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Wed Nov 9, 2016
Doug Perlson answered:
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Thu Jan 21, 2016
Kara answered:
Uh - a lot of people like the area - it happens to be one of the more expensive areas in the city

lots of stores and groceries of all kind

walk to your friends in the EV or take a bus or a cab - a cab is not expensive going cross town - or get a year membership to citibike.

try to keep your eyes open and look around - I guess I am jaded but this is a lazy persons question and that attitude will not let you enjoy NYC
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Thu Jul 24, 2014
Eric Detelich answered:
There are a wide range of quesitons you should be asking a broker you're considering listing with.

The first is their marketing plan. What will they do to get your property maximum exposure in the current market? What will they do differently than most other agents? What's so special about their brokerage?

The second is their background in negotiating. The agent should have a very good idea of what comparable properties are on the market right now, how to competitively price your apartment and which offer to accept. If they've done their homework before the listing appointment, they should know how much your property is worth and how to handle any negotiations.

The third is the process of selling. The agent should be aware of any pitfalls that could occur between an accepted offer to a fully executed contract. Remember that your apartment isn't sold after an accepted offer, it's sold after a fully executed contract. There are many problems that can happen before you reach the closing table and you want a competent agent who knows how to handle any unpredicted problems.

Lastly, you need to consider if you would be willing to do business with this person again in the future. Do they seem like someone you want reaching out to you after the sale of your home or you'd consider sending your family/friends to. Do they understand that the sale of your home is also an emotional process and how to handle it? It's important to have someone you trust and like to represent you for your apartment.

If you've found someone that fits these criteria's then I suggest you move forward with listing them.
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Mon May 12, 2014
Tony Lara answered:
Depends what part of L.E.S, you can walk up E. Houston or hop on the bus that will take you Houston and 6th Ave. If you're on Essex St you can hop on the bus, M14 which goes across Essex and makes a left on 14th St across the city. You can walk up Houston or Grand St or any street that goes West and then on Bowery walk up Bleecker and that will put you in the heart of the village,or cab it on rainy and snowy days. Best of luck.

Antonio "TONY" LARA
Rutenberg Realty|NYC
Real Estate Salesperson
Co-Op|Condo| Investment Properties
212-688-1000 EXT-426 (O)
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Wed Feb 12, 2014
Nardeen Billan answered:
Hey Thea,

The West Village ranked the 8th best neighborhood in NYC according to StreetAdvisor.

Great for:
Neighborly Spirit
Eating Out
Clean & Green
Safe & Sound
Resale or Rental Value

Cost of Living
Lack of Traffic
Pest Free
Parks & Recreation

Families with kids
Trendy & Stylish

As any advice, YOU are the one that will like the neighborhood or not. Something as simple as the stores on the block where you could potentially live will make or break your West Village experience.

Best of Luck
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Sat Nov 30, 2013
Anna M Brocco answered:
Perhaps your question was cut off, what information are you seeking...
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Wed Apr 24, 2013
Matthew Gros-Werter answered:
I would check two places - First check the The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission of the City of New York. Certain areas are not allowed to build up past a certain height. For example: SoHo and the Parts of the West Village only allow for buildings to be built up to 3 to 6 stories. If you want to dig deeper, I would suggest looking at the FAR (Floor Area Ratio) of a specific building. FAR tells how high building can be built. This information can be found at the DOB. ... more
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Sun Jan 20, 2013
Fern Hamberger answered:
Hello Lupa,
There are two different strategies a broker may have used to price your unit,
A little less then the average price so you can get a bidding war going
OR price it like everyone else and hope for the best.
Just because you got your asking price, does not necessarily mean the people who are presenting the. Offer are solid, are serious or there are not any more offers coming in. Experience says, the best offers usually come in the first month your apartment is listed. Good Luck and if you feel the buyer is right and the offer is solid you should consider the advise of your broker.
Fern Hamberger
Vice President
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Wed Aug 15, 2012
Ann Zemaitis answered:
Hi Julia:
I was recently working with a famous actress shopping for similar properties in the West Village, and another clothing designer shopping in Tribeca. I am more than happy to help you with whatever you need. I can send you some listings, based on your financials and target neighborhoods/needs & wants, and if you like any we can follow up. Also note that as a buyer's agent, I rebate 10% of my commission to first time customers at closing for a limited time. On a $2,000,000 property, that is about $5,000-$6,000 rebate.

I look forward to assisting you!

Ann Zemaitis
Sr. Vice President
Charles Rutenberg Realty
Licensed Real Estate Sales Agent
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Thu Sep 8, 2011
David Benjamin Moye answered:
you could take the 1 train to 14th or then hop the 2,3 to 42nd and then connect to grand central. On weekends, you may have some difficulty if they are doing track work. I would suggest an application for your smartphone called nycmate (this is not an advertisement). It lets you know what trains are running with delays. You will be in moderately close walking distance to a number of subway lines if your usual subway line is delayed. ... more
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Mon Aug 8, 2011
Dara Coleman answered:
In NYC, the market is Free to those who can afford it.

For the rest of Us, it's a little like laser surgery. Beware the optimists, beware Technology, walk the streets, walk the apartments, watch what sells and closes, and know the why. Work with a GREAT Agent (like myself) and Take your Time! No rushing! ... more
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Sat Jan 29, 2011
Bill Bone answered:
To determine a fair offer, you need to look at comps currently on the market and comps that have sold within the past 2 months, there's not a generic "discount rule" it all depends upon how well the listing was priced. A correctly priced listing should sell for near ask, if not full ask. ... more
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Tue Sep 14, 2010
Michael Dvorkin answered:
I do not foresee any issues. I believe the majority of work shall be done in the interior.
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Wed Jul 21, 2010
Tony Lara answered:
The building is intercom so there's no concierge to call, try property sharks. It should have a contact name & #. Best of luck.

Tony Lara
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
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Mon Feb 15, 2010
Kirsten answered:
I'm going to be looking for something to live in but in the back of my mind I've also always wanted to be an investor. Once I found the great resource that is Trulia and found people would actually answer my questions (quickly and with great answers) I decided to ask this question I had always wondered about properties with rent stabilized tenants. I definitely wouldn't buy a place with a rent stabilized tenant hoping I could live there anytime soon. It's too much of a risk. The one I saw that prompted me to ask this question was actually cashflow negative, so I definitely don't want that!

I probably won't apply for a mortgage until May when I get a big check that's coming to me because I won't be able to show that I will have a 20% down payment on the size of unit I want. If I apply in February and get approved for X amount and then in May I have a lot more to put down can I reapply to the same bank to see if they will approve more? If first impressions are everything I want to wait till May when I can go in with a lot more.
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