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By JIM TURANO | Broker in Middle Village, NY
  • OPEN HOUSE*For the serious buyers today, be prepared.........APRIL 16, 2014

    Posted Under: Schools in Middle Village, Home Buying in Middle Village, In My Neighborhood in Middle Village  |  April 16, 2014 3:49 AM  |  19 views  |  No comments
    'OPEN HOUSE' TODAY HAS A MUCH STRONGER MEANING THAN EVER BEFORE!

    Educated buyers know all to well these past 5 months looking for a home.
    Some homes are selling within 14 days, 1 week, 72 hours and most recently 48hours

    Many buyers have told me how they missed out on 1,2, and three homes already this year. (TREMENDOUS SHORTAGE AND DEMAND CURRENTLY)

    So when you see a new listing advertised, and it says 'Open House', be sure to have your check book handy, so you can make an offer, & fill out a binder.
    THE SOONER YOU HAVE A WRITTEN ACCEPTED OFFER THE SAFER YOU WILL BE.

    As a Real Estate Broker for the past 35 years, I like to offer a new listing of a 
    Home by being as fair and professional to clients as can be. Other Brokers use the numbers game, place the Home on Multiple Listing, and care less who buys the home as long as they make their commission.
    (I see this as the beginning of a basketball game affect. Throwing the ball up in the air, while all the clients stand in a circle, with only one individual able to grab the ball.)
    Personal service and good ethics, while there is such a Hot Market currently must be displayed. It is not easy being in a position, while showing a home to 5 buyers, and three make written offers. Becuase only one will get the home.

    *WATCH FOR THE NEXT 'OPEN HOUSE' TO BE ADVERTISED ON TRULIA*
    ***NO SIGNS/ NO MULTIPLE LISTING-JUST PRIVATE SHOWINGS****
    *LOCATION IS KEY! *CONVENIENCE IS KEY! *PRICING THE HOME IS KEY!
    ***********************      *********************     ************************************

           --JIM TURANO/BROKER*DIVERSE REAL ESTATE*1-347-837-9206--
                                     (MIDDLE VILLAGE NORTH)
    *OPEN HOUSE TO BE ADVERTISED ON TRULIA WITHIN 48 HOURS
  • *Apartments*-Three important dates for tenants looking..... A Must Read!

    Posted Under: General Area in Middle Village, Rental Basics in Middle Village, For Rent in Middle Village  |  April 16, 2014 3:11 AM  |  31 views  |  No comments
    Three Important Dates for Tenants to be Aware of...........
    May 1st.  *****   May 15th.   *****      and June 1st.
    (statistically tenants do not move in the Summer time)


    So if you are looking for an apartment now, you have a time period to find the right apartment. You must be prepared with your paperwork, which should consist of the following: Recent credit score report, & some type of income statement, w-2's, paystubs, disability income statement, etc..
    Many Landlords go by a rule of thumb to see if your monthly income is adequate for the rent being asked for.
    Example your monthly Income is $3,000 dollars. Therefore you should not be paying more than 1/3 of your monthly income, or $1,000 dollars in this example.

    Note* There is and has been for over 7 months now, a shortage of apartments, and a tremendous amount of tenants looking for an apartment.
    DO NOT THINK YOU CAN SEE A HALF DOZEN APARTMENTS WHILE YOU ARE LOOKING.
    DO NOT THINK YOU HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD TO FIND AN APARTMENT.

    Seeing an advertisement for an apartment- If you see an ad that sounds interesting the first thing you should do is to call the agent within the ad.
    On average there are over a dozen calls when a new listing is advertised.
    Twice as many E-Mail about the apartment.
    The ones that call, register, are the ones that make the appointments quickly. Some see the apartment but must think about it, and some leave deposits.
    (Those thinking about it, often times while they are thinking, other tenants are signing rental form agreements, or leases.)

    Tenants with Pets! Less than 1% of Landlords or Management Companies allow pets.
    If you see a nice apartment, and it allows a pet, maybe a laundry facility on premise, you must act quickly. If not you can take another 6 months to a year to find another apartment.

    Not as easy as you think to find an apartment........ Certain school districts, pets, children, washer/dryer, price range, and modernization..........

    Coming in June 1st. (1st. floor apartment. 5 rooms total.                                        2 bedrooms+basement, plus driveway for one car, plus front terrace, +use of yard. One block to P.S. 49 and one block to Juniper Valley Park. Bus stop on the corner of Penelope Avenue/ 78 street.)
    Rent $2,500.00  *Now accepting registration applications* 


    ANYONE INTERETSED IN THE ABOVE APARTMENT OR ANY OTHER APARTMENT ADVERTISED BY DIVERSE REAL ESTATE, START CALLING THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 18TH.
    ***********************************DO NOT E-MAIL PLEASE!
    INSTEAD CALL SALESPERSON: ADELE 1-718-496-8673 BEGINNING FRIDAY, APRIL 18TH
    **************************************************************************************************************

    DIVERSE REAL ESTATE/ADELE SCALFANI-SALESPERSON/APARTMENT SPECIALIST!
  • Co-Ops-Require an enormous amount of work & time to sell!

    Posted Under: General Area in Rego Park, Home Buying in Rego Park, Agent2Agent in Rego Park  |  April 15, 2014 3:45 AM  |  35 views  |  No comments
    Agents & Brokers, I give you much credit to spend so much time selling Co-ops.

     Co-op Board requirements, knowing which buildings have been bankrupt, those coming out of bankruptcy, those still having troubles after bankruptcy.

    Knowing which buildings are the ones to bring clients, so that a deal has the potential of going through.

    Special Note*
    I am amazed at the enormous amount of time involved for agents and brokers, and really do not understand their patience vs rewards, let alone bringing for the first time, a client who has no idea what they must go through in order to purchase & close on a co-op.
    I sold one co-op in my 35 years as a Real Estate Broker.
    You as a client have no idea what you must do to successfully purchase a Co-op.
    For those agents who never sold a Co-op before, best of luck, it is like being thrown into an Ocean and told to swim to survive. Have doubts? Try it.
    Agents & Brokers who do this speciality, showing & selling Co-ops deserve double the Commission in my opinion.

    For those listing and selling houses for a living, is a walk in the park compared to selling that right Co-op, with the right Co-op Board, with the right healthy Financials of the Building and the Miantenance charges.

    If you want to start in Real Estate, selling Co-ops is like BASIC TRAINING.
    After that phase, you will be glad to list and sell homes.

    HATS OFF TO THE AGENTS & BROKERS LISTING & SELLING CO-OPS

     

  • New Listing after Easter coming in. 1 Family -3beds.by Eliot Ave.

    Posted Under: Parks & Recreation in Middle Village, Home Buying in Middle Village, In My Neighborhood in Middle Village  |  April 12, 2014 5:37 AM  |  59 views  |  No comments
    79 STREET/ ELIOT AVENUE..NEAR MET SUPERMARKET/ SILVER BARN/ BUSES/
    EXPRESS BUS TO MANHATTAN/ WALK TO PARK/ WALK TO SCHOOLS.........

    Register today by texting or e-mailing your name and contact numbers.
    I will attain the keys next week. Register to see home before any OPEN HOUSES.
    1 F. 3beds. front terrace, living room, dinning room, kitchen on 1st. floor.
    3 bedromms +full bath 2nd.floor.
    Basement with washer dryer & family room.
    1 car garage
    Pricing the home to sell within 1 week.
    No signs and No MLS.
    asking $599,500

    I have a list of 7 recent sales ready for you and the bank appraiser.
    1-347-837-9206 CELL-JIM TURANO/BROKER*DIVERSE REAL ESTATE
    AD ON TRULIA AS OF TODAY!
  • *Tenants-See an ad for an Apartment, be sure to call before E-Mailing

    Posted Under: General Area in Middle Village, Rental Basics in Middle Village, Rentals in Middle Village  |  March 27, 2014 4:07 AM  |  200 views  |  No comments
    When you see an ad on Trulia, be sure to call the agent within the ad as soon as possible!

    Information is needed to better service you quickly.

    Call to register with your full name, amount of people to occupy, & if any pets be sure to tell us!

    E-mailing only delays you from seeing an apartment.

    When a Landlord requests a credit check, be sure to have a copy with you.

    Please understand, that some Landlords, have experienced going to court with their last tenant, for non payment of rent. Some experience three tenants moving in, and months later three more tenants move in the same apartment.
    And many Landlords are using the rule of thumb to see if you can afford the rent.  Example: The rent should not exceed 1/3 of you Monthly Income.
    You earn combined income of $54,000 yearly. That would be $4,500 Monthly.
    Then the rent should not be higher than 1/3 your monthly income.
    In this case $4,500 monthly, means the rent should not be higher than $1,500.00.

    Looking for an apartment today is not easy. Many Landlords have had more bad experiences these last 5 years, so they request more information than ever before.
    Some tenants have been in court for years with Landlords.
    Some tenants have not paid their electric bills, only to have their electric turned off. 
    Today especially, the competition for finding an apartment if great.

    So be prepared with you info, & call the agent in the ad.




  • *Apartments*When looking & seeing an Ad on Trulia- A TO DO LIST!

    Posted Under: General Area in Middle Village, Rental Basics in Middle Village, Rentals in Middle Village  |  March 22, 2014 5:05 AM  |  223 views  |  No comments
    TO BETTER ASSIST YOU IN FINDING THAT APARTMENT YOU NEED.........

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL TENANTS

    You # 1 should call the Agents number posted in the Ad on Trulia.
    You need to register your full name, how many to occupy the apartment, state if you have any pets, children if any, their ages, so we can better service your wants & needs.

    Emailing and responding.....While you are e-mailing us, we do receive a number of calls directly. And while you are waiting for a response the apartment is being shown, In fact, over 90% of the time, the apartment gets rented before you are e-mailed back. 
    If you are e-mailed back, we have to wait for your call, complete your registration, and by then the apartment may be Rented!

    I have been Blogging helpful hints for Tenants looking for apartments for years.
    But only 10% following any direction at all.
    Once again let me tell you, there is a Tremendous shortage of apartments in the following areas, Middle Village, Ridgewood, Glendale, Maspeth,NY.
    Add the amount of tenants looking into the formula, and then you have enormous competition as an end result.

    IF WE DO NOT ATTAIN ANY INFO ON YOU, HOW CAN WE HELP YOU!
    (Just e-mailing us, and telling us you are interested is not enough.)

    *Those tenants not in a rush.....Between now and June 1st. is the season, after June 1st., you may have to wait until September because tenants in general do not move in the Summer time.

    Today apartments listed, are usually rented in 24 hours, 48 hours, or within the first 7 days of coming into the market. So if you do not call when you see an ad, and then e-mail instead, your chances become lower of ever getting an apartment.

    USING ANOTHER SITE LIKE CRAIGSLIST,NY......*You must compete with dozens of other tenants that answer the ad, and you will be amazed how that Landlord tells you, the typical line of, 'I WILL LET YOU KNOW'.  The reason is that Landlords takes almost a dozen applications, and he or she will take the ones that have the best incomes, the highest credit scores and the least amount of tenants as possible.
    THIS IS THE TRUTH ON HOW IT IS.....................

    REALIZE-It is a job to find an apartment, and Landlords dictate what they want, and especially today, you need to be ready with your personal info and please always be prepared financially, so that you can at least put a deposit down to hold the apartment for 24 hours. So many tenants shop without any money, no paperwork, and expect to grab that one apartment they like so easily. It doesn't work that way. 
  • HOME OF THE MONTH! A GEM OF AN AREA WITHOUT LONG ISLAND TAXES, REGO PARK!

    Posted Under: General Area in Rego Park, Home Buying in Rego Park, Home Ownership in Rego Park  |  March 18, 2014 3:43 AM  |  212 views  |  2 comments
    ANY PROFESSIONAL WOULD LOVE THE COUNTRY ATMOSPHERE, CLOSE TO HIS OR HER PRACTICE, OR PROFESSION WITHOUT SPENDING 4 HOURS PER DAY ON THE LIE.

    Special Home for a Special Family. Country atmosphere, affordable taxes, close to 5 major highways, Queens,NY



    REGO PARK,NY 11374 -AREA HAS SOME OF THE MOST SPECTACULAR HOMES IN ALL OF QUEENS, NEW YORK. Hidden like a Gem, steps to all the most well known streets of Rego Park. The Crescent area of Rego Park.
    Many Professionals are living in this area currently. right off Woodhaven Blvd. between yellowstone and 64 road.

    You will not see signs displayed on this Prestigious Home, nor will it be placed on Multiple Listing.
    $1,250,000 Two Family Brick Detached Home for Sale! PRIVATE SHOWINGS ONLY!
    6 br 3 ba Multi-Family on FITCHETT STREET. Off Woodhaven Blvd.
    1ST.FLOOR-TWO ENTRANCES, 5 ROOMS, TWO BEDS.
    2ND.FL. SAME AS FIRST FLOOR(RENTED FOR $1,650.00)
    BASEMENT-2 BEDS.FULL BATH-******LEGAL 
    *Steps from the Crescent Streets of Rego Park,NY. An area so private, so full of a Country Atmosphere, 
     SHOWINGS WILL BE ON MARCH 20TH. 
    Architectural details define this classic and charming tapestry brick Detached 2 family brick home. 

    There is charm and great income potential just waiting to happen in this detached two family home. 
    Ideally located on a friendly, tree-lined residential street, it is convenient to shopping, schools, a short walk to all public transportation, 
    and five major highways. By car it is 20 minutes to Manhattan. No high property taxes like Long Island, and No huge flood insurance costs at all. Detached Brick Townhouse with two entrances, driveway, & Garage. Qualified inquiry & appointments with serious buyers only. 
    Private showings begin March 20th.
     You must register first, name,contact numbers, confirm qualification, and you will be e-mailed 
    or texted the exact address the night before the showings. 
    CONTACT JIM TURANO/BROKER*EXCLUSIVE BROKER**** 1-347-837-9206**** 
    NO SIGNS AND NO MLS, (NO CO-BROKES FIRST 4 WEEKS) ***THIS IS A PRESTIGIOUS AREA THAT WARRANTS PRIVACY!
    Listing Title By Private Appointments Only! Fully Detached Brick 2 family with Country Atmosphere, Rego Park
     

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