HOA Boards: What They Do, Why They Deserve Thanks

  By Leonard Baron – While many owners in Common Interest Development communities have unflattering opinions about the board members who govern their neighborhood homeowners associations, the truth is, they’re generally working to protect your home and investment. Let’s walk through what HOA board members do for the community to get a better idea about the important…

How a Condo Can Be a Cost-Saver

  Shutterstock By Scott Sheldon Condominiums make an affordable alternative to purchasing a single-family home. As prices continue to rise in many markets, purchasing a lower-priced condo makes for an attractive choice in pursuing homeownership. Important Lending Terms for Condo Buyers: Buying a condo is different than buying a traditional single-family home. Here are some…

Co-ops Chill, Condos Don’t

  Phil Marden for The New York Times The phrase white-glove Manhattan co-op has invariably conjured the image of a fortresslike residence whose precincts could be stormed only via a gantlet distinguished by mountains of paperwork and a daunting personal interview. The New York condominium, the relatively new kid on the block, has seemed the opposite: laissez-faire in…

7 home organization tips for the new year

You don’t have to be a hoarder to feel overwhelmed by the prospect of an organized home. For most of us, an environment where every paper is in its place is nothing more than an elusive fantasy. How to get organized? “Start somewhere,” said Los Angeles organizing consultant Kim Anker-Paddon. “It doesn’t matter where. I…

Gray Matter: Data-Mining Our Dreams

ARE dreams really meaningful? Virtually every culture throughout history has developed methods to interpret dreams — most notably, in the modern era, the psychoanalytic approach. But today many people assume that this quest has failed. Science, they say, has proved that dreams are just random signals sent from primitive regions of the brain, signifying nothing,…

Selling a Hoarder’s Apartment

JAMPACKED The Harlem mansion of Langley and Homer Collyer in New York City brought hoarding to public attention in 1947. These days hoarding, the topic of TV shows and support groups, is a recognized mental disorder. The one-bedroom condo on Park Avenue was described by the broker, Jeffrey Tanenbaum of Halstead Property, as a “hoarder’s…

The Boehner Bunglers

The federal government is shut down, we’re about to hit the debt ceiling (with disastrous economic consequences), and no resolution is in sight. How did this happen? The main answer, which only the most pathologically “balanced” reporting can deny, is the radicalization of the Republican Party. As Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein put it last…