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Know Finance, Know Savings.

Recently, we posted an article about ensuring that homebuyers and sellers alike are informed about the process and the consequences, good or bad, of their real estate transaction. This becomes an especially important issue when we see stories like this…

Top 20 Investment Trust Charts for April 2014

With the rare occurrence of Alliance Trust not holding the number one spot in the chart produced by their very own platform happening last month, when Scottish Mortgage temporary stepped in, it’s back to business as usual with Alliance Trust top of the…

Be Aware of Taxes and Fees

One of the most important things to remember when you own a home is to keep current with your taxes and any homeowners association fees. There have been a rash of recent stories about homeowners who lost their homes to absurdly miniscule tax bills and…

Opinion: Underlying Social Disadvantages of a Low Interest Rate Policy

The purpose of the low interest rate environment which is typical of the world since the severe credit crisis in 2009 is an incentive for entrepreneurs, aggressive lenders and corporations to take risks and loans to develop economic activity. Development…

Central Park

843-acre masterpiece of a landscape architecture designed in the 19th century. One of Americas greatest works of art and first public park, Central Park has become the most famous urban park in the world. Having gone to Central Park before I was used…

The simple guide to understanding Bonds (Part 1)

The largest pool of investors money worldwide is invested in Bonds, with over $35 trillion invested according to the trade body. This article is designed to be a beginners guide with a plain English description of Bonds.   The Bond market has grown…

Winter time in New York City

There is no doubt that it’s winter time here in New York City! For the last couple of weeks we have had plenty of snow, wind, fog, rain and hail. Even when it’s cold, raining or freezing temperatures, I’m out there with my camera. Please enjoy a few…

Prime New York City Real Estate that Now Stands Vacant

After the death of Leo Ring, a successful New York City developer, his sons Michael and Frank inherited their father’s portfolio of 15 office buildings. That was in 1998, and this seemingly benign assumption of family owned real estate would most likely creep away into the annals of NYC history if it weren’t for the fact that many of these prime properties now stand vacant. Included in the …

Gentrification in Harlem – Projecting with Publically Available Data

Ever wonder how city planners, real estate developers and brokers are able to identify a gentrifying neighborhood, far before the masses begin moving there?  It is not only a “feeling” you get while walking the streets, or whether or not the area has good “bones”; there is an analytical aspect that is more important, as it is used to help persuade funding institutions and …