Around Town. Precious metals or precious properties?

Everything seems brighter in New York City today; the sun is bursting over the fabulous skyscrapers populating the radiant and inviting blue sky. Aside from the warm climate, the sales market is leading with a healthy uptick in movement and pricing. While there are factors that can contribute to the shift in pricing each quarter, in 2014 there seems to be a trend – inventory is low and prices are in the upswing. There are factors that contribute the market conditions, and there is an underlying cycle to the degree that eventually prices will reach a stasis. Subsequently, there is still technically a window of “opportunity” for real estate players. Cash is king, and that is true for buyers who do not need financing. What may be “too expensive” for some, can be an opportunity for others in our global economic landscape. Additionally, in Manhattan, the complexity of zoning and air rights, price for the land, as well as historic landmark allocation in some areas will continue to generate demand for land where development can occur. There is a nice segment of new construction, but in the high-end market, because the incentives to build “affordable” housing have diminished. Companies spend millions trying to crunch numbers and data to hedge identify the exact time, space and mobility of an asset– not even for a solid rock of gold  do we know the trajectory, or do we?. The NYC real estate market is fascinating, dynamic, and the exact future of its peak or lack there of, somewhat evasive, but while in the moment – just a slice of the macro dynamics here in NYC.Image

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The importance of listening and communication

We are all busy it seems. New York City is a very fast-paced city. Recently, I have noticed, that people are constantly so distracted, they do not listen, they do not take time to respond properly. We are heading towards a speech style that is going to sound more like text. That is, short chopped up sentences that leaves us confused as to the intended meaning of the message. Imagine what would it be like if people paused in the first contact of interaction to say: “hello, how are you today?” pause, and then go on. It is something to think about…..

Anything priced well and in a coveted location will sell fast in Manhattan

A few years ago listings sold, sure, but there was room for negotiation, and pricing somewhat at a pace reflecting the mood of the economy. This year, if an apartment looks priced under market value, be aware, as this can be basically is a tool to create a bidding war. Cash is king in accepted offers. Should that be fair? As a buyers agent, no, that does not seem fair. I always advise my clients/customers to be aware of the rates psf in the given location, this way they refrain from using emotional logic and overpay. If another prospective purchaser wants to do that – then let them pay, you move on to a fair deal. There is no such thing as a “deal” really – particularly in coveted locations and prestigious buildings. What there is, however, is a “fair deal.” It is important to buy an apartment that has future resale value. Don’t take for granted things like view, light, floor level, how big the bedroom is. Just a thought.
Manhattan is expensive; be prepared to spend. Just don’t empty out your accounts – unless your accounts are bottomless and you really just don’t care.

Colombia, South America, Real Estate Investment

It looks like some real estate investment is occurring in Colombia. Sam Zell, owner of a Chicago International Investment company, was one of the real estate leaders who took this important step. Colombia is a beautiful country, with glorious vacation locales like Cartagena. The clear beaches, breezy climate, wonderful food and rich history – will continue to develop as a vacation destination for some in some areas of Colombia. Additionally, Bogota, the capital, also continues to foster opportunities for new corporations to establish, and old corporations to expand into and continue to grow and enjoy new and affordable commercial spaces. This is an exciting transaction and business relationship to keep an eye for. As globalization continues to prominently affect our globe, the need to establish cross- cultural relationships in the real estate landscape will be more pronounced and feel less disconnected.

The Lower East Side Area and New Development Bid

The Lower East Side continues to move forward in development. Within the next ten years, the area adjacent to the Williamsburg Bride – South, North and East will continue at a similar pace as the land lease on the West 30s of the Hudson. While new apartment buildings will be a mixture of affordable and market rate residencies, the air-rights of existing older walk-ups will be bought and built. One example is the corner retail space of Delancey and Clinton in the Lower East Side. Similarly so, the Seward Park area, will see an influx of new retailers, with concessions to match the residential additions.
Here is the link to the open bid to work on this amazing trajectory …

http://www.nycedc.com/project/seward-park-mixed-use-development-project”>here is the link to the bid

The Internet Can Crash; We Need Backup Systems

I was watching a video by Danny Hillis, discussing what would happen if the Internet crashed. He talked about the origins of the infrastructures, and systems, and basically the fact that the Internet as a communications system can be attacked, disrupted – in essence crash. We have found ways to protect information on machines, and structures, but we are still in essence over dependent and vulnerable.
How this relates to real estate? Well, it can relate to anything, I have however noticed a tremendous continuation of dependence on everything on the web to do a transaction. From the databases with listings, to the exchange of documents, to electronic signatures, to the most basic dependence of looking for properties on various websites. I think it is helpful to have a back up system – perhaps not note cards stashed with addresses and prices, but something where if the Internet goes down, we can still manage