apartments: How does your garden grow? - 07/02/10 03:20 AM
Humboldt Spotted Lily (Photo by Jon Siess)
Nearly as rare as a Humboldt Spotted Lily is the city dweller who doesn’t yearn for outside space.
More often than not, it is garden space that buyers crave, a chance to dig into friable earth, raise a crop of juicy tomatoes and impress neighbors with a postage stamp lush with fragrant iris, iridescent roses or plumes of ornamental grass.
Ah, but the price such buyers pay!  Not only do such places command a premium – there is only so much vacant land in Manhattan – but the tradeoff for a garden may be … (2 comments)

apartments: Price is important, but it shouldn’t be everything - 06/22/10 02:54 AM
Living room of $660,000 one-bedroom co-op on Manhattan's Upper West Side.
This is one of four apartments that I took the opportunity of broker open houses to visit last week on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
The price of $660,000 for perhaps an 800-sf co-op may or may not seem too steep in the eyes of a prospective buyer.  However, less important than the value of the place is the way that the savvy listing broker talked about  price by putting it into intelligent perspective.
His is a lesson often lost on other brokers and, even more frequently, on consumers … (1 comments)

apartments: If apartment doesn’t feel right, go with the flow - 06/18/10 01:46 AM

When buyers can’t put their finger on what troubles them about an apartment, often the root cause will be layout.  Rooms don’t seem to flow naturally into each other, are awkwardly situated, present decorating difficulties or suffer from some combination of such attributes in those units.
Nowhere are these issues more likely than in combined apartments –for example, one in the high 80s on a corner of Amsterdam Avenue.
The co-op in question is in a very good pet-friendly building designed by Emery Roth.  The 1925 building has a 24-hour doorman, live-in super, gym, playroom, beautifully landscaped roof deck, party … (0 comments)

apartments: Arleen hasn't killed her husband--yet - 06/17/10 03:00 AM
 
My clients as photographed by the New York Times in front of their Moorestown, N.J. home.
I had the pleasure of connecting a New York Times writer with buyers of mine, Arleen and Norman Shabel, a couple of weeks back.
The Shabels, who have been looking for pied-a-terre in Manhattan, were quoted in a long piece about homeowners having second thoughts about selling their properties at the 11th hour.  Chronicled, as well, were the ziz-zags of buyers whose remorse had them pulling back from offers that they had made or were about to make.  And today’s Times had a similar … (2 comments)

apartments: What to make of a Times story on stalling sales? - 06/11/10 10:52 AM
An article in the New York Times today does little to inspire confidence in the Big Apple’s housing market.  In case you missed it, the long piece by Vivian Toy begins this way:
This year, the burst of real estate action that marks the spring season came early in New York. Manhattan saw a big sales spike in March, well before the market’s usual busy season in May and June. But now, instead of going into the expected overdrive, some brokers say, sales have started to stall.
That could simply mean that spring arrived and ended early, as buyers gained confidence … (0 comments)

apartments: Nothing sells like charm, especially if priced well - 06/04/10 02:02 AM
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 Manhattan block, the aura of an enclave such as ones that come to mind near Washington Square Park, on Murray Hill or on the Upper West Side can trump an ordinary block’s charm in the opinion of many buyers.
The attached homes in those areas generally have rooms of … (1 comments)

 
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