Sure, that party-happy building was a great idea when you were in grad school, but now that you have a real job with a real salary and real hours, it's time to move. Still, that doesn't mean you want to break the bank. View apartments with broker’s fees capped at 9 percent (versus the usual 12 to 15 percent) here or hit up rental website Naked Apartments and search by “no fee” or “low-fee” to find more.
With so few homes on the market in New York City these days, it can seem like sellers have the upper hand, picking from a slew of offers and setting the agenda for any deal. But at least some of those sellers are itching to unload their properties as fast as possible, giving buyers a chance to score a deal or a speedy transaction. Here's how to find them.
Q. I’m doing a gut renovation. While I'm at it, how do I soundproof the walls, floors and ceilings?
A. Soundproofing is very, very tough. Tough enough that for the purposes of answering your question, we’re going to refer to "sound isolation," which is the process of reducing, by some degree, sound transfer from one place or structure or material to another. "Soundproofing," meanwhile, implies a complete elimination of unwanted sound and can be very difficult to achieve in most residential renovations or upgrades. It's important to keep your expectations realistic.
If you’re trying to get a home loan, you’re likely facing an avalanche of paperwork, thanks to new rules that went into effect in January. But the new rules aren’t just a headache—they also increase the pressure on borrowers to get things right the first time or risk getting turned down for a loan.
Holly, Upper West Side: More than anything, I would have handled negotiations myself rather than rely on my broker's advice to increase my bid. I discovered after my purchase that the "other bid" (made by neighbors in the building), which the seller's broker used to get me to bid higher, was significantly lower than my initial offer, let alone my final one! - Holly, Upper West Side
For New Yorkers, it isn't enough to have a home that can accommodate a staircase … we want stairs that make a statement. From simple spirals to sweeping stairways--andan exact replica of the Apple Store’s famed glass model--here's our collection of the most interesting steps on the market.
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