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The Brick Underground Podcast

The Brick Underground Podcast brings you everything you need to know about New York City real estate—condos, co-ops, buying, selling, and renting, from politics to practical guides—with tips on how to achieve your housing goals in NYC.
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Jul 19, 2019

Tenants in New York City now have many more protections thanks to sweeping rent reforms passed in June. Host Emily Myers is joined by attorney Sam Himmelstein to consider what the changes mean for New Yorkers. 

Jul 12, 2019

New York City has a complicated relationship with Airbnb and other short term rental sites. The city is keen to get out the message that renting your place for less than 30 days when you're out of town is illegal. Host Emily Myers is joined by Matt Murphy, Executive Director of the NYU Furman Center to consider the impact of home-sharing on the city's rents and affordability. Plus, are penalties too steep and how do you stay on the right side of the law as a host or visitor?

Jun 28, 2019

If your NYC building has management issues it can be a real headache. Host Emily Myers is joined by Steve Elbaz, president of Esquire Management Corporation, to explore how to look for signs of mismanagement before you buy. Also in the podcast—advice for tenants who are looking for new management as well as best practices, like addressing building violations quickly.

Jun 14, 2019

Like any big financial transaction, when you buy or sell an apartment in NYC, you have to pay various fees and taxes. Host Emily Myers gets into the details of closing costs and how they can affect your buying power. In a slower market, you might also see closing credits—the show explores how they work and who they help. Plus, a conversation with the CEO of co-investment company who wants to share in your NYC condo or townhouse purchase. 

Jun 7, 2019

Buyers and sellers are out of sync when it comes to NYC real estate. What does this misstep mean for apartment prices and in what ways does it affect the city's rental market? Host Emily Myers explores some of the current market data with real estate appraiser Jonathan Miller from appraisal firm Miller Samuel.

May 31, 2019

What happens when your New York City neighborhood gets rezoned? Zoning is an important tool when it comes to sharing the city, affecting the population density, the size of buildings, housing, jobs, and infrastructure. Host Emily Myers digs into the details with Christopher Walters of the Association for Housing and Neighborhood Development, a neighborhood advocacy group. 

May 24, 2019

In the second episode of this season, The Brick Underground podcast takes you into the heart of the co-living phenomenon. Co-living companies remove a lot of the friction involved in renting with roommates—they stock the pantry, clean your linen and provide a ready-made community. Brick Underground reporter Mimi O’Connor shares her research on companies operating in NYC and we get into some of the legal issues that might arise with tenant and landlord attorney, Michelle Itkowitz.

May 17, 2019

In the first episode of the new Brick Underground Podcast, host Emily Myers takes on affordability now that the rules governing rent control are set to expire. Will the Democratic flip of the State Senate expand rent protections for tenants in New York City? How will changes impact the city's landlords? Urban Planner Moses Gates sheds some light on the possible reforms. We'll also hear from real estate attorney Jerry Feeny about new scaled Mansion Tax which pushes up closing costs for NYC buyers. 

May 10, 2019

The Brick Underground Podcast brings you everything you need to know about New York City real estate—condos, co-ops, buying, selling, and renting, from politics to practical guides—with tips on how to achieve your housing goals in NYC. Hosted by Emily Myers, the new season tackles affordability, housing policy, rezoning and more, so join us next week for our first episode.

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