Buyer's Guide

Buying Process

Buying real estate in Manhattan is a big decision and one of the biggest investments for most. As local experts, our goal is to guide you through this exciting period, so you are comfortable and confident every step of the way. Below is a quick glimpse of the steps involved.


Step 1: Establish a Budget and Get Pre-approved

This will allow you to be taken seriously by any seller.


Step 2: Make a List of Must-Have, Must-Avoid and Nice-to-Have Amenities as well as Areas of Interest

This list will help us pinpoint the properties that best match your desires.


Step 3: With Our Guidance and Help, Start Your Home Search

Based on your criteria we’ll create a Collection of homes updated live as suitable homes come on the market or with those that are privately marketed and are not available to the general public.


Step 4: Retain an Attorney and Make an Offer

An offer is more than just a price. We’ll discuss strategy and terms that best suit your needs. Upon having an accepted offer, your attorney will be representing you in contract negotiations and due diligence.

Our goal is to provide you with the most personalized service that is designed to help you buy your dream home.

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Step 5: Sign a Contract and Present Deposit

A 10% deposit is given to the seller’s attorney along with your signed contract which will allow the seller to counter sign. You are officially in contract now.


Step 6: Work on Your Board Package

We will help you put together a detailed and accurate board package to ensure board approval.


Step 7: Get Board Approval

If you’re purchasing in a coop, you will meet the board obtaining your final approval. In condos, there is no interview process.


Step 8: Final Walk Through

Once you’re approved and set a closing date with the seller, we will walk through the home before the closing to ensure it is in the same condition as it was when you signed the contract. 


Step 9: Close on your home. Congratulations, you’re now a homeowner!

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