Eric Patino, now of Azad Property Group
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Eric Patino, 42, has been a New York City police officer for 18 years; as of a month ago, he’s also a real estate agent, having joined the commercial brokerage Azad Property Group. These days, he’s selling real estate by day, and working as a police detective in the evenings and on Saturdays. He spoke recently with The Real Deal about how his police work turned him onto to real estate, what confounds him about New Yorkers and how to tell when someone is wasting your time. [more]