WHO: Liv Tyler just published an etiquette guide with her grandmother entitled “Modern Manners.” We hope it includes a lesson on why it's important to turn your TV down after 11 p.m. Some of your neighbors need their beauty sleep.
In this edition of Take It or Leave It, our veteran renters suss out what’s good, bad and ugly about this sunny 1-bedroom in a Midtown East walk-up. Our panelists—who among them have 43 years of rental experience—include RentHackr founder Zeb Dropkin, freelance writer Lambeth Hochwald, and BrickUnderground’s own senior editor, Lucy Cohen Blatter.
Mayra got the built-in bookcase look by combining and customizing four $59.99 Ikea bookcases. It cost about a quarter as much as professional built-ins.
After covering the seams, the four separate units work as a whole. And they blend in better with their pre-war apartment surroundings.
Mayra went for a very simple profile on the top trim. Having a bit of decoration matches with the existing picture rail and crown molding.
The added baseboards give the Billy's thin, modern lines a bit more substance and heft.
When we first moved into our apartment, we fell into a newbie decorating trap. We were basically setting up our new space to mirror our old apartment. The living room was comprised of the sofa /TV area, a desk stuck in the corner for a work space, and one wall taken up by a large bookcase full of books. And the dining room was just that: A room with a table and chairs for dining.
Eventually we re-worked the plan to make better use of the space. As recounted recently here, we decided to build a home office, which could also double as a tiny guest room. That left us with enough space for a comfortable living room for relaxing and entertaining. The dining room, then, had to embody some storage solutions, including the wall of books I had been dreaming of.
Q. My husband and I are thinking about selling our one-bedroom apartment and looking for something bigger. Should we list it now, before interest rates go up too much, or wait until the spring, when more people will be looking? As far as finding a two-bedroom apartment, will we be better off looking now or next year?
A. There's rarely been a better time to sell--or a worse time to buy a two-bedroom. Here's how our experts break it down.
So the love of your life just kicked you out once and for all? Naked Apartments can’t mend that broken heart, but the apartment rental website can help you dodge or minimize the sting of a broker’s fee—typically 12-15% of a year’s rent—while you find a new place to call home. Scan the dwellings listed here in our Low-Fee Rental Roundup or hop onto Naked Apartments and search by “no fee” or “low-fee” for places with fees of less than 9%.
While rental concessions are not nearly as ubiquitous as they once were (especially post-2008), now that it’s beginning to be a slower season (Nov-Feb) for rentals, we’re likely to see concessions popping up more often.
For first-time and even veteran renters in New York, the concept of rental concessions may seem confusing. What does it mean when you’re offered a month’s free rent? What other concessions are possible? Why are they being offered? Is there a catch? And what’s the best way to find these deals?
If you’re shopping for a NYC co-op or condo, you probably know that supply is at near-record lows, competition is intense and many apartments are selling in bidding wars.
You can win this game by outbidding the competition (preferably all in cash). Or you can change the game altogether and get ahead of the competition with some help from real estate data website PropertyShark.com.
Using the same online tools and strategies that developers, investors, and real estate brokers have relied on for years, you can find owners who haven’t yet listed their apartments but may be ready to sell and contact them directly before they hire a broker. Here's how.
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