Getting sick of your current rental and not looking to pay a sky-high broker's fee? Check out the listings at Naked Apartments to see a wide range of no-fee and low-fee apartments with broker’s fees that top out at 9 percent (versus the typical 12 to 15 percent). We've rounded up some current options here, and you can also search Naked Apartments by “no-fee” or “low-fee” to see more.
by Leigh Kamping-Carder and Virginia K. Smith | 7/15/14 - 8:59 AM
Whether you're apartment-hunting, renovating or hoping to get a mortgage, these are the mobile apps that can help.
Real estate may be made of bricks and mortar, but the process of finding real estate is now moving almost entirely into the virtual world. In the last few years, the marketplace for real estate-related mobile apps—from apartment listings portals to renovation tools to mortgage calculators—has grown at an ever faster clip. But which ones are actually helpful and which ones just clutter up your smartphone?
We test-drove more than 20 apps recommended by readers, brokers, lawyers, property managers and tech wizards to come up with a list of seven of the most useful offerings. One of the most important considerations was ease of use—who wants to spend precious minutes tinkering with an interface that doesn’t make sense? We also looked for apps that streamlined the real estate search and made it less hair-raising and more efficient.
In today's seller's market, swarmed open houses and bidding wars are common, but not every apartment is finding a buyer—stat! In Wallflowers, we take a look at a place that's been on the market for at least three months and, judging from the info available via the listing description, delve into what might be holding buyers back.
This two-bedroom, one-bath co-op at 181 East 93rd Street, between Lexington and Third, was listed back in March, or more than four months ago. The owners (full disclosure: they are friends of this writer) have dropped the price to $675,000 from $750,000. It's still a relative steal for the neighborhood, where two-bedroom co-ops have a median sale price of $1.985 million, according to StreetEasy. In fact, there's only one apartment out of 30 two-bedrooms for sale in Carnegie Hill that's less expensive (and that one has a rent-controlled tenant in place).
Got $525,000 or so to spend on a place to call your own? We've rounded up homes currently on the market in all five boroughs, from Manhattan one-bedrooms to more spacious houses in Queens and Brooklyn.
Q. We're about to close on a co-op with a washer/dryer. The sellers' broker told us repeatedly that it was installed legally, but has never provided proof, and recently the board asked the owners to take it out before they sell. We have two very young, very messy children, and we would have never made an offer on a place without a washing machine. We're about to go for our board interview this week. What can we do?
Unfortunately, if you’ve already signed the contract, you probably can’t get out of the deal—but you may be able to keep the washer/dryer, our experts say.
A rooftop garden can be soothing and a boon to property values.
In lieu of actual backyards, everyone in New York loves a rooftop garden--a Brooklyn-based rooftop vineyard is even in the works--but if there's nothing but tar the top of your building, getting started can be daunting.
As such, Habitat Magazine has a handy guide to installing one atop your co-op (the full version isn't online just yet), avoiding disputes with your neighbors anddamage to the building in the process, and even giving your property values a boost. A few key points we took away:
We thought we were being all fancy when we paid movers to pack up our stuff during our last move, instead of doing it ourselves--a worthwhile $500 investment. Turns out, you could pay a whole lot more to save time and hassle when decamping for a new place, as detailed in the New York Times this weekend.
Cheap rent: a fair trade for a potentially haunted house?
Whether it's the smell of stale smoke or neighbors disgruntled by the previous resident, every apartment comes with a past. Some, though, are worse than others. Last week, we read about a St. Louis woman whose rental was the former home (and torture chamber) of an alleged serial killer. After seeing a documentary about the murders on TV, she convinced her landlord--the alleged's killer's mother--to let her out of the lease.
by Leah Hochbaum Rosner and Leigh Kamping-Carder | 7/14/14 - 8:59 AM
You've been transferred to the Tokyo office. Your L.A. girlfriend gave you an ultimatum: move out west or call it quits. You’ve lost your job and suddenly that extra bedroom is an impossible luxury. Whatever the reason, you have to break your lease. Still, you can’t just pack up and leave.
A lease is a legal contract. In short, it's binding. You’ll either have to find a way to uphold your end of the bargain, convince your landlord to let you out, or find a reason to void the agreement.
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