Category Archives: real estate

Homeowners, Renters and Commercial Tenants Are Not Necessarily Created (Treated) Equal In The Coronavirus Crisis!

Visit and Follow us at Instagram, LinkedIn and/or Facebook For individuals with a mortgage on a house or for those who are renting their current home, some level of immediate temporary relief is being offered by the powers that be! And, the same type of relief is available to most consumers for credit card debt […]

Real Estate Considerations for Effect of COVID-19 on Purchase and Sale Agreements

In the new normal of coronavirus or COVID-19, uncertainties have suddenly arisen concerning personal conduct, personal freedom of movement and financial stability, leading to changes in the conduct and implied responsibilities of the various constituencies that are party to a real estate transaction. And while contractual customs and mechanics may vary from locale to locale, the […]

In New York Virtual Notarizations Lead To Virtual Closings in the Age of Coronavirus!

Critical Update March 24, 2020: While virtual closings including virtual notarizations are imminent in New York State, several critical issues still need to be resolved before the bottomline interests of all parties to a transaction are 100% confirmed! These issues include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following: The acceptable and timely acquiring of […]

The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Crisis in Real Estate, Guest Author

Coronavirus pandemic impact on real estate

The Potential Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic on Landlords, Agents, Lenders, Tenants, Owners, Borrowers and Prospective Buyers in Both the Residential and Commercial Real Estate Markets is Discussed Below! Appearing in the Connecticut Law Tribune, this article written by attorney Dwight Merriam, insightfully explores potential impacts that the coronavirus pandemic will have on various individuals and […]

Closing A New York State Real Estate Transaction in the Age of Coronavirus!

Today, and rightfully so, parties to a New York real estate transaction are loath to sit in close proximity to each other regardless of the degree of social distancing being used! In certain instances they may also be unavailable for a sit-down as they are quarantining themselves voluntarily or, because they feel ill, have been […]

Why Aren’t Reverse Mortgages More Popular?

Reverse mortgages represent a way for seniors to tap the equity in their homes, typically without having mortgage payments due each month! The loan is repaid to the lender when the borrower dies, sells the property or leaves the home permanently. The bank cannot seize the home and the borrower is not giving away title […]

Mortgage Shopping: Ten Questions You May Have For Your Mortgage Loan Officer!

Money tree for borrowers

  With the 10-year treasury crossing below .75% this morning, potential homebuyers and those on the fence about refinancing may hop off, and pursue a mortgage loan! In other words, with rates at current levels are banks and other lending institutions offering borrowers the opportunity to basically ‘pick money off of the proverbial money tree’? […]

Record Low Treasury Yields: An Historic Opportunity in the Mortgage Market!

10-year treasury yield at 1.31%

With the 10-year treasury hitting an all-time record low yield today (February 25, 2020) of 1.31%, and mortgage rates at or near historic lows, does it seem to anyone else as if the banks are basically ‘giving’ their money away? For current homeowners with a mortgage already outstanding, or a property owner with far less […]

How Do You Mitigate Various Types Of Risk?

Mitigating real estate risk

Risk is a small word that covers a large range of issues and scenarios including health, investing, recreation and of course, real estate! One need only look at the stock market futures this morning to understand the often-used phrase of ‘risk-off’ that describes the environment where investors take some money off of the table and sell. At-the-same-time, […]

New York State Title Insurance Claims – The Most Common Are…

Whenever you buy an insurance policy you may or may not be expecting to ever have to submit a claim! If it’s health insurance you know that at some point during the year you will need to go to a doctor or specialist and will utilize whatever insurance you may have. Whether or not you will get reimbursed depends […]