Today’s New York Value is inspired by one of the reasons I’m so tired today: visitors!
After college, I moved home to Virginia to save up money before heading up to the Big Apple. I come from a beautiful part of the Shenandoah Valley. It’s amazing; it’s special; it’s historic. And yet, how many people visited me during that time? One. And it was just en route to DC. I’ve had more visitors than that this month. It's so routine now that I have friends just text me dates in advance so I can block them off my Airbnb calendar.
It’s fun, and exhausting, and occasionally stressful, but I love experiencing the city through an out-of-towner's eyes. Of course there are the occasional pleas to check out Time Square (you can go by yourself), but for the most part everyone has a unique list of things they want to see, places they want to go, and, most importantly, what they want to eat and drink.
When a visitor decides to move here, in real estate they’re called a relocation, or “relo” client (aren’t I so cool with the realtor lingo now?). I’m currently working with a few of these. A lot of these, actually. They can be buyers or tenants, and there are positives and negatives to working with relos rather than people who already live here.
Have limited days to come tour, so process is more efficient
Less likely to be working with multiple brokers at once (don’t do it, guys!)
Realize they know very little about NY real estate
Enthusiastic about moving to the city
Timing is always the hardest part of this job, and timing is even more complicated here
Require more guidance if they have never lived here before
Communication can be harder depending on where they currently live
Some places will not be available to see on the dates they can come to the city (very annoying and common)
Alright, everyone. Next week’s will be longer, better, faster, stronger, but right now I need to finish confirming tomorrow’s tour and take a NAP! Stay rested.