Friday, April 20, 2012

I Love New York

Just a quick reminder that this weekend is the first weekend of the Tribeca Film Festival. There are a lot of great looking films this year. Please check out the website at and get a ticket.

IF you don't feel like heading to the theater (and a lot of showings are sold out already, though you can rush 1 hour before, and have a good chance to get in), there are several films available both online and through video-on-demand.

The quality of these movies is amazing, and more than half will trickle out in distribution, though somtimes it takes 1-3 years to appear at your local theater or on cable.

A few years ago, Black Dynamite, a campy homage to "Blaxploitation" movies from the 70s, premiered at Tribeca. It had a run at the Angelica theater in Manhattan about 8 months later. Last Sunday I saw it on TBS. I honestly have no idea why this didn't become a huge hit, but it should become a cult classic.  Netflix it. You'll see what I mean.

And don't miss out on all the awesomeness again - Participate in Tribeca this year!!

Back to the East Coast.

Greetings all... NYC RE Goddess has been on hiatus while handling some personal issues. But I'm back, and back in New York after a relaxing trip to the West Coast .... Ahhhh...

Here are a couple fast facts about real estate in some western states:

- water rights are extremely important in Nevada (duh!), and work a lot like air rights here in New York. You can buy them and sell them, and the amount in existance can be adjusted by the state legislatures.

- In San Francisco, all apartments are automatically rent stabilized.
- It's very hard to get clearance to convert an existing building into a condo. This is because the city thought too much rental housing was being lost as 2-3 unit townhouses were being converted in large numbers. So there is a condo conversion lottery, and hitting it could take a very long time.
- Tenant-in-Common shares (or TICs, as their advertised in the real estate section in SF) are the alternative. While in New York you might see 2 or 3 owners in a TIC situation, in San Francisco I saw buildings with 30-50 units offering individual apartments as TICs. It's kind of reminiscent of a co-op, but without a corporation. Just goes to show that the market will usually find a way to meet demand.

It's hard to find co-op financing outside NYC - a lot have to be all cash. TICs are technically real property, so I suppose it would be easier to finance than a co-op. And, as with co-ops in NYC, local banks have probably evolved so as to be able to fairly evaluate them, given that this phenomenon has been going on at least the 10 years I've been visiting, and possibly longer.