Buying in the December

December is usually when people are looking to deck their own halls—not buy new ones. But buying a home in December and January can be a smart move.

With less competition from buyers, December through January are great months to buy.

Looking to purchase? Contact me today and I’ll be glad to let you know what inventory is on the market!


How to Autumn Proof your home! | by Spiro Vrouhas

Can you believe it?

It’s autumn time, and that means that the holidays are coming!  Are you ready to welcome visiting friends and family into your new home?  It might seem like you have a lot to do, but relax; I’ve included a handy list of things to take care of before your guests start arriving!

I hope this list is helpful for you, and I hope you’ll give me a call if you need any additional information (about your home or about real estate in general)!  I love to help and very much enjoy being your friend and real estate agent.

Have a wonderful day!

Spiro Vrouhas

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 Plug it in: Make sure that all of your appliances are in working order. The last thing you need with a house full of guests is a broken dishwasher or washing machine!

  1. Make space: Clean out the dressers and closets in the guest room(s) to ensure that your friends and family will feel comfortable and at home.
  2. Baby-proof: If your house isn’t already baby-proofed and if small children will be coming to stay or visit, take a little time to ensure that electrical outlets are safely covered, sharp edges are padded, and that valuable knick-knacks are out of harm’s way.
  3. Light your fire: Make sure that your fireplace and chimney are clean and in working order. Gathering around the fire with friends and family is a cozy way to spend time reminiscing and chatting.
  4. Knock knock: Take a walk through your home and inspect all doors and windows. If the doors, hinges or latches are sticky or squeaky, make any necessary repairs before your guests arrive.

Actor’s nightmare? Players Club hit with foreclosure action

Actor’s nightmare? Players Club hit with foreclosure action

New York’s storied Players Club may soon get the boot from its longtime Gramercy Park home.

The actors’ society is reportedly riddled with debt, owing more than $264,000 to the city in back taxes. As a result, the club was slapped with a foreclosure action on its 16 Gramercy Park South home last week, according to court records cited by DNAinfo.

“You are in danger of losing your home,” court papers said.

Despite the threat, Arthur Makar, the club’s new president, dismissed concerns.

“All I can tell you right now is we have a plan in place and it’s not going to happen,” he told DNAinfo, declining to disclose any of the plan’s details.

The city put a lien on the property after the financially-troubled institution failed to pay property taxes. The lien was then sold at auction last May to a trust now managed by servicing agent MTAG, attorney Thomas Malone, who filed the court papers, told DNAinfo.

According to MTAG’s website, the Players Club owes an additional $50,000 in interest and fees, in addition to its $264,000 debt. MTAG did not respond to DNAinfo’s request for comment. [DNAinfo]Julie Strickland

Manhattan rental rates up for first time since August

Spiro Vrouhas- New York Real Estate

Manhattan rental rates up for first time since August

Landlords boosted concessions in March to ward off rise in vacancies

April 10, 2014 12:01AM
By Julie Strickland

Manhattan rental rates edged up in March for the first time in six months as landlords moved to bolster occupancy with an increased number of concessions, according to Yuval Greenblatt, executive vice president of Douglas Elliman.

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45 Province, Boston Luxury Apartments


The residences at 45 PROVINCE are cutting-edge 21st Century units constructed mainly of glass and brick that blend the best techniques of new construction with an old world “stylistic” feel that is synonymous with Boston architecture. People who choose to live here are able to enjoy both sides of the spectrum. Whether you prefer a single level or duplex residence, ranging from 2, 471 square feet to over 5, 700 square feet, plus private terraces and roof decks, there are many options to choose from to design the ultimate dream home. The distinctive 45 PROVINCE Penthouses soar 30 stories above Boston and feature custom unit plans and finishes with gourmet kitchens and luxury baths. Each home offers extraordinary panoramic views of the city, the Harbor, the Charles River and beyond through floor to ceiling windows.

Buying or selling real estate? Contact Spiro Vrouhas, part of Engel & Volkers today.

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Rentals in demand: Chelsea one-bedrooms

Rentals in demand: Chelsea one-bedrooms

Chelsea was not only the most in-demand Manhattan neighborhood last week — it also was the go-to spot for one-bedroom searches, according to Zumper, an apartment listings website.

The rest of the top five of neighborhoods in demand were the Upper East Side, Greenwich Village, West Village and Gramercy Park. The Financial District, nowhere to be seen this time around, took the crown the week before last. [more]

Homeowners face tax bump with end of mortgage law

Homeowners face tax bump with end of mortgage law

Underwater homeowners trying to get their financial bearings are in for a shock, with the expiration of a 2007 tax break on forgiven mortgage debt set to take effect if Congress doesn’t act. [more]

Juicy will get $50M to leave 650 Fifth Avenue retail space

Juicy will get $50M to leave 650 Fifth Avenue retail space

Purveyor of all things crushed velvet, Juicy Couture will receive $50 million to vacate its retail space at 650 Fifth Avenue. The long-term leasehold on the retail portion of the 36-story building was acquired earlier this month by a joint venture between SL Green Realty and Jeff Sutton’s Wharton Properties[more]