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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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brewster wrote:
My experience with appraisals is that they're bullshit from top to bottom.


During my financing journey in the pre-housing bubble era, I came to the same conclusion. I became convinced the appraisal came out to whatever the bank (I could only use portfolio lenders.. no Fannie or Freddie) wanted the appraisal to come out too.

One (Emigrant Savings) arbitrarily reduced the value on the appraisal report because the building was attached on two sides (it's a townhouse). This left me with five figure mortgage and far more equity in the property than I had figured (based on comps in the area).

Posted on: 3/22 2:33
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Re: Property Tax Appeal - Comparable Sales
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HamiltonParker wrote:
The deadline for appeal is quickly approaching. Where would I go to find comparable sales for a time period? Thanks, in advance for any advice.


Years back I had a tenant who was a real estate agent. She pulled a mass of comps from the MLS guide on my behalf, which I used in my appeal.

Got any friends with access to MLS?

Posted on: 3/22 2:23
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Re: Newport Mall
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fikonj wrote:
Meh, the mall is alright, however, Ikea rules apply; never go there on the weekend, and weekdays only before the afternoon rush, or just before closing time.


Best time to go is during a major snow storm. Went there during the storm previously and the mall was open, but almost devoid of human beings. No lines, no waiting... plenty of room in the food court.

Posted on: 3/14 11:23
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Re: Potential Nor'Easter next week with snow
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Overnight and early morning model updates. The GFS and Euro now pretty much agree for snow totals for JC. The GFS show more mixed rain/sleet/snow with lower storm totals in the interior areas.

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Posted on: 3/13 7:00
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Re: Potential Nor'Easter next week with snow
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When it comes to storm tracks, the Euro has a better record.

Posted on: 3/13 6:31
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Re: Potential Nor'Easter next week with snow
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Updated GFS is now showing a slush fest.... rain sleet snow, with snow accumulations of 10 inches or so. The updated Euro shows a good 20 inches or so, but backed off on the snowpocolypse of 3 ft+ with added snow from a weekend storm.

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Posted on: 3/12 22:50
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Re: Potential Nor'Easter next week with snow
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Euro model predicted storm(s) track (broken out in two gifs).


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Posted on: 3/12 12:10
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Re: Potential Nor'Easter next week with snow
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Just listened to the latest weather podcast via Weatherbell:

There are basically two paths being modeled. The GFS now has the storm going out to sea, which means cold and moderate sow amount.

The Euro has the storm moving Northeast, pulling lots of cold air in, with a second system moving in from the Ohio valley. Basically we get snow like the 2010 blizzard. Then a third system moves up the coast the following weekend dumping more snow.

Weatherman Joe Bastardi is indicating this storm maybe more towards the Euro model.


[size=large]GFS Snow over the next 10 days:[/size]

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Euro Snow Over the next 10 days:


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Posted on: 3/12 11:09
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Property purchase inquiries
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I often get offers to buy property in cash via the mail. This time, I got one from an actual developer. This company is building a non R-1 building on Waverly st on the site of a former blue printing company. How the hell did these guys get a variance to do something besides a Bayonne Box? Kudos to them for doing it though...

http://www.chartier-group.com/

Seems to be all new construction, which makes me wonder if I did sell, would it be a tear down? The property in question is a grandfathered 3 family in an R-1 zone (with a decent NYC view).

Anyone else here get inquiries from this developer?

Posted on: 3/11 8:08
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Re: Potential Nor'Easter next week with snow
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The Euro model updated a few hours ago. It increased the snow fall estimates from the previous model run.




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Re: Potential Nor'Easter next week with snow
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whoops.. my bad.. subtract 5 hours

Posted on: 3/9 10:42
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Re: Potential Nor'Easter next week with snow
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Mao wrote:
I'm confused reading the date and time on these zippy maps. MDM, can you enlighten?


The time stamps are in Zulu time. Add 5 hours to convert to Eastern time.

I am using a freeby gif maker. To make a longer gif that runs slower, I would have to buy the software package.

Posted on: 3/9 10:00
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Re: Potential Nor'Easter next week with snow
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The latest:

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Posted on: 3/9 9:24
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Re: ACME Monopoly Game
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Between Costco, internet orders, and patronizing some local places (Young's for veggies and Mahoney's for beef) I hardly buy anything in ACME (formerly A&P) these days. Same for the StopnShop in the Heights.

Posted on: 3/8 19:24
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Re: Potential Nor'Easter next week with snow
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Mao wrote:
Yea!

MDM- where do you get your great maps?


After getting frustrated with the news basically lying about hurricane Irene's intensity (for ratings) I purchased a subscription to Weatherbell. It gives me access to whole bunch of models. Being a total nerd I like to go through them every now and again.

Posted on: 3/8 16:30
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Re: Potential Nor'Easter next week with snow
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GFS Snow progression


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Posted on: 3/8 16:04
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Nor'Easter - March 14, 2017
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The Euro model is now agreeing more with the GFS, showing a fairly big storm(s) next week. GFS I think is showing three different systems hitting us from around Tuesday thru Friday.


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Posted on: 3/8 15:44

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Re: Trump Our New President
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hero69 wrote:
showing illegals that trump's wall is meaningless/useless.


Much of the border fencing (where it exists) is a joke and has been a joke. One of the most infamous examples: https://youtu.be/Qdc-kv7nzaU

What has been proposed is a double or triple layer barrier. However, any barrier system will have to be monitored / patrolled to be effective. Without a security detail and wall, fence, or other barrier (short of mine fields) will just slow invaders down.

Where a barrier with a security detail has been used (i.e. Israel & Hungary) the barriers have reduced the numbers of invaders significantly (granted.. not 100%).

This barrier has to be built. As it stands now, the US has ceded territory to the criminal element South of the border. The only reason it hasn't been done is because of the various powers that be that benefit from open borders (cheap compliant labor, future voters).

Posted on: 3/4 9:56
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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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hero69 wrote:
did someone say those "overpriced" homes were just sitting in the heights and other parts of jersey city outside of dt. this 1 family sold for $825,000 in the heights in 18 days.

https://jerseydigs.com/54-reservoir-av ... ily-sales-in-the-heights/


That is just an insane amount of money for that house. I am actually thinking of just selling my investment properties off this year. I was originally planning on holding on to them for another 15+ years.. but hell, maybe I should sell since the bubble is back (sale prices greatly exceeding rent equivalent value)?

I stopped buying properties in 2003. Right now I can't fully renovate, rent, and have a positive cash flow income. Well.. maybe I can make money if I buy it with an FHA loan (pretend to live in it) with a sub 4% interest rate.. assuming prices keep going up so I can flip it.

Posted on: 3/2 10:57
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Re: I hate vinyl siding! Altenatives?
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Bumping this old thread....

If anyone is looking at alternative siding products, check out Eldorado Stone. I ordered samples of their Roma brick line and it was the first time I got an engineered facade stone that looks and feels like the real thing. I am doing one interior wall with the product as part of upgrading a bedroom.

I am hoping that their other styles have similar authenticity. if so, I will be using this product (not the Roma brick) for redoing the outside on two properties in the future ($$$ permitting).

Allied Building Supply (near 440 Home Depot) carries the product.

Posted on: 2/20 13:19
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Re: Good Thai Food
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brewster wrote:

Lucky you! My wife has tried but can't quite nail it.


My wife likes Isaan (eastern region of Thailand) food, which tends to be too spicy for many Westerners. We generally go out for it as she doesn't know how to make it. There is a place in Manhattan she likes called 'Larb Ubol'. Another she heard is good is called 'Somtum Der' around Avenue A.

Some of the best Thai food I got is when I went took her and her family to South Thailand. The family ordered traditional Southern Thai off the menu. Incredibly rich and spicy dishes. We also stopped at a place in Surat Thani that had incredible seafood.


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Posted on: 2/19 8:47
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Re: Required in unit building inspection notices around 07302, what gives?
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brewster wrote:
Do you have a backyard light?


No exterior violations. I have a high pressure sodium light on a photocell for the back (lights up the parking area).

Unfortunately, I got called into the office by my project manager so I wasn't there for the walk-thru. I am going to have to write to Dept. of Community Affairs to get an explanation.

I think one of the light 'violations' is for having a florescent tube light fixture in one apartment that doesn't have a cover. The tenant has never cared about it and it doesn't cause any harm. I can't get a cover for it (not made anymore), so I was planning to put in a new fixture when the tenant moves out. Looks like I might have to do that sooner.

The tile thing annoys me because now I have to replace it with tiles that won't match.

Posted on: 2/19 8:34
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Re: What happened to Trolley Car bar?
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Posted on: 2/18 17:16
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Re: Required in unit building inspection notices around 07302, what gives?
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My latest inspector had a thing for floors. I have ceramic floor tiles with hairline cracks (tenants dropping something heavy on the kitchen floor). Not broken tiles.. just cracks. I am now required to replace these tiles. The problem is, I long ago ran out of spare tiles.

That, and I got a bunch of "Repair or Replace means of egress lighting". I have no idea what the inspector is referring to. All the lights work in the hallways and apartments.

Posted on: 2/18 16:52
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Re: Good Thai Food
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I am lucky in this regard. If I want authentic Thai food I just let my wife cook. She makes a really good Pad Thai and fried pork belly.

Posted on: 2/18 10:35
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Re: Amazon US Post office delivery issues
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Went to the Post Office today to pick up a couple of packaged. Lo and behold the order that was listed as 'delivered' and assumed stolen was there as well.

Amazon already replaced this previously missing order, so its going back to Amazon.

Posted on: 2/6 13:57
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Re: Trump Our New President
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JCMan8 wrote:

Witnesses reported the gunmen were screaming Allahu Akbar! Both had a Quebecois accent.



From Gatesofvienna.net

As reported in tonight’s news feed, gunmen shot up a mosque in Quebec City, killing at least five people.

Early news stories gave a bare-bones account of the incident, followed by the Narrative describing “Islamophobia” in Quebec, and a recent increase of Islamophobic incidents.

Then came reports from eyewitnesses who said that the gunmen had been shouting “Allahu Akhbar” as they fired their weapons. That shot holes in the Narrative, too — unless, of course, the shooters were white-supremacist neo-Nazis who were just pretending to be Muslims.

The following video sheds some light on what may actually have happened in Quebec City tonight. It’s taken from the Facebook page of the mosque that was attacked. In it you’ll hear the imam of the mosque discuss the enmity of former members of the congregation who were unhappy with the blasphemous “moderation” of this mosque — that is, the shot-up mosque was full of murtadeen, or apostates.

Tonight’s attack may well have been an execution of Islamic justice against murtadeen by Salafist zealots.

Many thanks to Sandra Solomon for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:


https://youtu.be/eAbpiNQyTUs

Posted on: 1/30 7:08
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Re: Medical diagnostic testing for people with high deductible plans?
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jerseymom wrote:


Have you gone directly to Quest or LabCorp with your bloodwork order?


I haven't yet, but its on the 'to do' list. So far going though various doctor offices, they are pretty clueless on handling cash paying patients. The real price is only quoted if you have an HMO or some other insurance paying the doctor. The list prices quoted are basically fiction. i.e. My wife had minor surgery last summer. The list price was about $15k. Actual amount paid: $640. I have under-saved for my old age, so I am trying to not blow my HSA account on over priced routine medical stuff. I am going to need that money staying invested for later.

I think when it comes time for those tests that guys like me (entering middle age) need to get, I might take a trip back to Thailand to have it all done. In May I ended up in Bangkok with a massively annoying ear infection (both ears). Where I was staying was next to Bumrungrad Medical Center which had a night clinic. In 45 minutes I was registered, seen by a doctor, and got meds from the the pharmacy. Total cost: $71 (all cash.. no insurance.. you have insurance you deal with them on your own). My job takes me into a lot of hospitals.. I have never been in a hospital that was a efficient and grand and this one.

Posted on: 1/29 22:10
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Medical diagnostic testing for people with high deductible plans?
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Anyone recommend places to go that cater to those paying cash or using an HSA account? i.e. Publish prices for tests (the real price, not the list price).


I have to get blood work done a couple times a year. List price is over $1k through the lab my doctor uses. Actual billed price is about $250 if billed through my old insurance carrier.

I have noticed a dearth of doctors that actually accept cash patients as everything normally goes though the insurance co.

Posted on: 1/29 20:42
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Re: Measles Alert - Jersey City Exposure Risk
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oh wonderful. I had blood work done recently as a normal health screening and it turns out I lost my immunity to measles (I had all the vaccines). I was scheduled to go get an MMR shot next month. Think I better go sooner.

Posted on: 1/27 18:01
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