Testimonials

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Meet Real Estate Broker Debra Bondy

Dickler and Roth is going to spotlight a few New York City brokers whom we have worked with in order to give readers an idea of the different personalities and qualities that make different brokers successful. If you are buying or selling your home, you should meet with several brokers to get a feel of . . . → Read More: Meet Real Estate Broker Debra Bondy

Effective Communication Between Lawyers and Brokers

I work with a lot of real estate brokers. Some of them are great and some of them could use some advice on how to work with real estate lawyers. It’s not that they are bad brokers, but learning effective communication can help them become great brokers.

Here are my 4 tips:

No assumptions Don’t . . . → Read More: Effective Communication Between Lawyers and Brokers

What is a CEMA?

A CEMA (Consolidation Extension and Modification Agreement) is used when a borrower refinances their mortgage to save on the mortgage recording tax.

If the purchaser intends to obtain a mortgage to buy a home (but not a coop), it is possible for the seller’s mortgage to be assigned to the purchaser, thereby saving the mortgage . . . → Read More: What is a CEMA?

Mansion Tax

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Way back in the last century (1989 to be exact), Governor Cuomo (the first) enacted a tax on residential properties of over $1 million. This 1% tax is imposed on the buyers and known as the “Mansion Tax” or by veterans of the real estate world, the “Cuomo Tax.

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Closing Date: It’s All in the Closing Details

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35 years ago, a wise law school professor taught me that there were only three simple items that need to be stated in a real estate contract for the contract to be enforceable:

The what: the property description or simply an address. How much: the price. When: the closing . . . → Read More: Closing Date: It’s All in the Closing Details

Escrow Accounts with Coops

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A common, but infuriating, occurrence in buying into a coop is putting money in escrow. After being subjected to the invasive, coop application and interview process, after their financial information has been exposed and reviews by strangers, buyers are told essentially “welcome to the building but we don’t trust . . . → Read More: Escrow Accounts with Coops

3 Mistakes People Make When Hiring a Real Estate Attorney

In New York, you want to hire a real estate attorney. It’s too risky not to. Most people make the same few mistakes?

Mistake #1: Wait until after they have found their ideal apartment or house and have an accepted offer.

Why is this a mistake? The pressure is on. You need to find a . . . → Read More: 3 Mistakes People Make When Hiring a Real Estate Attorney

Selling Combined Apartments

If you combined two apartments and are now putting that combination on the market, you need to be aware of a few things. Make sure you have all the paperwork necessary. This includes records of the condo or coop approval and confirmation that the application to combine the apartments was approved by the NYC Department . . . → Read More: Selling Combined Apartments

Do You Have a Will?

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The first time you buy real estate – no matter your age – it makes you feel like an adult. I’ve had clients say this to me many times.

So you have a home now. Maybe you have kids already or some on the way.

What’s your plan for . . . → Read More: Do You Have a Will?

New Construction in Brooklyn

It seems like everywhere you look in Brooklyn – from the Atlantic Yards to Fort Greene to Williamsburg – residential towers are going up. Some of these are rentals and some are sales, and some experts are predicting a glut in the market. Does this mean that you should wait to buy? Unfortunately there is . . . → Read More: New Construction in Brooklyn