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What should you do before you buy a house?

If you're making your first home purchase in New York, you want to make sure you do it right. You need to protect yourself and make sure you're not taken advantage of.

What are some ways you can do that? It comes down to several important steps. For instance, viewing just one apartment or home isn't enough. You need to look around and give yourself time to decide if the home is right for you.

A spite fence can lead to trouble in the city

New York City is a big place where residents often find themselves living nose-to-nose with their neighbors. As such, it's possible to enter into disputes quite easily. One of the major problems is with fencing and property lines.

Since property is extremely valuable in the city, the way you fence off your property or define define your property line can annoy your neighbors. You may also disagree over who is responsible for the upkeep a fence or anything that divides your property.

2 reasons to work with an agent or attorney when buying a home

When you're buying a property, you want the real estate transaction to go smoothly. That's not always how things work, but it is possible if you plan well in advance.

If you're buying a home that is new construction, you get the benefit of choosing different things about it. However, it can get delayed, or you might find something isn't up to the standard you expected. To make the transition from buyer to homeowner smoother, there are a couple tips to follow.

How should a tenant handle eviction or mistreatment?

Tenants have many rights when they move into a property. However, if you've ever faced an angry landlord, those rights might not be the first thing on your mind. You're probably worried about what you can do to appease your landlord or trying to decide how to stay out of trouble.

Landlords and tenants both have rights regarding the rental property. If you are a tenant who's been served with an eviction notice, it's usually for a good reason. Here's a little bit of information about what you can do to stay in the apartment or home and how to know if your rights are violated.

Sears stores close, company enters bankruptcy

Sears, a popular home goods store and retailer, is going through bankruptcy. As they go through bankruptcy, it could impact mall owners and other businesses, since Sears often has large stores in these shopping centers.

Sears filed for Chapter 11 protection on Oct. 15, seeking to reorganize its assets and continue on as a business in the future. Mall owners who rented spaces to Sears have been left with store closings and difficulty finding new tenants. With so many store spaces opening up, it could be difficult. It's believed that the bankruptcy could end up opening up over 100 million square feet of retail space, which has to be filled in some way.

Know what makes a good landlord-tenant relationship

As a landlord, you want to choose your tenants carefully. You want to find a tenant who will respect your property and who you can work well with.

There are a few tips that can help you get a great tenant in place in your rental property. By knowing these, you'll have fewer risks of working with tenants who may cause damage in your home.

When can you enter a property as a landlord?

As a landlord, you maintain the right to enter your property at certain times with notice. In most cases, tenants are fair and allow you to enter without issue. However, if a tenant refuses to let you it, it could cause a problem.

Keep in mind that you can't enter a tenant's property without a good reason. You can usually only enter if you meet one of several conditions. Here's more about what you should know.

My house needs repairs: What should my landlord do?

When you rent a property, one of the biggest questions is what happens if something breaks. Depending on the contract and rental agreement you signed, it may be your responsibility to replaced damaged appliances. In some contracts, the landlord will replace damaged goods.

Tenants are entitled to apartments fit for habitation. The home should not be hazardous or present a danger to the tenant's health or safety. Tenants can seek repairs directly from the landlord if something happens to violate the Warranty of Habitability, but if the damage stems from a tenant's actions, the landlord may not have to pay for the cost of those repairs.

Real estate transactions give you key insight in New York

Transactions in real estate occur on a daily basis. As someone looking to buy, lease or sell a property, you will be part of a transaction as well. The most important thing to remember about real estate transactions is that they have the potential to impact your financial stability in the future. While it's good to negotiate with potential buyers or sellers, you want to make sure the outcome is something that benefits you.

Something that is good to know is how much you can expect to pay per square foot when you buy in New York. For example, a recent lease taken out on a 6,716-square-foot space worked out to $54.50 per square foot. To purchase property on Broadway Street in Brooklyn, you're looking at spending around $3 million for a 6,900-square-foot facility.

3 tips to make your home more appealing to buyers

If you are getting ready to sell your home, then you should know as much as possible about the home-selling process. When you decide to sell your home, you need to make sure you make the necessary repairs and fix up the house so that it looks good for viewings. Selling a home is very different from buying one.

Although the process is the same, you will be seeing it from a different angle. One good thing to learn about is how to prepare your house for sale. It is necessary to make some changes that will highlight all of the best features of your home. To make your home look appealing, here are three helpful tips.

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