Real Music & Real Estate . . .

Yiddishe Cup’s bandleader, Bert Stratton, is Klezmer Guy.

He knows about the band biz and – check this out – the real estate biz, too.

You may not care about the real estate biz. Hey, you may not care about the band biz. (See you.)

This is a blog with a gamy twist. It features tenants with snakes and skunks, and musicians with smoked fish in their pockets.

Stratton has written op-eds for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.



I lost 16 rent checks. I used the bank’s night drop, and the envelope wedged between the metal chute and the bank’s brick wall. Just got buried in there like a time capsule.

I wondered, Did I forget to make the deposit? Was the deposit in my car somewhere?

I spent hours looking through file cabinets and garbage cans for that deposit. The bank found the deposit three months later. I wrote the bank manager about my embarrassment — having to tell 16 tenants I lost their checks. I asked the bank to waive its service fees for a year. I wrote: “I heard my father — who died years ago — talking to me, saying ‘You did what? You lost the money?’”

The bank didn’t waive the fees. They did, however, give me $110 to cover tracer fees.

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1 Kenneth Goldberg { 12.02.20 at 10:22 am }

I always avoid depositing money or checks into a machine and this gives me a new good reason. I do have problems with the machines with getting cash, and last Fri., for example, I had to get the teller to come out and he couldn’t fix it.

2 Seth B. Marks { 12.02.20 at 10:43 am }

You probably didn’t read the fine print on page 15 of your banking agreement which said on Thursdays and Saturdays you can only deposit 15 checks, except on Tish b’av.

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