The Nest

NestApple's Real Estate Blog

Featuring real estate articles and information to help real estate buyers and sellers. The Nest features writings from Georges Benoliel and other real estate professionals. Georges is the Co-Founder of NestApple and has been working as an active real estate investor for over a decade.

5 Creative Ways To Add Value To Your Home Before Listing It

Guest Blog Post by Matt Lee. Lots of home sellers get caught in the scramble of making significant upgrades before listing their home to boost the selling price. While major renovations, like flooring, roofing, and HVAC systems, are essential elements… Read More

NYC security deposit law

NYC security deposit law remains part of renting an apartment in NYC. Luckily for tenants, New York State laws have changed in recent years, offering them more rights and protections. What is a security deposit? A security deposit is a… Read More

How to Determine If you can Afford to buy a home in NYC

Determining if you can afford to buy a home in NYC starts by deciding where you want to buy. Then you figure out what mortgage you’ll qualify for. Here’s what you’ll need to know. Buying a home in NYC isn’t… Read More

The Best Neighborhoods in Brooklyn – our NestApple Guide

Explore the best neighborhoods to live in Brooklyn, NY. Here, we’re listing our top 5 Brooklyn nabes, including the most walkable, the safest, and the coolest. As such, Brooklyn is quickly becoming the hottest borough in New York City, and… Read More

Co-op reference letters NYC application package: Examples & Tips for Buyers

Having good personal and professional co-op reference letters is an essential part of acing your NYC co-op application package. Here’s what the board will be looking for.  To begin, buying an NYC co-op apartment is a tricky process that involves… Read More

The Mortgage Recording Tax in NYC

The NYC Mortgage Recording Tax (MRT) equals to 1.8% for loans below $500k and 1.925% for mortgages over $500k. As a result, the MRT is the highest buyer closing cost in NYC. Authorities calculate the Mortgage Recording Tax based on… Read More