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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...
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 ...
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 ...
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...
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...
  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...
Case-Shiller's National Home Price Index fell 3.2% in the first quarter of 2010 while remaining above its year-earlier level. In March, 13 of the 20 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) covered by the indices and both monthly composites were down, yet the two composites and 10 MSAs showed year-o...
Nice balconies and views, but the city demands, "Keep off." A woman I know called me in great distress last week to ask whether there was some way she could back out of her contract to buy a $560,000 one-bedroom co-op in a building that the city has cited for having potentially unsafe balconies....
  The National Association of Realtors reports that existing-home sales in the U.S. climbed 7.6% in April above March's level. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones Newswires expected sales last month to climb 4.7%, to a rate of 5.60 million. The increase was 22.8 percent over one year earlier. At the...
On Wednesday, a two-bedroom unit in this Canarsie condominium goes on the block. As for the Manhattan units, June 27. A foreclosed 1,063-sf apartment that has two bedrooms and one bath in the 1989 Brook Club Condo, which has a pool, is to be auctioned on Wednesday.  At 1229 E. 80th St., unit 180...

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