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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