Queens Homeowner Newsletter: MAR 2024

Hi all, hope you’re all doing well! Below is this month’s edition of our Queens Homeowner Newsletter. In this month’s edition we cover recent changes to the Property Condition Disclosure Act, some information about squatters rights in New York, and some information on the recent NAR settlement regarding real estate agent commissions. A lot of […]

Protect Your Property: Tips for Non-Owner Occupied Homeowners to Prevent Squatter Situations

Owning property in Queens can be a lucrative investment, but it also comes with risks, especially for absentee homeowners. One of the most concerning risks is the possibility of squatters illegally occupying your property and potentially gaining legal rights to it. Squatter situations can be costly, time-consuming, and emotionally draining to resolve. However, with proactive […]

A Comprehensive Guide to Getting a Free Home Appraisal in Queens NY

For homeowners in Queens, New York, understanding the value of your property is essential for various reasons. Whether you’re considering selling, refinancing, or merely curious about your home’s worth, getting an appraisal or home valuation is a crucial step. The good news is that there are ways to obtain a home appraisal or valuation in […]

Forensic Study of NYC + Primer on Reverse Mortgages + NYC’s Property Tax Bills Rise

Hi all, as always we’re publishing our latest roundup of articles, content, and information which we believe are specifically relevant to NYC Homeowners. This month includes a forensic study of NYC by the Chairman of Market and Investment Strategy for JP Morgan, a nice primer on Reverse Mortgages from the team at KPP Financial, a […]

Guide to Drying Up a Wet Basement: Tips for Queens Homeowners

A wet basement can be a Queens homeowner’s nightmare, leading to potential damage, mold growth, and compromised structural integrity. Addressing this issue promptly is crucial to prevent further problems and maintain a safe and dry living space. In this blog post, we will explore effective tips for local homeowners to dry up a wet basement […]

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: […]

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Challenge your NYC Property Tax Assessment

If you’re an NYC homeowner, then you know that your annual Notice of Property Value (NOPV) comes out every January 15th. In this NOPV, it indicates your property’s Market Value, Assessed Value, Effective Market Value, Exemptions, and Taxable Value. In the NOPV, it gives you instructions on how to challenge your assessment if you disagree […]

What to know about Upgrading a Skylight

Skylights can be a great way to add natural light to your home. This can be especially useful for rooms that lack windows or that are otherwise blocked from getting much natural light. Unfortunately, skylights sometimes fall victim to the ravages of time and climate. This may leave you wondering whether you should upgrade or […]