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Potential Closing Nightmares and How to Avoid Them

You finally closed on your home, and whether you're the buyer or the seller, you probably feel a flood of relief. And also a certain amount of trepidation, because during the 2-3 months or so between acceptance of the purchase offer and the actual closing, a number of...

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Estate Planning Basics When Preparing for Your Future

Many people are intimidated by estate planning or they think only wealthy individuals need plans (or both). Almost everyone has an estate.  If you have something of value (assets) that you want to pass on to loved ones when you die, you have an estate.  This can be...

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Title Searches 101: A Guide for Staten Island Real Estate

You’ve found your dream home.  You’ve spoken to your real estate agent, you've made your offer, and now you’re ready to throw it in escrow.  So you buy this thing called title insurance.  Why?  This is a common question I receive.  Maybe you buy title insurance,...

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Buying a Home in Staten Island

Residential real estate transactions in Staten Island, like anywhere, can be a daunting undertaking for people, especially for first-time home buyers. Below is a brief outline that hopefully demystifies the process somewhat. The Basic Process The first step for buyers...

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Purchasing Your Home: A Simple Guide

Introduction Purchasing a home should be an exciting and joyous experience.  However, it can often be a stressful and scary experience if you are not equipped with the proper information.  My goal below is to put together a general outline for a prospective purchaser....

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My Favorite Dog – Friendly Parks in Staten Island

When you're looking for the perfect home, it's not impossible to find everything you want in one place. If furry four-legged friends are part of your family, Staten Island is a great place to be because most of the homes have a front or backyard. For everyone else,...

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Will Your House Haunt You?

There's a lot more to buying a home than falling in love with how a home looks. It takes a lot of legal research to make sure you're making a purchase that won’t come back and bite you. That legal research is generally in the form of a title search, researching the...

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