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Buying New Construction: Punch List Creation

There are many benefits to purchasing a unit in new construction. You are moving into a never before lived-in apartment with all the latest and most fabulous finishes and appliances. However, you still need to scrutinize the condo. You are bound to find issues that you will want to take care of before moving in, […]

New Development Closing Costs in NYC

If you are buying in a new development or a conversion, watch out – the new development closing costs NYC buyers pay can be significantly higher than buying other existing apartments in the city. Most buyers don’t know that there are additional points to be negotiated. It’s like Vegas, if you fail to ask for […]

Building the Best At-Home Tool Kit: Top Tips and Essential Tools to Include

If you’re a first-time homebuyer, it may be time to invest in a quality tool kit to keep around for various tasks. And even if you’re renting, it might not be a bad idea to have supplies laying around for changing batteries, hanging wall decor, etc. Below, we’ll dive into the details to help you […]

Affording a Home with Rising Mortgage Rates — 3 Great Tips

If you’ve been looking for a home in the past few months, you’ve almost certainly felt the impact of rising interest rates. Rates have more than doubled, making your estimated monthly payment significantly more. And it seems like these pesky percentages aren’t done increasing, either. So, how can you afford a mortgage with rapidly rising […]

“Just Stop Buying Lattes” — The Worst Homeownership Advice for Young People Today

For the millennial age group, it seems like buying a home gets more and more difficult every single day. We’ve been through a global pandemic, a housing shortage, and record inflation in just the last few years, let alone the significant events that changed finance forever during our childhoods.  So, why are people still saying […]

Trying to Buy a Co-Op Home? Win The Hearts of the Board with These Proven Tips

Today’s real estate market doesn’t make it easy to purchase the home of your dreams. And it can be even more difficult in a co-op building, where a professional board will review your application from top to bottom before accepting your offer. Luckily, you can win their hearts with these insider tips ! Tip #1: […]

What to Do if Your Newly Renovated Home Lacks Required Permits

Moving into a recently-updated home can be one of the most exciting feelings. You don’t have to worry about that old stove losing function in the next few weeks, or that outdated carpet that you just can’t trust to be clean. But unfortunately, if the proper permits haven’t been pulled for the work that’s been […]

Did You Know About These Brownstone Hidden Costs?

Brownstones are an absolute dream for many Brooklyn residents. The historic details and perfect locations make them well worth the price for their residents, but if the monthly mortgage will eat up most of your take-home pay, you may want to think twice. Because brownstones come with a number of unknown costs — read on […]

Can You Afford to Buy in Brooklyn? Four Ways to Find Out

Interest rates have risen quickly over the past year, but what does that mean for homeowners today? Monthly costs will rise a bit, and financial planning is essential in making sure you can actually afford the home you’re pre-approved for. Walk through the steps below to ensure your dream home will feel comfortable in your […]

Hey, First Time Homebuyers — Be Sure to Prep Your Finances First

Buying a home is a big deal, and scrolling through the latest listings is often the most exciting part. And now is a great time to jump in with interest rates hanging out at record low. Unfortunately, there’s some work to be put in before that stage makes sense (especially in Brooklyn where the market […]

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