May 29th, 2012 — 2:06pm
Last week, after 70 years of serving Manhattan’s midtown crowd, the New York institution known as The Primeburger closed.
It was known as much for its 1950’s high school swing out seats as for its delicious burgers. When they announced the closing saddened crowds of long time faithful customers gathered to eat their last meal. Continue reading »
Comment » | Commercial Corner, News
May 14th, 2012 — 1:19pm
Contracts for the purchase or sale of real property in New York invariably include a provision that requires the seller to deliver a so-called “FIRPTA” affidavit to the purchaser at closing. Often times, the parties are not familiar with the requirements surrounding the FIRPTA affidavit. However, in today’s market, with the ever growing presence of foreign real estate investors and developers, it is imperative that real estate buyers and sellers understand the implications of the FIRPTA requirements. Continue reading »
Comment » | FIRPTA, News, Special Taxes fro Non-Residents, Taxes for Non-Residents
March 20th, 2012 — 8:05am
As interest rates for commercial loans remain low, many property owners will pursue financing for their businesses or seek to refinance their current loans. The first document that a borrower is asked to sign in connection with a commercial loan is the loan commitment letter. The main goal of the loan commitment letter is to set forth the basic terms of the loan (how much, for how long, at what rate) as well as outline some other critical provisions (e.g., prepayment rights, transfer rights and required escrows).
Here are some points to keep in mind when negotiating a loan commitment letter: Continue reading »
Comment » | Commerical Loans, News
March 14th, 2012 — 9:59am
First things first. When selling real estate (be it an apartment house, office building, townhouse or a co-operative or condominium apartment) Sellers should enter into a written agreement with their Broker setting forth their understanding. The agreement should be fair and reasonable for BOTH sides. Selling real estate is a collaborative effort and the agreement between the Sellers and their Broker should keep both sides eager to work together and ensure that neither feels they have been or will be treated unfairly. Continue reading »
Comment » | Broker’s Fees, News, The Brokers World
February 1st, 2012 — 10:25am
By now almost everyone is familiar with the transfer taxes imposed by the City and the State on sales of real property or co-operative apartments. However, not everyone knows that non-residents must also pay a tax on their gain at the time of closing. This can lead to a delay in the closing by unaware sellers. Continue reading »
Comment » | Special Taxes fro Non-Residents, Taxes for Non-Residents
December 29th, 2011 — 1:29pm
A simple way to check if you might be sleeping with bedbugs in the apartment you’re thinking of buying is to check the bedbug registry.
At first, the site is tricky since for some addresses it requires “East” or “West” and for others you need to use “E” or “W” instead. Further, for NYC, you need to go to the City Maps section, click on New York and then insert the address.This is a site where people can post reports of bedbug sightings and what happened. The site also allow for disputes to be posted. As of December 27, 2011, there were 4,490 postings in New York City.
So you have to tool around a bit to find the building you are searching.
However, once you get beyond the oddities of the address searching, the site is quite informative. For example, a recent search revealed that a building had a full blown thermal remediation in April only to find several reports of bedbugs again a month later. The site also provides a terrifying little map which shows bedbug sightings in the neighborhood you are searching. Mercifully, if the building you are searching has no reports, it will advise you that there are no bedbug sightings posted. Continue reading »
Comment » | Bedbugs, Bedbugs, News