Hard to believe we’ve been around so long.
I personally feel about 29 years old (maturity of a 19 year old, obviously) yet after we published our Manhattan report today that cited 26 year record highs, the math places me a bit older than 29. My birthday was yesterday (I’m still milking that day for all I can) and our company’s birthday is today. We launched in 1986, working in our apartments and communicating via fax machines, buying Macintosh Plus computers, creating our own appraisal software, using bar code scanners, Scantron readers, tape measures, measuring wheels, sonic measuring devices, laser measuring devices and beepers. It’s been a surprisingly fun but difficult journey.
A while back, Kim Velsey at New York Observer reached out and thought it would be interesting to do a profile on me. Who wouldn’t like to talk about themselves for hours? What an opportunity! LOL. Uh, Yes?
We met and she proceeded to “drain my soul” as I am fond of saying – by the end of the interview my head was spinning and I wasn’t quite sure what I had said or if I would look foolish (the sign of a good interviewer). I was also getting a little worried when I started hearing through the grapevine who she was reaching out to – in other words this was an actual, real interview profile thing!
It turned out to be a fun, extensive and detailed read that captured a very fair and accurate picture of me for which I am very grateful (and relieved).
Jonathan Miller Is the Most Trusted (and Quoted) Man in New York Real Estate
An Honest Appraisal by Kim Velsey July 29, 2015
I’ve been interviewed by Charlie Pellet of Bloomberg Radio a few times and have thought to myself, “His voice sounds really familiar.” Here’s this short video from The New Yorker that shows why.
It’s hard to comprehend we launched our residential appraisal and consulting practice 28 years ago TODAY. It was before…
Billions in valuations later…it’s still fun.
Tomorrow we get working on year 29.
Don’t forget to buy his book so he can continue to be inspired to give us these types of insights.
My personal favorite:
But there are so many more to learn from…
My friend Nathan Pyle‘s book NYC Basic Tips & Etiquette is selling out at The Strand and is hovering at around #100± on Amazon overall, #1 in travel and #1 in comics. He’s so modest that he doesn’t realize how amazing it is to have Harper Collins/William Morrow behind the marketing – and they approached him! Even cooler that he gave my wife and I a shoutout in the book!
Here’s the book saga timeline (ie Facebook page).
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My friend Nathan Pyle has penned a book: NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette that should be required reading, well at least required viewing for:
You get what I mean. This book is clearly for everyone.
He’s come a long way from making selfie-videos of his basketball dunking prowess. I’ve long been a fan of his art. Nathan combines nice Midwestern sensibilities (he’s from Ohio) with street smarts, artistic talent and a dab of humor.
In fact Nathan’s only shortcoming is his siding with the “GIF” (Graphics Interchange Format) pronunciation camp while I am squarely in the “Sounds like “Jif” as in the peanut butter AND confirmed by the inventor of the “GIF” camp who said, and I quote:
“It’s pronounced JIF, not GIF.”
Here are a few samples, I plan to revisit his artwork over the next few weeks. The book even provides instructions on where to eat pizza on a busy sidewalk!!! C’mon people, the value add for that alone is worth well above the very modest price! Here are a few samples…
Coverage of my new book “Flash Appraisals” just passed Michael Lewis’ “Flash Boys” as “Most Read” on Bloomberg Worldwide.
Ok, ok, admittedly a lame attempt at April Fools’ Day humor….but if I wrote a book…
More importantly, Bloomberg News coverage of our recently released Manhattan market report for Douglas Elliman jumped into 4th place and passed the coverage of Michael Lewis’ new book (8th place) – I’m halfway through his book and it’s a fantastic read – so is Oshrat Carmiel’s article.
The market report article has been the number 1 most emailed article all day. Apparently real estate remains the backyard bbq conversation not unlike rigged high speed trading on Wall Street.
NYC is never boring.
From: Notify NYC
Subject: Notify NYC – Notification
Date: March 26, 2014 at 1:11:07 PM EDT
To: Jonathan Miller
Notification issued 3/26/14 at 1:09 PM. On Thursday, March 27, the filming of a TV series will simulate the aftermath of a crime scene throughout the day in the vicinity of Sixth Ave between West 30th and West 31st Street in Manhattan. Included in the simulated activity will be emergency response vehicles and actors dressed as law enforcement officers interacting with the PATH train entrance. NYPD will be on site.
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John Cleese, Monty Python Icon, on How to Be Creative
While this 1991 video doesn’t really fit into the general theme of Matrix, it simply isn’t what you think it is – and you don’t need to be a Monty Python Fan.
Get into “open mode” from “closed mode” by getting some quiet time and watching this clip when you get a chance.
Barry Ritholtz over at The Big Picture shared a more recent and shorter version of the speech.
While there are signs the homespun viral trend is abating, it’s still an important holiday to all of us (even though most don’t know it).
Here’s a prior year’s comprehensive post.
Like the Fed, you never know what a Pirate will do.
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