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RECENT BLOG POSTS
  The Supremes. Okay, killing all the lawyers would a mistake, especially those in the photo.  But there are times when I’d like to savage some whose involvement in a transaction made my life difficult. Such are the lawyers with little experience in real estate, no respect for real estate brokers...
06/02/2010
  "Running the Gauntlet" by amber in norfolk on Flickr. One of the most pernicious aspects of purchase approvals by the boards of co-operative apartment buildings in Manhattan has to do with price. Boards have an obvious interest in analyzing whether prospective shareholders have the financial re...
06/02/2010
West End Avenue (Flickr photo by claudiadaggett) There is one axiom in real estate that sellers rarely get: In a slow market, it normally is all but impossible to recoup the cost of a major renovation. A one-bedroom apartment that is handsome, stylish and uncommonly appealing  exemplifies that t...
06/01/2010
The new Good Faith Estimate (GFE) went into effect at the beginning of the year. Its aim is to protect the consumer against hidden fees and enable borrowers without advanced degrees in accounting or law to compare apples and oranges.  Previously, GFEs had a way of departing from reality at the c...
06/01/2010
Flickr photo by marttj BROKER WARS: Tales from the Front This is the final part of my series on broker ethics.  In Part 1, I gave examples of breaches that I have seen in the last year.  In Part 2, I described the minimum amount of training and education that a real estate agent must have to beco...
05/31/2010
Flickr photo by marttj BROKER WARS: Tales from the Front This is Part 2 of a my three-part series on broker ethics in New York City. State law outlines a real estate agent’s fiduciary responsibilities to their clients, including obedience, loyalty, disclosure of information, confidentiality and ...
05/30/2010
Flickr photo by marttj BROKER WARS: Tales from the Front If real estate brokers receive little respect, there is ample reason.  In this three-part series, I’ll provide examples that prove the point, explain what is required of brokers in New York now and suggest a solution. It does not surprise ...
05/29/2010
Do sellers understand that. . . . . . prices have. . .   . . .fallen? I’ve written in the abstract about sellers who don’t grasp the true value of their properties. Welcome now to the real world. A former client of mine–twice!–has been telling me she wants to trade for another place on one level...
05/28/2010
A friend of mine who asked to go nameless decided not long ago that he wanted a new bathroom sink.  After searching for a bargain online and in person, he reluctantly picked a model by Toto.  With new fixtures, the Toto total (say that five times) came to $1,000, including sales tax. By the time...
05/27/2010
  What kind of world would we have without trust? If you are anything like the typical consumer, and especially a real estate professional, you very likely don’t believe what a real estate broker tells you.  Do you trust information from a broker on such matters as: The square footage of an apart...
05/26/2010
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