Real estate agents use this technique to start bidding wars


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They’re writing the book on how to start bidding wars.

The New York Times reports that realtors are using novels, biographies and how-to guides as ammunition for price battles between pandemic buyers looking for homes with quiet places to relax and read a good book. reading.

“Even when I stage a house, I put books in it,” Morgan Munsey, who sells for Compass in Brooklyn and Manhattan, told the newspaper, noting he’s seen auction wars break out in libraries though. stocked.

In an age when digital overload forces many people to stare at lighted screens for hours a day, the printed word can have a calming effect that requires us to sink into a plush armchair and decompress, if only for the sake of it. a chapter or two.

And with real estate agents, architectural firms are taking note.

“The tactile connection to books and the need for places of refuge at home, both for work and for personal well-being, have made libraries a renewed focus in residential design,” Andrew Cogar , president of the New York and Atlanta Historical Concepts company, told The Times.

In the book published by Oak Knoll Press, “The private library: the history of the architecture and furnishings of the domestic library“Reid Byers argues that there are plenty of reasons to keep great works of literature on the shelves of your home rather than in the brain of your pocket e-reader – with relaxation and wonder at the top of the list.

“Walking into our library should feel like relaxing in a hot tub, wandering around a magic store, stepping out into the orchestra pit, or stepping into a curio room, club, circus, our cabin on an outgoing yacht, an old friend’s house, ”he wrote. “It’s a departure, and it’s a return to the center.”

I guess we could all use some of it now.

[New York Times] – Vince DiMiceli


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