Though we've experienced a mild winter thus far in New York, sometimes it's still nice to bundle up and gather with friends and family in warm and cozy spaces. While there's a variety of ways to make a room feel more cozy and inviting, painting the walls yellow or incorporating carefully-selected yellow furniture can provide a nice pivot away from cozy, and gracefully point toward spring and summer.
Most often when we think of yellow, we think of the summer, the sun, fair weather, blue skies, and a bit of fun. In celebration of the rain that's forecasted for the next week, and with an eye toward a brighter and more promising New Year, we thought we'd share a few of our favorite yellow and optimistic interior spaces.
A few times we've run into the question of whether it's a good idea to view apartments that are slightly more than what you would like to spend. The short answer would be yes. The longer answer, as you might imagine, is that it depends.
Whether a property is a co-op, condominium, townhouse, or multi-family home, one of the key factors when considering whether an apartment fits within your price range is to distinguish between an apartment's listing price and its monthly carrying cost.
Listing price only takes into account the amount that the owner believes the property is worth. Listing price does not take into account the total monthly charges. For instance, if Apartment A is listed at $575,000 and Apartment B is listed at $525,000 then it would make sense to assume that Apartment A is the more expensive property. However, a closer look might reveal a different story.
For instance, assuming that both apartments are in co-operative buildings that require a minimum...
As the curtains gradually close on 2015, we would be amiss if we did not thank you for choosing to work with Curlew New York. Our customers and clients are the lifeblood of our business, and the key to making sure that we can continue offering our services to those moving into, away from, and around and about New York City.
We understand that you have plenty of choices for real estate companies to work with. And as we're continuing to grow as a company; build our list of contacts and resources; and remain in-tune and up-to-date with what it takes to create and sustain a successful real estate brokerage here in New York City, each time you give us a call, drop us a line, follow us on Twitter, sign up for our newsletter, or inquire regarding a listing, you help us continue to be able to serve you.
We offer the very best wishes to you and yours throughout the holiday season, and look forward to meeting and helping you with your real estate needs...
"The sun dipped low, barely passing from view, and the curlew's first Arctic night dropped like a grey mist around him. The tundra cooled quickly, and as it cooled the gale that had howled all day suddenly died. Dusk, but not darkness followed. "
Last of the Curlews
There's a common understanding that real estate is a seasonal business. As the weather heats up, the market heats up. As the holiday season approaches, the market cools down. Home-owners are less interested in putting their apartments on the market. Prospective buyers are less motivated to continue their searches. However, for those willing to ignore the common trends, to move through and about the cooler weather and holiday season, there's often deals to be had.
While there’s always more to learn about the intricacies of purchasing and selling real estate in New York City, there’s just as much to learn about the individual apartments and homes you’ll view as you move through your search for the perfect home or investment property.
While having a seasoned buyer’s agent on your side at the appointments can help, it never hurts to be bold and asks as many questions as you can before, during, and after the appointment. Whether the listing is for sale by owner or being shown to you by a real estate agent representing the owner, it’s not guaranteed that all of your questions will be answered, or that the questions that are fielded will be met with helpful and informative responses -–– nonetheless, ask away.
As you’re viewing the apartment for the first time, remember that the person showing you the property is privy to a wealth of information that neither the building specs; the apartment itself; or the accompanying show sheet and listing details...