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Offline greenjh

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« on: August 31, 2008, 11:14:04 PM »
Hi all,

I am thinking of buying a place in JH and am wondering if anyone has a rec for a lawyer. Id like someone who has dealt with coops here in the past. A local.

Thanks!

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« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2008, 12:31:35 AM »
Hi all,

I am thinking of buying a place in JH and am wondering if anyone has a rec for a lawyer. Id like someone who has dealt with coops here in the past. A local.

Thanks!


Hello and welcome.  I sell real estate in the community and following are some names of co-op attorneys:

Louis Ruggiero, Melvin Rosenthal, Kiernan & Strauch, Matt Dulberg, Sunil Agarwal and the list goes on, but these are local attorneys and familiar as well with the original pre-war co-ops.  Good luck!

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« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2008, 09:56:59 AM »
Yes, Louis Ruggiero (718- 898-4900) is right on 90Th st and 35Th Ave (He's sort of a local celeb).  I worked and recommended him quite  a few times.  As a good option I recommend Adam Sutton, he is a 1st time buyers specialist and he knows all the available grants going on at the Banks.  Call him at 917-459-9976 and tell him that you are a 1st time buyer and he will get the ball rolling for you.  There is an $8,000 grant out there and also a 2% grant out there.  Good Luck.

PS...drop my name Luis Martinez...LOL ;)
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« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2008, 07:30:43 PM »
Abbey Goldstein, Goldstein & Greenlaw
718-544-7701

He's great and so are the people who work for him.
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« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2008, 12:43:22 PM »
I worked with Michael Paul in Louis Ruggiero's office. He was great!

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« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2008, 09:40:19 AM »
..hey there folks, my wife and i are at the stage where we were given the financials of a co op that we are thinking of purchasing. the first lawyer we've given it to seems to be hard to reach and we would like to get the ball rolling. so, we were wondering if anybody knew one they would recommend and be able to give us a quick but thorough assessment of the financial health of the co op. if they specialize and know the area of jackson heights/ elmhurst..even better. thanks!



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« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2008, 11:14:07 PM »
Adam Sutton is available all of the time, Michael Paul and Ruggiero are a tag team and they are great as well...  The messages above will tell the story
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« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2008, 09:31:36 AM »
We used Ruggiero and did not have a pleasant experience. Not very attentive and did not explain all of our rights to us. Was also very argumentative.
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« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2008, 10:22:58 AM »

Lately I have been recommending Adam Sutton because I get lots of positive feedback from buyers.  He has a real understanding of Real Estate and Coops.
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« Reply #9 on: September 23, 2008, 09:39:56 PM »
I have to say that I chose Louis Ruggiero and even though I just pulled out of my deal  :( after he reviewed the contract for me, he graciously did not charge me. I will definitely use him in 2-3 months when i WILL be buying an apt. in JH (hopefully the same one I just had to decline).

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« Reply #10 on: September 24, 2008, 08:40:03 AM »
Just for the record...None of the attorneys that I have ever known charged if the deal dies, specially on the early stages.
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« Reply #11 on: September 25, 2008, 08:20:48 PM »
I have to say that I chose Louis Ruggiero and even though I just pulled out of my deal  :( after he reviewed the contract for me, he graciously did not charge me. I will definitely use him in 2-3 months when i WILL be buying an apt. in JH (hopefully the same one I just had to decline).

Louis Ruggiero is still one of my favorite attorneys, a classy guy and his wife is classier.  You can see her every night on Fox Five News at 10 with Ernie Anastos.  And as quoted above, Louis, is quite gracious.  Some attorneys will collect a fee up front, in case the deal dies.  He is very honest and some don't like honesty, but better to have all the facts before signing the contract than after the closing.

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« Reply #12 on: September 26, 2008, 05:46:56 AM »
We used Ruggiero and did not have a pleasant experience. Not very attentive and did not explain all of our rights to us. Was also very argumentative.

I sort of had the same experience in which Louis was bit hard to get in touch with but his assistant was always available to answer the 1st time homeowner questions we had.

I have to say though even with that, I would still recommend Louis because he is honest.  That's a quality that's hard to find these days...

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« Reply #13 on: September 26, 2008, 07:28:47 AM »
I sort of had the same experience in which Louis was bit hard to get in touch with but his assistant was always available to answer the 1st time homeowner questions we had.

I have to say though even with that, I would still recommend Louis because he is honest.  That's a quality that's hard to find these days...

An attorney such as Louis Ruggiero will keep his fee low to cater to many who may want to pay a little less on having a neighborhood real estate attorney that knows about the original and converted co-ops in the 'hood and perhaps he does work in volume, although I truly do not know how he runs his law practice.  As explained to me by real estate attorneys, and as I have experienced first hand in real estate transactions, some 1st time homebuyers have more questions than anyone can spend time on.  I ususally recommend to buyers that they pickup up a real estate transactional book and educate themselves on what it really means to enter into a purchase or sale, so that if you have questions for your attorney that you hire, the questions are clear and to the point.  I have also understood that some attorneys do prefer to answer any and all questions via email.  If they are in court, at a closing or at their Hamptons home (LOL) they do have their blackberry and usually will respond.  It seems to be quite effective.  And yes your attorney is hired to assist in the sale, do all the due diligence regarding that sale/purchase, etc., but unfortunately they can't always be available at the drop of a hat, which of course is what we all want when we are stressing over the deal.  Also, the attorney gets paid a nominal fee and that fee may be $1,000, which is collected at the closing.  This fee may be collected three to four months after you have hired the attorney.  That could mean 20 or more hours of telephone calls, emails, review of minutes and the list goes  on.  Therefore, the best way to approach the real estate transaction and the attorney/client relationship is to know a lot about your transaction by way of reading and then you will be less inclined to feel like your attorney is not being responsive to you as you may already have many of the answer/s.  This is in no way intended to defend attorneys, but it is intended to serve as informational.   Please email me if you disagree or would like to argue my point.  Thank you.


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« Reply #14 on: September 26, 2008, 09:43:00 AM »
An attorney such as Louis Ruggiero will keep his fee low to cater to many who may want to pay a little less on having a neighborhood real estate attorney that knows about the original and converted co-ops in the 'hood and perhaps he does work in volume, although I truly do not know how he runs his law practice.  As explained to me by real estate attorneys, and as I have experienced first hand in real estate transactions, some 1st time homebuyers have more questions than anyone can spend time on.  I ususally recommend to buyers that they pickup up a real estate transactional book and educate themselves on what it really means to enter into a purchase or sale, so that if you have questions for your attorney that you hire, the questions are clear and to the point.  I have also understood that some attorneys do prefer to answer any and all questions via email.  If they are in court, at a closing or at their Hamptons home (LOL) they do have their blackberry and usually will respond.  It seems to be quite effective.  And yes your attorney is hired to assist in the sale, do all the due diligence regarding that sale/purchase, etc., but unfortunately they can't always be available at the drop of a hat, which of course is what we all want when we are stressing over the deal.  Also, the attorney gets paid a nominal fee and that fee may be $1,000, which is collected at the closing.  This fee may be collected three to four months after you have hired the attorney.  That could mean 20 or more hours of telephone calls, emails, review of minutes and the list goes  on.  Therefore, the best way to approach the real estate transaction and the attorney/client relationship is to know a lot about your transaction by way of reading and then you will be less inclined to feel like your attorney is not being responsive to you as you may already have many of the answer/s.  This is in no way intended to defend attorneys, but it is intended to serve as informational.   Please email me if you disagree or would like to argue my point.  Thank you.



Understood.  Hence, I said first time homeowner questions.   ;)

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« Reply #14 on: September 26, 2008, 09:43:00 AM »