Real Estate

A Day With Erin Lichy, ‘RHONY’ Cast Member and Real-Estate Agent

  • Erin Lichy is a real-estate agent on Douglas Elliman’s Eklund Gomes Team and flips properties.
  • She is also a cast mate on the rebooted “Real Housewives of New York City,” premiering July 16.
  • The mother of three shares how she juggles home life, a real-estate career, and running a business.

Erin Lichy has mastered the art of multitasking.

The 36 year old is a real-estate agent on Douglas Elliman’s Eklund Gomes Team, which she joined in 2018, and oversees Homegirl, a renovation and interior design firm she founded a year later.

Her two jobs play off each other: One day Lichy might sell a dated $5 million condo on the Upper West Side. A few years later, she might help that former client redesign the interior to amp up what it can fetch when it lists. 

Homegirl’s modus operandi is to “design and renovate apartments for both the client and the market,” Lichy told Insider.

While Lichy works with sellers to maximize their profit when listing a property, she’s dabbled in flipping properties, too. Lichy once purchased a Hell’s Kitchen apartment for $670,000 and and sold for $1.06 million after $55,000 in renovations, a 58% increase.

Lichy earned her real-estate license at 19 years old and received a master’s degree in sustainable development from New York University. She hasn’t looked back since.

On top of her full schedule, she’s also a cast member of the rebooted “Real Housewives of New York City,” premiering on July 16, and often has shoots throughout the day.

“I’m really a workaholic,” she told Insider. “It’s actually a problem, but I’m working on it.”

The cast of Real Housewives of New York

Five of the new ‘Real Housewives of New York City’ cast members with Lichy at right.

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Between trips back and forth between her home in Tribeca and her various listings in Manhattan, she still finds time to work out in the morning, pick her kids up from school, and eat — even if it’s from her Tesla.

Lichy let Insider check out what a full day balancing two jobs looks like for her.

5:45 a.m.

Lichy is up and ready to go. Before coffee or breakfast, she’ll start with a celery juice.

Ideally, she’ll get a workout in at Barry’s Bootcamp or SLT in Tribeca at 6:30 a.m. If the morning is too crazy, she might instead opt for a midday workout.

“My office is in Flatiron and there’s an SLT a block away,” Lichy told Insider. “But I try to get it done in the morning because I have three kids.”

A husband and wife sitting at a table with their three children.

Lichy and her husband, Abraham, with their three children.

Erin Lichy

After her morning workout, she’ll grab a coffee in lieu of breakfast and help her husband, Abraham Lichy, get their children ready for school. 

Her husband normally takes the older two, Levi and Layla, to school on the Upper East Side, and she takes her 3 ½ year old, Elijah, to school in Tribeca.

11 a.m.

Before noon, Lichy will stop by the Eklund Gomes office in the Flatiron District — where she also has a design studio for Homegirl — and catch up on some emails.

Agents often come into her office and ask questions about renovations to help sell properties. She’s always game to give out pointers.

If she has time and it’s not too out of the way, she’ll show one of her listings.

12 p.m.

By this point, she’ll grab lunch — usually a salad of romaine and mixed greens with “tons of veggies” and either roasted steelhead or avocado from Sweetgreen.

Because she’s normally cruising up and down Manhattan throughout the day, she’ll eat on the go in the car. 

“I’m either driving myself or my Tesla’s driving me. Or I’m in Ubers,” she said. “It’s just too hard to get around any other way when I have to do it really quickly.”

After lunch, she’ll check in on some of her renovation projects and gauge how they’re coming along.

A woman taking a selfie

Lichy taking a selfie behind the scenes.

Erin Lichy

If she’s still uptown, she’ll stop by the D&D Building (which stands for design and decorating) on Third Avenue and check out some samples for clients. Some of her favorite stores for fabrics are Perennials and de Le Cuona.

1:30 p.m.

Back down to the Lower East Side, Lichy checks in on bigger renovation projects, like a banquette installation in a top-floor East 6th Street unit.

“My client has this really big dining room and the space wasn’t really used properly,” Lichy said. “We decided to delineate the spaces and so now we’re installing this big banquette that she can have her table around.” 

For these kinds of projects, Lichy brings in a millworker and helps direct and approve the installation.

She continues to bounce around Manhattan like a pinball checking in on numerous design projects. 

4:35 p.m.

Lichy scoops her older kids from school on the Upper East Side and heads back downtown.

Once all the kids are home, it’s time for dinner.

“My kids love broccoli right now,” Lichy said. “We’ve been doing a lot of either salmon and broccoli and then dessert, or we’ll do chicken nuggets — that I try to make myself — or spaghetti and meatballs.”

A husband and wife sitting by a fireplace with their three children.

Lichy has three children, Levi, Layla, and Elijah.

Erin Lichy

She’ll do homework with her eldest son, a second-grader, around 6:30 p.m., and soon after it’s time for bed for the younger ones. They’re in bed by 7:15 p.m. The second-grader goes to bed around 9:00 p.m.

On Monday’s Lichy and her husband try to enjoy some time away from home, whether that be dinner out or simply grabbing drinks in the neighborhood at Brasserie Fouquet’s. 

10:30 p.m.

By 10:30 p.m., Lichy is winding down by watching TV, then it’s off to bed.