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What Zillow Can (And Cannot) Do For You

Suppose you’re talking to your friends or significant other, and you wonder, “What’s my home worth?” If you have a great real estate agent, they’ve been sending you an equity update at least every year.

But who doesn’t want to know what Zillow has to say?

Maybe at some point you’ve gotten on Zillow only to feel as if your insides might come right out of your body because your home is valued at so much less than you thought.

Or the opposite could happen, as it did with Spencer Rascoff, the CEO of Zillow. Zillow estimated that Rascoff's home was worth more than double its actual sales price.

But does that mean Zillow is worthless as a homebuyer’s tool? Absolutely not. As with everything, it has both good and bad aspects:

THE BAD: As a company, Zillow looks at home values and what they sold for and averages those figures to give the site’s users a rough look at what they might expect for their own homes. Zillow Zestimates come from an algorithm of public online data. It lacks the human element of an agent, and therefore can’t anticipate a potential buyer or seller’s desires or account for any outliers.

 

"Does that mean Zillow is worthless as a homebuyer’s tool? Absolutely not."

 

The way to get an accurate evaluation of a home is not to get an appraisal. Consult with a real estate broker instead. Why is that?

First, an appraiser will be paid no matter what. Rarely will they receive any backlash from over- or underpricing homes, unlike real estate agents, who work directly with the seller.

Second, real estate agents use less data than Zillow but have a more accurate conclusion. But why? The specific quality of the data they’re selecting, if they’re an experienced professional, is going to be the most pertinent. To get an appropriate value for your home, you need to have someone physically walk through your home, and have a working knowledge of what is going on in the current market. Zillow can’t anticipate anything beyond its algorithms.

THE GOOD: Zillow does have verified third-party reviews on real estate agents. You should absolutely get on Zillow and look for agents with quality reviews from a reasonable number of people—anyone with about 25 to 100 five-star reviews (like me)—and call that person to see what they think your property is worth.

For a more in-depth look at this topic, check out the full article here.

Message, email, or call me if you have any questions or would like more information. I’ll be happy to talk to you.

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Can You Stage and Market a Home You're Still Living In?

Recently, a lot of people have been asking me how they can market and keep their home sale-ready if they are still living in it. 

This process may not seem or be too difficult from the beginning. 

However, once a conversation has been had about staging and marketing, the first couple of open houses have been held, and offers are starting to come in, what happens when life starts to get in the way?

Thankfully, I’ve got a few tips that can help with this. 

First of all, hire a cleaning crew to come once a week or so. The price of doing this will be well worth the convenience.

 

"Keep your home decluttered and depersonalized."

 

Additionally, it is more important for a home to be pristine over the weekend than during any other time of the week, since most homebuyers won’t be out and looking on a weekday. 

The second tip I have is to remember that you should keep your home decluttered and depersonalized. 

People love to know that a home will have sufficient space, especially when it comes to the bedrooms and closets. 

Finally, bathrooms and kitchens sell homes. Buying a home is often an emotionally-charged decision, so having a clean, attractive home will make buyers much more likely to fall in love with your property. 

If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon. 
 

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165 West 91st Street #14CD

Upon entry to the gracious foyer of Residence 14CD, you are immediately bathed in bright light from the home's 19 oversized windows. Built in 1926, this developer combination of lines C & D at the Mirabeau was reconceived by Kinlin Rutherfurd Architects in 2015. The residence is inviting, grandly proportioned, and contains an organized elegance, featuring exquisite, top of the line finishes rarely found in a new conversion. Prewar details include generous moldings and solid core doors, high ceilings and new solid oak basket weave floors. The sellers have made chic upgrades throughout, including the light fixtures, sound system and window treatments, which are digitally controlled.The windowed eat-in kitchen features appliances from Miele, Bertazonni, Bosch & Fischer Paykal. Honed single slab marble adorns the backsplash with bright white glass countertops. Casually eat by the kitchen counter, or at the twelve person dining room table. The split floor plan affords a multitude of storage and configurations. As such, the custom 2,169 square feet allows for 4 large bedrooms, each with expansive views from the 14th floor, and feels comfortable and open. The 3 luxurious bathrooms are pristinely renovated with custom vanities, polished nickel hardware and a stunning combination of stone and glass. The Mirabeau is a full service condominium with 24 hour doorman, cold-storage, and Resident Manager. Amenities include a sprawling roof deck, furnished with tables, chairs and chaise-lounges in the summer months, fitness room, children's play room, additional laundry room, and bike storage.The Upper West Side has never been a better place to live. Blocks from Whole Foods, and a nearby Trader Joe's opening soon. Famous eateries like Barney Greengrass are just down Amsterdam Avenue. One block to the north is local favorite Gennaro's, and just down W 91st St is the well-respected Trinity School. Other nearby schools are Columbia Grammar, Dwight, Rodeph Shalom and Stephen Gaynor. Equally close to both Riverside Park and Central Park, this home is located in the heart of the neighborhood. Easy access to 2/3 subway and crosstown bus service.

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65 Morton Street #2N

Turn key, open, elegant and gorgeous. No detail has been overlooked in this newly renovated two bed. Upon entering you will find a deep coat closet off the entry foyer. The windowed kitchen is open and has a new Sub-Zero refrigerator, Miele Dishwasher, Carrera Marble countertops, Wolf Hood and Range and custom no-slam cabinets. The windowed Dining Room is on the other side of the open kitchen. Stained hardwood floors run throughout the property. Living room is spacious and has four pieces of furniture. Second bedroom faces North and has excellent light, while the Master Bedroom is quite large with a massive walk-in closet.

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121 Morton Street #2A

Pride of ownership abounds as a singular opportunity awaits at Residence 2A of 121 Morton Street. Lovingly renovated, no detail was spared, this includes the addition of an en-suite master bathroom as well as the creation of three west facing windows that greet you with a protected view of the Hudson River. Starting in the kitchen, there is honed Carrera marble on the oversized counters with white subway tile backsplash. These surround new Miele range, Miele speed oven / microwave combination, and matching stainless Liebherr Refrigerator. The sink has been outfitted with a dedicated chilled water faucet, and there is a garbage disposal as well. All the cabinetry is soft touch.The living room is spacious, large, and bright from southern and western exposures. It features new LED lights on dimmers, CitiQuiet Soundproof windows that are dressed with Lutron remote control roller blinds throughout. The Living Room has two dining areas, either at the Kitchen counter or at the Dining Room table. As such, there are multiple zones and many arrangements are possible. Not to be missed are the new built-in Samsung TV's with Sonos Soundbar. Adjacent to the built-ins you will find a wine chiller and bar area. No detail from floor to ceiling was spared. Of particular note is the through wall AC and heat on Nest system, all-in-one Washer / Dryer , and amazing storage options. Master has a walk-in closet. Each of the bathrooms feature new fixtures, finishes and radiant heat floors.121 Morton St is part of a 420 unit coop spread over many buildings throughout the area. There is common outdoor space. Also, please ask me about the upcoming value-add massive storage / bonus room or den that will be coming available, exclusive to shareholders at 121 Morton St alone.The West Village is the heart of downtown Manhattan, bordered on the west by Riverside Park, and surrounded with the greatest residential amenities one can imagine, from shopping, to entertainment. Nearby are the Whitney Museum, The Standard Hotel, and the entrance to the Highline

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77 Fulton St 4B

 

First time on market, this property has been lived in for over 30 years by the current shareholders. The property gets great light with views of many iconic New York City landmarks form the incredibly large terrace.This home is a dream come true from a value perspective and has very low maintenance. Private storage available in the building, as well as discounted on-site resident parking. The historic south city location is vibrant. At the center of an architectural renaissance from the nearby Seaport and Fulton Center hub also known as the Occulus, with world class retail, and access to the A / C / E, 2 / 3, 4 / 5 / 6, & J / Z train lines

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20 Clinton Street, PHD

In a City where cookie cutter spaces erode the heart of New York, we are proud to offer a large Two Bed / convertible Three Bed with a washer / dryer renovated with thought, love, and care. Images do not do justice to Penthouse D, the largest line in a unique prewar condo on the border of the East Village and the Lower East Side.No detail was spared throughout. In the kitchen, we are introduced to the highly specific and thoughtful renovation. The polished stainless steel island has multiple purposes: there is copious storage, wine refrigerator, food preparation areas, open oven and range, and built-in dining area for four. The sink is surrounded by white caeser-stone counter and backsplash. a Bosch dishwasher is just to the left, and full sized washer dryer are next to the window around the corner. You will also notice blonde cabinets throughout the kitchen, entertaining and living areas. There are a clever and highly functional network of storage options.Bathrooms are clad in warm wood and dark tile with custom plumbing and light fixtures. Each one has a feel of a Scandinavian sauna. As with the rest of the residence, the genius is in the details.Each bedroom is filled with light, and the windows are City-Quiet, creating a sanctuary for you. Additionally, each room has fantastic closets, with the master bathroom en-suite.The Living Room has a great entertainment center, also architecturally designed, featuring elegant wrought iron steel columns, lovingly featured, and a sunken floor, raising the ceiling height.20 Clinton Street has a virtual doorman, keyless entry, and video intercom . It has great character and a community feel, is very well managed and has a common garden for residents. The block, Clinton St just south of Houston St, is pretty cool too.

For more information and to contact the David Rosen Team, please click here.

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11 East 29th Street #7C

Welcome home to the spacious NoMad apartment nestled in the highly sought after Sky House Tower designed by FXFowel! Located on the 7th floor, the convertible 3 bedroom, two bathroom boasts spectacular Empire State Building views you cannot beat. This 1,374 square foot home offers North, West and South exposures and overlooks peaceful Churchyard views. Upon entering the foyer, you are immediately drawn to the beautifully detailed and newly renovated kitchen complete with granite countertops and a Carrera marble backsplash. The top of the line stainless steel appliances flow seamlessly into the space and offer maximum entertaining capacity. The large living and dining area are flooded with natural light and offer expansive views. The sleeping wing of the apartment contains two large newly redone bedrooms each complete with walk-in closets and double exposure bay windows. The master suite is truly spectacular with its own en suite bathroom. Separating the two bedrooms is the in unite washer and dryer as well as the second full bathroom and additional storage space. Being only one of three units on the entire floor, this home is extremely exclusive and quiet giving you peace and serenity. Sky House is a deluxe, full-service condominium tower that is home to an abundance of amenities. Complete with a full time doorman and concierge, state of the art fitness center, childrens playroom and additional storage units that transfer with the apartment! Make this piece of serenity the place you call home today! 

For more information and to contact the David Rosen Team, please click here.

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15 Jones Street 4B

A recently renovated kitchen and bathroom, with new stainless steel appliances, punctuate this loft style Studio. Two North facing windows, which clear by many stories the adjacent buildings emanate consistent sun and sky. An additional East exposure completes the loft effect. Residence 4B is in move-in ready condition and has multiple zones. The kitchen allows for many people to work at once and has new cabinets and counter tops. A dining area currently seats 4. A separate living room area with couch and entertainment center span the heart of the property and the sleeping quarters naturally fit a King or Queen sized bed. The exposed brick is in excellent condition.The closet space is also quite ample, with multiple deep closets throughout.15 Jones St is a boutique elevator building with laundry and a live-in super. Pet friendly with approval. And sublets are allowable after 3 years. Jones Street is a lovely tree-lined block in the heart of the West Village between West 4th Street and Bleecker St. There is close proximity to the A/B/C/D/E/F/M/1 trains, or in other words, you have the entire island of Manhattan at your fingertips.

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88 Greenwich St. #2306

Triple mint luxury loft one bedroom in full-time doorman condo with southeast exposure is flooded with light and has sweeping views from New York Harbor, including the Statue of Liberty and the Verrazano Bridge, to Trinity Church and all of downtown. Barely lived in, this is the most popular line in the building, and one of the first to sell out in the original conversion. Chefs will love the open kitchen features custom cabinets, stainless steel appliances and absolute black granite counters. Come home to the serenity of your spa-like bath with Italian ceramic tile, extra deep soaking tub, tempered glass splash guard and modern vanity. Other features include hardwood floors, high ceilings, large windows and central air conditioning. The Greenwich Club is a full-service condominium with live-in superintendent, modern and elegant lobby, large private gym with yoga studio, penthouse resident's lounge, furnished roof deck, laundry on each floor, cold storage and bike room. Conveniently located in one of the most rapidly developing parts of Manhattan, steps from One World Trade Center, the Financial District, Bowling Green and the Hudson River Promenade. Nearby trains include the 1 & R.

For more information and to contact the David Rosen Team, please click here.

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106 Waverly Place #2

The Heart of Greenwich Village...
WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK FLOOR - THROUGH CONDO Take advantage of the rare opportunity to own a part of history in this grand 22x78 Anglo-Italianate Greenwich Village historic townhouse, moments from Washington Square Park. Walk up to this lovely home with a large open living room/dining area and wood burning fireplace, exposed brick and large windows overlooking the quiet tree-lined block. This three bedroom home has high ceilings and four exposures with an up-dated eat- in kitchen, master bedroom with decorative fireplace and large closet and two additional bedrooms. The washer/dryer, for exclusive use and storage in the basement and bike space. Pets OK. 106 Waverly Place is near many terrific restaurants, schools and city activities and is conveniently located near the West 4th Street trains.

For more information and to contact the David Rosen Team, please click here.

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504 West 136th St. 4C

Fantastic value at the Hamilton Parc Condominium! We now have the first resale of this delightful One Bedroom, One Bath apartment with South Facing Balcony. There is a laundry closet with Washer/Dryer, two large closets, a fully equipped kitchen with granite countertops and tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances, including dishwasher and beautiful bamboo floors. There is an assessment of $48.05 per month through December, 2016.

Located adjacent to City College and just one block from the #1 train, this classic yet contemporary condominium features the following: Video Intercom System , Fitness Center, Landscaped Courtyard, Roof Deck & Basement Storage. 

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88 Quincy St. #1

Step through the immaculate entry of this gorgeous 19'2" limestone townhouse on one of Clinton Hill's prettiest, tree-lined blocks. Experience townhouse living at a fraction of the cost and responsibility in this turn-key duplex condo with a south facing private garden. Enjoy the privacy and storage space usually only afforded to suburban homes, at the intersection of Brooklyn's hottest neighborhoods. A smart layout keeps the floor plan open and bedrooms tucked behind. You'll be the second owners to live in this completely renovated conversion. Stainless appliances and granite counters are ideal for you and your guests to mix up cocktails and meander into the gracious garden. You will find excellent storage space, washer dryer, and flexible layout as you travel down stairs into a huge room with half bath, large closet and additional access to the garden. Set your imagination free, as this open space can be used as a rec room, studio, play area, or office. Ample common storage also available, and the block offers a friendly community garden. This home must be seen. Located near C/G/S trains at Franklin or Clinton-Washington, conveniences on nearby Fulton, and smack in the heart of exciting new spots like The Finch, Choysters, Dynaco and more, plus new classics like Speedy Romeo and Locanda Vini e Olii.

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75 Bank Street #2J

Your ideal West Village home awaits in this spacious one bedroom apartment with charming treetop views of Bank Street. The apartment features a gracious foyer with two large closets and a sunken living room with fantastic southern light. The windowed, renovated kitchen features stainless appliances and tons of cabinet space, while the corner bedroom offers three windows and two more closets. A lovely marble bathroom and separate linen closet complete this wonderful home. 75 Bank Street is an art deco, pre-war co-operative with doorman (8am until midnight), elevator, live-in super, laundry, bike rack, and storage.The building has an amazing West Village location on quiet, picturesque Bank Street, but just around the corner from Bleecker Street and all of the West Village's fabulous shops, restaurants and cafes.

For more information and to contact the David Rosen Team, please click here.

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77 Fulton St. 4D

Throughout lower Manhattan a turn-key home is incredibly rare. We are excited to offer you a special opportunity. A corner unit facing a tree lined park, each element of the residence is inviting, brand-new, and filled with light.This property has undergone a renovation from the studs-out with attention to detail. . The open chef's kitchen features a new Stainless Steel Viking Refrigerator and Dual Zone Sub-Zero Wine Refrigerator. Stainless Steel Miele Dishwasher and Viking Oven, Range, and vented Microwave hood with vents. Finished with Carrara marble counters and backsplash. New wide-plank oak floors with a sound-proof sub floor. All doors have been upgraded to 84" height. The residence has been freshly skim-coated and painted with new crown molding. Every room was renovated, including a complete bathroom makeover. A new Carrara marble shower is brand new with waterproof lining behind the walls. Finished with hexagon tiled marble floor and custom light fixtures. There is also brand new Air Conditioning units in three zones. Beneath the surface is all new electric and plumbing. The private outdoor space has custom flooring and lots of space along with a lovely view. This home is a dream come true and has very low maintenance.Private storage available in the building, as well as discounted on-site resident parking. The historic south city location is vibrant. At the center of an architectural renaissance from the nearby Seaport and Fulton Center hub also known as the Occulus, with world class retail, and access to the A / C / E, 2 / 3, 4 / 5 / 6, & J / Z train lines.

For more information and to contact the David Rosen Team, please click here.

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446 Kent Ave. 4B

Williamsburg Bridge and river views capture the eye continuously from this spacious Two bed, Two bath residence. A split floor plan is centered by absolute black granite countertops and stainless steel GE portfolio appliances in the open chef's kitchen. Wide plank birch hardwood floors, high ceilings, excellent closet options, and a new Washer / Dryer are just some of the other features. The second bath is large, and the Master Bath is luxurious, with double vanity, separate shower and soaking tub, with marble and granite fixtures and finishes. Built in 2008, Schaefer's Landing is a full service building with inclusive amenities. Uniquely known for its gated cul-de-sac driveway with parking garage, valet, and zipcar. 446 Kent has a spectacular roof deck, equipped with BBQ and tables. The building is full service with a 24 hour doorman and concierge, Art Gallery with resident curators, and a children's playroom. Just updated is the fitness center which has river views, a business center, and a resident's lounge and event space with outdoor areas. There is also laundry drop-off and dry cleaning. A shuttle bus is conveniently available to residents in a rush to a from the nearby L train at Bedford, or the JMZ at Marcy Ave, each one stop to Manhattan. If the train isn't your speed, there is a Water Taxi just off of the waterfront walkway to the west of the building. South Williamsburg has been a growing destination for culture and cuisine while maintaining it's neighborhood feel. The newly opened Urban Market Grocery is steps away. Schaefer's Landing sits nestled between hip artist lofts, cafes, music venues, retail shops and all the conveniences Williamsburg has grown famous for.

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56 Pine St. 3E

A doorman condo with no peer, this 1894 office building was reimagined in 2005 and is now available for you. Nothing is wasted in this 775 sq. ft. condo which has no hallways, and affords a large Living Room, 6 person dining room table, extra-large closets and more. The bedroom is interior and allows for multiple large furniture pieces including end tables, multiple armoires, a chair, and entertainment center. Rounded out by the bathroom and kitchen which have developer finishes. Laundry is conveniently on-floor. Originally called the Wallace Building after its developer, James Wallace, the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2003. 56 Pine features full-floor residents-only social club, a full-time doorman, conference room, wet bar, fitness center.The financial district is undergoing a new life, with incredible retail buoyed by the nearby Occulus Fulton Center Station and Brookfield Place. Dining options are at an all time high and the social scene is warm. Directly across from the 2 / 3 station, you are also close to the 1 / 4 , 5 / and R trains.

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55 Wall St. 546

The Cipriani Club offers distinctive style, elegance, and the utmost of luxury amenities. Apartment 546 is one of only 4 loft style 1 bedrooms within the building and features a sexy open layout designed by the renown Calvin Tsao and McKown with proper dining area, sleek SubZero/Bosch/Miele kitchen, designer furnishings throughout, and a 5 fixture limestone spa style bathroom. Building amenities include: 24 hour concierge and butler service, Cipriani restaurant, library, bi-level fitness center, gorgeous landscaped Roofdeck. Additional Club services are: business center, barber shop, shoe shine, billiards room, wine tasting vault, and media screening theater.

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41 Jane St. 5C

41 Jane Street was built in 1915, as the records indicate, but some sources suggest it was actually erected in the late 1800’s. Converted to Co-op in 1984, this 5 story building consists of 18 one-bedroom and studio apartments. The building has a laundry room and storage in the basement and residents of 41 Jane are given a key to the Jane Street Garden, which is a beautiful landscaped garden across the street. Jane Street is one of the most highly desired blocks, not only in the West Village, but in the entire city. A historic landmark block, Jane Street possesses a long history and was even known as “Author’s Row,” being a home to a number of published authors. The location is very convenient to transportation, being very close to the A,C,E,L,1,2,3 trains and also is right around the corner from the south entrance to the Highline Park.

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90 Gold St. 20H

A brilliant panoramic view, private outdoor space, and low maintenance are just part of what makes Residence 20H at 90 Gold St a special home. A brand new studs out renovation is the other. With brand new stainless steel appliances, including a convection oven / microwave hood rarely found in the building and full size dishwasher, new countertops, cabinets and backsplash, set the stage for this stunning one bed. This generous layout has loads of closet space, brand new and never been lived in bathroom, and new carpet and built-ins.Private storage available in the building, as well as discounted on-site resident parking. The historic south city location is vibrant. At the center of an architectural renaissance from the nearby Seaport and Fulton Center hub also known as the Occulus, with world class retail, and access to the A / C / E, 2 / 3, 4 / 5 / 6, & J / Z train lines.

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