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Toni's Take on Real Estate: Buying as a Broker

Toni Haber | Posted 02.12.2012 | New York
Toni Haber

We have a saying in my industry that "buyers are liars." Buyers aren't actually lying to their brokers, it's just that sometimes we come to find out that our "must haves" are wants rather than needs.

NYC Real Estate Survival: My Co-op Thanks Giving

Teri Karush Rogers | Posted 01.23.2012 | New York
Teri Karush Rogers

My first place in Manhattan was a shared, seedy, shag-carpeted room in an SRO hotel that looked as if it had hosted many boozy lunchtime trysts. Eventually I moved into a grown-up apartment, for which I am exceedingly grateful.

Great Expectations: Lawyers, Legal Fees and the Due Diligence Dilemma

Ron Gitter | Posted 12.10.2011 | New York
Ron Gitter

At a time when the complexity of a basic residential real estate transaction has increased geometrically, could the presence of an attorney in the process actually be optional?

Top 5 Ways Hippies Can Make You Rich

Ben Zolno | Posted 11.16.2011 | Business
Ben Zolno

Community living has serious advantages that are looking more and more appealing to the average American feeling the hard times of the recession.

Unrequited Loan: Banks Just Can't Seem to Commit...

Ron Gitter | Posted 11.13.2011 | New York
Ron Gitter

Thousands of residential co-op and condo loans close each day, but many of those loans have taken a great deal of time and effort to complete.

Rachel Maddow and the Little Grocery That Could

Linda Hassler | Posted 10.29.2011 | New York
Linda Hassler

The grocery is called The Old Creamery because that's what the building was in the 1800s. Looking around The Old Creamery, one sees people here care about historical preservation, community, and sustainability.

Equal Exchange: Worker-Owned Fair Trade Food Company

Joan Brunwasser | Posted 09.15.2011 | Business
Joan Brunwasser

My guest today is Daniel Steinberg, Community Brand Builder at Equal Exchange. Welcome to OpEdNews, Daniel. Can you tell our readers a bit about Equa...

Making Our World An Economic Democracy

Jeffrey Hollender | Posted 08.07.2011 | Impact
Jeffrey Hollender

We hold in our hands the key to building a sustainable economic future. By placing responsibility and ownership into the hands of employees globally, we have the ability to mold an economy that benefits us all.

Memo to First Time Buyers: How to Avoid Closing Cost Sticker Shock

Ron Gitter | Posted 08.02.2011 | New York
Ron Gitter

It never ceases to amaze me how little first-time buyers know about purchasing a home. It's difficult for a beginner to digest all of the facets of a real estate transaction.

Why We All Can't Get Along: Personal Freedom Takes a Hit

Ron Gitter | Posted 07.19.2011 | New York
Ron Gitter

Free will can be significantly limited when living in a co-op or condo. The co-op or condo owner is required to submit to rules that are not expressly stated or come into existence after the purchase.

Lending a Hand to Lenders: How to Speed Up the Closing Process

Ron Gitter | Posted 07.06.2011 | New York
Ron Gitter

The process by which a bank completes the loan documentation at the closing is about as up to date as applying a wax seal. In the digitized world we live in today, a closing takes way too long.

A Clean Sheet of Paper: Sometimes Old Technology Is Best

Ron Gitter | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Ron Gitter

Thanks to the Internet, the data available on a particular apartment has increased geometrically. But how does a purchaser process that information?

Much Ado About Something: Do Offering Plans Need a Warning Label?

Ron Gitter | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Ron Gitter

Here's an equation that would make any developer queasy: Lawyer purchasing a condo, plus alleged misrepresentation about the apartment's square footage = lawsuit.

A Lawyer is not a Toaster

Ron Gitter | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Ron Gitter

An apartment or house purchase can be the largest financial transaction of your life, so it pays to have the best representation you can afford.

Broker Talk New York: Understanding Dual Agency

Ron Gitter | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Ron Gitter

A new provision of New York State Real Property Law will significantly change the way brokers selling co-ops and condos in New York disclose their agency relationships with their clients.

5 Traps Every Apartment Buyer Should Avoid

Ron Gitter | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Ron Gitter

Buying a co-op or condo is the ultimate initiation rite to becoming a true New Yorker. But do your homework and crunch the numbers before you sign on the dotted line.

PHOTOS: Premiere Sutton Place Co-Ops For Sale

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Via our friends from Curbed, we checked out the four 8-figure listings on the market at the ultra exclusive Sutton Place River House Co-Op. The Art D...

REI Co-Op Members Rise Up: My Agitprop Job App

Jeff Ballinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jeff Ballinger

This may seem like a cheeky way to get my job application read, but I'm telling you in all sincerity that there are things that your co-op can do that are game-changing.

Cleveland's Green, Large-Scale Co-Op Model Gains Steam In A Decaying Economy

The Nation | GAR ALPEROVITZ, TED HOWARD & THAD WILLIAMSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

This article originally appeared in the March 1, 2010 issue of The Nation Magazine and is reprinted with permission. See all of The Nation's coverage ...

Health Care Cooperatives Can Work

Steven Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven Hill

Private, nonprofit health care cooperatives, properly designed, actually could offer quite a lot to both the left and the right, as well as to anyone who is interested in expanding health care coverage.

Co-op Preschools As Anchors In Strong Communities

Cameron Sinclair | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Cameron Sinclair

Education isn't just 'about the kids'. It's also about the teachers who inspire, the parents who go well above and beyond the call of duty, and the whole community that supports its' future generations.

Hope for a Compromise Is Dead

David Vines | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Vines

Obama could propose a "health care" bill that was actually an extension of the Bush tax-cuts, along with a plan to give every American a free gun, and the Republicans would still oppose it.

Top Five Reasons the Baucus Bill Is Really, Really Bad

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

In order to clarify the plan submitted by Senator Max Baucus, here are the top five reasons why it's really bad.

Why Americans Are Miseducated About Health Care Reform

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Allison Kilkenny

A media consumed with tracking Obama's popularity has failed to educate the American citizenry about the key elements of the health care debate. Many so-called journalists are guilty, like ABC's Rick Klein.

Obama's Speech: Trapped In the Gap Between Action and Rhetoric

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Hamsher

The White House has been trying to get out from under the burden of supporting the public option for weeks. The trouble is, every time they try to do it, the president's poll numbers drop.