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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Sunday walking tours of Flatiron

flatironArchitecture fans and history buffs will appreciate that the The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership is sponsoring free walking tours of the historic Flatiron district every Sunday starting April 29th. Professional guides will escort you on a 90-minute journey through this vibrant area, near where my home office is located on 19th and Sixth, viewing some of the City’s notable landmarks, including the New York Life building, the MetLife tower, the Appellate Courthouse and the famous Flatiron Building. The meeting point is the southwest corner of Madison Square Park, at 23rd Street and Broadway on Sunday's at 11 AM.

related story: finally flatiron

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Springtime in Tribeca sees +17% appreciation

tribeca_spring.jpgtribecaI was researching the downtown market this week and looked at the spreadsheet data that the first quarter Corcoran Report, which I posted last week, was based on. It had some greater detail that I'd like to share with you regarding my own neighborhood of Tribeca. Homes solidly increased here by a 17% average sale price per square foot. The median price (the price most people pay for an apartment) is up 9%; and price per square foot is up 12%. Tribeca value has played well when compared to the flat average downtown sale, which was up by a mere 3%.

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Monday, April 23, 2007

Subprime Meltdown:
Who's to Blame and How Should We Fix It?

I'm pleased to let my readers know that I'll be presenting stories and podcasts of interest on real estate and lending from knowledge@wharton on an occasional basis. I've been super busy since I returned from Japan, so here's the first post from the Wharton School of Business...


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housingreportTroubles in the subprime mortgage industry seem to be spreading. The stock market is in turmoil. Alan Greenspan and other economists say the economy is being hurt. Consumer groups predict that up to two million Americans will lose their homes.

Should the government do something?

A growing list of people say it should, from Democratic senators Christopher Dodd and Hillary Clinton to a string of advocates for the poor. Perhaps the money-losing lenders should be bailed out. Or maybe there should be help for hedge funds and other investors who have loaded up on securities backed by subprime loans. And there could be help for homeowners who can't handle their soaring monthly payments.

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Friday, April 20, 2007

real estate rollercoaster


sites & blogsThis is one of the most creative visualizations I've seen regarding US home prices adjusted for inflation. Richard Hodge is responsible for this animated rollercoaster model, which graphs home values since 1890, based on figures developed by Yale Economist Robert Schiller. It's housing data as theatre. Only this time, instead of the sky falling, its you in the roller-coaster's seat (errr...almost). Strap in!

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