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Kathy Burgreen answered:
I'm a former realtor in New Rochelle and yes I was guilty of this too so allow me to explain why and the truth behind Section 8 & other vouchers:

1. Regular rentals cost more than what Section 8 pays and landlords, property managers & owners refuse to take a loss between what Section 8 pays and what they can collect on the open market.

2. It is LEGAL to discriminate against vouchers for financial reasons. As long as it has nothing to do with race, religion, family status, gender, etc. - yes landlords can discriminate if the voucher pays less than what the market rate is.

3. Example: if a 3 bedroom rental at Harbor House (3 Davenport Ave., New Rochelle, NY. 10805) normally rents for $3,415./month and your voucher is for $1,815./month, Goldfarb Properties who is the property manager for Harbor House wants you to pay $1,600. every month because that is the difference between the regular rent and what your voucher pays ($3415. - $1815. = $1600.). Goldfarb Properties will not lose $1,600. x 12 months = $19,200. per year just to rent to you with a voucher. Instead Goldfarb Properties / Harbor House will reject you and wait until a tenant comes along who can pay the full $3,415./month for the same 3 bedroom apartment and that person has no voucher. This may seem like discrimination but it is legal.

4. Have you tried the apartment complex across the street (Marina's Edge also on Davenport Ave.)? The one facing the water. It's officially a co-op but many residents are on Section 8. As far as I know Marina's Edge does not have 3 bedrooms so you will need to rent 2 bedrooms. Another area to try - the Lincoln Ave. district. I know Section 8 residents do live in this area. Also what about the housing complex on 5th Ave. near Potter Lane? Beyond New Rochelle, you will need to look in Mount Vernon, Port Chester & Yonkers.

5. As for real estate agents and why they refuse to help you: it's all about money. I know Section 8 pays realtors BUT the amount Section 8 pays is cheap and not worth it. Agents can easily make more money buying and selling homes to regular people that they do not need to work with vouchers. It's not worth their time and the pay is too cheap for them so don't expect real estate agents to help you.

6. Since you said your income is $45,000. + Section 8 + child support, then you can afford to get an apartment at Harbor House and pay the difference of $1,600. every month on time. This will equal the regular rent for a 3 bedroom. If not, try getting a 2 bedroom for about $2,000. If you refuse to pay the extra rent owed and expect landlords just to accept Section 8, then you're the one who is stupid and you need to change your attitude.
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Main photo is of the basement, I'd like to make changes to my listing, but not sure how to pull that off. Who "owns" this listing?
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There are 40 pics of my home, how do we remove them from your website? Thanks.
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Elayne Koenigsberg answered:
I am a real estate agent in St Pete...I live in a condo..55plus and it's pricier than Five Towns because it's on a bay...I have a condo I'm about to close on for a wonderful couple in Five Towns and it's beautiful...pond view...I'm very impressed with the compound...yoga, heated pools, minutes from the beach...walk to grocery and banking... the perfect place to bike. If you come down I'd love to show you everything Five Towns has available. LOL I just saw that you wrote this six years ago..you might be living in Five Towns, e'Layne Koeningsberg artbyelayne@gmail.com ... more
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I am a student and I have an internship in Walpole, MA so I want to rent a studio or 1bd apartment near walpole for about three months. May 15 to August 15.
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I'm looking to get a construction loan to build a home somewhere in Rockingham county, VA. With land included, $450-$500k. What is the minimum credit score we will need? I'd…
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Kimb1955 asked:
Can you find out if the place is for sale or if the owner is willing to do a rent to own?
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Jeannie McCarthy answered:
HIDEOUT no doubt about it......you really can't even COMPARE the two!!!!!!!

The reason the Hideout has higher HOA fees is because it's a GOLD STAR COMMUNITY...I grew up there (my Dad retired from NY Sheriff's Dept at 55 y/o and I was only 12 so we moved up there and built a year-round home in the Hideout)...... I have to say I LOVED growing up there! I worked at the ski hill in the winter and the pools in the summer.

Now, as an adult, I was tragically widowed at 38 years old with four kids under 16 (at the time actually the twins were 14 and the girls were 7 & 9).........and I am in the process of buying a home in the Hideout b/c where I'm living now (because my late husband grew up here) is Long Beach NY (one of THE MOST expensive places to live in the entire COUNTRY) so obviously as a widow with four little ones to look out for ........I need to bring down my expenses and the easiest way is to cut out 16k a year in taxes and trade it for 4 k a year in taxes!!!!

Long story short- there really is no comparison!!!! I've been to parties at WLE as a teen and had friends that lived there so we'd hang out and EVERYONE always wanted to be at my house b/c there was so much more to do !!!!

The only amenities at WLE is an INDOOR pool (who wants that in the summer!?!) and a crummy overgrown bushes tennis court and I think they MAY have a lake but I'm not even sure. The hideout has a gorgeous 9-hole golf course with the "10th hole pub" that has food, drinks, indoor sports center (tennis, including lessons and leagues and INDOOR GYM! ) There are also outdoor tennis courts, handball courts, TWO heated outdoor pools, three lakes that have lifeguards, basketball courts, sewer and water service......the ONLY thing they don't have is garbage pick up :( You do have to drop your garbage yourself but I doubt WLE has ANYTHING to offer that the Hideout doesn't.

OH ! And the security at Hideout is WOOOOOOOORLDS apart!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Unreal the difference. I honestly, again, say you can't compare!

Best of luck- it's a great place to live and I can't wait to be there again; I'm praying it will be healing for the kids and I.....we'll never get "over" our loss but hopefully in a peaceful environment we can cope better etc......... All the best, Jeannie.
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Kathy Burgreen answered:
I'm a former realtor. I would not call getting a Section 8 voucher "I finally hit the big time." Sorry but a Section 8 voucher means living in the dumps, trailer parks, housing projects, crappy rental buildings, etc.

You need to learn that landlords, property managers & owners can accept Section 8 vouchers BUT they can LEGALLY discriminate against renters who cannot pay full market rents.
Example: let's say there is a 4 bedroom house for rent in northern Macomb County renting for $4,000. However, your voucher is for $3,000. The owner will require you to pay the difference of $1,000. every month to make up the difference between $4,000. minus your voucher $2,000. = $1,000. short. No landlord, property manager or owner will take a loss for $1,000. and allow you to rent the house for $3,000. instead of $4,000. Heck no! Landlords will reject you and wait until they get a tenant who can pay the full $4,000. with no voucher. Yes it's discrimination but it's legal because it has to do with finances - not race, gender, family status, religion, etc.

So your best method is to consider Port Huron and find a regular rental that is the same amount as your voucher. You will need to consider an apartment instead of a house because it's cheaper. If you don't like it, too bad. You're stuck until your income is high enough to pay the higher rents or buy something.

Although agents can help you find rentals, the issue is they refuse to work with people on vouchers because even though Section 8 does pay realtors, it's not enough money to make it worth their time. Agents can easily make more money buying and selling homes, so they don't need to work with vouchers.

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is it legal not to mention that until you approve the tenant to sign the lease ?
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