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Broker Ryan Serhant: honesty always wins (um, sure)

It's, um, interesting to see the Instagram post below (screenshot + embedded) from star real estate broker Ryan Serhant of Nets Seekers International, who, while discussing Pacific Park's 550 Vanderbilt--specifically a conflict he once had with someone associated with the deal--declared that "honesty is the best policy.... Be brutally honest. Authentically honest."

This is the broker, who, along with the developer, spuriously claimed that units at the building had $1 tax bills. He also claimed, after troubles with Bedford-Stuyvesant foreclosures he represented came to light, said "I was just a hired gun."

It's worked out for him, it seems. Serhant, representing author Jonathan Safran Foer's effort to sell his Boerum Hill townhouse (Pacific Street, just west of Bond) for $8.995 million (cost: $5.4 million in 2014, first listed by another broker for $10.495 million), bought it himself for $7.6 million, according to the Real Deal.