Have you considered a condo? There are a lot in Staten Island for a reasonable price. Having the coop board go through your file can be quite a hassle. Please, give me a call at 917-733-7619, if I can be of service.... more
Eltingville is a beautiful neighborhood. Before I moved to SI, and before I became a real estate agent, I researched the Staten Island area for a home for my family. We now live in Arden Heights which is 5 minutes from Eltingville by car but we take many walks since the neighborhoods are so close. My kids go to school at PS 42 (in Eltingville) and the school is amazingly family oriented with all of its extra curricular activities and daily school activities. Below are a couple of websites that detail the neighborhoods.
First word of advice, when considering a pre-foreclosure, make sure you are in a place where you can afford to wait for the house to close- they often take a while. Also, if you are seriously considering a particular property, it would be worth the money to have a title search done so you know what to expect. How difficult the deal may be (how many banks will need to be satisfied, etc) can affect your purchase if you have to lock into a mortgage because if it takes an exceptionally long time to close, you may lose your rate and have to start over or to pay to extend. A short sale or pre-foreclosure can be a good deal as long as you know what you are getting into and as long as you have an experienced agent and attorney helping you.... more