The Pros and Cons of Investing in Real Estate With a Partner

August 17, 2016 U.S. News & World Report By Dennis Cisterna Investing with a partner in real estate, especially residential properties, can often be appealing as a business venture due to the inherent benefits, like mitigation of risk and shared responsibilities. But proceed with caution. Real estate investing partnerships are like any other business ...

Checklist for Winning a Bidding War

The New York Times By Lisa Prevost June 17, 2016 Coming up with a winning bid requires foresight. Here are some tips for navigating a fast-moving market. Get preapproved for a mortgage. Not to be confused with a prequalification, preapproval from a lender is a pretty strong indicator of your ability to obtain financing. Without that assurance, sellers ...

How to Win a Bidding War

By LISA PREVOSTJUNE 17, 2016 Coming up with a winning bid requires foresight. Here are some tips for navigating a fast-moving market. Get preapproved for a mortgage. Not to be confused with a prequalification, preapproval from a lender is a pretty strong indicator of your ability to obtain financing. Without that assurance, sellers may discard your ...

How to Buy a Co-op Apartment in NYC: Here’s How the Process Works

June 10, 2016 By Cate Corcoran Purchasing a home in New York City can be daunting to the uninitiated — and for those looking to buy a co-op, the process is even more intense. A co-op is a special kind of apartment with its own arcane buying procedure. It’s essential to understand the steps and avoid pitfalls such as working with lenders who don’t ...

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 ...