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March 2015
  1. #sharkweek – For One Day Only!!!

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    Enjoying this FREE networking event sponsored by Property Shark.  I enjoy these networking event because I get to meet new people and at times they can lead to new business opportunities.


  2. 3BD – E 218th St – Bronx – $1,700 – No Programs

     


     

    Three bedroom apartment in private home located in the williamsbridge section of the bronx. includes eat-in kitchen, livingroom, full bathroom. close to all transportation, train, bus walking distance bronx river prky less than 5 min away. no pets. no programs. 1st month rent, 1 month security depos it, 1.5 month brokers fee. $75 credit check required for all applicants with application. call office at 718-303-2053 for showings.



  3. February 2015
    1. Earn Your Real Estate License Now!!!

      Classes are available throughout the year.  Call the office at 718-892-3000 for any questions you may have or send me an email at acostaen@reinsol.net.

      Earn Your Real Estate License Now!!!

      Earn Your Real Estate License Now!!!

       

       


    2. January 2015
      1. REIS011515-0002

        on Square Market


      2. REIS011515-0001

        on Square Market


      3. REIS123014-0001

        on Square Market


      4. December 2014
        1. 3 BD – 179th – Bronx – $1,950 – Section 8 Accepted

          Three bedroom unit for rent on 179th St in the Bronx.  The rent is $1,950 a month for this unit.  Section 8 accepted – No One Shot Deal. Close to the 2 train, shopping area and the Bronx Zoo.  Requires 1st month rent + 1 month security + brokers fee + Credit/Background Fee.   Click here for documents required with the rental application package.


           


        2. 1 Bd – Olinville Ave – Bronx – $1,300

          One bedroom for rent in Pelham Parkway.  This unit is located in an elevator building right off the Pelham Parkway.  Close to shopping area, the 2 train, and buses.  Also a short walk away from the Bronx Zoo and the Botanical Garden.  Rent is $1,300 a month.  Requires 1st month rent + 1 month security + brokers fee + Credit/Background Fee.  Annual income must be a minimum of $52,000.  Click here for documents required with the rental application package.


           


        3. Studio – Rochambeau Ave – Bronx – $1,100

           


          Comfy and Cozy – Studio for rent in the Norwood section of the Bronx.  $1,100 a month rent for this unit on Rochambeau Ave steps away from the C train.  Also a short walking distance from the 4 train and the Montefiore Hospital and North Central Bronx Hospitals.  Requires 1st month rent + 1 month security + brokers fee + Credit/Background Fee.  Annual income must be a minimum of $40,000.  Click here for documents required with the rental application package.



        4. July 2014
          1. Running on Empty – Who Cares About a Drought!

            Running on Empty – Who Cares About a Drought!

            Open fire hydrant on rainy day

            Open fire hydrant on a rainy day.

            Fact: A running fire hydrant without a sprinkler cap wastes up to 1,000 gallons of water per minute (depnyc).

            Fact:  Combined water and sewer rate in New York City is $9.27 per 100 cubic feet of water (depnyc).

            1 cbw = $.09

            Fact:  There are 748 gallons per 100 cubic feet of water (cfw)

            1 gallon = ~.137 cfw

            & vise verse

            1 cfw = ~7.48 gallons

            Lets do the math.  An open hydrant running for 1 minute will dispense an estimated 1000 gallons of water.  To determine the cubic feet contained in 1,000 gallons of water we will multiply 1,000 by .137

            1,000 x .137 = 137 cfw

            We calculate the cost of 137 cfw by multiplying it by .09 cents.

            137 x .09 = $12.33

            So, to recap:

            Open Hydrant opened for 1 minute = 1,000 gallons of water = 137 cfw = $12.33

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            Why pay when you can wash your car for free.

            In summary an open fire hydrant without a sprinkler cap will cost an estimate of $12.33 per minute.  Next time you want to save the $10 cost of taking your vehicle to the carwash by doing it yourself using a fire hydrant, think of what it’s costing the taxpayers.  A 20 minute car was session at a fire hydrant can cost an estimate of $247.

            I am all saving a dollar but not if it’s at the expense of other people’s money.  REMEMBER:  It is illegal to open a fire hydrant without a sprinkler cap (depnyc).  If money is tight and your only solution to washing your vehicle is using a fire hydrant then just drive around until you find one with a sprinkler cap.  If you want to use the one on your block but it doesn’t have a sprinkler cap then just find a 5 gallon bucket and use it.  Open the hydrant, fill the bucket, and then close the hydrant.  We need to live up to our social responsibilities and not sabotage the environment for the future of our children.

            In 2006 everyone wanted to crucify British Petroleum (BP) because of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.  An unfortunate accident turned tragedy claiming the lives of 11 people and spilling over 210 million gallons of petroleum into the gulf.  Since BP is a powerful multinational corporation we believe in holding them accountable for any damage done to the environment because it’s part of their corporate social responsibility.  Yet, how do we respond when environmental damage such as a significant amount of water is wasted by one individual.  If you remember the commercials – “If its yellow let it mellow, if its brown flush it down” then, like me, you were subject to the drought of 1988.  It was a campaign advising the public on conservative water usage since our reservoir were below emergency reserve levels.  That’s why it strikes a chord in me ringing my nerves whenever I see an open fire hydrant with no one around.  It’s usually at the end of what was a very hot summer day when it starts to get dark.  If you use the water from a hydrant to cool off on a hot day, please, just close it when you’re done.  I don’t want my children and their children to have to live a life with restricted water usage 100’s of years from now because today we waste water.

            Unattended running fire hydrant.

            Unattended running fire hydrant.

            Running Hydrant

             

             


          2. June 2014
            1. Where Are the Hardest Places to Live in the U.S.? – NYTimes.com

              Where Are the Hardest Places to Live in the U.S.?

              By ALAN FLIPPEN

              JUNE 26, 2014

              Annie Lowrey writes in the Times Magazine this week about the troubles of Clay County, Ky., which by several measures is the hardest place in America to live.



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            2. How to rent your home for the summer (legally)

              http://www.cnbc.com/id/101789484


            3. Jerome Park Resevoir Revival

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              For those who were not inform the Jerome Park Resevoir has been refilled and is back in service.  Today I was driving by the reservoir and was amazed how the water filled reservoir changed the appearance of Jerome Park.  The view is so impressive, I felt compelled to photograph the “scenic view” and possibly immortalize its beauty here in cyber space.

              Heres a fun fact about the Jerome Park Reservoir.  It was originally called Jerome Park Racetrack.  Built in 1866 by Leonard Jerome and financed by August Belmont Sr, the site hosted the first Belmont Stakes in 1867 and continued to do so until 1890.


            4. Gated Community

              A Gated Community is defined as a group of houses or apartment buildings protected by gates, walls, or other security measures.

              I have redefined the phrase “Gated Community” to reflect the contents of this blog.  I achieved this redefinition by conjugating the true definition of the individual terms within the phrase.

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            5. January 2014
              1. Housing Recovery Unmoved by Rising Interest Rates

                Mortgage rates may be
                rising, but the housing market doesn’t seem to mind. In fact, several
                indicators have improved alongside rising rates, according to the HousingPulse
                Tracking Survey released this week. The lending atmosphere is becoming
                friendlier, especially to first-time buyers. Simultaneously, the average time
                on market for non-distressed properties and the average sales-to-list price
                ratio both improved year-over-year in December. Full Story


              2. Housing Demolitions Are Dire for Poor Americans as Affordable-Rent Gap Grows – Bloomberg

                http://mobile.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-13/demolitions-dire-for-poor-as-affordable-rent-gap-grows-economy.html


              3. ‘Extreme Makeover’ Homes in Foreclosure – WSJ.com

                Homeowners who decided to tap the equity in their property after an “Extreme Makeover” are now facing foreclosure. 

                http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703862704575099903020939076.html?dsk=y#slide/1


              4. QuoteIndex Winterize the Vacation Home You Rent Out Before It Costs You Money

                http://www.thestreet.mobi/story/12227229/1/winterize-the-vacation-home-you-rent-out-before-it-costs-you-money.html


              5. Oh Snows!!!

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                Random picture of mother nature adorning the streets of The Bronx with snow this morning.


              6. December 2013
                1. Mortgage Applications Sink on Fed Taper Announcement By Shanthi Bharatwaj – 12/24/13 – 8:21 AM EST

                  Check out @TheStreet’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/TheStreet/status/415502135867240448


                2. Mortgage Applications Sink on Fed Taper Announcement By Shanthi Bharatwaj – 12/24/13 – 8:21 AM EST

                  http://www.thestreet.mobi/story/12174255/1/mortgage-applications-sink-on-fed-taper-announcement.html


                3. U.S. Home Values Gained Nearly $2 Trillion in 2013 By Shanthi Bharatwaj – 12/19/13 – 9:00 AM EST Tickers in this article: ITB XHB

                  NEW YORK (TheStreet) — U.S. homes are expected to have gained $1.9 trillion in value through 2013, the largest since 2005, according to an analysis by Zillow.
                  The overall value of all homes in the U.S. at the end of 2013 is expected to be $25.7 trillion, up about 8% from the end of 2012.
                  This is the second annual gain in a row. The housing market plunged between 2007 and 2011, losing $6.3 trillion in value.
                  Since the market bottom in 2012, it has gained $2.8 trillion. That is just 44% of the value lost during the bust.
                  “We expect these gains to continue into next year, though at a slower pace,” said Zillow chief economist Stan Humphries. “The housing market is transitioning away from the robust bounce off the bottom we’ve been seeing, toward a more sustainable, healthier market. This will result in annual appreciation closer to historic norms of between 3 percent and 5 percent.”


                4. U.S. Home Values Gained Nearly $2 Trillion in 2013By Shanthi Bharatwaj – 12/19/13 – 9:00 AM ESTTickers in this article: ITB XHB

                  NEW YORK (TheStreet) — U.S. homes are expected to have gained $1.9 trillion in value through 2013, the largest since 2005, according to an analysis by Zillow.
                  The overall value of all homes in the U.S. at the end of 2013 is expected to be $25.7 trillion, up about 8% from the end of 2012.
                  This is the second annual gain in a row. The housing market plunged between 2007 and 2011, losing $6.3 trillion in value.
                  Since the market bottom in 2012, it has gained $2.8 trillion. That is just 44% of the value lost during the bust.
                  “We expect these gains to continue into next year, though at a slower pace,” said Zillow chief economist Stan Humphries. “The housing market is transitioning away from the robust bounce off the bottom we’ve been seeing, toward a more sustainable, healthier market. This will result in annual appreciation closer to historic norms of between 3 percent and 5 percent.”


                5. CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK Seeing a Need for Oversight of New York’s Lordly Towers

                  Check out @nytimes’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/415057835018715136


                6. New York City’s immigrant population hit a new high of slightly more than three million in 2011

                  Check out @WSJ’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/WSJ/status/413456778446512128


                7. Si Que Bien…

                  I guess this is where I will blog any new information I get on immigration.


                8. Links to online resources availible for CROBA

                  I have compiled a list of links with resources to help facilitate obtaining a CROBA (Consular Report of Birth Abroad).  These links will assist U.S. Citizens who are parents of children born outside of the United States and seed to obtain a U.S. Birth Certificate for their child.

                   

                  Embassy of The United States Dominican Republic (English)
                  http://santodomingo.usembassy.gov/

                  Embassy of The United States Dominican Republic (Spanish)
                  http://spanish.santodomingo.usembassy.gov/

                  Travel.State.Gov Policy information on Birth of U.S. Citizens born abroad
                  http://travel.state.gov/law/family_issues/birth/birth_593.html

                  US Passport
                  http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html

                  Social Security Administration
                  http://www.ssa.gov

                  U.S. Citizens Services Online Appointments
                  https://evisaforms.state.gov/acs/default.asp?postcode=SDO&appcode=1


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