Daily Archives: January 22, 2016
Commenting on the Cologne sex-attack controversy, MuslimStern, which has 20,000 followers on Facebook, said its mission was to ‘highlight the way the media was using the incidents to promote racism against minorities’.
The group complained that the female victims had brought the unwanted attention to themselves by dressing in a manner that North African men were not accustomed to.
‘You can not throw a naked antelope from a lion and expect that at the lion stirs nothing.
‘It is amazing that is taught in biology class so much about the mating and sexual behavior of living things, but these rules are completely ignored in everyday life.
‘And because many non-Muslims constantly emphasise that we live in a Christian country, we call on you, in this country that women should dress Christian.
‘Mary, Mother of Jesus, lived out as a Christian woman has to dress. So it would be highly recommended for some women to take Mary as a role model and not Lady Gaga.’
There were 48 single-family residential closings reported during this period according to figures provided by The Greenwich Multiple Listing Service, Inc., the multiple listing service used by REALTORS® in the Greenwich area.The number of single-family residential closings decreased, compared to December 2014 when there were 59 closings in December. The median sale price for a single-family home increased to $1,712,500 from $1,405,000 the median sales price in December 2014.The average days on the market (DOM) for residential homes was 210 days; which was a increase from 187 days in December 2014.The “new normal” continued throughout 2015; with the end of the real estate boom and bust behind us now for a few years; 2015 aligns with 2014’s experience. The number of single-family closings was only different by one, with 597 single-family homes sold in Greenwich in 2015. Riverside was the most active with a 16% increase in sales, compared to 2014 with the median price remaining the same at just over $2 million.
One pending sale reported, 85 Lower Cross Road, mentioned here several times as its price and its owner’s hopes fell. In 2005, it was priced at $2.795, in 2006, $2.495, and then in last year it started at $1.895 before finally dropping to $1.395, which seems to have been the right spot, thereabouts. Nice weekend home, but that’s about it, and too small to command a large price.
15 Cedarwood is back as a “new” listing, the time at $5.995 million. The standard-issue BSF house, it sold new to the current owner for $5.725 in 2002, had some improvements added in 2005 and was put up for sale in May, 2014, for $8.2. Now it’s less than that, and probably won’t see its original selling price, improvements notwithstanding.
Zillow, by the way, shows this as a “pre-foreclosure”, though the tax card is silent on that, so don’t necessarily take it as a fact. Zillow also mentions curious sale from a third party to the owner for $3.6 million, but she’s shown on that same tax card as the 2002 purchaser, so go figure.
And way up on the New York border, 113 Cutler Road, built three years ago, is new to the market and priced at $3.995 million. No interior pictures, but maybe it was’t ready for its beauty shots. I haven’t seen it yet, obviously – it just came one – but Cutler Road’s a pretty tough location to get this price. Maybe this will be the exception.
Washington D.C. was shut down yesterday by an “unexpectedly high amount” of snow; specifically, one inch. If, as promised, they get hit with 2 feet over the weekend, can we hope that the place stays shut and the bureaucrats and politicians holed up in their burrows until spring? Probably not; their hot air will soon melt escape tunnels, but it’s nice to dream.
Cold weather drops electric cars’ range by 57%. And if you heat the cabin, you’re truly screwed.
“The smart home” is coming, or so says Greenwich Time. I say, don’t hold your breath.
As smart technology rises in popularity more and more people are looking not just to add smart technology to their homes, but to make the home itself “smart.”
Any home can be made “smart” by adding technology to solve such problems, but building a home specifically to be smart is rare simply because the technology is still so new.
In Greenwich, the This New House project by realtor and developer Sabine Schoenberg will be a smart house from the very beginning. Through strategic planning and implementation, the home will be completely wired upon completion, though all the technology will be hidden within the walls.
“This makes owning a house very simple with these kinds of technology controls,” Schoenberg said. “If you want to watch a movie you push a button and it’s exactly how you set it. Obviously you can change it at anytime, but once you set it you don’t have to think about it again.”
Though the home is the first smart home to be built from the ground up in Greenwich, 25 percent of people in the Northeast know someone with a modified smart home, according to the Icontrol report. Almost 54 percent of Americans surveyed for the report said they plan to buy at least one smart home product in the next year and Northeasters are the most likely to purchase a connected home monitoring camera within the next 12 months.
While 46 percent of respondents said their life would improve if their fridge encouraged them to eat healthy, [you really want your ice box nagging you that you shouldn’t have that pint of Ben & Jerry’s? I don’t think so – ED] the majority of respondents were a bit more practical in their desires for smart home technology. Home security topped the list of priorities in smart home tech — 90 percent of respondents said personal and family security is one of the most important reasons for using a smart home system.
Increased security was popular among parents in particular. About 18 percent of respondents said they would be more likely to leave their kids at home unsupervised at a younger age if they had live video feed into the home and could automate home functions, such as lights, locks and TV.
The technology is still new and can be expensive to install in a pre-existing home, but according to Schoenberg, installing it in new construction is usually easier for electricians than traditional wiring andsomeday, could be affordable and standard in new homes. According to the Icontrol report, 51 percent of Americans said they would pay up to $500 to make their existing home smart, with 32 percent showing willingness to pay between $500 and $3,000.
“These are the homes of the future,“ Schoenberg said. “Smart, healthy and green … you have to do it all together and holistic thinking is key.“
Over the years, I’ve seen houses go up with “sustainable” bamboo flooring, “safe” paint, and multi-hundred-thousand-dollar entertainment/smart wire technology, and none of that has induced any buyer I’ve dealt with (or, seeing the final selling price, anyone else’s) to pay extra. No one except the builder really give a rat’s ass about saving an oak tree, and as for the super circuitry, the high-tech buyers know what they want and will have it installed themselves, the low-tech people are intimidated, and everyone, high-tech, low-tech, or just bored, focuses on the local schools and what brand appliances are in the kitchens.
My advice: if you want to save the world by laying in bamboo floors, or move into “the house of the future” (which will be obsolete in the future 10 years fro now), go for it, but don’t count on anyone paying you for your pioneering spirit – they won’t.