Category: Building Operations

Finance
1998 Dec/Jan A Windfall for Sellers

As the year draws to a close, many Americans are still trying to grasp all the revisions in the tax law that went into effect last summer as part of the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997. One of the changes that has the most impact on homeowner…

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Maintenance
1998 Dec/Jan Rooftop Water Tanks

New Yorkers love to brag about having the best-tasting drinking water in the country, although residents of high-rise buildings may not realize that their water makes an extra stop on its way from the reservoir. When high-rise residents t…

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Finance
1997 Nov Real Estate Tax Abatement Update

In June 1996 the New York State legislature addressed the long-acknowledged inequity in real estate taxation between co-ops and condos and single-family homes when it passed a bill authorizing tax abatements for eligible New York City own…

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Maintenance
1997 Nov Capital Improvement Projects

It doesn't matter what type of building you live in or where it is located, eventually it will need some capital improvements. Unfortunately, there's more to it than deciding that the work has to be done and finding a contractor to do the…

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Design
1997 Oct Authenticity Fetches Big Bucks

Real estate brokers are familiar with the scenario: An excited buyer enters a spacious apartment in a building located at a desirable address. Despite the fact that she's been warned by the broker that the interior has been modernized, the …

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Design
1997 Oct Combining Apartments

Have you and your family outgrown your apartment? If so, it is time to find a space large enough for everyone to be spread out in. A three-bedroom apartment would be ideal; but, unfortunately, few are available and prices are escalating rap…

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Finance
1997 Oct Buyers Checklist

For most people, buying a home is the biggest investment they will ever make. But in order to make sure it doesn't become the biggest mistake they ever make, home buyers should do their homework before making a purchase. Following is an e…

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Maintenance
1997 Oct Security Do's & Don'ts

Following is a list of security do's and don'ts for both doorman and non-doorman buildings. Of course the first line of defense, according to many security companies, is to use your common sense. Resident Guidelines 1. Never let str…

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Maintenance
1997 Oct Hidden Dangers:

A little over a year ago tennis star Vitas Gerulitas went to bed in a friend's pool house on Long Island and never woke up. Unbeknownst to him, a faulty pipe was spewing a colorless, odorless, highly poisonous gas into the air and with ea…

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Design
1997 Sep Urban Landscaping

Landscaping is often associated with garden apartments that boast acres of land and rolling hills decorated with towering trees, bountiful flower gardens and lush courtyards. However, landscaping is just as important, if not more so, in …

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