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5 Tax Deductions When Selling a Home: Did You Take Them All?

Are there tax deductions when selling a home? You bet—and they can amount to sizable savings when you file with the IRS.

Q&A: What makes for an ethical condo association election?

HOUSING COUNSEL | Benny Kass tackles that question as well as ones on condo fees vs. a special assessment and reverse mortgages.

When Fees Aren’t Paid - Curing Arrears

The last three apartments in your luxury hi-rise condo were sold to a troika of Russian oligarchs, who all paid well above the asking price. But now those oligarchs are on the sanctions list, and have withheld their monthly maintenance fees for six months and counting, while waiting out the situatio...

Much More to Mortgages Than Interest Rates

There's a significant consumer misconception that mortgages are all about interest rates. Find the lowest rate and you've got a great mortgage. Wrong....

Q&A: AirBnB or annual renter: What's the best way to legally rake in rental income?

Many community associations have restrictions on leasing that prevent short-term rentals. Before a unit owner lists a condo on Airbnb, he or she should check the association's legal documents.

Three Signs of a Zombie Condo Association Board

Learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of the zombie Condo Association board in a community.

6 Ways Home Buyers Mess Up Getting a Mortgage

Getting a mortgage is the most treacherous part of the home-buying process for many people. Here's what can go wrong.

How Transparent Should Boards Be?

Living in and running  a co-op or condo can be stressful. And it's understandable that both the board of an association and those to whom it serves can find themselves overwhelmed, not only with vital information pertaining to their day-to-day, but also with which information boards must disclose t...

Is Nighttime the Wrong Time for Board Meetings?

For  more than 35 years, my design firm has worked with co-op and condo boards in the New York metropolitan area, designing lobbies, corridors, model apartments, and other projects. Most of these boards meet in the evening hours. From long experience, I’ve come to the conclusion that the night t...

Will It Become Harder to Afford a Home? Experts Say Yes

Despite a red-hot real estate market, most aspiring buyers can still afford to own a home. But it may not be that way for much longer.

Boards can protect owners' email addresses

Q. Can our association make a rule that would require owners to blind cc recipients of their emails if they send a single email to multiple owners?

We will be closed Monday, February 19th, for President's Day. We'll see you again at 10am Tuesday.

APR vs. Interest Rate: What's the Difference Between These 2 Mortgage Terms?

If you’re applying for a mortgage, "APR" and "interest rate" are two terms you should understand. What are these financial terms and how do they vary?

Community Association Reserve Study | A Fool And His Money

We all know we need a community association reserve study – well, we mostly do, right? However, do we utilize a reserve study in the way that was intended?

How to Actually Get Things Accomplished at Your HOA Board Meeting

HOA board meetings are an opportunity for community members to know the issues that impact one of their most treasured investments…their home.

Is A Creative Loan Option Best For First-Time Buyers?

If you're in the market to buy a home and, especially, if it's your first home, you've probably heard A TON about conventional and FHA loans. But just like you're not like anyone else, your financial situation may not be either. The truth is that while you may think you need to go with one of these....