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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 …

How do you most enjoy seeing the city?

Many of you know that I like to run marathons.  If you don’t, well now you do.  I’m running my second (and final) marathon of the Fall season in Philadelphia on Sunday.  Yippee!  Lots and lots of miles, running through neighborhoods from …

Schizophrenia and Paranoia

My feelings on the market mid-November 2010.  Lots of paranoid schizophrenics, and people standing in the middle of the street yelling.  A colleague of mine put it very well- Schizophrenic.   One week it’s up, another week it’s quiet.  It feels that like …

Mortgage Rates now and in a few years

Rates are low now. Unless you have been under a rock, I don’t need to tell you that. With QE2, of course there’s the expectation that they would be going down again. I do not have a crystal ball, but clearly the …

$4 to save $40,000? Sounds like a deal to me

This Do-It-Yourself is very easy. As you get your house ready for the holidays, or consider prepping an apartment for sale, might I suggest the Mighty Magic Eraser? Ben Franklin once wrote wrote that all of life is about trifles- but I’m …

Getting your home ready for the Holidays

I sat down with Home organizing expert Maeve Richmond, of Get Your House In Order.  We talked about getting your house ready for the holidays: Get Organized at Home: Holiday Edition SH: Maeve.  Thanks for sitting down with The Practical Home.  What …

November's Market Report

BHS Monthly Market Report November, 2010  A Decline That’s Good For Real Estate?  New York City’s unemployment rate and buliding permit filings are both on a downward slope. What does this mean?  Get a better idea of the current economic climate by taking a …