manhattan: Cabaret Evening in Riverside Park - June 4th - 04/30/07 11:13 AM
Do you know the 3 rules of Real Estate?

I am proud to let you know that the West Side office of Coldwell Banker Hunt Kennedy is once again co-chairing the Silent Auction for the Riverside Park Fund annual benefit.
This year's event, the tenth annual Cabaret Evening in Riverside Park, is scheduled for June 4th and will feature Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley. They are acclaimed performers, whose work has extended successfully into both concert halls and cabaret settings, and were dubbed Broadway's Golden Couple by the San Francisco … (6 comments)

manhattan: SNIFFING OUT A SALE: I Don't Just List I Market and Sell - 04/25/07 01:56 PM
Niche Marketing to Pet Owners 
I recently read a funny post by Maureen Francis Sell-Lord Lesson: Peeing Dogs Do Not Sell Homes. My comment made her laugh but I was serious.
Maureen, That house needs to be marketed to buyers with a bigger smellier dog. It should say in the description Dogs love this house! Mitchell
At the time of this writing,The NY Times was planning a story about pets and real estate in Manhattan. Our PR company often pitches story ideas to the media.
Through our publicist the writer Christine Haugney contacted me. They were looking to interview buyers willing to pay more for "pet friendly buildings".

manhattan: Transparency and Accountability in NYC Coops? I hope so it is the 21st Century - 04/24/07 04:25 PM
One of the first blogs I ever wrote was last July about a new law that would make the once secret Co-op sales prices public for the first time under a bill by the Albany legislature. The bill was awaiting signing by Governor Pataki and was strongly supported by Mayor Bloomberg.
When the law passed I wrote another blog in August NYC-Coop-Law-brings-Manhattan-Real-Estate-into-the-21st-Century. Before the law was passed there were many in the real estate industry that were opposed to the new transparency law. They liked having secret information that was how business was always done in Manhattan and they liked it.

Janny Scott of The … (5 comments)

manhattan: Manhattan Neighborhood Market Report: TRIBECA Real Estate Guide - 04/11/07 04:03 PM
TRIBECA -  10013  - The name is an abbreviation of: TRIANGLE BELOW CANAL
Tribeca, Manhattan's downtown neighborhood runs from Canal Street south to Park Place, and from the Hudson River east to Broadway. Tribeca's charming cobblestone streets are lined with spacious residential loft buildings that were converted from industrial warehouses. There are new glass condo lofts, restaurants and boutiques.
Tribeca only became one of Manhattan's most fashionable places to live in the last 15 years. The neighborhood has evolved from an in expensive area where shopkeeper's and artisans, who could not afford the higher rents along the East River, built their wooden houses in the 18th century. After the Civil War, the … (4 comments)

manhattan: New Construction Resales - A REAL DEAL! - 04/08/07 12:39 PM
New Construction Resales in Manhattan -  Save Thousands of Dollars in Closing Costs
Seller Pays New York City and NY State Transfer Tax except when Buying from a Developer/Sponsor.

If you're looking to buy new construction you might save thousands of dollars by buying a resale in a brand new building. When a buyer purchases a condo or coop in a new development directly from the sponsor (developer) the buyer is usually required to pay New York City and New York State transfer tax.
When buying from a sponsor in a coop, (unsold shares) the transfer tax is not only the percentage of the sale … (1 comments)

manhattan: Baby Boom in Manhattan: Suburbia in the Twenty First Century - 03/31/07 10:06 AM

Family Friendly Manhattan - Upscale Suburbia in New York City
Last week I was showing a 2 bedroom apartment on the Upper West Side to one of my buyer client's a couple with a new baby. The apartment was listed by an attorney/broker/owner who lived in the apartment with her husband and children. Their Asking price: $1,450,000 with monthly maintenance of $2215.
My client asked her if they were moving to the suburbs? She said Oh no we love it here we're buying a bigger apartment in the building and we don't need to sell this one first.
As we left the apartment and … (8 comments)

manhattan: Manhattan Brokers Boycotting REBNY/Trulia Search Engine Web Portal - 03/30/07 01:36 PM

Is History repeating itself in Manhattan? What else is new?
In this coming Sunday, April 1, 2007 The New York Times Real Estate section has an article by Josh Barbenel titled Listing dream in Disarray that reports that after REBNY spent weeks meeting the objections of smaller firms, the two largest brokerage companies in Manhattan, Prudential Douglas Elliman and the Corcoran Group, announced that, partly because of the costs involved, they were planning to boycott the new Web site. These two firms have more than 50% of the listings in Manhattan. Each firm has more than 1000 agents.
When REBNY … (9 comments)

manhattan: Foreclosures? 100% Financing? Sub Prime? NIMBY - 03/15/07 06:59 PM
Foreclosures? 100% Financing: NIMBY: Not in my Backyard - It's a BULL Market!
Manhattan is an island.
 There has been much media attention including some great blogs from activerain members like Brian Brady. Many of the headlines are negative some predicting a slow down in the economy the stock market has already become volatile and is in a correction.
I know in many markets the fall out must be terrible. Fortunately in Manhattan nothing can be further from the truth. Our market is on fire. Inventory is very low. We are experiencing multiple bids, no contingencies, full ask and over. … (30 comments)

manhattan: CHELSEA: Manhatan Neighborhood Real Estate Guide - 02/27/07 06:01 AM
Chelsea "HOT" real estate market - "COOL" Neighborhood
Chelsea is located between 34th Street and Greenwich Village on the West Side. Chelseais largely a residential area with a varied mix of high-and mid-rise buildings, brownstones and industrial lofts. The architecture in this area is unique. East of Ninth Avenue, the spacious and stylish loft warehouses give way to stunning landmark townhouses, prewar co-ops and new luxury high-rise buildings.
For many years Chelsea was the heart of the Garment and Flower districts until recently. Chelsea today is one of the city's hottest zip codes and coolest neighborhoods. It is now considered a fashionable place to live, … (51 comments)

manhattan: Manhattan Neighborhood Market Report: Clinton/Hells Kitchen Real Estate Guide - 02/26/07 04:09 PM
Clinton - Hells Kitchen - Midtown West 
Some still argue about the exact boundaries of Hell's Kitchen, but it's commonly considered to run from 34th to 59th Streets and from Eighth Avenue to the Hudson River. The area is also known as Clinton and long-time residents use the two terms interchangeably. East of Eighth Avenue including Carnegie Hall and Time Square is considered midtown west.It has been a long time since Hell's Kitchen earned its reputation - the one from the gang fights in "West Side Story" in the 60's. Hells Kitchen has always been a neighborhood, made up of blue-collar … (7 comments)

manhattan: Co-ops vs. Condos: Understanding Manhattan Housing - 02/13/07 12:18 PM
Understanding Cooperatives and Condominiums
CO-OPS - Manhattan's Primary Housing Style
Co-ops (short for "cooperatives") are apartments buildings owned by a corporation. Individual tenants do not own their apartments in exactly the same way that they would a condominium or home. They actually own shares of stock in the corporation. These shares are apportioned based on the size and floor level of their apartment, and ownership is established by a stock certificate and occupancy is governed by a "proprietary lease". The corporation pays all real estate taxes, maintenance expenses, and the underlying mortgage on the building. The co-op owner's portion of the … (7 comments)

manhattan: Apartment Room Count: A Consumer Buyers Guide - 02/13/07 02:14 AM
Room Count Guide:
Below is the recommended method of residential room count found in the Residential Guide devised by REBNY's Residential Brokerage Division. (Real Estate Board of New York)

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manhattan: Manhattan Neighborhood Market Report: SoHo Real Estate Guide - 02/11/07 11:23 AM
     New York, NY 10013
     SoHo ( stands for South of Houston - pronounced "How -Stun")
Soho is a premiere destination for the world's trendiest jet setters, New York's SoHo district has something to offer just about everyone. Bordered to the North by Houston Street, to the South by Canal Street, to the West by Sixth Avenue and to the East by Broadway.
Soho is characterized by the imposing cast-iron architecture of the late 19th Century that was built for manufacturing and warehousing. The beautiful cast iron structures that characterize the area were New York's original skyscrapers, … (10 comments)

manhattan: New York Apartment terminology A-Z: A Consumer Guide - 01/27/07 04:37 AM
New York Apartment terminology A-Z
Alcove: an area adjoining the living room which can be used for a dining area or be separated or closed off to make a bedroom, den or office.
Classic: in a pre-war building, an apartment which has a formal dining room, and, in a larger apartment, one or two maids' rooms. A "classic six", for example, is a six-room apartment in a pre-war building that has a living room, formal dining room, two bedrooms, kitchen, maid's room, and 1, 2, or 3 baths. In the larger classics, it is common to find the smaller maids' rooms … (12 comments)

manhattan: Manhattan Neighborhood: Battery Park City Real Estate Guide - 01/26/07 02:47 AM
 Due to my internet presence, I've been in the news recently. Last week I was interviewed by The Korean Broadcasting Network about Battery Park City the section of lower Manhattan that became famous on 9/11/01 because of it's proximity to The World Trade Center. Yesterday an interview I did ran in Metro New York about Battery Park City titled "On the Waterfront"
Ive mentioned Battery Park City in previous blogs but this blog is devoted to the unique Manhattan neighborhood.
Battery Park City is unique because it is on a portion of land that is leased by the city. Instead of paying real estate taxes, property … (14 comments)

manhattan: Manhattan Neighborhood Market Report: Upper West Side Real Estate Guide - 01/22/07 02:41 AM
The Upper West Side extends north from Columbus Circle at 59th Street up to 110th St. and is bordered by Central Park West and Riverside Park. The Upper West Side is separated from the Upper East Side by Central Park.Between 72nd and 96th Street most of the buildings are not taller than about 20 stories and they are mostly pre war buildings. The American Museum of Natural History is located on a stretch of Central Park West between 77th and 81st Streets, The museum's new Hayden Planetarium is a galactic spectacular and is well worth the invested time. From 59th Street to … (7 comments)

manhattan: Manhattan market: The buzz from outside Inmans Real Estate connect in NYC - 01/10/07 02:53 PM
                                          The  Real Estate Market in Manhattan is HOT!
The buzz in the real estate industry this week is coming from Inmans Real Estate connect in NYC.  New media moguls like Craig Newark of Craigslist and Matt Heaton of activerain are at the conference discussing blogging, web 2.0, the latest trends and technologies and the future of the real estate industry at panels and seminars and parties.  
Right outside the Marriott Marquis in Hells Kitchen and from Washington Heights, to Harlem to Morninside Heights, the Upper West Side, Chelsea, Murray Hill, Gramercy, the West Village, Tribeca and throughout Manhattan there is … (9 comments)

manhattan: Selling Real Estate is an Art not a Science - 12/08/06 10:09 AM
Manhattan real estate has always been different. Over the years REALTOR® friends and colleagues from other parts of the country have been very sympathetic toward how we do business in Manhattan. They would say: "You have it so hard", "how can you make a living? " No dominant MLS, coops, coop boards, board interviews, buyer's financial statements, building financials, only attorney's can write contracts, accepted offers that don't mean anything, How do you do it"?
MANAR the Manhattan MLS is only about 5 years old and has about 15% of the market. The dominant board REBNY is a real estate board. They claim they … (45 comments)

manhattan: Manhatan Real Estate - Harlem Neighborhood Report - 12/06/06 12:30 AM
Harlem was established in 1658 by the Dutch and named Nieuw Harlem after the Dutch city of Harlem. This large section of Manhattan real estate has a deep spirit, culture and history.
Harlem passed through several historic periods - as a high-society area of New York for wealthy upper class and middle class white a fashionable district for blacks during a period known as the "Harlem Renaissance" one of the hottest night club playgrounds for audiences who came uptown to see the all black revues to gangsters and entertainers in grand style at the famous night spots.
Beginning in the 1870s … (28 comments)

manhattan: Landmark Living: Manhattan real estate in history/today A blog series - 11/26/06 09:27 AM
My last blog Starchitect Skyline was part of a series of blogs about Manhattan real estate in history/today. I wrote about the brand name glass tower apartment buildings of the new millennium that are changing the NYC skyline.
This blog is about landmark buildings from another era and other uses that have been transformed or are being converted to luxury apartments.
Old World Details - Meets Modern Amenities.
Famous hotels, landmark banks, insurance company headquarters, factories, hospitals and even a former Police headquarters have been transformed into luxury apartments that offer unique spaces. This trend in real estate is not only taking place in … (12 comments)

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