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Fri Mar 6, 2015
Aaron and Cheree Tiry answered:
Have you checked out the "rent" section at the top of Trulia? There may be something in there. Otherwise you could also check to see what they have for posted for rentals. ... more
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Thu Mar 5, 2015
Kathy Burgreen answered:
As a retired realtor familiar with Riverdale & New Jersey, my advice is to go ahead & search in New Jersey & Rockland County in NY. You will get a bit more sq. ft. for your money. Also Jersey prices are a bit cheaper. There is commuter transportation from New Jersey & Rockland County into NYC so you don't have to deal with GWB traffic.

Bear in mind that realtors are licensed by their state and few realtors are licensed in both NY and NJ.
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Sun Jan 4, 2015
Christine Gordon answered:
Hello Melissa,

How are you? I hope you're doing well.

I noticed you posted this inquiry in North Riverdale. I don't know if you've found what you're looking for yet but if not & you feel like venturing out of that area, please feel free to contact me. I have a 1bedroom available in Washington Heights for $1200 and they accept pets.

Hope this information is helpful to you. I wish you all the best :-)

Looking forward,

Christine Gordon
Licensed Real Estate Broker
Gorick Realty, Inc.
Cell: 917.881.2924
Fax: 347.328.9352
View listings at
"Home is where the heart is."
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Mon Sep 1, 2014
Dana LaForey answered:
Good Afternoon Barri,

Hope this message finds you well.

There are several factors that affect the price of any unit available for sale in Skyview or any complex. Contact me via phone or email to discuss what properties are selling for in the area.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Best Regards,
Dana T. LaForey
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
SRS, Seller Representative Specialist
Exit Realty Search
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Wed May 7, 2014
Val Damico answered:
your question is not clear
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Sun Mar 16, 2014
NEMO1947 answered:
Skyview was allowing section 8 for a long time and the parking there is horrendous. The property value is way out of whack possibly do to such high inflation and people want a Riverdale address for the status rather then quality of living

Some of these buildings were allowing a non licensed so called plumbers to replace the shower valves and they are very lax in asking to see a contractors license as we see trucks from all over the place including other states working in these buildings

As SkyView is getting older there is going to be major plumbing problems already being seen and there maybe an assessment coming to help pay for these much needed repairs, roofing pointing and main drains in the garage

The co op tries to get the stock holders to do plumbing repairs although the tenants are paying maintenance not rent. Do your homework before considering buying into this crowded money pit
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Thu Feb 27, 2014
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Wed Feb 5, 2014
Nirmala Caraballo answered:

Good morning there are coops near St. Barnabas Church. The link you have attached is for a 2 bedroom in North Riverdale. There are also two bedroom Coops on Riverdale Ave, Fieldston Road, Netherland Avenue and Arlington Avenue.

Please contact me to discuss Coop options for you.

Nirmala Caraballo
Tel.: 646-479-7873
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Tue Jan 7, 2014
Sylvan Tieger answered:
As a plumbing contractor located in Riverdale (10471) some of the studio apartments I serviced were just used as love nests or people who lived out of the area but hated the idea of living in Manhattan or buying a home in this area as many are very high priced ,

Consider it as a town house without the house and living in a big closet.

The prices some of these folks ask are in my opinion outrageous to live in an apartment building than the CO -OP owner is responsible for the piping even those in the wall CRAZY but true in some cases.

When thinking of buying a co op as the board interviews you you had better do research in their finance ask how old the building is as many are well over 40 years and the life dependency of the plumbing system is just about up

Also if the buildings need pointing or a new roof think about the assessment you may face

Does the building contain asbestos? Radon? How many stock holders are in arrears as unemployment is very high

Renting an apartment a private house is a consideration as many of the 2 or 3 family homes in Riverdale (10471) and Kings bridge (10463) have tenants for over 20 years

I rented out of of my apartments that has 9 rooms 9' -3" ceilings 2 full bathrooms, their own laundry room new kitchen appliances including dishwasher for under $1,600 a month and they can expect no increase in their rent as long as they want to live here

Many people rather have a great tenant and take a lot less money then the so called going rate .. Just shop around
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Tue Aug 27, 2013
Mark Weitzman answered:
HI. The MLS systems usually say "no", but that's only because there’s no convenient way for a Realtor to enter into that field “28-33% debt to income ratio”, and besides that takes some explaining. I notice you keep asking questions about Netherland Gardens. I replied earlier. You also inquired in the rental area about Neth Gdns. However, the coop doesn’t permit too many more rental subleases because the investor to resident-shareholder was getting too high and it jeopardized financing for potential buyers. I’ve worked this complex for several years and done quite a few deals here, and am very familiar with the rules and requirements of this place. But unless you call me to discuss, you’re not going to find out about it. I have a couple of nice sale listings there, including a top floor. Stop posting questions ad infinitum and pick up the horn and call me 646-281-8763 or email me. If you email me, make sure you leave your phone number so I can call you back.
Mark Weitzman
Associate Broker
Douglas Elliman Real Estate
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Tue Aug 27, 2013
Nirmala Caraballo answered:
Please repost with the address.
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Tue Aug 27, 2013
Nirmala Caraballo answered:

There are several top floor units in this area. Please repost your question with the property you are interested in.

Good luck.

Nirmala Caraballo
Licensed Real Estate Agent
Cruse Realty / Cruz Network of Realtors
Tel.: 646-479-7873
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Tue Aug 20, 2013
Rent today; Buy tomorrow. How to convert from Tenant to Homeowner.

When I rented my first apartment in Astoria, I did not want to be a Tenant my whole life and pay my Landlordâ€s mortgage. I longed to become a Homeowner.

That’s why I found my way into the mortgage business in 1989 and soon afterward became a Homeowner. Here are the fundamentals any Tenant should know to prepare to become a Homeowner in the future, no matter when that might be.

• Credit: Establish 3 credit accounts, no more than 5. Pay your bills on time. Keep your balances to no more than 50% of your credit limit. Don’t pay off the accounts in full. Keep balances active for 12-24 months. All of the above will provide both a good credit score and adequate credit history to qualify for a mortgage loan.

• Assets: A basic savings budget isn’t hard to do. Pay your rent first in your budget; then set aside 10% of your income before taxes . Make it a budget priority and you’ll still have money left over for entertainment and restaurants and clothing.

How much money do you need to buy a home? Many buyers spend no more than $25,000 to buy their first homes. There are loan programs with low down payment requirements and many real estate agents negotiate for their Buyers a “Seller’s concession” to include the Buyer’s closing costs (which are HIGH here in New York!) in the price of the home.

• Income: Two years consistent income is the basic requirement for either a salaried individual or a self-employed person. Income from Bonus, Commission, and Overtime is treated differently and is best discussed with your Mortgage Banker.

• Market Survey: it doesn’t hurt to go out and get to know neighborhoods where you might like to buy a home. Visit open houses on Saturdays and Sundays. It’s okay that you’re not yet buying; tell the Realtor at the Open House you’re just beginning your “survey.” You’ll also get to know market prices for different kinds of homes. It’s okay to “window shop” homes on the weekend at Open Houses!

I hope these fundamentals will help you better understand the path to homeownership is a process that, with preparation and dedication, you can move through easily. And if you’re interested in getting Prequalified today to create an Action Plan for your future of Homeownership, call me anytime!

Trevor Curran
NMLS #40140

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Sun Jul 21, 2013
Good morning Brandon,

If you're working with an experienced, local, rental agent, you may find more options available to you. 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 sit at a table in a restaurant to read the menu without actually buying food at some point. It’s the same concept: 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. Prepare yourself with three fundamentals: amenities, location, and price.

Know your requirements for the apartment you wish to rent in terms of amenities (one bedroom versus three bedrooms; elevator building or private house), 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 a 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 an AGENT” 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

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Fri May 17, 2013
Martina Ryan answered:
It depends on the landlord. Some will allow it, some won't. If you think it is the right apartment for you then you should see if there are any restrictions.
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Sat Apr 13, 2013
Mildred Valentin answered:

Our Office has an extensive rental department with a wide range of apartment rentals all over the Bronx. Please feel free to contact our office at 347-202-4965. We have rental specialists working around the clock. Plus, our office is open 7 days a week with flexible hours. Call us today to end your SEARCH!!

Best of Luck!

Millie Valentin

Exit Realty Search
3928 E. Tremont Avenue
Bronx, NY 10465
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Mon Jan 21, 2013
Joseph Cosentino answered:
Good morning Efrain
This building is very close to Van Courtland Park that has a full 18 hole gold course, swimming pool, track and many other outdoor activities.

The closet gym is about 10 miles N from the apartment.

This is our listing so please call the office to schedule an appointment today.

Thank you,

Joseph Cosentino
Morris Park Realty
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Thu Sep 20, 2012
Mark Weitzman answered:
HI Wanda.
Yes, the #3 Express bus operated by the MTA line stops very close by. If you look at the map on the listing page, just follow Mosholu Ave along to your right a few short blocks till you get to the thick grey line. That is Broadway. The bus stops right on the corner. The Liberty Lines went out of business at least 5 years ago (!) but the MTA took over the route. As far as other ways of getting into the city, the local bus stops at the same corner, and within 5 minutes you are at the #1 westside subway line. The Bee Line bus stop there too but you can only take it north into Westchester there (across the street).
There is also a fabulous section of Van Cortlandt Park immediately to your west. That section has the playing fields, the stables, and the entrances to the great hiking and cross country running trails.

To answer your other questions, the maint fee is $1050/mo (estimnated as 40% taxe ded), and a parking space is $105/mo. I am not clear if there is a waiting list for the parking but there might be.

If you like ths Riverdale, please give me a call and I can arrange to show this and other nice 2BR listings under $200k to you.

Good luck in your search!


Mark Weitzman
Associate Broker
Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate
c: 646-281-8763 / o: 212-769-6543
eFax: 917-265-4957 /
Knowledge, Integrity, & Outstanding Service
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Tue Sep 11, 2012
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Sat Apr 28, 2012
Limpia answered:
My husband is a realtor there, and that sounds way too high.
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