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Susan is professional, responsive and honest. Those are the three most important traits for a broker to have.
To me, the three most important traits in a real estate broker are professionalism, responsiveness, and honesty. In my opinion, these are Susan’s three best qualities. She is far and away the best agent I’ve ever met in terms of these attributes, and she’s a real pleasure to work with. I’d recommend her without hesitation. She’s incredibly knowledgeable about the Chelsea area and the buildings within the neighborhood.
Henry G.
Extremely pleasant, comfortable and successful experience.
My experience working with Susan was extremely pleasant and comfortable. Susan took the time to understand what I was looking for in an apartment and helped me find just the right one. Susan was thoughtful, patient, extremely professional and always responsive. She was able to facilitate and expedite the process so that both the seller and I were very pleased with the timetable. I believe that Susan is a strong negotiator who worked diligently to ensure that both parties moved smoothly towards an agreement and ultimately a contract. I can say for certain that I will turn to Susan again when I am in need of a real estate agent and I highly recommend her to all.
Mary G.
The "Queen of London Terrace," has orchestrated two purchases and a sale for me over the last eight years. Given that back in 2013 I was undertaking my first property purchase in the USA and knew nothing about Co-Ops, I needed extra special handling. Susan was patience incarnate. She's incredibly loyal and thoughtful and always maintains great communication. A thoroughly decent person, Susan's exactly who you need on your side in the crazy world of NYC property.
Sara K
Susan Singer was our real estate broker during the recent sale of our co-op in New York. Her work was exemplary. She got the sale and the closing done rapidly. She also quickly and efficiently surmounted the many obstacles that occurred during the period between the signing of the sales contract and the closing. All this was done while we were located outside of New York City. I highly recommend her and would use her again should the opportunity present itself.
Robert S
Susan is always a step ahead. Very pro-active.
I’ve bought and sold with Susan now, and I’ve never been as comfortable with another agent as I am with her. She’s very pro-active, is always a step ahead, but she keeps me well-informed with the whole process, so there are never any surprises. I highly recommend her. In selling my apartment, I think Susan priced the property perfectly, and her negotiating skills were remarkable. On the buying end, she took care of me while still representing her seller, and I really have the utmost respect for her because of that. Whether purchasing or selling, working with Susan is a wonderful experience.
Chris J.
I recommend her strongly. Susan is an advisor, an advocate, someone you can trust. I've had the most extraordinary circumstances that she has helped me navigate. She's committed to the long term relationship and is relentless in the pursuit of solutions that work(ed) for me. I would never venture into a real estate endeavor without her.
Morgan Shorey
Susan is very professional, highly detail oriented and very easy to work with. She is a straight shooter and extremely honest with her clients, wanting the best for them. I can highly recommend her to anyone seeking a truly professional Realtor.
Anuurag B.
Susan’s guidance, support and responsiveness made all the difference.
For a number of years we thought about living in New York City but quite frankly, the entire process overwhelmed us. This past May, we met Susan and the journey towards owning an apartment began. Susan’s help, guidance and support in our quest to become NYC apartment owners were immeasurable. She was by our side, step-by-step, providing valuable information about the market, community, co-op living, etc.
Michelle S.
Susan is very professional and has tremendous experience in the Manhattan real estate market. Her expertise was a huge asset in our sale since I was handling the sale of a very unique older penthouse from long distance. Without my need to fly to New York, she handled staging,marketing and showings. Highly recommended
Hal Shapiro
Susan provides the utmost level of service to her customers. When I sought to rent out my apartment, Susan took a commanding lead on the process, organizing the marketing, board approval process, document drafting, and numerous other details that I didn’t have to worry about. She has a keen sense of the market – my apartment was in contract the day after it was listed – and a confidence that I found reassuring throughout the process. Susan’s experience and knowledge at London Terrace are unparalleled. There is no doubt that I work with Susan again.
Marc S.
Susan was our broker for the sale of our co-op in New York. Our sale was a breeze thanks to Susan. When we sat down with her the first time, she came prepared with comps, and after viewing the apartment, she set the initial price that was just right. She was able to find buyers who truly loved our apartment, and we sold the apartment very quickly with no drama. Great communication and really accommodating. Having said that, what sets her truly apart from other brokers is her decades of experience imo (e.g. setting the right price, understanding the market and target audience). Highly recommended.
Y Nam
Susan didn’t just find me an apartment, she found me my home. Buying and selling in this city can be frustrating and, let’s face it, plain awful. But Susan was always there with her sage advice, reassuring words, and to tell me to “breathe.” Her support was needed and much appreciated. And in the end, I didn’t just find a home, I gained a friend.
Vicki Jacobson

HOW TO KEEP YOUR APARTMENT WARM DURING NYC’S COLDEST MONTHS

Snow NYC

With the sun setting earlier each night and the temperature quickly dropping, it’s time to make the seasonal swap from sandals to boots and from air conditioning to heating. To prepare for the city’s coldest months, New York City renters should know the basic laws of heating an apartment, as well as the best products and decor to supplement a less-than-adequate system. Ahead, follow 6sqft’s heating guide to keeping things toasty all winter long.

NYC’s heat regulations

The city designates the period between October 1 and May 31 “heat season.” This means during that time, building owners must provide tenants with heat between 6 am and 10 pm if the temperature falls below 55 degrees and the inside temperature must be at least 68 degrees. In between 10 pm and 6 am, the inside temperature must be at least 62 degrees at all times, with no outside temperature requirement.

NYC Heat Regulations

If your heating system isn’t working

If you suspect your heating system isn’t working, call your landlord or super to check out the problem. If they’re unresponsive to you, then you have the right to get in contact with the city’s emergency 311 hotline. The Department of Housing and Preservation will then most likely get involved, possibly sticking your landlord with a fine.

The department will then send an inspector to the building to verify the complaint and determine whether or not the law has actually been violated. If the landlord still does not restore heat, HPD hires a contractor to fix the problem and bill the building’s owner. The fees placed on owners are expensive: $250-$500 per day for each initial heat or hot water violation and $500-$1,000 for each subsequent violation at the same building.

The city’s regulations apply to all apartments in every borough. It also extends to commercial and non-residential buildings, like senior centers, private schools, daycare centers and more.

Window

Keep the cold out

Insulate doors and windows

Even if the heat is technically working, there always seems to be that one always freezing room. To fix this, first, check the room or rooms for any cold drafts entering the room. If you have a window air-conditioner decide whether you want to remove it, which usually requires professional help, or insulate the area with a padded cover.

Rubber weather seal can be purchased at your local hardware store, with self-stick strips that can be applied to the drafty windows without changing the appearance of them. Other products include window insulation film, applied to the window frame, or cellular shades, which can be custom-made for both windows and doors.

For a cheap, DIY project, try making draft guards. These homemade fabric tubes can be placed on a windowsill or under a door to stop cold drafts from entering the apartment. Fill either a fuzzy sock or another tube of fabric that fits the space, fill it with dried rice and then sew it up.

Add textiles and heavier fabrics

To warm up your place, it might simply take a trip to Ikea or Target. Floors, especially hardwood ones, can turn frigid come winter. A rug will not only provide stylish insulation to the room, it also keeps your feet warm without wearing three pairs of socks.

For buildings that lack insulation within its walls, an artsy tapestry might do the trick. Not only is it simple to hang and then take down, it can really pull a room together. While big windows let in lots of needed sunlight during the dark winter months, they can also be quite drafty. Hanging up thicker curtains, especially some with a thermal lining, can help lock in the heat. Keep the curtains open during the day to let as much natural light as possible, but as soon as it becomes dark, close them.

In the bedroom, it’s helpful to switch lightweight, cotton summer bedding for a heavier winter comforter. Cozy flannel sheets or wool blankets will keep you toasty all night long. And down comforters might be the warmest solution during the winter, for those allergic to the inside, there are plenty of alternative options that are just as fluffy.

Space Heater

Invest in a space heater

To provide immediate relief at a relatively affordable price, think about buying an electric space heater. While they might not be able to heat large rooms alone, if used in a smaller room, space heaters can save energy if you turn down the thermostat everywhere else. Various heaters can cost between $40 and $450, depending on the model. To avoid any fire hazards, never leave the space heater on if no one is home and place it away from anything flammable.

New York Magazine recently compiled a list of the best space heaters by looking at Amazon reviews. They found the best overall space heater was the Lasko 754200 Ceramic Heater, starting at $30. For interior-design enthusiasts, they recommend the Honeywell HCE200B Uberheat Ceramic Heater, starting at $35. If a large, drafty room needs to be heated, check out the heater from the Dr. Infared Heater Portable Space Heater. While it costs $100, reviewers raved about its retro design and easy-to-navigate buttons.

Radiator

And if it gets too hot

New York City buildings constructed before the 1970s typically feature less modern heating systems, usually regulated by a single steam-heated radiator. This type of system heats oil or gas in a boiler, with steam distributing throughout the building. Since these old-school systems are not controlled individually, it becomes difficult to meet the warmth needs of everyone in the building.

Thankfully there are more solutions for too-hot city apartments than just stripping down and opening all of the windows. A device can be installed on the radiator itself that gives you some control the amount of heat being generated. You’ll need to know whether you have a one- or two-piece radiator. A super or plumber can install the device but, including the installation, can cost between $250 and $1,000.

Cozy Radiator

Or, as 6sqft previously learned, you can purchase a cover for the radiator, like Radiator Labs’ Cozy. Cozy is a wifi-controlled thermal radiator heater made specifically with New Yorkers in mind. Users can regulate the heat coming out of the radiator all through a mobile app.

This content was originally posted on 6sqft.com