17 Best Apps and Websites for Buying & Selling Real Estate in Queens County

Hey Everyone,

So, our team was talking the other day about how we can add more value to our seller & buyer clients as they prepare for the purchase or sale of their home, coop, or condo. As we were talking about this topic, we just remembered how different the process and properties are here in Queens, and as a result, we came up with a list of the best apps & websites that consumers can use when buying or selling real estate in Queens. So, below is a list that we compiled after our discussion, we hope that you find it helpful:)

1. NYC Department of Buildingshttp://www.nyc.gov/html/dob/html/home/home.shtml

  • The Dept of Buildings website gives you great public information about any building in NYC.

2. Property Sharkhttp://www.propertyshark.com/mason/ny/New-York-City/Property-Search

  • Find out everything about Queens real estate with PropertyShark.com: detailed property information, foreclosures, ownership search, comparables and property values.

3. StreetEasyhttp://streeteasy.com/

  • StreetEasy is a great website for Queens real estate, but especially great for Coop and Condo buyers.

4. Exclusive Queens Homeshttp://www.exclusivequeenshomes.com

  • A great website that is designed specifically for Queens home buyers. No

5. HopStophttps://www.hopstop.com/

  • A great website or tool for finding out what the commute will be like from a property or apt that you may purchase. HopStop also allows you to see nearby transportation on their mobile app.

6. Building Violation Information and Statushttp://www1.nyc.gov/nyc-resources/service/1279/building-violation-information-and-status or App: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id589095573

  • If you’re buying a residential property, then this will be helpful for you because you can see if there are any violations on a property that you are considering.

7. NYC Zoning Informationhttp://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/subcats/zoning.shtml

  • When buying Residential properties, zoning is important because it will tell you what you can and cannot do with the property.

8. Queens Brownstonerhttp://queens.brownstoner.com/

  • Queens Brownstoner is a great website that keeps you up to date with real estate happenings all around Queens.

9. Queens Home Improvement Guidehttp://www1.nyc.gov/nyc-resources/service/1840/home-improvement-guide

10. Community Portal - http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/neigh_info/nhmap.shtml

  • Access to data by community district, maps, population, land use facts, and planning resources.

11. Geographic Online Address Translator (GOAT)http://a030-goat.nyc.gov/goat/Default.aspx

  • Want to know what your police precinct, school or community district is? Visit City Planning’s GOAT!

12. NYC Dept of Educationhttp://schools.nyc.gov/default.htm

  • The Department of Education operates the public schools in New York City and is the largest system of schools in the United States.

13. HomeFirst Down Payment Assistance Programhttp://www1.nyc.gov/site/hpd/owners/homeowner-downpayment-assistance.page

  • As a homebuyer, see if you qualify to receive up to $15,000 toward a down payment or closing costs.

15. NYC Dept of Finance (Property)http://www1.nyc.gov/site/finance/taxes/property.page

  • Finance assesses the value of all New York City properties, collects property taxes and other property-related charges, maintains property records, administers exemption and abatements and collects unpaid property taxes and other property-related charges through annual lien sales.

15. Queens Home Sellinghttp://www.queenshomeselling.com

  • A great website where you can find a wealth of information for planning, preparing, and selling your property.

16. MLSLIhttp://www.mlsli.com

  • This website is the official website for the Queens/Long Island MLS, and being that in Queens we have 1, 2, 3 family, and Coop vs Condo, this is one of the only websites online that actually differentiate between all of the different property types in Queens.

17. GeoData Plushttp://www.geodataplus.com/

  • This site is a data source used by thousands of real estate professionals and although it is a paid service, you can do a 30 day free trial to use it for a short time period.

This Month in Queens Real Estate: FEB 2015

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February 2015 Queens NY Market Update Web

Home sales continued to decrease in January, significantly below last year, however, inventory ticked up slightly. In response to the low inventory levels and low interest rates, prices increased on a monthly basis; however, the yearly increase remained in the 4%–6% range for the third consecutive month now, a positive sign that home price growth has stabilized at a more sustainable level. Recently announced programs aimed at increasing credit accessibility to first-time home buyers and low-to-moderate income borrowers will likely stimulate market demand for Queens’ homes in 2015.

Month’s Supply: 5.6 Months – Last Month: 5.5 Months – Last Year: 6.6 Months

*Month’s supply over 6 months is said to favor buyers, month’s supply below 6 months is said to favor sellers, and month’s supply of 5-6 months is said to be a balanced market.

Interest Rates

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30-year rates remain below 4% after dipping in December due to concern surrounding the global economy and Europe. Currently, Freddie Mac reports the following figures: 30-year fixed rate, 3.63%; 15-year fixed rate, 2.93%; 5/1-year adjustable rate, 2.83%.

Queens NY Home Sales

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The seasonally adjusted annualized rate of home sales for Queens County decreased year-over-year for a tenth consecutive month in January to reach 567 homes, coops, and condos sold. The pace of sales decreased 24.7% below last month’s sales pace, and was 16.4% below the same month of the previous year. The current accommodative interest rates will hopefully support stronger sales in the near future. Residential 1-3 family home sales are down 14.7%, Condo sales are down 20.3%, and Coop sales are down 17.7% from the same time last year.

Queens NY Home Prices

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The median home price for Queens County in January was $420,000, according to the Long Island Board of Realtors. This was 5% above the previous month and 13.5% above the previous year. This was the seventh consecutive month of year over year increases in home prices. Residential 1-3 family home prices are up 14.8%, Condo prices are down 3.4%, and Coop prices are up 10.5% from the same time last year.

Queens NY Housing Inventory

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The number of homes available decreased 25.3% compared to the same month of the previous year, with 3,989 Queens homes available for sale in January. This translated to 5.6 months of supply. The decrease in pace of sales is adding to already tightening inventory conditions so inventory will likely remain low during the cooler months of the year, and then loosen as the weather warms.

Courtesy of George & Abigail Herrera w/the Queens Home Team at Keller Williams Realty Landmark II.

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Queens Home Team Awarded Top Team at Keller Williams Realty Landmark II for Units Sold in 2014!

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The Queens Home Team at Keller Williams Realty, led by George & Abigail Herrera, were recently honored at the Keller Williams Realty Landmark II awards ceremony in Astoria, NY. Out of 160+ Agents, Queens Home Team was awarded top team for units sold.

2014 was a great year for the Queens Home Team and Keller Williams Realty as a whole. With two offices in Jackson Heights and North Flushing, the 400+ Keller Williams’ associates representing Keller Williams Realty in Queens have been working hard to remain at the top of the Queens’ real estate office rankings. As a result, Keller Williams Realty Landmark I finished the year as the top selling real estate office in all of Queens. Keller Williams Realty Landmark II was not far behind, coming in at #6 on the list. Altogether, both Keller Williams Realty Offices finished the year in the top 10 out of more than 1,000 real estate offices in Queens.

At the annual award ceremony honoring the top selling agents and teams from Keller Williams Realty Landmark I & II, hundreds of KW Associates were in attendance. Awards for Associates ranged from Silver ($2-$4 Million in Sales Volume), Gold ($4-$9 Million in Sales Volume), Double gold ($10-$14 Million in Sales Volume), Platinum ($15-$19 Million in Sales Volume), and Diamond ($20+ Million in Sales Volume).

The Queens Home Team, who sold 53 homes in 2014, was awarded the Platinum award for closing $15 – $19 million in sales volume. This award places the Queens Home Team among the very top performers in all of Keller Williams Realty in Queens, NY. Being that the team was established in September, 2013 and has only been working together for a few years, the award speaks volumes to their success.

Leaders of the pack, George & Abigail Herrera, stated “Our goal every year is to help twice as many people as they year before. We don’t focus on prices, and we don’t focus on commissions. If we focus on helping people and delivering gret service, the rest will fall into place”.

The Queens Home Team now consists of 5 team members, and they are building on their momentum from 2014 to reach their goal of helping 100 fmailies in 2015. For more information or to contact the Queens Home Team at Keller Williams Realty, visit: www.queenshometeam.com

This Month in Queens Real Estate: JANUARY 2015

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The pace of existing home sales increased in December, but remained below that in the same month of the previous year. Home prices declined as we moved in to the cooler months, when seasonal declines in both prices and inventory are normal. Inventory dipped slightly and remained below last year’s levels as well. The year-over-year drop in sales pace is due largely in part to the continued decrease in inventory across the county. Anticipation of a continued drop in mortgage rates may also have played a role, as rates have continued to decline despite having already dipped below the previous year’s rates.

Month’s Supply: 5.5 Months

Last Month: 6.2 Months

Last year: 6.3 Months

*Month’s supply over 6 months is said to favor buyers, month’s supply below 6 months is said to favor sellers, and month’s supply of 5-6 months is said to be a balanced market.

Interest Rates

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30-year rates have continued to dip after moving below last year’s rates. Concerns about global growth and uncertainty around other global events have continued to put downward pressure on interest rates. Currently, Freddie Mac reports the following figures: 30-year fixed rate, 3.80%; 15-year fixed rate, 3.09%; 5/1-year adjustable rate, 2.95%.

Queens NY Home Sales

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The seasonally adjusted annual rate of existing Queens home sales rose to 732 homes in December. This was a 14.7% increase from the previous month but was still 8.7% below the rate of Queens home sales from December of the previous year. The year 2014 has been a solid year for existing home sales coming off of the previous year’s jump in both sales in prices but we have seen year-over-year decreases for nine consecutive months since April of 2014. We look for 2015 to be another solid year for home sales because demand is high and the rate is still very low, however, this is only if more inventory finally hits the market. Residential home sales are up .7%, Condo sales are down 57%, and Coop sales are down 5.2% from this time last year.

Queens NY Home Prices

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The median home price in Queens was $403,500 in December. This was a 3.9% drop from the previous month, but is still 6.9% up from the same month of the previous year. In 2014, we’ve seen housing prices return to sustainable growth rates in the 4-6% range. This pattern will likely continue in 2015, with some potential for slightly slower year-over-year gains, depending on how inventory and new home construction develop next year. Residential home prices are up 11.3%, Condo prices are down 5.6%, and Coop prices are up 10.2% from this time last year.

Queens NY Housing Inventory

The number of homes available decreased 11% from the previous month and decreased 23.4% compared to the same month of the previous year, with 3,978 Queens homes available for sale in December. This translated to 5.5 months of supply, as the slower sales pace moved in line with inventory levels. As we move into the cooler months of the year, we will likely begin to see inventory continue to tighten slightly.

Courtesy of George & Abigail Herrera w/the Queens Home Team at Keller Williams Realty Landmark II.

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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014 (Month’s Supply = 6.2 Months)

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The pace of home sales continued to decrease in November and inventory continued to track below last year’s levels as well.  Sales are well below those seen in the same month last year while prices are well above those seen in the same month last year. Prices continued to track above those from the previous year. Inventory continued to decline heading into the colder months of the year, and they continued to remain below last years levels as well, resulting in fewer home sales. Inventory will likely continue to tighten in upcoming months, but it is unsure what will happen as a result of the decrease in home sales that have been consistently below last year’s levels.

Month’s Supply: 6.2 Months

Last Month: 6.3 Months

Last year: 6.9 Months

*Month’s supply over 6 months is said to favor buyers, month’s supply below 6 months is said to favor sellers, and month’s supply of 5-6 months is said to be a balanced market.

Interest Rates

Queens_NY_Interest_Rates30-year rates remain below 4% after dipping last month due to concern surrounding the global economy and Europe. Currently, Freddie Mac reports the following figures: 30-year fixed rate, 3.99%; 15-year fixed rate, 3.17%; 5/1-year adjustable rate, 3.01%.

Queens NY Home Sales

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The seasonally adjusted annualized rate of home sales reached 618 homes in November, this was the lowest pace of sales for all of 2014. The pace of sales decreased 16.7% below last month’s sales pace, and was 16.8% below the same month of the previous year. This was the eighth consecutive month of year-over-year decreases in home sales for 2014. Residential home sales are down 11%, Condo sales are down 30%, and Coop sales are down 21% compared to November of last year.

Queens NY Home Prices

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The median home price for Queens County in November was $415,000, according to the Long Island Board of Realtors. This was .9% below the previous month and 9.2% above the previous year. Year-over-year price growth has been at an average of 7.6% for five consecutive months now, a sign that home prices are still increasing at a significant rate, however, coupled with the consistent decrease in home sales over the second half of the year, it is likely that home prices should stabilize to a more sustainable level in 2015. Residential home prices are up 6.5%, Condo prices are down 1.5%, and Coop prices are up 2.5% compared to November of last year.

Queens NY Housing Inventory

The number of homes available decreased 21.9% compared to the same month of the previous year, with 4,469 Queens homes available for sale in November. This translated to 6.2 months of supply. The decrease in the pace of sales is likely due to lack of inventory, not a lack of demand. We are still experiencing a tightening in inventory conditions which is affecting the purchasing options for Queens home buyers. As we move into the cooler months of the year, we will likely begin to see inventory tighten more for the first quarter, but we are hopeful that more inventory will hit the market in 2015 to help stabilize the pace of sales across the county.

Courtesy of George & Abigail Herrera w/the Queens Home Team at Keller Williams Realty Landmark II.

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This Month in Queens Real Estate: NOV 2014 (Month’s Supply: 6.3 Months)

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Queens home sales are down for the third month in a row from August – October. Home sales are also remaining significantly below last year’s levels, according to the Long Island Board of Realtors. Prices increased on a year-over-year basis for 4 consecutive months as of October, and surprisingly the magnitude of the gains has increased over the last two months. Inventory declined again as we began to move out of the peak season for home sales. Buyers will likely see seasonal declines in inventory in the coming months, and at the rate of home price increases, we can expect to see more year over year increases throughout the end of year. This combined with declines in interest rates could present some opportunity for Queens home buyers to see a slight bump in what they could afford.

Month’s Supply: 6.3 Months (Last Month: 6.9 Months)

*Month’s supply over 6 months is said to favor buyers, month’s supply below 6 months is said to favor sellers, and month’s supply of 5-6 months is said to be a balanced market.

Interest Rates

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30-year rates dropped below 4% for the first time since last Summer as worrisome economic news from Europe affected US markets. Currently, Freddie Mac reports the following figures: 30-year fixed rate, 3.97%; 15-Year fixed rate, 3.18%; 5/1-Year adjustable rate, 2.92%.

Queens NY Home Sales

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The seasonally adjusted annualized rate of Queens home sales reached 711 homes in October, its lowest pace since June of this year. The pace of sales decreased 4.2% below last month’s sales pace, and was 19.8% below the same month of the previous year. The continuing accommodative interest rates will likely continue to support strong sales in the near future. Residential 1-3 family home sales are down 17.6% from last year. Condo sales are down 12.2% year over year. And Coop sales are down 24.6% compared to the same month last year.

Queens NY Home Prices

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Queens home prices rose on a month-to-month basis in October, up 4.8% to a median price of $419,000. Year-over-year prices increased 14.8% in October, the highest year over year increase this year and continuing the year’s pattern of a more sustainable price growth path. The recent drop in interest rates, however, could put some increased pressure on prices, leading to a return of more common year-over-year gains. Residential 1-3 family home prices are up 16.7% from last year. Condo prices are up 6.4% year over year. And Coop sales are up 2.1% compared to the same month last year.

Queens NY Housing Inventory

The number of Queens homes available decreased 24.8% compared to the same month of the previous year, with 4,486 Queens homes available for sale in October. This translated to 6.3 months supply, with the decrease in the pace of sales creating a tightening in inventory conditions. As we move into the cooler months of the year, we will likely begin to see inventory tighten even more.

Courtesy of George & Abigail Herrera w/the Queens Home Team at Keller Williams Realty Landmark II.

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This Month in Queens Real Estate: OCT 2014

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The pace of Queens home sales reached its second-highest rate of 2014 in September, but was slightly slower than the previous month and remains below 2013 levels. Prices however, saw an increase over last year, but remained the same as last month’s median home price. Prices continue to post year-over-year gains, but at a slower pace than earlier in the year. Interest recently saw a small increase, but a steady rise in rates does not yet appear to have materialized as a broader trend.

Month’s Supply: 6.9 Months (Last Month: 7.9 Months)

*Month’s supply over 6 months is said to favor buyers, month’s supply below 6 months is said to favor sellers, and month’s supply of 5-6 months is said to be a balanced market.

Interest Rates

Queens_NY_Interest_Rates30-year rates increased 13 basis points from the same week of the previous month, showing the first significant movement in rates in recent months. Currently, Freddie Mac reports the following figures: 30-year fixed rate, 4.23%; 15-year fixed rate, 3.37%; 5/1-year adjustable rate, 3.06%.


Queens NY Home Sales

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The seasonally adjusted annualized pace of Queens home sales dropped 3.9% in September compared to the previous month. Queens home sales were down 9.5% compared to last September which posted one of the highest pace of sales in 2013. Residential home sales are down 9.5%, Condo home sales are down 14%, and Coop home sales are down 8.4% from this time last year.


Queens NY Home Prices

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Queens NY home prices remained the same in September, with median home price coming in at $400,000. However, year-over-year prices continue to increase, with September showing an increase of 7.4%. Year-over-year price gains in the 4–6% range are a continued indication that the Queens housing market has returned to a more stable balance between available inventory and the pace of home sales. However, in many areas across the county, there is still an uneven balance of high demand and very limited inventory. Average home prices came in at $449,465, an increase of 3.6% compared to this time last year. Residential home sales are up 2.7%, Condo home sales are up 16.8%, and Coop home sales are up 10.6% from this time last year.


Queens NY Housing Inventory

The number of Queens homes available for sale was down 22% from last year, with 4,707 homes, coops, and condos available for sale in September. That translates to 6.9 months of supply, keeping the market slightly in favor of sellers. With less Queens homes on the market, buyers will have even less options, and in many local markets timeliness will still be a factor when putting in an offer on a home.


Courtesy of George & Abigail Herrera w/the Queens Home Team at Keller Williams Realty Landmark II.

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