You’ve been there. You are at an open house for a first floor apartment staring out the bedroom window estimating the distance to the sidewalk, gauging the noise levels from traffic, and waiting to see if passers by look directly into the apartment as they pass. You whisper under your breath, “I love this apartment, […]
When I was an 18-year old high school senior, my best friend Nate and I enjoyed jumping on the late night bus to a nearby casino with dollar signs in our eyes, adrenaline pumping through our veins and a $20 bankroll our shallow pockets. Our goal was not incredibly ambitious – make $20 last as […]
I have lived in ground floor apartments in NYC for the last fourteen years. In fact, we recently purchased another apartment on the – wait for it – yes, the first floor. We move in later this month, which means we are committed to first floor living for the foreseeable future – and we love […]
The 2020 Fiscal Year Budget has been adopted and includes significant changes to state Transfer Taxes and the Mansion Tax. So, what is the impact on buyer and sellers in NYC?
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…
Unfortunately, StreetEasy recently announced a change which is likely to jeopardize their relationship with their users (buyers and brokers alike).
Welcome back to Part 4 of Purchasing an Apartment in New York City. The goal of this series is to help home buyers formulate a sound game plan to successfully purchase an apartment in NYC. In this installment, I will focus on the first of three major milestones in the purchase process – an Accepted […]
On a daily basis, I come into contact with clients who simply accept the notion that it is okay for a real estate professional to dodge the question, “What is your broker’s fee?” If you have ever used a broker in NYC, you have likely gotten this two word response; “It depends.” So, how do you outsmart the broker who dodges the question regarding fee?
Every once in a while we need to poke a little fun at ourselves and our industry. This is especially true in stressful world of New York City real estate. Agents often act as Copywriter, Editor, and Designer for their own advertisements, resulting in extremely creative descriptions and interesting new “buzz words” or “catch phrases” […]
My name is Eirik Davey-Gislason and I work in real estate in New York City. There, I said it. Real estate in NYC has a horrendous reputation; a well-deserved horrendous reputation. I didn’t intend to have a career in this field and the fact that I am still in the “business” 7+ years later is amazing to me. […]