Sometimes apartment owners decide to forego the hassle of using a broker for the hassle of selling a place themselves. We've criticized such for sale by owner listings in the past for lacking, in many cases, appealing staging and photography. But some FSBO listings do it right. Here are 10 of the best we uncovered on StreetEasy, starting with the high end?the above 2BR, 2.5BA at 161 Grand Street in Little Italy is hoping to sell for $2.75 million. There's a keyed elevator entrance directly into the apartment, 12-foot ceilings, and views of the Police Building.
We've already given this apartment at 325 West 45th Street, asking $845,000, a shoutout for its "unique" Barbie Dream Kitchen, but as far as FSBOs go, it's got a few marks in its favor. And it does get a few uniqueness points because it's a combo of two one-bedroom units.
This listing at 170 East 88th Street, a 1BR, 2BA seeking $585,000, loses some points for itsy bitsy photos. But what's in the photos, a duplex lofty space with renovated kitchen and bathroom and washer/dryer, looks like a decent find for the price.
An unidentified but "award-winning NYC architect" designed this 3BR, 3BA FSBO at 215 East 24th Street, which is asking $1.495 million after 13 days on the market. A few of the features include two walk-in closets, custom wall units in the living and dining rooms, and bamboo flooring. And a "low" monthly maintenance of $2,023.
The kitchen and kid's room are the best parts of this Brooklyn Heights 2BR at 135 WIllow Street, which is asking $739,000. The Brooklyn Heights Promenade proximity, roof deck, and garage parking are pluses, though, and for Brooklyn Heights the price seems reasonable enough.
There are 12 years left on the tax abatement for this Hunters Point 2BR, 2BA, which might be enough time for the buyer to wait out the continued evolution of nearby Court Square. The asking price is $899,000, with common charges of $443/month and monthly taxes of $102.
The sales history of apartment #4E at 240 East Houston Street is pretty textbook?the first recorded sales is for $240,000 in 1997, and it sold for a couple $100,000 more every few years since then, with the most recent sale for $790,000 in 2009. Now the 2BR, 2BA is hoping for $1.139 million.
The price is the eye-catching thing about this three-bedroom at 117 West 96th Street, on the market for $959,000 after a small $10K PriceUpper. Of course, one of the three-bedrooms is lofted and the layout overall leaves a little something to be desired.
This 1BR, 2BA has perhaps seen a stager's touch, and it's definitely been customized: there's an "all-glass custom made Schiffini brand kitchen," if you're into that sort of thing. The apartment, #4A at 420 West 25th Street, aka Loft 25, is hoping to resell for $1.64 million. The current owner purchased it in 2009 for $1,069,162, and it made one previous FSBO attempt in fall 2012, according to StreetEasy.
The light is the most appealing thing about this Yorkville 1BR, asking $525,000. The maintenance, at $965/month, isn't bad either, and the building has a good set of basic amenities?doorman, elevator, live-in super, and laundry in the building, though subway proximity might be an issue for some until the Second Avenue line comes along.
· FSBO coverage [Curbed]