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A Very Picky Hunt; Don't Cross the Condo Board

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1) This week's hunter, Nelson, is moving from his house in Los Angeles, which he called his "ha-ha-hacienda because it was filled with laughter," to New York. Somehow, he has standards. He needs to find a one bedroom on the West 60s or low West 70s. And it needs to get sun in every room. And it needs to be move-in ready. And dog-friendly. And under $500,000. He rejects one place for its lack of sun, one place for its necessary renovations, another place for not having living room windows, and a fourth place for smelling like cigarettes. Then he rejects another place because he finds its doorman annoying. Come on, man. Something has to give. Then he befriends a broker who convinces him to look at an apartment in the West 80s. He buys it and figures out that the West 80s also has restaurants. That was easy. [The Hunt/'This Neck of the Woods, Please']

2) James Freund is quite the renaissance man. He was a senior partner at a law firm and wrote a number of books about lawyering, including one called "Lawyering," which is just a very good name for a book about lawyering. Then he retired to pursue other interests, which included having two books of his photography published, playing and recording music, and writing essays, stories, and novels. So when his wife wanted to move from the Upper West Side to the Upper East Side, Freund said, basically, sure, but you find the place and renovate it and buy all the furniture and stuff. I am extremely busy over here having eighty-seven very serious hobbies. So then his wife took care of everything and they moved and they seem to like it. Which is nice! [Habitats/'Downsized, With Penthouse']

3) We touched on it earlier in the week, but condo boards are extremely unhappy about people not paying their monthly fees. As unhappy as they have probably always been, everybody seems to think that their unhappiness has finally peaked, and they're not going to stand for it anymore. Strategies for dealing with delinquencies include public shaming via bulletin board posting, barring residents' access to public areas, telling doormen to reject their packages, and legal tactics, ranging from liens to foreclosure. The general rule for the legal tactics seems to be that there is an inverse relationship between how much the condo boards gets to stick it to those delinquents and how easy it is to actually get the money owed to them. In short, foreclosures are a real pain. [Condo Boards Take a Stand on Delinquencies]