Would you pick a physician out of the phone book to save your sight? Not likely.
Choosing the right physician obviously is of utmost importance. When it comes to selecting the right lawyer to handle the sale or purchase of a home, that’s pretty important too.
Yet many buyers and sellers tend to be kind of casual about retaining their attorney, though the best process is lot like finding the best cardiac surgeon.
First, Continue reading
When the quarterly results of Manhattan’s housing market are released, you can count on a chorus of brokerage executives to sing from the same hymnal.
Yesterday’s Q4 reports were no exception, and I suppose you can’t really blame presumed experts for painting the statistics in the most vivid colors.
So consistently upbeat is their analysis that I take their comments as more prayerful than perceptive. That’s why I referred to “hymnal” in the first paragraph.
Unlike highly educated — though frequently inaccurate — economists, they seem to base their appraisals of the past and predictions of the future merely on Continue reading
Executives of the largest brokerages and those who craft reports on Manhattan’s housing market kept using “stable” to describe the second quarter.
For the third quarter, a word I’m seeing — as you doubtless are as well — is “boring.”
The term arises from some, though not all of the statistics. I’ve also noticed an attempt at “normal.”
I’m not so sure. Variable? Confusing? Troubling? Continue reading
Whether it’s about an individual’s tennis game, cooking ability or professional achievements, who would want to be rated?
Certainly not brokers, who have the same legitimate concerns that others possess. Yet the practice is becoming increasingly common. As Inman columnist Bernice Ross puts it:
With multiple listing services, companies and third-party vendors such as Trulia, Yelp and Zillow all posting agent reviews, there’s no escaping the fact that agent reviews are here to stay. About 20 percent of sellers currently receive a post-closing follow-up, as do about 25 percent of buyers.
Don’t get me wrong: I still hate the idea. But. . .
It occurred to me a few weeks ago that many of us local real estate bloggers read each other’s posts all the time and link to each other regularly even though many of us have never met or even spoken to each other.
So, I asked several bloggers who mostly concentrate on Manhattan and a couple of writers from the traditional news media whether they’d like to get together at long last. Sure enough, they would.
The other night almost nine of us met for drinks (and, it turned out, dinner) at the commendable Kouzan restaurant near my apartment on the Upper West Side. (Hey, I got to choose.)
Attending were folks from Curbed, Urban Diggs, Westside Independent, New York magazine, Habitat, the Wall Street Journal and Brick Underground. Three others – the Real Deal TrueGotham and Matrix – couldn’t make it. Continue reading