Brendon’s Eye on New York: Are Condos the New Co-Ops?

Unlike San Francisco and most U.S real estate markets, New York real estate is dominated by cooperative apartments, or Co-Ops.Whether you’re a regular Joe or a famous film star, to buy a…

How Your Neighbor Can Help You Sell Your Home

Are you on good terms with your neighbors? If you aren’t, you might want to mend those fences before listing your home for sale. A client of mine didn’t get along with…

What to Do if Your Home Doesn’t Sell

Your house has been on the real estate market for months. You haven’t had any offers, or the offers you received were absurdly low. Now what? A lot depends on the property…

How to Address a Leaky Window After Escrow Closes

Got this question from a friend on East Coast this week. Q: We bought our house months ago – now one of the bedroom windows leaked in the past rain storm– seller…
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Get a Property Inspection Before You List

Many real estate agents and home sellers focus on staging, cleaning, and painting a property so it will ‘shine’ for potential buyers. They spend a good deal of time looking at comps…

3 Ways to Protect Your Escrow Deposit

You’ve made an offer on a property, the seller has accepted, and you’re ‘in contract. Now it’s time to put your money where your mouth is, as the saying goes. At this…

5 Things a Realtor Looks for When Listing a Home for Sale

After having toured thousands of homes over 10 years of selling real estate, there are certain things I look for immediately when assessing a property. In general, I’m looking for qualities that…

Three Ways an HOA Can Screw Up the Sale of a Condo

Did you know your homeowners’ association (HOA) can make it extremely difficult to sell your condo? As a condo owner, you have to follow the rules of the HOA. You don’t have…

Seller’s Guide to Understanding Today’s Buyer

That’s right— it’s not 2006 anymore. Five years ago, it was a seller’s market in many metro areas. Buyers would go to extraordinary lengths to get the home they wanted and a…

Chart Showing Average Mortgage Rates Over Past 30 Years

I always like to look at this chart.  It shows yearly averages of conforming loan rates for a 30 year fixed loan.  For those of us who weren't around to enjoy a 16% interest…