[credit provider=”Jeffrey Montes via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/jm-photography/4728646934/”] The vast majority of co-op rejections are based on application packages, with the bad news delivered before a co-op board interview is even scheduled.So once you’ve proceeded to the in-person inquistion conducted by a duly elected body of your potential neighbours, your chances of approval […]
[credit provider=”Instagram/nnuo” url=”http://statigr.am/p/356082723654624168_151431″] In a city of single-digit vacancy rates, there are some compelling reasons to pay a good real estate agent to find you a rental: You’re new in town, you’re busy, you can’t find what you want on your own, and/or you plan to stay put for a […]
[credit provider=”Flickr – lumierefl” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/sminor/4372280597/sizes/m/in/photostream/”] As experienced renters know, a fabulous apartment in a neighbourhood that makes you miserable is not usually an apartment worth having. But with as many choices as New York City offers, determining the right neighbourhood(s) is almost as hard as finding an apartment in a […]
[credit provider=”Instagram/jwheyman” url=”http://statigr.am/viewer.php#/detail/339919796244306931_249379341″] Wondering what to expect in NYC real estate in 2013?A dozen agents, lawyers, mortgage brokers, property managers, and appraisers tell us what they think the year will bring.
[credit provider=”Noel Hendrickson/Getty”] While it’s true that a co-op board can turn down a buyer for everything from red hair to red-state political views or a desire to gut-renovate, there are also a host of reasons for which it’s illegal to reject a buyer.These include marital status, race, colour, religion, […]
[credit provider=”Several seconds / Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/severalseconds/5348328946/”] Few have a better bird’s-eye view of the skeletons lurking inside NYC’s apartment buildings than the property engineers called in to diagnose problems.To harness that knowledge for the greater good, BrickUnderground asked RAND Engineering & Architecture’s Peter Varsalona for the lowdown on which spots inside […]
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/6362206223/sizes/l/in/photostream/”] Pablo, 64, has been working as a doorman at a building on the Upper West Side since the winter of 1986.His broad smile is well-known up and down the block where he works.
[credit provider=”Flickr / dangerismycat ” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/neko43/3230777200/sizes/m/in/photostream/”] Ready or not, here it comes. The holiday season.And, for ever and ever, this has been known as a “slow season” for anyone who wants to sell or rent out an apartment.
[credit provider=”Skip the Filler/ Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/skipthefiller/285534639/”] BrickUnderground hit the streets recently to conduct a friendly interrogation of 30 New Yorkers about their holiday tipping habits. While the overwhelming majority planned to tip their building staff this year, they did not plan to tip them equally.Many said they planned to tip […]
[credit provider=”(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)”] A teachable moment is defined as a point in time when learning becomes possible and easiest.My husband and I had a teachable moment in real estate that lasted about seven months from the time we put in our offer till we finally closed on […]
Q. I just moved into an apartment in a full-service condo building.
We’ve already written about the perks (and perils) involved in buying pre-construction, noting that the earlier you buy, the better deal you will probably score (unless, of course, the bottom falls out of the real estate market while you’re waiting a year or two to close…or you buy a lemon).
[credit provider=”Flickr / Official U.S. Navy Imagery” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/usnavy/5497657754/in/photostream/”] Many say he’s the most important person in the building. Love him or hate him, chances are you’ll need your super’s help at some point. So this week’s SurvivalList focuses on supers — how to deal with them, how to spot shady ones […]
[credit provider=”Zillow” url=”http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/40-E-88th-St-5C-New-York-NY-10128/2121192213_zpid/”] If you’re new to New York real estate and you’ve come across the term “sponsor listing” while scanning the ads, you may be wondering what it means.If you already know, you’re probably wondering how to find one.
[credit provider=”commons.wikimedia.org” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Manhattan3_amk.jpg”] The NYC rental market is undeniably strong right now, and mortgage rates are low. With this in mind, we suspected more New Yorkers might be considering putting their money into investment properties.And it turns out we were right: “People were waiting for the prices to go down. […]
[credit provider=”Flickr / AMRosario” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/amrosario/3578190769/sizes/o/in/photostream/”] We’ve covered shady Craigslist scams (and how to avoid them) in the past.This week, Manhattan real estate attorney Jay Itkowitz of Itkowitz & Harwood PLLC reached out to us with news of two different clients–each “sophisticated business people”–bilked out of more than $20,000 each in similar sublet.
[credit provider=”Flickr / Sarah_Ackerman” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/sackerman519/4068703181/in/photostream/”] Buying pre-construction has its perks. You can be part of a unique and special project, like a brand new condo in theWest Village, or have first dibs on the penthouse in the latest hot building. More practically speaking, you can also, in many cases, take […]