Wednesday, December 4, 2019 / by Vanessa Saunders
You heard me right. There are organizations out there that will GIVE you money you don't have to pay back to help first time home buyers. For most first timers, saving up for a down payment is the biggest obstacle to buying a home. Fortunately, there are grants for qualifying buyers.
TheBalance.com, a financial advice website, has an in-depth article about home buyer grants. According to TheBalance: "First-time home buyer grants are designed to offset some of the purchasing costs for new buyers. They typically cover part of your down payment, closing costs, or sometimes the total purchase price of the home. They do not require repayment, as long as you live in your home for the required amount of time."
Many of these grants are federally funded, although the U.S. government doesn't offer the money directly. Instead, these funds are given by the feds to state and local municipalities.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2018 / by Vanessa Saunders
Recently I was with a group of REALTORS® attending an international real estate conference in Manhattan. We were invited to tour a 5,000 square foot apartment, to see what $30 million gets you in the Big Apple. I was trying to be quite nonchalant about the amenities: spectacular 180 degree views from the 43rd floor ("Yawn"), enormous master suites ("Umm hmm"), kitchen that may as well have been designed by NASA and decorated by Tiffany ("Doesn't everyone have a diamond studded thermo-nuclear coffee maker dahling?") when I saw something that took my breath away.
It was the toilet. And not just any loo. I found out later it was the The Neorest 750H with Actilight technology, a truly revolutionary innovation at the peak of lavatory luxury, which retails for over $10,000.
As they say in the UK, I was gob-smacked.
The control panel for this Necessity for the Very Posh was mounted on the wall beside the "loo." Among many other features, (heated seat, auto-open and close, and inexplica ...
Thursday, November 30, 2017 / by Susan O'Hara
Great Value on Central Park West has just sold! Elevated first floor pre-war charmer in a quaint and very unique English Tudor style building designed by Fred F. French in 1917. Enjoy a wonderful lifestyle in a prime Upper West Side neighborhood. 370 CPW is a pet friendly elevator building with a 24 hour doorman and live-in super. There's also a new gym, a central courtyard garden, handy central laundry room, and bike storage room. With just steps to the wonders of Central Park, and one block to the UWS Whole Foods Complex, it doesn't get much better, oh and the subway and bus transportation is at your doorstep to whisk you around town! Pied a Terre allowed, Sublet after 2 years of residency. Guarantors allowed. 25% Minimum Downpayment.
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