Notwithstanding the value of the co-op approval process, I can offer this unsolicited advice: it needs a re-write. It hungers for simplification, modernization and greater time efficiencies.
These are what we call a city's "best-kept secret" neighborhoods. They're not secrets to most local house hunters, but outsiders looking to move in typically overlook them.
As a real estate broker for almost for 30 years, I have seen many people come and go, in and out of this industry. Why do some succeed, while others tuck tail and run?
In a tragic turn of events last week, a troubled Upper West Side condo owner who said his building harassed him about his pitbull took his own life just hours after euthanizing his healthy five-year-old dog.
They say if you can make it here you can make it anywhere, and that old line certainly rings true for Manhattan's renters. NYC is truly a tough market for those looking to lease or ready to rent.
Compared to owning a place, renting is supposed to be a pretty hassle-free existence. If your dishwasher leaks or the window won't open, you tell your landlord and someone comes to fix it. That's the theory.
Usually, stepping into the waiting room at this attorney's office felt like wiggling into too-small jeans. But, when I arrived recently, representing a client selling her home, I didn't need the 10 minutes I allotted to find a parking spot.
Rather than reverse a rejection, it's much more common for a board to ask for more information before rejecting, giving buyers a chance to allay anxieties or correct inaccurate or incomplete information.
Although the market forecast looks gloomy elsewhere, Manhattan's outlook remains calm, temperate, and downright attractive. The demand is certainly there and prices are on the rise.
The theme repeated over and over again, was the joy of being with people we all like and enjoy -- and right in our own 'backyard!' A virtual New York City extended family.
I'm all about making connections. I've been networking my entire life -- I'm not kidding when I say I started networking in elementary school -- and funnily enough it's all come full circle.
In the city that never sleeps, bedbugs are still a major cause of insomnia for thousands of New Yorkers. Whether you're renting or buying, here's how to minimize the chance that they will be waiting behind your next front door.
if you really, really love an apartment or a home, $100k is not a big difference in a monthly payment (especially at today's rates).
Admit it: When you hear the real-estate maxim "location, location, location," you think about great neighborhoods and awesome transportation. That's fine -- unless you're looking for an apartment.
I once interviewed a banker who made the following statement: "People have to eat, people have to go to the bathroom and they need a place to sleep, so if you sell food, toilet paper or real estate you're always going to make a living."
There's no hard data to suggest that 2012 won't be a better year for those of us in the real estate playground, as long as we accept the fact that the rules of the game will be constantly changing.