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What kind of mortgage can Chinese foreign international buyers have to buy NYC condos?

What kind of mortgage can Chinese foreign international buyers have to buy NYC condos?

Many of our buyers are Chinese foreign international buyers from Asia (Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mainland China, Singapore and other countries). Many Chinese buyers decide to buy so they have a place to stay when they come visit New York city, owning a condo is much comfortable instead of staying at different hotels. For many of our Chinese Foreign International buyers, it is a good way for these buyers to diversify their assets and investments by purchasing a Manhattan New York condo. Our Chinese buyers rely on our expertise in finding them the perfect New York city investment.

For Chinese Foreign international buyers  asks us if they are able to obtain a U.S. mortgage, this will really depend on several items. (We are NOT mortgage brokers or mortgage bankers, this is for informational purpose only, it can change anytime per new lending guideline and regulation.)ESB_VIEWHOR

  • Status and/or Visa do they have any work visa or residence status in US? Or if they are true foreigner without any US credit history or records.
  • Down payment amount: there are few bank will have some lending program for foreigners that do not have any United States Credit history, though the bank will likely to require a higher down payment of 40% up to 60% on case by case scenarios.
  • Prior relationship with the bank, many of our Chinese buyers have prior relationship with different banks, if the bank has an office in New York, it may be possible for the buyer to obtain mortgage if there are other investments with this bank.

Please note that we are NOT mortgage professionals, we are experienced Chinese Speaking Real Estate agents that specialized in Chinese and foreign international buyers, we work with a team of mortgage professionals that specialize in foreign international lending.

Majority of our Chinese Foreign International buyers decide to find financing in their home country once they learn about all the lending criteria and requirements set by U.S. banks. The main reason being all the extensive paperwork and documentation required, hefty fees and mortgage closing cost if buyer decides to obtain US financing.  Chinese Foreign International home country lending process may be more streamlined and less costly.

If you are a Chinese and/or foreign international buyer looking to purchase a NYC condo email us (https://chinesespeakingagent.com/contact/). We can discuss in details of your options and best way to find the right investment for you.

幫兒女買紐約曼哈頓公寓Chinese parents buy Manhattan NY condos for son or daughter

Chinese parents buy Manhattan NY condos for son or daughter

中國父母幫兒子或女兒買曼哈頓紐約的公寓

Many of our buyers are Chinese parents from out of town or country to buy a luxury condo for their son or daughter.

Asian parents knows the value of sending son or daughter to go to school in United States or aboard, New York is one of the US city that is on top parents lists.  New York has a very unique and different market than other parts of the world. Buying condo in Manhattan New York can be complicated and stressful if you are not team up with the right agent as this is a very unique market place unlike anywhere else in the country or world. Many parents who are buying for their son/daughter that goes to school (New York University, Parsons school of design, School of Visual Arts, Columbia University, music school, other well known schools) or simple work in Manhattan New York.

Few key steps to prepare and understand before your home search

  • Time frame – is your son or daughter current renting an apartment? This is important to know so you can plan ahead.
  • Location – Location is everything in buying Real Estate. Where is the school son or daughter will be going to? Or where is their office? Would you prefer a neighborhood that is closer to where they will be going to daily? Or any specific preference? Manhattan New York neighborhoods vary, many convenient and central neighborhoods are in very much high demand. The buyers for those particular neighborhood must act quickly if they see a property they like.
  • 45 days to 60 days IF YOU PLAN ON PURCHASE IT ALL CASH, cash means money in your bank account, this does NOT include any offshore financing or creative financing. (this does not include New development or new construction buildings. If new buildings, it can be much longer depending on the building, or it can be quick) Typically, the quickest we can close would be 45 days.
  • 60 days or LONGER if FINANCING: If you are planning on financing this investment, be sure to speak to a local Manhattan lender that is familiarize with the market, the lending rules, and the mortgage products that may be suitable for you and your son/daughter.
  • Experienced and efficient Bilingual Real Estate Agent: We are the top producing team that is bilingual in Mandarin Chinese and English. We are also the Manhattan New York market experts to educate you the housing market. Working with us will help you find the most ideal condo for your son or daughter and stress free transaction.
To avoid any delay or issues during your home search for your son and daughter, it is advantageous for you to team up with agents who have the experience to ensure a smooth process. You may have purchase homes in your home state or country before, but Manhattan New York is a very unique market, and Real Estate is local so it will benefit you as a buyer to best prepare so you do not waste anytime if you plan to visit NYC and identify a property for your son or daughter, call us today to plan this purchase today.

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International Foreign Chinese Buyers buy NYC flats

International-foreigners or Chinese buy NYC Flats Questions & Answers Part 1

We have an international clientele from all over the world, many of them refer NYC condos or apartments as ‘flats’. Buyers from United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and few other countries often would use the term ‘flats’ for these condo units.

We as Manhattan Real Estate property agents and bilingual in Chinese and Mandarin language, we work with many international foreigners Chinese buyers wanting to buy a NYC flat or flats. Our job is to educate buyers about our unique Manhattan housing market before their arrival, discuss what they have in mind, type of NYC flat they prefer, and the price range they would like to spend. Based on their initial criteria, we can then recommend them the best strategy and process to go about their purchase for NYC flats.

When foreigner plans to buy an NYC Flat, they often have a list of common questions, we have compiled a list to better inform them. Here are part 1 of the questions and answers.

  • Can Foreigner-international Chinese buyer buy a NYC flat without having United States Social Security Number or United States residency? Yes, foreigner-international buyer can legally buy a NYC flat, but have to meet the NYC Condo board’s requirements for approval. At the sale of the real property, Non-resident aliens (foreigners) are subject to federal withholding tax at 10% of the gross sales price, and to a 8.97% New York State estimate income tax on the net sales proceeds (gains).
  • Can Foreigner international Chinese buyers obtain United States mortgage financing? 9 out of 10 of our foreign international buyers prefers to purchase the NYC flats with all cash. It is very difficult for Foreign international buyers to apply for an US mortgage in today’s market place, it is advisable if possible for the buyers to obtain financing options in their home country and buy it all cash here in Manhattan New York. If you absolutely need financing, please contact us directly so we can discuss the possible options.

As experts in working with Foreign National Chinese buyers and out of town Chinese speaking buyers, we are constantly educating the buyers and addressing the misinformation and false assumptions that client bring from his/her home town/country, and culture in order to explain the options, alternatives, and their consequences.

Contact us by clicking this link. https://chinesespeakingagent.com/contact/ .We can discuss the options of your specific needs and time frame. Thank you.


How to make an offer and buy a Manhattan New York Condo

Manhattan New York Real Estate market is an unique market place, we work with many out of town and international buyers who brings their own ideas and previous experiences of Real Estate transaction into this market place and realize that there is a different way to complete a Real Estate transaction in Manhattan New York. Working with us, we will educate you not only the market, we will also educate you through out the entire Manhattan New York condo buying process.

Unlike other parts of the country or world, when a buyer makes an offer on a property here in New York, the offer is made through us, the Real Estate agents and the buyers do not sign any contracts or purchase agreement when making an offer.

Real Estate professionals DO NOT WRITE the contracts here in Manhattan New York. Title companies DO-NOT schedule the closings here either. Manhattan New York is an Real Estate attorney state, therefore all closing arrangements are done through Manhattan New York certified Real Estate attorneys. Both buyer and seller will each need an attorney to represent each party. We work with experienced Real Estate attorneys that we will able to recommend you one that best suited for your purchase.

To make an offer in Manhattan New York in the case of Manhattan New York condominiums, as a buyer you will need:

  • Proof of funds: if it is all cash, a bank or stock statement demonstrate that there is enough cash to make the purchase (ideally a United States bank or stock statement). If it is financing contingent, pre-approval from a United State bank is a must.
  • Any contingencies: in Manhattan New York, the common contingencies includes financing contingency to ensure bank will lend, funding contingency to ensure bank will fund(wire money) the transaction, and other sale contingency; if there any prior sale need to happen in order to make the new purchase. Manhattan New York Real Estate market usually do not have ‘INSPECTION’ period especially in Manhattan New York market place, most are condominiums or cooperative structure, inspection is often for Townhouses or single houses only, therefore, there is usually NO INSPECTION contingent as other parts of the country. Manhattan New York condominiums are purchased AS IS.
  • Closing date: This will depend on if you are buying a new condo or a resale condo. If it is a new condominium buying from sponsor, and the condo is ready, the closing date can be as soon as one to two weeks. If it is a new condominium and the construction is still on the way, then this time frame varies. If it is a resale condominium, if the owner is ready to move, and the transaction is all cash, then the time frame can be 45 days as soon as condo board approves the condo application. If financing for a resale condo, this time frame can be 60-90 days or more.
  • Personal Financial statement: This is sometimes required depending on the property (or if cooperative) and if there are other multiple bidding scenario. The personal financial statement includes all assets disclosure such as bank statements, 401K, retirement funds, other owned real estate, other mortgage or liabilities and etc. Full disclosure is a must if it is a Manhattan New York cooperative disclosure.

Once the offer is verbally accepted by the owner (seller), then we will have to provide a Real Estate attorney information immediately to start the contract. We work with a team of experienced Real Estate attorneys that we will able to recommend you one that best suited for your purchase.

Manhattan New York condo buyers frequent asked questions:

If you or someone you know would like to buy a condo in Manhattan New York condominiums, please call us directly today at (646)644-6929 or contact us (https://chinesespeakingagent.com/contact/). We specialize in Manhattan New York condominium market and have experiences selling Manhattan New York condos in different neighborhoods, we offer confidential consultation customize to your specific investment needs.

Checklist for Manhattan New York Condo Buyers

We are Manhattan New York Condo specialists, we work with many out of town first time investors and buyers that would like to acquire a Manhattan New York condo as part of their investment portfolio.

We often have a check list of basic steps to educate the buyers as to how to get started. Here is a good check list:

  • Consult with a reputable lender or mortgage consultant to see how much can you finance in today’s market. In today’s market, lending guidelines are changing by the day, it is in your best interest to see what will it take to qualify for a loan.
  • Do speak to your banker if you have money in bonds and money market. Find out how many days will it take to liquidate your funds so you know once we have a verbally accepted offer. Often in Manhattan New York market place, the seller seeks 10% of the sales price as downpayment at the time of signing contract. With that being said, if you are buying $1M Manhattan condo, you will need $100,000. at contract signing.
  • Do your homework on finding an Real Estate agent to work with. What is it that you are looking to buy? You want to find an agent that is familiar with the product that you are interest in buying. We are very well versed in Manhattan New York market, we have sold many Manhattan New York condos to first time home buyer, first time investors, foreign internationals, parents buying for children and many serious and motivated buyers. A Condo or Co-Op? Uptown or Downtown? Do you speak specific language that you preferred the agent speaks your mother tongue? Do you need an agent that work specifically with foreigners? Go on a search engine such as Google, try type in what you are looking for, and see if any agent shows up on the search result.
  • Do Have a realistic budget of what you are looking for. Manhattan New York condo is approximately $1,000 per square foot, so unless you are looking for a 500 SF one bedroom, you will need more than $500K to buy a one bedroom condo. (the price will also depend on the building amenities, such as fitness center, residents lounge, roof deck, basketball court, swimming pools and etc.)
  • Do speak to an accountant to see if you need to structure the purchase in a specific way to enjoy the tax deductible benefits of buying a Manhattan Real Estate. If you are a first time home buyer, is it beneficial to co-purchase the condo unit with your parents or alone; If you are an foreigner, is it better to buy it under your own name or start an LLC?; If you are an out of town investor, is this purchase going to be an investment property or?
  • Do have a Manhattan New York Real Estate attorney ready. Manhattan Real Estate transaction requires each buyer and seller to have an attorney representing them in drafting and finalizing the contract. A good attorney can save you headachs, money and risks, ask your agent to refer you (3) attorneys so you can call and interview. Explain to the attorney what you are planning to do, and see which attorney you feel most comfortable to work with.

If you would like to find out more information or learn about more Manhattan New York investment opportunities, please contact me today.  Email us today (http://manhattannycondosforsale.com/contact/) call (646)644-6929.

Manhattan New York condo buyers frequent asked questions:

Chinese Speaking Real Estate Agent – Eileen Hsu

Eileen Hsu, Chinese Speaking Real Estate agent in Manhattan New York. Eileen (許小姐) is Chinese and English speaking Real Estate agent in Manhattan New York. Eileen is also a Vice President 副總 of prestigious Manhattan Real Estate firm Prudential Douglas Elliman. Eileen and her team is Ranked in the Top 2% of Sales Professionals & Teams in the United States Prudential Real Estate Network. Eileen has a team that service both sellers and buyers of Manhattan New York market.

Manhattan NY Condos FAQ: Who can fix my condo if something breaks in my Manhattan NY condo?

We are Manhattan New York condo specialists, often we are asked by our buyers of series of questions that are regards to the unique Manhattan New York condo markets. We will be answering these frequent asked questions and hope to help other buyers who are interested in buying or investing in Manhattan New York condominiums.

Working with many Manhattan New York condo buyers who are from out of town who are more familiar with single family house, we are often asked “Who can fix my condo if something breaks in my Manhattan NY condo?. Many of our buyers purchase their Manhattan New York condo as second home, investment or for their son/daughter who goes to school or works in Manhattan New York. Maintaining the condo in good shape is on top of their list. (photo courtesy of http://www.life.com/image/98450283)

Owning a Manhattan New York condominium is different than owning your own single family house. When you own a Manhattan New York condo, you are an owner of a special community. This community often consist of other condo owner residents, building staff (doorman, porters, handyman and superintendent) and building management. When and if something breaks in the property, you can contact either the building management or superintendent to have a look to see if they can help you fix it. Depending on what the repair will be, if it is minor, the building handyman should be able to help you resolve the issue. Issues such as declog the drain, toilet, faucet, to proper running of hot/cold water, heat and cold air. These are items that the building maintenance staff can help you with, if the building staff can not fix the issue, they usually can and will recommend another specialist (plumber, electrician and etc) that will repair or look after the issue.

The condominium community with a maintenance team and support system is most ideal for buyers who has a busy lifestyle or out of town buyers/investors. With a phone call, or email to the management or the condo maintenance department, your toilet or heat can be fix before you get home from work. This is one of the huge benefit in buying in Condominium community.

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If you or someone you know would like to buy or sell Manhattan New York condominiums, please call us directly today at  (646) 644- 6929. We specialize in Manhattan New York condominium market and have experiences selling Manhattan New York condos in different neighborhoods, we offer confidential consultation customize to your specific investment needs.

100 West 39th Street-Bryant Park Tower

BRYANT PARK TOWER located at 100 West 39th Street: DOUBLE PARK VIEWS from this CORNER 38th Floor Condo unit. It is Overlooking Empire State building with dramatic Manhattan Skyline views.

Bryant Park Tower (100 West 39th Street) has 43-story, mixed-use, it is located on the west blockfront on the Avenue of the Americas between 38th and 39th Streets, was completed in 2006 and has 93 condominium apartments on its top 11 floors.

Bryant Park Tower address is 100 West 39th Street, this condo unit has Sparkling, Bright, with Huge OverSized windows, this Sunswept exposure Junior One-Bedroom (alcove studio) Sanctuary features Bamboo Floors, Separate Dining/Office Area, Fabulous Closet Space, Sleek translucent Italian Iceglass doors, Limestone thresholds, and a Dream Kitchen with White Oak cabinetry, White Marble countertops, Lightolier lighting and Never-Used Appliances, all with a Soothing Spa-Like Pristine Bathroom outfitted with an Ivory Porcelain floor, Zuma tub, Heated Mirrors, Italgraniti Ceramic tile! This Top Condo with Doorman, “Quintessentially” concierge service, Free Laundry facilities, fitness room with flat screen TV’s, Parking.

Bryant Park Tower - 100 West 39th Street EILEEN HSU

Bryant Park Tower, it is located in the Heart of the City…with the N,Q,R,S,W,1,2,3,7,9,B,D,F,V,S,4,5,6 Trains, Grand Central, Port Authority, and Penn Station Steps Away…Fifth Avenue Shopping, the Theatre District, Fabulous Asia de Cuba, Morgans, Fab restaurants and nightlife outside your door.

If you are a buyer that is looking to buy in Midtown East or Midtown West location, please contact us today to assist you in negotiating the best price possible. We have several amazing deals and steals for our buyers, we invite to call us and we can have some confidential conversation on your specific needs.

Other Manhattan New York Condos blog series that may be interest to you.

  1. 100 West 39th Street-Bryant Park Tower Condo details
  2. https://chinesespeakingagent.com/category/manhattan-ny-neighborhoods/fifth-avenue-midtown-east/
  3. VIDEO BLOGS – Chinese Speaking Agent

Where Foreign International Investors Want to Buy?

Where Foreign Investors Want to Buy
New York is expected to be the favorite city for foreign real estate investments in the U.S. and globally in 2011, according to an annual survey of members of the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate. Washington, D.C., came in No. 2 both within the U.S. and global markets for cities where foreign investors most want to invest in the new year.

More than 72 percent of the association members say they plan to invest more money in U.S. real estate this year than in 2010.

“As the fear of a double-dip recession has faded, investors are becoming more enthusiastic about the prospects for the U.S. economy and are taking aim at real estate investment opportunities,” says James Fetgatter, AFIRE executive director. “However their strategy is more akin to a rifle than a shotgun. Except for multi-family housing, they are not scattering their interest throughout the U.S., but rather narrowly targeting it to New York City and Washington, D.C., to an even greater extent than in previous years.”

The top U.S. city picks among foreign real estate investors in 2011 are:
1. New York
2. Washington, D.C.
3. Boston
4. San Francisco
5. Los Angeles

International students’ parents buy NYC Condos

Many of our foreign buyers are parents of International students from Europe, Asia, Canada, Latin America and other countries. Other than many career and investment opportunities, Manhattan New York has many distinguish universities and colleges that offers many international students undergraduate and graduate degrees. We helped many parents of international students from New York university, Parsons school of Art and Design, School of Visual Arts (SVA), Columbia University, the Jillard school, Cooper Union and other academic institutions.

Here are some options for international students and the parents to consider:
School dormitory: If the student is very young and new to New York, the first year or first 6 months they usually stay in the dormitory so they can familiarize themselves with the city. This option is usually more expensive than renting an non-dorm apartment in the school surrounding areas.
Renting an non-dorm apartment: This option costs slightly less than dormitory, although as an International student or foreigner, majority landlords requires extra security deposit sometimes up to 6 months of rent upfront to 12 months rent to establish relationship and security. If the student or parents do not have United States social security number, nor US credit history, the parents usually have to pay for one year upfront to obtain an rental apartment.
Buying a Manhattan New York condo or building: This is often the option for most of the international parents chose. In today’s market, there are well priced Manhattan New York condos for international students and parents to choose from.  The important thing is to establish the location, the price range and the time frame to maximize the Manhattan New York condo search.
Call us directly at (646)644-6929 to discuss your specific purchase as an international student or parents.

Buying a Manhattan New York Condo as parents buying for children, you should plan ahead, and speak with all the parties involved (not you and your child but rather the right mortgage consultant/banker, accountant and a knowledgeable Manhattan Real Estate attorney.)

  • Mortgage consultant: If you are planning to buy the condo all cash, that is always desirable when presenting offers to condo sellers. Keep in mind that you should have enough equity in case there is an increase in monthly carrying charge for this condo or other misc mishappens. If you are planning on financing this investment, be sure to speak to a local Manhattan lender that is familiarize with the market, the lending rules, and the mortgage products that may be suitable for you and your son/daughter.
  • Accountant: If you are planning to co-purchase the condo with your child, be sure to discuss the possible tax complication you may have with your accountant. Speak to your accountant prior to your purchase can be very helpful.
  • Manhattan Real Estate Attorney: In addition, speak to a local Real Estate attorney will be helpful as well since the local Manhattan Real Estate can also advise you what is the best way to structure the purchase and think about who/how should take the title of the deed.

Call us directly at (646)644-6929 to discuss your specific purchase as an international student or parents.

Foreign Buyer Buy NYC Condos-FAQ

We as Manhattan Real Estate professionals, we work with many international foreigners wanting to invest in Manhattan Real Estate. In addition to educate foreign buyers about the maze of Manhattan Real Estate market, our specialty is facilitate the purchase to ensure the transaction is smooth and successful. Below are some frequent asked questions by our foreign buyers, the answers are formulated by our team of professionals (tax accountants and attorneys who also specialized in foreigners purchase in Manhattan New York.) These answers are general and not case specific.  To best address your specific needs,contact us directly by email or call (646)644-6929.

Can Foreign Nationals buy a NYC condo without having Social Security Number or US residency?
Yes, they can legally, but have to meet the NYC Condo board’s requirements for approval. At the sale of the real property, Non-resident aliens are subject to federal withholding tax at 10% of the gross sales price, and to a 8.97% New York State estimate income tax on the net sales proceeds (gains).THUMBNAIL

Can Foreign Nationals with work visa or student visa buy Manhattan Properties?
Yes, they can legally, but have to meet the condominium/coop board’s requirements for approval.  If they remain non-resident aliens at the time of the sale of the real property, they will be subject to the same taxes at the time of sale, as above.

If not, what kind of documents should a foreign nationals prepare to be able to buy?
In order for a Foreigner to buy NYC condo, they need to have  a valid passport and/or other official photo ID for identification purpose.

What are the Options for Foreign Nationals (non-residents aliens) to hold title for NYC condos: (these answers are information only, we are Real Estate professionals, therefore, before you make a specific decision, we recommend you to discuss with our team of attorneys and tax accountants for your specific case.)

  • Individual: Individual may be exposed to unlimited personal liability, and to estate issues, for instance, inheritance,  will probate and estate administration, when the individual owner dies.
  • LLC: Limited Liability Corporation provides insulation for members from personal liability, but will incur maintenance costs, such as  filing fees for its formation, annual franchise tax  and is subject to higher formation costs (higher than a corporation).
  • Trust: Trust is an unincorporated entity, cannot hold title by itself; title must be reqistered in the  individual trustee’s name.;  the individual trustee may be exposed to unlimited personal liability.
  • S Corporation: S Corporation is a legal entity, insulates shareholders for from personal liability, does not pay income tax itself, the income tax liability is attributed to the shareholders.  It is subject to filing fees for incorporation, annual franchise tax, etc.
  • C Corporation:  C Corporation is a full fledged legal entity.  It provides shareholders insulation from personal liabilities.  It is a taxable entity for corporate income tax.  Any distribution of after tax profit to shareholders in the form of dividends will be subject to income tax for the shareholder.  It incurs maintenance costs, such as filing fees for incorporation, annual franchise tax, etc.  Its filing fees are less than that for the LLC.
  • Limited Partnership: the limited partner’s liability is limited to his/her capital interest in the limited partnership, whereas the general partner will be subject to unlimited personal liability.  Limited partnership, like general partnership does not pay income tax.  The income tax liabilities are attributed to the individual partners. A limited partnership need to file the partnership agreement with the government.

*These answers are general and not case specific. To best address to your specific case, contact us directly at (CONTACT US) and we can set up a confidential consultation.

If both husband and wife have green cards, will they pay tax similarly as above options?
Resident individuals owning real property pay the same taxes, but not subject to the gross 10% federal withholding tax and the 8.97% New York State estimate income tax on the gains at the sale of the real property.

Can the Foreigners avoid United States taxes?
The taxes cannot be avoided.  The non-resident investor must pay the above taxes at the time of closing of the sale, without the tax payments, the deed will not be accepted for recording.  After having paid the taxes, the non-resident investor may, but need not, keep the proceeds in the U.S. without additional tax (except income tax on the interest payment on such proceeds).