The Market

Unraveling NYC real estate spin, one white lie at a time

By Lucy Cohen Blatter  | May 16, 2012 - 10:01AM

Here at BrickUnderground, we have lots of first-person columns to peruse, from Farm to City--chronicling a rental rookie's adventures in NYC real estate--to My Big Fat Board Interview--where New Yorkers relate what really happens in a co-op board interview--to Transitions, first-hand accounts of cross-neighborhood moves.

For this week's SurvivalList--a thematic curation of some of our favorite posts--we draw your attention to our only slightly tongue-in-cheek NYC Real(i)ty Speak series dedicated to separating real estate spin from reality.

There are posts on decoding neighbor "niceties" in the laundry room ("Wow, that is a lot of laundry!" actually means "Which one of your kids has lice this time?")  and in the elevator ("Look at her - growing up so fast!"  = "I think it is disgusting that a 6-year-old has her own iPhone.").

There's also brokerspeak for sellers  ("Are there any personal items that you want to remove before we start doing open houses?" = "No one wants to see the framed pictures of your three children exiting your ungroomed va-jay-jay, even if this is Park Slope.")...

...for buyers ("They had three children who all graduated from Horace Mann" = "With the right parenting, the drug deals going on in the park across the street will not have an adverse effect on your children.")...

...and open-house attendees ("The Second Avenue subway will really bring up this apartment's value!"  roughly translates as "I am a sucker for getting in to a bidding war for this place in 2006, I'll go crazy if I see another rat, and the soot is starting to cloud my brain. Please buy it and put me out of my misery.)

Renovators, meanwhile, may enjoy these examples of how to deconstruct a decorator's pronouncements (e.g. "six weeks to move-in" means "six months to move-in) and understand a contractor ("There was an unexpected condition" = "My original estimate was off by 30%.").  

Enjoy these and more NYC Real(i)ty Speak columns below:

Renovation 411

Dealing with building staff

Buying/Selling an apartment:

Being neighborly

Parenting in NYC

More funny lists (we love lists!)


See all NYC Real(i)ty Speak here 








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