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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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49. The Differences Between Cooperatives and Condominiums with Julie Schechter, Esq. from Armstrong Teasdale LLP
Host Mark Levine from NYC Property Management firm EBMG sits with Julie Schechter, Esq., a frequent guest and partner at law firm Armstrong Teasdale to go over the fundamental differences between cooperative and condominium buildings. Email the show! nycrealestatepodcast@gmail.com or call 212-335-2723 x.201 Email Julie Schechter at jschechter@atllp.com Topics discussed on this episode include: - when buying into each building, what are you buying? - what is an Offering Plan? - what is the Proprietary Lease? - What are bylaws? - Right of First Refusal (condo) - Reasons to decline a buyer (coop) - Underlying Mortgages / Tax Deduction Letters - Board limitations - Arrears Collections Procedures - and more.
43:13
January 17, 2022
48. Local Law 126 Garage Inspections with Joe DiPompeo, PE and Scott Baryiewski
Host Mark Levine of NYC Property Management firm EBMG sits with Joe DiPompeo, PE of Structural Workshop and Scott Baryiewski of South Shore Construction to discuss the new Local Law 126 of 2021 imposed by NYC DOB, relating to regular parking lot inspections in the five boroughs. Email the show! nycrealestatepodcast@gmail.com or 212-335-2723 x.201 **New Law** Beginning January 1, 2022, Local Law 126 of 2021 (Intro No. 2261-A) requires owners of parking structures to hire a NYS licensed and registered professional engineer to inspect the structure at least once every six years and file a report with the Department of Buildings documenting the results of the inspection that include: • buildings, or portions of a building, used for parking or storing motor vehicles, including space inside or under a building • open parking garages and enclosed parking garages as defined in the NYC Building Code. Exceptions The following structures will not be required to comply with the new inspection requirements: • autobody and automotive repair shops, automotive showrooms, and automotive service stations • garages with occupancy of fewer than three cars • unenclosed, unattached outdoor parking lots • private garages serving one- and two-family homes. Email the experts! Joe DiPompeo, joedip@structuralworkshop.com Scott Baryiewski, scott.southshore@gmail.com
35:56
January 12, 2022
47. A Tragic Bronx Fire and Fire Safety Preparedness
Host Mark Levine of Property Management firm EBMG talks about the tragic fire over the last weekend that killed at least 19 residents along with requirements from ownership's perspective to give out Fire Safety information, signage and more, to reduce the risk of an occurrence like this from happening again.  Email the show! nycrealestatepodcast@gmail.com or call Mark directly at 212-335-2723 x.201 On this episode, Mark goes over: - Emergency Preparedness Guides, https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/fdny/downloads/pdf/codes/nyc-apartment-building-emergency-guide.pdf  - Space Heater Best Practices, https://nyfiresafe.com/app/uploads/2022/01/Space-Heaters-Safety-Precautions.pdf - Fire Safety Plan - Part 1, http://www.nyc.gov/html/fdny/pdf/rcny/rcny_form_fire_safety_plan_bldg_info_section.pdf  - Fire Safety Plan - Part 2, http://www.nyc.gov/html/fdny/pdf/rcny/rcny_fire_safety_plan_2_emerg_info_sect.pdf  - Heating Requirements in NYC: The Department of Housing Preservation and Development today announces the start of New York City’s “heat season,” during which all residential building owners are required to maintain indoor temperatures at 68 degrees when outdoor temperatures fall below 55 degrees during the day. Indoor temperatures must also be a minimum of 62 degrees overnight, regardless of outdoor temperatures. Building owners are legally required to provide hot water at 120 degrees year-round. - Close the Door Notice: https://nyfiresafe.com/app/uploads/2022/01/Close-Door-Notice.pdf - Combustible Building Fire Notice, https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/fdny/downloads/pdf/codes/combustible-non-fireproof-building.pdf - Non-Combustible Building Fire Notice, http://www.nyc.gov/html/fdny/pdf/rcny/rcny_form_fire_safety_notice_non_combustible.pdf  - Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors - and more.
17:30
January 10, 2022
46. J-51 Exemption and Abatement Extended to June 30, 2022
Host Mark Levine of NYC Property Management firm EBMG gives a quick walkthrough of the J-51 program's extension through June 30, 2022. Mark also includes timing protocols for filing, restrictions based on assessed value and the type of work that can be considered for the J-51 program. Email the show! nycrealestatepodcast@gmail.com or call Mark Levine directly at 212-335-2723 x.201.
10:37
January 04, 2022
45. NYC Real Estate's "End of 2021" Show
Host Mark Levine of EBMG LLC goes over some of the more pressing issues at the end of 2021 and beginning of 2022. Email the show! nycrealestatepodcast@gmail.com or call Mark Levine directly at 212-335-2723 x.201. NYC Bed Bugs Filings: Due 12/31/21 Local Law 152 of 2016 Gas Inspections: 6 Month Extensions Permitted for 2021 FISP / Local Law 11: Subcycle C begins on 2/21/22 and Subcycle A is DUE on 2/21/22. Vaccinations for all Building Employees: Required by law as of 12/27/21. The following provisions of the Housing Stability Tenant Protection Act no longer apply to cooperatives: The provision limiting security deposits and advances to one month’s rent. This has been a serious impediment, as before HSTPA, cooperative boards often conditioned consent for a purchaser with insufficient or marginal finances upon the posting of a significant maintenance escrow. Cooperative boards may now use maintenance escrows again, without a limitation on the amount held in escrow. See GOL 7-108. The requirement for the landlord to give notice if a lease renewal is not offered to a tenant, or if a renewal is offered at an increase of rent equal to or greater than 5%. Cooperatives must comply with the provisions of their governing documents or any other laws on this point. See RPL 226-c. The prohibition of fees at the beginning of a tenancy, except for a credit or background check reimbursement of no more than $20. A cooperative’s transfer agent or management company may now charge fees for processing an application, and they are now entitled to full reimbursement of the cost of a credit check, regardless of the amount. A comment in the Governor’s signing memo makes reference to the fees being reasonable and “approved by a supervising agency.” These comments are not yet part of the law, and we are not certain how that second requirement will be considered going forward. See RPL 238-a. The limitation of payments, fees or charges for the late payment of rent to $50 or 5%, whichever is less. The proprietary lease or occupancy agreement often provides for interest and/or late fees, and these may now be collected once again, though the total amount of “any payment, fee or charge for the late payment of rent” is limited to EIGHT (8%) PERCENT of the monthly maintenance if the proprietary lease or occupancy agreement permits. See RPL 238-a. The provision that only rent (as narrowly defined by HSTPA) may be sought in a summary proceeding. A cooperative may now again seek eviction of a tenant shareholder for nonpayment of both “rent” and any fees, charges, penalties or assessments due under the proprietary lease or occupancy agreement in a summary proceeding. See RPAPL 702. The requirement that an additional five-day notice be sent by certified mail if maintenance is not timely received. This provision does not relieve a cooperative of the additional five-day notice that HSTPA mandates, but does allow the notice to be given in the manner required by the proprietary lease or occupancy agreement rather than by certified mail. Since most proprietary leases require notices to be given by certified or registered mail, this change may be of little impact. See RPL 235-e. The provision prohibiting the collection of attorneys’ fees when there is a default judgment in a summary eviction proceeding. If there is a provision in the proprietary lease or occupancy agreement that permits the recovery of attorneys’ fees, it is now possible to recover the fees even if the tenant shareholder defaults. See RPL 234. Happy New Year!!!
15:42
December 31, 2021
44. Labor Law 240 Insurance Issues with Steven Cohen, CIC
Host Mark Levine from NYC property management firm EBMG talks with Steven Cohen, CIC, Vice President of Bermack, Champion & Lewine about various insurance issues in the real estate world. Email the show! nycrealestatepodcast@gmail.com Topics on this episode include Labor Law 240, workman's comp coverage, umbrella coverages, increasing insurance premiums, alterations and more. Feel free to reach out to Steven Cohen directly at 212-239-1140 or via email at steven@bclus.com. Mark Levine can be reached at 212-335-2723 x.201 or via email at mblevine@ebmg.com. Help spread the word - subscribe and share!
31:01
September 30, 2021
43. NYC Real Estate Updates for September 10, 2021
Host Mark Levine of NYC Property Management company EBMG walks listeners through a variety of interesting topics that have just been released in September 2021. Email the show! nycrealestatepodcast@gmail.com Among the topics discussed on today's episode: Westchester Co-op Disclosure Law: Upon receipt of each co-op purchase application, the Board of Directors must inform the purchaser whether the application is “complete” within 15 days after receipt. If the application is incomplete, the Board must inform the purchaser of each “defect” in the application. Upon receipt of any revised application the Board then must within another 15 days either acknowledge receipt of a complete application or inform purchaser of “any uncured defect”. Once a “properly completed application” is submitted by the purchaser, the Board has 60 days to send the purchaser a notice of rejection or approve the application. If the purchaser’s application is rejected, the Board of Directors must provide a “notice of rejection” to the Westchester Human Rights Commission (the “HRC”) within 15 days from the date purchaser was notified of the denial of their application. The Notice of Rejection sent to the HRC must include the following: the full legal name and address of the Cooperative Housing Corporation; the full address and unit number of the unit that had been applied for; the full names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses (if available) for the denied applicant(s) and seller(s); the full names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses (if available) for all legal counsel and real estate brokers involved in the rejected transaction; the date of receipt of the initial application; the date of receipt of the completed application; the date(s) of any interview; the date of rejection; and the reason for rejection. FAIR HOUSING LAW TRAINING The new law now requires existing Directors to complete two (2) hours of fair housing training every two years. Further, each new Director must complete a minimum of two hours of training within 60 days after joining the Board. The Cooperative must maintain records of every member’s training and must make the records available to the HRC upon request. The HRC is responsible for publishing an outline of minimum standards for the training and these standards were to be available by August 16th . (As of the date of this publication, they were not available.) PENALTIES FOR NON-COMPLIANCE If the Cooperative does not comply with the new housing law, the noncompliance could result in a fine of $1,000 for the first offense, $1,500 for a second offense and $2,000 for a third offense. The HRC has 1 year from the date of the violation to bring these charges. Condo / Coop Abatement Law: To get the CCA starting 2022/23, a building must either: (i) have AVs ≤ $60k per unit, or (ii) have $60k < AV ≤ $100k per unit AND have dwelling units < 30, or (iii) pay all building service employees the applicable prevailing wage. In other words, if a building wants to get the CCA starting 2022/23, and it has: (a) AVs > $60k per unit AND at least 30 dwelling units, or (b) AVs > $100k per unit (even small buildings < 30 apartments), Then it must pay all building service employees the applicable prevailing wage. Habitat Mag "Objectionable Conduct" Review
17:06
September 10, 2021
42. New NYC Elevator Inspection Requirements for 2022 with Robert Castellano of VDA
Host Mark Levine (212-335-2723 x.201 or mblevine@ebmg.com) of NYC property management firm EBMG talks with Robert Castellano, Vice President of VDA (212-868-9090 x.128 or rcastellano@vdassoc.com) on upcoming changes to the NYC requirements on elevator testing, beginning on January 1, 2022. Email the show! nycrealestatepodcast@gmail.com Effective January 1, 2022 several changes to the NYC Building Code and the Elevator and Escalator Safety Code will impact the way elevators will be inspected and tested in the City of New York.  Most notably, the NYC Department of Buildings will no longer subcontract “Periodic Inspections” to what were previously known as “PVT Agencies”, but rather the performance of these yearly vertical transportation inspections will become the responsibility of the building owner. The following additions and/or changes to the NYC Building Code, Article 304 - Elevators and Conveying Systems are being adopted: Inspections performed by private sub-contractors on behalf of the NYC DOB Elevator Division must now be performed by an approved elevator agency who is not affiliated with the agency performing the maintenance.  Owners will be required to contract with approved elevator agencies at their expense.  These inspections will now be referred to as “Periodic Inspections” and are in addition to the current Category 1 & 5 Inspections being performed. There are also changes being made to the time frames for filing of Category 1 & 5 Inspection reports as well as the correction of deficiencies and filing of Affirmation of Correction affidavits.  All of which are being reduced significantly.  New rules are outlined further, below: Category 1 & 5 Inspections The completed reports, with all applicable signatures, shall be filed within 21 days after the date of the test. Exception: Reports are not required to be submitted to the department for private residence wheelchair lifts and private residence dumbwaiter devices. However, the owner shall maintain an inspection and test log to be available to the department upon request. All defects as found in such category test report shall be corrected within 90 days after the date of test. An Affirmation of Correction shall be filed within 14 days of the date of correction. Periodic Inspections Periodic inspections shall be performed between January 1st and December 31st of each year at a minimum of three months from the date of any Category 1 testing or previous periodic inspection. Initial periodic inspections on new installations must be performed in the calendar year following the final acceptance test. For private residence elevators, the periodic inspection and Category 1 and/or 5 testing may be performed on the same date. Filing of Periodic Inspections in DOB NOW must be completed within fourteen (14) days of the date of Inspection. All defects as noted in such periodic inspection report must be corrected within 90 days after the date of inspection. The department may grant an extension of 45 days upon submission of an application by the owner demonstrating a practical difficulty in complying within the 90-day timeframe. In no case shall more than two such extensions be granted for a specific defect. An Affirmation of Correction shall be filed within 14 days after the date of correction.
20:28
August 27, 2021
41. Current Market Conditions and Best Selling Practices For Increased Prices with Michael Pinchasick of Compass
Host Mark Levine of NYC Property Management firm EBMG LLC sits down in the Zoom studio with Michael Pinchasick of Compass (Michael is also a former partner of EBMG - hear the back story!) to discuss residential buildings and the steps they can take to increase sales prices - and more. Email the show! nycrealestatepodcast@gmail.com Michael Pinchasick can be emailed directly at mep@compass.com or via phone at 516-978-4831. Mark Levine can be called directly at 212-335-2723 x.201 or via email on his corporate account at mblevine@ebmg.com.
39:19
May 17, 2021
40. Talking Rooftop Communications with RCG Tower Group
Host Mark Levine, of Property Management Group EBMG talks with Michael Lifland and Paul Eisenberg, owners of RCG Tower Group on topics related to rooftop cellular communication. Topics include leasing rooftop space, geographic locations, long-term buyouts, decommissions, agreement terms and more. Email the show! nycrealestatepodcast@gmail.com RCG Tower can be reached via phone at 646-300-9011 or via email at info@rcgtower.com. Feel free to also reach out to Mark Levine on his corporate email of mblevine@ebmg.com or via phone at 212-335-2723 x.201.
38:15
April 30, 2021
39. Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act with Hal Coopersmith, Esq.
Host Mark Levine of NYC property management firm EBMG sits with Hal Coopersmith, Esq., a third-generation New York City based lawyer, to talk about the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act and how it relates to rentals, coops and condos, his tracking service RezcueMe, his podcast, the "NY Launch Pod" and his law firm, Coopersmith & Coopersmith. Email the show! nycrealestatepodcast@gmail.com To contact Mark Levine directly by phone, call 212-335-2723 x.201 or via his corporate email at mblevine@ebmg.com. If you have any topics you'd like to have us cover, please let us know and we'll try to tackle it here on the Podcast.
26:18
January 22, 2021
38. Talking Best Interior Design Practices with Joy Goldman, ASID of Joy Renee Interiors
In this first episode of 2021 host Mark Levine of NYC property management firm EBMG sits down over zoom with interior designer Joy Goldman, ASID, owner of Joy Renee Interiors. Mark and Joy tackle the difference between a designer and a decorator, common area upgrades, the design process, how a board can work through and approve designs, how to deal with large buildings & opinions and more. Email the show at nycrealestatepodcast@gmail.com! Call Mark Levine directly at 212-335-2723 x.201 or email his corporate email at mblevine@ebmg.com. We look forward to 2021 bringing more content, interviews and helpful information.
53:34
January 08, 2021
37. Building Energy Monitoring and Air Quality Management with Ashley Sweet of iES MACH
Host Mark Levine from NYC Property Management firm EBMG speaks with Ashley Sweet of iES MACH to discuss air quality monitoring and energy monitoring in buildings of all uses and sizes.   These products are especially useful now due to COVID related air issues as well as the energy benchmarking that is required in NYC under Local Law 97.  Ashley walks us through the different types of products, data that is collected, how they work together and how we can use them to lower operating costs / increase efficiencies.   Ashley's Email: asweet@iesmach.com   Email the show! nycrealestatepodcast@gmail.com  Mark's new TikTok! https://www.tiktok.com/@markinrealestate?lang=en Call Mark Levine directly at 212-335-2723 x.201 or via corporate email at mblevine@ebmg.com
43:12
December 29, 2020
36. A Helpful Zoom Annual Meeting Back-end Overview
Host Mark Levine, or NYC Property Management firm EBMG walks listeners and viewers through the back-end spreadsheets and online ballots that he creates for all of his Annual Meetings for coop and condo buildings that he manages in the NYC area. VIEW THE VIDEO: https://youtu.be/O_UfA_iNgiE Email the show! nycrealestatepodcast@gmail.com Feel free to call Mark Levine directly at 212-335-2723 x.201 or via corporate email at mblevine@ebmg.com.
21:45
December 17, 2020
35. A Conversation with BARGOLD Storage's Josh Goldman on Building Storage Units in New York City and Beyond
Host Mark Levine of NYC Property Management company EBMG sits down with Josh Goldman, a Managing Member of BARGOLD Storage to talk all things related to opening and operating a storage room in a residential building. Mark and Josh have worked together on various storage projects since 1998 and both have extensive operational and building knowledge. Email the show! nycrealestatepodcast@gmail.com Topics included on this episode of the podcast include: Renting vs. buying storage units for your building Different types of storage units Typical agreement length Storage occupancy agreements Non-payment issues Waiting list issues Room maintenance Code compliance and more! Contact Josh Goldman via email at josh@bargold.com or via phone at 718-247-7000.  Contact Mark Levine at mblevine@ebmg.com or via phone at 212-335-2723 x.201 SUBSCRIBE AND SHARE!
01:03:39
November 20, 2020
34. What Happens To Your Apartment When You Die? With Julie Schechter, Esq.
Host Mark Levine of NYC Property Management firm EBMG sits with Julie Schechter of law firm Armstrong Teasdale to discuss a variety of topics relating to property ownership, estates, transfers and more. Want to know the procedures once an owner / shareholder / tenant of an apartment passes away? This is THAT podcast. Email the show! nycrealestatepodcast@gmail.com You can call Julie directly at 212-209-4400 or via email at JSchechter@atllp.com. Email Mark Levine directly at his corporate email at mblevine@ebmg.com or via phone at 212-335-2723 x.201. Interested in attending the CNYC Housing Conference, to be held on 11/15/2020 (we'll be teaching the Resident Communication class together), you can see more info at www.cnyc.com.
35:07
November 12, 2020
33. Discussing Board Operations and Possible Conflicts with Jessica Viola of Foxx and Crowe
Host Mark Levine of NYC Property Management company EBMG sits down with Jessica Viola, the owner of Foxx and Crowe to talk about various Board topics, including term limits, proxies, committees, conflicts of interest, removing an officer, removing a Board member, Directors & Officers insurance, required yearly disclosures and more. Email the show! nycrealestatepodcast@gmail.com Jessica Viola can be reached by phone at 646-256-9690 or via email at jessica@foxxandcrowe.com. Send Mark Levine an email at his corporate email, mblevine@ebmg.com or call him directly at 212-335-2723 x.201.
42:32
November 10, 2020
32. Cooling Tower Inspections and Requirements with NYC Cooling Tower Inspections and Services
Host Mark Levine of NYC Property Management company EBMG speaks with Steven Serrano (owner) and Francesca Velasquez (Director of Compliance) from NYC Cooling Tower Inspections and Services to talk about Cooling Towers, their requirements for routine and yearly testing as well as services that their company offers to buildings within NYC with Cooling Towers. Email the show! nycrealestatepodcast@gmail.com | YouTube Page NYC Cooling Tower Inspections and Services can be called at 718-799-5204 or can be emailed at info@nyc-inspections.com. Feel free to reach out to Mark Levine directly at 212-335-2723 x.201 or via corporate email at mblevine@ebmg.com.
49:14
October 21, 2020
31. Talking Energy Grades and Efficiency with Jeffrey Carleton of Carleton Energy Consulting
Host Mark Levine of NYC Property Management company EBMG sits down with Jeffrey Carleton of Carleton Energy Consulting to talk about NYC's energy initiatives for buildings over 25,000sf. These include Local Law 84, 87, 95 and 133. Email the show! nycrealestatepodcast@gmail.com Topics covered on this episode include yearly benchmarking data (also the components that are reported), every ten-year filings (50,000sf+ as per LL 87), Energy Grades and how they need to be posted, sources of energy loss, future predictions and more. As a reminder, all buildings over 25,000sf are now required to post their yearly energy grade on the front door of the building. The grades are as follows: A (85+), B (70 - 84), C (55 - 69). D (Under 54), N (Not Needing to File), F (Failed to File). We'll be watching these energy grades year after year to see how we can make our buildings more efficient so that we are not penalized in 2030, when energy usage is required to be reduced by up to 80%. Call Mark Levine directly at 212-335-2723 x.201.
31:53
October 16, 2020
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.
43:24
June 04, 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.
36:36
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 08, 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
53:04
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.
01:03:60
April 09, 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.
42:22
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
41:12
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 05, 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).
26:14
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.
04:14
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!!
32:12
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
24:06
November 06, 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.
27:16
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!
21:44
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.
52:21
October 04, 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
04:23
September 05, 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.
01:03:15
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.
45:39
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.
32:43
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 08, 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.
27:39
August 01, 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