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Moving Tips If You’re Coming to NYC from Out of Town

Moving itself is a hassle, but moving to New York City presents a set of unique challenges, especially if you and your moving company are unfamiliar with the, ahem, quirks of the city. To ease your transition, be sure to brief your movers on the conditions they might experience, such as the lack of parking, tight spaces, and other issues that might arise. Prepared movers are better movers, and if your mind is drawing a blank, here are a few tips on what to discuss with your mover if you are coming from out of town. What you (and your movers) don’t know can end up costing you extra. 

 

Big Trucks Won’t Fit

Most of the time, you won’t be able to bring an 18-wheeler into the city. Some companies will drive a truck to the outskirts of the city before transferring to a smaller truck to shuttle into the five boroughs. Be aware though: you’ll be charged what’s known as a “shuttle fee” and should be sure to have that included in your quote. 

 

Certifications and Insurance

Most elevator buildings in Manhattan require proof of insurance from the hired moving company prior to authorization to work in the building. As such, out-of-state moving companies will likely be blocked from doing the drop off at the building. If your moving company is from out of state, you may need to look for an additional moving company that has the needed requirements. 

 

Tight Spaces

New York City moves are notorious for their narrow hallways and tight stairways. As Lior Rachmany, CEO and founder of Dumbo Moving + Storage, puts it, “Only the best of movers can move in New York.” Make sure that your movers have experience with these kinds of spaces. More often than not, it will be necessary to disassemble furniture prior to moving. Be sure to discuss what happens to the furniture before it gets loaded on the truck.  

How New York’s New Rent Laws Will Affect Real Estate

Tenant protection laws were first introduced to New York City in 1920. The country was recovering from World War I and many landlords were raising rents monthly due to a housing shortage. 

Just this month, landlords and legislators are having similar conversations about New York’s rent laws. On June 14, 2019, New York State and Assembly leaders passed new laws to protect tenants by controlling rent in New York. In light of the new law, landlords will have limited ability to raise rents, even if renovate their buildings or apartment complexes. Landlords can also no longer be able to raise rents due to vacancies or deregulate apartments.

So what does this mean for NYC real estate? 

The new laws have shocked New York’s real estate investors. Some landlords and investors are concerned that they will not be able to cover the costs of maintaining buildings without the ability to raise the rent. This leads to concerns that property values will decrease and many landlords will choose to sell. 

Some people, however, are seeing opportunity in the new market. Some property owners who will now struggle to stay afloat will be looking to sell quickly and likely for lower prices than they would have otherwise. Furthermore, the newly passed laws are expected to cause foreclosures, which lower property values. Investors who are able to take advantage of the lower prices for property may be in luck. 

The long-term effects of these new laws have yet to be seen. While it’s likely that some investors will suffer as a result of the new restrictions, others may flourish. Many have theorized on the potential outcomes, but it will take time before the consequences come to fruition. In other words, “only time will tell.”

Top 5 Neighborhoods to Raise a Family in NYC

New York City is one of the best locations for raising a family. NYC is diverse, exciting, and full of unique activities for both you and your kids.The city is composed of a wide selection of neighborhoods, including the family-friendly options listed below.

Astoria, Queens

Astoria is one of many great options! The neighborhood offers some of the best schools in the city that are both progressive and affordable. You’ll have access to a wide variety of public parks and playgrounds, as well as a great library system. One of the other great perks of living in Astoria is the Astoria Park, which includes a public pool.

Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

Bay Ridge is a historical neighborhood that’s a cornerstone of Brooklyn. The area is family friendly, and inclusive of people of all ages and cultures. Renting or purchasing property in Bay Ridge is almost half the cost of renting or buying property in the rest of the borough. The neighborhood also includes great schools, and plenty of parks so your children can play in green spaces.

Harlem

One of the best advantages of living in Harlem is larger apartment options for inexpensive prices. Not only does the area offer an easy downtown commute for parents, but it offers plenty of activities for children. The nearby Riverbank State Park hosts classes in art, music, sports, and dance. The  Apollo Theater and the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling are two other great kid-friendly entertainment options.

Upper West Side, Manhattan

The Upper West Side is home to some of the best schools in the city, and is conveniently located near Central Park so your children will have plenty of room to roam! They’ll also have access to some of the best museums in the world, such as the American Museum of Natural History. The Riverside Park is another attraction that includes playgrounds and historical monuments.

Battery Park City

Located near the financial district, Battery Park City is a sleek yet bustling community and the location of two of NYC’s best schools, PS 276 and Stuyvesant High School. The Battery Park Esplanade, a beautiful road along the river, is a great place to take your kids for a walk or bike ride. There are also a variety of parks, many of which are also dog-friendly, and baseball fields.

Any of these neighborhoods is a great option for you and your family. New York City is one of the most unique and famous cities in the world. Your children will be lucky to grow up there!

Top 10 Luxurious Apartments for Rent in NYC

Moving to New York City is an extraordinary opportunity. The possibilities are endless, the neighborhoods are continuously expanding, and the broker fees are almost everywhere. There are even ways to avoid broker fees! Apartment hunting can be a long and draining process. Take a little time to have some fun by looking at some of the most extravagant listings out there. These listings will give you something to strive for. Imagine instead of $2,000/month, think instead  $50,000. Below is a list of the most luxurious apartments for rent in NYC.

 

Soho – 20 Greene St. – $75,000/month

 

This gorgeous two-bedroom mansion lives on the (key-locked) top floor of the building. It is made up of 4,189 glorious square feet. The ceilings stand at a towering 14-feet, dark hickory floors, an oversized fireplace, surround-sound speaker system, central climate control, custom-design casement doors, and windows. The kitchen is freshly renovated with industrially sleek style. Enjoy your very own private outdoor gardens attached to the unit. It gets better (which is hard to believe), there’s also a master suite overlooking a bluestone patio, whose bathroom is finished with stylish black and white marble finishes and deep brass lining. And to top it off, it includes a home office, exercise room, and three other terraces that are on the second floor.

 

Upper East Side – 985 5th Ave. – $25,000/month

 

This apartment complex is 26 stories above Manhattan, each of which holds two residences with breathtaking views of Central Park. Each apartment contains a formal dining room, gourmet granite kitchen, polished hardwood floors, marble bath, and multiple walk-in closets. Here you have access to multiple building terraces, a private entrance to your apartment, and a fitness center.

 

Theater District – 130 W 44th St. – $75,000/month

 

This is a pent-out penthouse and is better known as the Director Suite. Thierry Despont designed the light ochre suede walls, leather-wrapped furniture, and two bedrooms, each containing their own massive granite bathroom. The kitchen is outstanding and fully equipped. It also has an 8+ capacity dining room.

 

NoMad – 121 Madison Ave. – $10,904/month

 

This duplex penthouse apartment provides a stellar view of Manhatten, specifically the Empire State Building. It also includes a glorious wrap-around terrace, and the master bathroom has a marble soaking tub, stall showers, double sinks, and a walk-in closet. The kitchen is freshly redone with premium cabinets and stainless steel appliances.

 

West Village – 165 Charles St. – $60,000/month

 

A fantastic 4 bedrooms, each with its own marble bathroom, walk-in closets, and a wraparound terrace. This is an award-winning duplex and it will surely take your breath away. Between views of the Hudson River, a renovated chef’s kitchen with sleek white cabinetry and a climate-controlled wine cellar, and a beautiful naturally lit frosted staircase, it’s almost impossible to choose which feature is the best. Let’s not forget, the building features a 50-foot indoor lap pool, gym, sauna, movie theater, and resident lounge.

Real Estate Market Forecast for NYC in 2018

 

sweet-ice-cream-photography-732946-unsplashThe city that never sleeps has become an even bigger draw for jobs and talent than ever before (if that’s even possible). Especially with Netflix and Spotify opening up new offices in Manhattan drawing even more people to the big apple. Even Amazon is considering a new headquarters location, will it be New York? Growing supply of high paying jobs is bringing in residents attracted to the higher income opportunities and giving them the potential to outbit NYC’s existing residents. If you are watching the market carefully, there are new exciting plot twists helping shape the real estate forecast for 2018.

 

Lack of Affordable Homes

 

Results published by NYSAR show the US housing data for New York and affordable homes have dropped 1%, sales are down 2.5%, and average prices are up 7% from the previous year. There is no lack of conjecture about a possible US housing crash that would take NYC down with it. Many people find high foreclosure rates in the Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island to be unsettling.

 

 

Evidence of a crash is debatable. New Yorkers, however, will face growing competition for affordable homes. Income averages about $60,000 a year in NYC, making it challenging for many to buy homes averaging $680,000.

 

Highlight on declining luxury homes

 

Out of all of the housing markets in NYC, the high-end Manhattan market is falling the fastest. There is currently a 17-month supply of luxury apartments in Manhattan. This is up 10 months just a year ago and total sales volume fell 12% compared with the fourth quarter of last year. This is the lowest level in six years. Rent in Manhattan dropped 1.0% in November and luxury home sales across the city will hit new lows so it says in the 2018 real estate forecast for NYC.

 

Public transit changes driving new demand

 

The backbone of public transportation is obviously the subway. However, the NYC Ferry service expanded and set its capacity even hire to reach Manhattan’s eastern shore and into the Bronx. The L train is still shut down and expected to reopen in 2019 which will have a huge impact on people’s real estate choices.

New to NYC? Start Your Property Search Here!

New York City real estate can be an intimidating topic to broach in a conversation with non-natives. The thought of hundreds of different neighborhoods combined with safety concerns and price sensitivity is enough to stress even the most relaxed outsider. And yet they flock here in droves, searching for a tiny piece of the city to call their own.

I recently came across a list of the Best Neighborhoods in New York City for Newcomers and thought it ideal for alleviating some of the stress mentioned above. Start your search here if you are looking to begin building your adult life in New York.

Lower East Side (LES)

Apartments on the Lower East Side tend to be slightly more affordable than other parts of Manhattan. Buyer beware, however. A desirable location near restaurants, bars, and Insta-famous boutiques translates to limited availability.

Astoria

If budget plays a significant role in your search for housing, then you may want to consider Astoria. Not only is the real estate reasonably priced (at the moment), but the overall cost of living tends to be a bit more affordable in the area. Astoria is not located in Manhattan, but it is close enough for a quick commute.

Murray Hill

Murray Hill is perfect for newly minted college grads with money to spend. Several large townhouses with gorgeous historical details fill the neighborhood.  The location is ideal, and the nightlife is legendary, but the pricing can be quite high, so I’d consider roommates before choosing to move to this particular neighborhood.

Williamsburg (Brooklyn)

Famous for food and art, Williamsburg has been attracting a creative crowd for some time now. Its constant influx of artists promotes consistent revitalization and some of the best trendy shops around. That being said, it can be quite costly to live there. If you like the idea of this vibrant cultural community but lack the purse strings to live in its vivacious center, try considering property on its outskirts.

Harlem

Interest abounds in this historic New York City neighborhood. Although it is best known for a jazzy awakening in the ‘20s, today Harlem caters to a wide range of culturally diverse individuals. Housing is moderately priced, so the area is best for professionals that are in bed at a regular hour.

5 Fundamentals for Networking in Real Estate

The real estate business would be nothing without networking. To be a successful realtor or developer, you have to a strong, well-connected network. There are many tools you can utilize to build connections with professionals and in your community. These fundamentals for networking will give you ways to build your network and find new connections to grow your real estate business.  

Find a supportive team

A great team can make all the difference when networking and it’s important to not limit your team to colleagues. Expand your network to individuals and local firms. Joining forces with real estate industry vendors, if they are not a direct competitor, can help build your clientele. By taking time to refer clients to them, they will do they same for you. Adding such vendors like contractors, master architects and lenders as your connections will greatly benefit your network. These professional connections will be a great help when developing a new property and heighten your chances for a successful transaction.

Have a professional website or blog

Digital marketing is essential to your real estate business and creates a great opportunity to network. This offers your clients something much better than a basic listing. More often than not, the first place clients go to look for a new home is online. By creating a website or blog for your business, you are offering your clients more visual appeal and gives new life to your listings.When it comes to selling a home, you’re really selling the location and lifestyle. Keep them engaged using new and original content about the neighborhood and community with local imagery instead of bland stock property photos.  

Utilize social media

Becoming familiar with social media is one of the greatest networking tools for the real estate business. It’s a great way to connect with your clients and prospective clients in real-time. Social media offers great opportunities to share your knowledge with the public. By making yourself easily available on multiple social media platforms, you can share good press and promote your properties. Posting your listing on social media will help give you a more appealing and authentic voice for potential clients. Taking the time to interact on social media will help build your network and is one of the best ways to find new connections.

Attend networking events

Attending conferences and industry events lets you engage with other professionals and make connections to build your network. This will give you the opportunity to learn new market information and innovations from your colleagues. Conferences and events allow you to make connections from all over. If you have exclusively worked in one area for most of your career, gaining knowledge from professionals outside of your area can offer new insights and ideas.

Become a presence in your community

If you’re in the real estate business, your business is the community. By getting involved and creating a presence in your community, you will build you network. This will also give you insight to the neighborhoods of your properties and the people who live there. A few ways to do this is local sponsorship, volunteering, radio and media, career days at local schools, and developing partnerships with local businesses. With so many ways to get involved in your community, there are endless opportunities to build your network.

Building your network takes time and patience, but there are many ways to get you started. To be successful in the real estate business, you have to build your presence among your connections and your community. Only then, will your business gain the momentum you’ve been waiting for.

The Price of Being a Millennial in NYC

It’s a well-known fact that the cost of living in New York City is one of the highests in the nation. Over the past decade, the cost of living and rent prices have gone up significantly in the city. Although a costly place to live, NYC offers an abundance of career opportunities and metropolitan advantages–which is most appealing to millennials.

Creating a life for themselves in NYC has millennials spending much more than what they can afford. A recent report by StreetEasy, which survey 1,000 renters in NYC, confirms that millennials are much more likely to live outside of their means when it comes to housing in the city. The housing market in NYC is expensive and according to Grant Long, “…despite facing rising housing costs and budgeting constraints, aspirations of owning a home remain high in the city, particularly among millennials.”

All five boroughs–Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island–reported that housing in the city is more than often unaffordable. According to the stats collected by StreetEasy, each generation approaches the situation differently. The New York Business Journal states, “45% [of millennials] say they chose a more expensive home than they’d planned, compared to 30% of ‘Generation Xers’ — those born from the early 1960s to late 1970s — and 19% of baby boomers.” The majority of the older generation seem to know how to realistically budget their cost of living more effectively than millennials.

Although the housing prices of the city continue to rise, about 34% of millennials are hoping to purchase a home sooner rather than later. According to the report, the majority of renters living in NYC find housing to be very unaffordable. Perhaps owning a home is more appealing since 39% of homeowners find housing more affordable, having more freedom to buy and sell. But even owning a home does not shield residents against the struggle of rising housing prices in the city.

Other stats from StreetEasy report that “New Yorkers pay 1.3 times more for housing than average Americans”. In order to stay in the city and find decent housing, about one third of those surveyed reported spending more than their initial budget. To no surprise, 46% say that housing in the city is unaffordable–which one third say the high cost of living is their biggest reason to move.

Even with the cost of living so high, generation after generation come to New York City, hoping to capture the life and opportunities only the five boroughs can offer–no matter what the price.

Affordable NYC Housing – Summer 2018

Affordable housing in the wonderful city of New York isn’t the easiest to find, but have no fear, there is a light at the end of this tunnel. Recently, New York’s Curbed posted an article on some of the most affordable locations within our metropolitan. Spots are filling up quickly though so apply right away!

Manhattan West
This megabuilding is a 62-story tower located in the western part of Manhattan. There are a few floor plans to choose from including one-bedrooms, two-bedrooms, and just a couple of three-bedrooms. Rent can range from $600+/month to $2,500+/month. They have an application deadline of July 10 so act quickly.

222 East 4th St
Located only a few blocks from Grand Central is a 42-story rental. The deadline to apply for this location is July 2. It’s finishing up its development by BLDG Management with the design of Handel Architects. At its completion, it will be home to 300+ units. Rent is estimated to be between $600+/month and $2,700+/month for a mix of studios, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom units.

Tremont Renaissance
This 12-story development is located at 4215 Park Ave in the Bronx Tremont neighborhood. The units throughout this building have a rent between $800+/month and $1,900+/month. Great for singles and also families.

Hunters Landing
59 affordable units are offered at Hunters Landing, just a few blocks from the train stop on Hunters Point Avenue. These units, ranging from a studio to a three-bedroom, are offered exclusively to middle-income New Yorkers.

1 Flatbush Ave
The Brooklyn rental, located on Flatbush Ave and Fulton St, is a 19-story building that has just opened a lottery for their 37 available units. Although a majority of the rentals are studios, there are a few one- and two-bedroom units as well. Rent rates are from $900+/month and $1,100+/month.

The Maya
Possibly one of the best apartment complexes in New York City is the Maya, located in the Jamaica region of Queens. Each of the units, including all from studio to three-bedroom, feature an outdoor space, indoor/outdoor parking, a fitness center, and a rooftop terrace. Rents are in the range of $1,400+/month and $2,200+/month.

CRE Must Reads to Get Ahead and Stay Ahead

CRE Must Reads to Get Ahead and Stay There _ Kevin BrunnockThese hand-picked seven reads will help any CRE professional best maximize their time and make the most out of any growing business:

7L: The Seven Levels of Communication: Go From Relationships to Referrals by Michael Maher: By prioritizing relationship building, Maher offers tangible tips on how to cultivate communications skills to grow your network and get you ahead.

The Due Diligence Handbook For Commercial Real Estate by Brian Hennessey: This invaluable resource will be a handbook you will want to keep on hand for years to come because of its practical checklists and expert tips designed to create value-add in any property.

The Millionaire Real Estate Agent: It’s Not About the Money…It’s About Being the Best You Can Be! by Gary Keller: Although this book was originally written for brokers, the content transcends to any career in real estate by offering useful tips on how to generate leads and pump up sales.

Nine Proven Strategies To Make 2018’s Peak Rental Season Vacancy-Free (published in Forbes): With the busy summer rental season approaching, this quick read will offer a myriad of tips on how to maximize your business potential during the holy grail months for commercial real estate brokers.

Three Essential Strategies For Smart Student Housing Development (published in Forbes): The hot housing market has spilled over into the student sector. This timely and informative article will bring you up to date on how to best capitalize on this relatively new real estate sector before it’s too late.

The Conversion Code: Capture Internet Leads, Create Quality Appointments, Close More Sales by Chris Smith: In this day and age, digital is king. It is imperative that CRE professionals possess the skills to effectively market their properties in a variety of online avenues. This book will help you get the job done and stay one step ahead of your competitors.

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Tim Ferriss: It is too easy to get sucked into the trap of living to work and not working to live. Learn how to best manage your time so that you can maximize your efforts to achieve the greatest success in the shortest amount of time.