There is a tremendous dynamic movement in the innovation of digital spaces for communication and information. One of the biggest industries moving forward, it seems, is the technoscape. What this means, of course, is that there will be more possibilities for individuals looking to lease or purchase an apartment – to explore listings and options. New York City is a very particular market, somewhat contextual, and because of the process involved in purchasing either a cooperative, or a condominium, or even leasing a retail space, or office space, there is indeed a need for real estate brokers. Who will be the leaders of tomorrow in this arena? the personnel, adapting to that shift. Real estate investments, for example, are not just about finding a “foreclosure,” but understanding various approaches to buying an asset that will continue to produce, even in an uncertain economic cycle. In other words, the local knowledge that a broker brings, by being involved with the market first hand, with the process, the valuation, the socio structural understanding, will be an added value to the continuation of digital implementations to distribute listings. When a prospective buyer, renter, business owner develops a trusting partnership with a real estate professional, they can add value for a better transaction. It is not as useful to see them as one entity replacing another. I always look forward to working with my customers/clients, and to understand their priorities, and to share the information that is available via the various innovative informative mediums. Team work; the leadership of today, and tomorrow, is many, not one isolated incident with an app after dark looking for ways to get around the broker.
2013 could be a year of additional movement for our real estate market. At this time, judging from research – it appears that inventory is somewhat low and prices have started to see some increases. While there are new listings; both cooperatives and condominiums, the selection is still somewhat controlled. Since the (2008 +) economic decline, affecting new constructions and loans there was a decline in new construction, something that is also changing as of 2012, and into 2013. There are some new notable luxury condominiums splashing the midtown landscape. Additionally, the Hudson Yards appears to have approval for a 90 plus year lease deal to be able to develop residential and commercial properties, which will continue to add to the on-going revitalization of Manhattan’s undeveloped areas.