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242 East 25th Street New York NY 10010

242 East 25th Street New York NY 10010

242 East 25th Street has positioned itself as a very desirable condop building in the Kips Bay neighborhood. Located on 25th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenue, 242 East 25th Street, is one of just a few new buildings in the Kips Bay area.  Close to both Murray Hill and Gramercy Park neighborhoods many buyers have found this building to be a great addition to the condominium inventory.
242 East Street is a condop building.  A co-op structure, but with condo by-laws make the building investor friendly, no board approval, pet friendly, with flexible purchase terms. It is a relatively new building, built in 2005, a part time doorman(currently 7 days a week-8am to midnight) live in super, fitness room, roof deck, storage, elevator building. The building is 13 stories tall and has 54 units, making it a well sized boutique building for the neighborhood.
The first half of 2012, saw 3 sales occur at 242 East 25th St, and one is still currently in contract.
Two One (1) Bedroom Apartments closed this year: Apartment 5B and 7B, closed for the same price, $540,000.  Both Southern Facing units, with excellent light are nicely sized units with open kitchens and washer/dryers within the unit.
Our team sold apartment 5B, very quickly, receiving an offer within the first 3 weeks of the apartment coming on the market.
One Alcove Studio closed this Year-Apartment 8C closed for $410,000.
There have been multiple sales this year and late last year that have taken a very long time to sell, more than 6 months on the market.  The conventional wisdom is that the longer something sits on the market the more likely the buyer will push to negotiate and lower price the seller will ultimately see.
Pricing correctly at the beginning will give the best opportunity to maximize the price and this is why we have had continued success selling apartments at 242 East 25th Street.
We have sold multiple units in 242 East 25th Street this unique condop in Kips Bay neighborhood of Manhattan New York. For most updated availability or questions about this condop, contact us at (917)837-8869 today.

Just Sold-Mondrian Condo 250 East 54th Street New York NY 10022

Recently we were able to successfully sold a condo in the Mondrian condo located at 250 East 54th Street to an European buyer. This particular European buyer lived in Manhattan New York more than 20 years ago and had many fond memories of this wonderful city. Therefore, it has been this buyer’s dream to own a condo here so he and his family can stay whenever they visit this big city, and they can called New York their second home.

250 East 54th Street, the Mondrian condo located at Midtown East location is one of the most colorful condo in the Midtown skyline of Manhattan. The Mondrian condo has an Equinox fitness club with a pool is located in the building and residents have access through the main lobby. The building offers 24 hour premium services including an on-site building residents manager as well as full-time concierge, doorman and maintenance staff.

Mondrian condo is very desirable condo for someone who loves Midtown neighborhood, it is very convenient to all major transportation, offices, fine restaurants, theaters, and other entertainments that this city has to offer.

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Manhattan New York Buyer Guide Part 1-Know the Housing Product

Understanding the Products: (Co-Ops, Condos, Condops, Townhouse)

Buying an apartment in New York City will be an exciting and also daunting experience.  Because New York City offers a unique buying experience with many of its own quirks and differences the first step for any New York City first time homebuyer or first time investor is to become well informed and educated about the different real estate products you will be looking at to ensure your experience will be as calm and rewarding as possible. 

1. Co-Op:

A phenomenon that’s almost unique to Manhattan, the Co-Op Apartment, has been the traditional form of ownership in New York City for the last century.  About 80% of all apartments available for purchase are in co-operative buildings.  Co-ops are owned by an apartment corporation.  When you purchase within a co-op building, you’re purchasing shares of the corporation that entitle you, as a shareholder, to a “proprietary lease.”  The bigger your apartment, the more shares of the corporation you own. 

Standard Co-Op apartments:

Board approval is required. You are buying shares of corporation, you are required to put down 20% or more of down payment, there will be a full financial disclosure, debt to income ratio requirement and board interviewing process. Each Co-Op building has their own financial requirements and criteria, some are more flexible than others, such as allowing guarantor, co-purchase, gift money from parents, pied-a-terre, your debt to income ratio, work history, down payment required…

Subleasing a co-op can be difficult.  The board of directors will have to approve the prospective tenant subleasing your apartment.  Each building will have their own rules regarding for how long you can lease your unit and other criteria. 

All prospective purchasers must interview with the Board of Directors.  Prior to the interview, prospective purchasers  prepare a detailed “Board Package” which usually contains personal and professional letters of recommendation as well as a great deal of personal information concerning income and assets. 

Sponsor Co-Op apartments:

NO Board approval is required.  These are Apartments that are held as an investment by the sponsor , the original developer who built the building or converted the building to a co-op. Sponsor units command a premium because people who might not pass a board or don’t want to go through a board approval process can buy them.

For example, a sponsor unit would be a good choice for parents who want to buy an apartment for a child who is a student. A sponsor unit may be the best apartment for someone who is not working, or only has a short job history. Buyers of a sponsor unit should take note that they will need to pay NY State and NY City transfer taxes, and often the seller’s attorney fees.  You still have to submit a board package (Homeland Security! The management company needs to know who is moving into their building) and you almost always have to abide by the building’s house rules as far as sublet requirements and pets.

2. Condominium:

Unlike Co-ops, you are buying Real Property. You hold title to your apartment unit plus a percentage of the entire project in common with all other owners.

Resale condo apartments:

These apartment units are previously owned.  The sellers are individual owners. There is still a monthly common charge similar to the maintenance charge in a co-operative.  These charges don’t include your real estate taxes and are not tax deductible.  They also tend to be lower than in co-ops because there is no underlying mortgage for a condominium building. 

There is no board approval process like a co-op, typically you can finance up to 90% of the purchase price and sublet them at will.  Condominiums are the number one choice for flexibility.  Because there is more scarcity and flexibility owning a condominium there is a premium paid to own a condominium compared to buying a co-op apartment.

New Development Condo apartments:

These apartments are brand new construction or pre-construction. They are being sold by sales agents of the developer.  Buying into new construction has its perks such as being able to pick out the best apartment unit that suits your need, particular floor apartment, or apartment built to your specification if you get in early… Some of the disadvantage of new development would be, uncertain on closing date, not able to know exactly what the apartment looks like, the building management track record, and the possible higher closing cost than resale condo apartments.

3. Condop: Co-Op with Condo rules.

The special hybrid of a Co-Op and a Condo, the Cond-op.  When buying into a Cond-op, you are buying shares of corporation, as you would be if you were buying into a standard Co-Op, but the major difference is that the policy and the rules of the building will be Condominium rules.  These rules would be unlimited sublet policy, able to resale the apartment unit immediately with no board package and interview, investor friendly, a lot more flexibility.

4. Townhouses: 

Townhouses are sometimes bought as hey are non-uniform units in certain neighborhoods or streets in New York City that are designed to mimic detached or semi-detached homes. The distinction between dwellings called just “apartments” or “condos” is that these townhouses usually consist of multiple families, usually multiple floors. The price range of the townhouse is usually higher than single unit of condo or co-op apartments.

Which is Best for YOU??

That really depends on your specific situation and what your goals for purchasing are.  If you are looking to buy an investment property and rent it out immediately then a condo or condop would give you the most flexibility.  Are you a first time buyer who has fallen in love with prewar apartments with their high ceilings, fireplaces, ornate details, well then a co-op will probably be in your future.  Are you looking for privacy, a house in the city, more square footage than in a high rise, looking for an exclusive property, a townhouse might be a good option.  What type of property is best for you depends on your personal preferences, your financial situation, your long term goals, and many other important factors.   If you have just started thinking about purchasing it may be in your interest to contact a real estate agent for a free consultation regarding what type of property in New York City might be right for you.

Midtown Manhattan New York Studio Condo Under $500K

Midtown Manhattan NY  Studio under $500K – Vanderbilt condominium at 235 East 40th Street #11J, New York, New York, 10016.  NEW ON MARKET for $405,000. 235 East 40th Street is a Full Service condominium building with Doorman, Concierge, Porters & Package Room, Built in 1986.

Midtown Manhattan Studio Condo Under $500K are popular among pied-a-terred or second home buyers. Besides servicing the local market, we also work with many buyers from out of town, oversea foreign buyers. Manhattan New York is a city that everyone loves and would like to own a piece of. Our out of town buyers look into studio apartments as a long term investment as well as second home for them when they visit the city of Big Apple.  Not only it is a wise investment, they save the hotel expenses when they or their family/friends visit the big city. Especially during holidays, many of our out of town past clients come into Manhattan New York to enjoy the festive lights and the holiday energy that this big city has to offer.

This Midtown Manhattan Studio under $500K is situated in a building that has Courtyard, Garage (Accessible From Elevator Banks); Health Club; Pool; Sauna; Jacuzzi, Squash Court, ½ Basketball Court, Table-Tennis, Central Laundry Room.

Perfect Midtown Manhattan New York Studio for studio seekers or investors. Vanderbilt is one of the most sought after condominium in the heart of Midtown Manhattan because of its convenient location to major transportation, Grand Central Station and major Midtown business offices. 

To find other similar Manhattan (Studio) Condo investment Under $500K that suits your needs, please Contact us for your own Real Estate consultation call (917)837-8869 or email us. 

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Manhattan New York Buyer Guide Part 5-Buy Manhattan Condo or Co-op Smart

New York City First Time Buyer and Investor


Buying your 1st or your 10th New York City apartment will probably be the biggest purchase of your life.  In today’s market it’s more important now than ever to understand what your long term goals for purchasing.  Are you sick of paying rent to a landlord and purchasing your first starter studio or 1 bedroom?  Maybe you have outgrown your current apartment and need that second or third bedroom?  An investor looking for a long term investment and tax benefit? Or an overseas buyer looking for a second home here in Manhattan.  Whatever the reason might be, the key to a successful purchase and ultimately long term success is to become educated about purchasing and to find an apartment that you can see yourself owning for the long term.

Steps to a Successful Purchase

  1. Understand Why You are Purchasing – Are you looking for an apartment that you can lease once your purchase?  Well than a co-op might not work for you and a condominium would be your best option.  Are you renting right now and want to find out if it makes sense to buy and stop putting money in your landlords pocket?  A rent vs. purchase analysis might show that it makes more sense for you to rent, but the qualitative benefits of owning your own apartment could also affect your decision.  How long do you plan on being in the apartment?  One year or indefinitely? Right now in this market, you should plan on owning for a minimum of 5 years to see a significant amount of appreciation.  The key is to think about what your long term goals are for purchasing because that should dictate what type of property is right for you and how you should go about your search for your next home.
  2. How Much Can you Afford- Speaking with a mortgage broker or the bank of your choosing and having an in depth discussion of how much you can afford will have tremendous impact on your purchase.  Because lending isn’t what it was a year or even 6 months ago, guidelines changing, conforming loan rates changing, having an up to date understanding of where you stand obtaining a mortgage is essential to a successful purchase.
  3. Becoming Market Educated- Currently Manhattan is a changing market.  How much is an apartment worth today?  One market report says that median prices went up a few percent, but another report says that the transactions are down 70%.  Who to believe and what does it mean to you?  Looking at the city as a whole will give you a macro-perspective, but the key in my opinion is to follow the price point and neighborhoods that you are going to purchase in.  A one bedroom condominium in the West Village and a Classic 6 in a Park Avenue co-op are not apple to apple comparisons, so reading a report that says prices are down 20% citywide, may not be indicative of the type of property you are looking for.  The way I see things is that right now, an apartment is worth the price a buyer is willing to pay and whatever the seller is willing to accept.  I find market reports extremely useful, but the key is to break them down for the micro-search that you are doing.  
  4. Go with your Gut Instinct- Most of my customers know the apartment they will buy when they step their foot in the door.  Ask yourself the question, do you love the apartment, can you see yourself living there?  The perfect apartment doesn’t exist, because it is usually out of our price range, but first impressions are very important.  Once you have educated yourself and understand the variables of your purchase you will be ready when you see the right apartment.

Manhattan New York Buyer Guide Part 4-Know the Building management


One of the most common questions we receive is who manages the building?  What kind of track record do they have?  What happens if my sink backs up, dry cleaning is delivered, do they return phone calls quickly?  As a part of being a first time home owner in a co-op or condominium building in New York City you will be a part of your experience will be influenced by the management company that runs your building.   Typically the size of your building will dictate the type of management company that runs it.

Doing research about the management company, ask your broker about their experiences with the company’s reputation, and if you know people who have lived in a building managed by a particular company will be extremely useful information.

There are certain management companies that specialize in running large buildings with hundreds of units.  These companies have the experience, infrastrcuture, and are specifically positioned to run buildings with dozens of support staff, maintenance workers, and resident requests.  The big management companies typically manage multiple buildings and they have websites where they can be researched.  Run a google search on them to see what the residents are saying, how quickly do they resolve issues? Keep in mind its always the disgruntled person who speaks the loudest!  

In our experience, big management definitely has its pros and cons, as both a resident and as a real estate agent.  Big management firms have the resources, training, and experience to solve almost any issue that comes up.  Although in our working experience, big management can take a few days to find the right person to answer a question or concern.  There are also times big property management is more reliable in terms of having all of the documents I might need to obtain information for financing or to submit an application.

If it is a smaller management company that runs the building find out if the super lives in the building? The super will be your knight in shining armor when you have any issues, definitely make sure you get to know them. Small management in our working experiences,  have always been very organized and prompt in answering phone calls. Although the management may only manage one building or two, they are usually very sufficient and friendly to the residents of the building.

You will sometimes find that the building is self-managed, if this is the case, make sure you do your due diligence and find out how the mangement is structured and who is responsible for your requests.  

Each experience is will be different, whether you live in a 500 unit building or a 20 unit building, everybody wants prompt and friendly service.  You can get it in many ways from a helpful super to a large management company with staff at your disposal.  If you have a question regarding a specific building feel free to contact us below and we will answer all of your questions.

First Time Home Buyer-Manhattan New York Part 3


Whether you are a first time buyer or a seasoned investor buying a New York City Condo, Co-Op, Condop, or Townhouse it is important to understand the full financial picture of the building. When you are buying an apartment, besides buying the single apartment unit in the multi-dwelling complex you are also buying into a building. Having a financially sound building can help avoid any future unexpected costs.  A number of common questions usually asked by prospective buyers are does this building have any upcoming assessment, what is the underlying mortgage, if so how much, and what is the tax deductibility in this building.   Your attorney as part of their due diligence will go over the buildings financial documents, but here is an overview of the major areas that you as a buyer should be aware of. 

A building’s financial statements are made up of three different areas: Income, Expenses, and Assets. The amount of cash and/or reserve fund that is held by the co-op or the condominium makes up the asset portion of the financial statement. The cash on hand is the amount of liquid assets held by co-op or the condominium. The reserve fund typically refers to the money that is used to make improvements or repairs that occur throughout the year.

When the building decides to make improvements or when major repairs occur such as, boiler change, elevator upgrades, updating the hallways or lobby the buildings reserve funds are tapped into to finance these expenditures. How much money should be in the reserve fund? Typically the reserve fund should be equal to one-third of the annual maintenance income of the building.  So that number can fluctuate depending on the size of the building, what major improvements or repairs have been made and a number of different factors.  So what happens when the reserve funds are depleted?  Some co-ops replenish the reserve funds by receiving income from a “flip tax.” Flip tax is a bit misleading, it’s not a “tax” but rather a charge imposed when a unit is sold.  It is important to ask to see if the building you are considering has a flip tax. This flip tax can be the seller’s responsibility, or possibly the buyers and sometimes will be split between the two parties.  The flip tax is very important to consider.

Next, look at the section on the income and expenses for the building. This section will indicate whether or not the maintenance or common charge payments cover the operating expenses. If it does, the result will be a cash surplus to the building. If it does not, the result will be a deficit. If there is a deficit, the money received from flip taxes, sublet fees, commercial rents, laundry income or any other revenue source will be used to cover the shortfall.  If there is still not enough income there could be a maintenance increase or a special assessment to cover the shortfall. 

The Underlying Mortgage and Sponsor-Owned Shares

The status of a co-op building’s underlying mortgage is extremely important to understand and investigate before you purchase.  Many of the co-op buildings will have a mortgage like any other real property.  The buyer’s attorney will review as part of their due diligence what type of mortgage exists, how many mortgages there are and how long is the mortgage for. 

A condominium does not have an underlying mortgage on the building because each individual unit is real property. However, it’s important to know how many units the sponsor owns in the building.  The reason being is that the sponsor has to pay real estate taxes, common charges and any possible mortgage they have for the units.  If for some reason the sponsor is unable to pay for all those expenses, the building as a whole will be affected.  This information is usually disclosed in an amendment to the offering plan and will be a part of the due diligence of your attorney to examine.

The financial statement will supply a lot of insight for the building but you need to consider other areas as well.  The following areas to consider are whether there have been assessments, is there a tax abatement and when will it expire, is the property on a land-lease, the common charge or maintenance history, how many apartments are investor owned, is there a flip tax, are any major upgrades or repairs in the near future, any pending litigation, and if there are commercial leases that bring income to the building and when are those leases expiring.

Hiring an attorney that is an expert with New York City apartments is such a crucial step for any buyer especially first time apartment buyer.  Your attorney will have the expertise in understanding the financial documents and will be able to discover the inner workings of the building you are looking to purchase into through their due diligence.  As an educated and informed first time buyer you should always team up with a Real Estate professional to assist you navigate through this complex process to ensure you make the right decision.

First Time Home Buyer Guide Part 2–Understand YOUR BUYING POWER

Part 2 – Understand YOUR BUYING POWER:

The best thing for a buyer in today’s market is understand your buying power. Knowing your buying power means more than just having an idea as to what you qualify for and what your monthly payments are going to be. 

We always ask during our initial consultation appointment with new buyers what amount of down payment they have.  Down payment is so important because it will determine what type of product, condominium or co-op, which is suitable for you.  Aside from the amount of the down payment, it is also important to know where your down payment is coming from…such as parents, inheritance, gifting, personal accounts.  Some buildings require that you have 30% down, 50% down, or even buy with all cash.  Some buildings do not allow parent gifting, or co-purchasers, so this will narrow down what a prospective purchaser should look at. 

The overall financial picture is so important when finding the perfect apartment in New York City especially if you are looking into a Co-op.  The reason being that each co-op has its own specification for what they look for in a prospective member.  Do they allow guarantors, co-purchase, parents monetary involvement, the debt to income ratio and work history.  So not only do you have to work with the banks to qualify for the loan, but you have to satisfy the co-ops requirements also.

It’s best to discuss your financial conditions upfront so as to not waste time or get excited about an apartment that you would not be able to purchase anyways.

The next major question that I think can confuse a lot of first time homebuyers is what are the differences between a bank lender and a mortgage broker and what are the pros and cons of each? 

I work with both bank lenders and mortgage brokers so I asked them this exact question and this is what they had to say.

 This is the information I received from a mortgage broker.

Working with a Mortgage Broker

More Options working with a Mortgage Broker

When you work with a mortgage broker you have more financial institutions to work with.  The broker will research which banks offer the best products that the borrower will qualify for.

When you work directly with one bank you have a loan officer who is hard selling you their products and is not necessarily looking out for the best interests of the borrower.

Banks may change requirements on the mortgage commitment

A mortgage broker is constantly looking at what the bank’s requirements are for the borrower and the property that they are looking to finance. When the bank’s guidelines change and financing may no longer be viable……..the mortgage broker can research the market to find another financial institution to finance the loan.

If you are working directly with a bank and that happens the borrower either has to take what ever new options the bank has to offer or………go out into the market and start the process of finding financing all over again.

Rates many drastically change after a borrower starts the process

Not often but there are times that after you apply to a particular bank that another bank comes into the market that has much lower rates; ½ point lower. If the new bank’s guidelines are ones that work with the transaction and the time parameter still makes it possible that  the bank can close when the sales contract requires……..the mortgage broker will move the borrower’s deal to the new bank. 

If a borrower is working directly with a bank and that bank’s rates are no longer competitive……….

The borrower now is going to have to determine who has the lowest rates. Time is going to be wastedtrying to find that new bank to work with.

Trying to get the financial institution to grant an exception

When you are working with a mortgage broker they will research which banks are most competitive for the borrower.  Sometimes the mortgage the borrower wants is 5% larger than the bank’s guidelines or they don’t have sufficient credit. A mortgage broker will work towards trying to get the bank to grant an exception or finding other documentation that will satisfy the bank’s requirements. Part of that influence, in getting the approval, is the standing that the mortgage brokerage firm has with the bank.  If they have a history of having loans in good standing with the bank; the mortgage broker has a better chance of having their request granted. 

If a borrower is working directly with a bank they need to know if the loan officer they are working with is in a position to have some exceptions granted.  Loan officers at the many banks are not equated with the same credit authority.  It is important for the borrower to understand if their loan officer has the authority to get exceptions approved.

Work with a Mortgage Consultant or Banker who has proven experience in this market place

Now is not the time to work someone who has not worked in this industry for many years.  In years past borrowers had to be qualified in order to obtain financing.  In recent years mortgage brokers and bankers could qualify their borrowers with very little effort. 

Now you need someone who knows how to qualify a borrower and the property that they want to purchase.

Debra K. Bedell has been a Mortgage Consultant for over 17 years.  She originally worked in the industry when the bank’s requirements were very stringent.  We have come full circle and those days have returned.  It is best to work with a Mortgage Consultant who understands the system and can navigate it.

Working with a Bank

According to my loan consultant at a local Manhattan bank, the best deals are usually at a bank   The reason being is because there aren’t a lot of confusing add-on fees and middlemen ie. Mortgage brokers, who touch the loan and have to get paid for the work they do.  Banks do volume business and make money servicing the loan,  not by charging you origination fees. 

Brokers don’t work with every single bank so if a bank is offering terrific rates on a certain type of loan program they won’t have access to it, the consumer will only have access to it through the bank directly.  A mortgage broker is not going to tell you what banks they do and don’t work with. 

In conclusion, whether you work with a broker or a banker you should talk to a professional consultant to talk about your specific needs and goals.  Finding someone that listens and gives you the service that you require is what counts.

Park Millenium Condo and Millenium Tower

Today we continued to work with our buyers who are in town to search for their second/third home here in Manhattan New York. We were near Lincoln Center, Central Park area looking at many panoramic Central Park and River view condos.

One building in particular were the Park Millennium Condo and Millennium Tower. There are two separate address for this one big building. (111 West 67th Street and 101 West 67th Street). Park Millennium are condo units up to 44th floor and Millennium tower are for the residents who lives 45th floor to penthouse levels.

We were touring two very special three bedrooms condo units that were high in the sky with dramatic city skylines and full Central Park views. The price points for these condos were ranging from $3,100 per square foot to $4,400 per square foot.

Central Park/Lincoln Center condos are one of the kind since 85% or more of the housing here in Manhattan New York are cooperatives. Many of our international buyers including these buyers are always interested in this prime location of Manhattan.

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Manhattan New York Central Park condos

Central Park condos is one of the frequent requests by our international buyers. Our international buyers prefers to purchase Central Park condos in Manhattan New York. Central Park is one of the most beautiful and well preserved park in Manhattan New York, and all along Central Park there are many cooperative buildings that have direct Central Park views, there are only few condo buildings near Central Park.

There are several Central Park Condo buildings along the park, they are: 1 Central Park West, 15 Central Park West, 25 Central Park West, 25 Columbus Circle (TimeWarner Center), 60 Columbus Circle (Mandarin Oriental Residences), 160 Central Park South (Essex House), 1 Central Park South, 923 Fifth Avenue and 995 Fifth Avenue (condop).

In order to have a Central Park view condo, the condo building does not necessary to be right next to Central Park. The condo building can be few blocks away from the Park, as long as the unit is on the high floor and there are lower buildings around it, the condo unit can have an unobstructed view of Central Park. (here is a picture of myself in a condo “Millenium Tower” building that is few blocks away from Central Park.)

In todays market, Central Park Condos with direct Central park views is priced range $3,200 to $4,500 per square foot upwards. This is just an approximation of the price range, each Central Park condos is also priced based on its building, condition, exposure and other factors.

If you are looking for a Central Park Condo, we can help. Call us (646)644-6929 or Email us the Central Park condos experts and we can discuss your specific needs.

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