New York City-Themed Pillows

Check out these nifty New York City-themed pillows – We love them! They make the perfect NYC housewarming or holiday gifts!

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This one from Bed Bath and Beyond  Screen Shot 2014-09-11 at 2.05.20 AM

 

This one from Catstudio

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If you’re a sport’s fan check out this Mets pillow at Khol’s 

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Again, for the sports fans Kohl’s has this Yankees Pillow

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There’s this beautiful embroidered throw pillow of the NYC Sky Line at Pottery Barn

 

This chic Anthony Wolf velvet pillow is super cool and shinny

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We LOVE all of these over on Urban Inspiration

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Finally, we think that this one is more than appropriate for the annual NYC Pillow Fight at Union Square

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Clinton Hill, Brooklyn Record-Breaker Just Closed!

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BOND agent Tom Stuart just sold unit 7D at 325 Clinton Avenue for a record-breaking price of $520k after being on the market for only two weeks!

This is the first one bedroom/conv 2 bed to close for this much ever. It was originally priced at $475k. Most of these units have been closing for under 500k. He has another unit in the same building in contract for $535k which will break the record for this building and area even further!

The Clinton Hill Cooperative apartments built in 1939 (where he also lives) were seriously undervalued just a couple of years ago – with these 750-800 sq. ft. units trading around $300k. Now they are consistently trading at the high fours and above. This is one of the best and most diverse neighborhoods in Brooklyn and these co-ops are in demand for their size, light, convenience. Plus, they’re still the best value in the area!

Agent Poll: What are the best places to eat, drink and be merry in Greenpoint, Brooklyn?

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We asked our residence Greenpoint expert, agent David Kazemi, on what the best places to eat, drink and be merry are in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and here is what he shared:

 

1. Paulie Gees -  It was voted the best pizza in Brooklyn by Zagat Survey 

2. The Bounty – The most underrated place that does not get any press!

3.  Esme – The newest addition to Greenpoint.

4. Habitat – It is more of a bar, but this is sort of everyone’s comfort spot in the area.  Many people in Greenpoint know of this place.

5. Karczma – If you want authentic Greenpoint Polish food, this is it!  Anytime I have someone come to Greenpoint for the first time, we come here, my friends from Harlem, Queens, or my 78 year old aunt from Colorado.

6. Alameda – Really cool spot.

7. Ramona – Folks from Manhattan have been in there and approached me on opening night when it was PACKED saying “You look like a Brooklyn guy, tell me about this place.”

8. Moonlight Mile – Whiskey, Beer & Music.

9. Brooklyn Label – Essentially one of the original spots before Greenpoint got super popular.

10. River Styx – From what i hear, Bill Murray’s son owns this place. The food is great.

 

 

 

Testimonial Time: Chip Marks

testimonialsWe often get letters from happy buyers thanking our BOND team for helping them get a great price on their unit, quickly and efficiently. 

Here is a great letter from a buyer about agent Chip Marks‘ hard work paying off for her. 

“I closed an apartment purchase last week and I would highly recommend Chip Marks as an agent. He did a truly stellar job from the moment I first started working with him. He found me some great places to view, he understood exactly what I was looking for and he was dogged in helping the sale go through. He was always available for advice and he really went out of his way to help with everything from the paperwork to the various appointments to anything in between. It was a pleasure to work with someone so professional. I will be personally recommending him to all my friends.” — Ciara L.

~UWS, 2BR, $735K

What Two Bedroom Outer-Borough Apartments Can I Buy Today?

Today sales manager, Veronica Raehse, shows us what two bedroom outer-borough apartments you could buy today. Great homes and more affordable than Manhattan: Win-Win!

Beauty In The Rough – Riverdale

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Area: Riverdale
Type: Coop
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Rooms: 4
Price: $325,000
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Down payment: 20%

 

Beautiful Prewar – Jackson Heights

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Area: Jackson Heights
Location: 76th & 77th Street
Type: Coop
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Price: $549,000
Maintenance: $ 1,260
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Down payment: 10%

 

Roosevelt Island Luxury with Manhattan views – Roosevelt Island

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Area: Roosevelt Island
Location: East 59th & East 60th Streets
Type: Condo
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Rooms: 6
Approx. Size:
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Price: $1,075,000
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Taxes: $ 97
CC: $ 1,425

What Three No Fee One Bedrooms Can I Rent Today?

Today rental manager Adjina Dekidjiev shows us what what three no fee one bedrooms you can rent today.

 

Take a mini vacation in the pool! – Midtown West 

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Area: Midtown West
Location: 10 & 11 Avenue
Type: Apartment
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Rent: $3,010

 

Roof Deck, Valet and an AMAZING Deal! - Midtown West

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Area: Midtown West
Location: Eleventh Avenue
Type: Apartment
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Rent: $3,498

 

Practice Your free Throw Shooting on the Basketball Court! – Midtown West 

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Area: Midtown West
Location: Dyer Avenue and Tenth Avenue
Type: Apartment
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Rent: $4,960

The Difference Between Modern and Contemporary Design

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by Guestblogger BoConcept. BoConcept designs and manufactures urban modern furniture and lifestyle products that offer affordable luxury.

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Modern design is referred to as a period of design that dates back to the mid-century era somewhsere around the 1920s to the 1950s. Modern design, or Mid-Century Modern, often features a strict style and look. The key to modern style is “less is more.” The furniture design is very clean cut, light and simple with the intention of opening up a space with minimal distractions in a room.

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We tend to think that modern design must have come about as people grew tired of carrying big, heavy pieces of furniture. The clutter and space these pieces took up created a complicated lifestyle; that is why a simpler, more straight forward design was born. Modern furniture is more open and raised off the floor to allow an airy feeling for simplicity. The materials of these pieces are usually molded plywood, lighter leather, plastic and polished metal. A flash of vibrant color, usually a primary color, is used in moderation. These combinations of material and colors make the space feel very retro and that is why people confuse it with contemporary design.

 

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Contemporary design is always changing; it is like a fleeting moment. It is current, trendy and popular. It is the current way of modern living that we can relate to, or understand. Since contemporary style is ever changing, its free form and silhouettes are borrowed from all different eras, which is why contemporary furniture and design is often described as eclectic. The contemporary look is vast, unique and subjective. As I see it, the movement of contemporary design today is like an open plan. Harmony, natural elements and comfort are the main priorities when it comes to planning a contemporary space. People are more playful, fun and creative so you’ll notice a lot of quirky, catchy interior elements in contemporary spaces. At BoConcept, we use a lot of vibrant sleek colors, a touch of wallpaper and cute accessories, mixed in with luxurious, high-end leather and fabric. Sofas and chairs have deeper seats focusing on comfort and mid-century styles.

Now that you have an idea of the differences between modern and contemporary designs, don’t be afraid to get creative with your own space!

Agent Poll: What Is Your Favorite Place To Visit During the Holidays in NYC?

With over 500 agents in 7 offices, there is little our BONDies don’t have an opinion about. Check out their favorite places to visit during the Holidays in NYC. 

Winter Village at Bryant Park, Midtown East

 

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Bryant Park looks beautiful in the winter, especially with a fresh coat of snow. It’s fun to go shopping at the holiday shops and marvel at the frozen water fountain. ”

~agent Talia McKinney

 

Grand Central Terminal – 82 East 42nd Street, Midtown East 

 

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Grand Central terminal is a favorite.  Not only do you have the wonderful Train Exhibition at the Transit Museum Shop,  the wonderful food displays in the market,  and of course the famous Oyster Bar. You could do some holiday shopping either at the holiday market or at the Apple Store. Best of all, is the hidden away Campbell’s Apartment – an apartment that used to belong to the financier of the railroad. It features darkwood high ceilings, stainglass windows, and comfortable seating. It almost makes you feel like you’re the Lord of the Manor or perhapsin a ski lodge, Try the Prohibition Punch! ”

~agent, Ari Silverstein 

 

Bergdorf Goodman Window Displays - 745 5th Avenue, Midtown East 

 

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“Window shopping–starting with Bergdorf Goodman. Perhaps one day I will go into the store!
~agent, Larry Dusseau 

 

 

The Lobby LoungeMandarin Hotel New York - 80 Columbus Circle, Midtown West 
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“I love to enjoy a cocktail at the Lobby Lounge of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in the Time Warner Building.  It has a 270-degree view of the park and you get to look down at all the holiday lights in Columbus Circle and the Holiday Market.  Central Park South traffic flows straight towards you and it is such a treat to watch the buzz of moving traffic around the rotary. Beautiful!”
~agent, Jane Harrison

 

 

Dinner and Cocktails at Joanne Trattoria - 70 W 68th Street, Upper West Side

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“I love gathering with friends or family at this cozy little Italian restaurant on the Upper West Side during the holidays! The over-sized Martinis, delicious assortment of Italian wines, warm atmosphere and patrons, makes the bar the perfect after-work spot! With fireplaces in the bar and dining room, unbelievably friendly staff, and the most charming decor, you will feel right at home while enjoying some “old family recipes” like Spaghetti and Meatballs or Chicken Scarpariello!”
~agent, Caitlin Tango 

2015 NYC Real Estate SALES Market Predictions

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As the year nears closing, we collectively wonder what will happen in our industry in 2015. 

Today we asked our sales managers, Stacey Max and Veronica Raehse, for their sales market predictions.

Stacey Max says:

“The number of sales exclusive listings that BOND agents have put on the market in 2014 was consistent with the number of new exclusives that we had the previous year.  I think this is amazing considering that the total inventory in the city has decreased by about 18%.  My prediction for 2015 is that our sales agents will continue to rack up the exclusive listings​ and the sales transactions that are almost guaranteed to follow.

While I’ve said this before, I do feel that market pressures will continue to influence the sellers, who have been waiting to finally put their properties on the market.  Prices are strong, but appreciation and buyer activity has slowed a little since the Spring, and with the threat of increasing interest rates and increased competition from other sellers, more home sellers will decide to make the move.  Our impeccably-trained BOND agents will be here to help them!”

Veronica Raehse chimes in:

“I think there will be different segments of the market that will have different stories for 2015. The middle market will continue to be strong; it’s the segment of our industry that is the last to slow down and the first to rebound.  New construction that is geared towards high-end that is on the market, currently combined the additional product coming on in 2015, are going to be an interesting to watch. The buyer of this product is taking their time viewing and analyzing since they will have the luxury of more product to compare. I think real estate agents are struggling to find business, and middle market buyers are struggling to find something to buy. Keeping your eye on prime Manhattan is a lost cause for some, so the push to go “further out” in territory will continue. Watch Upper Manhattan, Bushwick, Riverdale, Greenpoint, LIC, Sunnyside, Jackson Heights all start to evolve.

Interest rates will finally start to rise–how much and how fast will have an impact. Increased rates and the calculation of debt-to-income ratios will make it more difficult for buyers currently on the edge of not being able to afford to purchase.

I think the Baby Boomer’s will continue to spend some of their wealth in cash purchases for their dream home or large gifts so their children can buy. It is a wealthy generation. 

I think 2015 is going to be a great year, I think the insane appreciation of prices seen in 2013 and most of 2014 will slow to a more normal pace, I think we will see some increase in product.”

 

Testimonial Time: Team Work!

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We often get letters from happy renters thanking our BOND team for helping them get a great price on their unit, quickly and efficiently. 

Here is a great letter from a renter about agents Jennifer RouseGiovanni Santana, and Philip Hamiltons hard work paying off! 

The BOND New York staff provided phenomenal service in helping my husband and me find an apartment for our daughter. First, Giovanni Santana demonstrated exemplary service in showing us at least 15 apartments in one day, due to our need to look for housing while visiting in New York for the weekend. He also very willingly continued to show several other units to our daughter as a follow-up, so she could find the “perfect” dwelling unit. He was very professional, courteous and knew the area very well. Second, we appreciated that Philip Hamilton stayed in the office late on a Saturday night to make certain our application was completed. He was also accessible by cell phone even on late evening calls for follow through with us. Third, Jennifer Rouse provided exceptional service and was constantly accessible through communications by phone, e-mail, and text messaging. We were very indecisive, yet the staff at Bond New York were very patient in helping us make certain we had the best dwelling unit that fit our daughter’s needs. We thank Bond New York for excellent customer service; we highly recommend them to others!” – Beverly Samuel

~UES, Studio, $1825