. It’s like when you go out on a first date, you don’t want to go to a dinner with the same dress you have been wearing for the past three days with dirty hair and dirty nails. If you want top dollar for a product, you need to treat it as such.

By taking this approach of changing the look of this apartment, I was confident that I was going to sell it. However the main issue was my seller being in a very unstable situation while I work to sell. I care very much about my clients, knowing that they are not in a place they are enjoying, even if they understand why they are doing it -- this is something I can’t ignore. This is why I understand why Angel is disappointed and upset every day that goes by. Going back to square one is not an option, so my only choice was to sell this no matter what. Later when Adam told me that he needed to come back to the apartment with his wife, I knew there was no way of turning that around, and it put me in one of the worst spots I’ve ever been in with a client. In real estate there is no time for excuses, I just need to deliver. Which is why I put everything aside and put all of my energy into getting this done.

In the end, like always, I learned that when I put all my efforts into something I end up taking it to the finish line. For the record, it was probably good that I was at a boxing match while negotiating those two offers. I think it helped.

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