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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. 

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.

TIME IS MONEY

By: Kleopatra Phili, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Halstead Property Westside Office. 

It happens all the time in the big city – at first sight you fall in love, you ignore your instinct and hesitate to make your move …  tic-toc tic-toc,  and then out of nowhere, someone swoops in and steals the object of your affection. 

And what’s worse than losing the apartment to another buyer is, when you look at the next batch of releases, in the same pre-construction building, you’d have to pay more to get an identical apartment!  Like $100,000 more, or $700,000 more.  It all depends on how much time you waited, and who was your agent.  

What I learned more than 20 years ago from a teacher still holds true today:  TIME IS MONEY!  She’d shout it out, with the words emanating from the back of her throat, just like Shakira sings, and she’d narrow her brows, because she meant it and she wanted you to believe the veracity of her mantra.  I believe it, I live it.

Here’s one concrete example at the newly-constructed 160 E. 22nd St., Gramercy Park, with a timeline:

March 15, 2012 (my daughter’s birthday), I photographed the empty lot and posted preliminary info on my blog site 

March 6, 2013 - By the time sales launched last spring, I had already secured an appointment at the developer’s sales gallery on behalf of my customer.

October 26, 2014 - the closing took place on Apt. 4B.

Now let’s look at the numbers, as verifiable on Streeteasy:

Apt. 3B sold for $1,482,990

Apt. 4B sold for $1,055,990

Identical floor plan, identical square footage, in the same building, so why did the buyers of Apt. 4B get in for $427,000 less than the apartment below?  Because they understood that TIME IS MONEY, and I was very pleased to represent them as their agent.

I monitor upcoming new developments at the earliest stages of construction, and before pre-construction sales begin.  Through my hard work, I’ve already paved the way to get you in early, and save you time and money.  I can help you get what you want for less, in a New York minute (but oh the reconnaissance I do in advance, like a real estate detective). 

To learn more about and for answers to all of your real estate needs, you can connect with me over email or visit my agent website

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Thoughts and opinions presented in this post are those of Kleo’s and do not reflect the opinions of Halstead Property, LLC. 

YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: PERFECT HARMONY

Artfully nestled on over 10 private and quiet acres in Greenwich, Connecticut this comfortably elegant home is in perfect harmony with its idyllic natural setting in Conyers Farm. Offering dramatic architecture, walls of windows flank either side of this home and showcase the wide open floor plan encompassing almost 7,000 square feet of space while creating a backdrop of the serene outdoor beauty. Outdoor spaces feature a vanishing edge pool, bluestone terraces and a barn all surrounded by stone walls adjoining a preserve for a timeless blend of charm, sophistication, luxury and natural beauty.  

Click here to discover more about this Connecticut property.

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YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: SECRET OASIS

At the crossroads of Prospect Heights and Clinton Hill stands a truly majestic building.  Once a seminary, this gothic-style structure has been reborn as a coveted and land-marked full-service Cathedral Condominium Building with a private, serene courtyard that was formerly included on the Brooklyn Garden Tour.  Enter the private front yard to discover breathtaking marble arches and soaring ceilings that welcome you into this very special home with 14-foot ceilings and sun-drenched rooms that include an open kitchen, living and dining room that makes for easy living and entertaining. A hand-crafted staircase leads up to a loft area that currently hosts  a beautiful master bedroom complete with an almost endless amount of closet space, while dramatic Gothic-arched windows adorn main floor bedroom; And, if you require even more space, continue on down the spiral staircase to discover an area ready to be transformed into a home office and den.  

To learn more about this secret Brooklyn oasis, click here

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BARAK’S THOUGHTS ON HOW TO INTERPRET THE MARKET REPORTS

We’re back with another installment of our regular Halstead Blog series from Halstead Property’s Barak Dunayer. We bring you Webisode 2, Season 2 “How to Interpret the Market Reports” 

Most major real estate brokerage firms publish quarterly market reports that reflect data such as average and median prices of homes, says Barak. You can find our latest third quarter market report for 2014 here, as prepared by Halstead Property’s Chief Economist Greg Heym. As a buyer or seller, if you’re looking for the current status of the housing market you may run into an “information delay” of 6 months (because these reports only reflect “closed sales”). Barak offers a solution for finding out a property’s worth right now:

“Best is to look at current deals that are going into contract today. These are not public information. But, a professional, well-connected broker can get you closer to this information and advise you better on how the market’s doing today”

Click here to watch the most recent Webisode “Sellers: Should You Take the First Offer You Get?” 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.

AT THE DESK OF: JIM GRICAR 

Halstead Property’s President Shares His Office Space with The Real Deal 

Flip to page 30 of the October issue of The Real Deal and you’ll find Halstead Property’s President, Jim Gricar, sitting at his desk at 499 Park Avenue. In this special feature, Jim shares his most treasured possessions in his office and also delves into his history in New York real estate. You’ll find a snapshot of Jim during his run in Broadway’s “Jesus Christ Superstar” – pre-real estate days, of course. From Mid-Century Modern furnishings (including a reproduction of a 1959 Eames Executive Chair) to a jar of Skittles and even a Hot Wheels car, explore Jim’s office in this fun feature story

Cleveland native Jim Gricar, president of Halstead Property, moved to New York as an actor in 1989. He appeared on Broadway, including in “Sweeney Todd” and “Jesus Christ Superstar.” But he eventually tired of the nonstop work and wanted to “feel tangible success.” He became a broker with the Corcoran Group in 1998. His network of friends didn’t do much to jumpstart his new career. “My friends were all actors who couldn’t afford cabs, let alone apartments,” he said. A few years later, founder Barbara Corcoran asked Gricar to try management. At first he resisted. “Barbara said, ‘You’re a very good sales agent, but you’ll never be at the utter top of the pile … [but] you would be an exceptional sales manager.’” In 2000, he became associate managing director in the firm’s Madison Avenue headquarters. In six months, he was running their Downtown operations. In 2004, he jumped to Brown Harris Stevens, where he opened operations focusing on the burgeoning West Side condo market, and saw the firm jump to 80 agents from 40. His West Side experience gave him a jump on the expanding condominium market there, and his team handled a number of deals at the Zeckendorfs’ 15 Central Park West, including the penthouse sale to former Citigroup chairman Sandy Weill. In 2011, Gricar became president at Halstead, and since then, the number of brokers there rose to 1,200 from 900. Last month, Gricar showed The Real Deal around his Midtown office.

“Jesus Christ Superstar”

Before making the leap to real estate, Gricar spent a year on the road with a national Broadway tour of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” He played a number of different roles in the production, including Pontius Pilate, Caiaphas and “the third apostle from the left.” For the duration of the show, he was held to a no-haircut clause, which by the end of the run left him with a shoulder blade-length mane. 

Eiffel Tower

Gricar added a model Eiffel Tower to his office coffee table after his first trip to Paris in 2004. “After the whole ‘freedom fries’ thing, when everyone was mad at the French, I had the exact opposite reaction and became a Francophile,” he said.

1960s lamp

The lamp on Gricar’s desk is a reproduction of a lamp from the 1960s that his father, who was president of sales for a heating and cooling company, had in his office. “I used to love to go to my dad’s office when I was a kid,” Gricar said. “He was kind of a hipster — he had modern furniture and a Flokati rug. I just thought it was magical.” Gricar never uses overhead lighting, which he considers “severe.”

U.S. Constitution

Gricar is a member of the American Civil Liberties Union, and often hands out small booklet copies of the U.S. Constitution. He views the document as a guide to fairness and fair play, he said. “I just like what it says.”

Skittles jar

Gricar’s office is never without a tall jar of Skittles. “I’m addicted,” he said.

Hot Wheels car

Gricar loved Hot Wheels cars as a kid. The 1967 Dodge Challenger was a favorite. When the car was reissued in 2008 in the original orange color, he bought the real thing, too.

1959 executive chair

The chair behind Gricar’s desk is a reproduction of the 1959 Eames Executive Chair, which was designed specifically for the Time Life building in New York. He also has an original Florence Knoll sofa, which he admits is “a little lumpy, but you know, it’s 50 years old.”

Chinese fu dog

Gricar picked up this porcelain Chinese fu dog figurine and leather gorilla at a flea market. The gorilla on his coffee table is actually meant to be used as a doorstop, but one of his three dogs — an Australian cattle dog — kept picking it up and carrying it around. 

Thai Buddha

Gricar purchased this Buddha sculpture at a tag sale in Connecticut. The figurine, he said, exhibits the peace and calm he strives to project in his 499 Park Avenue office. It also connects to yoga, which he began five years ago, after “30 years of going to the gym and hating every minute of it.”

Story by: Julie Strickland

Photo Credit: Tobias Truvillion

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To connect with Jim Gricar visit his website

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