Ask a broker: BOND Senior Vice President Mary Lou Currier
Mary Lou Currier brings the marketing skills she learned as a copywriter for ad agencies to the real estate world. She dishes with Voyeur about why you should ALWAYS knock.
What’s your next hottest nabe in NYC?
The East Village/Bowery. It’s really heating up and getting fancier. I consider the East Village the last “authentic” neighborhood in NYC.
Craziest showing story or on-the-job story?
The listing broker had the key and we walked with the clients — a proper older couple — into a Beekman Place apartment around lunchtime to find the seller in the bedroom with a hooker whose looks rivaled Naomi Campbell. Lesson: Always knock.
What’s the biggest mistake buyers make when looking for a home?
Buyers get wowed about amenities they won’t use much.
“When there’s blood in the streets, buy property.” — Baron de Rothschild.
117 Beekman St. is one of Currier’s listings, on the market for $849,000 (SCOTT WINTROW/GAMUT PHOTOS)
Person dead or alive you most admire?
Edith Wharton. Her best work is about life in New York — people’s aspirations and pretensions. I see a lot of that up close, too.
What part of business do you love most?
Negotiating. And the part I call “real estate porn” — looking at gorgeous apartments.
Neighborhood in NYC you could live without?
Upper West Side is a big yawn to me. I know people love it, though.
In which era in NYC history would you want to be selling or living?
For living, in the late 1960s. For selling, during the heyday of the bubble, about seven to 10 years ago.