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November 19, 2014

"Record low inventory!"  
"Not enough homes to sell!" 
The persistent kvetching by our local realtors accurately sums up the current real estate market in the Big Apple. Still, why let this whining cast a shadow over the reason WHY supply can't keep up with demand: Liv...

November 15, 2014

One pastrami on rye, three pickles and a side of air rights to go!

The 126-year-old downtown Katz’s Deli on Houston and Ludlow sold its air rights.  Although the developer’s identity is a mystery, Katz’s future is not.  It’s here to stay and continue whipping up some of...

November 14, 2014

Any homeowner victimized by Super Storm Sandy knows that standard homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover flooding. But FYI:


1. The National Flood Insurance Program offers flood insurance to homeowners, renters, and business owners if their community participates in the NF...

November 12, 2014

1. Indoor and outdoor living spaces no longer need to be completely separate. Blur the lines! According to Elle Décor, the end of distinction between these two areas is now all the rage! 


2. Large windows are a simple first step to synchronize your indoor and outdoor q...

November 11, 2014

Ever since I could remember, I dreamed of living in the city. I aspired to take NYC by storm and live life just like the ever-fabulous Carrie Bradshaw. Like your typical teenage girl, I fantasied about the Sex and the City lifestyle – packed with a fabulous job, glamor...

November 11, 2014

Andrea Siben, Melanie’s incredibly talented sister, has traveled the world as a model, art historian and commercial real estate broker. As a specialist in the buying and selling of hotels globally, Andrea shares her most prized advice on how to be a successful, globe-t...

November 11, 2014

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, more than 3,400 Americans die each year in fires and nearly 20,000 are injured.  Many of these blazes occur in the home.  So, what can YOU, a savvy New Yorker, do to keep yourself and those you love from becoming a national st...

November 11, 2014

Flipping is the business of buying a distressed home at a low price, fixing it up, and then selling it for a quick profit.


1. Flipping homes is not as easy as flipping pancakes and definitely not as simple as those “Get Rich Quick” schemes make it appear.


2. Like any...

November 11, 2014

Melanie Siben Interviews the most resilient, determined souls in America, starting with Pavandeep

Kaur Khalsa, a brave survivor of child trafficking and a hero to all of us



Melanie Siben: What in your background are you willing to share?



Pavandeep: I was born into a p...

November 10, 2014

1. Adjustable-rate loans, also known as variable-rate loans, usually offer a lower initial interest rate than fixed-rate loans. The interest rate fluctuates over the life of the loan based on market conditions, but the loan agreement generally sets maximum and minimum...

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Dear blog readers, as my real estate business picked up speed, my available time to create original content declined. My apologies for not continuing my blog posts. I am now fully devoted, however, to helping my clients with their real estate needs.  If you or your friends, family, neighbors and colleagues are looking to buy, sell or rent, remember that I would love to help. 


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