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BARAK’S THOUGHTS ON SEASONALITY IN REAL ESTATE 

We’re back with another installment of our regular Halstead Blog series from Halstead Property’s Barak Dunayer. We bring you Webisode 4, Season 2 “Seasonality in Real Estate.” 

According to Barak, many agents recommend taking unsold listings off the market in the summer and relisting after Labor Day. Unsold listings also tend to come off the market before Thanksgiving and relist after New Year’s Day. Barak says that he has never followed this trend, and instead finds advantages in listing properties during the “so-called slower times”:

 

“Sellers can be assured that the buyers making appointments during these times are serious about making a deal and not just window shopping. Buyers can also enjoy the lesser competition for quality inventory and take a bit more time for making a decision.”

Click here to watch the most recent Webisode “Picking Your Broker” and for the entire collection of videos from Barak’s Thoughts series, click here.

Share your thoughts and connect with Barak on Twitter or over email, and visit his agent website for all your real estate needs.

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Thoughts and opinions presented in this video series are those of Barak Dunayer and do not reflect the official opinions of Halstead Property, LLC.

BEHIND THE NUMBERS IN CONNECTICUT: THIRD QUARTER 2014

Tune in to our latest Behind the Numbers episode for an update on our Connecticut 3rd Quarter 2014 Market Report as prepared by Halstead Property’s Chief Economist Greg Heym. President Jim Gricar joins Greg on location in Rowayton, CT at an exclusive waterfront listing represented by Halstead’s Nancy Dauk. Greg provides an overview of his findings for Fairfield County: 6 out of 8 towns had a higher average price than the 3rd Quarter of 2013 led by Westport. While Norwalk experienced the most sales compared to a year ago. Jim takes viewers on a tour of the home throughout the video, and even concludes with a discussion about Rowayton’s nautical lifestyle with Nancy Dauk.

WATCH THE FULL VIDEO HERE.

Click here to view the full 3rd Quarter 2014 Market Report for Connecticut single-family homes. 

YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: PIED A TERRE PERFECTION

Step inside this lovely pied a terre on the Upper West Side. From its exquisite bones (herringbone wood floors, vintage crown moldings) to  the impeccable décor, this home is ready for its editorial close-up. In fact, the Pre-War beauty is currently owned by an established interior designer and has been featured in two design books, a House Beautiful spread and on NBC’s Open House NYC. How’s that for an impressive resume? Step inside to an open concept kitchen and living/dining space. The kitchen has a decorative backlit oval window, Calcutta Gold countertops and custom cabinetry. A large picture window and ornate mantle complete the charming living room. The cozy bedroom has three closets and a window seat perfect for gazing at Uptown views. To add to its stellar resume, the home is located in The Galaxy—a 1905 co-op building with a roof deck and central location just steps from Museum Park.

Click here to discover more about this gorgeous one-bedroom home.

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BRIAN LEWIS PREMIERE FRIDAY 

Presenting a video tour of 7 East 35th Street PH16F

One of Wall Street Journal’s Top Brokers in the US Brian Lewis is at it again with another stellar exclusive and video tour. Brian welcomes you to the Townhouse in the Sky”—a 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom multi-level penthouse in Murray Hill. Pop a bag of popcorn, kick back and click play as we introduce our latest Brain Lewis Premiere Friday. 

The video starts out with Brian playing pool in the home’s stylish bonus room followed by a presentation of the double-height living room with its impressive skylights. The private rooftop terrace is an obvious showstopper with skyline and Empire State Building views. Back inside, Brian introduces the eat-in kitchen and formal dining room, which also features a skylight perfect for dinners under the stars. In the en-suite master bathroom, Brian points out spa-like features such as sleek, marble countertops and a steam shower complete with a backlit wall. As if there weren’t enough double-height ceilings and skylights, you’ll find these two features yet again in a second bedroom. There is also another master bedroom with an en-suite bathroom and fireplace (that makes three). Finally, Brian takes us back to the bonus room where he hops on a ladder that moves along the wall of floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. Penthouse living never looked better.

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Central Park By The Numbers

By Madeleine Dale, Licensed Assoc. R.E. Broker in our West Side Office

For 161 years Central Park has offered New Yorkers a taste of fall foliage in the heart of Manhattan. The island’s largest green space spans 59th Street to 110th Street from Fifth Avenue to Central Park West.  Many visitors to Central Park are surprised to learn that it is in fact a man-made park. Landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux designed Central Park in 1858 after a law was passed on July 21, 1853 by the New York State Legislature allowing the construction of a large public park in Manhattan. The 843-acre treasure is home to a staggering number of plant and animal species, fields and park-goers of course. Check out the numbers  below:

·         21,500 trees

·         5 turtle species

·         65 statues

·         9,000 benches

·         21 playgrounds

·         26 ball fields

·         58 miles of trails

·         230 species of birds

·         40 million human visitors each year

Central Park’s numbers at a glance are provided by the Central Park Conservancy. Click here to learn more about the history of Central Park.

To connect with Madeleine visit her agent website.

YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: MIRRORS OF MIDTOWN

This luxurious and furnished two bedroom corner unit has it all. Dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows show off stunning views of both the New York City skyline and Hudson River from a coveted vantage point in a sought after Midtown West condominium building complete with two outdoor terraces, a fitness center, and round the clock service. Careful attention has been paid to tastefully furnish the entire residence making sure it pleases everyone’s palette, and the powder room even boasts a brand new washer and dryer.

Click here to discover more about this luxury two bedroom, two bath rental in The Link.

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YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: LOFT LIVING

Get cozy in front of the woodburning fireplace and enjoy this urban bungalow located in the heart of SoHo, New York City. With almost 1,500 sun flooded square feet  inside a premier prewar condominium building, this is loft living at its finest as embodied by romantic exposed brick, polished hardwood floors and eye-dropping high ceilings found throughout the entire apartment. A northwest facing Master Bedroom presents  an even further sense of tranquility and a second bedroom holds potential for use as a home office or den adding coveted living space to a classic downtown abode.

Click here to learn more about this loft condominium.

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YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: CENTRAL PARK WEST

Sweeping open views for miles over Central Park can be seen from every single room of this condominium home complete with towering 10’ high ceilings and an arsenal of oversized windows.  The iconic New York City skyline and glowing city lights reveal themselves even brighter from both vantage points of the spacious living room that opens directly to a massive private terrace. When you can peel your eyes away from such iconic views, you’ll be equally as impressed with sophisticated design found throughout  from warm honey oak wood floors to an inviting spa-like oasis ambiance in the Master Suite. Additionally, the 6 bedroom residence brags one of the most coveted addresses on the Upper West Side with renowned 5-star service and unbeatable amenities.

Discover more details on this Upper West Side residence here.

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THE HALSTEAD PROPERTY FAMILY CONTINUES ITS STRATEGIC GROWTH AT 499 PARK AVENUE

Halstead Property is pleased to announce that 13 top producing agents have joined the Park Avenue Office. The firm is proud to welcome top agents including: Geri Epstein, Leslie Bettison, Harriet Botwinick, Kim Cowal, Greta Elias, Neil Gallo, Marcia Gershon, Joe Irving, James Lake, Leslie Penny, Seth Price, Arnie Roitman and Richard Topp.

“We are thrilled to welcome these incredibly knowledgeable and talented agents to the Halstead family,” said John Wollberg, Executive Director of Sales for Halstead Property, Park Avenue. “I have had the opportunity to work with a number of these agents over the years and always admired their expertise and poise. They are an absolutely fabulous addition to our firm.”

CHRISTOPHER KROMER TO BRICKUNDERGROUND

Halstead Property’s Christopher Kromer was recently interviewed by BrickUnderground on the importance of open houses for buyers, especially those looking at co-ops in NYC. For the buyer, it’s key to make a good first impression to the seller’s broker, says BrickUnderground. Christopher backs up this sentiment:

 How someone conducts themselves in an open house is generally a good indication of how they’d act in a board interview, and how likely they are to be approved

BrickUnderground rounded up tips to “aceing” open houses for buyers from real estate experts. Their suggestions include:

  • Avoid overdressing
  • Always “play it cool”
  • Don’t be too critical of the property and its décor
  • Don’t make a big deal out of taking off your shoes (in fact, this is quite common in luxury listings)
  • Arrive on time
  • Make sure your children behave appropriately
  • Practice proper etiquette with the free snacks and alcohol

Click here for the full article.

To connect with Christopher Kromer visit his agent website and follow him on Twitter.

QUOTE OF THE DAY - CHRISTOPHER KROMER

Your quote of the day comes from Halstead Property’s Christopher Kromer, quoted in A Buyer’s Guide to Open Houses at NYC Apartments by popular New York City real estate website, Brick Underground. As Brick Underground points out, open houses can be a window into how “the other half” lives offering a glimpse into design, décor, and the like. However alternatively, an open house is also a crucial time for buyer’s to make a good impression as many sellers, and their agents, are paying close attention to how you’re behaving thus providing good indication on how you’d fare in a board interview. Well-versed and a seasoned industry expert, Kromer points out that, 

"How someone conducts themselves in an open house is generally a good indication of how they’d act in a board interview, and how likely they are to be approved."

Going as far to reprimand common etiquette faux pas, Kromer insists “Don’t roll your eyes if they ask you to take off the shoes,” and goes on to say that last but certainly not least, punctuality is of the utmost importance here because like you probably do as well, “the listing agent probably has other places to be.

Click here to read the full feature on A Buyer’s Guide to NYC Open Houses by Brick Underground.

Visit Christopher Kromer’s agent website and connect with him over email and on Twitter to learn more. 

BARAK’S THOUGHTS ON PICKING YOUR BROKER

We’re back with another installment of our regular Halstead Blog series from Halstead Property’s Barak Dunayer. We bring you Webisode 3, Season 2 “Picking Your Broker.”

Barak starts off with the biggest question of all when buying or selling: how do you choose the right broker? Here are his tips: 1) look at the broker’s track record and expertise 2) find out the broker’s “plan of action” 3) is he/she likeable?

 “Buying and selling real estate can involve big emotional and financial decisions. So, make sure you’ve got the right person to do the job”

Click here to watch the most recent Webisode “How to Interpret the Market Reports” and for the entire collection of videos from Barak’s Thoughts series, click here.

Share your thoughts and connect with Barak on Twitter or over email, and visit his agent website for all your real estate needs.

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Thoughts and opinions presented in this video series are those of Barak Dunayer and do not reflect the official opinions of Halstead Property, LLC.

THE BEST HALLOWEEN-THEMED SPOTS IN NYC

In New York City Halloween is not limited to October 31st. In fact, the city celebrates this haunted holiday all month long. We rounded up the best Halloween-themed locales and events throughout the city that satisfy trick-or-treaters to thrill-seeking adults. Plus, don’t miss out on post-Halloween festivities in celebration of Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos on November 1st. Here is our list of the best spots to enjoy Halloween in NYC: 

1. The Village is hands-down the place to be on October 31st. Don your Halloween costume and join spectators at the 41st annual Village Halloween Parade  along Sixth Avenue between Spring and 16th Streets at 7pm. Enjoy creative costumes, musicians and dancers in the city’s biggest Halloween gathering.

 2. The Haunted Pumpkin Garden is a yearly hit at The New York Botanical Garden (2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx). Dare to walk through a pumpkin patch with creatures roaming about, says Time Out New York. NYBG also celebrates Halloween with pumpkin carving activities, a display of North America’s largest gourds (October 25-26) and other special events. The Haunted Pumpkin Garden runs through October 31.

 3. For those who enjoy getting spooked, several haunted houses crop up in Manhattan every October. Encounter all your worst nightmares from demons to dolls at  Blood Manor at The McKittrick Hotel (542 West 27th Street). For an even more terrifying experience go on “Lights Out Nights” when visitors navigate Blood Manor with just the glimmer of glow sticks. NIGHTMARE: NEW YORK has been around for years, and this year it will take visitors on a journey through the city’s eerie past (107 Suffolk Street).

4. Queens County Farm (73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park) has a family-friendly lineup of events to celebrate Halloween and autumn. In late September, the farm unveiled “The Amazing Maize Maze” in the shape of the American flag (the corn maze runs until October 26). On October 18th, bring flashlights and experience the “Maze by Moonlight” until 9pm. The farm also hosts a haunted house and hayrides (October 24-26), and has a pumpkin patch on weekends until October 26th.

5. For those who prefer Halloween treats over partaking in actual festivities, you’ll devour Cider Week NYC. Running from October 21-31, this apple-obsessed festival spans restaurants, bars and shop throughout the city in appreciation of craft ciders. On Halloween, sample Farnum Hill Ciders at Frankly Wines (66 West Broadway) from 5:30-7:30pm. For a schedule of events go here.

6. Nitehawk Cinema  (136 Metropolitan Avenue) in Williamsburg will host several Halloween-themed screenings in the coming weeks. Don’t miss “Spoons, Toons & Booze Halloween Special” on October 18th and 19th, which includes vintage cartoons (Halloween episodes, of course), cocktails, cereal and brunch dishes. This popular event allows the 21+ crowd to relive childhood, but this time with a Bloody Mary in-hand. The little ones can enjoy Halloween at the dine-in cinema as well. The “Lil’ Hawk Friendly Halloween” program will screen Monster House on October 11th and 12th for ages 6+.

 7. If you can muster up the energy to continue the festivities the day after Halloween, then head to Hotel Americano (518 West 27 Street) for a Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) bash at 9pm. Hosted by El Museo del Barrio’s Junior Council, enjoy dancing and cocktails into the wee hours of the night.

 

YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: TOWNHOUSE IN THE SKY

If you’ve ever dreamed of occupying a designer multi-level home with its own yard, four bedrooms, three baths, three wood-burning fireplaces, and a gorgeous elliptical stairway – all in New York City, this Midtown Manhattan home was made for you. The proverbial “deluxe apartment in the sky” becomes reality as you can see the clouds float above you through atrium windows that crown the signature cathedral ceilings found in almost every room, including the bedrooms, and al fresco entertaining from dining under the stars to a sun-splashed lunch is made possible by your own private terrace. To say the gorgeous green space with its own custom lighting and watering systems, and iconic views of the New York City Skyline is an urban oasis would be an understatement. Inside brags more style than the runways during fashion week with an understated yet dramatic loft-sized living room with a stone fireplace and a dining room built for twelve with magical views of the sky from  glorious glass-topped cathedral ceiling. Tranquility abounds in a master suite complete with a wood-burning fireplace and a custom en suite, marble master bath, and in an equally as serene guest suite with another wood burning fireplace and floor to ceiling windows. As if we weren’t already weak in the knees, the crown jewel of this residence shows itself as a massive super-suite with soaring ceilings and floor-to-ceiling custom bookshelves that is currently configured as a multi-use media/game room and library.

Click here to learn more about this Townhouse in the Sky.

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YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: INDUSTRIAL CHIC

French industrial chic meets downtown cool in this meticulously renovated two bedroom Prewar cooperative located in a full-service doorman building on a prime tree-lined block in Greenwich Village. A wide entrance gallery beckons your stellar art collection as it opens to reveal a perfectly proportioned living and dining area decorated with high beamed ceilings, a wood-burning fireplace, brilliant southern light from a wall of classic casement windows and custom details such as re repurposed wood bookshelves, hand-crafted steel cabinetry, and organic rough-hewn window sills adding texture and warmth to an already timeless design scheme. Such razor sharp commitment to design and sophistication is no more evident than in both the gorgeous state-of-the-art windowed chef’s kitchen with polished concrete floors, endless custom steel and screened glass cabinetry, a zinc eat-in bar, abundant European-style under the counter storage and in the dramatic 8-foot steel screened glass door that opens to a striking windowed powder room. Every inch of this exquisite home has been carefully considered and curated with luxury and comfort in mind, from the pale grey-blue oak flooring, to the soothing milk-painted walls, to the original stripped wood doors with their antique crystal knobs, each material catches your eye and visually stimulates the senses and invites you to relax and forget the stresses of the world outside.

Discover more about this exquisite residence here.

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