Category: Community Living

Buying & Selling
1996 Sep Selling Your Apartment

We've all heard that old adage little things mean a lot. This is especially true when you're trying to sell your co-op or condo apartment. The way you present your property to prospective buyers can make all the difference between succ…

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Buying & Selling
1996 Apr Surviving the Apartment Search

I have always thought of myself as a good person. I have a job, I earn a living, I buy American-made products, do community service, visit my parents at least once a month and freely admit to watching Melrose Place. As if that weren't eno…

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Real Estate Trends
1996 Mar The Elderly Population is Booming

How to Handle a Demand for Special Services Will you trade in your co-op or condo for a Florida address when you reach retirement age? Don't be so sure. More and more New Yorkers are choosing to age in place in the same apartment they fell…

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Buying & Selling
1995 Nov Changes in Lead Law

If you thought asbestos was a problem, wait until you hear about lead. Found in 57 million private homes in the United States (two million in New York City), lead-based paint poisons young children, reduces IQs, and causes learning disabili…

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Buying & Selling
1995 Nov Getting Approved

It has been compared to a trip to the dentist and a police interrogation. The very mention of it makes potential buyers' knees tremble and sets brokers' eyes rolling heavenward. What could strike such apprehension in even the most jaded New…

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Buying & Selling
1995 Oct Deciding on a Broker

Unlike most places in America, Manhattan does not have a multiple listing service, a directory that outlines all the properties currently for sale in a given region. Instead, New Yorkers rely on real estate brokers to get the word out that …

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Buying & Selling
1995 Oct How Low Can You Go?

In June 1992, the board of directors of a 160-unit co-op in Port Chester, New York made the same decision that countless boards have made before and since: They rejected the proposed sale of an apartment within their property. However, in…

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Buying & Selling
1995 Jul/Aug Buying an Apartment the '90s Way

The electronic age has reached the New York real estate market, bringing new ways of buying and selling apartments. Instead of spending weekends and evenings visiting real estate brokers and traipsing through neighborhoods looking for the…

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Buying & Selling
1995 Feb Get That Mortgage!

Despite today's relatively low interest rates, it's not always easy to get financing. Lenders are more cautious because of the problems they incurred in the '80s, and banks and other institutions are more stringent than ever about the qua…

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