Traveling to New York is not for the faint of heart, and might be frustrating to the n00b traveler attending REbarcamp New York and Inman Global Connect. So before you go, we threw together a few things you should be planning for before you leave that may save you a little time, money and agony.
Cab fare from JFK International to New York Marriott Marquis Times Square will cost you roughly $52 one way as there is no Marriott shuttle.
According to nyccabfare.com
That cab ride would cost about $45.00. That is roughly $52 with a 15% tip. It is about 18.2 miles. There is a $45.00 flat fare for trips from JFK Airport to Manhattan.
According to forecast.weather.gov
You can expect winter weather with an average high temperature in the 30s with snow and wintery mix in the forecast through Friday- lows will be in the 20s with variable winds.
According to About.com Average meals can be as low as $5 if you’re into fast food, but you can expect the average to be $10 and above at grills and bistros around the city. About.com has a nice set of lists that include fine dinning.
With the wintery mix expected in New York, you’ll need to track travel delays coming home. We suggest that you save Flightstats.com into your phone or laptop now. We also advise not trusting on time flights and saving the airlines number into your phone in advance of travel.
Many skycaps around the country are requiring payment of $15.00 per bag or more, however, cash is not always accepted. Expect to break out the plastic to cover additional fees as you travel. We advise avoiding checked baggage if at all possible by traveling with one bag (22 inch or less) that can be stowed to save on time and frustration- don’t forget that most major airlines allow you to check in and print boarding passes online before leaving for the airport.
Sorry, We Don’t Make Change…
If you plan to hit the nightlife, you can expect to pay a cover at most all venues, plan ahead by having cash on hand in several denominations as to avoid over paying for entry, however, carrying large amounts of cash is not advised– ATM machines are everywhere.
In Case You’re Looking for Starbucks
I found a cool list of Starbucks everywhere, so in case you end up everywhere, your fix is close at hand, otherwise you should find Starbucks coffee brewed inside the Marriott.
Austin tops the list of best places to buy a home
When looking to buy a home, taking the long view is important before making such a huge investment – where are the best places to make that commitment?
Looking at the bigger picture
(REALUOSO.COM) – Let us first express that although we are completely biased about Texas (we’re headquartered here, I personally grew up here), the data is not – Texas is the best. That’s a scientific fact. There’s a running joke in Austin that if there is a list of “best places to [anything],” we’re on it, and the joke causes eye rolls instead of humility (we’re sore winners and sore losers in this town).
That said, SelfStorage.com dug into the data and determined that the top 12 places to buy a home are currently Texas and North Carolina (and Portland, I guess you’re okay too or whatever).
They examined the nerdiest of numbers from the compound annual growth rate in inflation-adjusted GDP to cost premium, affordability, taxes, job growth, and housing availability.
“Buying a house is a big decision and a big commitment,” the company notes. “Although U.S. home prices have risen in the long term, the last decade has shown that path is sometimes full of twists, turns, dizzying heights and steep, abrupt falls. Today, home prices are stabilizing and increasing in most areas of the U.S.”
Average age of houses on the rise, so is it now better or worse to buy new?
With aging housing in America, are first-time buyers better off buying new or existing homes? The average age of a home is rising, as is the price of new housing, so a shift could be upon us.
The average home age is higher than ever
(REALUOSO.COM) – In a survey from the Department of Housing and Urban Development American Housing Survey (AHS), the median age of homes in the United States was 35 years old. In Texas, homes are a bit younger with the median age between 19 – 29 years. The northeast has the oldest homes, with the median age between 50 – 61 years. In 1985, the median age of a home was only 23 years.
With more houses around 40 years old, the National Association of Realtors asserts that homeowners will have to undertake remodeling and renovation projects before selling unless the home is sold as-is, in which case the buyer will be responsible to update their new residence. Even homeowners who aren’t selling will need to consider remodeling for structural and aesthetic reasons.
Prices of new homes on the rise
Newer homes cost more than they used to. The price differential between new homes and older homes has increased from 10 percent traditionally to around 37 percent in 2014. This is due to rising construction costs, scarcity of lots, and a low inventory of new homes that doesn’t meet the demand.
Are Realtors the real loser in the fight between Zillow Group and Move, Inc.?
The last year has been one of dramatic and rapid change in the real estate tech sector, but Realtors are vulnerable, and we’re worried.
Why Realtors are vulnerable to these rapid changes
(REALUOSO.COM) – Corporate warfare demands headlines in every industry, but in the real estate tech sector, a storm has been brewing for years, which in the last year has come to a head. Zillow Group and Move, Inc. (which is owned by News Corp. and operates ListHub, Realtor.com, TopProducer, and other brands) have been competing for a decade now, and the race has appeared to be an aggressive yet polite boxing match. Last year, the gloves came off, and now, they’ve drawn swords and appear to want blood.
Note: We’ll let you decide which company plays which role in the image above.
So how then, does any of this make Realtors the victims of this sword fight? Let’s get everyone up to speed, and then we’ll discuss.
1. Zillow poaches top talent, Move/NAR sues
It all started last year when the gloves came off – Move’s Chief Strategy Officer (who was also Realtor.com’s President), Errol Samuelson jumped ship and joined Zillow on the same day he phoned in his resignation without notice. He left under questionable circumstances, which has led to a lengthy legal battle (wherein Move and NAR have sued Zillow and Samuelson over allegations of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and misappropriation of trade secrets), with the most recent motion being for contempt, which a judge granted to Move/NAR after the mysterious “Samuelson Memo” surfaced.
Salt was added to the wound when Move awarded Samuelson’s job to Move veteran, Curt Beardsley, who days after Samuelson left, also defected to Zillow. This too led to a lawsuit, with allegations including breach of contract, violation of corporations code, illegal dumping of stocks, and Move has sought restitution. These charges are extremely serious, but demanded slightly less attention than the ongoing lawsuit against Samuelson.
2. Two major media brands emerge
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