Knowledge is Power: Understanding Amortization and Mortgage Interest Rates

Have you ever calculated how an increase in mortgage interest rates actually affects your purchase in real dollars?

Deadlines Within Deadlines: Cooperative Board Packages and Commitment Letters

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!

Purchasing an Apartment in New York City, Part 7: The Package has been Delivered, The Baby’s in the Crib, The Eagle has Landed, The Fox is in the Henhouse – Management & Board Review

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 […]

Closing the Loop on the Leap Year

2016 has been an incredible year of change, discovery, focus, creativity, balance, community, family and success. I am so incredibly thankful to my wife, family, friends, clients and colleagues for cheering me on before, during and after my decision to leap, and for continuing to support me throughout the past year as I rebuilt my […]

Mind Games: Let’s Play!

Any prior explanation of this exercise could ruin its effectiveness, so grab the nearest calculator and enjoy the ride! Think of a number between 1 and 10. Multiply that number by 2 (don’t hesitate to begin using your calculator now…no judging!) Add 8 to your new number. Divide that number by 2 . (don’t you wish […]

Good Faith Deposits: A Part of the Process or a Despicable SCAM?

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…