From the Editor's Desk - Build Arts & Real Property

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Building Arts & Real Property

Real property refers to land, not just the Earth, but also to those permanent structures which exist on it, the air that is above it and the soil and minerals in the Earth beneath it. More blood has been spilled over land ownership than any other commodity.

I have worked in a number of different careers in different industries, and was always fairly successful. What keeps me grounded today was my five years as a Realtor, three of them as a Commercial Agent. It was undoubtedly the most difficult work I’ve ever done. The ethos is not intuitive, the rules are complex, and there is a lot of competition. My former broker’s words still ring in my ears “If you snooze, you lose!” which pretty much defines the energy of those who work in the industry. So why are so many people inspired to pursue it as a career? Money. “Real Estate is the only profession where a lot of money can be made in a short period of time.” I learned that from another broker I worked with briefly.

On Long Island, the land itself is occasionally compromised. The water table is right there, much of the terrain is unstable and then there is also the weather. SuperStorm Sandy tore across the Island and left an unbelievable landscape of chaos behind. In this issue we offer you a peek into the recovery of Long Island post Sandy in “It’s a Freeport Thing” by Freeport native, Tracey Segarra; in our cover story, “Everyday Hero “and in “LI Building Gets a New Heart.”

Our cover story, and much of the remainder of this issue, is about Eric Alexander, who personally dug Lindenhurst and Freeport out of the mud with a small army of volunteers. Mr. Alexander has selflessly touched so many Long Island lives, that we cannot adequately express our gratitude to this truly great human being.

On March 5, we had a great round table conversation at the Real Property Forum with Eric, Mitch Pally of the Long Island Builders Institute, David Pennetta of Cushman Wakefield, David Leno of Ruskin Moscou Faltischek P.C. and Andrew Saluk of NEFCU; along with about two dozen other people in the allied realty industries – business organizations, investors, brokers and more. The synopsis of that event is here, in print, but you can view the event video on the Corridor website, www.TheCorridorLI.com. Some laughs and some very serious questions. Lunch BTW was from Northport’s Purple Elephant. Outstanding!

We are also pleased to have a contribution from our friend and colleague John Rigrod, publisher of HAMMER Magazine, whose perspective and words are respected and highly valued.

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