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Real Talk with QHT - Life, Business, and anything related to the Queens / NYC Real Estate Market

46 EpisodesProduced by Queens Home TeamWebsite

A look at life and real estate through the eyes of some of the top real estate agents in Queens and NYC. Here we cover a wide range of topics with the intention to educate people so that they can better navigate life, and the complex real estate market in Queens and NYC.

46 Episodes | 2019 - 2022

Ep. 45 -- Functional Obsolescense + Flood zones and Co-ops + New Listings + Book and Show recommendations

May 15th, 2022


Between laughs and silliness, George, Abi and Dan discuss the tip of the week (Functional Obsolescence), FEMA flood zones and how they relate to …

Ep. 44 -- Q1 2022 Review | Market is shifting | Mortgage Rates/Interest Rates

May 14th, 2022


In this episode, George, Dan and Abi get together and review the key stats for the 1st Quarter of 2022 and discuss the rising interest and mortgage rates, how the market is shifting moving into the 2nd Quarter, and what …

Ep. 43 -- External Obsolescence + How tight DTI ratios can Price buyers out of the Market + Home Affordability nears All Time Low

May 9th, 2022


In this week's episode, George explains the definition of External Obsolescence and how it can affect the value of a property. He then talks about a …

Ep. 42 -- What happens if you do your Inspection after Contract Signing? + How to Find out if a Property is in a Flood Zone + Mortgage Rates break 5%

April 22nd, 2022


In this week's episode, George Herrera discusses the pros and cons of waiving your inspection in NYC. He then discusses properties in flood zones and how you can check the flood zone for any given property. Then George …

Ep. 41 -- What happens if you can't find your Stock Certificate? + How to Handle Multiple Offers + 10 Yr Treasury breaks 2.5%

March 29th, 2022


In this week's episode, George answers a recent question from a coop shareholder who never received their stock certificate. What do you do in this …

Ep. 40 -- What happens when someone blocks your party driveway? + The one thing you need when buying a property in NYC + Average 30 yr fixed rate mortgage now Over 4%

March 21st, 2022


In this week's episode, George talks about a recent situation in which a Queens homeowner had their party driveway blocked by a neighbor who put up an iron gate preventing him from using it. What do you do in this …

Ep. 39 -- 5 Kitchens in a 2 Family + How to Use an Escalation Clause + New Listings on the Market this Week

March 15th, 2022


In this week's episode, George answers a question from a home buyer who saw a 2 family house which had 5 kitchens and 5 electric meters. The question …

Ep. 38 -- Should you do a Pre-Inspection before Selling?, Open Permits and How to Handle Them, QHT is Looking for Talent

March 2nd, 2022


In this episode, Daniel, George, and Abigail talk about the pros and cons of doing a pre home inspection, then they go over open permits and how to handle them, and lastly they discuss the current career opportunities …

Ep. 37 -- Minimum Down Payment for 1st Time Home Buyers, Guide to Challenging your Tax Assessment, Mortgage Rates drop to Pre-Pandemic Levels

February 28th, 2022


In this episode, George addresses a question received from a potential home buyer who is curious what the minimum down payment is if he is a first time buyer, but his wife is already a co-signor on another property. …

Ep. 36 -- Is now the right time to buy or sell in Queens? + NYC Bedroom Codes + New Listing in Kew Gardens + Market and Economy Insights

February 22nd, 2022


In this episode, George answers the question, "is now the right time to buy a property in Queens?" and "is now the right time to sell a property in Queens?". He then dives into the topic of NYC Bedroom Codes, talks …

Ep. 35 -- 2021 Brooklyn Real Estate Market review

January 24th, 2022


Daniel Akerman goes over all the major stats for the Brooklyn real estate market in 2021, and specifically the 4th Quarter. He talks about the major real estate headlines for Brooklyn, what went on in the Brooklyn …

Ep. 34: 2021 Queens Market Wrap Up

January 13th, 2022


George walks us through all the data for the Queens real estate market at the end of 2021, detailing what happened in the Queens market in Q4 compared to the previous quarter, as well as Q4 of 2020, and he gives his …

Ep 33: 2021 Manhattan Market Wrap-Up

January 8th, 2022


Dan reviews some of the key real estate headlines for New York City in 2021 and gives his thoughts and observations on the 2021 Manhattan real estate market and what 2022 might have in store for the Manhattan market, …

Ep. 32: Five easy money saving tips for home buyers and owners in NYC

October 21st, 2021


Everyone loves to have more money available. Here are 5 quick tips on how to save some dough!

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Ep. 31: Basement Apartments in NYC after Hurricane Ida

October 7th, 2021


With the flooding that happened in NYC as a result of rainfall from Hurricane Ida, and several deaths mostly in basement apartments, renewed scrutiny …

Ep. 30: Getting FEMA Assistance in NYC after Hurricane Ida

October 1st, 2021


At the beginning of September, 2021, Hurricane Ida passed over New York City, dropping record amounts of rain and leading to serious flooding. In this episode, George and Dan go over how FEMA assistance works, who is …

Ep. 29: George and Abi's Ahas from buying an Investment Property in NY

August 25th, 2021


Queens Home Team team owners George and Abigail Herrera recently went into contract on an investment property and picked up a couple of nuggets about the lending process and mortgages. In this episode, we look at some …

Ep. 28: Quarter 2 Market Report

August 18th, 2021


For homeowners, potential sellers and prospective buyers, keeping up to date on the market and getting expert advice is important for many reasons. Although we're well into the 3rd quarter, we wanted to share the market …

Ep. 27: Local Law 152 - What you need to know as a Multi Family Owner in NYC

August 11th, 2021


What is Local Law 152? Dan hadn't even heard of it until George suggested this episode. If you're a multifamily owner in New York City, you NEED to …

Ep. 26: Protecting Family Relationships when Selling a Property in Queens or NYC

July 21st, 2021


Selling a home is almost always a stressful process, no matter how smoothly it goes. That stress can often bring underlying family or relationship …

Ep. 25: Cash-only Co-ops in NYC and Queens - What are they and how does it effect you?

June 23rd, 2021


Did you know there are co-ops in NYC where buyers can't get a loan and have to buy all cash? Many don't even realize that in addition to the buyer being approved for a loan, the BUILDING also needs to be approved. In …

Ep 24: Macro-economics and Basic NYC Real Estate Dynamics

June 16th, 2021


Whether you're a buyer or a seller, what's happening economically on a broad scale has an impact on your specific situation. The problem is, many of us don't understand how or see the connections. George and Dan walk us …

Ep. 23: Lessons From Our OWN Bathroom Renovation

June 9th, 2021


After the kitchen, the bathroom is the most important room in a home with regards to the home's value, and bathroom renovations remain one of the …

Ep. 22: Selling a Home in NYC and Relocating out of State -- Do's, Don'ts, and things to Consider

June 2nd, 2021


Abigail joins George and Dan on this episode of Real Talk to discuss the topic of relocations and some of the ways to prepare and some of the things …

Ep. 21: Top 5 Queens Neighborhoods with Biggest Home Price Gains & Declines in 2020!!

May 26th, 2021


In this episode George and Dan go over the "Top Fives" from 2020 -- neighborhoods in Queens that saw the biggest changes in price or activity, broken down by property type. Did YOUR neighborhood make the top 5??

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Ep. 20: Q1 2021 Wrap-up. What's the Queens and NYC market doing?

May 18th, 2021


2020 was a year to remember (or forget, depending on how you look at it), and everyone was wondering what 2021 would have in store for us. Well, with …

Ep. 19: Are you paying too much in real estate taxes???

March 6th, 2021


In this episode, Dan, George and Abi talk all about tax assessments and how to challenge your tax assessment if you're paying too much. The deadline for challenging your tax assessment for 1-3 family homes in NYC is …

Ep. 18: 2020 wrap-up and 2021 forecasts

February 11th, 2021


In this episode we're looking back at the 2020 real estate market and digging into the numbers to gain insights into what actually happened in the real estate market in 2020, and get some idea of where we stand now -- …

Ep. 17: Happy New Year from QHT!

January 15th, 2021


In this episode, George Herrera talks about things you should be thinking about as the year kicks off. Things like requesting your closing disclosure …

Ep. 16: Staying Positive in Difficult Times

January 11th, 2021


Happy New Year!! In this episode we get Daniel's personal perspective on strategies for staying positive in challenging or difficult times. 2020 was …

Ep. 13.3: Mortgage Basics with special guest Rafael Reyes of Loan Depot (pt 3 of 3)

December 29th, 2020


In part 3 of this 3 part series with Rafael Reyes of Loan Depot on mortgage basics, George, Dan and Rafael go over working with the right lender, how to pick the right lender, the loan estimate, closing disclosures, and …

Ep. 13.2: Mortgage Basics with special guest Rafael Reyes of Loan Depot (pt 2 of 3)

December 22nd, 2020


In part 2 of this 3 part series with Rafael Reyes of Loan Depot on mortgage basics, George, Dan and Rafael go over the qualification process, debt to income ratios, length of employment requirements, the basics of …

Ep. 13.1: Mortgage Basics with special guest Rafael Reyes of Loan Depot (pt 1 of 3)

December 9th, 2020


This is part 1 of a 3-part series with Rafael Reyes of Loan Depot, discussing mortgage basics for home buyers. This primer on mortgages and loan qualification covers the basic, fundamental aspect of purchasing a home …

Ep. 9: What the Heck is going on right now? Interest Rates, Flight to the Suburbs, Local Market Activity...

August 14th, 2020


Curious how the Queens and NYC real estate market have been holding up since COVID-19? Here, George Herrera, Abigail Herrera, and Daniel Akerman of …

Ep. 8: What you need to know about Selling a Coop in Queens NYC

May 8th, 2020


Thinking of selling a cooperative apartment in Queens NY? Here George and Abi talk about the process and give you some advice based on their experience in selling hundreds of coops. Need help? Contact us anytime at …

Ep. 7: How to Sell a Home in a Coronavirus COVID-19 World?

April 22nd, 2020


Curious how real estate is being handled during COVID-19? Here George & Abi talk about what’s happening, what they’re seeing, and how they are handling real estate transactions in this new world.


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Ep. 6: What do Queens real estate agents do for Sellers?

April 8th, 2020


Curious what real estate agents in Queens NYC do for sellers? Here George Herrera, Abigail Herrera, and Daniel Akerman breakdown all of the activities that a good listing agent will do for a home seller. Need help? Have …

Ep. 5: What does the CARES Act mean for you and your Family?

March 31st, 2020


The CARES Act was recently passed by our government and this relief bill is meant to aid millions of Americans during this tough time as we deal with the Coronavirus Pandemic. The new bill is 800 pages long so here …

Ep. 4: Things to Do in NYC during COVID-19 Quarantine

March 26th, 2020


Are you sheltered in place like us? Here George and Abi will give you some tips on things you can do to stay productive while you’re at home :)


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Ep. 3: How will Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact the Queens Real Estate Market?

March 18th, 2020


Find out here from George and Abigail Herrera, co-owners and top selling real estate agents in Queens NY.


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Ep. 2: Is now the right time to Sell a Home in Queens NY?

January 21st, 2020


In this episode Dan & George recap 2019 and look towards 2020. They also discuss whether now is the right time to sell a property in Queens, and what the market looks like as we begin the year.  

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Ep. 1: Queens Real Estate Talk: A recap of the Queens market 2019 and a Forecast of 2020

December 18th, 2019


George Herrera and Daniel Akerman of the Queens Home Team at Keller Williams Realty sit down to talk about key things that happened in the Queens real estate market in 2019. They also discuss market trends and their …

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