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May 2016

Hell’s Kitchen is rising in popularity and home prices

Hell’s Kitchen is becoming more like neighboring Chelsea these days, according Christopher Ritchey, a real estate salesperson with Compass. “People are getting priced out of Chelsea and moving here,” he said. “It’s convenient — you can walk to Central Park or see a Broadway show." 

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May 2016

The 10 best NYC neighborhoods for college grads in 2016

Robert Bell calls the LES “extraordinarily vibrant,” thanks to its rich history as an immigrant stronghold, as well as its nightlife, which rivals that of any other corner of the city.

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April 2016

The Leading Men Of Real Estate

"Compass provides the perfect environment for us to connect with other industry-leading and our award-winning marketing and design teams"

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March 2016

 

Time’s running out to land these choice summer rentals

“We have seen people looking as early as Thanksgiving and Christmas,” says Cindy Scholz, an agent at Compass who specializes in the Hamptons market. “Oftentimes, it’s difficult. You’re trudging through snow with your boots on.”

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October 2015

Number of US homeowners reaches 20-year low

“My seller has owned his current apartment for 11 years and decided that right now would be a great time for him to sell as the sales market in NYC is very tight,” said Chris Ritchey, another New York broker at Compass. The same client is now planning to rent for the next two to three years. Due to soaring housing costs, especially in larger metropolitan areas, even with almost doubling his original investment his quality of life would go down for what he could currently afford. He is betting, as many people are, that in the next few years housing prices will fall.”

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October 2015

Quirky Greenwich Village Studio With Loft Bed Wants $545K

We know what you're thinking: The words "charming" and "loft bed" probably shouldn't be anywhere near the same sentence. But hear us out: This Bleecker Street studio actually lives up to that description, with high ceilings (along with what the brokers are calling a "gallery" in the living room—i.e., enough space for pictures), large windows, and a wood-burning fireplace.

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March 2015 

The Women Of Real Estate

“I value my clients and cherish the trust they put in me, not only as an advisor, but as a partner in making one of the most important decisions of their lives.” -Cindy Scholz

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January 2015

Bigger Wall Street Bonuses, Bigger Home Budgets

Cindy Scholz, a real estate agent at Urban Compass, has been working with a couple, both of whom are at hedge funds, for several months as they searched for two-bedrooms in the $2 million range. When their bonuses came in at figures almost equal to their pay, they decided to set their sights higher. “They took off for the holidays and came back and said their budget was $4 million to $5 million,” Ms. Scholz said. 

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April 2014

Any Deals Out There? 7 Tips for Budget-Conscious House Hunters

Although many buyers prefer the sleek new construction, abundant amenities and flexible subletting policies of condos, Cindy Scholz, of Urban Compass, often advises her clients to consider looking at co-ops if "short-term solvency" is a priority.

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November 2012

The East Village’s new wave


What impact do you think that new residential construction in the East Village is having on the rest of the area?

"When I lived in Alphabet City over five years ago, you would never place Avenue D and luxury in the same sentence. [The Arabella 101,] a modern rental building, is thriving in the area, and I think we will see more luxury units like this pop up in Alphabet City." -Cindy Scholz

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July 2012

Residential deals

“I represented myself in this deal. I was looking for a condo, and the condo market is really tight. I had shown this apartment to clients three years ago, [when it was listed for] $1.3 million. When it came back on the market listed at $949,000, I asked if I could see it that day, and the broker said, “You have to come to the open house.” It’s an old loft-style unit with a huge private roof deck, and definitely the private roof space is what got me. The maintenance was low, too. Everyone at the open house was on the phone with their parents, their significant others. I said right away, ‘I’ll take it,’ and I paid a couple grand over ask. … 

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