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NYC Real(i)ty Speak: 10 New Year's resolutions for NYC vertical dwellers

by Veronica X. | 12/23/11 - 12:19 PM

All good things must come to an end, and Veronica X regrets to inform you that though she has enjoyed her time here immensely, the growing demands of her offline life have led her to...

NYC Real(i)ty Speak: Renovation regrets

by Veronica X. | 12/16/11 - 3:24 PM

The workers have (mostly) gone, the punch list is (slightly) shorter, and you are finally living in the vision that has consumed most of your free time and finances for the last year.  If you...

NYC Real(i)ty Speak: Good excuses for lame tippers (sort of)

by Veronica X. | 12/09/11 - 10:41 AM

'Tis the season for a handout. If you are feeling more Scrooge-ish than Money Tree, do we have an excuse for you!

  1. Just take the next three packages that come for us and we'll call it...

NYC Real(i)ty Speak: It's named a punchlist for a reason

by Veronica X. | 12/02/11 - 2:17 PM

At the end of a renovation, there is something called a 'punch' list - the last little things that need fixing before the final bill is paid.  

Is it called a punch...

NYC Real(i)ty Speak: A tax assessor and a buyer walk into a co-op...

by Teri Karush Rogers | 11/18/11 - 2:06 PM

So you want the highest possible closing price and the lowest possible tax assessment? Here's how to play it both ways:

  • To buyers: "Pre-War architectural details"  To the tax...

NYC Real(i)ty Speak: Laundry room lip service

by Veronica X. | 11/11/11 - 1:20 PM

In the subterranean battlefield known as the laundry room, even the most innocuous remarks can hide an accusation.

  • "Wow, that is a lot of laundry!" = "Which one of your...

NYC Real(i)ty Speak: Renovation neighborspeak

by Veronica X. | 11/04/11 - 3:44 PM

When you need an emergency cat sitter, your neighbors are nowhere to be found.  But when you are renovating, people are poking their noses all over your soon-to-be new apartment.  The...

NYC Real(i)ty Speak: Smart replies to neighborly parenting advice

by Veronica X. | 10/28/11 - 2:25 PM
It may take a village to raise a child, but it doesn't take overinvolved neighbors in the vertical village.
  • "That boy should be wearing a sweater." REPLY: "He has his father's hot...

NYC Real(i)ty Speak: A spoonful of pre-listing advice

by Veronica X. | 10/21/11 - 12:41 PM

You chose a broker, you agreed on an asking price, and the photographer is coming for the Times ad next week.  This is when your broker makes little comments that will make a BIG...

NYC Real(i)ty Speak: Renovation lies we have known

by Veronica X. | 10/07/11 - 1:19 PM

Your dream bathroom/kitchen/apartment is about to become a reality....Or is it?  The dream plans are in all-too-human hands now...

  • "The tiles will look straight when they are...