"Authenticity, honesty, and long-term commitment are the key.
Force me to earn my commission by working very hard for you-- that's how the buyer acquires an amazing deal in the jungle that is NYC. Buyers who see 1-2 properties with dozens of brokers rarely end up free of compromise, because no broker ever gets to know their true, deepest needs and underlying requirements.
....And since no one broker winds up working very hard for this kind of buyer, the buyer resents paying the broker fee, because the agent did so little work for them.
We all have access to the same inventory--this notwithstanding the fact that I have access to more exclusives through my co than well over 90% of all other NY agents. Find that broker your trust and work him to death--force him to earn that money!"
I am lifetime New Yorker with familial roots in the city going back a over century in Manhattan. My great grandfather was a motorman on the opening day of the subway system in NYC. I know the cultural life, and neighborhood spread of this town like the back of my hand. From my time as an actor studying with Paul Newman and Al Pacino, to my youthful days working the door at the famed CBGB club in the city's wild heyday, to my time as a facilties/operations manager at NBC Universal at 30 Rock Plaza, I can impart a knowledge of New York City that is, I am sure, very unique versus the homogenous sea of real estate agents .