Tag Archives: New York City real estate

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’? […]

What Are Air Rights, and What Do They Mean for CRE Developers and Investors? by Matt Frankel

Tutorial about air rights

The phrase air rights, depending on who you you’re speaking with, conjures up various thoughts and opinions over exactly what they are! There is of course the environmental and aviation context, but for the purposes of this article we speak of the ability for a developer to build a building to a certain vertical height. One can possess air rights […]

Buying a Property in New York? Remember You Have the RIGHT to Choose Your Title Insurance Provider!

Who is providing your title insurance in New York

Does it Matter Which Company Provides the Title Insurance for Your Real Estate Transaction? If you are a New Yorker buying a primary home, a second home or a commercial property, more often than not your attorney will choose the title insurance provider for your transaction. And truth-be-told, the first time you even hear about […]

July 1, 2019 New York State and New York City Real Estate Transfer Taxes Slated to Rise!

New York State real estate transfer tax and New York City mansion tax

July 1st the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance will be imposing an increase in the state real estate transfer tax and mansion tax in New York City!  The NYS transfer tax increase will affect residential property sales above $3MM and all other property types sales above $2MM. the increase will be $2.50 per […]

Title Insurance, Consumer Protection And Beating A Dead Horse!

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Over the years Hallmark Abstract Service has strived to educate the real estate buying community in New York about what they need to know about the title insurance they will be purchasing in the course of their commercial or residential transaction!  The firm has written many articles that stress some of the critical title insurance issues that they, […]

NYC Supertalls: Where Size Does Matter!

supertall buildings in NYC

Driving into Manhattan from Long Island one can’t help but notice that dotting the skyline are buildings that dwarf those around them! These, are the supertalls! Defined as a building that is greater than 984-feet tall, these buildings include the famous such as One World Trade Center as well as the infamous like 432 Park Avenue. […]

$100MM NYC Air-Rights Deal Cut But Not Yet Consummated On Manhattan’s West Side

Manhattan real estate development

Yesterday it was noted that NYC’s de Blasio administration is considering two potential changes to the air-rights policy that’s currently in place! The article, ‘Changes To NYC Air-Rights Policy Are On The Horizon‘, examined how tougher disclosure rules may be implemented to increase the transparency of air-rights deals along with the potential to ease the restrictions on […]

New York City’s 100 Worst Landlords

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For a prospective renter of an apartment in NYC, knowing the quality of the landlord is one more metric to consider when making a decision about where to live! But the question is, how do they do that? Here’s some help! NYC Government Oversight The Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPB) will, among other mandates, ‘respond […]

NYC Rental Apartments: How Many Roommates Are Too Many Roommates?

New York City Roommate Law Questions And Answers Given the (exorbitant) monthly rents being asked by building owners for apartments throughout New York City, a common question that frequently gets asked by prospective tenants concerns just how many people are legally allowed to live in any given unit? For some answers, and through the wonders of networking, I was […]

Is High-End Real Estate Getting Soft?

The answer to the question will depend on the location of the home but, some anecdotal evidence is pointing to an answer of yes! Anyone who knows about real estate knows that the three most important factors concerning the attractiveness of a property are location, location and location! For high-end markets like the one in New […]