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Sat Jun 3, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
Try or Trulia, Zillow and other real estate websites are for permanent residential listings only. They do not accept short term listings. If you have the money, why don't you rent a home along the North Shore or South Shore in Suffolk County (Long Island)? ... more
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Mon Feb 6, 2017
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Thu Jan 12, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
Down payment assistance has income limits and if you already own property, that may be another restriction. Down payment assistance is designed for first time buyers.
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Wed Aug 31, 2016
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Sat Jul 25, 2015
Kathy Burgreen answered:
Are you aware of the consequences with rent to own? Rent to own means the landlord/owner will require the regular rent + a monthly premium which is set aside in an escrow account. The escrow account is your savings which will be used for the down payment in 2 years when you purchase the home.
Now the drawbacks - if you don't qualify for a mortgage in 2 yrs. or you don't love the house anymore, or you have a job transfer, unemployment, medical, etc. - guess what - you lose all the extra money that was set aside in the escrow account. The escrow account belongs to the owner/landlord - not you.
You will be much happier & have a safer path if you spend the next 1 - 2 years cutting expenses, saving money & cleaning up your credit. Then apply on your own for a mortgage instead of rent to own.
Finally, it's OK to rent until you qualify to buy your own home.
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Tue Mar 24, 2015
lewisremington19 answered:
I think that speaking with a realtor about it would be the best bet. Find one who specializes in your specific area and get them to help you find the best places to list it. This way you will have the best possibility for getting a tenant for your apartment.
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Wed Jan 28, 2015
Amanda Davis answered:
Applying for a Zero-Down Mortgage as Low Income Applicant, you should meet with a FHA Loan Officer and determine whether or not you qualify for a special Zero Money Down Loan in your state. Or you can speak to any Real Estate agent and they will help you through the process. Good Luck!

Massada Home Sales
389 Norstrand Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11216
Phone: 718.658.7200
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Wed Jan 28, 2015
Barbara Freedman answered:
My daughter and I used Noah's Ark Moving company a few yrs ago. Very cheap and honest movers.
And they provide free moving quote for you.
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Mon Oct 14, 2013
Shelly Lawes answered:
Good morning,

I have apartments in Flatbush and East Flatbush, that I can show you which are suited to your needs.

Please feel free to contact me.

Shelly Lawes
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Sun Oct 6, 2013
Christopher Holmes answered:
I had a 1 bedroom apartment in the Bath Beach area, completely renovated and it was rented for 1000.
There are apts. out there for the price, just have to look.
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Mon Aug 19, 2013
Martina Ryan answered:
It depends on whether the apartments are high end or not and probably how they are marketed. There are a lot of factors to take into consideration, so it is not easy to give a ballpark number without more information. If you would like to email me privately with more information, I will give you a $ range. ... more
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Thu Jul 18, 2013
Good afternoon Tamika,

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 get to stand in line at the fast food restaurant just to stare at the menu without actually buying some food at one point. It’s the same idea: 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. That means: know your requirements for the apartment you wish to rent in terms of location, amenities (one bedroom versus three bedrooms; elevator building or private house), and 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 at 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 a PRO” 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, no 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 up on 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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Sun Jul 7, 2013
Shaunelle asked:
My landlord is asking me to leave because of "much needed renovation" by the end of next week. Are there any brokers that are willing to accept a one shot deal?
I have references…
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Thu May 2, 2013
Jasmine Vessel asked:
Im really in need of an studio apartment can someone please get back to me as soon as possible
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Wed May 1, 2013
Customer Service answered:

Thank you for contacting Trulia. We’re excited you’re using Trulia for your home search process. We are a real estate search engine so we don't represent the homes found on our site. If you are interested in a listing, click on the "Contact the agent" button to get in touch with a real estate professional in your area.

If you have any other questions please ask!

Kind Regards,
Trulia Customer Support
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Tue Apr 2, 2013
Alison Hillman answered:
Hi there-
Take a look at some of the options available on Trulia:

Ali, Community manager
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Sat Mar 26, 2011
Joseph Runfola answered:
It is situated in such a way that folks refer to it as both areas, but I would call it Brownsville. I think it is attractive to renters because of it close proximity to the subway lines, the cultural institutions on Eastern Pkwy, Lincoln Terrace Park, PS 156, and its affordability. ... more
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Fri Oct 29, 2010
Anna M Brocco answered:
You can begin by contacting your local PHA office--Public Housing Authority--regarding their procedures, any paperwork needed, any other information needed, etc.- a knowledgeable case worker can help you get started---see links for additional information.
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