Looking for a NYC apt in the range of $1.2 - $1.7

Asked by Jenny Wong, New York, NY Fri Jul 27, 2007

What are the best schools in District 2 of NYC.
What types are loan works best for first time home buyers.
Which investment is better coop vs condo in terms of investment, sq ftg, and location.

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Dom Pascual, , New York County, NY
Tue May 22, 2012
Coops tend not to be as good as condos. Coop come with restrictions but lower prices. Condos generally tend to be without as many restrictions but there are always exceptions to the rules such as Condops. Higher downpayment will get you the best loans if you can afford it.

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Jodi Strober-…, , Bucks County PA, Montgomery County PA
Mon Sep 10, 2007
Great website to check out for Manhattan Schools - http://maps.nycboe.net/index.asp?street=52%20Chambers%20Stre…

This is from About.com -
Tribeca Schools:
P.S. 234, 292 Greenwich St: One of Manhattan's best public elementary schools.
P.S. 150 Tribeca Learning Center, 334 Greenwich St.: Small class sizes and a homemade lunch.
H.S. 475 Stuyvesant High School, 345 Chambers St.: Manhattan's most competitive high school.
Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers St.: Offering associate degrees in more than 20 fields.
New York Academy of Art, 111 Franklin St.: Established in 1982 by a group of artists and patrons, including Andy Warhol.

It sounds like you need a Buyer's Agent to represent you - try Loft Industrie. I refer many buyers to them.
Loftindustrie.com - they are on Varick.
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Aileen-Manha…, , New York, NY
Sat Jul 28, 2007
It's good that you want to be as informed as possible when buying your first home. To determine what the best schools are in District 2, you should speak to parents in that district, I think. I would feel uncomfortable answering that question as issues of "steering" may come up.

I would be happy to work with you or to provide you a referral to a reputable loan officer in Manhattan. Feel free to contact me at your earliest convenience.
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Angela Nelson, Agent, Tarrytown, NY
Sun May 13, 2012
you can email me at Angelan@nestseekers.com and we can help with all your questions.
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First Last, , 90002
Sat Sep 4, 2010
Both co-operative apartments and condominiums can make great investments.

Fewer people can qualify to purchase in co-ops, so in general their prices are lower, and they take longer to re-sell -- also because there is a board package to prepare and a co-op board review process that slows down the sale. Co-ops can and do require significant disclosure of one's financial assets, as well as reference letters, and they often require enough cash in the bank after closing to cover 1 to 2 years of maintenance fees.

Condos do not require any of this, usually. Their prices are higher per square foot. Often you have more responsibility as a homeowner because your heating system (furnace, boiler, combo heat/AC unit) is in your apartment and is yours to fix if it breaks; many co-ops include heating costs in their maintenance fees.

Many, if not most, pre-war construction buildings are co-ops. So if you love old buildings and period details, and decide to move to the Upper West Side or the Upper East Side of Manhattan, odds are you will need to buy a co-op to get that architecture. New buildings almost always opt to follow the condo organization. In Tribeca there are a number of new buildings with lovely apartments with all the latest amenities.

As for loans, I ask all my buyer-clients to obtain a pre-approval letter from a lender. Please visit my blog for details:


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Jolie Muss, , Upper West Side, New York, NY
Wed Sep 26, 2007
Hi Jenny!
Real estate pros in NY are not allowed to answer questions about schools..strange as that may seem..
There was an article about this in The NY Times recently:"Questions Your Broker Can't Answer"
The best loan iin general is the one with the lowest interest that pays off your principal the quickest.
(There are resources for first time buyers that other pros have posted on Trulia)
A condo is easier to sell and rent because of the rental restrictions on co-ops and the coop board approval..
There are many more co-ops and you do get more bang for your buck in a co-op, but on the other hand you can lose the money for the co-op board application and other expenses (like for lawyer and appraisal fees) if you get rejected by the co-op board, which often demand: multiple reference letters, complete financial disclosure, credit & background checks, a large net worth and more...
What size place were you looking for?
I'm posting a link to the NY Times Article below
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Mario Pinedo,…, Agent, Cupertino, CA
Fri Jul 27, 2007
I have a great agent for you to work with in the Corcoran group. She is working with two other families looking in that same district. Send me an email through my Blog and I can set you up.
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