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…..

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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

Practicing empathy while making money

I often think about this, specially while operating in a very competitive business environment. It seems that to some degree, while machines have facilitated some tasks, the actual services being provided by industries appears to be more transparent, but in a heartless kind of way. I recently had a service provider send me an invoice before the actual work was even completed, or I was informed that the service for which I was being billed was completed. It is interesting that with industrialization has come the manufacturing of a cold heart. Put in your credit card, write out the check, and that is the most important part. I want to continue to strive to provide the human aspect to the real estate transaction – the qualitative nature of a heart – I want to look back on my life and be glad that I was not just a cog in a wheel, but someone who was paid not only for the quantitative aspect of the transaction, but also for having a heart, and yes, even in a capitalist society – you mean something to me, not just a check.

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