Brick Underground recently polled prominent brokers to find out “the most outlandish requests new NYC renters make.” Those new to the city often have unrealistic expectations of the real estate market, the agents say, such as hopes of fitting a king-size bed into a tiny apartment, or getting a pad with a private outdoor space.
One of the featured brokers is Mirador Real Estate’s Jessica Milton. She says the most common unrealistic question she hears from renters is whether they can use their roommate’s guarantor as their own. “Leases cannot be guaranteed in part,” she tells Brick Underground. “If you all don’t make 40 times the rent combined, then you all need a guarantor(s) who earn 80 times.”
Jessica also notes, “This year, a lot of first-time apartment shoppers seem to be looking to move in and then think they can just sublet for the summer and move back in come September. While this is possible, it’s not practical and most landlords will not allow this.”
Foreign investors have been a significant part of New York City’s real estate market in recent years, but Donald Trump’s immigration policies are beginning to change that. DNAinfo reports that international buyers are becoming hesitant to purchase property because they’re uncertain they, or their family members, can attain the necessary visas to enter and live in the United States.
In the article, real estate expert Jonathan Miller estimates that foreign buyers “make up between 15 percent of the market, as a baseline — and as high as 85 percent of the buyers in certain new developments around ‘Billionaire’s Row’ in Midtown,” numbers that could fall as the Trump administration attempts to lower immigration. In addition to the controversial travel ban, the administration has sought to limit H-1B visas, which are intended for highly skilled foreign workers.
The story is illustrated with a number of anecdotes, one from Mirador Real Estate’s Paul Magyar, who explains that a New York University student from China recently had to back out of a deal for a three-bedroom in the East Village due to visa issues. Read the article here.
Apartment hunting in New York can be difficult for dog owners. Many buildings have restrictions on the number and kind of dogs they’ll allow residents to have, and the facilities are rarely accommodating for pooches. Small elevators and bathrooms often mean renters can’t keep large dogs, or more than one, in their homes.
There’s good news for dog lovers, many buildings across the city are specifically targeting pet owners by lessening restrictions, lowering fees, and offering more space and facilities. As DNAinfo reports, “With the current rental glut, especially in the high-end of the market where prices are slipping and concessions are rising, dog-friendly policies are the latest incentive to lure tenants, experts say.”
One of the experts featured in the article is Mirador Real Estate’s Managing Partner, Karla Saladino. Karla tells DNAinfo, “It used to be maybe one dog was allowed in, and ‘We’re going to weigh it, interview it and analyze it.’ Even a year ago, it was very hard to find something if you had a 40-pound dog or a Lab retriever. It was like, ‘What three buildings can we visit?’ Now it’s 10 buildings.”
The website also spoke with Anna Sankova, an agent for Mirador Real Estate, who relates an anecdote about finding a home in New York for a couple from Boston and their two mini Australian Labradoodles. “We found them an apartment within one weekend while they were visiting,” Anna says. “More landlords, especially in condos, were willing to take two dogs, which was surprising to me. It was not the case before.”
Read the entire article – and see a picture of those adorable Labradoodles – here.
Owning a home has long been part of achieving the American Dream. But in New York City, the practical reality is that renting a condo or apartment can often be a better deal than buying real estate. Brick Underground recently examined this issue in the article “In defense of renters: Why buying property isn’t always the right decision.” The publication turned to Mirador Real Estate’s Paul Magyar to explain why people who want to invest in New York properties might not see the returns they expect.
With real estate prices booming across the entire city, Paul tells Brick Underground that investors are unlikely to see the value of their property significantly increase. “That idea of a diamond in the rough doesn’t exist in Manhattan anymore,” Paul says. “Theoretically, it’s still there in the outer boroughs, and in places like Jersey City, but they’re fewer and farther between.” Just to recoup closing costs will take at least five years. And if you overlook the surrounding air rights and a new building eventually blocks your view, the value of your property may actually go down. Read the entire article here.
Mirador Real Estate is proud to announce our new strategic alliance with ERA Justin Realty Co., a residential brokerage that operates across the entire Northern New Jersey area. This partnership will allow us to expand our reach into the New Jersey markets, while we in turn will work with ERA Justin Realty Co. to enable their expansion into New York. Our firms will share resources, marketing strategies, and outreach to better serve clients who have a foot in both states and help them find the best real estate opportunities wherever they need.
Jennifer Darby Metzger, owner of ERA Justin Realty Co, said, “It is unusual to find a partnership with a similar vision and set of values, but that is how we felt with Mirador Real Estate, and we are happy to be aligning ourselves with them to provide additional resources for our crossover clients.”
Mirador Real Estate’s managing partner, Karla Saladino, agreed, saying, “I’m approached often about forming alliances, but often they wouldn’t be an appropriate fit for our team. When I met Jennifer, I knew this alliance was exactly the right match I had been looking for in New Jersey.”
When most people move apartments they imagine something bigger and better, unfortunately that’s not always the case. Sometimes apartment moves are a result of a split with a partner, career demotion, or some other less-than-ideal reason, that represents a personal setback.
Mirador Real Estate’s Health and Wellness Consultant Dr. Lynn Saladino spoke to the Brick Underground about ways to transition to a new not-so-perfect place. She said, “a lot of times it feels like this new place will represent the lifestyle you’ll have for the rest of your life, but it’s important to remember this is a for a year or two,” says Saladino, “Put a time limit on how long it’s going to be, and realize you can revisit it next year.” To read all of Lynn’s tips, check out the full article here.
Moving in with a partner is often an exciting time, however, when moving in with someone that owns their own apartment, the question often asked is whether or not the partner should pay towards the mortgage like they would pay for rent. While this may seem like a good idea in the beginning, if the relationship goes south, the person moving out may feel like they are entitled to some of part of the equity invested in the apartment. Many couples are looking at alternative ways to make the living expenses equal without having to pay into the other person’s mortgage.
Mirador Real Estate’s Health and Wellness Consultant Dr. Lynn Saladino spoke to the Brick Underground, and gave her professional advice for couples looking to move in together. “….The key is finding a balance that makes sense for both of your budgets, and feels fair to everyone involved,” says, Saladino. “Don’t assume anything…it’s really important to lay this stuff out clearly in the beginning so that it feels fair. If it bothers you in the beginning it will bother you every month when you’re paying bills.” To read more about what to discuss when moving in with a partner, and hear more from Dr. Saladino, check out the full article here.