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Home Buying in Astoria : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Jan 6, 2017
Diana Hu asked:
Hi Trulia community:

How often do tax reassessments occur in Queens County, New York? I'm currently trying to buy a two-family home in Astoria and I'm worried my taxes will…
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Mon Dec 5, 2016
kwxj61b asked:
Before, I can use the map to move around to search for property. Now, I have enter a place to see available property. You need to bring back that map search back.
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Tue Jul 26, 2016
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Sat Feb 13, 2016
Jimmy Jung answered:
We had hardly any down payment when we purchased our home. We went through Home Loans For All. We recommend them to everyone we know. They were extremely helpful.

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Mon Dec 14, 2015
Kathy Burgreen answered:
Unfortunately, that information can only come from current residents in the building. As you know board members are voted in every year and realtors won't know who is on the board or not. They may be familiar with property management companies but that's it. You need to talk to as many residents as you can in different buildings and ask them how their building is being maintained. Also ask them how long they have lived there. The longer the better.

Realtors replying on this forum won't be able to help you.
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Thu Nov 5, 2015
Mickey bennett asked:
I see most of it on trulia and I didn't on other re sites
Why do you support this waste of time bs?
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Mon Jan 26, 2015
Anna M Brocco answered:
If you are a for sale by owner the post is not allowed; if and when you do list with a broker, ask your agent to post the listing, or consider any flat fee realty company that feeds into the site.... ... more
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Fri Dec 26, 2014
USMortgageRanger answered:
Hi Monica,

Thanks for your post & congratulations on your decisions to purchase a home. I would suggest you get APPROVED not just pre-qualified. Let me explain the difference. When you start shopping for a home, most Agents and Builders want you to get pre-qualified, before they spend any time with you. However, being pre-qualified doesn’t mean you are ready to buy. In this market, property is moving faster than ever. So if you are ready to buy, you should get APPROVED by a competent Lender. Approval is similar to having cash in your pocket and this tells the seller you are truly ready to buy. In fact many listing Agents and Builder won’t even look at your offer unless its attached to a real pre-approval with FHA, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, VA or USDA Approval.

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Mon Nov 3, 2014
Costa Vryonides answered:
Not in the recent co-op I have sold. They have been gut renovated. Acropolis Gardens have been cleaned up and are well managed now.
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Thu Sep 4, 2014
Ted Krismann asked:
Initial listing used 3 photos as place holder - replaced with 30 photos.
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Sun Jun 22, 2014
Martina Ryan answered:
Yes but do a local search to see the crime rate.
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Fri Dec 20, 2013
Peter Mouzakitis answered:
'Rent-to-Own' in Astoria is difficult to find. However I have seen this happening in certain occasions at the Barclay Garden Condominiums in East Elmhurst (which neighbors Astoria). In certain cases tenants move in as renters and after a year or two they end up asking the owner if he/she are selling their property and end up agreeing on a sale transaction. ... more
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Thu Jul 25, 2013
Nick Sakalis answered:
Have you found what you are looking for? If not, contact me, I would like to help you.
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Thu Jul 25, 2013
Nick Sakalis answered:
In my personal opinion, Astoria has much more to grow. It may slow down for a period but in the long run there is still a high upside. It may not be Manhattan and most likely will never be on the same level in terms of values, however it will continue to piggyback the values in the city, therefore it will continue to grow. ... more
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Fri Mar 29, 2013
Cristyle Egitto answered:
Are you the Buyer or the Seller?

If you are the Buyer, I would consider requesting a purchase price reduction. If you are still within your due diligence period you may be able to walk away. If you think the appraisal is off, maybe talk to your agent/lender about what options you have. If that number is correct, you may have to bring more money to the closing table. I would also look to see why the SF amount was so off.

If you are the Seller, maybe see if there is a way to contest the appraisal amount. If you think the SF is wrong, maybe measure to show the SF your agent advertised.

That's a hard situation. I just went through the same with a buyer. Everyone agreed the unit was about 850SF but the appraiser who knocked it down about 100SF. It wasn't enough to cause a huge price difference for the loan so we just went with it, but it was definitely a shock when we got the report.

Good luck!!
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Sun Jan 20, 2013
Martina Ryan answered:
It is difficult to tell what type of work the house needs. Basically you are looking at some electrical & plumbing so you should get an estimate from a contractor. The Department of Buildings will be able to give you a price on the permits needed and the contractor should be able to give you a breakdown on the labor & raw material. ... more
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Tue Sep 18, 2012
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Hi froogol im jorge santiago from century homes realty it would be my pleasure to help you out 99 percent of my buissnes is done in astoria feel free to call me or check my website www.astorianyhomes.com ... more
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