I must apologize for the light postings lately and the lack of original content but today’s Manhattan real estate marketplace is requiring more effort and energy per deal than anytime in the past decade. Don’t misunderstand me here…I’m not bellyaching…just providing some insight as to why posting quantity and quality have suffered.
So today again I provide you with links to some interesting topics around the real estate (and pot…yes marijuana) blogosphere:
- From Zillowblog comes Hey! Don’t Take My HELOC! which reveals the recent practice of banks freezing homeowner’s lines of credit.
- Also from Zillowblog comes Owning vs. Renting a Home. Check out the analysis.
- From the New York Observer (via Curbed) comes Manhattan-ifest Destiny revealing the recent phenomenon of more people moving from Manhattan and Brooklyn to LA than vice versa.
- A couple of weeks back, Jeff Byles of the New York Times penned Taking Back the Streets. If you missed it, check out the possibilities for making New York a greener and more liveable space.
- From RealtyBaron comes“My current Realtor raised her commission…from 6 to 7%. Can i do better?”
- "Lady in Dublin believed the realtors, believed the media, and believed in the "housing ladder". And she’s lost $100,000 already, and counting" (via HousingPanic)
- And finally, totally unrelated to real estate except that the NAR seems to be smokin’ something (via Matrix), check this out from BoingBoing…Kids’ book about pot: "It’s Just a Plant" which suggests that it’s OK for adults to break the law if they choose but children shouldn’t…nice lesson…can’t wait to teach THAT to my kids.