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COVID-19 Keeping You Home? Here Are 8 Ways You Can Help Your Neighbors.

If COVID-19 is changing the way you spend your work or free time—and that’s likely all of us—it’s also a good time to think about helping one another and keeping dollars in your local community if you can. While we encourage you to follow official updates and advice (did you know you can text ‘COVID’ […]

6 Traps That Snare First-Time Renters

Heads Up First-Time Renters Don’t Get Apartment Catfished! For the most part, people usually learn from their mistakes.  It’s why we believe having a tenant advocate is a valuable resource in your search for a space.  Unethical brokers and landlord use easy to fall for industry traps that could snare first-time renters in. Working with a […]

#RepYourBlock 2020

With less than a month out from petitioning season  let’s get together in our district to represent our neighborhoods in February! There’s still time to #RepYourBlock Join us for an informal info session on February 2.  Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez and Council Member Carlos Menchaca will be there — come hear from them about why running for […]

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Buying a Home with 10% Down and No PMI by Victoria Alexander

A recent NY Times article spoke with our mortgage broker Mark Maimon from Sterling bank about how first time buyers are getting ahead with putting less then 20% down. Some buyers may not have to funds to put more than 10% down but there are some other very sound reasons for choosing to put down less. […]

What is a sponsor unit? 

What is a sponsor unit?  A special category of apartments in New York City are called “sponsor units.” Basically, a sponsor unit in a condo building is a residence that has been owned by the developer and it’s going up for sale for the first time. Or in the case of a co-op, it is […]

NYC Co-ops, Your Buying Power and Your Values Aligned

We have all heard of food co-ops and thing they are good but do we know why? and what actually is  a food co-op? Wikipedia says: “A food cooperative or food co-op is a food distribution outlet organized as a cooperative, rather than a private or public company. Food cooperatives are usually consumer cooperatives, where the decisions regarding the production and distribution […]

Talented Agents Who Share Our Passion for Brooklyn Wanted!

During this season we’d like to take a moment and share our appreciation for the Realty Collective team.  Our agents are passionate and creative women and men and we are so grateful to have them!  Would you like to join our team? Are you ready to work in a new environment where you will be encouraged […]

Guarantors Help New York Renters Secure Apartments

When applying for an apartment in New York City it’s a pretty standard request of  landlords that all applicants make an annual earning  of  at least 40 times the rent. If the applicant doesn’t meet that requirement then the applicant can submit an application with the help of a Guarantor. All Guarantors are required to […]

Spotlight on Dolce Brooklyn Artisanal Gelato

  Red Hook WiFi, a project of the Red Hook Initiative, has a YouTube channel featuring short videos of different businesses in Red Hook. We thought it would be nice to go through and share some of these on our blog spotlighting each business. We chose Dolce Brooklyn first because yesterday was 74 degrees and it’s […]