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Sun May 28, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
New York City contractors MUST be licensed and insured. They are VERY expensive so you need to get estimates from several of them. If you hire unlicensed and uninsured contractors, New York City will not pursue a case if they do any damage or cause any injury.

It's the law!
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Fri Dec 30, 2016
Channawickremaratne asked:
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Mon Aug 1, 2016
Angelica P answered:

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Tue Jul 26, 2016
Amarquez asked:
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Thu Mar 24, 2016
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Wed Mar 16, 2016
Karen Hadley answered:
there is a report of pre forclosure those who have been reported late to the credit agency but legal action hasn't been started yet.
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Sat Aug 15, 2015
Kathy Burgreen answered:
Sorry for your 3 yr. ordeal and as a retired realtor, I know its difficult. Unfortunately, when it comes to Secxtion 8, HRA rental assistance or any other government assisted program, landlords need to meet requirements for these programs and because of the hassles + any expenses the landlords need to pay means most landlords don't want to bother with it. Its much easier for landlords to have regular renters pay the full rent than to go thru any hassles with government programs. To make matters worse, these government programs only pay about 75% of the regular rent & they tell landlords that they have to accept that rent and cannot charge people like you for the extra 25%. So this means landlords will lose 25% rent every month & of course this is unfair to the landlords.

Your best bet is to get on a waiting list for city owned housing or go to the Housing Authority and ask them what landlords are doing HRA acceptance.

This is why its so important if you have a job, to save 10% of your paycheck every week & put it into a savings account or retirement account. If it means cutting expenses on other stuff, its worth it. If you had savings, you wouldn't be in this situation.
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Fri Apr 24, 2015
Simon Watson answered:
One way for sale by owners to show up on the Trulia listings is to
post it on a web site called FIZBER.COM, it will show up on Truila within 24-48 hours

Simon Watson
Keller Williams Realty-East Bay
VA Buyer Experts
(925) 286-7112
(510) 859-4773
BRE 01881304
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Mon Mar 10, 2014
Sally Grenier answered:
Ruth -- FSBO stands for "For Sale By Owner". It sounds as if you're trying to sell the home yourself, with only an attorney, and no Realtor. Is that correct?? That's usually where the problem lies. Too bad you didn't have an agent working for you to make sure the lender could close a loan on time. (and who would have encouraged backup offers and NOT taken it off the market!)

There are any number of reasons why they haven't been given a "clear to close". Impossible for anyone here to tell you what's going on. Your attorney should be in touch with the lender to get details on why it's taking so long.
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Wed Jan 22, 2014
Dssquare85 answered:
I have lived next to Willowbrook Park for two years and have never had an issue. The "high crime" areas are about a 10 minute drive so there is nothing to worry about. I have walked home from the express bus at late hours with no issues. ... more
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Tue Sep 3, 2013
Rosemarie Rivicci answered:
I have some apartments for rent in many different areas of Staten Island for different prices.
Please give me a call @917-846-5795
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Fri Jul 26, 2013
Bella Grossman answered:
It all depends what is in your understanding --good neighborhood, are you looking for good schools, transportation, shopping or so forth.. According to your criterias go on line and google your preferences, we as Realtors can't define this for you. It is a very good idea to hire a Realtor, when he knows what your preferences are it will be much easier to identify a right area for you.
If you have any specific questions, feel free to give me a call at (917)804-6638

Thank you,

Bella Grossman

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Fri Jul 26, 2013
Jill Subes answered:
It is usually more difficult to get a mortgage in this. instance. Also go through the building and see how you feel about the people living there. Remember these are renters and there might be a big turnover of tenants ... more
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Tue Jul 23, 2013
Trevor Curran answered:
Good evening Marie,

I’m no real estate agent, just a humble Mortgage Banker, but I can give you some guidance on your search for the right rental apartment.

In my experience in the real estate trade, I’ve discovered that the consumer is best served by adopting some simple strategies, whether you’re buying a home, selling one, or renting an apartment.

First: remember that real estate agents work on commission. The better quality agents---and those with the most experience---will be testing you from the initial contact to determine if you’re serious and will commit to using their services. Why? Because real estate is like any other business; you don’t sit at a table in a restaurant to read the menu without actually buying food at some point. It’s the same concept: the experienced real estate professional has to earn a living by renting
apartments to serious and qualified prospective renters.

Therefore, the smart consumer should be well-prepared and committed to respecting the real estate professional’s time. Prepare yourself with three fundamentals: amenities, location, and price.

Know your requirements for the apartment you wish to rent in terms of amenities (one bedroom versus three bedrooms; elevator building or private house), location (proximity to public transportation or need for parking), and price. If you present yourself as well-prepared you’ll have a better chance of working with an experienced agent who will work hard to find you the right apartment.

Second, start with the internet---especially stay “local.” Don’t think a real estate agent in Brooklyn can find you an apartment in Queens, or vice versa. Here on you can easily find a local professional by clicking on “FIND an AGENT” at the top of this page. There you can hone in on a seasoned professional in exactly the area where you wish to rent your apartment.

TRULIA provides exceptional tools to help you as a consumer understand the quality of the professional you’re working with. Read the agent’s profile; check out the recommendations from previous clients; get to know the level of experience of the agent and the areas that agent covers.

Third, real estate agents are prevented by Federal regulations from answering certain types of questions. They cannot discuss schools or school districts, crime statistics, and a variety of other issues prohibited by Fair Housing regulations. If your agent is vague when you ask certain types of questions, now you know why.

Finally, demonstrate your level of seriousness to your real estate agent. Show up on time for your appointments to view apartments. If you’re required to submit documents for the Landlord to review with your rental application, get them into your agent’s hands pronto. Not only does this help you potentially get one step ahead of a competing renter, but you’ll be viewed by the Landlord as a responsible renter. Landlords prefer responsible renters, don’t they?

I hope that helps you improve the results of your search for an apartment, and helps you with a better quality experience.

Trevor Curran
NMLS #40140
Mobile: 516-582-9181
Office: 516-829-2900
Fax: 516-829-2944
PowerHouse Solutions, Inc.
1010 Northern Blvd. Suite 234
Great Neck NY 11021
Licensed Mortgage Banker – NYS Dept. of Financial Services

*If you thought my answer was helpful, please give me a “Thumbs Up” or “Best Answer.” Thanks!
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Fri Jun 14, 2013
Thomas Casella answered:
Many answers listed here and with good advice. The most important aspect of whether or not you choose a particular real estate firm is what services is this agency going to provide for you and how will they market your home. There are many agencies to choose from and we all provide basically the same service and how high or low of a commission charged is not necessarily an indication of how well this agency will perform. You should contact several different agencies to discuss with them what services they will provide and at what commission rate. When you list your home with a broker, not only is the overall commission negotiable, but how the commission is split with cooperating brokers is also determined when a listing agreement is prepared. Be sure you feel comfortable with the agent and agency you choose. They are working for you and you should expect them to adequately represent your best interests to ensure that your home is listed at an appropriate price and effectively marketed. Good luck. ... more
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Tue Jun 4, 2013
Joseph Runfola answered:
The #1 reason a home doesn't sell is price.Take a look at your listing price. Are similar homes priced lower? Selling prices may have changed since your first comparative market analysis. Chances are good that you've overpriced it. If you do lower your asking price, consider a figure slightly below those of other comparable homes if you are interested in a quick sale. Condition may be the problem. Is the house clean? Are there pet odors? stains? Are the appliances clean? Is the bathroom spotless? Is the home cluttered? How about the kitchen? Any signs of water damage can be a huge turn-off to potential buyers. Can you see a water spot on the ceiling? The leak might have been fixed 15 years ago, but if the evidence is still there, buyers will assume there's still a problem. Have you hired a full time sales agent? A good agent will help you set a fair and competitive selling price for your home that will increase your odds of a quick sale. ... more
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Sun Jun 2, 2013
Cathy A. Greco answered:
Please contact me when your listing expires and I will discuss every detail with you regarding the sale of your home.
There are apparent issues that need to be addressed.
Cathy Greco

Licensed Associate Broker
Defalco Realty
718 605-9300
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