Real estate brokers have been long known as lying, cheating scumbags. We bet it's a real bitch to sell an apartment in this economy. And so, the vulture-brokers have stooped even lower, plying prospective buyers with alcohol—it's the newest new trend, reports the New York Times
. It's practically real-estate date-rape! Just 'cause you show up doesn't mean you're, you know, asking for it
But Kipton Davis, a Prudential Douglas Elliman broker from Virginia, thinks a little bourbon could be good for sales. Just as a few drinks may coax timid traders onto a dance floor, it could help them muster the courage to buy multimillion-dollar apartments.Ah, yes—it's the genius "I don't even care and am willing to walk away right now," the bedrock of Sales 101. For Apartment Shoppers, Some Liquid Courage [NYT]
That’s why on Wednesday night, Ms. Davis lured a half-dozen bankers, traders and friends on a condo tour of four TriBeCa buildings by offering wine and whiskey at every stop.
They sipped and listened while Ms. McGivern stressed that her client, a banker, did not need to sell. He will hold out for a buyer willing to pay for his meticulous renovation featuring Miele fixtures and wood floors imported from Austria. The crowd seemed pleased.