October 29, 1949
Mr. James P. Birch, Manager
Corn Exchange Bank Trust Co.
4th Avenue & 29th Street
New York 16, N. Y.
Dear Mr. Birch:
I am considering the purchase of a piece of property in Westchester County, and I wondered whether the Corn Exchange Bank has a service which could help me in this matter.
I would need the advice of some person experienced in real estate values who could appraise the particular property I have in mind, who could tell me if it is a good investment and negotiate the purchase with the owner, including the matter of bargaining for the proper price. If you have such a service, what would be your charge for it?
I am unable to come east in the immediate future so that if I decide to buy this property, it would have to be done on some expert advice. My interest is primarily from the angle of an investment—not with the aim of making a large profit on it, but with the aim of preserving the exchange value of the money I would pay for it. In other words, I would like to find property which I could sell in the future for an approximate equivalent, in purchasing power, of the money I would pay for it now. What I have in mind is to protect myself against a possible devaluation of the dollar. Could you tell me your opinion as to whether such a devaluation is likely to come in the next few years? I have read reports in the newspapers which seem to indicate that possibility.
With best regards,
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