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What Landlords Should Know about HPD Violations: Part One

The reality of being a landlord is that things can (and will) go wrong with properties you own — and you’ll have to assume responsibility for making them right again. While a broken ceiling tile can almost certainly wait till the weekend, other fixes require an immediate response. When those more serious concerns aren’t addressed […]

6 Ways to Bust Dust in Your NYC Apartment

Dust is a serious health hazard. Long-term exposure to high levels of dust in your NYC home can trigger asthma, allergies, headaches, dizziness, nausea, or even make you snore. It can also make your appliances less functional, clogging up your air conditioner and damaging your air quality.  Regular cleaning is the obvious solution to keeping […]

18 Essential Household Replacements for New Yorkers

As a resident of the bustling and vibrant city of New York, maintaining your household is paramount. From the bustling streets of Manhattan to the serene neighborhoods of Brooklyn, every corner of the city demands attention to ensure your home remains a sanctuary amidst the urban hustle. To assist you in this endeavor, we’ve compiled […]

Understanding the Rise in NYC Housing Costs: A Decade of Growth

Over the past decade, the landscape of New York City’s housing market has undergone significant transformation, with costs surging by a staggering 68%. According to a recent report, this rise, the highest jump across the United States, undoubtedly impacts the lives of countless NYC residents. However, understanding the factors behind this increase can illuminate the […]

Earth Day Green Plumbing Tips!

With sustainability in mind for Earth Day, you might be considering going green. A great way to get started is with the home first. For instance, a leaky faucet or toilet can have a negative environmental impact, wasting gallons of water each hour. The initial investment upfront to go green may seem intimidating to some, […]

The Future of Real Estate Commissions – What You Need to Know

The real estate landscape is on the cusp of a significant transformation, particularly in how real estate commissions are structured. Recent developments have sparked conversations, and perhaps even excitement, among home sellers and buyers alike. Headlines touting slashed real estate commissions and the promise of cheaper home-selling costs have flooded our news feeds. But amidst […]

Unveiling Your Next New York Apartment: A Comprehensive Guide for Renters

Are you looking for your dream apartment in the vibrant borough of Brooklyn? With the bustling real estate market and diverse neighborhoods, finding the perfect space can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. But fear not—just like a seasoned reporter delves into a story, you, too, can investigate your potential new home […]

‘Renovation Realities’ Live Q&A Series with makeSHIFT Architecture and Design

When considering a renovation or redesign project in your home, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. How will I be able to afford this? Is it worth it to renovate before selling? Where do I even start? Many of our clients – both current home owners and new home buyers – ask us these questions and, […]

Inheriting Parents’ House: Modern Considerations & Financial Insights

Inheriting a family home is a significant milestone, marked by both emotional attachment and practical considerations. However, in today’s real estate climate, the decision-making process has evolved, driven by rising costs and changing generational preferences. Let’s delve into the modern approach to inheriting your parent’s house and the financial questions you should consider. Rising Costs […]

Transform Your Brooklyn Apartment with Temporary Pressurized Walls

Are you looking to maximize space in your Brooklyn apartment without breaking the bank or violating regulations? Temporary pressurized walls might be the solution you’ve been seeking. These versatile partitions offer a convenient way to transform one room into two, providing privacy and functionality without the hassle of traditional construction. Before making any decisions, let’s […]