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Will my wife’s promotion cost us?

Q: We had our home on the market through a broker, he brought us a buyer but at the same time our financial situation changed, my wife got a raise and we decided to stay in our home. Do we still owe the commission? Read More.

Is landscaping a good investment for a seller?

Q: I’m looking to sell my home. Should I spend money on landscaping to increase curb appeal? Or invest the money elsewhere?   Read More.

How difficult will it be for me to find an apartment if I declare bankruptcy?

Question: How difficult will it be for me to find an apartment if I had to declare bankruptcy last year? Answer: The process can potentially be problematic for a renter who has filed a bankruptcy petition;  however one of our experienced agents may be able to show properties where the landlord will be understanding. In this connection, the potential renter needs to be prepared with a few items: 1. A reference letter from their current landlord representing they are good tenants; 2. A creditworthy guarantor to co-sign in the event they default with their rent payments; and 3. Additional security or pre-paid rent.

In which domestic markets does Douglas Elliman do business?

Q: In which domestic markets does Douglas Elliman do business?   Read More.

What does Douglas Elliman’s relationship with Zillow mean to the homeowner?

Q: What does Douglas Elliman’s relationship with Zillow mean to the homeowner? Read More.

How do I apply to be an agent with Douglas Elliman?

Q: I would like to work for Elliman.  I have my NY sales associate license. Where do I apply?   Read More.

Who is responsible for the title search, buyer or seller?

Q: In a real estate transaction, who is responsible to get the title search done, the seller or purchaser?   Read More.

Can I live in one state and sell real estate in another?

  Q: Can you be a certified agent in one state but live in another? For example, certified in New York, but live in New Jersey or Pennsylvania?   Read More.

What does ‘Contract Signed’ mean?

Question: What does ‘contract signed’ mean on some of your listings? Answer: A contract signed means that a written agreement has been signed by both seller & buyer to sell the property. That written agreement may or may not have contingencies, or points to be accomplished before a closing occurs (and if contingencies are not met then the contract may become null & void) and it would also have a closing date which all parties can work toward.

Can I rent an apartment under my corporation?

Q: I own a business and would like to rent an apartment under my corporation. Is this possible? Read More.