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What is a home inspection contingency?

One of the most important steps in the home buying process is what is known as a home inspection contingency. Making the decision to purchase a home is a massive investment and commitment. You want to know as much information as you can possibly obtain about a home before you buy it. This is where Read More

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Why do I need a real estate attorney?

A lot of people are unsure of whether they need a real estate attorney when they are buying or selling a home. Though it isn’t required by law to have the guidance of an attorney, it is always important to have the necessary legal representation when making a transaction of this magnitude and complexity. Before Read More

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What should I consider before buying an older house?

Many of the homes in the New York metropolitan area are very old and historic. New York City itself was settled in 1624, and although it has changed drastically since then, some of the original structures in the area have remained relatively unchanged since the 1800’s. In fact, Staten Island has a house that was Read More

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What does a title insurance underwriter do?

One of the most important investments a person makes over the course of their life is the purchase of a home. When you have a mortgage on your home, you will have to get title insurance that works to protect you in case a legal matter. In the unfortunate event that someone asserts a claim Read More

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Do I need a home appraisal?

Determining the value of a home is one of the most important parts in either buying or selling property. In order to determine this value, a person will have to get a home appraisal. A home appraisal is when a professional comes in and determines the true value of your home. It doesn’t take into Read More

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What happens if a seller misrepresents the home to a buyer?

When a person purchases a home, they always hope that everything goes according to plan and that all of the information they have been given is accurate. However, a seller may completely misrepresent the home to the buyer who now may be in for a lot more than they had initially anticipated, and if they had Read More

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Factors to consider when buying a FSBO

Buyers who have made the decision to purchase their home from a seller who is not using the representation of a real estate agent need the legal representation of an experienced real estate attorney more than ever. There are a few things to pay extra attention to when you are buying a home that is Read More

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How do neighborhoods impact the value of a home?

By now, you’ve likely heard the phrase “location, location, location,” a million times. There’s a reason that phrase exists. The location of any property is key to determining the value of a home. Example number one: a 1,500 square foot home with 3 bedrooms in Staten Island and a 4,000 square foot new construction home Read More

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What needs to be included when preparing an offer?

The home buying process can be very complex and it is important that you have an experienced attorney to guide you through. When it comes time to put an offer in on a house, there are a number of factors that must be taken into consideration. Though the home is listed for one price, you Read More

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Things to know about buying in a Homeowner’s Association

One thing that a lot of people take into consideration when they are buying a home is the quality of the neighborhood where the home is being purchased. In some communities, many times they are gated, there may be a homeowner’s association in place that creates rules and regulations about what can take place in Read More

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