Decluttering and Downsizing for Seniors

Decluttering is the first step in getting the home ready for buyers. Seniors, particularly those who’ve lived in their home for years, have a lot of stuff. And much of it is precious to them; it’s certainly not “clutter”! But buyers will likely see it as such. To gain a different perspective, it’s helpful to […]

Retirement vs Assisted Living vs Continuing Care Retirement Communities

Retirement and Active Adult Communities Retirement communities are typically for older adults who are still fully capable of living alone. Some cater to “active adults,” age 55 years old and older. Types include single-family, semi-detached, condos, and townhomes. Active adult communities don’t typically offer group dining facilities or healthcare services. Whether rentals or owned properties, common features include: […]

What is a Cap Rate?

Information provided by Claddagh Capital LLC What is a Cap Rate and why its important? A Capitalization Rate or cap rate is a metric used in commercial real estate to assess the return and risk of a property, purchased on an all-cash basis or unleveled (no mortgage). The cap rate is used on an unleveled […]

Get your House ready Now, Sell Later

Quite a few of our clients are considering selling their Queens’ houses, and if you’re in that same boat, now is a great time to do a little prep work. Here are a few home-improvement tips we recommend to get your house ready now, and sell later: 1. Embrace Spring Cleaning Now is that special […]

Queens Real Estate Market Report: Q2 2022

Last Updated on July 25, 2022 Queens Real Estate Market Report 2022, courtesy of the Queens Home Team at Keller Williams Realty Landmark II. Have a question? Contact Us Data Source: Market Snapshot Happy Summer from QHT! Hopefully you’ve been enjoying the warm weather and sun filled activities. Here at QHT we’ve been enjoying […]

What is an Off Market Listing?

Answer provided by Neil B. Garfinkel REBNY Broker Counsel Partner-in-charge of real estate and banking practices at Abrams Garfinkel Margolis Bergson, LLP Answer: “Off-market” commonly indicates that the property is not listed for sale or has not been listed on a multiple listing service. REBNY and most MLS’s expressly forbid the promotion of exclusive listings as […]

15 or 30-Year Fixed Rate Mortgage, which one is right for you?

Answer provided by Rafael Reyes, Originating Branch Manager at Cross Country Mortgage LLC. Do you want lower monthly payments now or do you want to pay off your home faster? That’s one of the primary questions to answer when deciding between a 30-year fixed mortgage or a 15-year fixed mortgage. 15-Year Mortgage You have 15 […]

8 Things you can do to Prepare for Higher Energy Costs

If you’re living in America, then you already know about the rising gas prices, rising inflation, and rising energy costs. At this point, you’ve probably already seen your utility bills come in higher than normal. We recently received an email from ConEd with some good tips on how to prepare for rising energy costs and […]

What to know about Assistance Animals in Buildings with Pet Restrictions

Information provided by Neil B. Garfinkel, REBNY Broker Counsel, Partner-in-charge of real estate and banking practices at Abrams Garfinkel Margolis Bergson, LLP Many residential buildings in NYC have pet restrictions and policies such as “no pets,” “no dogs,” “cats only,” etc. While pets are not a protected class under the Fair Housing Act (“FHA”), a housing […]

How much do you need for Emergencies? + Free COVID Tests + Airbnb’s New Search Feature

The team has recently been discussing a lot of different things and in our conversations we usually discover some really cool topics, tools, resources, etc. With that said, in our last few meetings we’ve been speaking about what’s happening in the economy and the importance of having an emergency fund. With mortgage rates rising, inflation running […]