LESSONS LEARNED On BUYING OUR FIRST HOME at 24 | Search, Process, Money, Couple, Our Thoughts

After two months of living in our new New York City condo, we finally recount our lessons learned from buying a condo in New York City as first home buyers. We bought our first home at the age of 24 (25 for him), and we learned a lot together. What to look for and search in a condo or our first home, the actual process from searching to moving in, the money aspect of down payments, closing fees, taxes, and assets, and even as a couple with things we learned about each other! If we had to turn back time, this is the advice we would give us as first home buyers – especially in a crazy market like New York City real estate!

Hopefully you can learn from all of our lessons so your own journey will be smoother! We had a pretty smooth journey, but lessons are always learnt.


The PROS AND CONS (and TIPS!) of NEW YORK CITY Affordable Housing Lottery Program!

On Monday I released a video on how you can get into the Affordable Housing lottery program in NYC.

Watch that here: https://youtu.be/8pzWDD5atoU

However, it’s not for everyone! In this video, I go over the Pros and Cons (as well as some tips)! As someone who has been in the 421a affordable housing program the past two years, I share my insights and advice for anyone who is interested (or not interested) in more affordable housing in the expensive city of NYC!

How YOU Can Get Affordable Housing Lottery in NEW YORK CITY! (TUTORIAL)

Something I realized not a lot of people knew about is that people of medium income can also get Affordable Housing. In NYC, there is a long and winding process, but I break it down in this video. Landlords get a 421a tax abatement. This is one way to save lots of money on rent! It was also how my boyfriend and I saved money to eventually buy a condo. Going to miss living in this newly constructed apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn!