The Real Deal New York

From the archives: Strange and true broker stories

Brokers share their best and most bizarre stories

August 01, 2015 01:00PM
By Melissa Dehncke-McGill


From the first showing to the final closing, every apartment sale has a story, and some of them are real jaw-droppers.

The broker and her clients who received an unexpectedly snooty greeting from a surprise squatter. The luxury co-op client who got indicted for fraud before the deal closed. The real estate attorney with a sideline in kidnapping. The tranquilized dog. (Don’t worry, it’ll all be clear below.) From farce to tragedy, there are a million real estate stories in the naked city, and The Real Deal has collected a few memorable ones. Read the full story from the December 2004 issue after the jump.