January 13, 2016 rummy

People often ask whether or not now is a good time to buy a home. No one ever asks when a good time to rent is. However, we want to make certain that everyone understands that today is NOT a good time to rent. The Census Bureau recently released their third quarter median rent numbers. Here is a graph showing rent increases from 1988 until today: A recent Wall Street Journal article reports that rents rose “faster last year than at any time since 2007, a boon for landlords but one that has stoked concerns about housing affordability for renters.”  The article also cited results from a…

July 13, 2015 rummy

The results of Fannie Mae’s June 2015 National Housing Survey, were just released showing that more and more homeowners are warming up to the idea that now may be a great time to sell their home. The amount of respondents that stated that now is a good time to sell rose three percentage points to a survey high of 52%; which may translate to a healthier market as more homes are listed in the coming months. At the same time “the percentage of respondents who expect home rental prices to go up rose to 59% – a new survey high.” Doug…

April 29, 2015 rummy

Recently, Freddie Mac published a blog post titled Mortgage Rates: Still the Deal of the Century. They explained that, if you are planning to purchase a home, now may be the time: “If you are in the market to buy a home, today’s average mortgage rates are something to celebrate compared to almost any year since 1971.” And they let their readers know that there is no guarantee that rates will remain this low: “Over the past few years, we’ve enjoyed a long run of historically low mortgage rates. While no one expects them to change dramatically overnight, they are…

April 8, 2015 rummy

Yonkers, NY Named One of Livability.com’s Top 10 Healthiest Cities, 2015 Inaugural list identifies and ranks America’s healthiest cities         There are two parts to every great healthy city. The first is access to quality and affordable health care. The second is promoting and enabling a healthy lifestyle for its residents through infrastructure and amenities. With this in mind, Livability.com has named Yonkers a Top 10 Healthiest City, 2015. Yonkers provides residents with exercise opportunities, good food choices and strong support networks to help live healthy lives.   Our editors looked at data compiled by the County Healthcare Rankings as…

February 12, 2015 rummy

Over the last six years, homeownership has lost some of its allure as a financial investment. As homeowners suffered through the housing bust, more and more began to question whether owning a home was truly a good way to build wealth. Every three years the Federal Reserve conducts a Survey of Consumer Finances in which they collect data across all economic and social groups. Some of the findings revealed in their report: §The average American family has a net worth of $81,200 §Of that net worth, 61.4% ($49,856) of it is in home equity §A homeowner’s net worth is over 36 times…

January 15, 2015 rummy

“Just one small tenant problem avoided can be priceless!” 1. Don’t negotiate your rental price or terms before meeting and screening the prospective tenant. It’s something we’ve all done at one time or another and have lived to regret it. In the vast majority of instances, the tenant who starts negotiating on your rental before even seeing it, is very rarely qualified financially to rent from you. Often, landlords may allow the tenant prospect to negotiate during the viewing of the rental. The tenant may criticize the property and point out improvements he or she wants done if they were…

September 6, 2013 rummy

At a recent meeting held in June, 2013 the Board decided that there will be 3% increase for a One (1) year lease term and 4% increase for a two (2) year lease term for leases renewed between October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014. Please note a minimum increase of $15.00 per month for a one (1) year lease term and $20.00 per month for a two (2) year lease term will be imposed. A landlord’s failure to timely file a current apartment registration with DHCR bars the collection of any guidelines increase. If you need help filing registrations, please…