Real Estate Articles, Karin Haerter, Brooklyn, NY

When you bought your apartment, you may or may not recall your lawyer needing to examine the document generally known as a prospectus, or sometimes referred to as the "black book" or the "offering... Read more

These are just some of the questions you can ask, but it should get you started in a conversation to get a feeling for a possible fit. Note that these days, everyone has glossy folders &... Read more

Since you may be new to the screening process (other than having gone through it from the other side), I've put together a compendium of guidelines and suggestions used in other buildings I have... Read more

Enthusiasm is an asset in a process that could take some time and is full of challenges. I tend to err on the conservative side re investing, as I prefer modest steady gains over high risk gambits... Read more

The properties selling for $5million or more, are obviously in their own world, so if that's you, go ahead & hire a stager. The advice below is appropriate for most of the rest of us!

THINK ABOUT: HOW LONG will you own? Buying a home is NOT an investment, in spite of what you've always heard that buying a home may be the best investment you will ever make. The operative words... Read more

What is Home Performance?

When you buy a car, you expect good gas mileage with low upkeep, safe handling, and comfort inside. In other words, respectable performance. Why would you have any other expectations for a house?  The ability of your home to deliver comfort, health, and affordability is what a Home Performance Assessment is all about.  Is the home functioning at its optimum?  Or are there deficiencies and inefficiencies?  An assessment can often determine which cost effective items can improve the performance of your home most!

Check out the Home Performance Assessment page and its Learn page for the issues and how your home can be improved!

Are you new to Home Ownership?

Make sure you look at the suggestions on my Renovations page;  more useful information on my Real Estate Pages; and an excellent read on the Building Science Corporation's website: The Building Science Guide to Home Ownership! See my LINKS page for more.

Of course, feel free to call (718.941.3725) or email me with questions and concerns!

Are you a builder or developer looking to meet new local energy codes or Energy Star?

As an independent third party,  I can provide initial and test-out Blower Door and CAZ testing along with Infrared imagery to help make your project a success. 

Contact me for more information.