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Brian Blessinger

Brian Blessinger of The Fort Greene Life was born and raised in New York and brings a lifelong passion for the city's vibrant culture to his real estate practice. As a 10-year resident of Brooklyn, he has an insider's knowledge of the borough's neighborhoods for a diverse range of clients. He focuses on brownstone properties in Clinton Hill and Fort Greene, where he has lived since 2008. He's interested in public art, community building and the history of Brooklyn at large. He's also a new but avid biker.

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    3 Ways to Spot a Bad Real Estate Broker in New York City

    While many real estate agents in New York City are reputable professionals, there is a pervasive feeling among renters in New York City that agents and brokers are scam artists, or otherwise untrustworthy. There are many reasons Read More

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    Neighborhood by the Numbers: Renting in Bed-Stuy

    Bedford-Stuyvesant, orBed-Stuy, is one of Brooklyn’s largest neighborhoods (it spans from Flushing Avenue to the west, Classon Avenue to the south, Atlantic Avenue to the east and Broadway to the north),and it’s filled with block after block Read More

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    Respect Your Broker: Notes on How to Deal With a Broker From a Broker

    New York’s peak rental season just around the corner and that means that a lot of New Yorkers will once again be dealing withbrokers or agents to find just the right rental or sales property. The onus is on a broker or agent to act professionally Read More

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    Peak Rental Season in NYC Approacheth: How to Prepare

    As the weather gets a bit warmer and New Yorkers start to believe that winter will end, it’s worth noting that the rental market has a peak season of its own. Generally speaking, the market is slow in the colder Read More

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    Everything You Need to Know About Guarantor Requirements in New York City

    How many times can it be said? The New York real estate market is unlike any other. One way that it fulfills this maxim is with the frequent requirement for a guarantor, usually a close friend or relative who agrees to pay Read More

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    Neighborhood by the Numbers: Renting in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

    Williamsburg is one of the most exciting and popular neighborhoods in New York these days — on either side of the East River. Starting in the mid to late 1990s, artists — the early adopters of the gentrification cycle — who found themselves priced Read More

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    What to Expect When Working with a Real Estate Agent

    These days, most everyone starts their apartment search online. Between rental brokerages and third-party sites, nearly every available apartment in New York City can be viewed, mapped and fully researched online. In this climate, what is the point Read More

  • The Myth of the No-Fee Rental (Photo: JD Hancock/ Flickr CC)

    The Myth of the No-Fee Rental Apartment in New York City

    It’s a well-known fact that everything in New York is expensive. From food and drink to everyday consumer products, New Yorkers pay a premium on just about everything. There’s even a special tax for New York City residents, taken directly out of one’s paycheck Read More

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    3 NYC Neighborhoods for the Young, Underemployed and Budget-Conscious

    New York has always had a few neighborhoods where young people new to the city housed themselves at a discount, often coalescing around and/or fomenting musical and artistic subcultures. The East Village, the Lower East Side Read More

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    Apartment Hunting: How to Sniff Out Bad Neighbors Before You Move In

    One of the things that most distinguishes living in New York from most other places in the U.S. is the density — New Yorkers live on top of, under, and in between each other. If you’re going to live here, you’re going to need to Read More

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