Michael Kawochka

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The Detectives Who Never Forget a Face

London’s new squad of “super-recognizers” could inspire a revolution in policing.<p>A predator was stalking London. He would board a crowded bus at rush hour, carrying a <i>Metro</i> newspaper, and sit next to a young woman. Opening the newspaper to form a curtain, he would reach over and grope her. The man …

Crime

The Sharks That Live to 400

How scientists used nuclear explosions to date the longest-lived vertebrates in existence.<p>In 1620, the Mayflower set off from Plymouth, carrying hopeful pilgrims to the New World. As it sailed over the Atlantic, it passed over deep, cold waters, where baby Greenland sharks were starting out their …

You Filed Your Taxes. Are You Going to Get Audited?

Uh-oh. You messed something up on your tax return. What now?<p>Audits alone found an additional $25 billion in taxes owed last year, half of that from …

Decaying Loew's Canal Theater Makes for Incredible Ruin Porn

Every once in a while somebody sneaks inside the abandoned, neglected <b>Loew's Canal Theatre</b> at <b>31 Canal Street</b> and takes some pictures, and every time those pictures are worth marveling over. The most recent set of photographs, taken at night, giving the cavernous theater an even more creepy and …

Ask an Expert: "How much should maintenance fees affect the price of an apartment?"

<b>Q. Is there a formula or rule-of-thumb for adjusting the sales price of an apartment to offset high monthly maintenance fees or common charges?</b><p>A. …

Next year in Berlin

IS BERLIN the new Jerusalem? A Facebook page launched in Hebrew this month on how to move to a city far from rockets and rocketing prices in Israel …

How we end up marrying the wrong people

Anyone we could marry would, of course, be a little wrong for us. It is wise to be appropriately pessimistic here. Perfection is not on the cards. …

Road Safety

Nobel Prize winner Robert Shiller offers free finance class

Nobel Prize-winning Yale economist Robert Shiller, namesake of the S&P/Case Shiller housing market index, just tweeted plans to offer his …

Why You Should Pay Attention to Commercial Real Estate

Commercial real estate, or CRE, is one of the more straightforward and relevant indicators of the overall health of the U.S. economy. Others, such as …

Mortgage Tips & Advice| GOBankingRates | GOBankingRates

Buying a new home is one of the largest purchases you will likely ever make, so be smart about which home loan and terms you choose. Keep your …

How to Use Public Records for Real Estate Research

If you're planning to buy a house, it's a good idea to gather as much <b>information</b> about it as you can. For example, how much did the present owner pay for it? Who is the present owner? When did they buy it? One way to do that is to search <b>public records</b>.<p>Probably the best way to get as much …

How do real estate agents’ and brokers’ commissions work?

The fee a seller pays a broker is typically 6 percent<p><i>Editor's Note: This post was originally published in March 2013 and has been updated with the most recent information.</i><p>Theoretically, it's simple. The real estate agent lists a house for sale, you like it, you negotiate a price with the agent, the …

6 Serious PR Fumbles That Real Estate Agents Shouldn't Make

All publicity is good publicity - right? Wrong. When it comes to delivering an accurate portrayal of your business to the media and potential …

What's the Difference Between a CMA and an Appraisal?

How do you find out the value of your home? There are two ways - a comparative market analysis, or CMA, and a professional appraisal.<p>The CMA is used …

5 Must-Have Real Estate Apps for Home Buyers

If you are headed out to open houses this weekend, you may want to download a few apps first.<p><i>Once a day, Patch tackles national news that affects</i> …

Save big bucks on your taxes by deducting all sorts of weird odds and ends

In our last few articles we’ve been looking at the new IRS regulations on how to classify repairs and improvements for tax purposes. The voluminous …

Top 3 Reasons Real Estate Deals Fall Apart For A Seller

Selling your house is a daunting task at best with all of the preparations you need to take, not to mention the inconveniences of showing your home. If you’re fortunate enough to go under contract with a buyer, you definitely want the deal to stick. But a growing number of real estate transactions …

Top 3 Reasons Real Estate Deals Fall Apart For A Buyer

Real estate transactions can be quite cumbersome – they are riddled with legal content and require a lot of documentation – so you can imagine that there are plenty of areas where something could go wrong. It is estimated that nearly one-third of all real estate contracts never make it to the …

Luxury rentals to rise at Williamsburg site sold for $13M

A developer of rental apartments in Brooklyn and Long Island City paid $13 million for a Williamsburg development site in an off-market transaction, …

Here Are Five Islands That Cost Less Than Many New York Apartments

Remember how funny it was to learn that you could buy a European castle for less money than you’d spend on some not-so-nice New York City apartments? …

Brooklyn’s heights

It’s no secret that Brooklyn has changed dramatically in recent years, with hot new restaurants and an NBA basketball team to boot. These changes …

Pools, yoga rooms top NYC buyers' amenity wishlist

Luxury New York apartments have no shortage of posh amenities on offer, but some have more sway over a potential resident’s decision to buy than …

Q&A: Risky Listing’s Alex Picken on being a TV broker

Alex Picken, owner and founder of Picken Real Estate, is the anchor of Esquire Network’s new reality show “Risky Listing,” which plans to shine a …

Synapse to build 100-room Williamsburg hotel

A partnership between Synapse Capital and Pan Brothers Associates has closed on a Williamsburg development site, Synapse announced yesterday. The two …