Buying a Home in New York City

Congratulations on your decision to become a New York City homeowner! I would personally like to thank you for your consideration of the Rory S. Clark Team and Brown Harris Stevens as your real estate partner for your upcoming home purchase. While this may be the first time we work together, we strive to form lifelong relationships with clients where we can serve as the go-to resource as your real estate consultant for all your friends and family for life.

Purchasing a home is the largest single investment most people make in their lifetime. Therefore, it is crucial to build the best real estate team to ensure you make a sound investment while avoiding potential roadblocks. As a former corporate lawyer, I approach your purchase from a holistic business perspective to spot potential issues ahead of time and employ our transactional skills to find you the perfect home, negotiate the best possible deal and navigate you to the closing table seamlessly.  

In addition to the Rory S. Clark Team as your real estate broker, we highly recommended that you assemble a team of trusted and experienced real estate professionals to guide you throughout the process. This team should also consist of a residential real estate attorney and bank loan officer/mortgage broker. Additional professionals you may likely need are a title insurance agent, homeowner’s insurance broker, inspector, certified public accountant (CPA), trusts and estates attorney, moving company, contractors, architects and designers, to name a few. Leverage our expansive real estate experience and the key industry relationships we have cultivated over the years and ask about professionals I highly recommend.

I started his real estate career by founding my own successful real estate brokerage dedicated to client service and hard work. When my clientele evolved to requiring a broader platform, I met with all the top firms in New York City -- I chose Brown Harris Stevens because it is without a doubt the best real estate marketing platform in New York City. Throughout our history, Brown Harris Stevens has refined and redefined the standards of marketing, technology, service and negotiation to the end of greater customer satisfaction. Today we offer these established skills to you with a single purpose - to get you the maximum results in the most efficient timeline. We serve New York City with our award-winning resources and innovative techniques to join forces with our local expert agents totaling 2,300+ from our 55 offices throughout New York City, Hamptons, Connecticut, New Jersey, Hudson Valley, Miami, and Palm Beach. Our commitment to you is the access to a suite of tools and services that are unmatched in New York City to help you achieve your goals.

Thank you again and I look forward to answering any additional questions you may have regarding the purchasing process, Brown Harris Stevens and myself.

Where Do You Start?

Finding and purchasing a home that will meet your needs is a significant and often stressful time. Our goal is to make this transition as smooth as possible. We are experts in the area, and once we learn what it is that you’re looking for, finding your dream home is much simpler.

Before you start looking for a home you should ask yourself a few questions:

  • Where do you want to live? Are there particular neighborhoods or communities that you like?
  • What kind of home would you like (need)? Are you looking for a particular style (townhouse, full-time doorman)? How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you want?
  • Is a home office a necessity? Do you need a bonus room or flex-room?
  • Do you entertain often? Is a home suitable for entertaining something you’re looking for?
  • Do you want any amenities or private outdoor space?
  • Have you determined your price range or consulted a lender to determine the best price range if you're financing?

Searching for your dream home can be a time-consuming experience. Working with our professional team will make the process much more efficient!

What you will find on the following pages is your roadmap to successfully purchasing your next or first home. 


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