The Big Apple: Condo prices show resilience

Manhattan isn’t the only borough with prestige buildings

Every borough has its buildings that tower, literally or figuratively, over the rest of the housing stock, notes the New York Times. (Well, almost every borough: Staten Island’s upper crust tends to live in single-family houses.)

The residents of these august structures say their homes in Queens, Brooklyn and the are every bit as Continue reading

Parents always ask about school quality

Certainly, the question is a valid one when parents of school-age children ask brokers about the quality of education near a property that they might want to purchase.

Good question or not, it is not one that any broker with a brain will answer.

A recent piece in the New York Times, which explored how important good schools are to parents in New York City, reminded me of the hazard that brokers face should they try to satisfy the buyer’s curiosity.

At issue is Continue reading

HUD ratchets up LGBT anti-discrimination efforts

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) says it will pump up its activities to combat housing discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender  individuals and families (LGBT).

New guidance treats gender identity discrimination most often faced by transgender persons as gender discrimination under the Fair Housing Act and instructs HUD staff to inform individuals filing complaints about state and local agencies that have LGBT-inclusive discrimination laws. Continue reading