Category: Building Operations

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The Myth of Radiator Valves

October marked the beginning of heating season in New York City.  For those of you who have cast iron radiators to heat your apartments, here’s a helpful tip: Radiator valves will turn your radiators on and off. Simple right? But did you k…

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2022 December Market Wrap-Up 2022

This past year was a year of contradiction in the real estate industry, both locally and nationally. 2022 began on the coattails of one of the strongest markets for homes in recent history.  But by early spring, with inflation rising at a r…

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2022 December Changing Property Managers

Of the many consequential decisions boards and board members have to make on behalf of their communities, choosing a management company—or a manager within a given firm—is among the biggest. Managers are the point of contact between residen…

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2022 December Tenants, Subleasing, & Non-Resident Owners

In the world of owned residential communities like co-ops, condominiums, and HOAs, the issue of leased or sublet units is often the elephant in the corner of the communal room. Most owners choose to buy their units because they want a stabl…

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Boiler Alternatives

As the planet continues to heat up, so does the business of countering climate change. A new product in this fight is the SmartWatt boiler system, designed to transform existing heating infrastructure into an energy platform.  It can satisf…

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2022 November Better Board Involvement

Even among otherwise conscientious, community-minded condo, HOA, and co-op residents, the idea of running for and serving on their board often ranks somewhere between taxes and dental work on their list of things to look forward to. It conj…

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2022 November Greener Cleaning

In recent years, concern over accelerating climate change has put increasing emphasis on ‘going green.’ This broad trend encompasses everything from what we eat to what we wear, to how we build our homes, and how we clean them. With the glo…

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2022 November Building Systems Inspections

Real estate lore has its share of stories about merciless, if not downright unscrupulous, city inspectors popping in on unaware building owners, conducting unscheduled examinations of all types, and sometimes even demanding payoffs in excha…

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