Have you ever calculated how an increase in mortgage interest rates actually affects your purchase in real dollars?
The following article was written by the fine folks at Weidenbaum & Harari, LLP – an excellent real estate law firm in New York City. I have been enthusiastically recommending my buyers and sellers to Barry Weidenbaum for a decade and plan to continue doing so for the next decade to come. This – along with every article on their site – is a great read and worthwhile information for any co-op purchaser, so I thought it would be beneficial to my readers. Thank you Barry and enjoy the article!
I am often asked by clients about “good faith deposits” and whether they should be skeptical about providing a deposit when submitting an application for an apartment. The answer is, it depends. If the deposit is going to the landlord, that is likely above board. However, if the deposit is being paid to the broker, your skepticism is well founded and you should be prepared to ask MANY questions. I will prepare you for both scenarios…
Welcome to Part 7 of my ongoing blog series, “Purchasing an Apartment in New York City”. In Part 6 of the series – “The Bank” – I focused on the role your lending institution plays in the purchase process, assuming you are financing a portion of purchase. In Part 7, I will attempt to mentally prepare […]
As a real estate salesperson I find the psychology of decision-making fascinating. On a somewhat unrelated note, I am also a sucker for old game shows from the ’70s and ’80s. As a young child I dreamed of engaging in witty banter with Peter Tomarken and avoiding “Whammies” on Press Your Luck, longed for the opportunity […]
Unfortunately, StreetEasy recently announced a change which is likely to jeopardize their relationship with their users (buyers and brokers alike).
Assuming you are financing a portion of your purchase, the bank will play an important role in the success and timing of the overall process. Therefore, it is important to have some insight into the role your mortgage professional and the bank play, and the behind the scenes process of obtaining a loan.
I am often asked by buyers, “Why does the seller care about my down payment amount? As long as I am satisfying the building’s down payment requirement, and the bank has approved the loan, aren’t they getting their money at the closing table whether I ‘put down’ 20%, 50% or 100%?” It is a very reasonable […]
Welcome back to Part 5 of my home buying series, Purchasing an Apartment in New York City. It’s time to address everyone’s favorite part of the purchase process – The Board Package!!! OK I admit, an entire article devoted to the board package is not sexy and usually ends with an unhappy buyer, a lawsuit or a nap. Well, not this […]