Price per square foot in the neighborhoods I’ve reviewed currently range from a high in the $2,000s in downtown Manhattan to a low in the $200s in East Brooklyn. 

To Rent or To Buy?

If you are already spending a substantial portion of your paycheck on rent, you might be surprised to learn that you can afford to buy a home in New York City. The median tipping point for buying in New York City is less than 6 years, which means that for most people who plan to…

New York City Spring 2018 Events

Spring is here which means you’re fresh out of excuses to stay home all weekend in sweats. The spring months in New York City bring a plethora of festivals, fairs, art, nature and overall great events for which you’ll want to get into the fresh air again. Here are some of my favorite upcoming events…

Film Festivals of New York City

The art of filmmaking has at its heart the power of storytelling to captivate, move, and inspire viewers. There are countless stories for each person who exists, and the ability that writers, producers, and directors have to bring these stories to life is a gift that benefits us all. Whether you are a fan of fiction,…

Honolulu Spring Events

In Honolulu, where temperatures are in the 70’s and 80’s all year, it seems like spring every day, yet there are special events around that are specific to the seasons, each with their own rich history. Here are four of the best spring events on the islands, one for each month of spring. Great Hawai`ian…

Honolulu Neighborhood Spotlight: Downtown & Chinatown

Located on the south shore of Oahu, the adjacent neighborhoods of Downtown and Chinatown are a relaxed 15-minute drive from the iconic Waikiki beach. These neighborhoods have a combined distance of 10 blocks, divided almost in half by Bethel Street. Originally a seaport headed by Aloha Tower, the Downtown area now features concrete and glass…

Just Closed – 159 Tompkins Street

I was able to get my clients into two investor units at 159 Tompkins Avenue before the homes were on the market. I negotiated a closing price below ask and with the sponsor paying a portion of transfer taxes and attorney fees. Look out for these two 2-bedrooms to hit the market as rentals for…

Q&A with Wellness Entrepreneur Andrea Praet

Andrea Praet’s inspirational career path began when she pursued her childhood dream of living in Manhattan. After over a decade in trend forecasting, a meditation retreat to India led her to leave fashion and start The Uplift Project. Through The Uplift Project, Andrea curates positive and transformative programs and retreats featuring world leaders in the…

Compass has recently released Q4’s findings, showing a strong and steady market with equal supply and demand and a mix of statistical year over year increases and decreases. Read on for updated data about listings, contracts signed, closings, pricing, time on market, and absorption rate, as well as current price per square foot throughout Manhattan,…

Winter Activities for NYC Kids

Wintertime doesn’t have to mean staying indoors because of the cold; there is plenty to do and see around town specifically tailored to children. As a new father, I’m now paying attention to activities that are suitable for adults and kids alike, and that will educate, engage, and entertain our little ones. From classical music…

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and The NYC Real Estate Market

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has been a controversial plan since it was first introduced several months ago. The final bill was recently signed into law and the new plan takes effect on January 1, 2018. Considered the biggest tax overhaul since the 1980s, the household and corporate savings generated through the tax cut…

Broadening Your Horizons in 2018

If your New Year’s Resolution includes learning and growing intellectually, you are in the right city to do so! NYC is a mecca for intellectuals seeking knowledge on everything from improving romantic relationships to finding meaning in the cosmos. With cultural institutions across the city offering affordable events, there’s no shortage of places for you…

421A NYC Real Estate Tax Incentive Program

Tax incentives and abatements are among the driving forces that keep the New York City real estate market growing even after down years. Abatements work by not increasing the assessed value of a home after renovations are complete. Exemptions work by providing tax credits to defray increased property taxes after renovations are complete. If you…

Brooklyn and Queens are now part of my monthly market update which looks at current median price per square foot on a neighborhood to neighborhood basis. This month prices range from $279 psf in Brownsville, Brooklyn, to $2,491 psf in NoLIta. 

Cozy Hotel Bars

Pretty soon not even the warmest winter jacket will insulate you from the cold of New York City. While it’s tempting to go straight home after work to avoid the cold, you can only hibernate for so long before needing to get out on the town. The holiday season is perfect for catching up with…

Winter Events in NYC

Winter is almost upon us and as temperatures dip, a new kind of fun emerges for city dwellers. Winter is the time to get inside, and the abundance of art, music, fashion, and food scenes make it a particularly fun time of year. It’s also a good time to be out and about in the cold,…

Flights of Fancy at NYC Area Airports

Gone are the days when taking a flight consisted of being welcomed by human beings and a printed boarding pass, walking through breezy security lines onto a TWA or Continental flight, and then eating a full onboard meal compliments of the airline. These days, flights usually begin at a kiosk where a digital ticket is scanned…

Compass has recently released Q3’s industry-leading research data and the findings are good news for those invested in NYC. The market remains strong as indicated by four main data points: contracts signed, closings, pricing, and time on market.

Coffee Time

You can find the best of everything in New York City, from art to food to architecture… and coffee is no exception. New York is home to a thriving community of creative, dedicated coffee-makers who are obsessive about every detail from bean sourcing, to roasting, to latte art, to environmental sustainability and fair trade practices.…