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Inside the Freak-out Housing Market of Upstate New York

Photo-Illustration: Curbed; Photo: dbimages/Alamy Stock Photo In the past year, the real-estate market has — well, gone berserk. Houses are going for millions over asking in Boise and Albuquerque. Buyers are offering to name their firstborn baby after sellers. In this new series, Realtor Diaries, we talk to the people at the center of it all — about the 2 a.m. emails from clients, the 16-hour, six-day-a-week workdays, and the all-cash offers coming in from people who’ve never once seen the property they’re buying. This past year, in upstate New York, city dwellers swarmed...

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Home Sellers: There Is an Extra Way To Welcome Home Our Veterans

Some veterans are finding it difficult to obtain a home in today’s market. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR): “Conventional conforming mortgages (mortgages that conform to guidelines set by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac), accounted for 74% of mortgages obtained by homebuyers in May 2021, an increase from about 65% during 2018 through 2019…The share of VA-guaranteed loans has also decreased to 7% in May 2021 from about 10% in past years.” Recent data in the latest Origination Insight Report from Ellie Mae sheds light on the continuation of this trend. Below, we can see just...

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4 Reasons Why the End of Forbearance Will Not Lead to a Wave of Foreclosures

With forbearance plans about to come to an end, many are concerned the housing market will experience a wave of foreclosures like what happened after the housing bubble 15 years ago. Here are four reasons why that won’t happen. 1. There are fewer homeowners in trouble this time After the last housing crash, about 9.3 million households lost their home to a foreclosure, short sale, or because they simply gave it back to the bank. As stay-at-home orders were issued early last year, the overwhelming fear was the pandemic would decimate the housing industry in a similar way. Many experts projected...

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A $525K NoMad Studio and a Boerum Hill Two-Bedroom with a Multi-Level Backyard

Photo: Brown Harris Stevens For under $1 million, one can find all sorts of housing configurations: park- and subway-adjacent studios, one-bedrooms hidden in carriage houses or former shoe factories, and even the occasional true two-bedroom. With price drops rampant across Manhattan and vacancies high citywide, we’re combing the market for particularly spacious, nicely renovated, or otherwise worth-a-look apartments at various six-digit price points. This week: an Upper West Side studio with gold tin ceilings, a Boerum Hill two-bedroom with a three-tiered backyard, and more....

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A Look at Housing Supply and What It Means for Sellers

One of the hottest topics of conversation in today’s real estate market is the shortage of available homes. Simply put, there are many more potential buyers than there are homes for sale. As a seller, you’ve likely heard that low supply is good news for you. It means your house will get more attention, and likely, more offers. But as life begins to return to normal, you may be wondering if that’s something that will change. While it may be tempting to blame the pandemic for the current inventory shortage, the pandemic can’t take all the credit. While it did make some sellers hold off on listing...

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His Harlem One-Bedroom Became His Pandemic Artist’s Garret

Great Rooms A visual diary by Design Editor Wendy Goodman. “I’ve taught myself how to frame,” Bentley says, “ I especially love to find mid-century frames at the flea market. The largest piece of art that I have above the sofa is by an artist from Tulum, Mexico, named Enrique Diaz.” Photo: Courtesy of Larry Bentley I first got to know Larry Bentley in the late 1990s, when he was the manager and maître d’ of the members dining room room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but I hadn’t known he was an artist himself until recently. To be fair, he hadn’t known either: He...

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3 Hot Topics in the Housing Market Right Now

If you’re a prospective buyer or seller, it’s important to understand the current real estate market conditions and how they affect you. The Counselors of Real Estate (CRE) just released its Top Ten Issues Affecting Real Estate report. Here are three hot topics from the list and how they impact today’s housing market. Technology Acceleration and Innovation The past year ushered in many changes to the real estate industry, especially when it comes to technology. The CRE report elaborates on this: “Lockdown-driven changes in our work, in the economy, in social structures, and in our personal...

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A Rare Brooklyn Townhouse Listing: Unrenovated, Unstaged and Filled to the Brim

301 Greene Avenue Photo: Google Maps As housing prices in Brooklyn have shot up over the last few decades, it’s become rare to see townhouse listing photos that are anything less than shelter-mag worthy. Occasionally, there might be some photos of a partially-gutted house: rooms stripped down to the studs, wires dangling from the ceiling, maybe a few broken floorboards that only add to the romantic charm. Looking at them, it’s easy to imagine yourself — or perhaps more accurately, your contractor — in the role of renovating savior: refinishing the floors, stripping paint...

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An Early Richard Meier House (With Two Pools) in New Jersey Horse Country

Photo: Connie Zhou Location: Chester, New Jersey Year built: 1966 Architect: Richard Meier Specs: 6 beds, 5 baths, 7,370 square feet, 5 acres Price: $2,500,000 Listed by: Lisa Poggi/Douglas Elliman in collaboration with The Creatives Agent In the early ’90s, after about a decade in a Carroll Gardens brownstone, Alex Vella, founder of an ad agency, and his wife, Ann Marie, decided to look for a new home for their growing family. They had spent a few years interviewing modernist architecture firms like Gwathmey Siegel, but starting from scratch, they soon realized, was going...

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Pop Quiz: Can You Define These Key Terms in Today’s Housing Market? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights The language of buying and selling a home may sound scary at first, but knowing how key terms relate to today’s market can help you. For example, current low mortgage rates and higher wages positively impact affordability for buyers, while home price appreciation continues to grow home equity, which sellers can use to fuel a move up. Terms like appraisal (what lenders rely on to validate a home’s value) and contingencies (which buyers can minimize to make their offer stand out) directly impact the transaction. You don’t need to be fluent in the language of the market to buy...

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