’24 Hours With’ takes a look at a day in the life of CORE’s agents. Adrian Noriega talks about a jam packed day and the benefits of staying connected.
As a New York City Real Estate Broker, every day is different from the one before and there is definitely no consistency with my work days; which is one of the reasons I LOVE my job! Despite what any given day has in store, 6:30 a.m. is the sound of the first alarm when my partner, Daniel, gets up. Bentley, our miniature schnauzer, and I stay in bed watching the local morning news while attempting to multi-task and reading emails on my iPhone. Then, it’s the sound of either Charlie Rose, Gayle King, or Norah O’Donnell at 7:00 a.m. saying “Your World in 90 Seconds,” that gets me up. Daniel and I pause and watch the highlights for the show together, and then he’s off to teach Art in the South Bronx. At this point, Bentley slowly gets out of bed stretching his little legs and gives me “the look” that it’s time to go…
After our walk around Columbus Circle, it’s time to officially start the work day with my daily morning call with my team to discuss strategies, deals, etc. If the morning is clear of appointments or showings, then I tend to work out of my home office. During the morning hours, it’s the regular work of reviewing newly updated listings for my buyers, reading and scheduling my social media articles for the day, making necessary calls to clients and studying comps for sellers. While this is the most convenient morning routine, it doesn’t always work out that way. It’s common to have showings start as early as 8:00 a.m., and while I consider myself a morning person, that is VERY early.
I love days where my appointments are spread out and not so hectic with back to back meetings and/or showings because it allows me to really take the city in, socialize with clients and attend broker previews. This enables me to stay connected with happenings throughout the city and on top of current inventory. In fact, this past year I successfully brokered a deal in large part because I attended a “broker open house” that I was invited to by a colleague. I called my buyer and said, “I know this is not the area you’ve been focusing on, but you MUST see this property.” Long story short, she was thrilled and VERY happy with her new home!
In my business, it’s very common and normal to work weekends, so I try my very best to be home no later than 8:00 p.m. on weekdays so that Daniel and I have time to catch up and have dinner together. When it works out for us, we enjoy taking Bentley out for his last walk together before settling in for the night, which means catching up on CNN news and cleaning up after dinner. While we both have very busy work and social schedules, it’s always nice to end the day this way… lights out by midnight!