Another stupid meme and some info . . . .

We are expecting the book to be finalized in the next day or so and will be sending out copies shortly. If you wish to receive a free copy and have not already done so, please go to www.gocondo.nyc and sign up (providing us with your email). I really appreciate everyone’s support.-Thanks, Phil


Another stupid meme . . .

Go to gocondo.nyc for a free copy of my book in exchange for an honest review on Amazaon. -Thanks


Another stupid meme . . . .

Go to http://www.gocondo.nyc to sign up for a free copy of my book, “How to buy a condo in NYC” in exchange for an honest review on Amazon.


Another stupid meme . . .

go to http://www.gocondo.nyc for a free copy of my book, “How to buy a condo in NYC” in exchange for an honest review on Amazon.

Get a free copy!! – How to buy a condo in NYC

I am now at the point where I am asking all of my friends and family for some assistance (no I have not lost my wallet in another country).

I am looking to assemble a group of people who are willing to get a free copy of my book, read it and post an honest review on Amazon prior to the official launch of the book. The reason why that is so important is that the more reviews I get on Amazon, the more visible my book will be once the launch takes place in approximately 30 days. Of course feel free to spread the word to other people.

To be part of my street team, go to http://gocondo.nyc/ and sign in on my email list. Once it is finished (finally!), everyone will get a free copy of the enhanced version of the book accompanied with the a check list which will be integrated with the book. Each Ambassador will also be entitled to take part in a group Q&A session monitored by me.



Many of my clients are purchasers of condominiums in New York City. These clients have a lot questions and concerns about what to expect and what needs to be done during the process. These unknowns can turn what should be a very exciting and joyous process into a stressful and nerve wracking experience.

In an attempt to alleviate the overwhelm, I have written a pretty comprehensive guide to purchasing a condominium in NYC. This book explains what purchasers should expect and look for during the process with a detailed check list.
Not having done this before, I am told that the correct book cover is very very important. I need everyone’s help in choosing a cover for the book before the official launch.


Thanks- Phil

Financing your purchase.

Unless you have the cash to buy a home, determining the amount and type of loan and who to obtain it from is one of the most important bits of homework you will have to do. In today’s current lending market, lenders and appraisers for lenders are much more conservative in their processing loans and the valuation of the property securing the loan.

Lets say you found a house that you and your spouse or signifcant other just love and want to buy. Your first step is to determine how much money you have to put down towards the purchase price and closing costs. Typically you will have to put down between 10% of the purchase upon the signing of the contract with the balance of the purchase price paid through a combination of cash that you have available and a loan you anticipate taking out.  In determining the amount of the loan you are able to get , you should know that the industry standard of the amount of a loan that a Seller will make a contract contingent on is 75%-80% of the purchase price of the home. This is because the larger your loan to value ratio is (the percentage of the purchase price you wish to obtain a mortgage for) the more difficult it is to obtain that loan. It has been my observation that lenders are not lending more than 80% of the value of the property to be financing. Although not as prevelant in this current economy, a loan that is more than 80% of the purchase price is subject to PMI (Private Mortgage Insurance). PMI is extra insurance that lenders require from homebuyers who obtain loans that are more than 80 percent of their new home’s value. In other words, buyers with less than a 20 percent down payment are required to pay PMI. PMI protects a lender against loss if a borrower defaults on a loan. Lender’s typically will look to avoid PMI by splitting the loan into two parts; a first mortgage that is 80% of the purchase price and a second mortgage or home equity line of credit that is 10% of the purchase price. Speak with a qualified loan representative to review the terms of these loans, the costs of obtaining them and the projected monthly costs to pay them off including escrowed payments of real estate taxes and hazard insurance. Additional costs of projected common charges must be taken into consideration when you are purchasing a condominium unit. Whether you are a buying a home or investment property it is in your best interest to educate yourself on the process and cost of financing. It will make the process less stressful and costly (hopefully).