Real Estate Blog

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 14:09

When purchasing real estate, environmental issues may not be at the top of everyone’s priorities. However, environmental regulations are a serious issue, especially for anyone looking to purchase a property for commercial purposes. That being said, almost anyone can suffer from environmental hazards, particularly if the property once housed a business. Here are just some of the ways that...

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Wednesday, June 2, 2021 - 16:20

Writing a real estate contract is one of the most essential parts of any real estate transaction. And yet, people will gladly sign the terms of a real estate contract without understanding what it means for them. For buyers and sellers alike, the contract can impose a number of legal responsibilities that can cost valuable time and money, but they can also help to protect either side of the...

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Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 12:27 reported that residents of an apartment complex in Glendale, Queens have complained of odors emanating from the unoccupied units as a result of their landlord’s extreme hoarding.


An empty first-floor...

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Monday, January 23, 2017 - 14:48

In 2015, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s changes to the New York State School Tax Relief Program (STAR), affected many homeowners. There are two types of STAR Programs: Basic and Enhanced.


The Basic Program provides a $300 tax reduction and there is no age requirement. To qualify for Basic STAR the resident and/or their spouse cannot have a combined income of more than $500,000.

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Monday, October 24, 2016 - 15:39

Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to announce changes to the city’s air rights policy, affecting the way how unused development rights are bought and sold. Crain’s New York Business reported that the City Planning Commission has also solicited...

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 10:01

Law360 reports seventy-six municipalities across New York will be receiving grants to help fight the abundance of “Zombie Properties” popping up across the state. “Zombie Properties” are abandoned homes that are not being maintained during the foreclosure process....

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - 13:39

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released its report on building permits issued in the city. According to Crain’s New York Business, only 7,439 permits were issued so far this year. The agency predicts that, at this pace, only 13,000 permits will be given out to developers by the end...

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 09:14

Last month, the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) and the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York (union) negotiated wages for construction workers on 421a sites.  Unable to come to an agreement, the 421a tax abatement program expired in December 2015.

The 421a abatement program...

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 00:00

A new law passed by the De Blasio administration concerning real estate sales in New York City requires disclosure of the names of shell company members.  Over half the luxury condos that sold for five million or more last year were purchased by LLCs.  Depending on the state in which the LLC was formed, individual members may not need to be named.  (For example, filing for an LLC in Delaware...

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Friday, June 19, 2015 - 09:05

Any U.S. person having foreign bank accounts with an aggregate value in excess of $10,000 at any time in tax year 2014 is required by law to file annual  FBAR (FinCEN Form 114) by June 30, 2015. Any U.S. person (this is not limited to only U.S. citizens) who had foreign accounts (bank, securities, insurance and/or annuity policies, mutual funds, etc.) with aggregate value exceeding $10,000.00...

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