October 11, 2010

Staging Lite

Staging on a BudgetRegular readers of this blog know that I’m a big fan of staging. But what if you don’t have the money? Or you have a 5,000 square foot home, and staging would be prohibitively expensive? I’d still make the case that a half (or a quarter) loaf is better than none. Establishing...
Read More

Social Work Wisdom & Real Estate

Keeping Negotiations Positive “I’m not mad at you, I’m mad at your behavior.” Anyone who’s ever been a social worker — or the offspring of one (me) — can relate to the above (although when you hear it at age 7, it does seem a tad bit, shall we say, “conceptual”). Still, the comment can...
Read More

Betting on the Incumbents

Goliath vs. David No, I don’t know how the elections next month are going to turn out. But when it comes to the stock market, here’s a tip: bet on the incumbents. That’s because today’s economic environment is particularly hospitable to “incumbents” — established, large companies — and hostile to upstarts. At least, that’s what...
Read More

"Uptown West Apartments"

Make that, “Uptown Very West” “Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.” I’d actually add a third category to the above: real estate developments. So, once upon a time when I lived in Manhattan, I rented an apartment at One Columbus Place, that was neither “One” nor on Columbus Circle, its putative namesake. In...
Read More