By Konrad Putzier
Say you suddenly decide you want to buy an SUV. Would you call your real estate broker at 5 a.m. and tell him to drive to the next dealership ASAP? If this sounds ludicrous, you haven’t met Gennady Perepada’s clients.
On a recent Wednesday afternoon, the fifty-something, Soviet-born broker sat in his small Midtown office examining the sales contract for a brand new Toyota Highlander.
His workday had begun at the crack of dawn when a Russian client called him on his Blackberry, which he never switches off or mutes. The client’s wife, who lives in the Manhattan luxury apartment Perepada found for them, needed a car to drive her daughter to school. Could he go to a dealership and choose one.
Perepada, who has ample experience with such requests, called a car dealership right away and left a message. At 9 a.m., he stood at the dealer’s door and began test-driving. By afternoon he had set up a contract, and his client’s wife briefly showed up to sign.