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Real Talk with QHT - A Queens NYC Real Estate Experience

Real Talk with QHT - A Queens NYC Real Estate Experience

By Queens Home Team
A look at life and real estate through the eyes of some of the top real estate agents in Queens and NYC. Here we cover a wide range of topics with the intention to educate people so that they can better navigate life, and the complex real estate market in Queens and NYC.
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Ep. 35 -- 2021 Brooklyn Real Estate Market review
Daniel Akerman goes over all the major stats for the Brooklyn real estate market in 2021, and specifically the 4th Quarter. He talks about the major real estate headlines for Brooklyn, what went on in the Brooklyn market, how it compared to 2020 and 2019, and provides thoughts on where the Brooklyn real estate market might be headed in 2022.
20:51
January 24, 2022
Ep. 34: 2021 Queens Market Wrap Up
George walks us through all the data for the Queens real estate market at the end of 2021, detailing what happened in the Queens market in Q4 compared to the previous quarter, as well as Q4 of 2020, and he gives his opinions on what 2022 might have in store. As always, George packs this one full of great information, so pull out your notebooks! 
22:12
January 13, 2022
Ep 33: 2021 Manhattan Market Wrap-Up
Dan reviews some of the key real estate headlines for New York City in 2021 and gives his thoughts and observations on the 2021 Manhattan real estate market and what 2022 might have in store for the Manhattan market, including stats and data from UrbanDigs.com
26:52
January 08, 2022
Ep. 32: Five easy money saving tips for home buyers and owners in NYC
Everyone loves to have more money available. Here are 5 quick tips on how to save some dough!
23:42
October 21, 2021
Ep. 31: Basement Apartments in NYC after Hurricane Ida
With the flooding that happened in NYC as a result of rainfall from Hurricane Ida, and several deaths mostly in basement apartments, renewed scrutiny has come to the whole issue of basement apartments in NYC. Mayor De Blasio announced a period of no fines to owners of illegal basement apartments. In this episode, George and Dan go over the decision and the ramifications for NYC homeowners.
20:39
October 07, 2021
Ep. 30: Getting FEMA Assistance in NYC after Hurricane Ida
At the beginning of September, 2021, Hurricane Ida passed over New York City, dropping record amounts of rain and leading to serious flooding. In this episode, George and Dan go over how FEMA assistance works, who is eligible for it, and how to file for the available FEMA assistance. If you had flooding and damage to your property, you need this information! https://www.fema.gov/disaster/hurricane-ida https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4615 https://www.dfs.ny.gov/consumers/help_for_homeowners/disaster_flood/Register_FEMA
24:42
October 01, 2021
Ep. 29: George and Abi's Ahas from buying an Investment Property in NY
Queens Home Team team owners George and Abigail Herrera recently went into contract on an investment property and picked up a couple of nuggets about the lending process and mortgages. In this episode, we look at some tips for shopping around for lenders. We also look at the "rate lock" aspect of mortgages, and different considerations that a buyer might make when deciding on the right strategy to lock their interest rates -- or even whether to lock them at all!
24:32
August 25, 2021
Ep. 28: Quarter 2 Market Report
For homeowners, potential sellers and prospective buyers, keeping up to date on the market and getting expert advice is important for many reasons. Although we're well into the 3rd quarter, we wanted to share the market stats for the 2nd quarter and give some insights into what the market is doing, some analysis on what the number mean, and some thoughts on where the market might be headed. Better late than never! 
31:50
August 18, 2021
Ep. 27: Local Law 152 - What you need to know as a Multi Family Owner in NYC
What is Local Law 152? Dan hadn't even heard of it until George suggested this episode. If you're a multifamily owner in New York City, you NEED to be aware of Local Law 152 and listen to this episode -- or risk getting hit with a $10,000 fine by the city. If you own a NYC property that is a 3-family or larger, learn what it is, what it requires, and how to be in compliance in this short episode.
16:35
August 11, 2021
Ep. 26: Protecting Family Relationships when Selling a Property in Queens or NYC
Selling a home is almost always a stressful process, no matter how smoothly it goes. That stress can often bring underlying family or relationship issues to the surface. Even when relationships are strong, if two or more people have different perspectives or priorities related to a home sale, it can quickly become tense and difficult -- especially in New York City where so much money is involved. In this episode, at Abigail Herrera's suggestion, we talk about different situations and different family relationships that we often encounter in a sale, and how families -- and agents -- can handle these situations to avoid as much tension as possible. We look at estate sales, sibling rivalries, divorces, and all sorts of other situations where potential disagreements and tensions can arise and discuss the simple, key elements to ensuring a smooth and successful sale.
25:44
July 21, 2021
Ep. 25: Cash-only Co-ops in NYC and Queens - What are they and how does it effect you?
Did you know there are co-ops in NYC where buyers can't get a loan and have to buy all cash? Many don't even realize that in addition to the buyer being approved for a loan, the BUILDING also needs to be approved. In some buildings, that isn't possible for various reasons, and it can have a serious impact on both buyers and sellers! Listen to this episode to learn why this happens, and how "cash-only" co-ops impact you whether you're a hopeful buyer or an owner trying to sell. Make sure to visit us online at www.queenshometeam.com Send in your questions and episode ideas to: george@queenshometeam.com | daniel@queenshometeam.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/queenshometeam YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/queenshometeam Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/queenshometeam Our Manhattan specialist: www.AkermanNYC.com
24:17
June 23, 2021
Ep 24: Macro-economics and Basic NYC Real Estate Dynamics
Whether you're a buyer or a seller, what's happening economically on a broad scale has an impact on your specific situation. The problem is, many of us don't understand how or see the connections. George and Dan walk us through some of the major economic indicators that are relevant to homeowners and buyers, and how they impact real estate and the real estate market. This is a great "primer" for you to gain a better understanding of how what you see on the financial news connects to you personally. Make sure to visit us online at www.queenshometeam.com Send in your questions and episode ideas to: george@queenshometeam.com | daniel@queenshometeam.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/queenshometeam YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/queenshometeam Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/queenshometeam Our Manhattan specialist: www.AkermanNYC.com
23:19
June 16, 2021
Ep. 23: Lessons From Our OWN Bathroom Renovation
After the kitchen, the bathroom is the most important room in a home with regards to the home's value, and bathroom renovations remain one of the most popular -- and most expensive -- projects homeowners take on. George talks about lessons learned from not one, but TWO bathroom renovations done in his own home. We'll cover budgeting, planning, finding the right help, what not to do, and more. Make sure you listen to this one as George drops some knowledge on us! Make sure to visit us online at www.queenshometeam.com Send in your questions and episode ideas to: george@queenshometeam.com | daniel@queenshometeam.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/queenshometeam YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/queenshometeam Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/queenshometeam Our Manhattan specialist: www.AkermanNYC.com
32:08
June 09, 2021
Ep. 22: Selling a Home in NYC and Relocating out of State -- Do's, Don'ts, and things to Consider
Abigail joins George and Dan on this episode of Real Talk to discuss the topic of relocations and some of the ways to prepare and some of the things to avoid. Relocations -- typically a move out of the same metropolitan are, and often out of state -- can be tricky things. Not only are you selling AND buying a home, which is always tricky anyway, but now you're adding the extra layer of complexity by moving a long distance and all the logistical challenges that creates. We discuss ways to prepare to make a stressful move as simple as possible, and we talk about the pitfalls and mistakes to avoid if you're facing a relocation. This episode has some GOLDEN information for you! Make sure to visit us online at www.queenshometeam.com Send in your questions and episode ideas to: george@queenshometeam.com | daniel@queenshometeam.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/queenshometeam YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/queenshometeam Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/queenshometeam Our Manhattan specialist: www.AkermanNYC.com
40:24
June 02, 2021
Ep. 21: Top 5 Queens Neighborhoods with Biggest Home Price Gains & Declines in 2020!!
In this episode George and Dan go over the "Top Fives" from 2020 -- neighborhoods in Queens that saw the biggest changes in price or activity, broken down by property type. Did YOUR neighborhood make the top 5?? Make sure to visit us online at www.queenshometeam.com Send in your questions and episode ideas to: george@queenshometeam.com | daniel@queenshometeam.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/queenshometeam YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/queenshometeam Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/queenshometeam Our Manhattan specialist: www.AkermanNYC.com
32:47
May 26, 2021
Ep. 20: Q1 2021 Wrap-up. What's the Queens and NYC market doing?
2020 was a year to remember (or forget, depending on how you look at it), and everyone was wondering what 2021 would have in store for us. Well, with Q1 now behind us, we can begin to answer that question and take a look at where we might be headed. George and Dan go over all the sales stats for the local real estate market for Q1 and compare it to the same time last year, as well as the preceding quarter, and discuss what's yet to come this year. AND we announce the beginning of our new HOTLINE!! Make sure to visit us online at www.queenshometeam.com Send in your questions and episode ideas to: george@queenshometeam.com | daniel@queenshometeam.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/queenshometeam YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/queenshometeam Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/queenshometeam Our Manhattan specialist: www.AkermanNYC.com
24:20
May 18, 2021
Ep. 19: Are you paying too much in real estate taxes???
In this episode, Dan, George and Abi talk all about tax assessments and how to challenge your tax assessment if you're paying too much. The deadline for challenging your tax assessment for 1-3 family homes in NYC is March 15th, so the deadline is right around the corner! But first you have to figure out if you have a case. And don't worry if you miss the deadline this year, because this comes around every year. Don't miss this timely and valuable episode that helps you understand how taxes are assessed, it's relation to your home's market value, and how you can save money on taxes. Make sure to visit us online at www.queenshometeam.com  For more information on challenging your assessed value visit:  https://www1.nyc.gov/site/finance/taxes/challenge-your-assessment.page  Homeowners can go to our learning center at:   www.bklynhometeam.com  Our Manhattan specialist:  www.AkermanNYC.com  Contact us: george@queenshometeam.com | abigail@queenshometeam.com | daniel@queenshometeam.com  Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/queenshometeam  YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/queenshometeam  Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/queenshometeam
15:53
March 06, 2021
Ep. 18: 2020 wrap-up and 2021 forecasts
In this episode we're looking back at the 2020 real estate market and digging into the numbers to gain insights into what actually happened in the real estate market in 2020, and get some idea of where we stand now -- and where we might be headed. This one's full of good information and data, folks, and George and Dan break it down in a way that is easily understandable and hopefully informative for all you buyers, sellers, and homeowners. If you want to make some sense out of the real estate market and get a sense of how you should be approaching your real estate decision-making in the new year, you need to listen to this episode!
37:17
February 11, 2021
Ep. 17: Happy New Year from QHT!
In this episode, George Herrera talks about things you should be thinking about as the year kicks off. Things like requesting your closing disclosure if you bought or sold last year, revisiting your budget, goal setting with accountability, and coming up with a good morning routine to make sure that your days and year are GREAT!
18:29
January 15, 2021
Ep. 16: Staying Positive in Difficult Times
Happy New Year!! In this episode we get Daniel's personal perspective on strategies for staying positive in challenging or difficult times. 2020 was obviously a difficult year for all of us, and for some much more than others. With the New Year starting off, and continuing challenges all around us, we look at 3 mindset strategies to help one stay positive. From focusing on the small things and what one can control, to expressing gratitude and looking at challenges and difficulties as opportunities, there are numerous things that are within our power even when the circumstances around us seem overwhelming. 
27:58
January 11, 2021
Ep. 13.3: Mortgage Basics with special guest Rafael Reyes of Loan Depot (pt 3 of 3)
In part 3 of this 3 part series with Rafael Reyes of Loan Depot on mortgage basics, George, Dan and Rafael go over working with the right lender, how to pick the right lender, the loan estimate, closing disclosures, and common pitfalls and some pro tips. TONS of valuable information here for new and experienced buyers alike, so make sure to listen to the whole episode. Make sure to check out parts 2 and 3 of this 3-part series as well, to get ALL the valuable insights on mortgage basics! For general inquiries: info@queenshometeam.com To contact George: george@queenshometeam.com To contact Dan: daniel@queenshometeam.com To speak to Rafael of Loan Depot: rreyes@loandepot.com visit our website at www.QueensHomeTeam.com and make sure to check out our learning center and our Buyer's Tools! Check us out on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube
29:27
December 29, 2020
Ep. 13.2: Mortgage Basics with special guest Rafael Reyes of Loan Depot (pt 2 of 3)
In part 2 of this 3 part series with Rafael Reyes of Loan Depot on mortgage basics, George, Dan and Rafael go over the qualification process, debt to income ratios, length of employment requirements, the basics of shopping for a mortgage, when you should get pre-approved, and the difference between a pre-approval and a pre-qualification. TONS of valuable information here for new and experienced buyers alike. Make sure to check out parts 1 and 3 of this 3-part series as well, to get ALL the valuable insights on mortgage basics! To contact George: george@queenshometeam.com To contact Dan: daniel@queenshometeam.com To speak to Rafael of Loan Depot: rreyes@loandepot.com visit our website at www.QueensHomeTeam.com and make sure to check out our learning center and our Buyer's Tools! Check us out on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube as well!!!
28:48
December 22, 2020
Ep. 13.1: Mortgage Basics with special guest Rafael Reyes of Loan Depot (pt 1 of 3)
This is part 1 of a 3-part series with Rafael Reyes of Loan Depot, discussing mortgage basics for home buyers. This primer on mortgages and loan qualification covers the basic, fundamental aspect of purchasing a home with a home loan, from credit scores, to income requirements, down payments, closing disclosures and much, much more. Make sure you catch all 3 parts of this 3-part series to get a thorough understanding of mortgage fundamentals!
27:59
December 09, 2020
Ep. 12: First time Home Buyer Stories with QHT
Have a question? Need some advice? Contact us at http://www.queenshometeam.com/help
42:42
November 02, 2020
Ep. 11: What to know about Real Estate Teams in Queens and NYC
Need help? Have a question? Contact us anytime at http://www.queenshometeam.com/help 
26:12
October 19, 2020
Ep. 10: The Art of Negotiating Real Estate Deals in Queens NY
Have a question? Need some advice? Visit http://www.queenshometeam.com, call 718-869-0270, or email info@queenshometeam.com
53:22
September 19, 2020
Ep. 9: What the Heck is going on right now? Interest Rates, Flight to the Suburbs, Local Market Activity...
Curious how the Queens and NYC real estate market have been holding up since COVID-19? Here, George Herrera, Abigail Herrera, and Daniel Akerman of the Queens Home Team at Keller Williams Realty, sit down and talk about all the different things that they're seeing in the market. For more information about our team and our services, visit http://www.queenshometeam.com
40:11
August 14, 2020
Ep. 8: What you need to know about Selling a Coop in Queens NYC
Thinking of selling a cooperative apartment in Queens NY? Here George and Abi talk about the process and give you some advice based on their experience in selling hundreds of coops. Need help? Contact us anytime at 718-968-5538 or http://www.queenshometeam.com/help
33:07
May 08, 2020
Ep. 7: How to Sell a Home in a Coronavirus COVID-19 World?
Curious how real estate is being handled during COVID-19? Here George & Abi talk about what’s happening, what they’re seeing, and how they are handling real estate transactions in this new world.
30:41
April 22, 2020
Ep. 6: What do Queens real estate agents do for Sellers?
Curious what real estate agents in Queens NYC do for sellers? Here George Herrera, Abigail Herrera, and Daniel Akerman breakdown all of the activities that a good listing agent will do for a home seller. Need help? Have a question? Contact us at http://www.queenshometeam.com/help. Find the full YouTube video at http://youtube.com/queenshometeam
01:02:26
April 08, 2020
Ep. 5: What does the CARES Act mean for you and your Family?
The CARES Act was recently passed by our government and this relief bill is meant to aid millions of Americans during this tough time as we deal with the Coronavirus Pandemic. The new bill is 800 pages long so here George and Abigail Herrera, real estate agents with the Queens Home Team are covering the items that they believe to be most relevant for you.
37:44
March 31, 2020
Ep. 4: Things to Do in NYC during COVID-19 Quarantine
Are you sheltered in place like us? Here George and Abi will give you some tips on things you can do to stay productive while you’re at home :)
20:41
March 26, 2020
Ep. 3: How will Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact the Queens Real Estate Market?
Find out here from George and Abigail Herrera, co-owners and top selling real estate agents in Queens NY.
19:31
March 18, 2020
Ep. 2: Is now the right time to Sell a Home in Queens NY?
In this episode Dan & George recap 2019 and look towards 2020. They also discuss whether now is the right time to sell a property in Queens, and what the market looks like as we begin the year.  
26:28
January 21, 2020
Ep. 1: Queens Real Estate Talk: A recap of the Queens market 2019 and a Forecast of 2020
George Herrera and Daniel Akerman of the Queens Home Team at Keller Williams Realty sit down to talk about key things that happened in the Queens real estate market in 2019. They also discuss market trends and their projections for 2020.
52:59
December 18, 2019