There are no red flags about this building that I know of. In general, it's a great building and a great location. However, everyone has a different idea of perfection. It really depends on what you're looking for. For example, are you looking to buy or to rent? Do you have pets?
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There are a lot of reasons for this, the most important one bring that the listing agent is obligated, by law, to do his or her very best for the seller--not for you. Anything you let slip about your finances, for example, can and probably will be used to extract more money from you. Good brokers take courses, including role playing and theory, on how to win in negotiations.
So even for second or third time buyers, it's routine in NYC apartment sales for there to be two brokers. The brokerages agree to share the seller's agent's commission for the benefit of all. So, if you don't work with a buyer's agent, then you are paying for a service you're not getting.
If I were your buyer's broker I would pull records on the history of the building and on the particular apartment, and I would help you negotiate the best possible outcome for you given all the info we can get our hands on. I own an apartment on the Upper East Side, I know it well, so if I can help, Matt, please let me know.
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New York, NY
This building is well-established as it was built in1986. It is a full-service high-rise condo building with 45 floors and 258 apartments. It's a great location, as it's pretty close to the 86th St. 4/5/6 trains. Whether for a unit in this condo building or elsewhere, you should really consider using a skilled, experienced buyer's agent. When you go directly to the listing agent, their job is to get the most money for the seller. When you use you own agent, we streamline your search, negotiate on your behalf and take you through all the steps to closing. As you say you are new to town and NYC real estate is very quirky and different than elsewhere.
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