Daily Archives: November 5, 2008

The gift that keeps on taking
Waxman to challenge Dingell for House Energy Committee chair. As promised by the One, say goodbye to coal, say hello to “skyrocketing energy prices”.

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Interesting real estate forum over at Forbes

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He can still vote at North Street School but not at 745 7th Avenue or at least, not for long: Fuld to be terminated by bankrupt Lehman at year’s end.

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Another builder to recommend
I ran into Paul Bauts yesterday (Bauts Construction, Inc., (914) 8799027)and was glad to renew his contact information. I first met Paul when I lived in New Canaan with a friend who was considering a major renovation. We kept driving past a good looking renovation project and, in addition to the obvious quality of the work being done, I was struck how tidy the grounds were. In my experience, a builder who pays attention to the mess generated by his crews also pays attention to the details of what those crews are doing. We stopped in to meet the contractor and the first person we met was the homeowner himself who was living in the house with his family while the renovation was being done. The guy couldn’t sing Paul’s praises loudly enough which I took to be an excellent recommendation. We later checked out some of his other jobs and references and all were remarkable.

My friend’s renovation never took place and I lost contact with Paul until yesterday but I was glad to learn that he’s still busy, operating out of South Salem New York and still doing jobs down here (I know, for instance, that he did a project for one Riverside resident some years ago and when he finished, she recommended him to her own sister – assuming the two women have a good relationship, that’s a powerful recommendation). Anyway, I’ll be adding his contact information to the column of recommended builder types on the right hand side column (I’m going to put together an emailable document/brochure soon, with all this information)and you should be very confident in contacting him about work on your own house – new or renovation.

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This would be neat, if it works
New coating technology captures more solar power
If true – it’s a press release from RPI – and can be made cost effective, it will revolutionize solar energy collection. It will also make obsolete the existing technology that moves solar panels to track the sun. Under the now-discredited theory of free enterprise, that would put some businesses out of business and free up capital for new business to take advantage of something better. Now, of course, existing businesses will stay operating thanks to taxpayer subsidies and more taxpayer money will rush to support this one. It’s a win win situation for everyone except those footing the bill.

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62 Ridge Street

Say, here’s an idea!
Can’t sell your spec house for $7.250 million? Delete the listing and bring it back on at $7.450! If that doesn’t work, I suppose you can yank it up to $12 million and see what happens.

To be kind, it’s possible that the builder of this home was so swamped with offers as he was building it that now that he’s nearing completion he feels confident that he can ask for and receive even more money. In which case, good for him – the market needs some good news. I myself am a little skeptical about this price on this street. Ridge Avenue is a neighborhood “in transition”, as we realtors like to say, with the previous high sale being $2.850 each for two condos on the corner of Ridge and Havemeyer. Those sales occurred last year; one unit was returned to market this year at $2.895 and so far has found no takers. 62 Ridge is further down the road, closer to the highway noise and the railroad and, although I could certainly be wrong about this, I wonder whether there is a market for a 10,000 sq.ft., 5 bedroom 7 1/2 million dollar mansion in a location that’s slightly out of the downtown district. I guess we’ll find out.

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247 Byram Shore Road

We discussed this house back when it saw an earlier price reduction, but here it is again, marked down today to $8.9 million, or 74% of its original price of $12 million. Sooner or later it will find its proper level.

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