Read Here Before You Even Consider Combining Two Apartments

April 11, 2016 By Leah Hochbaum Rosner   Feel like you’ve been searching forever yet still can’t seem to find the perfect three-bedroom? Maybe it’s time you find two separate units and merge them together in order to build your dream home. Bond New York’s Jo-Anne Sinnott and Douglas Elliman’s Nadia Bartolucci and Rachel Altschuler —plus ...

To Buy or Rent a Home? Weighing Which Is Better

April 1, 2016 New York Times By Tara Siegel Bernard   // // // // Rob Austin and his wife, Natalia, have a 10-month-old son, healthy incomes and plenty of cash in the bank for a down payment on a house. But they are happily renting a townhouse in Pasadena, Calif., with no plans to buy for now, given the frothy prices in their area. “As long ...

What you need to know before buying an apartment in a brownstone

By Leah Hochman March 14, 2016 Does brownstone living seem infinitely preferable to life in a big building? We spoke with Miron Properties broker Amuche Chukudebelu, who frequently works with these types of apartments, for this week’s Buy Curious. THE WISH LIST: I’m finally in the market to buy an apartment and I’m focusing on brownstone neighborhoods. ...

What’s the square footage of your home? Are you sure?

Overstating the size of a home or condo is common. Make sure it does not happen to you. by Romana King March 14, 2016 Would you be surprised to learn that your 2,500 square-foot home was missing a room? That’s essentially what happened to Calgary, Alta., homeowner, Pam Whelan. And it may have cost her tens of thousands of dollars. Almost nine years ...

Why May Is a Magic Month for Home Sellers

May is the best month to put a home on the market in all but seven of the country’s 25 biggest metro areas. These properties sell faster and for more money than the national average. By Leigh Kamping-Carder Wall Street Journal March 2, 2016 May the force be with you, in May. According to real-estate website Zillow, May is the best month to put a ...

In Real-Estate, ‘Love’ Hurts and ‘Sexy’ Sells

Homes for sale with ‘sexy’ and ‘seductive’ in the property description have higher listing prices than homes with ‘love’ and ‘loving,’ an analysis finds. By Stefanos Chen In luxury real estate, love is cheap and sex sells. An analysis of roughly 1.6 million home listings found that lower-priced homes were most likely to have the word ...

The ABCs of FIRPTA

COMMERCIAL OBSERVER The ABCs of FIRPTA BY LAUREN ELKIES SCHRAM JAN. 20, 2016, 11:15 A.M. We all know that foreigners have been snapping up real estate in the United States for a while, but are they taxed the same way? Since the introduction of the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act, called FIRPTA, in 1980, Congress has had a way to tax foreigners ...

What they’re reading now

By: Adam Warner November 1st, 2015 Insights from the desks of Richard Grossman, Steven Hidary and Bertrand de Soultrait Richard Grossman Executive vice president and senior managing director, Halstead Property What book did you recently finish? I recently finished “The Three Laws of Performance” by Steve Zaffron and Dave Logan. What spurred you ...

Tips for Tax-Savvy Homeowners

By Anya Martin October 7th, 2015 With nearly three months left in 2015, jumbo-mortgage borrowers can make tweaks to cut their tax bill in April Illustration: Chris Gash Autumn chores: raking leaves, weatherproofing, storing the patio furniture and preparing for next year’s tax returns. With nearly three months left in the year, jumbo-mortgage ...

What to Know About the New Mortgage Forms

New rules help borrowers compare home loans and see the total cost before closing Illustration: Chris Gash By: Anya Martin September 30th, 2015 Mortgage borrowers should find it easier to compare different loan products and understand the total cost of their loan under new rules that take effect Saturday. The changes are part of the Consumer Financial ...