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5 of the Best Dog Parks in New York City

 

Among the most important factors people consider when looking for an apartment in New York City are building and neighborhood amenities. For an increasing number of people, the must-have features include accommodations for pets, particularly dogs. In fact, according to StreetEasy.com, pets and pet services are among the top 2 most important amenities for renters and buyers in New York City. Many upscale buildings have taken note and now offer pet spas, grooming services and even indoor dog runs. But arguably the best treat for you furry friend is a great run in the park. 

Here are 5 great dog parks to know about when looking for neighborhoods to buy or rent in:

1. Carl Schurz Park – Upper East Side

Located between E 84th and E 90th streets, the Carl Schurz Park is a perfect spot to bring your pets if you’re living on the eastern half of Manhattan. Offering dog runs every Wednesday and Thursday from 12:15-1:15 pm, the park allows your pets to exercise freely in a safe environment. It’s also a comfort to owners that the park regularly sanitizes these spaces, cleaning them on a weekly basis in the summer and bi-monthly throughout the year.

2. De Witt Clinton Park – Upper West Side

On the opposite side of the borough, De Witt Clinton Park is a great place to bring your pets to if you’re in the Upper West Side of the city. With multiple dog runs throughout the park, your pet will have an opportunity to run and play to its heart’s content.

3. Washington Square Park – Greenwich Village

At the base of 5th Avenue, Washington Square Park is another great area for pet owners living in the heart of Manhattan. Like De Witt Clinton Park, Washington Square Park offers several dog runs for pets to play in. These spaces are open throughout the duration of the day, allowing dogs to get all their energy out until the park closes around 9 pm. 

4. Prospect Park Dog Run – Brooklyn

With acres of open green space, Prospect Park is a fantastic place for Brooklyn pet owners. Located next to Park Slope, the area is extremely pet friendly, allowing owners to choose whether or not their dogs should be leashed when playing in the grass.

5. Gantry Plaza State Park – Long Island City

Offering two different dog runs, Gantry Plaza State Park is a great spot for dogs to play in western Queens. The park also offers owners to walk their dogs along paved pathways from 8-10 am every morning, giving them an amazing view of Manhattan while they are out. So whether you’re on the go or there for the afternoon, Gantry Plaza is perfect for you and your furry friend.

 

For information on pet-friendly apartments, neighborhoods, or any real estate questions you may have, contact Batra Group at (646) 202-1877.

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What are the Closing Costs for a Seller in NYC?

 

Congratulations! You’ve put your home on the market, found a buyer, and are now ready to close a deal. But before you break open the champagne, you’ll need to plan for some final closing costs. The good news is that there are fewer of them for sellers than for buyers, although you will still need to factor in agent commission (typically 5-6% of the sales price). To help get you through the home stretch, we’ve compiled a list of standard seller closing costs, so you can plan ahead:

 

Fee type Amount
NYC real property tax Typically 1-1.5% of purchase price
New York State tax .40% of purchase price
Attorney fee $1000-$4000
Move-out fee $500-$1000
Flip tax 1-3% of purchase price
Payoff/loan satisfaction Varies, but expect $500+

 

This looks like a lot, but don’t worry. While transfer taxes and attorney fees are a given, depending on where you live, move-out fees and flip taxes may be optional. The move-out fee should be mentioned in your original lease, and if it isn’t, you might not have to pay it. Similarly, a flip tax, which covers renovations, is generally paid only when you’re selling from within a co-op. Finally, loan satisfaction is necessary only if you have a mortgage provider.

 

What about real estate commission? While not technically a closing cost, the agent commission is still paid at this time to both the buyer’s agent as well as your own (seller’s) agent. You should expect to pay around 5-6% of the purchase price, with both agents receiving an equal share. Importantly, if the buyer doesn’t have an agent, your agent will be required to represent both parties in the transaction, and earn the entire sum.

 

For more information on selling your apartment in NYC or any real estate questions you may have, contact Batra Group at (646) 202-1877.