Making the right choice is not always easy whether in chess or real estate. (Flickr photo by metrognome0)
As soon as I saw the headline. . .
. . . I was all but certain that I’d quibble with at least some of what followed.
I was right.
Although the post at Curbed.com gives basically sound advice, especially for buyers, the thing that I most questioned was the following: Continue reading
Open house at Renatus Condominium project, built inside an old church in Grand Rapids., Mich. (Flickr photo by Steven Depolo)
Open houses can have a way of mystifying or misleading consumers.
Luckily, Curbed.com has published a blog post titled “What to Look for at an Open House.” Although much of the information seems to me to be helpful to the novice buyer, another portion strikes me as pretty obvious.
Curbed: Agents love when they can send you to open houses because they can multi-task with a bunch of different clients out at the same time who are essentially doing their work for them.
Malcolm: Yes, I do love it, but not Continue reading
Panel on the Future of Residential Real Estate at New York Law School
Manhattan’s residential real estate market will continue to elude the magnitude of the problems of the rest of the nation during 2012, panelists assembled by New York Law School concurred this week.
But the participants — who included Curbed founder Lockhart Steele and brokerage executive Diane Ramirez — grappled with the question of why our housing market isn’t booming.
Noting limited inventory, real estate attorney Stuart Saft of the Dewey & LeBoeuf firm the told room full of lawyers and real estate professionals Continue reading
Under construction in 2008, the Hotel Ludlow remains somnolent across the street from 179 Ludlow Street. Foreground: former bank that became an artist studio owned by Jasper Johns, later a club. (Curbed.com photo)
The small, nearly completed building, at 179 Ludlow St. near Katz’s deli and across from another failed development intended to be the Hotel Ludlow, is an eyesore. Oddly, the building–which has four apartments and a retail store–in the heart of the gentrified Lower East Side has largely been ignored by the mainstream press.
From everything I’ve been able to glean, however, calling it an eyesore is akin to likening a garbage skow to a trash can. The thing has done nothing but Continue reading
Graphic from curbed.com showing views from 121 W. 19th St. condo.
Listed in January 2007 for $3.95 million, an unsold penthouse at 121 W. 19th St. faces a foreclosure sale on July 28, according to curbed.com and propertyshark.com.
The condo is either 1,906 square feet (propertyshark) or 2,071 (the old listing for PH-E). With $209,298 of assessed value and a lien of $3,237,096, the loft was last listed for $3.7 million until it was taken of the market in March of last year. Continue reading