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Jack Stern
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The Home Buyer Guide, Part II

Jack Stern Real Estate Law is a respected firm proficient in the laws and regulations governing real estate transactions in the State of New York, New Jersey, and the surrounding area. Our trusted legal expertise in real estate law will provide you with all you need to guide you in all your real estate transactions in the New York Metropolitan area, including Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx, Long Island, and Westchester County.


6. HOW DO I FIND THE RIGHT REAL ESTATE AGENT FOR ME?
Start by asking people you know, such as family, friends, business associates and others. Look for someone who has experience in selling homes in your area. It is also important to find a realtor who listens to your needs. Make sure you feel comfortable and that you can trust the person you are getting involved with.

7. WHAT CRITERIA SHOULD I LOOK AT WHEN DECIDING ON A CITY, TOWN, OR COMMUNITY?
Again, you must begin by asking yourself what your priorities are. Do you want to live in a city environment? If so, what neighborhood? Are the schools important? What kind of lifestyle do you want? Do you want the relative quiet of a rural or suburban area? If so, what about the drive/commute to and from work? Is there good public transit where you will live? What about proximity to family and friends? These and more questions will resolve the choice of location for you.

8. WHERE DO I FIND INFORMATION ABOUT LOCAL SCHOOLS AND DISTRICTS?
Contact the city, chamber of commerce, and county offices of your area. They have a variety of important school district information that will inform you. In addition, many sites on the Web offer a number of free services and community guides that include school information.

9.WHERE DO I FIND INFORMAITON ON COMMUNITY SAFETY AND OTHER STATISTICS?
Start by contacting your local city and chamber of commerce offices. Have a look at Web community searches and learn about an area by talking to the people who live and work there. They are often the best source of information.

10. WHAT IF I FEEL LEFT OUT OR EXCLUDED FROM CERTAIN NEIGHBORHOODS?
Contact the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This government organization is designed to handle such claims of bias or unfairness. In addition, you may speak to a realtor to learn more ways that are appropriate to respond.

11. HOW DO I FOUND OUT ABOUT GOING PRICES IN HOME SALES?
Start by researching online. Many realtors and other sources offer information an MLS listings for your area. Search by your community name. You can also visit real estate agents in your office who can give you an accurate idea for going rates of sale in your city or neighborhood.

12.WHERE DO I FIND INFORMATION ON PROPERTY TAXES AND TAX LIABILITY?
Since tax rates can change yearly, make sure the previous year’s tax is included in the sale information of the home you are interested in. You can also contact your local state or community authorities for news on property tax changes. Your realtor can also help with this research.

13. WHAT ABOUT OTHER COMMUNIITY COSTS SUCH AS UTILITIES, ETC?
You can find the answers to thee questions simply by talking to local residents and businesses or asking your realtor who can find out what other local expenses may be.

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