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Brooklyn Brownstones are Moving Fast

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Over the course of the next week or so we will be discovering and discussing what are Brooklyn Brownstones, their history, who owns them and their value. There are many brownstones throughout numerous New York City neighborhoods, especially in the Brooklyn neighborhoods of

Park Slope, Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, Cobble Hill, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn Heights, and Bedford Stuyvesant. The Manhattan neighborhood of the Upper West Side, too, retains many brownstones.

Sandstone with a reddish brown color caused by the dissolved iron oxide in the rock, is called brownstone. It was very easy to mine and carve and became very popular in the 19th century. New York and Boston both have a large number of brownstone homes that were built in the form of terrace or row houses with raised entrances. Harlem, Park Slope, and Brooklyn all have large numbers of such homes in varying condition. Brooklyn Brownstones are highly desired.

It is believed that in the late 1800’s Irish Catholics started to appear in Brooklyn, mainly Sunset Park and were soon followed by Polish immigrants. They found jobs nearby in Green-Wood Cemetery and Park Slope’s Ansonia Clock Factory. (photo credit: Brownstone Awaiting A Wrecking Ball, NYC 1959, by Dmitri Kessel, from the Brownstone Revival Coalition)
The Scandinavians began working as shipbuilders. In 1916 they joined together to build ‘apartments’.

Row house developers started using ‘brownstone’ as their material of choice. Brownstone was very easy to excavate and easy to work with as they could ‘form’ or carve it to fit their needs.

Post war the Brooklyn Brownstones were built for influential members of ‘high society’. Condos came into the picture and neighborhoods began to grow. There are hundreds of Brownstone homes enjoyed by families today.

Can you imagine living in a building with so much rich history? Made with love, sweat and I am sure blood and tears, these are some of the most beautiful homes, condos and apartments around.

You can find Brownstones in all areas of New York including NYC, they are also prevalent in New Jersey as most of the stone was mined there.

Brooklyn Brownstones have always been an excellent investment and never stayed in the listings very long. I also noticed how much higher the prices had began to rise. As a Realtor/Broker I am always invested in all areas of real estate but in my own home town I could not believe the phenomenon that was happening. This is the 3rd and final in our Brooklyn Brownstone series.

I began asking around and doing property searches to see why these famous Brownstones were flying off the market and much to my surprise they were being highly sought after by foreign investors, yes foreign investors. I found this really informative article giving the scoop on this hot market topic and I would like to share it with you,  Foreign investors ‘buying up all the brownstones in Brooklyn and pushing prices even higher’

Follow us to learn who desires these properties the most!  Or call me and lets find you one.

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Advice To Help You When Purchasing Property

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If you’re new at purchasing real estate, then you might want to read this and then employ the help of reputable real estate agents. Pros have lots of resources you don’t, including computer software that allows one to effectively search all MLS listings. The MLS tools available to professionals are more detailed than those accessible by the average individual, and are able to advise you with greater accuracy and insight. Many first-time home buyers don’t bother to get prequalified. They, also, don’t take the time to shop around and find the best mortgage for their individual situation. It’s crucial to ask questions and make sure you fully understand the home loan process.

Getting pre-approved gives the buyer a chance to find out how much home they can afford. A competent loan officer will tell the buyer not only the principal and interest payments per month, but also the estimated taxes, insurance and mortgage insurance monthly amounts. This gives the borrower a true number to work with in order to decide their comfort zone when looking at potential properties. Also, sellers will be more interested in negotiating with you, and accepting you as their purchaser, if you’re working with a good RE agent, and if you’ve already been pre-approved for a mortgage loan. If you are not pre-approved, it can lengthen the timeline of the purchasing process, and can result in additional costs.

Before buying a home, get an inspector to examine it. You don’t want to have a home that needs tons of renovating. Not only will this cost a lot, you might need to change your living situation until it’s fixed.

One simple way to start the entire real estate buying process is to get organized. You should have a notebook full of the information you get from newspapers, friends, online, and also from your agent. This will avoid confusion and make it easier for you to compare different offerings. Remember that your offer is very unlikely to be the only one on the table, so make a good offer. Do what you can to ensure it’s appealing to a seller.

If you are looking to purchase some of or all of a building in order to open a business, make sure it is in a good neighborhood. When you open a business that is located in a poor neighborhood, most likely you will not have a large pool of customers. Real estate agents will be able to advise you as to the best places to open a business. It’s easy to get wrapped up in your present needs, but you should also think about reselling the home before you buy. The average first-time buyer expects to stay in a home for around 10 years, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ 2013 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers. Factor maintenance and repair costs into your buying budget, because even brand-new homes will require some work. Don’t leave yourself short and let your home deteriorate.

When deciding on an agent, it is important to have a list of questions already planned out. You will want to know how many homes were sold during the previous year, as well as the number in your target area. The agent should be prepared to answer all of these questions in a professional manner. It’s absolutely vital that you find a real estate professional who understands your goals and who is ready and able to guide you through the home buying process.

If you’ve made an offer for a house that seller didn’t take, don’t be discouraged, since you might find a better home. See if they might offer to cover closing costs or necessary repairs prior to you moving in.

Request a checklist from your Realtor to put yourself in the best position before buying. There are many Realtors that have a checklist like this already prepared. It covers the entire home-buying process, from choosing a house to getting a loan. Using this checklist can help you make sure that you have completed everything in time to close the sale.

sold101As this article shows, buying real estate is not as complex as it seems. You must take some time to educate yourself and ask a lot of questions, but the potential profits are well worth the invested time. If you use the above tips, you should be able to make a wise decision on your next real estate purchase.

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What are the Top Tips for Buying a House?

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10 things you should know when buying a home.

1. Don’t buy if you aren’t going to stay for a good long while.

If you’re not committing to residing in one place for more than a few years, then owning your residence probably won’t serve you well, at least not yet. After the transaction costs of buying and selling your home, you’ll wind up losing money by selling sooner.

2. Start by cleaning up your credit.

You will most likely need to secure a mortgage to purchase a house, so making sure your credit history is as good as possible is a must. Months before you start house hunting, be sure to get copies of your credit report. Make sure facts are correct, and fix any problems.

3. Look for a home you can comfortably manage to pay for.

A good rule of thumb is to buy housing that runs about two-and-one-half times your annual salary. You’ll do better using one of many calculators online to get a better understanding of how your income, expenses, and debts affect how much you can afford.

4. If you can’t put down 20%, you may still be eligible for a loan.

There are a number of private and public lenders who, if you qualify, can offer low-interest mortgages that require a smaller down payment.

5. Get professional help.

Though the Internet offers buyers exceptional access to property listings, most new buyers, and many more experienced ones, will do better using a professional real estate agent. You want an exclusive buyer agent in your corner who has your best interests at heart and will help you with better strategies during the bidding process.

6. Buy in a neighborhood that has good schools.

This advice applies even if you don’t have school-age children, because strong school districts are a top priority for most home buyers, and help bolster property values.

7. Get yourself pre-approved before house hunting.

Getting pre-approved and save yourself the grief of looking at houses you can’t afford.  That puts you in a much better position to make an offer you can afford when you do find the home you want. Don’t confuse this with pre-qualification, which is based on a cursory review of your finances, pre-approval from a lender is based on your actual income, debt and credit history.

8. Do your homework before bidding.

Your opening bid should be based on the sales trend of similar homes in the neighborhood. So before making it, consider sales of similar homes in the last three months. If homes have recently sold at 5 percent less than the asking price, you should make a bid that’s about eight to 10 percent lower than what the seller is asking.

9. Choose carefully between points and rate.

When picking a mortgage, you usually have the option of paying additional points — a portion of the interest that you pay at closing — in exchange for a lower interest rate. If you stay in the house for a long time — say three to five years or more — it’s usually a better deal to take the points, as the lower interest rate will save you more money in the long run.

10. Hire a good home inspector.

Sure, your lender will require a home appraisal, but that’s just the bank’s way of deciding whether the house is worth the money you’ve agreed to pay. You should hire your own home inspector, and preferably an engineer with experience doing home surveys in your area. Their job will be to point out problems and potential problems that could require expensive repairs now and down the road.

Give me a call to help you cover all your bases for a smooth home buying experience.
Thanks, Harriet Robertson   Harriet Robertson

What 5 New Things Do Millennial Home Buyers Do?

New Millennials are getting into the home buying market

It seems like yesterday millennials were all kids in braces who had barely made it out of middle school and into high school, yet today they’re young adults in their twenties and early thirties. In fact, not only are millennials growing up, but they’re also entering the home buying arena in a significant way.

They’re the Largest Group of Buyers on the Market

First, as of last year, millennials made up 35% of home buyers in the United States, which represented a 3% increase over 2014. Not only that, but for the past three years, millennials have been the largest demographic of home buyers in the country, and that trend doesn’t look to be fading out any time soon.

Over Half of Them Start Their Home Searches Online

An estimated 56% of Millennials go online when they begin their search for a home of their own. Some start by looking online for properties in their area and price range, while others look for information on real estate and the buying process to help them understand what to expect when they find a house and make an offer.

They’re Moving to the Suburbs

While many young people talk about never leaving the city centers where they work and play, we’ve seen significant number increases in millennials buying homes outside of those city centers. Not only that, but it looks as though millennials are starting to prefer the suburbs, as the number of young home buyers in central urban areas went from 21% to 17% two years ago.

They’re Not Afraid to Ask for Financial Help

While not all millennials have parents with excess cash lying around, young home buyers today aren’t afraid to get some help from family or friends. According to one study, 23% of buyers in this demographic have used a financial gift to help make the down payment on their first home.

A Lot of Them Are Waiting Longer to Buy

While millennials constitute the largest group of home buyers in the country, not all of them are buying houses right now. In fact, a lot of young professionals are waiting to buy their first homes until they are in their thirties, which is good news for real estate investors holding attractive rental properties.

Right now, millennials are the group to watch, Though they’re moving to new cities for work, they’re not afraid to buy houses in the suburbs. They make up the largest buying demographic in the country, but they’re also a significant fraction of the rental market.

Sources:

http://blog.remax.com/five-things-to-know-millennials-and-home-buying-1726599648.html

http://www.realtor.org/field-guides/field-guide-to-millennial-home-buyers

http://www.realtytoday.com/articles/57536/20151201/real-estate-tips-things-that-real-estate-industry-should-know-about-millennials.htm

 

Helpful Advice To Use When Purchasing Property

First-time homebuyersIf you’re fresh at purchasing real estate, you might want to read this over and then recruit the help of reputable real estate agents. Professionals have resources you don’t, including computer software that allows one to effectively search all MLS listings. The MLS tools available to professionals are more detailed than those accessible by the average individual, and are able to advise you with greater accuracy and insight. Many first-time home buyers don’t take the time to get prequalified. They also often don’t take the time to shop around to find the best mortgage for their particular situation. It’s important to ask plenty of questions and make sure you understand the home loan process completely.

Getting pre-approved gives the buyer a chance to find out how much home they can afford. A competent loan officer will tell the buyer not only the principal and interest payments per month, but also the estimated taxes, insurance and mortgage insurance monthly amounts. This gives the borrower a true number to work with in order to decide their comfort zone when looking at potential properties. Also, sellers will be more interested in negotiating with you, and accepting you as their purchaser, if you’re working with a good RE agent, and if you’ve already been preapproved for a mortgage loan. If you are not preapproved, it can lengthen the timeline of the purchasing process, and can result in additional costs.

Before buying a home, get an inspector to examine it. You don’t want to have a home that needs tons of renovating. Not only will this cost a lot, you might need to change your living situation until it’s fixed.

One simple way to start the entire real estate buying process is to get organized. You should have a notebook full of the information you get from newspapers, friends, online, and also from your agent. This will avoid confusion and make it easier for you to compare different offerings. Remember that your offer is very unlikely to be the only one on the table, so make a good offer. Do what you can to ensure it’s appealing to a seller.

If you are looking to purchase some of or all of a building in order to open a business, make sure it is in a good neighborhood. When you open a business that is located in a poor neighborhood, most likely you will not have a large pool of customers. Real estate agents will be able to advise you as to the best places to open a business. It’s easy to get wrapped up in your present needs, but you should also think about reselling the home before you buy. The average first-time buyer expects to stay in a home for around 10 years, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ 2013 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers.

Factor maintenance and repair costs into your buying budget, because even brand-new homes will require some work. Don’t leave yourself short and let your home deteriorate.

When deciding on an agent, it is important to have a list of questions already planned out. You will want to know how many homes were sold during the previous year, as well as the number in your target area. The agent should be prepared to answer all of these questions in a professional manner. It’s absolutely vital that you find a real estate professional who understands your goals and who is ready and able to guide you through the home buying process.
If you’ve made an offer for a house that seller didn’t take, don’t be discouraged, since you might find a better home. See if they might offer to cover closing costs or necessary repairs prior to you moving in.

Request a checklist from your Realtor to put yourself in the best position before buying. There are many Realtors that have a checklist like this already prepared. It covers the entire home-buying process, from choosing a house to getting a loan. Using this checklist can help you make sure that you have completed everything in time to close the sale.

Buying real estate isn’t as difficult as it might seem. You need to take some time to educate yourself and ask lots of questions. If, you use these tips, then you’ll be able to make a wise decision on your next real estate purchase. Call me to make your home buying easier ( 917-952-7364 ).

The Home Buyer’s Guide

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Brooklynnybpo.com LLC is made up of people, and people buy homes. We’re not just experienced real estate professionals in the New York City, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island real estate markets, we’re home buyers too. It takes more than a trained real estate agent to understand the needs and concerns of buyer clients. It takes someone who has been there, someone who has the same concerns when they’re home shopping.

We don’t want to minimize the technical aspects of the home buying process though. Every year it becomes more Continue reading

Brooklyn Housing Market Today

clear camera 253 (Small)Whether you are buying, selling or investing in residential property it is always a smart choice to check out what the Brooklyn Housing Market is doing today or better yet, for the last quarter. I use several sources to seek  out my information but for an individual a really great place to go is Trulia.

According to Trulia, the average price per square foot in Brooklyn is about $581 which is up 9% percent from last year. The average price for a home is around $600,000.  Trulia does an awesome job of breaking it down by neighborhood. Take a moment to check out the housing market. When you are done, cruise over to my website and see all of the properties I have for sale. I also have apartments for rent and I am happy to help you locate exactly what you want.

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Spring Home Buying Season

small_R_blue_jpgAccording to realtor.com® The spring home buying season is off to a stronger start than at this time last year, with modest price increases and a spike in inventory, according to realtor.com’s National Housing Trend Report for March. 

The number of properties for sale on realtor.com® in March rose 9.5% above March 2013 levels, to 1,841,844 units, according to the report. The median list price of $199,900 was 5.3% higher than in March of last year, and the median age of inventory increased 22.9% above the year-ago figures, to 102 days on the market, the report’s data showed.

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Renovation Revolution

It hasn’t been so long ago when Americans were losing their homes or so far underwater they walked away. Thankfully the Government stepped in and many have been able to stay in their home. Optimism on a better economy has brought on the Renovation Revolution.

I was speaking to a client who was considering selling her home but has since changed her mind. I asked her what was causing her to hesitate on the sell. She told me   Continue reading

Mortgage Interest Rates Reduced

Mortgage Interest Rates were reduced this week from 4.37% to 4.32% edging 30 year mortgage rates to near record lows again. The reduction will certainly stir up home buyers.

Home sales have fell slightly, especially in the North and  Northeast, but due mostly to intense winter weather. A lack of available homes in several areas also account for falling home sales.

Spring is here and weather is clearing, this coupled with the reduction in mortgage interest rates will bring a renewed spirit to home buyers and I see a big jump in home sales.

Brooklynnybpo.com currently lists 1,859 homes for sale in New York, a place that has been hit both by bad weather and a slow recovery from Hurricane Sandy. You can find exactly what you are looking for, I am here if you need assistance.