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How to read an alteration agreement for your NYC co-op or condo renovation
Blog 12 hours ago
How to read an alteration agreement for your NYC co-op or condo renovation

If you plan on renovating your New York City condo or co-op, you will typically need to sign an alteration agreement in order to do the work. This...

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Thinking of buying a NYC apartment in estate condition? Here's what you need to know
Blog 18 hours ago
Thinking of buying a NYC apartment in estate condition? Here's what you need to know

Which type of non-doorman building is safer in NYC, a walk-up or one with an elevator? Which type of non-doorman building is safer in NYC, a walk...

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Would you rent this Murray Hill studio with a windowed sleeping loft, for $2,700
Blog 1 day ago
Would you rent this Murray Hill studio with a windowed sleeping loft, for $2,700

If you're young and just starting out in NYC and don't want to live with roommates, but still want a central location in Manhattan, your living...

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Far Rockaway tenants sue landlord, 'Billions' penthouse for sale, & more
Blog 1 day ago
Far Rockaway tenants sue landlord, 'Billions' penthouse for sale, & more

Red Hook's most expensive single-family, 156 Beard St., sold for $4.35 million on November 1 (press release) A recent Furman Center report shows...

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How can our apartment building fight a contractor's lien?
Blog 1 day ago
How can our apartment building fight a contractor's lien?

Having a lien on your building or apartment means someone else has a claim on it and it could prevent your building and apartment owners from...

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6 things I wish I'd known about my NYC apartment before I moved in
Blog 1 day ago
6 things I wish I'd known about my NYC apartment before I moved in

When it comes to finding an apartment in New York City, there's one thing you can count on: You won't find the perfect place no matter how hard you...

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A renovated condo with oval rooms at the Ansonia, for $4,295,000
Blog 2 days ago
A renovated condo with oval rooms at the Ansonia, for $4,295,000

Welcome to Brick Underground's luxury pick of the week, a feature spotlighting a condo, co-op, or townhouse for sale with an asking price of at...

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Landlords shun Section 8 renters, noisy bars in Greenpoint, & more
Blog 2 days ago
Landlords shun Section 8 renters, noisy bars in Greenpoint, & more

Landlords in NYC appear to discriminate against apartment seekers who pay rent using Section 8 housing vouchers (The City) Residents of the...

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What's the difference between a co-signer and a guarantor?
Blog 2 days ago
What's the difference between a co-signer and a guarantor?

You may have heard the terms co-signer and guarantor being used in regards to your rental application, particularly if you don't meet the income...

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My co-op board interview: The tables were turned because I had an exit strategy
Blog 3 days ago
My co-op board interview: The tables were turned because I had an exit strategy

Can my building's super be on our co-op board? Can my landlord ask me to get a guarantor for a rent-stabilized apartment? When's the best time of...

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6 great alternatives to marble and granite for your NYC kitchen renovation: Quartz, quartzite, porcelain, soapstone, & more
Blog 3 days ago
6 great alternatives to marble and granite for your NYC kitchen renovation: Quartz, quartzite, porcelain, soapstone, & more

Can my building's super be on our co-op board? Can my landlord ask me to get a guarantor for a rent-stabilized apartment? When's the best time of...

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5 things I learned redoing my NYC living room over the course of a year
Blog 3 days ago
5 things I learned redoing my NYC living room over the course of a year

Can my building's super be on our co-op board? Can my landlord ask me to get a guarantor for a rent-stabilized apartment? When's the best time of...

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An UWS landlord gets cuffed, nine affordable housing lotteries kick off in Brooklyn, & more
Blog 6 days ago
An UWS landlord gets cuffed, nine affordable housing lotteries kick off in Brooklyn, & more

The landlord of an Upper West Side building, where tenants claim to have gone five months without gas, was arrested after a scuffle with a NY1...

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A three-bedroom co-op with Prospect Park views for $1,195,000, no board approval required
Blog 6 days ago
A three-bedroom co-op with Prospect Park views for $1,195,000, no board approval required

Welcome to Brick Underground's sponsor apartment pick of the week, where we feature a co-op for sale by the owner of the building. You do not need...

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Astoria vs. Forest Hills: Which neighborhood is for you?
Blog 1 week ago
Astoria vs. Forest Hills: Which neighborhood is for you?

Can my landlord ask me to get a guarantor for a rent-stabilized apartment? When's the best time of year to buy or sell a NYC apartment? Astoria and...

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Can my landlord ask me to get a guarantor for a rent-stabilized apartment?
Blog 1 week ago
Can my landlord ask me to get a guarantor for a rent-stabilized apartment?

A guarantor comes into play in when you are renting in New York City if your finances fail to meet the requirements set by landlords. Typically,...

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With few deals to be found, NYC renters are staying put
Blog 1 week ago
With few deals to be found, NYC renters are staying put

Rising rents and fewer freebies are discouraging New York City renters from making a move to a new apartment if they don't have to-because they won...

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Two UES condos that can be combined into a five bedroom, for $4,790,000
Blog 1 week ago
Two UES condos that can be combined into a five bedroom, for $4,790,000

Welcome to Brick Underground's luxury pick of the week, a feature spotlighting a condo, co-op, or townhouse for sale with an asking price of at...

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Greenpoint vs. Long Island City: Which neighborhood is right for you?
Blog 1 week ago
Greenpoint vs. Long Island City: Which neighborhood is right for you?

Are postwar buildings from the 1950s and '60s constructed better than ones built later? When's the best time of year to buy or sell a NYC apartment...

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Shopping for a Murphy bed? The best wall beds for NYers, from budget to high end
Blog 1 week ago
Shopping for a Murphy bed? The best wall beds for NYers, from budget to high end

Are postwar buildings from the 1950s and '60s constructed better than ones built later? When's the best time of year to buy or sell a NYC apartment...

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5 Crown Heights studios and one bedrooms in new and renovated buildings, for under $600,000
Blog 1 week ago
5 Crown Heights studios and one bedrooms in new and renovated buildings, for under $600,000

Apartment hunting in Brooklyn? You might want to check out Crown Heights, which has a lot of new residential development these days, with the...

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What makes a co-op different from a condo, apps to unlock your best NYC life, & more
Blog 1 week ago
What makes a co-op different from a condo, apps to unlock your best NYC life, & more

This week, readers visited Brick Underground for a cheat sheet on co-ops and condos. Condos are typically newer and buyers receive a traditional...

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A UES luxury condo building goes broke, Park Slope residents fed up with construction, & more
Blog 1 week ago
A UES luxury condo building goes broke, Park Slope residents fed up with construction, & more

Be glad you don’t live in this luxury Upper East Side condo building, which has run out of money, and can’t pay staff or fund operations, thanks to...

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What's the difference between jumbo and conforming loans?
Blog 1 week ago
What's the difference between jumbo and conforming loans?

If you're apartment shopping in New York City and you need to get a mortgage in order pull off your housing goals, you've probably come across the...

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Landlords settle in discrimination case, Extell construction at a standstill, & more
Blog 2 weeks ago
Landlords settle in discrimination case, Extell construction at a standstill, & more

Landlords in Far Rockaway have agreed to pay a $1 million settlement after accusations of discrimination against renters with criminal records (The...

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Here are the NYC apartments for sale with the deepest price chops in October
Blog 2 weeks ago
Here are the NYC apartments for sale with the deepest price chops in October

New York City sellers were in more of a holding pattern last month. RealtyHop's price drop report for NYC for October saw a slight increase in the...

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Can I install a washer/dryer in my NYC apartment?
Blog 2 weeks ago
Can I install a washer/dryer in my NYC apartment?

For some co-op and condo boards, allowing shareholders and owners to install a washer/dryer in their apartment poses too great a risk. Here's what...

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Jersey City reins in Airbnb, NYers approve extended development review, & more
Blog 2 weeks ago
Jersey City reins in Airbnb, NYers approve extended development review, & more

Airbnb suffered in Jersey City elections: A majority of residents supported tighter limits on short-term rentals in the city, including a ban in...

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Ask Sam: When can tenants legally withhold their rent?
Blog 2 weeks ago
Ask Sam: When can tenants legally withhold their rent?

Withholding rent is still a good strategy for getting your landlord to act. Here are the instances in which you can legally use this tactic....

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Would you live in this UWS studio with lots of prewar detail, for $2,225
Blog 2 weeks ago
Would you live in this UWS studio with lots of prewar detail, for $2,225

What this Beaux Art studio on the Upper West Side lacks in terms of fancy amenities it makes up for it in prewar detail and lots of character....

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