It's a lot safer in Park Slope than it use to be, people look out for one another. Also due to the a lot of local bars and restaurants you can also feel safe during any hour of the day to walk the streets. As it is in any area, any where, always use caution, and be aware of your surroundings, until you make friends, know your neighbors, and know who to trust. I was born and raised in Park Slope, and I wouldn't change it for anything in the world.... more
I am personally familiar with the lease with option to buy, in my role as landlord/owner. It's really a form of owner financing.
These deals are somewhat complicated to structure. In most situations, you the tenant will still need to put up a substantial amount of cash, which you will lose if you do not go through with the sale. This is really the only way I know to get an owner interested in working with you. Anna Brocco is absolutely right, most owners would much rather sell outright than mess around with a lease-option.
However--I think there might, might, be an opportunity for you in the current market. You need good credit scores and a secure job, as well as cash on hand and the confidence that you will be able to purchase down the road.
If that sounds like you, feel free to contact me via email with more information about your plans, as I could help you as a buyer's broker.
Karla Harby, VP
Charles Rutenberg Realty
New York City
Hello Robin, there is no point here other than to share available information with the trulia member who inquired and requested it. People can judge and make their own educated decisions based on the information presented. I did not try to steer anybody.... more
Hello again Peachesd11, this article may be of interest to you. It appeared on line on the Gothamist. A tip from a reader pointed us to the Brooklynian message board, where a woman posted about being mugged in Park Slope this past week: Tuesday night just after 11 pm I got mugged in Park Slope, on Park Place between 6th and 7th by two young African American women (this is a dark block with lots of big trees). I was robbed and bashed on the head by something that felt like a bottle (but may have been something else), and ended up in the hospital with stitches.The cops who came told me this is now a pattern - they are targeting women walking alone on dark streets and asking for directions, either to downtown or in my case, to Court Street. I screamed and they ran away, and grabbed my purse in the process. Please be careful, because they are not afraid to assault you. Previously, they tried to mug another woman on St. Johns, also in Park Slope, same m.o.
We contacted the 78th precinct for more information, and they told us there had been a "slight uptick" in robberies (they preferred to not call it a "mugging"): "Two people, both robberies, the same thing happened to them. They were asked for directions, then something was taken. Detectives are working on it, that's the pattern, that's it, just two," said Community Affairs Officer Galante. Have you heard of, or seen, anything like this in the neighborhood recently?... more