Key Real Estate Services, LLC is in The Hunt!

Did you see us in The New York Times Real Estate section?


Every Key Real Estate Services client relationship starts with prioritizing ...

If time is of the essence for a Buyer due to a deadline and/or travel distance, showings can be consolidated to maximize options and efficiency.

If price is the top priority, thorough property research and assertive negotiating result in the best purchase price possible for my client, the Buyer.

The process of buying real estate is as individual as the client and property. Key Real Estate Services accommodates each Buyer's needs and wishes regarding scheduling, access, and communication from showings to closing.

Every Key Real Estate Services client relationship is exclusive ...

In the context of hiring a Real Estate Broker, exclusivity refers to that Broker being the one agent who will represent your best interests as a Buyer client. Exclusive representation in no way limits the number of properties you may see. In fact, the mutual commitment of Exclusive Agency ensures the greatest number of options for the client.

Being an Exclusive Agent affords my clients five undeniable benefits:

  1. More Options: As an Exclusive Buyer's Agent, I have the freedom to show all possible properties including those offered by other (Sellers') agents, property posted on the internet, and homes that are "For Sale by Owner".
  2. Personal Freedom: As an Exclusive Buyer's Agent, my clients need not be distracted from their own professional, personal, or family lives any longer than it takes to say, "Allison, please look into this."
  3. Objective Negotiation: It is very hard for any home buyer to be dispassionate about a house or apartment that they want more than any other to be their home. But as an Exclusive Buyer's Agent, I have one obligation and goal: get the best possible price and terms for my client.
  4. Transaction Management: As an Exclusive Buyer's Agent, I am your guide through negotiations, contracts, inspections, surveys, appraisals, applications, bank questionnaires, escrows, delays, lost paperwork, nonexistent or non-conforming certificates of occupancy, and all other obstacles that variously constitute most real estate transactions.
  5. Fast and Focused Action: Committing to Exclusive Agency provides incentive for me to go down many paths simultaneously to find your new home and get you to closing as advantageously and expeditiously as possible.

Please contact me through the contact form or at 718-874-2877 or 914-661-0340. I look forward to hearing from you.

What one KRES client had to say:

" . . . we wanted to express our gratitude for your endurance and your constantly good spirits through all the ups and downs of our extra long search [and] gratitude for your final steps in the negotiation that made the deal so much more comfortable for us."
P. & M. Rothmaler
September 2011

You Can't Make This Stuff Up!

Unit Number Riddle

When is a three-family house a one-family home? When it's a one-family house with three residential units. Get it?

This real estate riddle is frequently played out in the New York metro area where one or more illegal apartments are created in a house to help the property owners generate income from their home. The problem comes when that homeowner/landlord attempts to sell their illegally divided house with or without tenants. Banks don't make loans to buyers of houses when an appraiser's report description does not conform to the property's legal status.

What defines an illegal unit? Another kitchen with a working stove is the "tell" even though there are certain situations where an appraiser will accept two kitchens in a one-family house. But three kitchens in a legal single-family home are pushing it; I've had one of those. Four kitchens in a legal two-family house are pushing it exponentially; I've seen one of those.

The solution involves removing the offending kitchen(s). This needn't mean major renovation. Usually the removal of a stove and capping of the gas line will do the trick. Think of it not as loosing a kitchen, but gaining a wet bar—and there are no restrictions on that.

You can't make this stuff up.