The New York Times: Fort Greene, Brooklyn: A Neighborhood With Many Faces

29 September, 2014 posted by: CORE


Last week, The New York Times featured a neighborhood story documenting the explosive growth and popularity of Brooklyn’s Fort Greene. Noted for their expertise in the area, CORE’s Doug Bowen and Paul Johansen’s listings at 274 Vanderbilt Avenue and 159 Carlton Avenue were both showcased in the piece. According to Doug, the average Fort Greene townhouse price in the last year was $2,043,153, while co-ops averaged $628 a square foot.


Brett Caspi and Snookie in this #COREbarks

26 September, 2014 posted by: CORE

Today’s Photo of the Week captures a wonderful shot of CORE agent Brett Caspi and his beloved dog Snookie. A Labrador Retriever, Snookie sadly passed away earlier this month, and is remembered by Brett as an amazing family dog. “I grew up with Snookie and as time went on, she became my best friend,” he says.

Be sure to follow us on Instagram @CORE_RealEstate for more #COREbarks photos and other shots from our agents.


The Rubin Report: Mid-Range Luxury Homes

25 September, 2014 posted by: Michael Rubin


For the past several years, New York City has seen an incredible boom in ultra-luxury properties. Today, however, I would like to focus on another segment of the market that holds a great deal of opportunity for buyers today. Priced between $2.5 and $5 million, these mid-range luxury homes are also in high demand.

Despite this great demand, there are hardly any new mid-range luxury properties on the market. Developers continue to focus on over-the-top residences, but it is within this gap that buyers today can benefit.

Through strategic renovations and repositioning, a home’s value can be increased significantly. When house-hunting though, it is important to consider what small feasible changes can be made to increase the current net-worth. With demand for luxury residences expected to rise, now is the time to be prudent so that when the property is eventually relisted, it yields the highest return.

As an example, architect Frank Bostelmann has provided a range of insights below about how to realistically increase value in real estate through cost-effective measures. An esteemed architect known for a sophisticated approach to residential design, Frank shares some great tips that I know you will like: Read the rest of this entry »


Ten: Talking Real Estate Law and The 90’s with Alyssa Soto Brody

24 September, 2014 posted by: Shaun Osher

Welcome to Ten, CORE founder and CEO Shaun Osher’s rapid-fire interview series with prominent CORE figures. Read on to find out how this week’s subject deals with being on the hot seat.

Born and raised in Miami, FL, Alyssa Soto Brody traveled to Manhattan to pursue a career in the city’s fast-paced real estate industry. With experience working in real estate law prior to joining CORE, Alyssa is no stranger to hard work. Here are Alyssa’s answers to Ten questions:

1. What did you do before you found this career? Alyssa Soto Brody TEN
I attended New York Law School, where I focused my studies in real estate transactions and litigation.

2. What has been the highlight of your career?
Selling a unit at 173 Perry Street was definitely an exciting point in my career. It was my second deal ever, and after showing the buyer 52 units in total, we finally settled on the property.

3. What is your greatest daily challenge?
My greatest daily challenge would probably be keeping my eye on the long-term goals and not sweating the small stuff. In an industry where your hard work can take months if not years to pay off, there are days where it’s easy to feel defeated. This industry is very competitive and it is a non-stop grind, so I always have to remind myself that I am fortunate to be doing what I love, even if you don’t reap the rewards right away.

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Hudson Yards Exhibition Open to the Public at Time Warner Center

23 September, 2014 posted by: CORE

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Heralded as the largest private real estate development project in U.S. history, Hudson Yards will vastly change the face of New York City’s skyline. Bringing over 17 million square feet of commercial and residential buildings to the West Side, the project most recently made headlines after solidifying retail giant Neiman Marcus as its flagship retail tenant, making the location its first in New York City. The mixed-use development will include over 20,000 residential units – including 5,000 affordable housing units, 12 acres of public space, commercial space and more within 16 new skyscrapers entering the NYC skyline.

From now through December 31st, a public exhibition is on view previewing the pending transformation of Hudson Yards. Visitors will have a chance to learn more about the details of his massive project in an interactive setting, open to all Monday through Saturday from 10:00am to 9:00pm and Sunday from 11:00am to 7:00pm.


New York Spaces: Autumn Equinox

22 September, 2014 posted by: CORE


Located in the highly-regarded Manhattan House, Emily Beare and Christian Rogers‘ Upper East Side listing at 200 East 66th Street was featured in this month’s issue of New York Spaces. Boasting 2,588 square-feet of interior space, a 3-bedroom/3-bathroom layout and southern, western and eastern exposures throughout, unit A1202 was showcased alongside several other properties located throughout the city, including CORE’s 30 Bond Street, PH.

Noted for having one of the largest private gardens in the city, Manhattan House also offers several exclusive services for residents, including a 24-hour doorman, full-time residence manager, Exhale Spa, fitness center and yoga studio, hotel-style concierge services, rooftop Manhattan Club with panoramic views and landscaped outdoor seating, playroom, and on-site parking with valet services.


#COREbarks: Two Dogs, Too Cute

19 September, 2014 posted by: CORE

CORE Barks

Today’s #COREbarks photo comes to us courtesy of CORE agent Brittany Fox. Her adorable two pups, Paris and France, were captured lounging side-by-side, giving the sweetest set of puppy eyes imaginable. France, on the left, is a Dachshund and Paris, on the right, is a Beagle.

Be sure to follow us on Instagram @CORE_RealEstate for more #COREbarks photos and other shots from our agents.


Manhattan’s Best Destinations for Foodies This Week

18 September, 2014 posted by: CORE

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Home to thousands of unique eateries citywide, Manhattan maintains its position as one of the best dining destinations in the country. This week, two of the city’s biggest public spaces will be hosting two events certain to satisfy any New Yorker’s appetite. This evening, the long-awaited Harvest in the Square will be taking place in Union Square, celebrating its 19th running year. Showcasing several local vendors, food and drinks will be available courtesy of over 40 neighborhood restaurants, with tickets available for $125. On Friday, the popular Smorgasburg will be taking its talents to Central Park, for a one-night event. From 5pm to 9pm, over 30 food vendors will be on display at Rumsey Playfield, alongside several musical guests slated to perform throughout the night.


Spotlight on 93 Worth

17 September, 2014 posted by: CORE

Now one of Tribeca’s most coveted new development properties, 93 Worth’s unique pedigree as a former textile factory has maintained its presence throughout the building’s thorough design. Boasting high ceilings, exposed beams and rustic finishes, the video above takes viewers on an inside look at how 93 Worth has evolved into a modern fixture in Downtown Manhattan’s residential landscape. “When the building was built, I believe it just came together beautifully,” says Eldad Blaustein, CEO of IGI-USA, the developer behind the project.

With two penthouses on the market, units PH2 and PH3 are two of the best condo’s in the building offering expansive views of downtown.


West Chelsea’s High Line Continues to Expand

16 September, 2014 posted by: CORE


Recognized as one of the largest public infrastructure projects in New York City history, the High Line continues to attract thousands of visitors everyday. Currently running from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District upwards to 30th Street, the High Line is now preparing to open yet another portion of the popular elevated park to the public this Sunday, September 21st. With this newest section, the park is growing by 50%. According to an announcement on Friends of the High Line’s High Line Blog, the added Rail Yards section will extend the High Line to 34th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues. “There’s so much to experience in the Rail Yards section,” says Friends of the High Line Co-Founder Joshua David. “It’s truly spectacular.”

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