Real estate markets across the country are experiencing a downturn, but the impressive rate of appreciation in Brooklyn remains strong and, therefore, a safe bet for investors. In New York City, for instance, the market in 2019 is at its lowest price point since 2014, and inventory in NYC has increased by 11.8% within the past year.read more
My wife and I were recently shopping for our first home on Staten Island. I have my roots in South Beach while Rebecca has hers in Annadale. Aside from those areas, I’ve always liked Westerleigh and Rebecca has always liked Travis.
The idea of Travis sounded great and I began to think, “Wouldn’t it be nice to cut down the time to commute to work in half?”read more
Home renovations can be exhausting, expensive and stressful. In this article, I’ll walk you through some tips that will help streamline your plans and give you a sense of direction.
Don’t know where to start? Need a fresh coat of paint without running out to gather samples? These apps will get you started.read more
The real estate market in Staten Island to date has been an interesting one, with record low-interest rates meaning that closings are occurring when the right mix of motivated sellers along with buyers—with realistic price expectations—meet, but not at the same pace as this time period in 2018. As a side note, most deals that go into contract eventually close. More on that here.read more
Picture this: It’s Spring 2018. You’ve put your house up for sale and at the same time, you’re in the market to buy a new home. You find a dream home, your family loves it! But by the time August rolls around (six months later), the person who was going to...read more
Should you buy a new home as opposed to an existing one? This is a question that gets asked every now and then, and there are various factors to consider when making a decision such as this. Obviously purchasing your home is one of the biggest financial decisions you...read more
Welcome to my new show: THE REAL STATE OF REAL ESTATE. Our goal with this series is to inform buyers and sellers in the Staten Island Real Estate Market and the New York Real Estate market. In this first episode, I interview James Young, Mortgage Loan Officer...read more
I’ve written previously about the changing dynamics of Staten Island, both in the style of homes being sold and the demographics of our borough. In my forecast for 2019 I highlighted the movement of Millennials to smaller homes, but doing so earlier in life than in...read more
Welcome to my 2018 round-up and 2019 predictions of the Staten Island Real Estate Market. First, a quick recap of my predictions as shared in my blog Staten Island Real Estate Forecast for 2018. Now, regarding the elephant wheel in the room, the New York Wheel project...read more
If you’ve read our previous articles on the subject, Estate Planning With Your Elders: Bringing Taboo Topics to the Table Part I and Part II, and taken on the advice shared you’ll already have the following items in place, either for yourself or your family members: A...read more
From a real estate perspective, the prevailing wisdom says you should sell your home in the spring, where the flowers are blooming and you can generally show your home in its best possible light. Some realtors may try to scare you into selling your home at a different...read more
Whether you are buying a home on Staten Island or selling a home on Staten Island, a lot of factors go into real estate transactions. Even a proper appraisal of fair market value is no simple matter. Well-known websites such as Zillow or Trulia have a terrible error...read more
Once you’ve made the decision to list your Staten Island home for sale, the fun part starts! In this blog I will outline some of the steps you will need to take in order to sell your Staten Island home, from preparing your home for sale to exchanging contracts and...read more