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In My Neighborhood in New York : Real Estate Advice

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Wed Aug 9, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
How many bedrooms? $1400. is for a studio apartment. The Bronx has cheaper rentals. You also need to get into the housing projects.
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Fri Jul 28, 2017
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Sun Jul 23, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
Yes it does and even worse, the neighbors will contact local authorities to file complaints - something you don't want. In upstate NY, I'm sure you need a permit or county approval to operate a business in a residential neighborhood. In downstate NY you do need it. Now on the positive side, outside of Albany (East Greenbush) is semi rural - rural so it's not the same as if you moved your equipment to Troy for example.
Bottom line - I wouldn't do it. Too risky.
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Thu Jun 22, 2017
Eladi71 answered:
try Basics Plus, they are really good:
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Fri May 26, 2017
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Wed May 24, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
As a former NYC realtor, I wouldn't worry about it. Your listing is with Linda from the Corcoran Group, so if it's in the REBNY system, all agents in NYC will see it. You need to know that NYC agents rely on REBNY and Street Easy - not Zillow or Trulia. If your listing was For Sale By Owner, then the mistake would be an issue, but since you are listed with a broker, it's not an issue at all. ... more
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Thu May 11, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
In theory, those apartments do expire and the waiting list is supposed to move up. However, reality is a totally different thing. As a former realtor, I worked with one of the executives of New York City Housing who was in charge for the various housing projects. She explained to me that for H.D.F.C., the original owners passed on their ownership rights to family members. Therefore, when individual owners die, move out, etc., they have family members who illegally move in and take over. Since the housing system is such a bureaucracy and a nightmare, owners find it too easy to just let family members inherit those apartments.

In the meantime, the waiting list grows longer and longer and never seems to move. And of course, the Housing authority never bothers to go after the illegal residents. As long as they receive the monthly rent / maintenance fees on time every month, New York City housing looks the other way.

Bottom line - this executive told me - if you are thinking of living there, you need to know someone on the inside who will give you their apartment when they die or move out. If you don't know anybody, forget it.
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Sun Apr 23, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
In NYC it's all about greed and profits. Builders are looking to save money using cheap labor, cheap materials and less outdoor space and sell it for a huge profit. The time to fight and complain was when the builder submitted building plans to the Borough of Richmond and/or City Hall in Manhattan. There had to be an open public meeting. Did you attend? Probably not. At this point, it's too late.

Going forward you need to keep up to date with open public meetings with the Borough of Richmond. Attend those meetings and the next builder / developer that wants to submit site plans for development - you will be there in person to voice your complaint. Once the builder's plans are approved, construction starts and it's too late for complaints.
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Thu Apr 6, 2017
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Mon Feb 27, 2017
Wayne Jones asked:
Would like to find a one bedroom in the areas of Crown Heights, Bedford Stuyvesant or East Flatbush. Rent cannot exceed $1600. Landlord must be willing to accept partial payment by program…
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Tue Feb 21, 2017
Charlene Howard answered:
There are grocery stores, banks, auto repair, restaurants, metro rail, bars, skating rink, park, art galleries, cleaners, medical corridor, boutique shops,convience marts,universities, and much more all located withing a few minutes car drive and much within short walking distances. ... more
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Sat Feb 18, 2017
Danileure asked:
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Fri Feb 17, 2017
Bbiolay asked:
Can anyone recommend some licensed apartment/ co-op appraisers that don't charge a fortune? I am in the Inwood area of Manhattan.

Thank you!
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Tue Jan 24, 2017
Damianmartin answered:
The best way to hire a good and reasonable locksmith is to check what locksmith services your neighbors, friends or relatives have been availing. Then you can check classified ads for local service providers for home security solutions. ... more
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