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What's fair game to ask a potential roommate?

by Leigh Kamping-Carder | 7/28/14 - 2:59 PM

Q: I'm looking to rent out a room in my apartment. Can I legally advertise my place as LGBT-friendly? Am I allowed to ask how old potential roommates are? Can I...

How do I bequeath my co-op to my sister?

by Leigh Kamping-Carder | 7/21/14 - 1:59 PM

Q. I recently bought a one-bedroom co-op, which I'd eventually like to leave to my sister. What are my options for estate planning?

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I'm buying a co-op with a washer/dryer, but now the board wants it out. Help!

by Leigh Kamping-Carder | 7/14/14 - 1:59 PM

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...

A package goes missing in your condo — who's to blame?

by Leigh Kamping-Carder | 7/07/14 - 2:59 PM

Q. I ordered a bridesmaid's dress from a big online retailer. The store and UPS say that it got delivered to my condo building, and one of the doormen signed...

My landlord won't return my security deposit: What's my recourse?

by Leigh Kamping-Carder | 6/30/14 - 1:59 PM

Q. My ex-landlord has my security deposit and hasn't returned my numerous phone calls and emails. How do I get it back? Will my renter's insurance cover it? Should I go to court?...

Condo or townhouse--which is a smarter buy?

by Leigh Kamping-Carder | 6/23/14 - 2:30 PM

Q. What is a better investment—a condo or a townhouse?

A. That's a big question, and perhaps one hard to answer definitively. Much...

I briefly stopped paying my student loans. Must I give up on buying a co-op and passing muster with its board?

by Leigh Kamping-Carder | 6/16/14 - 2:30 PM

Q. I had to take a forbearance on my student loans about five years ago. I’m in much better financial shape now, and I want to buy a place. Will the forbearance affect my...

Who's allowed to watch my building's security camera footage?

by Leigh Kamping-Carder | 6/09/14 - 2:30 PM

Q. My co-op building has security cameras in the lobby. I understand that they're a safety measure, but I'm wary of the board president or my neighbors being...

My broker wants me to sign an exclusive before I start apartment hunting. Should I?

by Leigh Kamping-Carder | 6/03/14 - 2:30 PM

Q. I'm looking to buy an apartment, and my broker just asked me to sign an agreement promising to work with her exclusively for three months. Is that normal? What are the pros and cons?...

How do I get a mortgage for a condo that's not built yet?

by Leigh Kamping-Carder | 5/27/14 - 2:30 PM

Q. I want to buy a condo in a new development, but I know that often you sign a contract months (or even years) before the building is finished and the deal...

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