Monday, June 26, 2017

Real Estate

A Co-op Walkthrough Before the Closing: What Should the Parties Expect and Why?

Many years ago, my husband and I moved to Riverdale from Manhattan and purchased a co-op apartment (or, more correctly, stock shares in the co-op corporation that provided us with a proprietary lease that made us tenants of the co-op corporation and permitted us to occupy the apartment). We answered an ad in The New York Times, took the express bus and walked

Four Money Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Asks

It’s obvious that buying a home is an expensive endeavor. However, just how expensive, and what makes it so expensive, are two things that often elude the typical first-time home buyer.

Most first-time home buyers find themselves

Secrets of a Mortgage Loan Officer

When underwriting a loan, lenders follow the guidelines of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, the largest buyers of mortgage loans and the FHA for government loans. Mortgage professionals know the advantages and disadvantages of each, and now… so will you.

Seven ‘Little’ Upgrades That Can Mean a Lot to Homebuyers

(BPT) Anyone who’s ever bought or sold a home knows how even little things can sway a buyer to feel a particular house is “just right.” While major features such as a good location, a big kitchen, and a certain number of bedrooms and bathrooms all drive a home’s price and how attractive it is to buyers, small

How First-Time Homebuyers Can Buy a Home With Minimal Savings

It doesn’t take a lot of money in terms of down payment and closing costs to buy a home. There are many new programs on the market and several ways to structure a mortgage loan. The less you put down, the greater the starting mortgage balance and the larger the payment; therefore, the more in income you need to qualify.

Meet You at the Garden

A few months ago, my friend and I agreed to meet at the garden where 29th meets 35th. Sounds like we were meeting in Manhattan to catch a sporting event at Madison Square Garden. Better than that, we were getting together in the center of Jerusalem.

In the beautiful neighborhood of Old

Does Your Home Need Storm Doors?

(StatePoint) It’s that time of year again when you’ve installed screens in your windows to better enjoy the weather. But rain and wicked weather can impact your home at any time of year. Could your home use storm doors to add extra ventilation in warm weather and help protect it against tough conditions year-round?

A storm door can be an effective defense

The Multi-Million Dollar Listing That Should Not Have Been

I recently saw a spectacular beach house that was listed for sale at $3.9 million dollars that made me very disheartened. Here is the story…

About three years ago, I was working with a client who had a beach home that he bought with a partner as an investment property.  They purchased the property and

How to Blend Contrasting Materials for High-Impact Design

(BPT) The melding of contrasting materials throughout the home is a sophisticated way to add visual interest and depth to your design. Bold finishes coupled with muted color tones create an eye-catching statement, while natural wood combined with cool metal boasts a stunning blend of nature and machinery. From partnering unconventional

What Are the Customary Financial Requirements for Purchasing a Co-op?

When a prospective buyer asks about buying a co-op apartment, the first order of business is to inform the buyer that there will be no purchase of co-op stock shares unless the buyer meets the financial requirements set by the board of the cooperative to which he/she is applying for purchase.

Due to these requirements, many people ask if there are

Buying a Home: Everything You Need to Know About the Final Walk-Through

Buying a home is an exciting process. After all, you are getting ready to move to a new home.  When the seller accepts your offer and your loan is approved, and you have conducted your inspections, the buying process is not over.  You have one final step—the walk-through. This is when you verify that your new home is still as

Before Buying a Home, Learn the Lingo!

(StatePoint) Buying a home for the first time? You may discover that one of the biggest obstacles is learning the lingo. Homebuying can be overwhelming and perhaps a bit intimidating if you aren’t familiar with the terminology.

To help aspiring homeowners gain confidence in the

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