Do not ever discount your legal fees. Ever.

This is more of a practice management post:   Never discount your legal fees.  Ever.  I don’t care who the client is.   People have told me this for years and for years I would nod and for years I would discount fees, and it is a horrific, horrific mistake (that I’ve made previously). Why do most people do it?   The promise of future business. Potential client says “If we do this one at ‘x’, I will have no problem paying ‘y’ on the next. Potential client says “I will refer all of my friends to you” Potential client … Read more

Should I get Title Insurance in New York City

  We’re going to have a conversation about Title Insurance in New York City.  Grab a cup of coffee and hang on to the edge of your seat.   First, the fundamentals- What does title insurance even do? Title insurance is a one-time paid premium at a New York real estate closing that basically protects you from any issues that may be hidden within the history of your property previous to your ownership. Any unclear transfers of property can void the entire line of ownership all together. Without title insurance, you could potentially lose a lot of money protecting your … Read more

NYC Real Estate Market Q and A with Daniel Gershburg & Marc Schaeffer

As Real Estate attorneys in New York, we of course think we know all the answers.  We do not.  That’s what I brought in some help for the latest podcast.   Many people want to know where the NYC real estate market is going.   Others want to know the difference between a co-op and a condo.  I asked my friend Marc Schaeffer, an agent with Kleier Residential for his opinion on this, and also to tell us about the pockets of value that can still be found in and around NYC.

What can I do if I am in pre-foreclosure in New York City

There are just a ton of foreclosures in New York.  Yes, still.  But you can’t just look at the foreclosure numbers on their own.  The important figures are the pre-foreclosures ones.  The pre-foreclosures measure missed payments, notices from the banks, etc.  According to, the pre-foreclosures numbers surged in 2014 in New York City, with Ulster and Nassau County, holding 2 of the top 5 counties in New York in terms of foreclosures.       I’ve previously touched upon the absurdity of the foreclosure process in New York and what happens when you get served with papers by the bank, … Read more

NYC Co-Op Closing Costs-How much will I Pay?

New York Co-Op Closing Costs-How much will I Pay?   While we previously addressed how much a purchaser will pay in closing costs when buying a condo in New York City, I wanted to touch upon the closing costs when purchasing a Co-Op in New York. Let’s talk about: 1.  The difference between co-ops and condos and how that affects closing costs. 2.  The difference in closing costs between a co-op and condo in New York City. 3.  The amount you’ll pay for a typical co-op closing in New York City. 4.  A short history of why I love the New York … Read more

How much will I pay in closing costs for my NYC condo

Closings Costs when Purchasing a Condo in New York   One of the top questions our office get’s asked is to explain the way closing costs work when you buy a co-op or condominium in New York City.  Co-Ops and Condo’s are different animals, so I’m going to explain them separately.  What you need to know at least initially is the following (1) If you’re buying a co-op in New York City, it’s going to costs a hell of a lot less in closing costs than if you are buying a condo in New York.  (2) In either situation, you … Read more

Buyers should always get an inspection when buying NYC real estate

I have tried to hammer this point home, time after time after time.  For the love of everything holy, if you’re purchasing a condo or co-op in New York City, make sure to get an inspection.  It costs a few hundred dollars and can ensure that the unit you’re buying for HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OR MILLIONS OF DOLLARS is ok.  You also will be able to find defects or issues in the home that you would have missed while your eyes were fixated on stainless steel appliances.  And, to be perfectly honest, the broker for the sellers may not disclose … Read more

Student Loans Don’t Need Refinancing-They Need Bankruptcy

  Here we are on the precipice of a student loan Armageddon, and we’re pushing vegetables around the plate, throwing out ridiculous discussions about refinancing options while not doing what needs to be done to eliminate this financial scourge that threatens millions of Americans.  I’ve discussed the fact that Student Loans are almost impossible to eliminate in a Bankruptcy, although there are some who disagree with me.  In our NYC Bankruptcy office, we deal with so many individuals that want to file for Bankruptcy to get rid of their student loans but can’t.  So what now?   What you’ll see … Read more

Changing Neighborhoods in NYC, Changing Rents in NYC

Once in a while, when it’s too nice outside, I ask my colleagues to write a piece that helps consumers in New York City.  This weeks Guest Blogger is Jordan Schiller, Esq.  Jordan is a Landlord/Tenant attorney in NYC  (and also happens to rent office space from me).  In this weeks blog post, Jordan discusses what happens if your rents go up.   Imagine this scenario.  Your neighborhood is changing for the better and your Landlord wants you out.  Not such a hard thing to imagine if you’re living almost anywhere in Brooklyn nowadays.  You never had a lease, however … Read more