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Re: Any good Indie mechanic for Landrovers?
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Looking for a reliable and qualified mechanic who knows Rovers really well.. Fed up of going to stealership


Not sure how familiar they are with Range Rovers (they did some body work on my friends Mercedes ML that looked amazing), but these guys are as honest as they come:

https://www.yelp.com/biz/a-and-l-auto-body-inc-jersey-city

I had an airbag light issue on my Audi A4 and took it to two competitors, that both wanted me to replace an airbag sensor for $1,000. Alberto (the son in the operation), said it didn't make any sense and said to leave the car with him. The next day the light was off (he dismantled the entire seat and put it back together and it turns out a connection was loose) and he wouldn't accept any payment. Tough to find people like that these days.

Posted on: 1/9 19:27
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Re: Is Jersey City Real Estate in a bubble?
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third_street_hats wrote:
Now we're talking. 451sqft in Paulus Hook listed at $349k.



Listed =/= Sold



Of the 1br's I've been watching in 07302, they have averaged 5% over asking and landed around $680/ft. Probably a bit of selection bias as I've only really been watching nicer looking places.


Who told you this? lol....I've been following listings at Gull's Cove and a few other buildings in the past year and a half and prices there are flat over this period (in fact, a unit that tried to sell close to $600k a month ago just dropped its asking to $565k today...really not any higher than prices were 18 months ago). I wouldn't expect them to rise by any significant amount if interest rates keep climbing and new construction inventory surges.


I'm a realtor and you're way off base. Gulls Cove units (and one bedrooms there specifically) are some of the hottest inventory in Jersey City. One listing a couple of weeks back had eight offers and went $50k over asking price. Another one bed just went $30k over ask and just hit $800 per square foot. It should hit $1,000 per square foot there over the next few years.

Prices are definitely not flat there, one beds are up at least 15% over the past year and half, with no signs of slowing down. The listing that just had it's priced dropped stares right into the Gulls Cove 2 courtyard and was overpriced by about $50k when it was listed.

I do agree that demand will temper with increasing interest rates, but none of the new construction is condo - it's all rental. So when most of the buyers are coming from NYC and Brooklyn, JC still has relative value.

Posted on: 2016/11/15 22:49
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Re: Residential conversion of church, 162 Mercer Street
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Has anyone seen the proposal? It looks challenging - what to do with blind and stained glass windows etc. - but it's a beautiful complex and could be another good model for adaptive re-use in Jersey City - http://newyorkyimby.com/2016/11/10-un ... r-street-jersey-city.html


They did something similar at 304 Pavonia last year and the results were pretty amazing. Very little natural sunlight, but it was a beautiful conversion. Bonaface Lofts at 260 1st Street was also a church converted recently, but IMO not as nice as 304 Pavonia.

Posted on: 2016/11/5 10:48
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Re: Rainbow to be replaced by Hoboken restaurant group responsible for 1 Republik
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I understand why some people don't like it, however - what else is going into that space? The rent on Tendershoot Farms is $22k per month, the Rainbow space would be at least double that. The petitioner wants a "mom and pop" establishment to go into a space that costs upwards of $50k per month?

I'm may be in the minority in looking forward to OneRepublik (or whatever it will be called) going into that space, but even I don't want an entire block of sports bars. Isn't there enough room for a sports bar and other smaller establishments? Diversity is usually a great thing.

Posted on: 2016/8/25 10:49
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Re: Auto Repair Shop
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brewster wrote:
Bumping this one. Any new comments on Downtown mechanics? (Or Heights for me)

Joe's is gone. I used him for years, he was honest, but I felt he had a hand in the demise of my aged vehicle due to poor maintenance. I think he was not proactive enough about checking brake pads, spark plugs etc for fear of being seen as working you over. My Kia is now 4 years old and I'm tired of shlepping it to the dealer on 440.


Not sure if anyone has mentioned them in this thread (I'm not reading the whole thing), but A&R on 5th Street right by Healy's is awesome. I've dealt with Alberto in detail when having my Audi repaired; two other shops quoted be over $1,000 for a new airbag sensor, when the real problem was only taking apart the seat and reconnecting everything again. Alberto didn't even charge me for anything. Can't say enough good things about A&R, a totally honest place in an industry with many shady characters.

Posted on: 2016/8/22 21:16
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Re: Rainbow to be replaced by Hoboken restaurant group responsible for 1 Republik
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I don't think most people in this thread are upset Rainbow is closing. But rather by the type of place supposedly coming in and what those owners are known to bring the retail & customer element. I don't think anyone is this thread is anti-change. Just many don't like the direction its headed when there are options that would be progressive and suit more of our tastes. People are justifiably worried about the "Hoboken bro" element getting worse and continuing to affect our quality of life and enjoyment of our city. and residents not being the target demo of these new businesses.


Is it really going to affect your quality of life? Don't go there.

I live downtown and I will frequent (and thoroughly enjoy) One Republik once it opens. I know plenty of people that will join me. There is a massive target demo for this kind of establishment that already lives in Jersey City. I'll go there, you go to Hopscotch, or wherever you prefer. That's what's great about America - choices.


Posted on: 2016/8/8 14:55
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Re: Rainbow to be replaced by Hoboken restaurant group responsible for 1 Republik
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tern wrote:
So your complaint has changed from there being no places to watch American Football, to there being no places meeting your precise requirements at which to watch.

In addition to all the places previously listed, there is:
White Star (2 of them)
Hamilton Inn
Ninth and Coles
Keyhole
Healy's
Greene Hook
Light Horse
Markers
Chile's
Park and Ninth
Lisbon Two

As someone mentioned upthread, how many places can you name where you *can't* watch Giants games?

Robin.



You're missing my point. I want a sports bar that serves food, not a restaurant that serves liquor. Massive difference. JC really doesnt have that right now, so how is there not a need for it?


O'Hara's, Bright Side, PJ Ryans, White Star Bar, Hopscotch, 9th and Coles

Not to mention places like Iron Monkey and Skinner's that have decent bars downstairs. Just off the top of my head.

C'mon man.



How many of the places that you just listed are a good place to watch a game with a large group, in a central location, with access to multiple games being shown on a Sunday? After living in NYC for a long time, thats a sports bar to me. None of the places you mentioned would fit that mold (Hopscotch maybe, but I dont know anyone that intentionally goes there).

A lot of people complain about change, just to complain. I know I'm not alone in looking forward to a large sports bar with many TV's and several games on simultaneously. A lot of you would probably consider me a "bro" though, lol.

Posted on: 2016/8/8 11:04
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Re: Rainbow to be replaced by Hoboken restaurant group responsible for 1 Republik
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tern wrote:
So your complaint has changed from there being no places to watch American Football, to there being no places meeting your precise requirements at which to watch.

In addition to all the places previously listed, there is:
White Star (2 of them)
Hamilton Inn
Ninth and Coles
Keyhole
Healy's
Greene Hook
Light Horse
Markers
Chile's
Park and Ninth
Lisbon Two

As someone mentioned upthread, how many places can you name where you *can't* watch Giants games?

Robin.



You're missing my point. I want a sports bar that serves food, not a restaurant that serves liquor. Massive difference. JC really doesnt have that right now, so how is there not a need for it?

Posted on: 2016/8/7 21:18
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Re: Rainbow to be replaced by Hoboken restaurant group responsible for 1 Republik
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zimbu1234 wrote:
Look around. Plenty of options right now that no more are really needed.

Luckys
VB3
Hopscotch
Grove Square (coffee shop by the PATH)
PJ Ryan's

Not to mention the larger places with less TVs (Porta, Southhouse).

I also prefer something about more creative. A music hall, A food hall akin to Berg'n as someone mentioned (what carino provisions could have been), or a real BBQ by the pound place (what Hamilton pork should have been).



VB3? That's in Newport (not downtown, sorry) and it's a disaster. Worst service I've ever had. Seriously, ever. Grove Square has a major identity crisis (coffee shop and bar? Seriously?) and is terribly laid out. Luckys is tiny and disgusting. Hopscotch? I don't want to count pieces of flair while I'm watching football.

Agree with you on PJ's. That's one spot to watch a game, but even thats a challenge with a large party. I'm looking forward to One Republik. A bar like Ship of Fools on the UES would be ideal (sounds like what Monty's could be/could have been), but a true sports bar is exactly what Newark Ave needs. Talk about your vegan diets, neck tattoos and skinny jeans at the Archer or Pet Shop. I want wings and beer.

Posted on: 2016/8/7 17:43
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Re: Rainbow to be replaced by Hoboken restaurant group responsible for 1 Republik
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The neighborhood has made it pretty clear that most new bars are catering to real lowest common denominator types. There's still no music venue (Yes, I know about Monty Hall) really downtown. Do we need another major establishment with 30,000 tv screens and women in tank tops? I say the neighborhood does not.

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This is really lame. That end of Newark Ave is becoming pretty shameful. It brings the exact element seen in Hoboken. It's not a good element.

BTW, why is Republik spelled with a K like that?


Oh come on. That store is gigantic, what else could it really be than a big sports bar/lounge thingy? JC can support places like that *as well as* places like Pet Shop and The Archer.


Agreed it is an unruly space. But why not give me something to do other than sit down and eat shitty bar food while watching a game. Something like the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club in Gowanus would be packed 7 nights a week.

Or segment/sublease the space and turn it into a food court like Berg'n that allows up-and-coming restaurants a shot at some space without the huge overhead.



Disagree with your take 100%. Where is another bar where you can go and watch a Giants game on Sunday downtown? Please tell me, because I haven't found one.

Not every bar has to try to be like Williamsburg, embracing candlelit discussions about emo music. Look at the pictures of people on the Pet Shop website. If that's what Jersey City is turning into, I'm scared.

Posted on: 2016/8/7 9:24
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Re: Jersey City Realtor
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thor800 wrote:
Is buying anything downtown really that crazy ?

Im also in the market for a 2bd / 1ba close to grove path. What should i expect ?


I'm a realtor. It's not that "crazy", but you need to be aggressive. Unfortunately, there isn't much time to think about a property thats priced correctly, but it was that way two years ago when I bought my condo. Not that much has changed between now and then. Also - don't expect a deal, there aren't any.

Posted on: 2016/5/2 8:24
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Re: BMW stolen
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yorkster wrote:
Idiot. Of course he had a lap top in the car as well. I'm surprised he didn't mention about his bag of diamonds and gold.


Ha. Reminds me of the Married with Children episode where Al Bundy had his Dodge stolen and claimed that he had a Van Gogh in the trunk. Classic.

Posted on: 2016/4/12 13:19
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Re: Jersey City Realtor
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Just sent you a PM.

Posted on: 2016/3/25 23:39
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Re: Promising condos in JSQ?
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iGreg wrote:

The points on real estate agents is correct, they are whores chasing a commission, use them the same way toilet paper is used and when able cut them out of the picture.




Hysterical - this quote never gets old! /end sarcasm. I'm an agent and if I was in it just for the money, this job would suck. Way too many things happen that are out of my control and often deals fall apart (no commission!). I love my job because it really is about helping people. Money is a byproduct that anyone needs to survive, but the really successful agents like to help people. Real estate is dependent on referrals and anyone can smell when someone is chasing a commission.

Back to the question, OP I'd look in the Lincoln Park area; there are some great prewar buildings on Kennedy Blvd, Kensington Ave, Bentley Ave, etc. Every unit I've seen at 75 Liberty has been a disaster, requiring a lot of work.

The new construction on Fleet is nicely done, but the least expensive unit there (a one bed) is almost $400k. It does include parking, but those are downtown prices.

Posted on: 2016/2/19 18:52
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Re: Sunac Natural Market Coming to 70 Columbus
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This is a great addition, exactly what downtown needs. Working downtown, it's really tough to grab a salad anywhere for lunch. I used to frequent their location in Chelsea and was always pretty happy with the food.

Posted on: 2016/2/7 17:17
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Re: Greenville real estate on the rise.
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I'm a realtor downtown and from what I've seen in my office is that the Hasidic Jews are coming from Brooklyn and snapping up properties in Greenville.

Posted on: 2016/1/15 20:59
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Re: Exclusive Buyer Agreement?
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Here is a time tested method. Look at the MLS, call up the listing broker and ask whether they prefer you work with them to buy a home that they are selling or whether it would be prudent to bring in an agent yourself.

100% of listing agents will say, "oh no, I can be your agent too" - even our resident realtor who is posting on this forum. Money talks...



What does that even mean? Did you have a point? Of course they want to be your representation, but that doesn't mean you should have them represent you.

I imagine some of you posters are like a guy I spoke with this past week. He said he's been looking for a "deal" downtown for over a year. When I told him if he just paid market price last year he'd be up 20% (actually 100% on the down payment), he was literally speechless. Money does not always talk.

Posted on: 2015/12/5 18:02
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Re: Exclusive Buyer Agreement?
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Please. You're playing semantics. It doesn't come out of the buyers pocket. The seller cuts the checks at closing! How is that a shell game? You think a buyer will pay $50k less for not using an agent? The fees are determined by whatever the seller agrees to in the listing agreement. They will pay x% whether or not the buyer uses an agent or not.

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You are obviously in the game yourself and out to con people with the shell game you are playing.

If 6% of sale price goes to the brokers - who pays? THE MONEY COMES OUT OF THE BUYERS POCKET. PERIOD. Argue all you like about who's obligated to pay - it's no different to a sales tax.

Keep peddling your lies, then explain why you can get rebates of up to 60% in NJ? That's $12k back on $20k buyers agent fees. Realtors are going to be in the cross-hairs of the next round of consumer protection regulations. You guys are sharks raping the consumers - and your day of reckoning is due ;)

http://www.2percentusa.com/p_10929-Bu ... ors______list_from_2.html

http://www.thousandsbackatclosing.com/nj-home-buyer-rebate-faq/


The commissions are fees paid by the seller. No one forces a seller to pay x% to sell their home. Sellers should negotiate fees to sell their property. Or just do it themselves. In most cases, sellers want to sell their home as quickly as possible and they'll pay accordingly. Sales tax? The buyer pays nothing to brokers at closing. A tax would be something like mansion tax, which the buyer is responsible for at closing. I'm at a loss that you don't understand this.

Buyers rebate? How did Foxtons work out? Ever hear "you get what you pay for"? Even on their site is says the rebate offers reduced service. Verbatim: "The buyer will be performing some functions typically handled by real estate agents as well as their own due diligence". So you're basically picking up a second job. Enjoy.

You think a buyers agent has it easy? Do you know how many people I'll show properties to and they'll never buy anything? There is no easy money working in real estate. If it was easy, 70% of agents wouldn't quit within a year.

Posted on: 2015/12/4 1:50
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Re: Exclusive Buyer Agreement?
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dtjcview wrote:
Let me put this in perspective for potential buyers,

On a $1m property - 6% is $60,000 dollars. That $60k comes out of the buyers pocket. Realtors claim the sellers pay - but that's simply a shell game.

As a buyer - you are quite simply getting raped by agents.

Do it yourself as Vindication15 proposed- or negotiate a better price.


Please. You're playing semantics. It doesn't come out of the buyers pocket. The seller cuts the checks at closing! How is that a shell game? You think a buyer will pay $50k less for not using an agent? The fees are determined by whatever the seller agrees to in the listing agreement. They will pay x% whether or not the buyer uses an agent or not.

Blame the seller for doing a poor job in negotiating the listing fees or not doing FSBO, because in this market you really don't need a broker to sell a condo. Most sellers do, because they don't have the time or the inclination to tackle that by themselves. They will get more for their property if it's marketed with a broker and the only thing a seller cares about is their net profit.

That said, even if you do FSBO, you'd be crazy not to pay out a buyers brokers commission because that's where the buyers will come from. It's simple supply and demand. You will get less for your property if you don't cooperate with buyer's brokers.

Feel free to not use a buyers agent. Most of the buyers I work with are coming from Brooklyn and NYC - a knowledgeable agent saves them TIME, which it seems is the one thing people don't have enough of (money definitely isn't the problem).


Posted on: 2015/12/3 23:08
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Re: Exclusive Buyer Agreement?
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As an investor in properties throughout the US, I would ALWAYS recommend you get a buyer's agent and here is why:

The Seller's Agent ONLY represents the Seller. If he/she deals directly with a buyer without an agent, he/she is now a DUAL AGENT and must disclose to the buyer he/she is a Dual Agent. What does it mean as a dual agent? This means that he/she cannot advise on negotiating ANYTHING for the buyer. Ultimately the sellers agent duty is only to the SELLER, but he/she must treat the buyer fairly and still disclose information REQUIRED BY LAW.

If you have a buyer's agent, you now have someone who can help negotiate for you. If they hear from other agents that the seller is distressed, is willing to take a lower price, or any other information that can affect the price, THEY CAN share it with you to help negotiate. Again, the seller's agent can only share information he/she is REQUIRED to disclose by law. Plus, a buyer's agent will know what a property SHOULD be priced at according to the market, not based on some arbitrary price that most sellers force agents to list at.

As far as commissions go, you have NO ABILITY to negotiate a lower commission from the sale of the home as a buyer. Actually, neither a sellers agent or a buyers agent can kick you back any money from a transaction because it would be a violation of Federal and State Law. The listing contract is between the seller and the seller's agent and can only be modified by mutual consent. Only if you hold a real estate license from any state can you ask for a referral fee. I hold one in another state for just that reason.

My recommendation is definitely GET A BUYERS AGENT. You DON'T have to sign an exclusive unless you're very comfortable with the agent and they're working really hard to find you the right place. Just remember that agents are only paid on commission, so all that time they spend taking you around to properties, doing research, etc. is UNPAID unless you contract through them.

A smart agent will ask as soon as possible if you are working with another agent. That way each of you don't waste each other's time.



thanks REALTOR. Guess who realtors - buying and selling - represent most often and have a loyalty to more so than anyone else? THEMSELVES. Guess what the goal of a realtor is - to sell homes. Not to sell the home of your dreams. Guess what happens when the deal closes and you are not happy with the home you bought? The realtor still gets to keep his or her commission.

A realtor is a glorified door opener and chauffeur. Can you name one type of information that as a home buyer - you don't have access to that realtors do?

Price comps - Available
Listings - Available
Neighborhood crime stats - Available
Restaurants in the area - Available
Building & home history - Available

Now if you want a person to pressure you to buy a home so they can make 3% as a buyer's agent then go right ahead. But getting all the info you need is readily available. PLUS, your realtor is not required to give you all the above info that I mentioned. You can ask and your realtor can pick and choose that info. AGAIN, a realtor's main goal is to sell homes and whether you like it or dislike it afterwards, the realtor still gets paid.


This is why being an informed buyer using the sellers agent works. I'll give a concrete example.

Home is listed for 100,000. Seller's agent gets 3% commission when split or full 6% if they represent the seller and buyer.

If they represent you (buyer) and sell the home at 95k, they get 5700. OR you can bring in a realtor and they sell at 100k and they get 3k.

The realtor selling the home earns more money convincing the homeowner to sell at 95k than at 100k. You (the buyer) benefits.

Simple math. Done.
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I'm a realtor. I don't see why someone would go direct to the listing agent. Although dual agency is common, how can one person have the best interest of two parties in mind? It's inherently a conflict.

Your logic is flawed and many people assume that this is the way it works. A listing agent isn't going to "sell" a lower offer; although they're not supposed to, they may tell you where the offer needs to be in order to win the bid. At the end of the day, you're going to pay fair market for the property. What does happen sometimes is that the listing agent will take a lower percentage if they represent both parties. Thats almost always a 1% discount to the seller.

Working with a *good* buyers agent definitely has it's benefits. I work in a large office downtown and I have access to many listings before they hit the market. Since it's become such a sellers market, more and more deals are getting done off market. Additionally, most properties that hit the market have multiple offers within days; there are many ways to make an offer more attractive - it's not just purchase price that a seller is looking for (although that is obviously at the top of the list). A good agent will help you navigate that process.

It's not like YOU are paying the agent as a buyer, so why not take advantage of their dedication and market knowledge?


Posted on: 2015/12/3 21:52
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Re: SOLEIL LOFTS on Montgomery
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I'm a local realtor. There was a unit on the market there, but it sold in less than a week and went over asking price. It was purchased by an investor and is on the market for rent.

PM me if you have any questions on the current market. Happy to chat.

-Paul/Weichert Realtors

Posted on: 2015/11/21 15:06
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Re: x-ray
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Longtime lurker who joined just for this thread. So earlier this year I stepped on an unplugged plug (from my stereo) and fractured a bone in my foot. Didn't really hurt until two days after I did it, at which point the pain was so excruciating, I went to JCMC ER. Lot's of sitting around and waiting (in severe pain), but they finally got to me and took some X-rays, which confirmed the fracture. Gave me some pain meds and a pair of crutches and I went on my way.

Last week, I got a bill for $2k! Insurance covered a little more than half, so I'm looking at a huge bill for some pills and an X-ray. Going to fight it tooth and nail, but I strongly suggest avoiding going there for a non-emergency.

Posted on: 2015/8/5 23:46
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