New York City First time home buyer and Investor MUST READ! Buying with your Head and your Heart part 5 of 5!

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New York City First Time Buyer and Investor


Buying your 1st or your 10th New York City apartment will probably be the biggest purchase of your life.  In today's market it's more important now than ever to understand what your long term goals for purchasing.  Are you sick of paying rent to a landlord and purchasing your first starter studio or 1 bedroom?  Maybe you have outgrown your current apartment and need that second or third bedroom?  An investor looking for a long term investment and tax benefit? Or an overseas buyer looking for a second home here in Manhattan.  Whatever the reason might be, the key to a successful purchase and ultimately long term success is to become educated about purchasing and to find an apartment that you can see yourself owning for the long term.

Steps to a Successful Purchase

  1. Understand Why You are Purchasing - Are you looking for an apartment that you can lease once your purchase?  Well than a co-op might not work for you and a condominium would be your best option.  Are you renting right now and want to find out if it makes sense to buy and stop putting money in your landlords pocket?  A rent vs. purchase analysis might show that it makes more sense for you to rent, but the qualitative benefits of owning your own apartment could also affect your decision.  How long do you plan on being in the apartment?  One year or indefinitely? Right now in this market, you should plan on owning for a minimum of 5 years to see a significant amount of appreciation.  The key is to think about what your long term goals are for purchasing because that should dictate what type of property is right for you and how you should go about your search for your next home.
  2. How Much Can you Afford- Speaking with a mortgage broker or the bank of your choosing and having an in depth discussion of how much you can afford will have tremendous impact on your purchase.  Because lending isn't what it was a year or even 6 months ago, guidelines changing, conforming loan rates changing, having an up to date understanding of where you stand obtaining a mortgage is essential to a successful purchase.
  3. Becoming Market Educated- Currently Manhattan is a changing market.  How much is an apartment worth today?  One market report says that median prices went up a few percent, but another report says that the transactions are down 70%.  Who to believe and what does it mean to you?  Looking at the city as a whole will give you a macro-perspective, but the key in my opinion is to follow the price point and neighborhoods that you are going to purchase in.  A one bedroom condominium in the West Village and a Classic 6 in a Park Avenue co-op are not apple to apple comparisons, so reading a report that says prices are down 20% citywide, may not be indicative of the type of property you are looking for.  The way I see things is that right now, an apartment is worth the price a buyer is willing to pay and whatever the seller is willing to accept.  I find market reports extremely useful, but the key is to break them down for the micro-search that you are doing.  
  4. Go with your Gut Instinct- Most of my customers know the apartment they will buy when they step their foot in the door.  Ask yourself the question, do you love the apartment, can you see yourself living there?  The perfect apartment doesn't exist, because it is usually out of our price range, but first impressions are very important.  Once you have educated yourself and understand the variables of your purchase you will be ready when you see the right apartment.

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Disclaimer: All information in this post is subject to change without notice. Subject matter: is an opinion, is not guaranteed, may be time sensitive, and may be based on information collected from several sources which may or may not be reliable at the time of sourcing.

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Morgan Evans is a Licensed Real Estate salesperson in Manhattan New York specialize in neighborhoods such as: Greenwich Village, Soho, Union Square, Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Chelsea, Midtown West, Midtown East, Nolita, Lower East side, Financial District in Manhattan. Morgan specialize in working with international buyer, high net worth buyers,  parents buying for children and investors buyers. Contact him today by calling (917)837-8869.
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Eileen Hsu
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

What a fantastic informative post for those first time buyer and investors out there. It is very important for first timers to team up with a professional such as yourself. Otherwise they may have a hard time navigating through Manhattan Real Estate! YOU GO!

Jan 31, 2009 12:51 PM #1
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Morgan, I absolutely believe you're right, more people buy with their heart....figuring in all the costs of these gorgeous apartments and condos should be done well in advance so they know exactly what their payments will be. 

Jan 31, 2009 09:40 PM #2
Mark MacKenzie
Phoenix, AZ

I think the understanding "why" is so important for buyers and investors.

Once they can determine why they want to do something, accomplishing it becomes much easier.

Investing in real estate is a great investment in the long term, but there needs to be a reason why so that you can make the most of your investments.

Is it cash flow, a return on your investment, tax benefits?

Feb 01, 2009 01:44 PM #3
Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, REALTORS - Exton - PA License #RS-225179-L / Delaware License #RS-0025038 - Downingtown, PA


Words for all Buyers in any market.......thanks.

Feb 01, 2009 11:07 PM #4
Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula
Realty Works Temecula - Temecula, CA
Realty Works Temecula

Very good series Morgan.  You are doing a great service by providing this important information to your buyers.

Feb 02, 2009 02:53 AM #5
James Wexler - Scottsdale, AZ

how much one can spend is probably the most important point, just because it is a "buyers market" , doesnt mean everyone should buy

Feb 02, 2009 05:03 AM #6
Eileen Hsu
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

In buyers market, this is exactly the type of information buyers need to arm themselves with. I command you for sharing this with us. Thank you for posting.

Feb 02, 2009 12:39 PM #7
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