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Everything You Need to Know About Airbnb's NYC Takeover

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Everything You Need to Know About Airbnb's NYC Takeover

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past seven years, you've probably heard of tech startup Airbnb. The online platform allows everyday homeowners (and renters-- but we'll get to that controversial subject later) to rent out extra bedrooms or even their entire home to those looking for an alternative to pricey, impersonal hotels. 

In NYC, the use of Airbnb has become an especially hot topic with in the real estate world. But despite local governmental pushback, today, in the city's most popular neighborhoods, as many as 1 in 5 apartments are listed on the site. So what does this mean for you, should you hop on the bandwagon, and how can you go about taking part legally? Bracha New York breaks it down.

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The New Mortgage Rules You Need to Know for 2015

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The New Mortgage Rules You Need to Know for 2015

When it comes to home buying, the financing stage can often be the most daunting and confusing step. From finding the right lender to keeping up to date on standard rates and regulations, the mortgage climate is always changing and it’s hard to stay current. To bring you up to speed, we worked with mortgage specialist Sheetal Sawhney to highlight some of the most important changes to the rules of obtaining a mortgage in 2015.

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Tackling the Age Old Question: To Rent or To Buy

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Tackling the Age Old Question: To Rent or To Buy

The sun has finally graced us with its presence after months of snow and dreariness, a reminder that spring is indeed on its way and, with it, the NYC scramble to extend leases or find new housing before summer prices take effect.

But with NYC rental prices still rising steadily-- and outpacing income gains by more than two-fold, according to Zillow Chief Economist Stan Humphries-- now may be the time for many long-time renters to re-consider their stance on the age old question: To buy or rent?

Here are five reasons why 2015 may be the year to buy.

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The Best Home Staging Tips from Design Recipes' Cathy Hobbs

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The Best Home Staging Tips from Design Recipes' Cathy Hobbs

One of the most crucial elements to selling your home is making sure it looks as attractive as possible to potential buyers. Seems obvious, huh? But staging your home is more than just keeping it clean and tidy while it's on the market-- it's an art form. And when it comes to the art of home staging, five-time Emmy award winning television host and interior designer Cathy Hobbs is at the top of her game. 

Here are some of our favorite home staging tips that we picked up from Cathy to help you make your home as marketable as possible.

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Condo vs. Co-op: What You Need to Know

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Condo vs. Co-op: What You Need to Know

Buying a home in NYC is like nowhere else in the country. Whereas in the rest of the US, home choices are mostly limited to individual houses or condos, in NYC most people opt for a condo or a co-op. Despite the prevalence of these two types of homes, you might be wondering what the difference even is between the two and which one makes more sense for you as a home buyer. Here's what you need to know.

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Smart Storage Solutions for the Space Savvy New Yorker

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Smart Storage Solutions for the Space Savvy New Yorker

In a city like NYC, where square footage is limited, creativity can be key when it comes to decorating your space.  

Whether you're new to the city, moving to a new spot, or just looking to freshen up and reorganize your home for the New Year, we've got smart storage solutions to help you make the most of the space you have.

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