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.
Today we focus on that question that divides New Yorkers: Are you a lifer in the urban jungle or do you long for greener pastures?
This place is one tough bastard These responses are anonymous, right? People get really mad when I talk about how loud and dirty the city is and how it saps your energy. There are no windows thick enough to keep the city out at night. Subway rides to work or anywhere usually feel quick and efficient--but also totally draining at the end of the day. It’s so dirty, and the steps to crawl out the stations--while being squished by your fellow commuters--are just awful. I like living in the city for now. But I can’t imagine what I’d do if I had a stroller to carry up and down those stairs one day. This city is one tough bastard and that’s what you need to be to survive here. Yeah, I’d leave. - Hannes, Hamilton Heights.
It's like we've moved to a house: 1,250 square feet, a separate bedroom for my three-year-old, and space in the living room for two couches, a dining table and a play area. And even though my husband, daughter and I have moved only about 20 blocks away--from Carnegie Hill to Yorkville on the Upper East Side--it feels like we've moved to a small town far away.
I've officially been priced out of my Brooklyn neighborhood, and I want to buy a two-bedroom in Queens. I’ve heard a lot about Long Island City, Astoria, Sunnyside, Jackson Heights and Ridgewood, but I'm not sure what the areas are like or how much they cost. What should I know?
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