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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Ranked as a top producer for the third straight quarter

I do not build my reputation, my customers doprofessionalFrom the window of Mike & Sons, my barber shop in Tribeca, come words that ring true, "I do not build my reputation, my customers do". It's simple, but meaningful business wisdom. Earlier in the week, I'd received a letter from Bruce Zipf, CEO of NRT which cited my sales performance in the top 1.6% of agents nationally, for the third straight quarter in a row— a growing practice, in a market that has been less exuberant recently. My business has been evenly almost divided between buyers (mostly in new developments), and sellers seeking a competitive advantage. I'm grateful for their trust and patronage. Updated May 29th, 2007

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Opinion poll: What are the best ways to green your home?

green cityCan you help with an opinion poll about greening your home? Please select your top three choices. After you vote you'll immediately be able to see the latest tally. If you'd like to see the results but don't want to vote, you can click on 'view results' near the bottom. If you're not sure about all the terms, you may want to download 16 Ways to Green Your Home (pdf 116kb) from the US Green Building Council. They are the organization that set the industry's standards for LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
the rise of green buildings
There are real concerns about global warming and health issues in our dwellings. Moving forward, the processes by which housing is developed, comes to market, and sustained, will be considered an integral part of the design form factor. Energy efficiency and sustainability are topics that owners, buyers and builders will be increasingly asking about.

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Friday, May 25, 2007

Richard Meier On Prospect Park site party

one prospect panorama
above: the panoramic view from 'Richard Meier on Prospect Park'; see all my photos on flickr.

brooklynI spent the first half of my life in Brooklyn, and lived in Park Slope for a number of those years. My family and I still visit when we get the urge to get out of town— but not too far. All of downtown Brooklyn has been undergoing a transformation over the past decade, but never has its rise been more conspicuously evident than right now. It's a wonderful community, with world class cultural institutions like The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Public Library, The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, BAM and what many consider Fredric Law Olmsted's finest work in Prospect Park. On Wednesday, there was a party overlooking Mr. Olmstead's work from inside one by a contemporary architectural star, Richard Meier On Prospect Park, the new building overlooking the iconic Brooklyn Public Library, Grand Army Plaza and with views across downtown Brooklyn to the river. This is one of the best park front building sites possible, in all of the five boroughs. It is destined to become a modern classic. Feel free to contact me if you'd like more info about it or other downtown Brooklyn homes.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Rebuilding downtown manhattan, a bird's eye view

lmdc_map.gifsitesNow appearing weekly on LowerManhattan.info is a new map which details nearly 70 downtown construction and renovation projects. It also provides a bird's eye view of the amazing amount of real estate development and infrastructure improvement going on downtown right now, estimated at an aggregated investment of 20 billion dollars in the area. It's one of the reasons why I'm personally so bullish on areas like Tribeca, the Financial district and the Lower East Side for my clients. Those I've represented as sellers have done quite well so far. For others, I believe having the foresight to buy in now will reap rewards in the future. The map is updated every week by the Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center. The LMCCC— along with the city Department of Transportation, New York City Police Department, and other partners use the map continually to identify locations where traffic congestion, pedestrian restrictions, or other access issues may arise throughout the downtown reconstruction effort.

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