After the embarrassing auction of 54 condos of the Riverdale’s Solaria in the Bronx last November, Joe Korff and his ARC Development are trying a tactic they have dubbed “Spring Bid and Buy.”
Huh? If a double meaning is meant, the grammar is elusive. And if Korff thinks the idea will work better than simply lowering prices, he’s whistling Dixie.
More than half the building reportedly still is empty. A total of 35 apartments in the sleek glass tower on Henry Hudson Parkway remain on the market, according to the Riverdale Press. Only 10 of the development’s 64 units had found buyers prior to the auction.
Poor Mr. Korff seems to think that an inconveniently situated development ought to be priced competitively with other New York City projects. Continue reading
Wolves, not bears. (Flickr photo by Tambako the Jaguar)
There is a basic problem with economic forecasting, and that problem is insuperable.
Here is the problem: Economics is only a behavioral science, and human behavior is famously impossible to predict.
(If it weren’t, you undoubtedly can think of numerous examples of the failure of economists to tell the future as in–oh, I don’t know–the Wall Street debacle. An example in a different context: the numerous mistakes that parole boards make on something as seemingly foreseeable as the propensity of a prisoner to commit another crime?)
As a result, economists always seem to be talking out of both sides of their mouths, having it both ways, being two-faced–pick your favorite cliché.
What got me thinking about this concern in the past week has been several articles that quoted economists, starting with one of my favorite punching bags, Robert Shiller. Continue reading