Category Archives: Tips & Advice

A Matter of Taste in Food and Agents

It is nearly impossible to go a single day without stumbling upon a “best of” or “top ten” list of some sort. Intriguing reading for sure. In fact, as the husband of the Food Director at Food & Wine, I … Continue reading

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Finding and Embracing Small Town Manhattan

With over $1.6M residents densely packed into a shy 34 square miles, it is probably difficult, no, nearly impossible for the non-New Yorker to appreciate the small town appeal of this city. But ask most New Yorkers the names of … Continue reading

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Can You Trust Your Real Estate Agent?

Although the bar continues to be raised in the residential real estate industry, marginal agents remain the scourge of the industry’s reputation as a whole. From big ego to misinformation, it is all too often that an agent is an … Continue reading

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Buy/Sell or Sell/Buy?

I share my thoughts on how to best time the intracies of a sell/buy or buy/sell (that’s the point) move in this excellent Brickunderground piece.

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Manhattan Rental Prices Continue Upward Trend

After showing a bit of a slow down in price increases in recent months, rental prices in Manhattan are skyrocketing once again. In fact, rental prices are reaching the highest levels they have been at in more than five years. … Continue reading

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Are You Ready to Purchase a Home? Five Questions to Ask Yourself Before Taking the Plunge

Are you considering buying a house, but you are not sure if now is the right time to buy? If so, here are a few simple questions you can ask yourself in order to determine if you are really ready … Continue reading

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5 Tips for Getting a Private Loan from a Friend or Family Member

When purchasing a home, you might find yourself a bit short on the cash that you need to pay for the home. Whether you need a loan to pay for the entire cost of the home or a loan to … Continue reading

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Private Mortgage Insurance: What Is It and Why Do You Have to Pay It?

When purchasing a home, there are many different expenses that will need to be hashed out. Many first-time homebuyers are surprised by these expenses, as they assume the only cost to purchasing a home is the price that is listed … Continue reading

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It’s Time to Close on Your New Home – Now What?

If you have never purchased a home before, it is only natural to feel a bit nervous about what to expect at the closing. After all, you are officially handing over your hard-earned money to purchase a property, which means … Continue reading

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5 Steps for Keeping Your Manhattan Home Warm This Winter

When facing the cold Manhattan winters, you certainly want to find every way possible to keep yourself warm. Fortunately, there are several simple steps that you can take to keep your Manhattan home warm while also helping to cut down … Continue reading

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