Flippers are a common feature of the Brooklyn brownstone market. But how do you spot potentially problematic renovations?
If you’re in the market for a Brooklyn brownstone, there’s a very good chance you’ll be buying from a flipper--a real estate investor who’s bought a house, done a speedy renovation, and put the place back on the market to snag the maximum profit. If the seller's cut corners, you could be in for costly repairs and big-time headaches. On the other hand, not every shortcut a seller takes should be a dealbreaker.
If there's anything we at BrickUnderground have learned from a collective two decades of living in every possible roommate configuration—with best friends, strangers, men, women, college students, freelancers, clockwatchers, hardcore partiers, homebodies and more—it's that a lack of information can ruin an otherwise peaceful home.
Hence the all-important Roommate Interview to see if you'll be simpatico sharing close quarters. It's a must for any candidate, whether they responded to an online ad or are a friend of a friend. (It's even a good idea for childhood buddies—the better to suss out potential problems.) You'll want to be thoughtful about what you ask: too hands-off and you won't get the info you need; too nosy and you may scare them away.
Behold BrickUnderground's roommate questionnaire, with 20 queries that will get at the heart of an interviewee's lifestyle without being unnecessarily intrusive (or running afoul of discrimination laws). The point is to find out if you're a match made in, yes, heaven so the next year won't be a nightmare.
Welcome to BrickUnderground's first-ever Roommates Week, wherein we attempt to demystify and de-stress that perennially complicated, almost unavoidable facet of New York City life: cohabiting with a roommate. From how-to guides to horror stories, for the next five days, we'll be covering shared accommodations from every angle.
Send us your questions, tips, yarns and anything else inspired by the fun and frustration of living with someone else. Drop us a line or get in touch via Facebook or Twitter.
The cacophony of the city is unavoidable, and two of the biggest sources of sound pollution in NYC are, of course, sirens and nightlife. So we asked five noise warriors: would you rather live by a fire station or above a popular watering hole?
This $2.495 million downtown penthouse has more than 1,600 square feet of outdoor space, but if you're still feeling cramped, you can combine it with the building's other penthouse (for another $2.59 million, that is).
The sellers are calling it "one of the largest private outdoor spaces on the market," and at more than 1,600 square feet, we'd believe it. The deck also includes heated lamps, surround sound, electrical outlets, a hammock, and a water source, according to the listing. Maybe it's just because the place is near the South Street Seaport (and a stone's throw from the Financial District), but something about this deck reminded us of the yacht from The Wolf of Wall Street.
In this $4.295 million West Village duplex, you'll find an entirely separate screening room (with leather seats and cup holders, of course). When you're ready to return to natural light, there's also a huge outdoor patio and garden.
Most of us don't have room for a full-blown dining room table let alone an entire screening room to call our own, but in some New York apartments, you can truly live the dream: theater-quality screen and sound system in the comfort of your own home, with total control over the concessions, the ability to pause, and no screaming (or texting) teenagers to side-eye. Whether you go the extra mile and install an in-house pump for sludgy popcorn "butter" topping is entirely up to you.
That pig may be cute, but your money would be safer invested in a condo in the Time Warner Center
It may be pricey, but a luxury Manhattan condo is a comparatively solid investment in today's market, especially if you're willing to hold onto it. That's the takeaway from a Wall Street Journal article that stacked up the prices of condos at 100 of the best-known buildings in the city versus the returns from stocks and commodities like gold, crude oil, coffee and hogs.
Long Island City has never looked so good. Or so mysteriously cheap.
Admittedly, our preferred way to revisit 2009's Julie and Julia is to skip over all of the "Julie" scenes, rendering the movie a pithy, nostalgic Meryl Streep vehicle just called Julia (sorry, Amy Adams). However, there's one major, semi-redeeming point of interest in the non-Streep scenes: Julie's New York apartment.
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