Well not really, alas, but I did leave Raveis Real Estate last Friday and have moved three doors down to join forces with my friend and fellow scum-sucking bottom feeder, Frank Farricker and his “EBT Realty”. The lawyer in me finds EBT ominous because it’s what they call depositions in New York: examination before trial. With luck, and to the best of my knowledge, there are no such unhappy sessions in my immediate future, so I’ll assume Frank has some other explanation for the acronym.
So why’d I leave? In large part, it’s because I really like and admire my former manager, Beckie Hanley and I took pity on her. Beckie has been a mensch – providing friendship, advice and great negotiating tactics when I asked for them, and she has had my back for years while pressure from the real estate community grew. Turns out, most of my peers are scared of me (and I’m a pussy cat, so go figure) and would complain to Beckie every time I offended one of them. So I got the benefits of this blog: great readers, some new friendships, and a crowd of buyers, while Raveis and poor Beckie got all the liabilities: existing Raveis clients who can’t sell their over-priced houses and blame this blog for destroying the market, furious owners of old fashioned firms who don’t understand that the secretive world of Greenwich real estate has evaporated, and just plain old back-biting, jealous incompetents who are stuck in a down market and can’t figure out what to do about it and decide that I must be the cause of their misery. I won’t miss any of them – but from now on, children, you’ll have to call me direct.
Frank Farricker is a terrific local boy who is the perennial Democratic sacrificial lamb in local elections. First Selectman, Dog catcher, State Rep, you need a sharp mind who will take losing gracefully and wittily, Frank’s your man. I blame his Cos Cob upbringing for his politics, but I was looking for someone who could enhance my real estate practice, not a debate partner, so I’m delighted with the move. Frank knows everyone in town worth knowing, all the lenders, and most of the builders. His role on the P&Z adds his knowledge of land use regulations to my own legal experience in that field, and I think we’ll make a great team. And, since any decision on the P&Z is guaranteed to anger half the town, he’s used to being yelled at.
Besides, he’s very, very funny and that’s absolutely essential these days, surrounded as I am by people who just don’t get the joke.
So off I go to bigger and better things, I hope. But Wyoming still calls.