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While David Zweig’s article in the October 30th New York Times is entitled “Escape From Brooklyn,” one could extrapolate that the message here is really “No Escape From the Search.” Clicking down to the reader comments on the article, one can see that Zweig has drawn a certain amount of ire – for daring to complain about options with his relatively generous budget, for the stereotype of aging Brooklyn hipsters procreating and moving not to the suburbs but to artsy little upstate towns and starting the gentrification process all over again, and the list of complaints goes on. However, some of the more reasonable aspects of the discussion are more of the ‘don’t hate the player, hate the game’ variety, if you will.
And as those comments – and, indeed, Zweig’s experience along with countless others – show, there really is no getting around the following: the state of the NYC tri-state area market is what it is, as is the process of renting or buying here, and everyone needs help navigating their way through it all.
In particular, as Zweig’s search struggles point out, the relationship between real estate and school zones provides yet another sticking point in what is already a difficult milieu to negotiate.
For clients unfamiliar with the market who take umbrage with broker fees – and, in regards to our relocation clients, for companies who don’t provide sufficient relocation benefits for NYC area transferees – consider that this family, even with their rather permissive budget, took over a year to finally make their move. Most relocating clients have only a few weeks and need our experience and expertise to guide them through this transition.