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Purchasing an Apartment in a New Development

One Riverside BoulevardBuying an apartment in a brand new building or in a conversion from rental to condo/co-op or even in a building under construction that does not yet exist, has enormous appeal for many reasons, including:
1. Everything is new. For some buyers there is nothing that compares to owning a brand new home that no one has lived in before.
2. Ease of purchase. When purchased directly from the sponsor of a new development project there is no intrusive board approval process, i.e. no financial statement, board...

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What to Look for During Your Pre-Closing Walk-Through

checklist-smallWhether or not you are buying your new apartment ‘as is’, it is advisable to refer to a pre-closing walk-through checklist. It all seems standard but when you are there, it’s easy to forget. If there is a post-closing holdover, the contract will typically stipulate the pre-closing walk-through and the post-vacancy walk-through to confirm nothing significant has changed since you took ownership. The detailed inspection below is usually reserved for the final review which takes place after an apartment has been vacated. Below are things to look for during a walk-through:

General...

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Preservation Pays

Preservation Pays
An Upper West Side Architectural Gem Holds Its Value, Generation After Generation

For over 30 years, LANDMARK WEST! (LW!) has worked to protect the architectural character of our Upper West Side neighborhood from insensitive change and development. One of the many gratifying partnerships we enjoy is with Deanna Kory’s team at Corcoran. This past July, together we co-organized the latest in a series of open houses featuring remarkable historic properties on the market. Architectural historian and Columbia University professor Andrew S. Dolkart led a captivating tour of 351 West End Avenue, a beautifully restored 1891 rowhouse designed by Lamb &...

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Cut the Clutter and Make the Sale

Cut the Clutter and Make the Sale

Clutter is an unavoidable nuisance for most. But when it comes to selling a property, it is a serious hindrance. Decluttering your space may be the most important preparation for showing your home – and for landing that coveted asking price, or much higher.

When prospective buyers see your home, they want a blank slate onto which they can project themselves and their future lives. If your home is highly customized (that indigo mood wall, or that incredible print you scored at a Chelsea estate sale), or even a little lived-in (the last 10 years of your children’s school pictures are...

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Landmarks Preservation 101

Landmarks Preservation 101

What can and cannot be done to your landmark building?

There are often many questions related to renovating or modernizing certain elements of your brownstone façade or your prewar apartment that is within in a landmarked district. The Landmarks Preservation Commission provides oversight on all improvements ensuring the history of the city is well-preserved for years to come. There are many complexities related to navigating the ins and outs of building department permits, as well as application and filing processes, so it is best to have a general idea of what is allowed and what is not regarding the work you...

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