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January 2, 2013

with gratitude for a great year!

with gratitude to our clients, friends, and colleagues. It's my privilege to wish you a happy and prosperous 2013

April 22, 2012

A Co-op With Elbow Room, The Times covers my work again!

buyer's brokerThe New York Times' The Hunt covers the often intense ups and downs of people searching for homes in New York City. For the second time this year, I'm privileged to have my clients profiled. It was an exhausting apartment hunt that I brokered, poetically culminating full circle, with my customers Evan and Natalie buying the apartment literally across the hallway from the one where I had met them months earlier, at an open house for one of my exclusives at 350 E 77th Street. It was a real roller-coaster of a search. Times writer Joyce Cohen tells the whole story in A Co-op With Elbow Room, in today's Real Estate section.

We saw over 50 Upper East Side apartments, had three accepted offers, with wrenching disappointments as two of them didn't work out. Throughout the process, I built a strong client relationship with Evan and Natalie. Few things motivate me to be on my best game more than the loyalty and sincere appreciation of customers like these. They relied heavily on my expertise as I helped to guide them through a fairly complex maze of available inventory. Helping to validate coop values, making strategically savvy offers, negotiating well, and closing on a great value for them. We encountered everything from difficult coops to sellers rescinding their acceptance. In the end we had a few laughs, and great satisfaction as we closed on their perfect, first, NYC home.

read the full article in The New York Times: A Co-op With Elbow Room

March 12, 2012

The New York Times covers my apartment hunt

Chris Leggatbuying a manahattan co-op or condoIt was a real privilege to be covered in the New York Times last week. The Hunt columnist Joyce Cohen covered my nearly two year apartment search for Dr. Christopher Leggat. After one deal went sour at the Victoria in The Village, we closed nearly a year later on an apartment at the new development Tempo on East 23rd Street, that he loves. We searched a corridor of Manhattan accessible to the PATH trains that stretched from Battery Park City to Greenwich Village, Gramercy Park and Chelsea. Outstanding client relationships are truly the way that an agent's real estate practice grows. Few things impact one's life as much as buying property. It involves a lot of local knowledge, market research, and number crunching, Chris appreciated that my experience in evaluating those things created real value for him in the process. I'm fortunate to have great clients like him.

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January 12, 2012

The perfect finish to an apartment hunt

Dear Peter, Thank you for your tireless efforts to find Natalie & I a great apartment. it turned out to be a bit of a crazy process but with a happy ending. We couldn't have done it without all your hard work,counsel, positive attitude and commitment to us. We spoke more to you over the past six months then with our friends and family combines! And we always felt like your most important clients. We couldn't be more pleased. All the best and I'm sure we'll be in touch soon. Cheers, Natalie & Evan

headroomI received this note today from a couple, whom I had the privilege of helping buy their first coop apartment. A nice pre-war unit at 350 East 77th Street. I met them at an open house when I was listing a unit for sale there, which lead to a long search, all over the upper east side. It was a real roller-coaster ride, and a bit too long a story to tell here. In the end they found the perfect one bedroom home, directly across the hallway from the unit where I'd met them! I do deals in every price category, but there are no small deals. It is almost always the largest transactions in a person's lifetime. I never loose sight of that. Great customers deserve a great experience. I so appreciate the thoughtfulness of this note, thanks Evan & Natalie!

December 31, 2011

Thank you for an amazing year!

This year's resolution: more living room. Happy New Year!

click to zoom image; yes, it's a reprise of my 2006 new year's resolution card

It's been a remarkable 2011. The market in New York City found it's footing again, albeit a bit cautiously. I've had the privilege of working with great clients and seeing them through to their real estate goals. The one thing that rings true for me across both my commercial building and luxury residential sales, is how much more focus it has taken to get the deals done. Nothing has come easy, and I've learned considerably about the art of brokerage. More than ever, great marketing programs have been crucial, and led to a tipping point of interest. Several deals had accepted offers that melted away, as buyers & sellers pushed to their strategic limits, without resolve. Working those out sometimes involved fiercely standing one's ground, seeing latent design opportunities which can add value, and sometimes knowing when to quit and move to the next offer. Nice to have that last option. For my clients, it comes from the added value of that my unique advertising capabilities bring. If you are thinking about bringing a property to market you should find out why my boutique approach to marketing, presentation and design get higher sales prices higher and results faster. Wishing you a prosperous and happy 2012!

July 5, 2011

Comitini sells 177 Franklin Street in Tribeca

I'm pleased to announce my sale of a historic mixed-use loft building at 177 Franklin Street, in the heart of Tribeca.

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February 15, 2011

Become your dream

I've started noticing the words "become your dream", scrawled on some of the garbage on the UES

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December 31, 2010

Beauly lives everywhere in 2011

It is good to take a moment to say thank you to everyone who help make 2010 a productive year. I've seen many changes this year personally and professionally. With each opportunity, and every challenge, comes a chance to change and grow into what's next. Little of it would be possible without the support and inspiration of my family, friends, clients, and colleagues. Beauty lives in every home I help people with, and I'm privileged to have been a...

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October 17, 2010

Catching my breath in the New York Times

I was thrilled to find myself quoted in Today's New York Times Real Estate cover story by Jake Mooney, on a subject that I've been contemplating a bit since representing and selling my exclusive at 171 Duane Street in Tribeca. New York’s Tiny Squares Offer Breathing Room, or simply "Breathing Room" in the print edition.

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June 29, 2010

Housing Help For Homeless Veterans

As we honor those who have sacrificed in service to our country this July 4, here’s a sobering statistic to consider: Veterans account for nearly a quarter of the country’s homeless population.

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June 19, 2010

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2010

Who could have said it better than this Mermaid who washed ashore at today's annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade. Those of us who enjoyed a day at the beach, were appropriately reminded about BP's oil spill in the Gulf, as Brooklyn's homegrown annual celebration of summertime, took on an oily layer of protest by many of the Mermaid and sea life costumed marchers....

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January 30, 2010

Coop application foiled by Facebook page

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. Sometimes pictures lie. But the secret to passing a Board's scrutiny is to appear completely uncontroversial. It's a simple lesson, in today's wired world of social networks, potential buyers and their agents, need to review the online presence of the applicants, and edit where needed.

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December 23, 2009

Sohoho Nohoho (replay)

I was surprised to find out that my Christmas postcard from 2004 was being auctioned on ebay, by an outfit named Sensual World, "Purveyors of sensual items from around the world". While I fail to see how exactly I fit in there, I'm somewhat flattered nonetheless that someone took notice five years later. These were both mailed out and distributed on postcard ad racks around downtown Manhattan that year. I've always focused on developing a brand and bringing attention to my practice, and my clients listings, through design. In any event it gave me a great excuse to recycling this image, and take a moment to wish you all a very happy holiday season!

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December 16, 2009

A snapshot of the Manhattan Real Estate Market today

I'm presenting some data published here by Corcoran based on November contract signed data which lead the sold and closed metrics by 60 to 90 days. This is more telling if you are thinking about bringing a home onto the market, or buying one in the first half of 2010.

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October 2, 2009

leaner times call for leaner brokers

I guess leaner times call for leaner brokers. I said to my doctor a year ago that if I didn't do something about my weight, I felt like I was going to die. With his best Borscht Belt style delivery, he told me, "Peter I have bad news for you. Your gonna die sooner or later". Which actually kinda put it in perspective for me. Since the beginning of the year I've now lost 75 lbs and counting down.

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June 4, 2009

I'm ranked in the top 2% nationally!

I learned this week that I have been once again ranked in the top 2% of my company's real estate agents nationally! NRT is the parent company of The Corcoran Group, CitiHabitats, Sothbey's Real Estate, Coldwell Banker, and Century 21— with over 54,000 agents.

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February 15, 2009

The real estate bookshop is back

I'm taking a little break and traveling this week. I've been quite busy recently working on new business; resulting in a few half finished posts, while also tweaking the blog's CSS, and refining it's typography and visual elements over the past couple of weeks. Back soon... This is a quick note to announce that I've relaunched the real estate bookshop this week. I'm donating all profits to corcoran cares, an initiative to give back to the communities that we live in and serve.

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January 27, 2009

tribeca, 1936 to today

I had some fun today standing in the approximate foot steps of Berenice Abbott and rephotographing the above scene, which she shot on April 8th, 1936 as part of Changing New York, her definitive record of New York in the 1930s

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December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!

Thanks to all our clients and customers for making 2008 the best one ever....

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November 5, 2008

I'm just so proud of my country tonight

I can't help but to take a moment, a bit off topic for this blog, to celebrate the triumph of our democracy today in electing Barack Obama as the next President of the United States of America. The cheering about 11 PM could be heard on the streets near my home in Tribeca as the polls closed on the west coast, and the networks announced their projections. I'm sure they were heard across the country and beyond. I've never seen a leader before with the ability to inspire so many people to renew their faith in the ideals and promise of America. Congratulations to Mr. Obama and to the American people on this historic evening.

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September 21, 2008

20/20's astigmatism

ABC's 20/20 was quick to run with a story last week, "The Fall of the Gilded Age". No doubt that Manhattan real estate, which has been largely spared from the real estate downturn, and fueled by Wall Street salaries, would be looked at in this segment. A well known NYC agent was on camera saying, "Because a month from now, that same $5 million apartment may be lucky to achieve $3.5 million" and that the average $5 million apartment has already lost 20 percent of its value. But no matter where you stand, buyer, seller, broker, or even bubble blogger, the claim simply doesn't hold up.

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August 4, 2008

video: Reed Kroloff; architecture, modern and romantic

Critic and scholar Reed Kroloff seeks a new lens for judging new architecture: is it modern, or is it romantic? In this TED talk from 2003, which has just been released, he delivers a blistering critique of the Ground Zero planning process. It serves as a springboard into a discussion of architectural approaches which he then filters as being "technocratic" or "romantic". With an outspoken approach to the problems of rebuilding cites and a fearless eye for design, Reed Kroloff is helping to change the urban landscape of cities from New York to New Orleans.

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May 24, 2008

Woolworth's western facade fully seen for last time

The demolition of the 1951 Moody's building at 99 Church Street has revealed, for the first time in 57 years, this unobstructed view of Cass Gilbert's neo-gothic design for the Woolworth Building's western facade. It is the site for a major new addition to the lower Manhattan skyline— Architect Robert A.M. Stern's design for the new, downtown, Four Seasons Hotel and condominium tower. The new skyscraper will rise on the construction site visible in the foreground and will eclipse this view forever.

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April 30, 2008

Architect Norman Foster: Building on the green agenda

This is a compelling video of Sir Norman Foster that was filmed in Munich in 2007 at DLD (Digital, Life, Design); a conference covering digital innovation, science and culture. He presents a macro view of urban design and public buildings that are sustainable and "celebratory". These are agenda setting ideas. He illustrates them using his own work; including the London Gherkin, and mega scale projects in China and the Middle East. In Manhattan, Lord Foster has completed the striking Hearst building on 57th Street and is working on one of the new towers on the World Trade Center site.

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January 21, 2008

A forgotten Keith Haring discovered in Tribeca condo

This is a fascinating report by Bradley Hope at The Sun about a lost work by Keith Haring which was recently uncovered during the redevelopment of a loft at The American Thread Building in my neighborhood of Tribeca.

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