Daily Archives: April 17, 2014

Low inventory = fast sales

 

16 Licata Terrace

16 Licata Terrace

16 Licata Terrace, three bedrooms, $1.350, already has a contract. Wouldn’t necessarily be my first choice but these days, there’s not much choice at all.

Owner paid $911,500 for it in 2009. Just saying.

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Pricey Belle Haven land

204 Otter Rock

204 Otter Rock

New listing at 204 Otter Rock, three acres for $15 million. It’s one acre zoning but with subdivision rules being what they are, you’ll get two lots out of this, not three. $7.5 for a landlocked building lot? We’ll see.

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Headed for the wrecker’s ball

39 Patterson Avenue

39 Patterson Avenue

A reader reports that a demolition permit has been filed with the town for the removal of 39 Patterson Avenue from this world. He says it’s printed in the paper version of today’s Greenwich Time, which I don’t subscribe to, and the town’s building department site doesn’t seem to have such permits available on line, but I assume his report is accurate – there’s not a heck of a lot worth salvaging in this old queen.

The old listing was $3.99 million and it expired unsold, but it popped up again a week ago just to record that a contract had been signed. No indication of price, but I’ll be interested to see what 0.83 of an acre sells for here.

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Jews ordered to register in Ukraine

390And so it begins, again.

In what sounds like an eerie return to the 1930s,Israeli news website YNetNews.com reports pro-Russian militants in the east Ukrainian city of Donetsk are ordering Jewish residents to “register” with them.

Masked men passed along leaflets to Jews leaving a synagogue, ordering them to pay a $50 registration fee and provide a list of property they currently own. Failure to do so would mean a forfeiture of citizenship, deportation and confiscation of their belongings.

The flyer reads in full:

“Dear Ukraine citizens of Jewish nationality,

“Due to the fact that the leaders of the Jewish community of Ukraine supported Bendery Junta and oppose the pro-Slavic People’s Republic of Donetsk, (the interim government) has decided that all citizens of Jewish descent, over 16 years of age and residing within the republic’s territory are required to report to the Commissioner for Nationalities in the Donetsk Regional Administration building and register.

“ID and passport are required to register your Jewish religion, religious documents of family members, as well as documents establishing the rights to all real estate property that belongs to you, including vehicles.

“Evasion of registration will result in citizenship revoke and you will be forced outside the country with a confiscation of property.”

 

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Forgive them, Father, they know not what we do

 

X rated

X rated

Oxford England City Council bans Good Friday production of the Passion of Christ because they think it’s a live sex show.

Through centuries and across countries, it has remained a staple of traditional Easter celebrations. But that rich history, it seems, has been rather lost on one council bureaucrat – who forced a church to cancel its Passion play because he apparently thought it was a sex show. The performance, telling the story of the crucifixion of Christ, had been planned for Good Friday by St Stephen’s House Theological College and Saints Mary and John Church in Oxford. That was until an official at the local Labour council refused to rubber-stamp the event, forcing the church to scrap it at short notice.

Interesting vocabulary tidbit: the Daily Mail’s headline reads, “Gormless City Council bans …”  I assumed that “gormless” was a section of Oxford  (or something) but I looked it up and it’s an English expression for stupid, dull-witted twits. I have added it to my lexicon.

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Quick sale

 

215 Palmer Hill

215 Palmer Hill

215 Palmer Hill Road, $1.199 million, has a contract. Palmer Hill is a busy street (especially Friday afternoons, when it’s bumper-to-bumper), but 1.1 acres and a house that could be renovated for maybe $250,000? Given the low inventory in this price range, I get it.

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Norwich massacre averted

 

Leader of the Pack

Leader of the Pack

Assault rifle seized after squirrel shoot-out.

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Price cut

 

218 Clapboard Ridge Rd

218 Clapboard Ridge Rd

218 Clapboard Ridge is now priced at $17.5 million, down from $25 million. I suggested that this property might be a tad overpriced back when it came on last fall, and I voiced a little skepticism of the broker’s confidence that “I’m not concerned that this will sit on the market for long.” I’m sure I’ll be blamed for its failure to achieve its hoped-for price but really, I think the market does that all by itself.

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Two contracts reported

 

18 Porchuck

18 Porchuck

18 Porchuck, last asking $4.5 million after starting off at $9.5 million in June, 2012, has found a buyer.

And after just six days, 26 Byfield, $2.050 million, also has a contract. I wrote about this last week after its first open house and I’m not at all surprised that it went so quickly. Good pricing by its agent, Amanda Miller, and its owners.

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Price cut on Sawmill

 

12 Sawmill Ln

12 Sawmill Ln

12 Sawmill Lane is now asking $6.4 million, down from the $7.8 it originally asked a year ago. It’s a gracious old (1937) home, with beautiful grounds and close to town, but when you price, say, a $6 million home at $8 million, you kill interest. Tough call here because the usual $8 million home probably takes a year or so to find a buyer, so you don’t want to slash the price too soon, but if you’ve misjudged the proper price, that year waiting for a buyer is wasted, waiting for a buyer who isn’t going to appear.

It will be interesting to see whether that buyer shows up now. Unfortunately, after too long on the market many homes are shunned by buyers: “no one else has wanted it, why should I?” The answer is, “because no one wanted it at its original price; it’s well priced now”, but the stigma remains.

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Rhetorical question: is there anything Obama won’t deliberately lie about?

 

I won't be proud to be an American until I can get this shirt cleaned for two bucks

I won’t be proud to be an American until I can get this shirt cleaned for two bucks

Dry Cleaners object to Obama using them as an example of gender discrimination

America’s dry cleaners aren’t happy that President Obama used them as an example in remarks last week about the economic gap between the sexes.

They say the disparity in dry cleaning bills is more complex than the systemized discrimination Obama hinted at in his April 8 remarks about the so-called “pay gap” between the sexes.

The truth is that, as should be obvious to anyone with working eyes and/or the ability to touch, women’s clothes are made with different fabrics, tailored differently and are more delicate. That means it is the garment – not the person’s gender – that results in higher dry-cleaning bills, as Nora Nealis, executive director for the National Cleaners Association, wrote in a letter to Obama.

As an industry, dry cleaners do not charge more for a woman’s shirt than a man’s shirt, they charge more for a hand ironed shirt than they do a machine pressed shirt. If you check your own dry cleaning bill, you’ll find that YOU pay more for the laundering and finishing of your hand ironed tuxedo shirt, than you do for the automated processing of your everyday traditional dress shirt! The price is in the math as calculated by the labor required not the gender of the client!

Simple math. Hand ironing takes more time and requires more skill, and therefore costs the cleaner more to produce. Because it costs more to produce, he charges more for the work.

Dry cleaners’ automated finishing equipment was made to support men’s clothes. But just in case Obama or anyone else in his administration would ask why dry cleaners don’t invest in new equipment to accommodate women’s clothes, Nealis had the answer.

The number of simply cut (no frills like your tuxedo shirt) women’s shirts that are hanging in the nation’s closets are a small fraction of the number of simple men’s dress shirts. Like most male professionals, you wear a shirt most every day. That means you have lots of shirts and by extension your cleaner has lots of men’s shirts to launder and press for you, and others like you. By contrast, how often does the First Lady or your average American woman wear a simple, man-tailored shirt.

Of course, Obama and Miss Bossy don’t pay their own dry cleaning bills so his ignorance might be excused, but facts have nothing to do with his polemics. Interesting how trivial his ilk have made women’s rights, by the way: free birth control, subsidized dry cleaning are the next frontier of woman’s equality? On par with the right to own property and vote? Gracious.

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I tell you, this gay business has some real advantages

 

You ain't going nowhere, and neither am I

You ain’t going nowhere, and neither am I

Jamaican murderer can’t be deported from England because he suddenly realized he’s gay, judge rules.

An illegal immigrant who stabbed a 15-year-old  schoolboy to death less than a year after arriving in Britain cannot be deported because he claims to be gay, judges ruled yesterday.

The 29-year-old Jamaican was jailed for life aged 16 when he and another schoolboy knifed Abdul Maye to death over a £10 debt outside his school in east London.

A judge at the Old Bailey ordered that he be kicked out of Britain once he had served a minimum of eight years.

Judge Paul Focke told the thug, who cannot not be named for legal reasons: ‘You are a Jamaican national and within months of coming to this country you committed murder.

‘I am of the view that your continued presence in this country will be detrimental to its citizens.’

But yesterday, the Court of Appeal ruled that he could not be sent back to Jamaica because he could face degrading treatment for being homosexual that would breach his human rights.

IThe judge referred to Article Three in the Human Rights Act, which protects an individual from inhuman or degrading treatment.

Maybe they should send him here, where he can join the NYPD.

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