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There’s a phrase in the real estate industry that you hear in most housing markets outside of New York City. It is “procuring cause,” and so arrested is my development that the words make me want to giggle.
But procuring cause is no laughing matter.
Nor is it as arcane as you might imagine. Yet the only reference I could find in my 390-page text on New York real estate was its definition in the glossary:
The basis for a direct action that results in successfully completing an objective.
In common parlance relating to real estate, the phrase implies Continue reading
What could be nicer for a real estate broker than to have a grateful client?
Many of us have had such a buyer or seller, one who wanted to express his or her thanks with money or a valuable gift.
That’s a thoughtful gesture!
There also are the rare clients who decide that there’s no reason for the broker to split the entire commission with the firm to which the broker is affiliated. Continue reading
It is several months since I wrote about an expansive and expensively renovated condo in the 70s east of Broadway on the Upper West Side.
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The combined 3,180-sf unit bowled me over in terms of extraordinarily sensible and stylish design. My only complaint was the exposure from a low floor: the walls of the building opposite the apartment.
At the time, I suspected that such a deficit would be an obstacle to its asking price of $5.3 million when it was listed back on Feb. 16. But I didn’t recognize how big a problem it would become.
It was only a matter of time before the price began to drop as the lofty apartment languished on the market. Have a look at its history since it was offered for sale: Continue reading
Nobody likes stale peanuts, pastry or bread (except perhaps cooks preparing croutons or turkey stuffing).
Nobody is a fan of stale listings either. (You knew I was headed there, I’m sure.)
Unfortunately, those buyers seeking a tempting apartment that has been newly offered on the Upper West Side will encounter, instead, a collection of co-ops and condos turning grey and grubby with age.
Employing statistics from the OLR (Online Residential) database — which many brokers use, including me — I arbitrarily checked time on the market of listings offered at prices between $450,000 and $1 million. Continue reading
Multifamily building in Brooklyn with $604,000 minimum bid
An estate auction of a Brooklyn multifamily building, five apartments and 17 single-family houses will be conducted Dec. 13 starting at 11 a.m., according to an announcement by Queens Public Administrator Lois Rosenblatt.
Minimum prices range from $78,000 for a one-bedroom co-op in Jackson Heights to $$604,000 for an apartment building in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Four of the properties Continue reading
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Have you heard this observation before?
If you have to ask, you already know the answer.
Naive sellers may ask their listing brokers whether a certain defect needs to be disclosed. The most sophisticated sellers know better than to ask their agent: They appreciate that the law obligates brokers to disclose defects of which they are aware.
At the same time, New York State is among the most permissive in the nation when it comes to seller disclosures. Continue reading
Do you see a light or helmet? At least this guy doesn't have to juggle bags full of food from the handlebars on busy Amsterdam Avenue.
Add me to the legion of Manhattanites who complain about cyclists who race the wrong way on streets, barrel along sidewalks and ignore traffic lights.
My complaint is about the men — only men, I think — making deliveries on bicycles and their employers. I should say that I sympathize with those folks, whose jobs, such as they are, must rank among the worst in the city.
Living on a corner of Amsterdam Avenue on the Upper West Side, where a plethora of restaurants means a plenitude of bicycle deliveries, I am unusually cautious when crossing that thoroughfare. I pause, look both ways, step into the street and look again and again as I venture to the opposite side.
That was my practice the other night on my way home from the gym. Despite my vigilance, however, Continue reading
One of the houses with virtues that Barbara Corcoran extolled recently on the Today Show.
The one-bedroom, two-bath duplex I was checking out during a Sunday open house recently has two assets and many liabilities.
On the minus side are its entry almost directly into the small kitchen (in which an ancient dishwasher caught my eye), cramped living room, a spiral staircase so narrow that I had to hunch my shoulders, its bedroom (albeit one that fits the legal definition) in the basement and baths that I’d classify as ordinary.
On the plus side is its location in a Central Park block of the high 60s, a stone’s throw from Lincoln Center. (To digress, when you see “steps from” in a listing, consider the Fair Housing Act, which bars discrimination against persons with disabilities.)
Also on the plus side — and the only conceivable explanation for the co-op’s inflated asking price of Continue reading
View from the Castle Village complex of five buildings from 120 to 200 Cabrini Boulevard in Washington Heights. A one-bedroom unit at 180 Cabrini Boulevard is in the city's estate auction next month.
Two co-ops that bidders previously shunned and six newly available ones, plus a West Harlem condo, are scheduled to be auctioned from the estates of owners who left no wills by Public Administrator Ethel J. Griffin in Manhattan on Dec. 8 at 11:30 a.m.
In a rare occurrence, a property outside of Manhattan also is to go on the block. It is a single-family house in the East Hampton area with a minimum bid of $725,000. The house has one and a half stories over a basement and a two-car garage with annual taxes of $5,800. It can be inspected Nov. 20, Nov. 27 and Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Minimum bids for the apartments, which span Washington Heights and Chinatown, range from a low of Continue reading