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Rentals in Valley Stream : Real Estate Advice

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Thu Oct 12, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
As a retired New York City area realtor and long time Nassau County resident, allow me to educate you on some misunderstandings in your question.

Valley Stream is located in Nassau County - not Queens. Valley Stream is not part of New York City. Therefore, since Valley Stream is a suburb of New York City, housing is expensive and so are property taxes. Currently, a 3 bedroom rental averages $2,500/month. and up. A 2 bedroom rental averages $1,800./month and up. Beware, the size of rooms will be smaller than what you are used to in Florida.

If your budget is up to $1800., you need to expand your search area to nearby communities - Elmont, Franklin Square, Floral Park, Malverne, West Hempstead, Rockville Centre, etc. These towns should be cheaper than Valley Stream. If you want to live within New York City (Queens), then look in Laurelton, Rosedale, Cambria Heights, St. Albans, Springfield Gardens, etc. Rentals average $2,000. and up.

For New York City (Queens), use http://www.streeteasy.com. This is a real estate website exclusive for NYC listings. It does list nearby Nassau County towns but it's more for Queens. For Nassau County, use Zillow and Trulia. Your best method is to contact a realtor and have them email you listings directly from the MLS.

Beware, the cost of living is very expensive. If possible, try to have your employer increase your income to at least $150 - 200,000. Below $125,000. means you will struggle financially and with 3 kids, it will be difficult.
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Tue Nov 11, 2014
Julian answered:
Utterly disappointing with Beka Property Management, applied for a rental home asking for $825 a month and I gave all my information for the application. I was charged $120 for the application and denied due to being Self - Employed and thus not having any wages that could potentially be garnished or so explained the "Owner" Van Mamula.

My conversation with him was somewhat pleasant until he mentioned that ultimately it came down to his decision on renting my family the home and that he did not want to rent to a person who was self employed, this is acceptable and I understood completely what he explained to me.

What did shock me was that one of his agent's a Kathleen Cracraft, had assured & guaranteed that the house was mine to rent. She never returned calls, insisted that the owners of the home were out of tow so she had to check with them and much more b/s that told me that she had a problem with me or my family living there. She had told me that this application was more of a formality but that she would hand us the keys to the home "On Monday" so we could move in.

This was on a Thursday so I thought "hey atleast that's out of the way," but I was wrong, I called the agent Kathleen Cracraft on Monday November 10th and she told me that I had to call her boss Van Mamula for information on the application, this seemed odd since I had already given her a deposit for the home and she had assured me that we would have the keys to the house on Monday afternoon. After receiving the news she had nothing to tell me but sorry.

The reason for this review was to highlight the more negative part of this experience with Beka Property Management and its agent Kathleen Cracraft. When she showed my family the home she initially wanted to know if we were of Hispanic descent and what would occur when we were pulled over driving without a valid license (referring to my family living illegally in the USA thus not having a valid drivers license). From what I recall the exact words were "What happens to you people when you get pulled over?". Im not sure what this meant, or exactly what she was thinking of when she asked this question but my wife and I were both born in the United States and as a newlywed couple we were looking for a place to rent closer to my family. I certainly do not tolerate racism or any sort of discrimination and I am glad that we are going with another company that follows the Fair Housing Act of 1968 that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin.
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Sun Mar 9, 2014
Hezrell Vasquez answered:
Hello Daphne,


I have few rentals in the area of interest and i can be reached at 646-944-5685 for more information.



Best regards,

Hezrell Vasquez
Lic. R.E. Associate Broker
(646)944-5685
http://www.hvasquez.exitrealtyhillcourt.com
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Wed Nov 6, 2013
Renah Bell answered:
It may not be a scam, but an honest error. Contact Trulia and they will co-operate with you fully to get it removed.
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Thu Oct 24, 2013
Hailey Mcneil answered:
My house is listed as a rental and cotact information is not mine or my realtors--it is part of a scam. How do I get this info removed?
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Wed Oct 23, 2013
De Vonte Williamson answered:
Hello Biti,

Sometimes a homeowner may opt to rent their home out, should they not be able to sell it on the open market, after some time.

I hope this answered your question! If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me by the ways below.

Wishing you all the best,

De Vonte Williamson , LSA
Experience The Williamson Difference
Proudly Serving Long Island
Top Relocation Associate, 2012
(631)384-3695
"I Stand Behind Getting You Results!"
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Wed Oct 23, 2013
Thomas Brady answered:
The rental market is strong in most areas of Long Island. try expanding your search area and monitor, or have your agent monitor new listings daily as the good ones go very quickly.

Tom Brady SFR, e-PRO, SRES, BPOR
Licensed Associate Broker
Notary Public, Retired N.Y.P.D. Lt.
631-682-8660
Tom@BradyFamilyRealty.com
www.BradyFamilyRealty.com
www.SuffolkFreeCMA.com
www.NassauFreeCMA.com
#1 Listing & Selling Office on Long Island
Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.
255 Executive Drive - Suite 208
Plainview, New York 11803
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Fri Oct 4, 2013
Hezrell Vasquez answered:
Also Consider visiting few Real Estate offices near the area of interest
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Fri Oct 4, 2013
Hezrell Vasquez answered:
How are you Leslie Freeman,


I would recommend to visit few Real Estate offices near the area of interest to find an agent that can help you.
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Tue Aug 6, 2013
Hezrell Vasquez answered:
How are you Devolive_1804,


Consider visiting few offices in the areas of interest, seat down with few agents and work with the one you feel more comfortable with.
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Tue Jul 16, 2013
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

*If you thought my answer was helpful, please give me a “Thumbs Up” or “Best Answer.” Thanks!
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Tue Jul 16, 2013
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

*If you thought my answer was helpful, please give me a “Thumbs Up” or “Best Answer.” Thanks!
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Tue Jul 9, 2013
Anna M Brocco answered:
The property is not showing as available on MLS; for available area properties check www.mlsli.com
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Sun Feb 17, 2013
De Vonte Williamson answered:
Hello. Where in Nassau county are you looking? There are a number of options out there!

I hope this answered your question! If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me by the ways below.

Wishing you all the best,

De Vonte Williamson , LSA
Proudly Serving Long Island
Coldwell Banker Residential
(631)384-3695
http://cbmoves.com/DeVonte.Williamson
http://devontesellsny.wordpress.com/
DeVonte.Williamson@cbmoves.com
"I Stand Behind Getting You Results!
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Tue Jan 29, 2013
Sue Warmhold asked:
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This question was asked from this property: http://www.trulia.com/rental/3105974275-16-Henrietta-St-Valley-Stream-NY-11580
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Mon Jan 21, 2013
Anna M Brocco answered:
Check www.mlsli.com also check local print media for by owner rentals, always verify ownership before exchanging any money; word of mouth, etc.
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Mon Jan 14, 2013
TERENCE CAVILL answered:
Hi again ,
Apart from my previous answer about the effect of the hurricane , rentals in the Valley Stream area tend to be few and far between because most homes in the area are one family homes .
What should you do ? call different agents , get the name of an agent to work with and CALL BACK\
regularly .
Rentals come in and go out VERY QUICKLY and if you dont call the agent most of the time we assume that the renter has found something
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Tue Sep 11, 2012
Thomas Brady answered:
You should get an agent. An agent can find rentals that fit your needs, and they can also help you to avoid rental scams.
Tom Brady SFR, e-PRO, SRES, GREEN, BPOR
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Notary Public, Retired N.Y.P.D. Lt.
631-682-8660
Tom@BradyFamilyRealty.com
www.BradyFamilyRealty.com
"We treat you like family!"
Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.
255 Executive Drive - Suite 104
Plainview, New York 11803
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