Chinese Bilingual Agent specialized in Parents Buying for Children

Real Estate Agent with Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Chinese Mandarin Speaking Bilingual Agent specialized in Parents Buying for Children with FIVE TOP TIPS for parents.

I am a bilingual English and Chinese Speaking Real Estate Agent with a team here in Manhattan New York, we have helped many Chinese Speaking buyers (parents) buying for their son or daughter that is currently living in New York city for work or school.  Our team covers various neighborhood of Manhattan from South of 125 Street all the way to Financial District. We also cover some certain neighborhoods of Brooklyn such as Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, Williamsburg, and Downtown Brooklyn.

Here are Five Big Tips if you are buying condo for your children in NYC :

  1. If you or your parents are not familiar and new to Manhattan New York market, please know that there is condo and coop market. There is about 20-30% price difference between both housing product. If you are looking at properties online, it is important for you to know that not all coop will accept a parents buying for children scenario.
  2. If the parents are buying a NYC condominium for child, a good rule of thumb would be $1,000 per square foot for Manhattan Condominiums. This price per square foot will vary based on location, condition, building amenities, size and many other variables. But to keep things simple for you, at $1,000 per square foot, if you plan to spend $500,000 or under, we are most likely going to be focusing on studio apartments about 400 SF or less. one bedroom condo starts about $700,000 in decent condo buildings, two bedroom starts at $1,500,000. For luxury high end condo buildings in prime location, the price can very well be double of the prices mentioned above.
  3. Plan your Time frame: What is your time frame as to purchase a condo or co-op here? Does your child have a lease that may expire soon? If there is no financing involved, a resale condominium requires about 30-45 days to process a condo application once the contract is signed. If it is a Co-Op, it can take anywhere from 90 days to more to process the co-op board package and interview. If you need financing, the process can be much longer for both Condo and Co-Op.
  4. Funds: Is this going to be an all cash transaction? Or is it going to be financing? Prepare your funds and liquidate out of any money market for the down payment is essential. In Manhattan New York, at contract signing, we will require 10% of purchase price as down payment. If you need financing, the bank may require you to put down 20% or more of the purchase price in order to obtain financing.
  5. Title of the property: Many of our buyers structure deals differently based on their specific needs and financial picture. Some prefers to co-purchase the property with their young adult child, some prefers the young adult to take title on their own, some prefers to establish an LLC (limited liability corporation) or a trust to hold the Real Estate. According to your needs, we can make some suggestions and also direct you to an expertise attorney who may be able to advise you better.

If you and your parents are from out of town (another country or another state), please let them know that Manhattan Real Estate market is different anywhere else in the world. The purchase process is different than anywhere else they are from.  If they are not sure of the purchase procedure, contact us directly at(646)644-6929 or (917)837-8869 so we can help explain it better to them. Call us today so we can help you navigate through the Manhattan Real Estate maze. We work hard to help you have a stress-free purchase. Email us today.

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Eileen Hsu 許雅嵐 (email: EHSU(@)

Our team specialize in Manhattan New York Condominiums, townhouses, and condops.

We are condominium residents ourselves so we understand the Manhattan New York condominium community. We also enjoy all Manhattan neighborhoods, especially Upper West Side, Lincoln Square, Midtown East, Murray Hill, Financial District, Chelsea, Fifth Avenue, Greenwich Village, Nolita and etc just to name a few. If you or you know someone that may be interested in selling, buying or leasing their Manhattan New York condo, call us today (917)837-8869 or (646)644-6929 and we can discuss your specific Real Estate goals.

Manhattan New York Condo Specialists or Chinese Speaking Real Estate Agent



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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Eileen, very informative post, I did not know that not all COOP's will allow Parents to buy for their Children. Of Course I would guess there are ways to get around that...

Aug 27, 2012 06:19 AM #1
Eileen Hsu
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

Hi Endre, every Coop has each Coop rules and policies. If parents buy for children must buy a coop, they will have to focus on friendlier coop building with this specific purchase structure.

Aug 27, 2012 06:24 AM #2
Mike Yeo
3:16 team REALTY - Frisco, TX

WOW! $1000 per square foot? Yikes. I guess that is the price to pay in the busy metropolitan. 

Aug 27, 2012 06:27 AM #3
Eileen Hsu
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

Hi Mike, $1,000 per square foot is the starting price per square foot in decent buildings. For higher end buildings with luxury amenities, prime location or iconic exposures/views the starting price may be around $2,000 per sq foot.

Aug 27, 2012 08:30 AM #4
Morgan Evans
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

So many languages to learn, I'm looking forward to learning some more Chinese.

Aug 27, 2012 02:07 PM #5
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

Eileen, Great advice. We had a parent try to buy a Co-op for her son and the co-op board turned them down. Only tihe one with their name on the deed could live there!

Aug 27, 2012 09:29 PM #6
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Eileen -- you are definitely fluent in the language of condos, co-ops and condops in New York City -- this is key for anyone looking to purchase regardless of their situation.  

Aug 29, 2012 02:37 PM #7
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Eileen, anyone looking to buy in Manhattan should contact Eileen Hsu, and a plus that she speaks Chinese as well!

Aug 31, 2012 11:49 PM #8
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