As we begin working together you’ll have lots of questions. Questions like: ‘Why are maintenance charges in a co-op so high? What does tax deductibility mean? What’s the difference between a co-op and a condo? Why are closing costs for a townhouse so much higher than for a co-op?’ I’ll happily answer your questions and we will discuss what type of property and location fits best with your needs and budget. If you’re planning to live in the space for a long time your needs will be different than if you’re planning to sell after a few years. By understanding your requirements and plans I’m in a better position to help you find your new home.
There is no shortage of listing sites. Individual agency websites, paid advertising sites and sites that group listing details in one easy-to-use place can all be used to gather information. The most up-to-date is on StreetEasy and the New York Times because large agencies have a direct feed and everyone pays to advertise there. Nobody wants to pay to advertise a listing that has already sold. Sites like Trulia rely on “screen-scraping” to get their listings. They monitor other agency websites, then repost the listings they collect. Sometimes when the listing status gets updated on the original source (such as “in-contract” or even “sold”) the data isn’t transmitted.
As time goes on in your search it’s great to have an online place like a shared StreetEasy folder to review the history of what we’ve seen and what you thought about each listing. Of course these collaborations will be mostly online but we’ll also be speaking regularly and visiting property together. Online tools are really useful because I can’t be with you at midnight when you're awake thinking about the listing we saw the day before and want to virtually revisit it. You can do that and send comments or questions that I can respond to. In this way the lines of communication are always open.