Real Estate

Chapter #10 – I Decided to Move to Brooklyn – What are the 5 Most Important Things I Need to Know?

It’s clear I’ve been on a big learning curve, along with my husband, when it comes to buying some Brooklyn real estate, and although it’s been tough in some ways, it’s certainly been an adventure. So, what are the top five things I think anyone buying an apartment in Brooklyn needs to know? Here goes…   Location is everything! It’s important to choose the location that is most...

Chapter #9 – Thanks to Uber, I Don’t Care if I Live by the Subway Anymore

Commutes and fast access to local amenities are high on the list for any homeowner, as we all want to live our best lives, right? So, when you’re looking to buy a property, especially somewhere like Manhattan, the location of local public transportation services are of utmost importance. Once upon a time, looking at Brooklyn apartments for sale would mean mapping your options to match the subway lines....

Chapter #8 – How Do I Find Out if the Apartment I Buy is in Good Shape?

You don’t want to make a Brooklyn real estate investment only to find that the property isn’t up to scratch – that would be any new home buyer’s worst nightmare. Since real estate investment is such big money, you need to know what pitfalls to look for – but you’ll be pleased to know that making sure the properties you’re considering for purchase are in good shape is one of the easiest and...

Chapter #7 – Is Buying Real Estate Always a Good Investment?

This is a question that my husband and I mulled over for many, many hours. We were more scared by the idea of a real estate investment than we were by the realization we were reaching yet another wedding anniversary (where does the time go??!!). As a buyer, you have every right to be wary: you’re investing big money that you’ve worked hard for – you’d be crazy not to feel at least a little anxious...

Emma's Diary - Chapter 6

Chapter # 6 – Should I Buy a New Construction or an Old Construction?

This is an important question that every home buyer is faced with. Old buildings certainly have charm and character and may offer spectacular original features, but they can also have a heap of things that need updating, fixing or improving. Meanwhile, a new construction building can be made to suit your specifications and you’ll have the benefit of being the first residents, but how do you know exactly...

Emma's Diary - Chapter 5

Chapter #5 – Is it Hard to Get a Mortgage and How to do it?

I think I’ve made it pretty clear how clueless we were embarking on our home-buying. Even though we’d fully committed to the idea of buying some Brooklyn real estate, we’d made our list of requirements and starting checking out Brooklyn apartments for sale, both my husband and I realized we didn’t even know how to get a mortgage. For once, I’m not going to bore you with all the gory details,...

Chapter #4 – Why I choose to buy in Brooklyn

To be honest, once I made the choice to get rid of our apartment for rent in Brooklyn and buy instead, it was a no-brainer that I’d choose to stay in this area. I mean, I know it’s not really the epicenter of the universe, but it might as well be – what isn’t available in Brooklyn? Let’s break it down a bit… Location-wise, Brooklyn real estate is hard to beat. Think about it. You have...

Emma's Diary - Chapter 3

Chapter #3 – Should I hire a real estate agent to help me with the property-buying process?

As I think we’ve already established in previous posts, my husband and I had been avoiding buying property for quite some time because it scared the hell out of us, so once we’d resolved to go for it, there were many decisions to be made. And the question of whether we hired a Brooklyn estate agent to help us with our real estate investing, or whether we went it alone, was a big question for us. So,...

Emma's Diary - Chapter 2

Chapter #2 – What is important to me in my new apartment and what is important to my husband?

Hitting the real estate market in Brooklyn was no joke – it was a big decision for us and a giant step too. This was real commitment. It didn’t matter that we’d been married for a couple of years; there was something about buying a home that felt solid, permanent, concrete. And a little bit scary.   A marriage needs work and compromise and a whole bunch of other things like compassion and...

Emma's Diary - Chapter 1

Chapter #1 – The Day I Decided that I Didn’t Want to Rent Anymore but to Own an Apartment

It was a regular day in our rented apartment in Brooklyn; alarm sounding too early, a morning jog to boost energy levels, husband grumpy until his first coffee consumed, a busy day of work looming. Regular, that is, until I returned from my jog, sweaty but revitalized, and discovered the electrics had failed. Sure, we got over the no-coffee hurdle easily with some takeout, but I had a busy – not to...

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