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Friday, October 2, 2009

leaner times call for leaner brokers

Peter Comitini on Staple Street in TribecaheadroomSo for those of you who've been wondering where I've been, let me start by saying I'm back to blogging. I've been managing my time a bit differently recently for both professional and personal reasons, and took a momentary break from blogging this summer. I've actually had a busy time of working, and closed a good number of deals. I made a recommitment to my own health. I guess leaner times call for leaner brokers. I had been about 100 lbs. overweight for a number of years. I said to my doctor a year ago that if I didn't do something about my weight, I felt like I was going to die. With his best Borscht Belt style delivery he told me, "Peter, I have bad news for you. Your gonna die sooner or later anyway". Which actually kinda put it in perspective for me. I decided that my quality of life, longevity, and eight year old daughter, were important enough reasons to make a change. Since the beginning of the year I've now lost 75 lbs and still counting downward.

This has meant putting my life back into balance. That looks like spending much more time exercising, planning my nutrition, and taking the time to sit down and have a proper meal— rather than grabbing a slice while running to an appointment. In this marketplace, the deals take longer and require even more diligence to close too. I remember that when I worked at Newsweek as their Director of Covers, the top editors would always take the time, even when we were on a Friday night publishing deadline, to leave the building and sit down to dinner. The important take away for me being that time management is what we make it. Life will run you, if you don't run it. Focusing on the areas of my life that were demanding my immediate attention was the right thing to do for me, and have lead to new opportunities and accomplishments.

I've added quite a lot to my days. Rather than using a ghost writer, or posting something half-baked, I just went quiet for a little while. It's funny, but when one blogs, there is a kind of self-imposed tension to keep up with it. The real estate market is still here, and I will be continuing to bring you my perspective on it. This week I'm learning how to work my posting back into my routine. I'm feeling great and excited to be back to blogging. I posted the latest report on the Manhattan real estate market (3.9 mb) for download in the left column, and have a commentary forthcoming. Stay tuned.