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Cutting Through the Smoke: Applying Local Laws 141 & 147 to Cooperatives and Condominiums in New York City

As public opinion has turned against smoking, NY laws have followed. Smoking bans in public spaces have included stores, schools, and taxis in 1990, bans in restaurants and indoor bars in 2002, and parks, beaches, and pedestrian plazas in 2011. The popularity of the smoking bans in our public spaces have let legislative sights turn […]

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5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Closing Attorney

When buying or selling a property, an experienced lawyer that specializes in Real Estate will help make sure you get exactly what you want out of the transaction. 1. Knowledge of New York City Residential Transactions The “Concrete Jungle” has a unique housing stock unlike anywhere else in the U.S. For example, the great majority […]

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Helpful Resources for Purchasers

Though we navigate it every day, the Due Diligence process can often appear opaque or overwhelming to new buyers. The City, State, and Federal governments host a number of helpful resources, but these can be difficult to find for those who do not know where to look. To that end, we have compiled a list of online […]

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NYC Housing Mysteries: What is an I-Card?

The I-Card is a paper record that the City of New York adopted in 1902 to document the required building improvements of tenements and multiple dwelling buildings, and for regulating their use. It was a product of the Progressive Era, a period around the turn of the last century when building codes, sanitary conditions, and safety issues in […]

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A Beginner’s Guide to the 421 Tax Abatement

What is it And Who Qualifies? The 421-a tax abatement was created in 1971 to encourage the development of underutilized or unused land by significantly reducing property taxes on newly developed land for a set period of time. During the time period, thousands of New Yorkers were moving upstate or to the suburbs, and City […]

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Some Useful Links For Buyers and Sellers

Are you having a hard time finding resources on Real Estate subjects? We recently compiled a list of useful links for those looking to learn more about real estate processes, laws, and taxes. It includes both municipal resources and other helpful sites, such as Streeteasy and Oasis, a source for detailed community maps. We hope […]

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From the NY Times: What to Expect when You’re Closing

The closing is the climactic moment in a Real Estate transaction, when the deal is finalized and the money finally changes hands. However, the big moment can be daunting, especially in New York, where the large cast of characters can include not just the seller, purchaser, and their attorneys, but possibly several brokers, a lender, […]

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What are HDFC Buildings?

HDFCs (Housing Development Fund Corporations) are essentially income-restricted cooperatives; they limit a potential purchaser’s ability to buy in based on whether their annual salary falls below the calculated income cap. The establishment of HDFCs were geared toward purchasers looking for a residential home to keep for a substantial period of time, with the possibility of […]

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Understanding Contracts: the Statute of Frauds

Contracts are at the heart of buying and selling real estate. This is because, by law, no real property can legally change hands (with the exception of a lease lasting less than one year) except through a written contract. This law is called the “Statute of Frauds.” In order to be legally binding, a contract […]

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A Beginner’s Guide to Condops

A condop is a co-op governed by condominium rules, right? Not quite. Colloquially, “condop” often refers to a co-op that claims to have a lenient board and subsequently operates more like a condominium, but this definition is not actually correct. In a hybrid condominium-co-op, also known as a “condop,” the building or property is divided […]

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