The economy is allegedly turning around, NYC real estate is heating up again and bidding wars are apparently back in a big way. As you hit the open house circuit this weekend, here are some tips for sabotaging the competition like the consummate New Yorker you are.
Gush to other open house attendees about the ENORMOUS fabulous tower that is being built across the way, complete with big box retail. "It will be just like living in the 'burbs!"
Hang a bed bug exterimination sign-up sheet in the elevator.
Send your kids in all filthy and sticky and have them yell, "Which one of you is going to be our new neighbor?" Even better... have them bring in a big, smelly dog too.
If you can get past the too-shiny wood floors, we think this $4,300 Lower East Side three-bedroom could be a pretty good deal for shares or families. Note the rent is net effective, though.
Located in the more hipster-than-stroller-friendly Lower East Side, this $4,300 three-bedroom might be more likely to attract roommates looking for a share rather than families.
Pros: The new boutique elevator building allows pets and has a roof deck. There are also two bathrooms! Appliances (which include a washer/dryer) are new, and for many, you can't beat the excitement of the neighborhood.
Cons:The rent is net effective, which probably means that the monthly outlay is higher and there's a free month or so rent thrown in there. Also, at under 1,000-square-foot, the apartment isn't big for a three-bedroom, and we're wondering if the wall off the kitchen is meant to create a living room/dining room or a "bedroom."
by Mike Mahon as told to Kim Gorode | 3/15/13 - 11:16 AM
I’d been living in the Chelsea/Hells Kitchen area (West 30th Street and 9th Avenue) for two years when I decided I wanted to join my growing group of friends who were living in or moving to Williamsburg.
In Chelsea, my old apartment was a two-bedroom. My portion of the rent was $1,375 per month. I lived there with my best friend. It wasn't very large, had small bedrooms and a very small living room with one big shared closet since the bedrooms did not have them. The best feature was a gigantic kitchen with a sizable balcony that had views of New Jersey and the Empire State Building.
There are definitely some plusses about my old neighborhood, including proximity to public transportation. There are also a few good bars and restaurants such as Hudson Station bar and grill, Blossom Du Jour, a great vegetarian place, and Co., which is a fantastic Neapolitan pizza spot. And the beginning of the development of Hudson Yards was bringing in more new places to hang out nearby.
It looks like big spenders were out in force on StreetEasy this past week: This edition of the Most Wanted -- the 10 sales listings saved more often than any others by those surfing StreetEasy this week -- exhibits a definite tropism toward big spending and classy living.
Take this rather droolworthy $1.995m two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom condo (pictured) in TriBeCa, on Leonard Street between Church Street and Broadway. The south-facing prewar penthouse duplex loft comes with a private terrace, though the outdoor space has yet to be connected to the apartment (the seller has architectural plans and permits from the DOB to facilitate the process).
Q. My kitchen will become mostly unusable for a week or two while my landlord fixes a leak above the sink. There has not been any permanent damage to my personal property, but am I entitled to a discounted rent for the time I can't use my kitchen?
A. Possibly. There are at least two possible theories upon which you might be due a rent reduction for the period of time that the repair work is conducted.
The first is the Warranty of Habitability. This is a warranty that is implied in every NY residential lease that covenants that the rented premises is 1) fit for human habitation, 2) provides the essential functions of a residence, and 3) that the occupants will not be subjected to hazardous conditions.
We love this perfect modern update of a 1920s Brooklyn townhouse.
Plenty of townhouses require upgrades and sometimes entire overhauls, but from what we can see, this $3.4 million Brooklyn Heights home at 152 Willow Street is in enviable ready-to-wear condition, featuring many clean, crisp, modern updates to the old-fashioned details.
The exposed brick in this 1920s townhouse is balanced with a sturdy modern staircase, and the old fashioned coiled radiator in the bathroom is matched with updated his and her sinks and modern fixtures. The kitchen looks like it just stepped out of a showroom, featuring a Viking range big enough to sleep a vast Subzero fridge. along with a quaint little window to add a touch of country-kitchen.
The $3.4 million isn't exactly pocket change, but at least we won't need a renovation budget....
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Ever wonder what a boiler heating regulator looks like? Either way, here it is--the subject of my latest textversation with my landlord.
Probably the biggest mistake my landlord ever made was giving me her cell number.
In February I was due to begin paying rent—I had paid a year up front back when I moved in—and she texted to let me know where to send the check.
Before that, when I needed to get in touch with her, I typically would call her husband as I have the number of the shop he works at around the corner and get random workmen to relay messages to him, but figured texting was a far better, convenient and deliciously passive aggressive way to communicate.
When I first noticed a bed bug crawl across my bed at 10:30 p.m. about a month ago I urgently texted her. She told me to mail her the bug so she could have it analyzed, and texting made it way easier to put the kibosh on that and tell her I would be calling the bed bug dog in the morning so as to waste no time.
Now I text her all the time, but am sure to use a variety of emoticons and say LOL to soften the blow of complaint after complaint. I hate myself. But it is effective--my bed bug problem was handled efficiently.
WHERE: Weisz, currently playing a witch in the family flick Oz The Great and Powerful, lives with Craig in the East Village, where the median sales price is $785k and the median rental is $3,295, according to StreetEasy.
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