Murray Hill

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  Have you ever watched an old movie or television program and heard someone’s phone number expressed as “Murray Hill” followed by five numbers (for instance, the Ricardos in I Love Lucy were at MH5-9975)? That telephone exchange once covered all of the east side of Manhattan, with an East 37th Street building serving as the hub. The [...] Read More

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Selling a Home through Proper Marketing

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While it’s true that homes and properties are the heart of the real estate market, marketing plays a significant role in facilitating the best price in the shortest timeframe. I actually can’t stress enough how important marketing is. Simply put, it’s not enough to have a great property. As I think about the importance that [...] Read More

Manhattan Valley

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Recently I was looking for a townhouse for a customer, and came across one on Manhattan Avenue and 105th Street. While I suppose I would have thought of this address as being either “Upper-Upper West Side” or “Lower Morningside Heights” before spending some time there, I have since learned that the area bounded by 110th [...] Read More

Some perspective on New York City’s changing skyline

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It seemed that 432 Park Avenue would keep going up forever – whenever we would become accustomed to the height of this impossible-to-miss new addition to the New York City skyline, it would add another few floors. However, it has finally topped off; it is the tallest residential building in the Western hemisphere, taller even [...] Read More

Know Your Estate and Gift Tax Laws

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We’re all guilty of putting off discussions about wills and estate planning. In the grand scope of our lives, too many other things seem more important right now, and most of us tend to believe we have all the time in the world to consider circumstances that seem so far off in the future. But [...] Read More

The northern section of Central Park

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I’ve written previously about the value of a view of nature – how our animal selves need to connect to plants or animals even within New York City’s urban jungle. While not NYC’s largest park (that would be Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx), Central Park is an amazingly large green space within the relatively [...] Read More

Love Me, Love Me Not, Love Me

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Ever wonder if your bid is going to be enough to win the house of your dreams?  If so, there’s a little secret about the bidding process that all homebuyers should—but don’t always—know; it’s not all about the money.  When the real estate market is strong and houses are in short supply, the seller of [...] Read More

Little Italy

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My last blog post about taking an unplanned walk through an urban environment (a dérive) in New York City took place in Chinatown. Just north of Chinatown, but in practicality blending with it for many blocks, is a section of lower Manhattan referred to as Little Italy (in fact, Chinatown and Little Italy have been [...] Read More

When a Pre-Approval Is Not a Pre-Approval

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As a good rule of thumb, it’s always in a prospective buyer’s best interest to get a pre-approval for a mortgage when making an offer on a new home, but it’s especially important in a tight, competitive market. Why? In essence, it gives sellers relative assurance that you’re financially capable of purchasing the property they’re [...] Read More

Chinatown

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Taking an unplanned walk through an urban setting (a dérive) is one of my favorite activities, and New York City – where walking a few blocks can completely change your surroundings – is the ideal city for this. For this dérive, I got on the subway at Lexington and 86th Street, took the 6 train downtown, [...] Read More