What you're asking is what many first time buyers have done recently. You're best approach to buying in New York is a condominium because co-op boards are very strict on subletting. I specialize with buyers in your particular situation who look to rent after buying. Please feel free to contact me if you're looking for a smooth transaction and trusted advisor in a real estate broker.
20 East 49th Street
Phone: 631 662 5579
As mentioned below, you may want to focus your search on condos.
Email me to tell me more about what you are looking for. I would be happy to help you.
Nicolas Puygrenier Ç€ Licensed Real Estate Broker
Mona Lisa Real Estate Group LLC
419 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003
Telephone: 917 499 1917
Should be easy to do however your best bet is to purchase a condo which rarely has renting restrictions. Most coops will allow you to rent for a year or two after you've lived there for a year or two. There is little flexibility in most coops and finding one with flexibility is like finding a needle in a haystack..
Starting with a good broker should be the first thing you do. He/or she can be a great asset to you in all steps of your purchase. If you're buying from abroad, your broker can send you pictures and floorplans and connect you with a real estate attorney who you can appoint as your power of attorney, unless you have someone else here in NY to appoint.
As another agent here said -- make sure you trust your broker. That is critical wether you are here in person or abroad.
If I can be of any asstance please do not hesitate to contact me
All the best,
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Member of Real Estate Board of New York
770 Lexington Avenue, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10065
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If you have not been able to locate an Agent to help you in the Manhattan area or Brooklyn, I would be happy to refer you to a friend of mine. She works in NYC and could help answer your questions. I know looking for information sometimes can be difficult even with all our technology. The human connection is very important and working with an Agent who you trust in imperative.
Please let me know if I can help. Just review my profile on Trulia and send me a message and I can send along the information or email me directly at THOYT@prutropical.com if that is easier.
Good Luck with your search. Please don't hesitate to ask me any questions, I will do my best to find you the right answer.
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