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Update by Ed Siu, founder of Literati.NYC:  Making Coexistence of Real Estate & Technology Happen

Real estate in general has long been known to be one of the most traditional industries. Along with retail, manufacturing and restaurants, real estate is one of those sectors of commerce that value consistency, customer loyalty and tried and true business practices. It makes sense - if whatever worked in the past to bring in a solid customer base and continues to maintain loyalty, why change?

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10 Commandments on How to Be The Ideal Tenant in NYC

Any resident in New York City knows that apartment life is one of those most drama-filled aspects of living in this city. Relations with roommates and the landlord are always tenuous, subject to misunderstandings, disputes and annoyances. NYC is a diverse place, and when individuals come together to share a living space with different habits and lifestyles, conflict is inevitable. Tenant and landlord rights also factor into what is permissible behavior, and both parties often play with the legal parameters to justify their behavior, and misbehavior. A city as chaotic as NYC calls for rules and structure to bring some sensibility and order. The following are 10 commandments on how to be the ideal tenant (and roommate) here in the Big Apple:

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Roam Co-Living Housing Complex in Bali
Roam Co-Living Housing Complex in Bali

As the millennial generation continues to grow and enter the adult world, trends in housing are changing all over the world. With the ever increasing cost of living, millennials are constantly searching for affordable housing options, as they prepare to enter the secular world and leave the nests they were raised in. Co-living, a recent ...

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10 Types of Roommates From Hell Based on the 7 Deadly Sins

1. Laziness. Messy is one thing, plain old dirty is another. That repulsive roommate who infiltrates the entire apartment including all common areas with their lack of hygiene, mistaking common areas as a public wasteland. Candy wrappers in bathroom floors, toothpaste on bathroom walls, dirty underwear that somehow led its way on random doorknobs.

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The millennial generation is finding themselves all grown up and ready for the world. As opposed to the more conservative previous generations, Millennials are more open to different lifestyles and housing options that their predecessors would consider to be less traditional. New housing options such as co-living have been increasing in popularity, and following similar ...

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How easy is it to find an affordable and spacious apartment in New York City? Today, many might find this idea amusing. Why is that? Over the past few decades, the cost of living has skyrocketed, and many have found it tough to find affordable housing in major cities and even outlying neighborhoods. This problematic ...

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The Inseparable Relationship Between Venture Capitalists and Young Startups

In today’s business landscape, especially that of young startups, the role of venture capitalist firms are vital to the future growth and innovation of startups. Entrepreneurs all over generate great business ideas, but without proper funding specifically by VC’s, the ideas cannot materialize. There are currently a total of 700+ private equity companies ...

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Life in Astoria/NYC

Moving to New York is one of the most exciting decisions that someone can make. Living here, there is always something to do, a new restaurant to try, or a new event to attend. The excitement isn’t just limited to Manhattan either; outer boroughs such as Queens have a lot to offer to crowds ...

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Literati Group prides itself in dormitory style accommodations for recent grads, interns and working professionals.
Literati Group prides itself in dormitory style accommodations for recent grads, interns and working professionals.

Co-living

Also known as shared spaces, co-living is an ideal furnished housing option for millennials in New York City. What, exactly, is co-living? Co-living involves shared/communal living with added features, such as work spaces, recreational lounges and extracurricular activities.

With co-living, such as Literati.NYC or WeLive, millennials can save money on housing, and ...

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Mitchell’s Map of Manhattan and Brooklyn (1890)
Mitchell’s Map of Manhattan and Brooklyn (1890)

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Entire life in real estate and construction management. Built hotels for general contractor of Marriott Hotels for 5 years. Entrepreneur for international student housing. Worked for New York City at HPD and EDC. Property management experience in industrial, hospitality, residential, office assets. Former grad student at Columbia and NYU. Buildings nerd. Urban planning aficionado.

After grad school almost 6 years ago, I was trying to find a work life balance and figure out what locations were the best for me on an entry level budget. The commute to work from Staten Island had been too crazy. Often, I would take a journey by walking 10 minutes, taking the SIRR, a Ferry, then the subway to get to a final destination. I needed to find a place that was affordable and safe, but also a 40 minute or less commute to the center of Manhattan. I looked for short walks to subway access, and no bus transfers.