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Bedbugs- Can you deal with this on your own?

My friends in other cities such as Denver told me in late October how they were inundated with commercials for the November 2010 elections.  They couldn’t turn on the television without seeing one candidate bash his/her opponent.  New Yorkers rarely have the pleasure/displeasure …

Renovations- What they cost, when to do them

For all of 2010, I found that apartment that needed renovations were difficult to sell.  Far more so than I had seen in the past.  Certainly, I do not think that buyers suffer from  a lack of vision any more than in the past.  Unfortunately for …

New Lending Programs to Impact the NYC Market?

Surprisingly enough, what we’ve discovered after a few months of looking backwards, was that buying spiked during the 2nd quarter of 2010 on the low end of the market.  Lo and behold, this buyer credit had much more of an impact than …

4th quarter thoughts

I had the opportunity to sit in on a very small meeting with Greg Heym, chief economist for Halstead Property Company, and Brown Harris Stevens.  As you may or may not know, we are sister companies each owned by Terra Holdings.  One of …

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 …