June 2017: Like a Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s getting hot outside. Summer has come. Whether you’re planning your annual July 4th barbecue, packing for a big move or gearing up for Father’s Day, this great city has a lot to offer. Read on to find the latest info on what’s going on in Real Estate and beyond.


The Story: Getting your ducks in a row

The Jump Off
With the end of the spring Real Estate season comes a tidal wave of demand for renovations. Properties sold at the beginning of the season have closed, and it’s only beginning. New homeowners are scrambling in a new competition — the competition for a contractor’s attention. 
 
The Process
In a frenzy to book the right contractor, just make sure to keep your wits about you. Before you start any work on your home, check with your building management company or co-op board to make sure you won’t be breaking any rules and to get the proper approval. You might also need permits from the Department of Buildings before you pick up the sledgehammer, so do your homework. Luckily, a reputable contractor can help instruct you in this department and might even obtain these for you. Which brings us to the next point — although a good handyman can patch that hole in the wall left behind by the movers, a handyman is not the right person if you need to install new windows or flooring. Make sure you hire the right professional for each job.
 
The Wrap-up
With a little hustle you can piece it all together! But keep in mind, even the best contractor is not a mind-reader. Make sure to communicate your vision and to check in throughout the process to make sure you’re staying on the same page. Turning your new apartment or townhouse into your dream home can be challenging, but with a little stamina, you’ll cross that finish line.


The Conversation Cheat Sheet

What to say when your husband wants to rewire your house… and he’s not an electrician…
You don’t know everything! The New York Times, however, really does know everything apparently, including how to buy a house. Happy to chime in with our thoughts as well. 
Folks tend to weigh interest rates quite heavily when making the decision to buy, but try to put it in perspective. The next rate hike might mean as little to you as one less Starbucks coffee a day. Buy when you find the right property.
There is a glut of townhouses on the market. All those long-time homeowners are trying to cash out to buffer their retirement funds. It might be too late, however, since buyers who in the past might have tried to trade up are actually staying put.
 
What to do when you find out your cousin and his family are coming to stay for the month…
Leave this article out on the coffee table. Have you noticed the heatwave? Get your patio in gear! Here what’s trending in 2017. While you have the redecorating bug, check out this article on how traditional materials are being reinvented in modern homes. If you’re living in a pre-war building, you already have a head start!
 
What to do when the swell of summer tourists everywhere is just too much for you…
Find a quiet respite at Doug Wheeler’s Synthetic Desert at the Guggenheim Museum through August 2nd. Riders on the E and F trains in NYC can download free ebooks while travelling in the Library Subway car, where seats and walls are painted to look like bookshelves! Miss the train? You can download the ebooks from any subway station through the Transit Wireless WiFi. 
Keep your eyes peeled this summer for creatively decorated pianos in various NYC parks and plazas. The Sing for Hope Organization has partnered with artists to decorate pianos that will later be donated to schools.


The Gabriele Moment

Here’s what I’ve been up to these past few weeks as I walk, bike and race between the bridges and the parks.

Swimming in the San Francisco Bay

I’m not much into working out. I simply cannot make myself leave the coziness of my featherbed at 5 am to squeeze in that morning routine. That’s not to say I’m not up for a fun physical challenge. During the Compass San Francisco launch, I was excited to sign up for a swim in the Bay. That is, until my husband pointed out that the water would certainly be freezing cold. Since The Rock is my favorite movie, I got myself a rash guard and the swim was a total success! It was so exhilarating to be out in open water with my Compass colleagues, taking in views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. And, as it turns out, I’m a pretty fast swimmer in cold water! Who knew?


They Said It

“From our initial meeting to the final sale, Gabriele spelled out each step of the process, was always considerate of our neighbors and transparent in her dealings with prospective buyers.” ~ S.F., Seller

Don’t take my word for it! Read more independent reviews of my services from members of Park Slope Parents.


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