(Flickr photo by Metropolitan Police)
Real estate brokers in the state number 52,855, nearly half them in New York City.
Number of complaints filed with New York’s Department of State last year: 952.
Those figures were reported by the Real Deal in a piece about how hard will be enforcement of new advertising rules. (I reported on the changes previously.)
Given what most consumers think of real estate agents and the number of times that I alone have observed violations of state law, those numbers just don’t square with reality.
There’s a simple explanation. Continue reading
SUMMER DAYS DRIFTING AWAY
One of my favorite posts.
In an online piece that turned up yesterday in the Real Deal, a clutch (flock, bevy, herd?) of brokers related some horror stories from open houses, among them:
- “How about a five-year old breast-feeding?”
- “A half-naked, sleeping couple.”
- “When the listing broker invited my client and myself into an open house, showed us around the apartment and when we go to the master bedroom, the seller and his girlfriend were in bed — awake [and] reading the paper [with] no clothes on.”
Such accounts are demonstrably livelier than mine, which concerns an experience I had a few years ago Continue reading
Heaven knows that real estate sales lacks the glamor of, say, school crossing guard, exterminator, barista or subway conductor.
Of course, there exist those brokers and agents whose social credentials rival Britain’s royal family and whose transactions involve properties in the double-digit millions from the outset of careers that have been their first choice. But the rest of us have tended to select real estate for a second, third or fourth career when the economy or age has left us with few options.
Although many starting out in the industry may feel like second-class members of the community, Continue reading
Condo and co-op sales (source: Prudential Douglas Elliman via the Real Deal)
Note: With my break drawing to a close, alas, normal frequency of posts resumes Monday.
Let’s say you bought a new home five years ago, a year before Manhattan’s residential market nosedived.
And let’s assume you coughed up $1 million for the privilege of living in your modest 870-sf apartment with two small bedrooms plus one and a half baths on the Upper West Side.
The third set of assumptions might be monthly mortgage payments of $3,500, maintenance of $1,400 and other ownership expenses such as insurance and maintenance of $100 a month.
Do you wish that you had waited until now to have made the purchase?
If you are like many other former homebuyers, Continue reading
Hymnal Leaf, Vienna 1742. From Psalterio Antiphonale Romanum De Tempore & Sanctis (flickr photo by WikiMechanics)
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
- Source: NY1Residential.com
With little fanfare, a kinda new site for searching New York city properties for sale went live last week. On its home page, the announcement was brief:
New Yorkers who are looking for a new home now have a new way to buy, rent or sell real estate, with the launch . . . of NY1Residential.com, a comprehensive real estate listings website from NY1 News and the Real Estate Board of New York.
The problem I have is that “comprehensive” overstates the usefulness of the site, which Continue reading
Hitting nine-year lows, prices of single-family homes in the region have held up better than elsewhere
Home prices in the New York area have hit their lowest level since the depths of the real estate downturn in mid-2009 and are now back to the averages of nine years ago, according to the latest data.
Since topping out in June 2006, home values in the metropolitan area have slid by more than 24 percent, according to the Standard & Poor’s Case-Shiller Home Price Index, which tracks the price of single-family homes.
Over the past year, through the end of March, prices continued to drop, falling 3.4 percent as weakness reentered the market in the wake of the expiration of the homebuyers’ tax credit.
“New York is still one of the healthier markets in the nation,” commented Maureen Maitland, who tracks housing for Standard & Poor’s. “The market is fairly compact, and there’s not much overbuilding, so the homes have retained some of their value.”
Summer rental market has begun, so rents are climbing in Manhattan
Rents for Manhattan apartments rose an average of 0.68 percent in May, according to the latest report from MNS, formerly the Real Estate Group of New York (TREGNY).
For doorman units, the increase was Continue reading
If you can’t beat them, you don’t have to let bedbugs join you
Adam Greenberg, president of USBedBugs.com, one of the country’s largest online retailers of anti-bedbug gear, tells BrickUnderground.com that, in comparison with the rest of the nation, New Yorkers are “ahead of the curve” on knowing what to do about bedbugs. Says he:
“Therefore, New Yorkers are both more hands-on in the products they buy for monitoring and treatment of bedbugs and also more proactive at purchasing prevention items like mattress encasements and travel protectors.”
Because almost everyone knows someone who has experienced bedbugs by now, they know the value of the prevention items, Greenberg explains.
Topping his list of 10 preventative items purchased are luggage and clothing encasements–that is, containers for containers. For the other nine, visit BrickUnderground.
New Web site points to best public schools using your maximum price to purchase or rent
SchoolFisher.com is for New Yorkers “who want Continue reading