I am a writer specializing in housing, mortgage finance and real estate development. (Got a news tip or story idea? Contact me here.) I am a regular contributor to The New YorkTimes Real Estate and Business sections, and wrote the weekly Mortgages column from 2012-2015. 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 'm likely to be hanging with family and friends; goofing around with my Lab; out running a few miles; hunkered down with books, magazines and newspapers (the paper kind); on my mat at Yoga for Everybody; cooking (nothing fancy), binge-watching, or, on a really good day, taking in some live music.