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Rental Basics in Queens County : Real Estate Advice

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Wed Oct 11, 2017
tommy answered:
one big bedroom two small bedroom how many adult can live in there
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Mon Sep 4, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
Your questions come with the job. When I was working as a real estate agent near you, I found it's critical in the NYC area to vet tenants and buyers better than elsewhere in the U.S. Example: if you're dealing with renters, ask them if you show them apartments that meet their criteria, they will need to sign a lease contract that day or immediately after getting accepted by the landlord. Then tell them that if they are not prepared to sign a lease contract immediately, you refuse to work with them.

Another issue is you need to fully explain what types of apartments are available BEFORE showing any to your clients. Don't be so easy to please. What I did was find out what criteria my clients had, then explain that what they wanted is not available in their price range and they needed to sacrifice or change their expectations.

I know Queens very well as I grew up there and have family there. The issue with being an agent in NYC is renters, buyers and sellers know there are a million agents available and people have no issue with signing multiple exclusive agreements with multiple brokers because they know that brokers don't have the time to check up on their clients to see if they rented or bought something with a different agent. By the way, this happens in the suburbs too - Long Island and Westchester. So I get it that for every tenant or buyer that you refuse to work with, you never know if the ones that you do work with will suddenly drop you for a different agent and you will never know about it until it's too late. And yes, I know that they all lie to their agents. It happened to me too.

Finally, you need to realize that tenants and buyers looking in Middle Village are NOT just looking in your area. They look all over Queens. Even though the restrictions are the same throughout NYC, people do look at neighborhoods and subway stops, etc. Middle Village is not the best. There are plenty of better neighborhoods than Middle Village in Queens. Sorry to say.
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Sun Aug 6, 2017
james turano asked:
I have been posting this question for over 5 years now.
If the average ad generates 1 dozen calls in a week and 32 e-mails, who do you think rents the apartment first. Right! the person…
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Wed Jul 12, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
I'm a life long New York City area resident and a retired real estate agent. So allow me to educate you on the best way to live here. I hate to tell you but the process you are using is wrong for a number of reasons. My advice as follows:

1. New York City has excellent public transportation (subways and buses) that run 24 hrs. 7 days /week + holidays. All New York City residents use public transportation every day because it's cheap, fast and convenient. You can own a car but parking is very expensive, very restricted, the roads are not great, traffic is a nightmare and drivers are crazy. Basically, you will pay 10x more for a car in the city than you will using public transportation.

2. The suburbs outside of New York City also have excellent public transportation (buses and railroads) which run from 5:00 AM - midnight or 1:00 AM. + holidays. Most residents use buses and railroads to commute to work or school because it's fast, cheap and convenient. If you drive, traffic is a nightmare during the rush hours (7 - 9:00 AM + 5 - 7:00 PM), drivers are crazy, it's very expensive to drive to work, parking is restricted, etc.

The HUGE difference is if you live within New York City, everything is within walking distance so you do not need a car. However, if you live in the suburbs, nothing is within walking distance so a car is necessary to go food shopping, doctor appointments, restaurants, parks, etc. Typically, most rental buildings in the suburbs are located in the business section so you can walk to most things - but not everything.

3. Cost of living - I don't know anything about life in Sweden, but the cost of living in the New York City area is VERY EXPENSIVE. Expect to pay a lot for food, public transportation, electric, internet, cell phone, gas for your car, etc.

4. Housing costs - Your budget of $1500. - 2,000./month for a 1 bedroom rental apartment in Queens is very low - especially for Bayside. A 1 bedroom in that area rents for $2 - 3,000./month. Rents are very high in Bayside and similar neighborhoods because the area is very desirable (great place to live) and landlords can easily get a tenant in 5 minutes so they can charge a lot of money. You need to understand that many neighborhoods in New York City (including Queens) are not good because of crime, low income residents who are on government vouchers, etc. This leaves the few good neighborhoods where everybody wants to live, so landlords can increase rents to a high amount. Bayside / Bell Boulevard is one of these few good areas to live. If you see a very cheap rental in a good neighborhood like Bayside, I can guarantee something is wrong with it - either it's not a rental (could be for sale), the apartment building has major things wrong with it, the price is wrong, it's a scam or something else.

5. A great solution for both of you (since the wife will work in Manhattan and you will attend Stony Brook) is to live in of these towns in Nassau County (suburb outside of New York City). Start researching the following: New Hyde Park, Mineola, Garden City, Roslyn, Glen Cove, Hicksville, Franklin Square, Rockville Centre and Uniondale. All of these towns are safe, a short ride on the Long Island Railroad for your wife to get to work, desirable to live in and AFFORDABLE (much cheaper than New York City rentals), You can find a 1 or 2 bedroom rental in any of these towns for $2,000. or less.
As for driving to Stony Brook - remember you will be driving in the opposite direction that most residents are going. Everybody (including your wife) is going to Manhattan. You are not. Therefore, traffic to Stony Brook is easy (no traffic to deal with and no crazy drivers either). You can even take buses to Stony Brook - depends where you live).

6. Make sure you get a permit for Stony Brook. You cannot park on campus without a permit or sticker. Even though Stony Brook is not directly on the water, there are some nice beaches nearby - take advantage of it. The area is gorgeous. During the months of Sept., Oct., May and June - do NOT tell your wife you were at the beach while she was working in Manhattan. Trust me, she will be jealous. Just don't come home with a sunburn.

7. Landlords in the New York City area will need to verify proof of income and U.S. credit. The credit may be an issue for you. Rentals in New York City go very quickly. In the suburbs, most people do not rent.
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Fri Jun 9, 2017
james turano asked:
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Fri May 19, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
Your clients need to take the subway to the Bronx. In Queens, landlords will accept vouchers in Jamaica, Hollis, Saint Albans and Queens Village. In Brooklyn, try Bed-Stuy, Brownsville, Bensonhurst and East New York. In the Bronx, anywhere in the South Bronx (south of Fordham Rd.)

None of the above neighborhoods are good BUT you need to explain that landlords can legally discriminate against vouchers based on finances. If landlords can easily rent to people who can afford high rents, then they don't have to take a loss because the vouchers pay much less than the regular rents. If your clients had extra money to pay every month in addition to the vouchers, then any landlord would be happy to accept them. However, most voucher holders don't have $500. - $1,000. extra every month to pay landlords in addition to the vouchers.
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Fri Feb 24, 2017
Adriyanamsg15 asked:
Hiring human resource is an essential aspect of corporate functioning. Placement consultants have a crucial role in providing the human resource for the organizations. These consultants…
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Thu Feb 2, 2017
Christine.woods32 answered:
The pet deposit is usually in the amount of $200 - 300. However, I know that some tenants manage to negotiate this deposit and pay less than $200.
More often landlords are agree to get less money for deposit when you prove that you're responsible pet owner, and your furry friend won't cause damage to property. ... more
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Wed Aug 31, 2016
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Fri Jul 29, 2016
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Fri Jul 8, 2016
Maricris A answered:

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Thu Jun 23, 2016
Ayesha Brown asked:
2 bedroom 1 bath apartment on 2nd floor of owner occupied 2 family home. separate off street parking available.
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Mon Oct 12, 2015
Taycollins42 answered:
I don't think it's necessarily illegal, but you should check with a professional to be sure. It definitely would seem like something that should at least be addressed, and hopefully if you talk to the right people, you'll be able to ensure that happens. Other than that though, I would definitely suggest trying to find a way to get them open. There isn't much of a point to a window that can't open.
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Fri Oct 2, 2015
Victory Property Management answered:
As long as the zoning laws allow it, legally it shouldn't be a problem. The question is can the unit take the additional wear and tear? Will it affect any of your existing tenants? Are they able to make the rent payments? Do they have a good rental history? ... more
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Mon Sep 14, 2015
Oleg Volfman answered:

I am thinking this is for a full house rental, and not just a second floor with attic space. Based on the prices on MLS right now (not knowing the square footage of the house/apt) should start around $2,000, and the higher prices go up to $3,000.

I hope that answer your question, and good luck.

If you think my answer is the BEST ANSWER, please select that.

Truly yours,

Oleg Volfman
Lisenced Real Estate Salesperson
Exit Links Realty
M 917-685-0489
F 347-710-3989
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Thu Sep 10, 2015
Franchesca.fernandez asked:
Hi. My apartment is listed for rent on Trulia, however I was wondering if there was a way to share the link on my FaceBook page as well. Can you please let me know. Thank you. I can be…
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Sat Aug 15, 2015
Ddbinvestorsllc answered:
No, your lease is a binding contract. If you want to bring an additional person into the unit you need to go back to your landlord and ask him if he would allow it and add that person to the lease. Otherwise you would be in breach and your landlord would have the right to evict you if he so choose. ... more
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