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June 2007

June 25, 2007

Buying: When is it time to call a lender?

You need to have realistic expectations about what sort of buying power you have. When ready to get serious about buying a home, you'll need to take the next step and have a candid dialog with a mortgage professional about how much borrowing power you have, based on more finely tuned details.

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June 20, 2007

A green tale of urban renewal

So what's a site about luxury real estate doing presenting a talk from Majora Carter who is speaking about the empowerment of her neighborhood in the South Bronx? Sustainable development is part of the future for all of us, and few speak about it as passionately as she. Decide for yourself by watching this video from the 2005 TED conference, and hear part of the heartbeat of New York City.

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June 12, 2007

The transparent broker

I'm giving a short talk about brokers and blogging at Corcoran's Harlem office today. Blogging for business is a big topic, and my talk today is short, so I've decided to frame it as more of a "why do" than a "how to". Blogging is a way to engage people and spread ideas, in a way that is powerful, conversational and happens almost in real time. For me, it is all about transparency and visibility, which have similar meanings when used in this context. It offers people the chance to have a conversation with me in much wider way them ever before. I believe that in the future this will be the norm. To not have an online presence may invoke the question, "Why are you hiding?"

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June 8, 2007

What's it look like there? Google introduces street views

There's an interesting thread about historical documentation running through this week's posts. From the world captured by Berenice Abbott in photos— up to today's networked world. About a week ago, Google introduced a technology that redefines what documenting the city means, in a way that is unique to our time. They quietly launched an amazing mapping technology they are calling street views, as an extension of Google maps. It is pure function on such an impressive scale that it is quite beautiful in a way that would have been difficult to imagine in Ms. Abbott's time. It shocked me.

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June 6, 2007

Own a piece of NYC history at 9 West 19th Street

I'm representing a little gem of a building in the heart of the 'Ladies Mile Historic Landmark District', at 9 West 19th Street. When I received a call from the owner, I was excited as this is a building which I pass by each day on my way to work. I admired the building's wonderful tera-cotta facade with restored, intricate, wood framed windows, even before being retained as the exclusive marketing agent for it. After my first walk through I was even more excited, as it is in excellent condition, and retains some lovely pre-war details throughout.

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June 4, 2007

Vintage NYC scenes and skyline, now on-line

Berenice Abbott is a photographer who documented NYC in the WPA era from 1935 to 1938. The New York Public Library site has put the entire collection online in a digital gallery. It is an amazing resource for anyone interested in seeing our city's past.

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