Helpful COVID-19 resources for you

Renters Insurance, do I need it?

In order to make the decision on whether to get a renters insurance policy, it is important to know what’s covered, the three types of coverages typically available, and what to watch out for when purchasing your own policy. Please note that each insurance company has different exclusions and coverage limits. Problems and frustrations can arise down the road if you don’t fully understand what’s included and excluded in your policy.  There are three essential types of coverage: 1) Personal…

10 WAYS TO STAY SANE & ACTIVE WHILE SOCIAL DISTANCING

There’s no denying that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has put a stop to almost all outdoor activities. With increased home quarantines and social distancing measures, cancelling outdoor adventures has become the new norm. This may leave you bored, anxious, and searching for ways to stay fit.  We feel ya! That’s why we’ve put together this guide with ways to stay sane and active during the pandemic. BENEFITS OF STAYING ACTIVE & GETTING OUTDOORS DURING A QUARANTINE PERIOD  Boredom is not the…

Easy Ways to Improve Your Home’s Value Through Curb Appeal

If you’re preparing your home for sale, it’s important to address not only the inside but the outside as well. A buyer’s first impression of your home should be welcoming and encourage them to enter the house and see themselves living there. This article will discuss some of the ways you can maximize your home’s value by working on its curb appeal.    Take a Tough Look at Your House’s Exterior   You may have many emotional attachments to your…

The New Rent Laws: What You Need To Know (For Now) by Jessica Feder-Birnbaum

The new rent laws that went into affect in June 2019 have been overhauled to protect tenants. Landlords and management companies are scrambling to be law abiding and stay profitable. As with any new system, there’s a learning curve. Landlord feedback is that the laws skew too highly in favor of tenants. How pushback will alter these policies remains to be seen. Whether you’re a rent stabilized or market rate tenant, read on to see what these changes are and…

Get the Most out of Selling Your Home with These Terrific Tips

If you’re like most homeowners, your house is one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make.  With that in mind, when it’s time to sell you want to maximize your home’s sale price. By enlisting the help of some pros and turning your smartphone into your personal, pocket-sized assistant, you can stay on top of everything it takes to help your home sell.  Declutter.  A cluttered home can appear to lack space and organization.  Also, having your belongings around can…

According To Interior Designers, Here’s How To Stage Your Home

If you’re looking to sell your home, it’ll pay to think about what caught your eye when you first stepped in. Besides fitting in with your budget, what sold you? How did you feel when you first stepped in? And how could you better the impact? With that said, it’ll also pay to take in these handy home staging cues from the interior designers at firm Décor Aid. Entryway: Just like with the way you dress and present yourself, it…

Helpful Tips for Purchasing the Perfect Vacation Home for Retirement

Making the leap and purchasing a vacation home is an exciting experience. It means you can visit your favorite travel destination without paying for impersonal hotels or booking accommodation months in advance. But before you settle on your dream home, make sure that it meets the needs of your family and fits your budget. Avoid Common Mistakes People who purchase a vacation home on a whim are likely to make a few mistakes. According to MarketWatch, people often put too…

A Student’s Guide to Renting in NYC

Congratulations! You’re attending school in New York City! Going off to college is one of the most exciting things you do in life, especially when it’s coupled with moving to a new place. But it can also be daunting. Whether you’re moving right into an apartment your freshman year or are looking to move out of your dorm hall, I’m here to help you navigate your way through renting as a student in NYC. I went to NYU in 2010…

How to Land Your Dream Apartment in New York City

Apartment searching anywhere can start out being very fun and quickly turn into a very time-consuming and daunting process. Looking for apartments in New York City, specifically, can leave seekers feeling very helpless due to higher rents, smaller living spaces and the need to be near the ‘perfect train.’ I would know, by 30 I had lived in midtown East, the Upper East Side, Midtown West, Queens and two stints in Brooklyn. Why is NYC so desirable? • Proximity to mass transportation:…

7 Significant Signs A Neighborhood is Up-and-Coming

If you are interested in relocating to a fun, exciting area, what better place to move to than a neighborhood that is up-and-coming? The old adage says “location, location, location” and has been proven to be the most effective guiding tip when moving. Whether you are moving for work or looking for a complete lifestyle change, here are the top 7 significant signs that a neighborhood is up-and-coming: Monitor Real Estate Trends If you have a desirable area in mind,…