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Do It Yourself- Curated Art

Each month The Practical Home features things you can do yourself for your home.  As we go through our business day,  we come across ideas that push the boundaries of DIY.  This month we are beta-testing an art feature, courtesy of my …

More ideas from Cluttergirl- How to Love Your Home

Organizing expert Maeve Richmond (On Twitter: @Cluttergirl) of GET YOUR HOUSE IN ORDER weighs in on Valentine’s Day.   She writes, “Let’s celebrate the beauty of your home.” If it’s a time to love, let’s love your home.  She tells me “Look Beyond The Mess.” …

Mortgage Rates and their upward Creep

The stock market starts to move up, the mortgage rates start to move up.   Not exactly in lockstep, but that was what mortgage brokers were telling me at the end of the year.  I was not to worry about rates going too …

Apartment Hunting as Relationship Barometer

We’re well into Valentine’s Month!  The marketing started just after the Christmas trees were taken down.  You’re definitely getting mixes messages in your media.  On one hand, messages about eating healthy, losing weight, saving for say, apartments.  On the other hand, eating …

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 …