Monday, November 28, 2016
Throughout New York City and state, the buildings are often a century or more old, which often means that someone has passed away in them. In recent years, however, brokers are saying that an apartment with death’s footprint on it is less of a deterrent with more competition and elusive deals. Buyers are less likely to be spooked by the air of death. Perhaps, this represents the cultural shift toward death acceptance. Disclosing a property’s macabre may be a sign of an invested broker, but now clients are taking apartments regardless of a property’s grim history.
See Kenneth R. Rosen, At Home with the Macabre, N.Y. Times, November 24, 2016.