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Tue Jun 2, 2015
Kathy Burgreen answered:
I'm a retired real estate broker. Unfortunately, few agents if any specialize in housing programs. Our experience is it's difficult to collect our commission despite what they tell you and the process takes much longer because not all landlords accept programs.

Your best method is contact houses of worship, non profit organizations and the NYC Dept. of Housing. Also anybody you know personally who provided the program to you.
Please understand that real estate agents are independent contractors and work on commission. We choose our clients after vetting them and we decide who to work with. If the financial incentive is not there, we choose clients based on how much commission we can earn.
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Tue Jul 16, 2013
Trevor Curran answered:
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 TRULIA.com---but stay “local.” Don’t think at real estate agent in Brooklyn can find you an apartment in Queens, or vice versa. Here on TRULIA.com 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, 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
NMLS#3528

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Tue Apr 30, 2013
Neiecy Jackson asked:
my family and I are responsible, respectful, and likes to have fun individuals..My children are ages 9- 1years . I am seeking a whole house rental. 3 spacious bedroom. 1.5 bathroom ..EIK…
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Thu Jul 5, 2012
Joni Van Stavern answered:
Ms, Jackson,

I have helped many people with Section 8 housing and would be happy to help you.

If you would like to look into this further please do not hesitate to contact me.


Warmest regard,
Joni Van Stavern
917-202-7476
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Thu Jul 5, 2012
Joni Van Stavern answered:
Ms, Jackson,

I have helped many people with Section 8 housing and would be happy to help you.

If you would like to look into this further please do not hesitate to contact me.


Warmest regard,
Joni Van Stavern
917-202-7476
http://a251882.listingbook.com/ -
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Thu Feb 9, 2012
Martha Vazquez answered:
Give us a call we are here to help ; We currently have some promotions in our office going on! 212-863-9608 ex. 102 or 114.
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Sat Oct 1, 2011
Anna M Brocco answered:
Depends on your address and your level of comfort, therefore check with local insurance companies, also see link...
http://www.fema.gov/hazard/map/flood.shtm
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Wed Feb 16, 2011
Nirmala Caraballo answered:
Dear Holly,

It is a bit difficult to find an apartment to rent for a 1 month period. I have seen ads in newspapers and on craiglist that rent week to week (please proceed with caution, if you decide to go this route). It is not impossible but your best option maybe to look at motels or hotels and negotiate a rate if since you will need to stay for the month.

Good luck.
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Tue Jun 1, 2010
Anna M Brocco answered:
As you already know short sales are by no means fast sales and very little can be done to speed things up--what is your agent and or attorney suggesting at this point--as for BOA accepting you offer, it's anybody's guess as there is a fairly large gap between your offer and their counter offer, even though the property only appraised for $210,000. Your agent and attorney can best advise you as it relates to your situation. ... more
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Fri Nov 13, 2009
ATS Enviro answered:
You are correct in being concerned about the heating oil tank. The advice here to obtain a copy of the tank removal companies report is correct. The only problem is New York State is very lacked when it comes to removal or close in place underground tanks. Unlike the surrounding States NYS will accept analysis on site of the soil if no visible contamination is observed. If the tank has been left in place cut open and filled with sand an analysis using a hand held instrument is not adequate. The reason is when a tank is cut open and you look inside the tank you cannot see any pin holes because the hole is against the soil and no light can shine through. One small pin hole can leak hundreds of gallons of fuel into the soil. What you should do if the records do not contain a laboratory report have a company like ATS come to extract soil at a depth of the bottom of the tank and have the soil analyzed by a certified laboratory. Hand held instruments such as a PID meter can only give gross results. Failure to do so could cost many thousands of dollars to clean-up after. ... more
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Fri Jun 26, 2009
Arlynn B. Palmer answered:
Hi Alex,

I have sent that list to you and you will continue to receive a daily email of all foreclosures and price changes on existing foreclosures in those areas -

Regards,
Arlynn

Arlynn B. Palmer, ESQ, SRES, CBR, CMS, CNS
Licensed Associate Broker, REALTOR
Coldwell Banker Claire Sobel
(516)410-3594
Arlynn@ArlynnPalmer.com
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Mon Jun 22, 2009
Fajardo Delacruz answered:
I have some in your requested area. If you have additional
questions, please direct them
to me or need an agent feel free to call.
My Direct # 347-813-1290.
Here is my website http://fajardodelacruz.realtors.officelive.com
or my e-mail delacruz.fajardo3@gmail.com
Hope to hear from you soon.
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Thu Feb 12, 2009
Joan Small, joan.small@elliman.com answered:
Yes,I am Joan Small I'm at Pugatch Realty on Doughty Blvd. We do this all the time call me on my cell 516 455-8391
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Mon Nov 10, 2008
Whitney asked:
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This question is about this property: http://www.trulia.com/property/1071063952-1413-Henshaw-Rd-Inwood-WV-25428
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Sun Nov 9, 2008
Whitney asked:
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This question is about this property: http://www.trulia.com/property/1071260234-97-Taft-Dr-Inwood-WV-25428
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Mon Mar 10, 2008
Francesca Gillam answered:
Well, the Real Estate market is at a good point for homebuyers right now. Usually homes do appreciate in value over the long term. Prices might continue to come down in the next months to come, but we don't know for sure. In my opinion, this is a great time to buy since homes have come down so much in the last 6 months. I hope my answer was of help to you. ... more
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