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…

August 15, 2013 rummy

The annual report I value most is the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers. This report is packed full of useful statistics for agents and brokers who are looking to educate themselves about the sales process from the perspective of the Home Buyer and Seller. It clearly shows where agents should be focusing their marketing dollars (hint: not the newspaper) and also provides important details about the Buyers and Sellers experience during the sales transaction. Here are some highlights: 90% of consumers did online research before they bought their last home. 42% of buyers found the…

July 30, 2013 rummy

Here are three great reasons to consider buying a home today instead of waiting. 1.) Prices Will Continue to Rise The Home Price Expectation Survey polls a distinguished panel of over 100 economists, investment strategists, and housing market analysts. Their most recent report released last week projects appreciation in home values over the next five years to be between 12.3% (most pessimistic) and 32.8% (most optimistic). The bottom in home prices has come and gone. Home values will continue to appreciate for years. Waiting no longer makes any sense. 2.) Mortgage Interest Rates Are Increasing As reported by Freddie Mac,…

July 19, 2013 rummy

Good Neighbor Next Door (GNND) is the new name for an old program. Most of you may know it as Teacher Next Door or Officer Next Door. In 2005 the program was changed to include firefighters and emergency medical technicians (EMTs). Highlights: • Specifically for designated HUD homes in revitalization areas • $100 down • 50% discount (provided by HUD as “silent second”) • “Silent second” released after buyer occupies as primary residence for 36 months • Active Duty Military Deployment is not considered an occupancy violation • All equity/profit is buyer’s after initial 36-month period • HUD doesn’t pay…

June 4, 2013 rummy

-Paying bills on time will improve my credit score – While it is definitely a good start, it is not the only thing that needs to be done. Since 35% of your score is based on your payments being on time, it is essential but it will only continue to raise your credit score slowly over time. Remember that if payment history only accounts for 35%, there is still 65% of your score that has nothing to do with missing payments. -Cancelling credit cards that you haven’t used in a while will increase your credit score – Cancelling unused credit…

April 23, 2013 rummy

Over the last several years, most homeowners selling their home did not have to compete with a new construction project around the block. As the market is recovering, more and more builders are jumping back in. As an example, the National Association of Realtors revealed, relative to last year, year-to-date new home sales are up 19%. These ‘shiny’ new homes will again become competition as they can be an attractive alternative to many of today’s home purchasers. Here are the numbers regarding new construction about to come to market from the Census Bureau: BUILDING PERMITS Single-family authorizations in February were…

March 6, 2013 rummy

New York Short sale where home sit on market for 3 years they are suffering through some of the challenges the rest of the country had over the past couple of years right now and will continue for the next 12 to 18months. Right now in Westchester and Bronx Real estate we still are suffering with 7 to 8 months of inventory. Some of the town are moving faster then other our tam just put up home for sale $950, 000 thousand in White Plains NY with in days we have 10 showing. But majority of the Westchester there are…

March 1, 2013 rummy

Italian Uncertainty Helps Mortgage Rates The biggest influence on mortgage rates this week came from the Italian election, which reignited investor concerns about Europe and prompted a flight to safer assets. Fed Chief Bernanke continued to show strong support for the Fed’s bond buying program, which was also positive for mortgage rates. As a result, mortgage rates ended the week lower. Monday’s election in Italy showed very close results between the top three candidates, and it will be very difficult to establish a coalition government when no party has a majority. A long period of negotiations will take place, and…