How underused property in NYC can be turned into affordable housing

With the city squeezed for space for affordable housing, policymakers are looking at every possible available square inch of land to construct homes, from church parking lots to NYCHA property. In a report released last week, Comptroller Scott Stringer advocates for the creation of a land bank to exploit vacant land remaining in New York […]

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Nation’s First Homeowner Assistance Fund Launches in New York

Last week, Governor Kathy Hochul announced that New York is the first state approved by the U.S. Treasury to launch a federally funded Homeowner Assistance Fund. For thousands of homeowners who have been struggling to stay in their homes as they face the economic fallout from the pandemic, this means they will finally be getting […]

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Why We Need A Homeowner Assistance Fund

There is a lot to praise about President-elect Biden’s proposed $1.9 trillion relief package aimed at combating the economic crisis and COVID 19 pandemic, including stimulus payments, rental assistance and an extension of unemployment insurance. Those efforts will go a long way toward stabilizing vulnerable communities. However, the relief package falls short in addressing the […]

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NYC tax lien sale set for December 17th, 2021

New York City’s tax lien sale, previously postponed in response to the public health and economic crises caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, has been rescheduled for December 17th, 2021. Each year, the City of New York holds the sale, resulting in thousands of property owners seeing their debt from property taxes as well as sewer […]

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Behind the Calculations: Homebuyer Calculator

Calculations are based on estimates of common homeownership costs, but do not factor in the details associated with a specific property or the financial circumstances of an interested homebuyer. To develop this calculator, the Center relied on both the expertise of industry professionals and publically available data. Repair and maintenance Based on the costs of […]

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Housing Types in New York City

Once you’ve made the decision to buy a home, it’s important to consider which kind of property is best for you, based on what you can afford and how much time you are willing to commit to maintaining it. There are several home-owning options to consider in New York City: single-family home, multi-family home, condo, […]

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Who’s Who of Homebuying

You will interact with a number of different people throughout your home buying journey. Below is a brief explanation of the main actors involved in the process and their roles. Pre-Purchase Housing Counselor You may choose to work with a pre-purchase housing counselor at a HUD-approved housing counseling agency before actively starting the homebuying process. […]

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Benefits and Risks of Buying a Home in NYC

Are you thinking of buying your first home? Becoming a homeowner can be an exciting, rewarding prospect, but it’s not without risks. Here are some of the benefits and drawbacks of homeownership. Benefit: You’re No Longer a Renter Sick of dealing with a landlord? When you’re a renter, you can find yourself facing rent increases, […]

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