By: Adam Pincus
May 1st, 2011
Real estate attorney Adam Leitman Bailey’s debut book, “Finding the Uncommon Deal,” doles out advice on all stages of buying a house, condo or co-op. Yet the author’s ambitions are broader than just a how-to guide to home-ownership.
“My life, my business and my legal practice have been dedicated to real estate and attempting to make the United States a better place to live by advocating for better real estate decisions,” Bailey, the energetic and frenetic founder of Manhattan-based residential and commercial law firm Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C., writes in the preface.
The 230-page paperback from John Wiley & Sons was published in the middle of last month, and shot to No. 1 on the New York Times list of paperback advice and how-to books …
Although Bailey, best known as the controversial and aggressive champion of unhappy condominium buyers, has seen financial losses sting owners during the downturn, he points to real estate as a path to financial security.
To that end, he cites renowned economist Robert Schiller, who charted the sale price of an average home over more than a century. Using Schiller’s data, he writes that if a typical home sold in 1890 for $100,000, that same home had appreciated in real value, even after removing the huge effects of inflation, to $199,000 in 2006.
What Bailey does not mention is that Schiller has updated that chart since the market peaked in 2006, and the average price at the end of 2010 was about $124,000.
Still, the book is chock-full of other good tips. Here are some of the best: