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Advice on choosing and hiring a real estate lawyer

Gus De Ribeaux
Co- founder, Managing Partner, Attorney
Rita Wolf's picture

You can buy a home in New York City with a $1 million budget

Rita Wolf
Licensed New York City Real Estate Agent
Natalie J. Frazier's picture

Buy a home in downtown Manhattan to get access to the best views

Natalie J. Frazier
Real Estate Salesperson, REALTOR
Salvatore Scamardo's picture

Advice for buying a home in NYC when you have a young family

Salvatore Scamardo
Real Estate Salesperson, REALTOR®
Natalie J. Frazier's picture

What to consider when buying a home as a fixer-upper

Natalie J. Frazier
Real Estate Salesperson, REALTOR
Will Rogers's picture

What price you can expect to pay for a single family home in NYC

Will Rogers
Real Estate Associate Broker
Natalie J. Frazier's picture

Advice for first time home buyers on buying a co-op in NYC

Natalie J. Frazier
Real Estate Salesperson, REALTOR
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Buying Real Estate

Buying real estate has gotten a lot more complicated lately. Real estate property can take many forms: foreclosure, mountain home, farm house, lake house, cabin, condo, co-op, land, or apartment in the city. And the folks involved in the buying process are numerous: mortgage brokers, appraisers, title companies, home inspectors, bankers, real estate lawyers. Finally, there are important considerations such as selecting the right realtor, the right home location, making sense of MLS listings, and finding the right avenue for financing. Let ExpertBeacon’s real estate professionals guide you through this important life event, one step at a time.

Advice on choosing and hiring a real estate lawyer

Gus De Ribeaux Co- founder, Managing Partner, Attorney Palmcorp Development Group, LLC

One of the biggest investments a person can make is purchasing a home. Whether it is their first home or their fifth, it is critical that they consult with a real estate attorney to advise them through process. While it is an exciting step to take, it is a long process that involves contracts, loans, and other paperwork that should always be approved by an attorney first. However, many people forego the protections of a real estate attorney despite the fact he or she is the only unbiased party in the transaction.

Gus De RibeauxCo- founder, Managing Partner, Attorney

Gus De Ribeaux co-founded Palmcorp Development Group in 2009. As the son of a developer and contractor, he was exposed to the world of real estate at an early age and always had an interest in pursuing it as a career. Wanting to combine his two ...

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Use the internet and social media to help you find the perfect house

Finding the right home can be stressful, as buyers must consider many different options and be able to make a decision pretty quickly if they want to make an offer. Part of making a sound buying choice is to be armed with data, and today buyers have access to several sites, social media channels, and apps that will help them make the right home buying choice.

Vikram RaghavanCEO + Co-Founder

Vikram Raghavan is the CEO and co-founder of GrayRoost. He is an experienced e-commerce and marketing veteran, and has worked at CafePress.com, Overstock.com, Amazon, Capital One, and Lealta Media. Vik oversaw marketing, new product innovation, ...

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You can buy a home in New York City with a $1 million budget

Rita Wolf Licensed New York City Real Estate Agent Fenwick Keats Real Estate

When buying a home in NYC for $1M, it is important to know just how much your money will get you. Whether you are buying a condo or a co-op, the location you are looking to buy in will determine the size and quality of your new home. New York City’s residential housing market is very busy, but there are still a lot of desirable homes to purchase. Here is some advice to help.

Rita WolfLicensed New York City Real Estate Agent

Moving from a boutique real estate firm to Fenwick Keats two years ago, I now work almost exclusively with referral customers or repeat customers. I am also a licensed real estate broker and do all I can to stay educated on the current state of ...

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Advice for buying a home in NYC when you have a young family

If you’re a young family or just starting one, the decisions you make when buying a home in NYC can have a long lasting impact both short and long term. While ones financial resources may vary, there are some universal considerations that most young families should consider that could impact the quality of life today and in the future as your your family grows.

Salvatore ScamardoReal Estate Salesperson, REALTOR®

Sal Scamardo is an Emmy Award-winning producer with over 25 years of experience at major film studios, TV Networks, record companies and independent film production companies including Twentieth Century Fox, Universal/USA Films (now Focus Featur...

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What price you can expect to pay for a single family home in NYC

Will Rogers Real Estate Associate Broker Fenwick Keats Real Estate

Everyone dreams of owning a piece of the Big Apple. Really big dreamers aspire to own a single family home, also known as a townhouse or brownstone. Prices vary drastically depending on a number of factors starting with location and condition. Here are some things to consider when deciding to buy a single family home in New York City.

Will RogersReal Estate Associate Broker

Will is a Real Estate Associate Broker, REALTOR® with FENWICK KEATS Real Estate. He also serves as Sales Manager for the firm's downtown Village Office. He has helped many clients over the years with buying and selling apartments, townhomes a...

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Advice on buying a townhouse and real estate in NYC

Will Rogers Real Estate Associate Broker Fenwick Keats Real Estate

Everyone wants a piece of New York. Many dream of living it in a quintessential NYC townhouse. There is nothing better than coming home to the peace and privacy of your own home after a busy day in this hustle and bustle city. Here is some helpful advice to keep in mind when shopping for a townhouse and buying real estate in New York City.

Will RogersReal Estate Associate Broker

Will is a Real Estate Associate Broker, REALTOR® with FENWICK KEATS Real Estate. He also serves as Sales Manager for the firm's downtown Village Office. He has helped many clients over the years with buying and selling apartments, townhomes a...

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How to build your dream home from the ground up

Samantha Reeves Senior Real Estate and Homebuying Expert Veterans United Home Loans

When it comes to finding your dream home, some home buyers believe the house is out there waiting to be found. For those that are tired of searching or want to have more input, building a house yourself could be the way to go. The home building process is going to be lengthy, but you can make the most out of it with some quick advice.

Samantha ReevesSenior Real Estate and Homebuying Expert

Samantha Reeves is a former attorney and mortgage loan originator who now uses her expertise to educate veterans and military families about the homebuying process. Samantha writes for Veterans United Home Loans as the Senior Real Estate and Hom...

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Get the best deal by knowing what to offer when buying a home

Jason Abrams Realtor and Star of HGTV Scoring The Deal The Abrams Team

Thinking about buying a home and wanting to put in an offer? Should you put in a bid that is the asking price? Higher? Lower? There are a lot of variables to consider when putting in an offer: What is the comparable market analysis? What does your real estate agent think? Is there a high probability that it will appraise for the value of your offer? It is always good to do your homework before putting in an offer on a house, so here is some expert advice to help.

Jason AbramsRealtor and Star of HGTV Scoring The Deal

With over 12 years experience and nationwide, Jason Abrams specializes in concierge-like real estate services no matter whether his client is looking to rent, buy or sell. An expert in buying and selling homes worth millions of dollars for pro-a...

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Buying a foreclosure can be a great investment if your informed

The volume of foreclosed homes is still on the rise and as the real estate market begins to turn over, purchasing a bank owned property is more attractive than ever. Although most of these properties need a lot of love and elbow grease, the return on investment can be great. The process of purchasing a foreclosure is different than your normal real estate transaction, so find an agent with experience in bank owned homes and be prepared for the process with this expert advice.

Lynn Murphy DickerscheidRealtor

Lynn has been in the business of real estate for 22 years. A Realtor with RE/MAX Elite, Lynn specializes in banked owned properties and short sales. Since she began, Lynn and her team have sold hundreds of foreclosure properties. She is a proud ...

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Expert advice for the first time homebuyer on buying the dream house

Buying your first home can seem like finding a needle in a haystack. Where do you start? Who do you turn to? Most buyers will begin their search on the internet. However, more often than not, the homes you see on the internet are stale dated, meaning they are most likely not currently active properties in the local MLS. If you’re looking for the most up to date content, hiring a professional real estate agent is the first step in the process.

Nicole HammingAssociate Broker

I am an Associate Broker with United Brokers Group, licensed in real estate for over 16 years. Experienced professional in negotiating, writing and understanding the state contract. I represent both buyers & sellers in traditional, short sales &...

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Advice on buying a fly-fishing ranch in the Rockies

Jim Taylor Ranch Real Estate Expert, Hall & Hall Hall and Hall

Since the Rocky Mountain region is home to the best trout fishing in the United States, it should come as no surprise that those seeking a prime recreational ranch property would consider availability of trout water as a major determining factor. Time and again prospects have tended to focus their search on a ranch that offers on-site fishing. In fact, a quality fishery has consistently come second only to privacy on a typical buyer’s wish list.

Jim TaylorRanch Real Estate Expert, Hall & Hall

Raised on a remote cattle ranch on the Crow Indian Reservation in south central Montana, Jim began his education in a one-room schoolhouse. He later went east to boarding school at St. Paul’s School and then graduated from Yale University in 196...

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How to make the right offer on your dream home

You’ve found your dream house and now you’re ready to make an offer. But how much should you offer? How much is the home actually worth? You don’t want to offer too much and pay more than you need to, but you also don’t want to offer too little and risk losing the home to another interested buyer. So where do you start your analysis to figure out how much your dream home is really worth, and therefore the right price to offer? Here’s a guide to help you decide.

Chip TilleyManaging Broker, Windermere Real Estate

As a Windermere agent since 1995, I’ve helped more than 500 individuals and families buy and sell over $300 million in residential property throughout the Greater Seattle area. As a Managing Broker at Windermere Real Estate’s Yarrow Bay office, ...

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Smart steps to successfully buy real estate in Baltimore, MD

Buying real estate is one of the largest investments you’ll make in life. Chances are you will buy more than one house or condo over the years. From your first to your last purchase, there are several steps you should take to ensure you’re well prepared for the transaction.

Dave CummingsBroker & Owner, Cummings & Co. Realtors

I began my real estate career at a small brokerage called Obsidian Realty, where I was their first agent. For nearly a decade, I have been helping clients buy and sell their homes in Baltimore County and Baltimore City. My extensive knowledge of...

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How to find and buy a mini or hobby farm

Whether inspired by the desire to move from the big city to the country; to live a healthier life; or just the goal to farm on your own, we all at some time have dreamed to live amongst the stars, under tall oaks and have countless animals around. As these popular trends grow, it has made a commodity out of farms that are versatile or 3 to 40 acres in size - like never before!

Jerry GrodeskyManaging Broker. Farm and Lake House Real Estate

21 years as a full-time Real Estate sales leader. Former trainer for ReMax & Century 21 agents. Relocation certified. Illinois foremost authority on farm, river and lake house living. Guest speaker on radio shows. Produced Coast Guard video on r...

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How to find and buy a house on a river

Whether cruiser, jet skier or canoeist, avid boaters and thrill seekers love living on rivers. The freedom and expansive boating area appeals to the maverick in us. For weekenders and permanent residents alike, just the mention of owning a river property will induce conversation with friends or total strangers.

While there is nothing more rewarding than finding a river property that suits your needs, the following choices will help you avoid a watery nightmare and enjoy riverside living.

Jerry GrodeskyManaging Broker. Farm and Lake House Real Estate

21 years as a full-time Real Estate sales leader. Former trainer for ReMax & Century 21 agents. Relocation certified. Illinois foremost authority on farm, river and lake house living. Guest speaker on radio shows. Produced Coast Guard video on r...

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Buying homes as short sales and foreclosures can be very rewarding

It's OK to buy a short sale or a home in foreclosure or bank owned, as long as you go in the transaction with your eyes wide open and your hand on your wallet.

David LupbergerFounder, RemodelForce

Consultant and speaker David Lupberger's proven business systems draw on his more than two decades of experience working in the custom homebuilding and residential remodeling fields. His book, Managing the Emotional Homeowner, is one of the bibl...

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Buying a home in an HOA neighborhood can be a great move

John Stone President & CEO CAS (Community Association Services), Inc.

Homeowner’s associations, better known as HOAs are a necessity for many neighborhoods. In fact, HOAs can be quite beneficial to the homeowner who is invested in their property and increasing the quality of life in their neighborhood. Before purchasing a home in an HOA neighborhood, however, potential homebuyers should do their due diligence to ensure the best homeowner experience possible.

John StonePresident & CEO

John Stone serves as the president and CEO of CAS (Community Association Services), Inc. CAS is the largest homeowner and community association management company in North Carolina and has been providing HOAs with experienced and talented staff ...

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Investing in commercial real estate is a great opportunity for anyone

Jarred E. Elmar CEO and Managing Partner The Geneva Group Acquisitions and Development

You don’t have to be a Daddy Warbucks to get involved in commercial real estate. Often, even the most seasoned investors utilize private money along with conventional financing in acquiring large commercial assets. Investing in Commercial real estate has the ability to provide long time stable income for you and your family for generations. Before jumping into the commercial arena, you must clearly understand how to perform proper due diligence interviewing tenants, projecting the total cost of renovations, commissions paid to brokers to lease vacant spaces and tenant improvement costs.

Jarred E. ElmarCEO and Managing Partner

Jarred E. Elmar is the managing member of The Geneva Group and the president and founder of Lextor Financial, a full service wealth advisory firm specializing in fixed investments and non-correlated asset classes for high net worth individuals. ...

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Buy a home in downtown Manhattan to get access to the best views

For those of you who are considering buying a home in Downtown Manhattan, there are some great benefits of living Downtown, and some other things you might want to be mindful of before you take the plunge. Being a very culturally diverse area, downtown is home to a plethora of amenities both in residential homes and community wide conveniences. Here is some advice to help with your decision making.

Natalie J. FrazierReal Estate Salesperson, REALTOR

With a background in both law and marketing, Natalie Frazier offers her clients the highest level of service and zealous representation from the beginning of every real estate transaction through to the end. She believes authentic relationships,...

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What to consider when buying a home as a fixer-upper

Are you up for the challenge? The hunt for a good fixer upper should be accompanied by a solid understanding of the task you have ahead of you. If you jump in without doing some prep work, you may end up out of time, money, and most of all, patience. If you’re prepared for the journey of renovating a newly bought home, you’ll have a great home and a good return on your investment.

Natalie J. FrazierReal Estate Salesperson, REALTOR

With a background in both law and marketing, Natalie Frazier offers her clients the highest level of service and zealous representation from the beginning of every real estate transaction through to the end. She believes authentic relationships,...

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Advice for first time home buyers on buying a co-op in NYC

Buying a co-op in New York City has its advantages and challenges. Being informed about the expectations of you as a buyer and any potential benefits or limitations of housing cooperative ownership is a good way to prepare yourself for this detailed real estate process. Here is some advice to help.

Natalie J. FrazierReal Estate Salesperson, REALTOR

With a background in both law and marketing, Natalie Frazier offers her clients the highest level of service and zealous representation from the beginning of every real estate transaction through to the end. She believes authentic relationships,...

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How to win over the co-op board when buying a home in NYC

Before you can close on the purchase of a home in New York City, you are often required to have the approval of the building's co-op board. Winning over a co-op board may seem like a monumental task, but it’s really just a matter of being prepared. Having a good agent, strong finances, and a solid board package will help you on your way. Here are a handful of dos and don’ts that you should consider while working toward co-op ownership.

Natalie J. FrazierReal Estate Salesperson, REALTOR

With a background in both law and marketing, Natalie Frazier offers her clients the highest level of service and zealous representation from the beginning of every real estate transaction through to the end. She believes authentic relationships,...

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Buying a home in a hot market and how to win a bidding war

Marion Tilley Managing Real Estate Broker for Seattle’s Greater Eastside Windermere Real Estate

Real estate markets across the US are heating up and home buyers are now frequently facing bidding wars when buying a home. You can win a bidding war against other home buyers and buy the home of your dreams without breaking the bank if you follow this expert advice.

Marion TilleyManaging Real Estate Broker for Seattle’s Greater Eastside

Marion Tilley is a Managing Broker at Windermere Real Estate, Yarrow Bay. She prides herself in completing ongoing education and has proudly earned the designations of: Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Graduate of the Realtor Institute (G...

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Expert advice on buying a condo as a good investment

A condominium can fit the lifestyle of many people today. They can offer a variety of amenities and conveniences that other options may not give you. If you have been considering buying a condominium here are a few things you should know before making the investment.

Pat GregoryRealtor

Pat Gregory is in his second decade of real estate service, and his exemplary record proves he gets the results his clients deserve. As a RE/MAX agent, he also has the contacts and resources necessary when buying or selling a home. Pat utilizes ...

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Hire a qualified home inspector to help reduce risk when buying a home

In the typical residential home purchase, the buyer receives only one expert review of the residence prior to purchase - the home inspector’s report. While economical and useful, the limitations of these reports must be taken into consideration. Too often, the significance of the home inspector report is overstated, leaving the buyer and seller exposed to unreasonable expectations that can lead to disagreements and even lawsuits.

Kelly G. Richardson, Esq.Managing Partner

Kelly G. Richardson is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Richardson Harman Ober PC, a full-service law firm specializing in community association law, real estate, business and construction litigation, financial institution, and labor and emplo...

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Choose and buy a vacation home with confidence using a realtor

When buying a second home or vacation home, most buyers start on the internet, the super highway for information. Often times this information can be outdated, obsolete, or inaccurate. The most accurate information is going to come from a professional real estate agent’s personal source, which is their local MLS. It is the system they use to market their listings to other real estate agents in the area. When buying a home, it is to your advantage to enlist a professional to guide you in the process from start to finish.

Nicole HammingAssociate Broker

I am an Associate Broker with United Brokers Group, licensed in real estate for over 16 years. Experienced professional in negotiating, writing and understanding the state contract. I represent both buyers & sellers in traditional, short sales &...

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Advice on buying land for investment, development or build a home

Land - one of the scarcest commodities on the planet!  Except for some volcanic regions, they are not making any more of it.  Because its many uses are in the eye of the beholder, it is often fought over, coveted and even hoarded.  For those looking for 3 to 40 acres in size - there are many more challenges to understand.

Jerry GrodeskyManaging Broker. Farm and Lake House Real Estate

21 years as a full-time Real Estate sales leader. Former trainer for ReMax & Century 21 agents. Relocation certified. Illinois foremost authority on farm, river and lake house living. Guest speaker on radio shows. Produced Coast Guard video on r...

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The right way to buy a home

Jean Allard VP & Sales Associate Keystone Real Estate Group, Inc.

The process of buying a house can be exciting and extremely stressful. The finding, negotiating, and purchasing of a home can be very complex. You need the expertise from a range of professionals. Follow these do's and don'ts to help reduce the stress and complexity of the home buying process.

Jean AllardVP & Sales Associate

Jean Allard, SRES is Vice President and a top performing Sales Associate for Keystone Real Estate Group, Inc. serving commercial and residential markets in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. She holds a Senior Real Estate Specialist designation, an...

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How to successfully buy multi-residential investment properties

Helen Pastorino Founder and CEO of Pertria, a real estate investment firm

For all of the complexities, theory, strategies, logistics, tactics, execution and practices that surround real estate investing, there remain but two very simple rules:

"Rule Number One: Never lose money.
Rule Number Two: Never forget rule Number One."
                                                 -Warren Buffet

Helen PastorinoFounder and CEO of Pertria, a real estate investment firm

Helen Pastorino is the founder and CEO of Pertria, a real estate investment firm in Los Gatos, California. Ms. Pastorino began practicing real estate in the region more than 34 years, when apricot and cherry orchards far outnumbered corporat...

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How to find and buy a lake house

There is nothing more glamorous then owning a lake house. Whether a weekender or permanent resident, we often are driven by fond childhood memories of vacationing at a lake house or on a boat. Just the mention of owning a lake property will induce conversation with friends or total strangers. While there is nothing more rewarding than finding your perfect lake property, the following choices will help you avoid a watery nightmare and enjoy paradise on a lake.

Jerry GrodeskyManaging Broker. Farm and Lake House Real Estate

21 years as a full-time Real Estate sales leader. Former trainer for ReMax & Century 21 agents. Relocation certified. Illinois foremost authority on farm, river and lake house living. Guest speaker on radio shows. Produced Coast Guard video on r...

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Guide to buying a co-op in NYC

Approximately 75 percent of buildings in New York City are co-ops. Whether you’re looking to buy an apartment, condo or home in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island or the Bronx, chances are good you might just end up in one of these buildings. The process involved with this type of purchase is a bit different than your average home or condo-buying transaction. Gain an understanding of the nuances of the co-op buying process, and prepare yourself before jumping into one of the largest purchases of your lifetime.  

Brad MalowNYC Real Estate Specialist

Brad Malow, an agent with Rutenberg Realty, is the founder of BuyingNYC.com, a website that helps buyers and sellers navigate the complexities of New York City’s real estate market. His goals have always been focused on educating consumers and p...

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