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Gas is crucial to real estate agents' work

A new survey indicates that gas prices are

A new survey indicates that gas prices are up in November over November 2011. These people are on line for gas on Peninsula Boulevard in Hewlett after superstorm Sandy. (Nov. 5, 2012) Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

As real estate agents return to work after days of spotty phone and Internet service, they — along with other Long Islanders — face yet another obstacle: long gas lines.

“We are literally afraid to waste gas and not be able to service our clients,” says Hector Gavilla, broker-owner of Long Island Professional Realty in Melville.

Cristina Callegari of Keller Williams Realty Landmark says she has been making schedules for the coming days. “It’s very disconcerting, because as Realtors, we live in our cars,” Callegari says.

And even as some house showings may be postponed until power is restored and debris is cleared, agents are still receiving calls from folks who need housing. So they say they will do what they need to do: Wait in gas lines.

“I’ll go at 3 a.m. when there are only 40 or 50 people on line,” says Callegari, who is also thinking about driving to Connecticut. By the end of the commute, she figures she will have three-quarters of a tank.

Other agents, including Tara Moreno, owner of Abbott Realty in Floral Park, are also considering filling up off-Island. “If my tank gets low, I’ll go upstate to gas up,” Moreno says.

On the flip side, Susan Higgins of Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Manhasset has offered to save clients gas by picking them up at the train station, if, of course, it is feasible.

“It’s sort of frustrating not to know when it’s going to be over,” Gavilla says.

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