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Spring 2015 Newsletter - Laura Matiz 
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Spring 2015 Newsletter

Hurray! The warmer weather has arrived!

May 9, 2015. Wishing all mothers and grandmothers a Happy Mother's Day. For me, Mother's Day is a reminder that we have reached the middle of spring and soon to come are the graduations (I have two coming up), Memorial Day, and the start of summer.

Below, I have spotlighted four of the 14 blog posts I released since my last newsletter, covering real estate and other amazing happenings in NYC. I hope you have a moment to read and enjoy the articles and that you'll find them informative. Researching and writing the articles continues to be a lot of fun, but not as much fun as getting your responses, comments, and tweets. Please share the articles freely.  

I'm always available to offer advice on any real estate question to you or friends—referrals welcomed. Lastly, I'd like to thank all my customers for your ongoing support and trust.

Enjoy the rest of the spring, 
- Laura (follow me on Twitter, @lmatiz)

The Byzantine NYC Property Tax System

April 26, 2015. If you do a Google search for "New York City property tax system," you will run across quotes from politicians and experts repeating statements such as, "the whole tax-assessment system is broken"  or stating the system as a "mind-numbingly complex method of assessing property taxes."  More importantly, the system has been broken for a long time with the last major correction enacted in 1996. Read on...

Source: NYC.gov website

Real Estate Tech Talk - A Two Part Series

April 19, 2015. Real estate is now a technology-driven business. Social media, custom apps, tailored ads, websites and blogs are all part of the marketing and promotion of the business. But, for information exchange with my buyers, I make use of Google Sheets and BatchGeo mapping to create a personalized and customized approach to the apartment search. Learn more...

My Micro NY. Source: nArchitects

Micro Apartments in the Age of Luxury Sales

March 14, 2015.  According to an article in the New York Times, pre-fabricated units are being assembled at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and they will be constructed like Lego pieces at 335 East 27th Street. The My Micro NY building will house 55 units that will range in size from 250 to 370 square feet. That's small. The architects are betting that design touches, such as high ceilings and Juliet balconies, will make the apartments feel airy, avoiding a college-dormitory feel given that rents are expected to be between $2,000 and $3,000. Read more...

Tips for Getting Ready for Spring 2015 Real Estate Market

March 1, 2015. The longer days and warmer weather is a catalyst for many to begin searching for a new home. And, given the inclement weather this past winter, there is likely a pent up interest awaiting for sunnier days. If you are getting ready to buy or sell your New York City property, here are seven things to keep in mind. Read tips...

Gush by Marilyn Minter, 264 Water Street - The Water Tank Project
 

A Photo Safari - The Water Tank Project

January 27, 2015. The Water Tank Project aims to raise awareness about that most critical of resources that we sometimes take for granted: water. H2O. There are 17,000 tanks in the city, hinting at the abundance we enjoy, but that is not the case in many parts of the world. My photo safari began when Brook Christopher – who has been documenting the process since inception – asked me to accompany her on a mission to capture a couple of the covered tanks in lower Manhattan. Her task was to photograph "Gush" by Marilyn Minter and "Psychogeographies" by Dustin Yellen. Hop on the photo Safari...

Selected other posts: Douglas Elliman 1QT 2015 sales reports: Manhattan | Brooklyn

Banner background image by Gus Kappler. 
Copyright © 2015 Laura Matiz, Licensed Associate RE Broker, All rights reserved.


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