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Four Signs Hiring a Rental Management Company Makes Sense

Being a landlord is hard work. When you’re not marketing open homes and looking for renters, you’re contacting current tenants about upcoming payments and fixing leaky sinks, running toilets, and updating items the inspector disproves. Thankfully, rental management companies exist to support you in all of these areas! Below are four points that say the […]

Rent is Getting More Expensive — The Reason Why + Tips to Find an Affordable Place

The pandemic brought all sorts of challenges — physical, psychological, financial, and more. And its improvement is now bringing a difficulty of its own as New York renters see rates up to 70% higher than early 2020 amounts. The current Brooklyn median is $2747 per month — a number that many individuals and families simply […]

How to Avoid High Tenant Turnover & Keep Good Tenants

By far, the most challenging part of being a landlord is finding, securing, and keeping good tenants. Once they’re in, all you have to worry about is receiving payments and responding to potential home repairs. But where do you find these unicorn renters who treat your home better than they’d treat their own? Where are […]

Want to Know the Secret Behind Stress-Free Tenant Screening?

Being a landlord is a great way to earn a living, or even some extra side cash, but it definitely comes with its challenges — one of the biggest being bad clients. It can be tricky to find individuals, couples, friend groups, or families who will pay you on time and treat your home well. […]

Renters, Work This Crazy Market To Your Advantage

We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: Renters are in an unusually auspicious position right now in New York City. Like buy-a-lotto-ticket-good. We’re Brooklyn forever but even we can’t help gawking at some of the rent reductions we’re seeing in Manhattan and getting a little 90s nostalgia.  Of course, the caveat is that you […]

ICYMI: Insider Tips and Tricks to Moving in NYC

In case you missed it, way back in April—remember April?—Realty Collective President Victoria Alexander presented this short and sweet guide to moving in NYC. How much lead time do you need? Maybe more than you think. When do you tell your landlord? ASAP (especially if you’re willing to postpone a move for a rent reduction). […]

COVID-19 and the Brooklyn Real Estate Market: What We’re Seeing

Brooklyn real estate is very resistant to crystal-ball pronouncements, much to our disappointment. It seems like right now everyone is asking the same questions about clarity, preparedness, and the future. And the truth is that we just don’t know what to expect in the coming months.  COVID-19 has been an unprecedented experience for our borough […]

COVID Rent Relief Program Applications Open Today

New Yorkers can now apply for a one-time rent relief subsidy to offset the burden of rent while so many people remain out of work due to COVID-19. According to the state’s official website, “The rental assistance payment will cover the difference between the household’s rent burden on March 1, 2020 and the increase in […]

AMA: Brooklyn Real Estate

We’re so excited to bring you our first ever AMA (Ask Me Anything) event all about Brooklyn real estate! This Zoom presentation happens on July 30 at 5 PM and will be hosted by Realty Collective Founder Victoria Alexander and longtime RC Agent Tina Fallon, two ethical agent superstars with a deep and abiding love […]

Cuomo Extends Eviction Moratorium to August 20

During his Thursday daily briefing, Governor Cuomo announced an extension of the eviction moratorium through August 20. Previously, the moratorium was set to expire on June 20. This applies to both residential and commercial tenants. Cuomo remains resistant to calls for a rent moratorium (as mortgage-holders have received) but announced the rent issue would be […]