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Six of one and . . . (Flickr photo by theilr) Starting March 12, the city changed the way it displays property records in its online database, the Automated City Register Information System, or ACRIS.  The modification was little noticed until the Real Deal ran a piece on its Web site the other ...
06/09/2010
The truth is I hate closings, which are as ritualized as a religious service. They never start on time. A key individual always is late. The amount of paperwork is oppressive, and the time taken for lawyerly explanations and writing signatures drags as slowly as a dial-up connection. Photo by Ori...
06/08/2010
” . . . The saddest are these: It might have been.” The San Remo So wrote the 19th Century poet John Greenleaf Whittier. The building pictured above and the one below represent some of the most memorable moments in which my life as an apartment owner might have been quite different. The time was...
06/08/2010
  The Frank/Pattersons' new penthouse apartment with huge skylights. In an uncertain market, the question on every buyer’s mind is whether it is the right time to get off the fence. One buyer recently answered that question in an e-mail quoted by the New York Observer.  His response is worth noti...
06/07/2010
  Model apartment at the m127 condominium. Potential bidders may snag a baragain in the auction June 27 of unsold condos in a small new development in the heart of Manhattan.  Or, they may get more than they bargained for.  Indeed, winning bidders may well regret their success at the absolute auc...
06/07/2010
  Flickr photo by unjanedoan. The convention in New York City and many other housing markets is for buyers to offer to put into escrow a 10 percent deposit when they go to contract to purchase a property. That deposit, which is called a binder or earnest money in some areas, are funds that buyer...
06/06/2010
A broker friend of mine I'll call Lily recently related an encounter of hers that bears retelling. She has an old acquaintance who wants to list his two adjoining apartments totaling something like 10 rooms in a building on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.  Naturally, he called Lily to see whether sh...
06/05/2010
hen I was broker in the Washington, D.C. area, I put together a team of three (plus the virtual assistants on whom I still rely).  For buyers, sellers and, especially, me, the arrangement worked beautifully.   Flickr photo by Gavinzac Our clients benefited from having retained three heads and th...
06/04/2010
Not only do buyers glom onto glam in an apartment and long for light, but the charm of original details as varied as dentil molding and pocket doors may well appeal to many of them. Pomander Walk Although such characteristics often can’t hold a candle to the allure of a particularly lovely Manhat...
06/04/2010
Are new business models winning a fight with older brokerages? (Flickr photo by red betty black.) The new June issue of the Real Deal has a piece about an unsurprising development among brokers.  In the article, which correctly quotes me, writer Candace Taylor notices that many brokers are quest...
06/03/2010
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