Matt Chaban to take over ‘Appraisal’ column at the Times

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The New York Times has found a new writer for The Appraisal, its weekly column on the idiosyncrasies of the New York real estate scene.

Metro editor Wendell Jamieson and deputy metro enterprise editor Ian Trontz announced in a memo this morning that Matt Chaban will take over the recurring Tuesday feature, which has been helmed by Sharon Otterman since its previous author, Liz Harris, made the switch to the paper's Business Day section.

Chaban will leave the Daily News, where he's been on the real estate beat since August, having replaced Jason Sheftell, who died last June. Before that he covered real estate for Crain's and The New York Observer.

You can read the full memo below:

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Folks:

We're excited to announce a new writer for that Metro gem of a column, The Appraisal: Matt Chaban, who comes to us from The Daily News. Matt is a terrific writer with a sharp and sophisticated sense of New York real estate and the worlds of luxury and stress it entails. He brought a bucket-full of ideas for the column; more than a few will be pitched to A1.

Matt (last name pronounced CHAY-ben) served as the real estate editor at The News, where he wrote, edited and helped design the Friday Best Places to Live section every week. He also wrote regular daily stories on a range of subjects, including Rihanna's new SoHo loft; Bill de Blasio's picks for housing, planning and parks commissioners; a new "perfume park" on the Gowanus; and spending the night in a Mike-ro apartment with his wife, Nellie. Before The News, Matt was a reporter at Crain's and real estate editor at the Observer. He got his start as an intern, reporter and editor at The Architect's Newspaper (the name says it all) where he covered design, planning and development politics as well as revamping the website. A proud son of Pittsburgh, he now calls another reborn sub-metropolis home: Jersey City.

He will begin in a few weeks.

Let us take a moment here for a shout-out to our own Sharon Otterman, who took the lead in filling the Appraisal void that was created when Liz Harris departed for BizDay. Sharon never failed to deliver a juicy column. Once Matt is here, she will return to covering Religion, as per her wish.

Please joining us in welcoming Matt and thanking Sharon.

Cheers,

Wendell and Ian