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The 5 Most Common Property Problems Among Long Island Neighbors

Neighbors in Long Island are known for sharing backyard BBQs and block parties. It isn’t uncommon for perfect strangers to become friends simply by proximity and sharing a property line. But as a residential real estate law firm, we know neighbors don’t always get along. Sometimes, arguments over property boundaries and renovations even land neighbors…

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What is a Holdover Eviction & How to Avoid It

As a residential lease agreement is negotiated and signed, all parties to the lease hope the tenancy proceeds without issues or disagreements. Landlords want tenants to pay rent in a timely manner, use the property for an intended purpose, and upkeep the property throughout the lease term. Tenants want landlords to provide clear instruction on…

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Red Flags for Any Long Island Homebuyer

Buying a new home is an exciting time for residents of Long Island. It’s often a new start or a step forward – for some families buying a house is the fruition of a collective and longtime dream. Before signatures are placed on purchase contracts and closing documents, buyers are already discussing possible renovations and…

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What Is Title Insurance & Do You Need It?

As you navigate a commercial or residential real estate transaction for the first time a number of unfamiliar documents, agreements and pieces of paperwork are certain to cross your desk or arrive via email. Often, one part of real property purchases that isn’t fully understood by buyers and sellers in Long Island, particularly in a…

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Whose Job is it Anyway? Maintenance Questions in Commercial Leases

There are several disputes that continuously arise under a commercial lease. Without a doubt the most common are questions of rent payment, or more than likely nonpayment. However, closely following discrepancies over adequate and timely rent payment are questions of maintenance and improvements to the leased property. Time and again when a pipe bursts or…

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What Is a Mixed-Use Development and What Are the Benefits?

New York City is poised to have a massive new development up and open in 2018. Hudson Yards was first announced years ago and the groundbreaking took place in 2012, but a development of this size takes time. Now, the 960,000 square foot building, located at the corner of 30th Street and 10th Avenue in…

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5 Overlooked Clauses of a NY Residential Lease

When people move to Long Island or surrounding areas, there is a good chance that their first “home” will be a rental property. In fact, there is such high demand for rental property in Long Island, that the current vacancy rate is only 4%. What this means is a lot of people are viewing properties,…

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A Guide for First Time Homebuyers in Long Island

Buying your first home is an exciting adventure. There are open houses, showings, and late night conversations with loved ones over the many options. Then you find the perfect property, and it is a thrill to make an offer. Whether you fall in love with the first home you see or the thirtieth, the home…

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8 Title Defects that Could Delay Your Closing

There are few commercial real estate transactions that are finalized without the purchase of title insurance. In exchange for the premium payment, a title company insures the buyer’s title to the property. Typically, the insurance amount is up to the purchase price of the property. The reason most commercial purchasers, and a number of residential…

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