NYC Real Estate

NYC Real Estate

By Mark Levine (EBMG)
Join Mark Levine from EBMG, a New York City real estate property management firm as he talks everything NYC real estate with special guests and experts in the field.

Mark has been in the NYC real estate sector since 1998 and enjoys talking about some of the hottest topics and questions on everything related to real estate in New York City.

Have a question or something you want to add to the show, send us an email at nycrealestatepodcast@gmail.com and we'll try and cover it.
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30. COVID Guidelines in New York City Buildings for June 2020 with Julie Schechter, Esq.
Host Mark Levine of NYC Property Management firm EBMG speaks with Julie Schechter of Armstrong Teasdale LLP, on the various ways in which a building can prepare itself to operate in this ever-expanding COVID world. Email the show at nycrealestatepodcast@gmail.com! Video of today's recording: https://youtu.be/0u2IxhnlW3I Download the helpful guide made up by Armstrong Teasdale, LLP on today's topics at the link: https://www.armstrongteasdale.com/content/uploads/2020/05/COVID19Protocols.pdf Topics on this episode include guidance on: Common Areas and Resident Access Visitors and Workers in the Building Non-Essential Alterations Amenities and Access Broker Showings Open Houses Moves and more! Email Julie directly at jschechter@atllp.com or contact her by phone at 212-209-4400. Mark can be reached on his corporate email at mblevine@ebmg.com or via phone at 212-335-2723 x.201.
43:23
June 4, 2020
29. COVID Related Issues with Jeffrey M. Schwartz, Esq.
Host Mark Levine of NYC Property Management firm EBMG sits down with Jeffrey M. Schwartz, Esq of Schwartz Sladkus Reich Greenberg Atlas, LLP, a real estate law firm in NYC to talk about a variety of COVID related issues including: Payroll Protection Programs and Coops/Condos Restrictions on Work Virtual Meetings and more Email the show at nycrealestatepodcast@gmail.com! View the Zoom video of this podcast: https://youtu.be/0p_VA_C3168 To contact Jeffrey M. Schwartz directly, email him at jschwartz@ssrga.com or via phone at 212-743-7018. Mark Levine can also be called at 212-335-2723 x.201 or via his corporate email at mblevine@ebmg.com.
36:35
May 28, 2020
28. Violations and Agencies with Michael Jaffa and Megan Feldman of Jack Jaffa & Associates
Host Mark Levine of NYC Property Management firm EBMG sits down via Zoom with Michael Jaffa (COO) and Megan Feldman (Head of Sales) of Jack Jaffa & Associates to go over the various agencies that make up NYC's administrative arm and discuss violations, hearings, proper filing and more. Mark's firm utilizes Jaffa's dashboard tracking services and hearing attendance from time to time. Watch the Video! https://youtu.be/u6fJqmWcnxY Email the show at nycrealestatepodcast@gmail.com! If you'd like to contact Mark Levine directly, you can call him at 212-335-2723 x.201 or via corporate email at mblevine@ebmg.com.
38:46
May 14, 2020
27. New York City Real Estate Updates for May 8, 2020
Host Mark Levine of NYC Property Management firm EBMG gives a quick update on a variety of topics, including: Residential Evictions Commercial Evictions Benchmarking Filing Delays (LL133 and LL84) Essential Construction and more Email the show at nycrealestatepodcast@gmail.com or call Mark directly at 212-335-2723 x.201.
11:10
May 8, 2020
26. COVID-19 Issues Relating To Closings, Canceling Contracts of Sale, Annual Meetings and More with Justin Waiser, Esq.
Host Mark Levine of NYC Property Management Firm EBMG and Justin Waiser, Esq., a partner at William A. Slutsky, P.C., a NYC real estate law firm sit down over Zoom to discuss a variety of issues that buyers and sellers are facing during this COVID-19 pandemic.   Email the show directly at nycrealestatepodcast@gmail.com or call Mark Levine's office # at 212-335-2723 x.201.   This episode is also on Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-woh59O8w58 Topics covered on this episode include:  - Closing by Escrow and logistics  - Virtual Notarization and protocols  - Getting out of Contracts due to loss of income or other pandemic related issued.  - Annual Meeting via digital means or postponing them  - and more.   Justin can be reached via email at justin@wslawny.com or by phone at 718-263-9292
53:03
April 30, 2020
25. COVID-19 and NYC Real Estate with Julie Schechter of Armstrong Teasdale
Host Mark Levine of NYC Property Management firm EBMG LLC and attorney Julie Schechter of Armstrong Teasdale conference call via Zoom from their remote workstations to talk all things COVID-19 and the NYC real estate market. (pardon the sound quality). Email the show! nycrealestatepodcast@gmail.com Video will be uploaded to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/excelbradshaw Topics covered on this episode include: Essential Services and Essential Employees Disinfecting and best practices Common area usage and limitations Obligations of notifying building of residents and employees to disclose COVID Positive Status Non-emergency work vs. emergency work in apartments Payroll Protection Programs (PPP) and SBA Loans for Buildings Evictions and NYC's moratorium Tenant discrimination rights Board Operations during COVID-19 Mortgage forbearance on federally backed mortgages Rent, common charge and maintenance obligations Tax Protest deadline updates FISP Amnesty Programs Insurance coverage during the pandemic And more! Julie Schechter can be emailed at JSchechter@atllp.com or 212-209-4400 and Mark Levine can be reached on his corporate email at mblevine@ebmg.com or via phone at 212-335-2723 x.201.
1:03:59
April 9, 2020
24. FISP (Formerly Local Law 11) with William T. Payne, PE from O&S Associates
Host Mark Levine of NYC Property Management Firm EBMG sits down with William T. Payne, PE of engineering firm O & S Associates on the ever-expanding FISP (formerly Local Law 10 and Local Law 11) in New York City. Email the show and SUBSCRIBE! nycrealestatepodcast@gmail.com For buildings taller than 6 1/2 stories, FISP is an every-five year review of the facade. NYC law dictates when each building is to be inspected, how they're inspected and what the requirements to file as SAFE, Safe With A Repair and Maintenance Program (SWARMP) or UNSAFE. Bill and Mark walk you through why the law came into place, the various degrees of inspections and how this present cycle (9) has changed to be more stringent on the inspection side and also on the job experience of those inspecting (plus why it's about to get more expensive). When does your building need to file in NYC? Sub-Cycle A: Last Digit of Block # 4, 5, 6 or 9 – February 21, 2020 – February 21, 2022    Sub-Cycle B: Last Digit of Block # 0, 7 or 8 – February 21, 2021 – February 21, 2023    Sub-Cycle C: Last Digit of Block # 1, 2 or 3 - February 21, 2022 – February 21, 2024 Want to hear more straight for Bill Payne, email him directly at wtpayne@oandsassociates.com or call him at 646-736-0699. Mark Levine can be reached by phone at 212-335-2723 x.201 or via his corporate email at mblevine@ebmg.com.
42:21
February 27, 2020
23. A Chat with Ian Dahlberg of Dahlcore Security
Host Mark Levine of NYC Property Management company EBMG sits down with Ian Dahlberg, the founder of Dahlcore Security to talk about his Coast Guard experience and path to opening up a security company in NYC. Dahlcore provides licensed security guards, fire watch and other services while maintaining the professionalism you'd expect from a former Coast Guard member. Email the podcast! nycrealestatepodcast@gmail.com. Topics covered in this podcast are general building security, key fobs, doorman vs. security professional, camera systems, resident proactivity and more. Dahlcore can be reached via phone at 646-531-6324 and Ian himself can be reached directly at ian.dahlberg@dahlcore.com. Mark Levine can be reached on his corporate account at mblevine@ebmg.com or 212-335-2723 x.201.
32:55
February 20, 2020
22. A Chat With Jim Bullock From NY Fire Consultants
Host Mark Levine of property management firm EBMG sits down with Jim Bullock of NY Fire Consultants to talk about all things fire safety related, including emergency preparedness, fire extinguishers, sprinkler systems, fire watch, log books and more.  This is a must listen to episode with a former FDNY member giving great advice.  Email the show at nycrealestatepodcast@gmail.com!  To call NY Fire Consultants, reach out to them at 718-432-1600. Email Mark Levine directly at mblevine@ebmg.com or call him directly at 212-335-2723 x.201
41:11
December 20, 2019
21. Local Law 69 of 2017 Yearly Bed Bug Filings
Host Mark Levine of Property Management firm EBMG discusses Local Law 69 of 2017, dealing with yearly bed bug filings for all residential buildings with three or more units in New York City. Yearly reports are required to be filed with HPD between 12/1 - 12/31 of any given year. This is utilizing information that was compiled during the period of October 1 - November 31st, prior. For those buildings with building registrations that are not presently valid with HPD (these were due by 8/30), you will need to update that registration before being able to file  your bed bug form. NYC will not allow any building with a lapsed registration to file the form. Once the form is properly filed online, the manager can choose to post the filings in a public place in the building or distribute the form with all new and renewal leases. Email the show at nycrealestatepodcast@gmail.com! Call Mark Levine directly at 212-335-2723 x.201.
11:07
December 5, 2019
20. Local Law 152 of 2016 Gas Inspections with Greg Quattlander of NY Plumbing
Host Mark Levine of EBMG, a New York City property management firm sits down with Greg Quattlander, Master Plumber and President of NY Plumbing to discuss the process and implications of Local Law 152 of 2016; Periodic Gas Testing in the City of New York. Email the show! nycrealestatepodcast@gmail.com | Check out our Videos [LINK] When a building needs to file is predicated on its Community Board Number (irregardless of their borough). The 4 categories of Community Board #'s and the years that they will need to test and file their gas leak reports (for those buildings classified in occupancy R-3). Group 1: Community Board Numbers 1, 3, 10 (Filing in 2020, 2024, 2028, etc.) Group 2: Community Board Numbers 2, 5, 7, 13, 18 (Filing in 2021, 2025, 2029, etc.) Group 3: Community Board Numbers 4, 6, 8, 9, 16 (Filing in 2022, 2026, 2030, etc.) Group 4: Community Board Numbers 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17 (Filing in 2023, 2027, 2031, etc.) Now that we know the groupings, it is clear to us that buildings that fall within this Community Board Number, no matter their borough will be required to file in the year that is noted. Filings start in calendar year 2020 and are in 4-year groupings, as noted above. Inspections of gas piping systems must be conducted by a qualified gas piping system inspector on behalf of the building owner, usually a licensed master plumber or an individual who is specifically certified for this testing and has taken the required education to do so. The inspection report must be certified by the licensed master plumber who performed or exercised direct and continuing supervision over the inspection and, if applicable, by any individual who performed the inspection under such supervision. Such inspection report shall include, for each gas piping system inspected the following information: (A) A list of conditions requiring correction, including instances where one or more parts of such system is worn to an extent that the safe and reliable operation of the system may be affected: (B) Gas leaks; (C) Observed non-code compliant installations or illegal connections; (D) Observed conditions described in Section 28-318.3.4 of the Administrative Code; and. (E) Any additional information required by the Department. At each inspection all exposed gas lines from point of entry of gas piping into a building, including building service meters, up to individual tenant spaces shall be inspected for evidence of excessive atmospheric corrosion or piping deterioration that has resulted in a dangerous condition, illegal connections, and non-code compliant installations. The inspection entity shall also test public spaces, hallways, corridors, and mechanical and boiler rooms with a portable combustible gas detector to determine if there is any gas leak, provided that such testing need only include public spaces, hallways and corridors on floors that contain gas piping or gas utilization equipment. A positive to the way that this law is written is that it is not requiring a pressure test in common areas, which would likely fail most older buildings due to the age of the pipes and number of painted pipes in New York City. We have routinely seen buildings that are required to pressure test due to a gas issue spend north of $130,000 when they are as small as 20-units (not counting the downtime for heat and hot water that will be experienced by residents).
26:13
November 26, 2019
19. Talking Oil and Gas with Marathon Energy
Presented by EBMG: Host Mark Levine from NYC property Management firm EBMG sits with Chris Donnellan of Marathon Energy to talk about a variety of topics relating to oil and gas in residential apartment buildings.  Email the show at nycrealestatepodcast@ebmg.com! SUBSCRIBE AND SHARE this podcast - send us a screenshot of your share on social media and we'll enter you to win a Starbucks Gift Card - from the Podcast! Topics covered include heat and hot water requirements, oil vs. gas, interruptible vs. firm, lock-ins, ESCO'a, bio-fuels and more. To call Mark Levine directly, dial 212-335-2723 x.201.
20:49
November 20, 2019
18. Yearly Board Disclosures and Evacuation Zone Postings
Host Mark Levine of NYC Property Management firm EBMG goes over two interesting topics for buildings in NYC on this episode. The first topic is Yearly Board Disclosures, which are required to be sent to all shareholders or unit owners in accordance with NYS Business Corporation Law, Section 727. These disclosures note if there were or weren't conflicts of interest with the Board of Directors / Managers in the prior year. The second topic covered is Local Law 103, which requires buildings in Evacuation Zones to post information regarding their zone at all times. To find out if your building is in an Evacuation Zone, you can review the map at the following link: https://maps.nyc.gov/hurricane/. Email the show! nycrealestatepodcast@gmail.com   Stay tunes for more episodes and you can always call Mark directly at 212-335-2723 x.201 or via corporate email at mblevine@ebmg.com.
10:02
November 18, 2019
17. Local Law 115 of 2019 Quick Episode
Host Mark Levine of property management firm EBMG gives a very quick overview of the new Local Law 115 of 2019 pertaining to new signage requirements for the hallway side of stairway doors.  Email the show at nycrealestatepodcast@gmail.com! This new law goes into effect on 11/15/19 and notes that the following text must be displayed on a sign: In a Fire, Close All doors Behind You! Keep Fire and Smoke Out of Building Hallways and Stairs. Keep Apartment and Stairwell Doors Closed at All Other Times. Protect Your Neighbors and Your Home! In addition to the text above, a picture depicting a door open with flames behind it must also be displayed. If the signage is missing or damaged, it also must be replaced. Call Mark Levine directly at 212-335-2723 x.201 to speak directly with him.
04:13
November 14, 2019
16. Emotional Support Animals with Edward Taylor, Esq.
This episode of NYC Real Estate is presented by EBMG, a NYC Property Management Firm specializing in the management of residential and mixed-use buildings. Host Mark Levine sits with Edward Taylor, Esq. of New York law firm Taylor, Eldridge & Endres, P.C. to talk about Emotional Support Animals (ESA's) in Cooperatives, Condominium and HOA communities. ESA's are not considered to be pets and the request for an ESA from a resident and the application / proof from a medical professional are important parts to the discussion and the procedure for properly running a building. Email the show at nycrealestatepodcast@gmail.com to have your questions and comments included in a future show. Call Mark Levine directly at 212-335-2723 x.201 or email him at his corporate email at mblevine@ebmg.com. Subscribe and Share!!
32:11
November 13, 2019
15. A Chat With Carol Ott, Publisher of Habitat Magazine
Host Mark Levine, of NYC Property Management firm EBMG sits down with Carol Ott, Publisher of Habitat Magazine, among other NYC real estate publications. Carol has been publishing Habitat Magazine since 1982 and they have an online archive digitized from 2002 on. Carol opens up about the Coop / Condo market and how things have shifted in the last 20 or so years. Definitely an interesting listen. Email the show at nycrealestatepodcast@gmail.com to have your questions and concerns tackled. To reach Mark Levine directly you can reach him at 212-335-2723 x.201 or on corporate email at mblevine@ebmg.com
24:05
November 6, 2019
14. Laundry Room Contracts and Service with Automatic Industries
Host Mark Levine of NYC Property Management firm EBMG sits down with owner Denise Savino and General Manager Adam Grieshaber of Automatic Industries to talk about all things laundry room related; including what to look for when bidding out a new contract, amenities added at the beginning of a contract, the contract itself, service and more. Email the show at nycrealestatepodcast@gmail.com. Call Automatic Industries at 1-800-THE-WASH. Call Mark Levine directly at 212-335-2723 x.201.
27:15
October 31, 2019
13. Why Insurance Premiums Are Rising with Mackoul Risk Solutions
Host Mark Levine of NYC Property Management firm EBMG sits down with insurance expert and owner of Mackoul Risk Solutions, Ed Mackoul, to talk about the rising premiums that insurance carriers are bringing to the market in current conditions.  E-mail the show at nycrealestatepodcast@gmail.com to suggest a topic you're interested in or have a question that you want discussed. You can also call Mark directly at 212-335-2723 x.201. Please subscribe and share the podcast to anyone who would be interested!
21:43
October 24, 2019
12. Fannie Mae Requirements, Reserve Studies and More in NYC with Orest Tomaselli of National Condo Advisors, LLC
Host Mark Levine of EBMG, a New York City property management firm sits with Orest Tomaselli of National Condo Advisors, LLC to discuss a variety of interesting real estate topics, including new and existing developments, Fannie Mae lending requirements, 10% reserve funding in budgets, Reserve Studies and more.  E-mail the show! nycrealestatepodcast@gmail.com.
50:46
October 15, 2019
11. Exterior Renovations with McFar Contractors
Host Mark Levine from NYC Property Management firm EBMG sits down for a one-on-one talk with Penny Mendelsohn of McFar Contractors to talk about exterior renovations in the NYC area. A 4th-generation member of the family-run company, Penny shares her insights and talks candidly on what it is like to be a female in a male-dominated profession.  Email the show! nycrealestatepodcast@gmail.com.  Call Mark Levine at 212-335-2723 x.201 or visit him online @ebmgllc.
52:20
October 4, 2019
10. New York State Sexual Harassment Laws with Mackoul Risk Solutions
Host Mark Levine from Property Management Firm EBMG sits down with Edward Mackoul and Rebecca Scandaliato from Mackoul Risk Solutions to talk about the new guidelines and laws pertaining to Sexual Harassment training and course completions in the New York State and New York City areas.  Email the show at nycrealestatepodcast@gmail.com or call Mark Levine directly at 212-335-2723 x.201.  New York State is requiring that all employees and managers take the course and complete it by October 9, 2019. This will be a yearly requirement, so all businesses with more than one employee in New York State are subject to the guidelines. Rebecca and Edward sift through the law, the requirements and more on this brand new episode.
20:12
September 12, 2019
9. My Property Management Firm is Hiring
Host Mark Levine's property management firm, EBMG is hiring a seasoned property manager for his growing business. A quick interim episode, the usual podcast will return next week, when Mark returns from Florida, where he was with family during Hurricane Dorian. Email any resumes, or the show, directly at nycrealestatepodcast@gmail.com
04:22
September 5, 2019
8. Legal Recommendations and Advice on Contracts for Major Projects with Justin Waiser, Esq.
Host Mark Levine of NYC Property Management firm EBMG sits down with Justin Waiser of NYC area law firm William A. Slutsky, P.C. to talk about a variety of issues when dealing with contracts for major capital work. Work that could be considered major capital is facade, boiler, elevator and more.  Topics covered in this episode include:  - Vendor selection criteria  - Contract negotiation  - Payment terms  - AIA contracts and Riders  - Payment Requisitions and Payment Plans  - Allowances for Timing  - Communication - and more.  Want to email the show to have your topic covered? Email Mark at nycrealestatepodcast@gmail.com or call Mark directly at 212-335-2723 x.201. Email Justin Waiser of William Slutsky for your legal questions at justin@wslawny.com or reach him by phone at 718-263-9292.
1:03:14
August 29, 2019
7. Welcome to the Board - Now What?
Host Mark Levine of NYC Property Management firm EBMG takes you on a guided tour of what you should look out for after you become a part of the Board of Directors (coop) or Managers (condo). Topics hit upon in this episode are: - How do you get appointed or voted on? - What's an inspector of election at an annual meeting? - How do I become the President? Does the president have any more power than a regular member? - Can the Board strip my title as an officer? - Can the Board remove me from office? - What are bylaws, proprietary leases and house rules? How can we amend them? - Should we be concerned with confidentiality? - Is there a way to give notice of every monthly meeting in advance? - What are committees? - And many more topics Send your questions to the podcast at nycrealestatepodcast@gmail.com or call Mark Levine directly at 212-335-2723 x.201.
45:38
August 22, 2019
6. Property Taxes, Assessed Values and More in NYC with Benjamin M. Williams from Rosenberg & Estis
Host Mark Levine from NYC Property Management firm EBMG sits down with Benjamin Williams of NYC real estate law firm Rosenberg & Estis to talk about important topics pertaining to NYC real estate, such as: Real Estate Taxes, Tax Classes (1 - 4), Assessed Value and how it is achieved (both in rental buildings, coops and condos), Tax Certiorari Proceedings and more.  Email Benjamin Williams directly at bwilliams@rosenbergestis.com.  Email the show to get your questions answered at nycrealestatepodcast@gmail.com or call Mark Levine directly at 212-335-2723 x.201.
32:42
August 15, 2019
5. NYC Greenhouse Gas and Energy Initiatives with Merritt Engineering
Host Mark Levine of Property Management Firm EBMG sits down with Paul Gurdak, R.A., LEED AP and Heather Cerone from Merritt Engineering in studio and Vice President of Merritt, Mario Cirigliano, on the phone. Topics on this episode include the new NYC regulations pertaining to reductions in Greenhouse Gases, Local Law 84 and Local Law 133 yearly energy reporting, Local Law 33 energy grade postings in buildings and more. We're discovering new laws all of the time in the city of New York and these discussions help to parse through what is important and what will be coming up. Email the podcast at nycrealestatepodcast@gmail.com for your chance to have your question answered in a future episode.
26:58
August 8, 2019
4. New York City Elevator Code and Modernization Issues with VSA Elevator Consultants
Host Mark Levine of NYC Real Estate Property Management Firm EBMG is joined by Christine Workman and Al Centeno from Vertical Systems Analysis (VSA) discuss some important elevator issues that are presenting themselves in the NYC area. VSA is one of the leading elevator consultants and third-party witnesses in the NYC market.   Topics in this video / podcast include: 2020 Compliance, 2027 Compliance, Category 1 and 5 Testing, Elevator Modernization, Routine Maintenance and more.   VSA's website can be found at http://www.vsaconsulting.com.   Feel free to email the podcast with your questions by emailing nycrealestatepodcast@gmail.com or by following us on Social @nycrealestatepodcast.   Call Mark Levine directly at 212-335-2723 x.201 to speak to him directly.
27:38
August 1, 2019
3. Hi Tech Cleaning Services - A Conversation on Emergencies, Mold and More
Host Mark Levine talks with Edward Bell and Kahlil Gonzalez from Hi-Tech Cleaning Services on a myriad of issues that affect buildings in cases of emergencies, such as water damage, mold and more.   Hi Tech Cleaning can be viewed or contacted directly at www.hitechcleaningservices.com. Email the podcast at nycrealestatepodcast@gmail.com and follow us on social @nycrealestatepodcast. Call Mark Levine directly at 212-335-2723 x.201 or visit his corporate website at www.ebmg.com.
23:31
July 25, 2019
2. DENIED - OR APPROVED! Cooperative and Condominium Board Applications with Jill Bader of EBMG
Host Mark Levine and guest Jill Bader, Head of Sales and Leasing for NYC property management firm EBMG LLC take you on a tour of all things purchase and sublease application related in a cooperative or condo building in NYC - and beyond. We're talking about the normal process and requirements for a Board application as well as the process of reviewing, interviews, approval and closings.  Follow us on instagram and Facebook @nycrealestatepodcast and on Youtube.com/excelbradshaw. Have a question you want answered, email the podcast directly at nycrealestatepodcast@gmail.com and we'll tackle it on a future edition.
46:21
July 18, 2019
1. Everything You Wanted To Know About Bed Bugs, Answered
Host Mark Levine of NYC Property Management firm EBMG sits with Barry Beck and Stephen Chiovaro of Assured Environments to talk about all things bed bugs in the NYC area. What are bed bugs? Where do they live? How long can they live without feeding on people? Think you have them? How to get tested? How do you prep? How do we inspect? How can you inspect your hotel room when traveling? Should I throw out that mattress (HINT: NO!) All of these questions and more are answered during this informative half-hour long discussion. To send in your Real Estate related question to have it covered, email nycrealestatepodcast@gmail.com. Call Mark Levine directly at 212-335-2723 x.201 Call Assured Environments at 1-800-670-7037 Mark Levine's Social: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube
28:18
July 13, 2019