How Green is your Garden?

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Who would think that a cistern would be collecting rain water for gardening and car washing in the middle of New York City?  Yup.  The “greenest house” in the city has a water collection system that holds 325 gallons of rainwater and can be used to keep  the garden of the city’s first LEED certified house at […]

Earth Day in Harlem

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One of the pleasures of representing New York’s first LEED certified townhouse has been showing groups of enviros through it, and showing off its features.  On Earth Day, for example, we had some people from the New York Council of the Natural Resources Defense Council as our guests, a group of about 20, and we […]

MARKET PROBABILITIES AND REALITIES

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Following is a preview of my upcoming Manhattan Market Watch to appear in the June issue of Mann Report. Are sales prices on the verge of stabilizing? Probably yes. Is the worst behind us? Almost certainly yes. We’re about 33% down from the highs of 2007—less perhaps for mint condition apartments—with not much further to […]

Price and Presentation

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 Superior presentation and proper pricing is always important in marketing a property, but it is especially true today. Now, it’s just annoying to view an overpriced apartment that looks like Grey Gardens. Interestingly, Elizabeth Williamson recently reported in The Wall Street Journal that there’s a trend in California to hire “faux homeowners” with “stylish stuff” […]