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Could Inaccurate Appraising Make Conventional Mortgages A Thing Of The Past?
Gentrification in the Bronx and Queens has caused previous war zones to become coveted “up and coming” neighborhoods. Drug dealers are moving out and hipsters…
What The End Of Dodd-Frank Means For Real Estate
The wolves of Wall Street are getting ready to run wild again. Donald Trump has just rolled back the Dodd-Frank regulation, brought in to curb…
Brickbats And Bouquets For Mayor De Blasio’s Proposed “Mansion Tax”
Hold on to your brownstones! Mayor Bill de Blasio is proposing a “mansion tax” on homes that sell for over $2 million. The 2.5 percent …
A New Law Increases Traffic Safety In NYC And Benefits Local Real Estate
If you get injured in a traffic accident on NYC’s streets, you now have someone to point the finger at. NYC’s Court of Appeals ruled…
Five Pros And Cons Of Owning A Landmarked Building In NYC
It all started in 1963 with the much-protested demolition of New York’s old Pennsylvania Station. Two years later, NYC’s Landmarks Law was created to protect…
A New Bill Might Put A Time Limit On Scaffolding In NYC
“Yes, We’re Open!” “Entrance This Way.” We’ve all seen those jaunty signs from stores, imploring pedestrians to ignore the thick metal poles, painted bottle green…
Precious 421-a Tax Break Is Back In Play Signaling A Boom In High Rise Construction In NYC
Mention a 421-a tax break to the average New Yorker and their eyes are likely to glaze over. Mention it to a developer and they…
And You Thought Your Landlord Was Bad? This NYC Slumlord Is Just The Worst Of The Worst
New York tenants and landlords have a history of ‘love / hate’ relationships… OK, mostly ‘hate/ hate’, but some landlords make others once thought to…
A Rent Freeze May Offer Temporary Relief For New Yorkers
Putting the words “rent” and “freeze” in the same sentence is possibly a landlord’s worst nightmare.  The only phrase that scares them more is “rent…
De Blasio Makes Affordable Housing Easier For The Needy
Mayor Bill De Blasio recently announced a new set of guidelines for the rent regulated affordable housing lottery. These changes are actually in favor of…
How Mortgage Lenders Discriminate Against Their Most Reliable Borrowers
It is perhaps not so surprising that single women are penalized when it comes to financing, but the real humdinger is the other conclusion the…
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