Essential Real Estate Guides

Your guide to the NYC real estate market

ACRIS Search Guide

This comprehensive guide will teach you how to use ACRIS NYC to search property records, deeds, and other documents. We’ll help you better understand what the Automated City Register Information System is as well as how to perform a search using main options.

NYC Heat Law: 2023 Requirements

NYC heating season begins on October 1st and continues through May 31st. During these colder months, NYC heat laws require your landlord to ensure your apartment is sufficiently warm. Read below for more information about the NYC heat laws and your remedies if you find yourself in a situation where your apartment lacks sufficient heat.

Real Estate Tokenization Guide

When it comes to possible applications for blockchain and cryptocurrencies in the real estate industry the most exciting would be the tokenizing of real estate. We’re taking an in-depth look at how to tokenize a property as well as the legal, regulatory, and technical challenges involved.

Flex Wall Guide: How to Build Temporary Pressurized Walls in NYC

Building a temporary wall can be a great way to partition your apartment, but changes to NYC laws have made it challenging to build full, pressurized walls. Nowadays, most landlords will only approve partial or bookshelf walls.

Renting Versus Buying in NYC: Full Guide

One of the biggest decisions many New Yorkers have to make is if renting or buying is right for them. While buying a NYC apartment is a dream for many, there are times when renting is simply more convenient or even more economical.

New York Sublet Laws and Legality Guide

The average one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan costs approximately $3,400 a month. As such, sublet and short-term rentals are very popular. Whether you are looking for a sublet for three days or three months, in the fast-paced New York City real estate market you are bound to find a listing that can meet your needs. However, current New York City tenants should tread lightly because illegally subletting your apartment may be grounds for eviction.

Sublease Agreement NYC Guide

Subleasing an apartment can seem daunting at times. Many NYC landlords make it difficult to sublet, but you almost always have the right to sublease. We'll explore some of the legal nuances of subletting and walk you through the process of how to sublease your apartment.

1031 Exchange NYC: Rules & Guide

If you've ever thought about investing in real estate you've probably heard the term 1031 exchange thrown around by realtors and other investors. You may be thinking "What is a 1031 Exchange?" or "How does it work in NYC?". Simply put a 1031, or "like-kind" exchange is an effective way to defer income taxes on real estate investments and has, therefore, become an essential tool for real estate investors.

NYC Buyer and Seller Closing Costs Guide and Calculator

Learn about buyer and seller closing costs in NYC with our guide and calculator. Whether you're buying or selling a condo, co-op, or townhouse, we'll cover it all from taxes, bank fees, and legal fees to who pays for what to how to calculate your estimated closing costs.

Apartment Renovation NYC Guide

If you live in New York City, you know that few things are cheap or easy. An overriding characteristic of the city is that even mundane tasks can be difficult, and everyday things expensive. When it comes to remodeling and renovation work in New York City – neither of which is routine – it’s a complicated and time-consuming undertaking made more so when it’s being done in Manhattan.

Real Estate Lawyers in NYC: How to Find and Hire the Best

Buying or selling an apartment in NYC is a significant transaction that should not be taken lightly. As such, it's not advisable to consider purchasing a co-op or a condo without consulting with a real estate lawyer first.

The Principal Agent Problem in Real Estate

Have you ever wondered if your real estate agent is working in your best interest? Or are their actions motivated by their own best interest? The principal agent problem is a common occurrence in real estate and can result in financial harm towards the principal.