Things to Consider Before, During, and After Your Home-Buying Journey

By Amy Nguyen Being Financially Ready At the start of you journey, it’s important to first make sure you can afford a home. This might require you to get some documentation in order and shop around for a lender that best can serve you. You’ll want to have money saved for a down payment, inspections,

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New Research Shows That Real Estate is Both a Better and Safer Investment Than Previously Believed.

Scared of Stocks? Buy a House Instead New research shows that real estate is both a better and safer investment than previously believed. By Tyler Cowen March 21, 2019 Real estate may be a better — and safer — investment than I thought. This is my conclusion after reading a comprehensive study published this month titled, “The Total

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Picking the Right Real Estate Attorney

June 3, 2012 By Jeremiah Budin Attorneys sometimes get a bad rap because they dress all fancy and intentionally confuse you by using words they made up on the spot, such as “litigious.” However, if you’re buying, selling, or renting a home, they could be the only thing standing between you and financial ruin. A

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Real-life buyers on the mistakes they made and what they learned from buying in NYC for the first time

April 6, 2017 By Lucy Cohen Blatter As the adage goes: Live and learn. But in New York City, you could easily tweak it to “buy and learn.” Purchasing property here is an expensive and challenging proposition, and the only people who can give true, concrete advice are those who’ve gone through it. Below, first-time

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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 undertaking, and

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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

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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

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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 to read

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Love It and Lease It: Rent-to-Own Luxury Homes

By: Anya Martin September 9, 2015 Signing a lease option helps jumbo-mortgage borrowers save for a higher down payment, get their credit history in order and lock in on their dream-home purchase Illustration: Chris Gash A rent-to-own luxury home may help potential homeowners buy some time before it’s buying time. For potential jumbo-mortgage borrowers, a

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Ask these 3 questions to score a discount at the checkout

By Dana Dratch Think that sticker price is a fixed number? Not necessarily. Bargaining isn’t just for flea markets, garage sales and car lots anymore. Even in your favorite retail store, knowing how to ask can sometimes score you an extra discount.                          

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