Courtesy of Irene (Renee) Rallis of Douglas Elliman.

Now more than ever, outdoor space is a coveted amenity—and likely at the top of the must-have list for anyone searching for their next home. I wanted to share these tips for enhancing a terrace, garden or rooftop....

In terms of what agents can and cannot do while sheltering-in-place regulations remain in effect, summarized below is the guidance from the NY State Association of Realtors:

  • In-person showings are forbidden.  This applies to showings of vacant properties.

  • Agent...

This is Manhattan's Trillion Dollar Question....

There is insufficient post-COVID sales data to ascertain what has happened with property values.  Properties that came on the market or went into contract post-COVID (mid March 2020) have not yet closed, and there is no w...

Buying and selling in Spring/Summer 2020 is not for the faint of heart.  Unless you are serious about making a move, hunker down until you're ready.  It's rough out there!  

Buyer advice

From the comfort of your living room, get your financial pr...

April 28, 2020

I have been thinking about the significance and meaning of “home“ over these past weeks while sheltering in. The experience of working from home, hearing about friends educating their children from home, and spending extended periods inside, have all contributed to my...

April 7, 2020

Hardly!  But just in case you have some spare time, here are a few of my GO TO things to do.


  • Unorthodox

  • 90 Day Fiance (NO JUDGEMENT, PLEASE)

  • Cuomo Daily Briefing

  • Homeland (just starting)

  • The Bachelor (actually wishing it was still on)


April 6, 2020

The need to be “socially distant” and the requirement that we “stay at home“ have already changed the way we do business in the short term, and will most certainly change the way we do business forever. But we New Yorkers and residential real estate agents are resilien...

March 11, 2020

When is a Dog not a "Dog"?

This is not a trick question.

A few weeks ago, I arrived early for an appointment to show an apartment in a "No Pet" building.  To my surprise, two dogs pranced through the lobby on what appeared to be their routine afternoon walks.  My curio...

March 10, 2020

My ski accident and follow up surgery have caused me to slow down, analyze what’s happening around me, my business, my clients, with my Team members and my colleagues, and think strategically about next steps and how to advise my clients.  Here are my thoughts.

This pas...

February 11, 2020

The love shared on Valentine's Day warms my heart all month long.

It occurred to me that the steps for finding "The One" romantic love - looking for it, sealing the deal, etc - are the same as a buyer looking for the home of his or her dreams, and a seller looking for "...

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