Month: December 2010

Running on Ice

Maybe you don’t remember the title track of Billy Joel’s 1986 “The Bridge.”  It was the follow-up to his Christie Brinkley-dedicated “Innocent Man,” and celebrates his new daughter (now 24).  The song was called “Running on Ice.”  I’m only thinking about it …

Netflix and Apple TV- Loves, Hates, Etc

Well, well.  Do you remember Kozmo, circa 2000?  24/7 delivery?  Maybe you didn’t live in an area where they delivered.  Let me tell you, a wonderful service.  The instant gratification of ice cream at 2am without leaving your apartment (mind you, I …

Do Rates Matter? Maybe Not in NYC

Rates go up, rates go down.  A popular mantra for brokers over the years has been the historic low rates we’ve seen.  More than a few books have been written about the combination of low rates and low lending standards contributing to …

Still Thinking about a Renovation?

Tired of looking at your old appliances?   Ready to create an extra bedroom from a dining area?  Interested in getting an expert set of eyes on your apartment for a possible renovation?  Renovation costs are down at least 20-25% from their peak …

Apartment Entertaining, Clutter-Free

Courtesy of organization guru, Maeve Richmond of Get Your House In Order, I present some tips for entertaining this Holiday Season.  Don’t pull your hair out, folks! Maeve writes: With a little planning, your holiday party can be enjoyable and stress-free. Try …

Holiday Cocktail Party Conversations

As a residential broker, part of my job is to look at the market and report back to buyers and sellers.  Take a view of the market, be the expert.  I gather information, speak to brokers, get a feeling of the current …