Also keep in mind that all the market research in the world may not matter. What matters is whether you can see yourself living in the apartment, in the building, in the neighborhood. Do you feel you can call it your "home"? Buying real estate is as much an emotional decision as it is a financial decision.
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What affects price:
First, a one bedroom can be anywhere from small to large.
Second, the type of building and services it has (or doesn't have) in it also varies-- think walk up, what floor, elevator, and/or doorman building.
Third, proximity to subway(s), or stores like Whole Foods, can also affect price. In other words, Chelsea can be considered 16th St. and 9th Ave. (which is almost Meat-Market) or 28th St. and 10th Ave. The desirability of one location over the other can be argued.
Fourth, whether it is a co-op or condo and its maintenance or cc (carrying charges)/ RET (Real Estate taxes) monthly affects your payment monthly and it can vary a lot.
Fifth, are there assessments coming up for any major repairs in the building (or existing) and how is the reserve fund (cash on hand for repairs).
In other words, if you pick a small walk-up one bedroom on a high floor far away from a subway it will cost you a lot less than a large one bedroom or loft style one bedroom (in say, the O'Neill building) in elevator, full service relatively new condo.
All of that said, in any given building, in my opinion the best way to figure current pricing and value is by looking at recent comparable sales. I have access to closed sales in a building if you find any in particular that you like. Just email me and I'll send you the data of what's sold, when, and what's on the market.
And, for first time buyers I rebate 10% of my commission at closing. In other words, if you bought a $600,000 place, your rebate (paid out of my commission which is paid by seller) ranges from about $1500-$1800 depending on the listing commission. I primarily specialize in Downtown.
Best of luck. I'm here if you need me,
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Charles Rutenberg Realty
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