Daily Archives: January 10, 2009

Buying from banks is a pain in the a..

So says this WSJ reporter and so say I. Best bet if you’re a seller in financial trouble may be to list your masterpiece, finished or unfinished, now, and try to get out from under. Once the bank’s involved, nothing gets done for a long time.

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Does Walter Noel suffer from Alzheimer’s?

 

Vinny the Chin

Vinny the Chin

That’s the word being put around here in Greenwich by his friends. I wouldn’t wish that horrible condition on anyone and if it’s true, I feel terribly sorry for the Noels at the timing  – they’ll be incurring huge expenses just when their assets are imploding. But (a) it’s rumor, not  fact and (b) I’ve read plenty of horror stories already about pensioners who have lost their life savings in the Madoff/FGG Ponzi scheme and I’m not necessarily  opposed to the “sauce for the gander” theory of divine Karma.

 

It does remind me a bit of that old Steve Martin routine on SNL about how to avoid paying taxes: “First, don’t pay your taxes. Then, when the IRS shows up at your door, two simple word, just two words, will make them go away, forever: ‘I forgot!’ ”

Still, it will be interesting to see if this rumor goes anywhere. If Noel’s partner Jeffrey Tucker starts wandering around in a ratty bathrobe and slippers, we’ll know the two men share the same lawyer.

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Greenwich Citizen gets larger

Over at Greenwich Roundup they’re wondering why the weekly Greenwich Citizen has suddenly grown bigger now that it’s been taken over by Hearst, which also owns Greenwich Time. They speculate that it’s so recipients of the unwanted rag can wrap larger fish which is a good guess, but I suspect that it has more to do with Roundup’s ongoing speculation that Greenwich Time is slated to be folded into Connecticut Post with the Citizen sent out as a Greenwich local. Right now, the Citizen has zero local real estate advertising because its tabloid format required advertisers to resize their copy, designed to fit Greenwich Time’s pages, into a smaller size. By making the papers identical the publisher can either offer coverage in two papers for the same effort or, if Greenwich Time really does disappear, one ad in the remaining local without demanding that advertisers design a new format.

Of course, either approach is academic – real estate brokerages are cutting back the number of offices they maintain, the staff they have on payroll and, surprise! local advertising. A complete lack of revenue will do that and if you’ll check our sales activity since October you’ll notice that there’s essentially no revenue being generated from real estate sales at all, for any offices. So an opportunity to advertise in the Greenwich Citizen may not be as well received as it might have been a year ago.

But there’s always next year, right?

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