I am a writer specializing in housing, mortgage finance and real estate development. (Got a news tip or story idea? Contact me here.) I write the weekly Mortgages column for The New York Times, and am a regular contributor to the Times Real Estate and Business sections. My work has been featured widely in other major publications and outlets, including Ladies' Home Journal, More, Salon, CNBC.com, The Boston Globe, Boston Globe Magazine and others.
I recently published my first book, Snob Zones: Fear, Prejudice and Real Estate (Beacon Press, 2013), which details the exclusionary tactics used in six different communities to keep out affordable housing and lower-income residents.
In 2014, the National Association of Real Estate Editors recognized Snob Zones with two honors: the Bruss Silver Award and the Best First-Time Author Award. I have been interviewed about the book on American Public Media's Marketplace program and National Public Radio's On Point with Tom Ashbrook. I was also invited to speak at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, in Washington, as part of an author series sponsored by the Fair Housing division.
A proud native of New Hampshire, I have lived in the New York City area for nearly two decades. When I'm not on the phone or at my laptop, I spend my time hanging out with family and friends; goofing around with my Lab; buried in books, magazines and newspapers (the paper kind); on my mat at Yoga for Everybody; cooking (nothing fancy), running and, on a really good day, taking in some live music.