Despite the acute recent rise in interest rates, the tristate condominium and co-op market continues to show strength; a decline doesn’t seem to be imminent – at least not in the foreseeable future. For many seeking home ownership in a more urban environment, condominium and co-op units remain the model of choice.
Negotiating with a New York City condo developer as opposed to an individual seller is a very different apartment buying experience. Don’t assume you’ll get money off the purchase price—condo developers typically avoid outright price reductions on their apartments because their financing is structured around achieving a specific dollar amount for each apartment. Price cuts could also hurt future sales, so in order to keep them high, sponsors tend not to offer discounts.
Unless you’ve sold an apartment or townhouse in New York City in the recent past, you may be shocked by how big a bite closing costs can take out of your profit.
For many people, being able to buy an apartment or townhouse in New York City is a financial stretch, especially when interest rates are on the rise. Plus co-ops typically require ample cash reserves on top of a down payment. So it’s important to first factor closing costs into your total output and then to make all best efforts to reduce that amount.
As you may be aware, certain legislation was passed in 2019 significantly limiting the ability of building owners to convert their buildings to condominiums by requiring, among other things, such owners to sell at least fifty one percent (51%) of units to bona fide tenants in occupancy.
These days the term “senior living” is not limited to retirement communities and nursing homes. Independent living developments now cater to healthy, active, self-sufficient residents and in dignified settings that emphasize wellness.
Starr Associates is proud to announce that its own Evelyn D’Angelo, partner, has joined the faculty of Brooklyn Law School as an Adjunct Professor of Law.
On May 24, 2022, the Honorable Barry E. Warhit (NYS Sup. Ct., Westchester County) issued what may be the first Supreme Court decision concerning the validity of condominium board electronic voting requirements under June 17, 2020 amendments to the Not-For-Profit Corporation Law (NPCL). In granting respondents’ motion to dismiss a petition challenging such voting requirements, the Court ruled that a condominium board was permitted to “require shareholders to use a pre-designated email address for proxy voting, to authenticate such email address prior to the meeting, and that such requirement was reasonable as a matter of law.”
Our team has had the pleasure of working with Starr Associates on our project at 150 Rivington Street. The entire Starr team was a tremendous asset to the success of our project. Through very challenging times, Starr Associates came through time and time again. It is an honor to work with everyone at Starr!
I have known Allan Starr for many years and worked with him on many projects. He has always exceeded my expectations. He not only knows the ins and outs of the law, but knows how to make the whole process easy and quick. I’ve found him to possess an incredibly astute legal mind, combined with a common sense approach that always accomplishes my goals. He’s not only a gentleman and a friend, but a brilliant lawyer.
It has been an absolute pleasure working with Allan Starr and Samantha Sheeber over the past twelve years. They are not only the utmost professionals, but also wonderful people who I have grown to love like family. I trust them with all of my new development projects and private clients, and we support each other in our business and personal lives. Starr Associates LLP has always been there for me and my clients and I would recommend them as highly as I recommend anyone.
Allan and I have worked together for decades; along the way, I have worked with Samantha Sheeber, Andrea Roschelle, John Rodriguez and Erica Starr and have always been pleased with their quick and accurate responses. They have worked with us on closings (with great and efficient results), restatements of stale plans, amendments and other assorted AG requirements, always on a timely and cost-effective basis.
“Working with Starr has been great on three condo projects in Manhattan to date. The accessibility and direct attention of the partners is unsurpassed. Allan and Sam have the interests of the owner at heart and make every effort to protect our interests in a responsible and defensible manner. Their practical approach and deep knowledge of the offering plan process and requirements of the AG office combine to make a highly effective and efficient package. At the associate level they have good support as well. The closing office has to be the best in NY – never a failed closing in 15 years. We are repeat customers and will be going forward.”
“Samantha Sheeber is a partner in making transactions successful. She’s resourceful, respected, smart, funny as hell, and is swift to constantly embarrass us (and clients) because she sees the end while we all muddle in the middle. She saves time. She is selfless and fast and conscientious. She’s loyal to the notion of selflessly getting stuff done. She cultivates great talent. And she makes the process fun, even when she is mad at us for asking the same impossible question 11 times hoping for a new result (a solution for which — by the way — she often discovers).”
“As an active developer in New York City, Magnum Real Estate Group is proud to have partnered with Starr Associates, LLP as our legal counsel in 5 significant projects valued at approximately $800 million. Over the last 5 years, Starr has provided us with exceptional advice on condominium Offering Plans and related transactions. Partner Samantha Sheeber, Esq. and her team have professionally guided us, and provided creative and effective solutions when needed.”
“I have had the fortunate opportunity, over the past 16 years, to work with Allan Starr and Samantha Sheeber who I consider to be experts in the field of real estate law. They, together with their team, have a deep understanding of Attorney General Offering Plan registrations and continually seek to identify creative solutions to complicated issues. Their level of integrity and commitment are unwavering no matter how large or small a project. I completely endorse Starr Associates LLP and look forward to our mutual continued success.”
“Starr Associates’ specialty in the creation and representation of condominiums is unmatched. Their knowledge, experience and professionalism in the office condominium sector is best-in-class. Starr Associates’ hard work and expertise has been critical to the success of our firm’s office condominium projects.”
“Starr Associates have been our condominium attorneys for many years. Their counsel goes well beyond just drafting the condominium documents, which of course they do extremely well. They also represent us and our brand with condominium unit purchasers, and with our lenders and partners on condominium related matters. We have always found Starr’s attorneys to be professional, responsive and cost-conscious.”