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Monday, June 25, 2007

Buying: When is it time to call a lender?

black-phone.jpgQ&AThe short answer is as early in your search as possible. Most definitely before making an offer to purchase. You need to have realistic expectations about what sort of buying power you have in order to negotiate effectively. You'll find a list of mortgage calculators near the end of this entry, which can help start answering your financial questions. They are useful tools that can help make ballpark estimates of your ability to finance, or make comparisons between renting vs. owning. But when ready to get serious about buying a home, you'll need to take the next step and have a candid conversation with a mortgage professional about how much borrowing power you have, based on more finely tuned details. It is not unusual to find out that you have more purchasing power than expected; or you might realize that your cash reserves are thinner than an underwriter will accept. Either way, it makes sense to know where you stand and have the information needed to adjust your search.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

A green tale of urban renewal

green citySo 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 listening to this talk from the 2006 TED conference, and hear part of the heartbeat of New York City.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

The transparent broker

the transparent broker

I'm giving a talk about brokers and blogging at Corcoran's Harlem office today. Comitini.com has gotten the attention of the brokerage community, savvy new media channels like Curbed, SmartMoney.com, and a growing number of loyal fans. I stumbled upon blogging software a few years ago while looking for a more dynamic way to publish content to my then static Web site. From there, I discovered the blogsphere and things have not been quite the same— in a good way. 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".

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Friday, June 8, 2007

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

google_street_view_350.jpgtechnologyThere's an interesting thread about historical documentation running through this week's posts. From the 1930s NYC 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. In a creative meeting this week, one of my client's showed us this jaw dropping new feature on Google, as we looked up my new exclusive at 9 West 19th Street. Above is what we found. This link will take you just down the block from it. Wondering what the rest of the block looks like? Spin it around— take a walk.

It shocked me.

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