Partner With a Professional
Douglas Elliman has established a decades-long reputation as New York City’s leading brokerage. As a Douglas Elliman agent team, The Zweben Team is not just a full-service partner on the way to closing a deal—they are also ongoing resources for professional referrals, personal recommendations and knowledge of the city. We will always act on your behalf, guide you with the data and provide services at no cost to you - the seller pays the full sales commission, which is split between the seller’s agent and buyer’s agent.
Becoming a Buyer
The Buyer’s Journey
The process of buying a home in New York City involves a series of steps in three phases: 1. The Finances 2. The Search 3. The Close.
Preparing Your Financial Journey
Conducting Your Search
As you begin your search, your agent will help bring your vision of home into clearer focus by surveying the market landscape, setting parameters based on price, location and inventory, and establishing an initial timeline. The housing stock in New York City primarily consists of cooperatively-owned buildings, condominium buildings and, to a lesser extent, townhouses. Co-ops account for approximately 75% of available NYC apartments at any given time. Condos make up the bulk of the remainder, while townhouses represent around 2%. We can offer more information on the different approval processes, financing options, monthly fees, subletting and selling.
From Offer To Contract
Making an offer and signing a contract are pivotal moments when leveraging your agent’s skills and knowledge is especially critical. Negotiating the Offer: Your agent will help you determine an appropriate offer amount and terms, and will convey the offer to the seller (via the seller’s agent or directly) and prepare to negotiate the best possible price, terms and closing date. Reviewing the Terms: Your attorney will examine the contract of sale, by-laws and financial condition of the building to conclude that everything is satisfactory before you sign. Signing the Contract: Upon signing, the contract and deposit (typically 10% but up to 20% of the offer price) will be safeguarded in an escrow account until closing. Keep in mind that the seller can still entertain and accept other offers until the contract is fully executed.
From Contract to Close
At this stage of the buying journey, your agent will help you assemble the remaining documents and finalize the necessary approvals. Loan Application: Once your application is complete, your financial institution will schedule a third-party appraisal to verify the value of the property. Co-op Board Application (If Applicable): In addition to helping you assemble your bank statements, tax returns and letters of reference (personal, professional and financial), your agent will help you navigate the nuances of winning board approval. Scheduling the Close: Once you’ve received approval (if applicable) and the bank provides clearance to close, your agent will coordinate a final walk-through and closing date.
The Home Stretch
In this penultimate phase of the process, your agent will join you on a final visit to assess the property and compile a punch list of outstanding items to be resolved prior to the close. Your Vision, Your Home: The deal is closed. The keys are in hand. You are now a homeowner. Time to settle in, make your home your own and begin to love where you live.
Working with Paul Zweben and his team to sell our apartment in Manhattan was an absolute pleasure and a seamless process. Paul’s professionalism, integrity and ability to get the job done in a timely manner surpassed any expectations that we had and we would recommend the Zweben’s without hesitation. Paul and Carolyn represented the sellers of my parents' three bedroom/ three bathroom apartment on the Upper West Side and when it came time to sell our one bedroom/ one bathroom apartment in Murray Hill my parents immediately recommended the Zwebens. Paul and Carolyn clearly left an impression on my parents so we did not hesitate to reach out to them regarding our sale. Even though our listing was not as lucrative, Paul treated my husband and me like we were his most important clients. From the beginning Paul was so easy to work with; he was knowledgeable, attentive and diligent without ever being pushy or aggressive. He walked us through the mechanics of a real estate transaction in Manhattan and kept us informed throughout the entire process. He was extremely responsive and available to answer any questions we had no matter what time of day. After one week on the market in March 2016 we had 60 people attend our open house and we received 11 offers, a handful of which were above ask. Paul helped us assess the pertinent offers and explained to us the factors we needed to evaluate when considering a bid. His attention to all the details and ability to resolve any issues that arose during the close was critical. Most important Paul was personable, enthusiastic and funny and we miss speaking to him on a daily basis. We hope we get the chance to work with Paul and his team in the future.
I've recommended Paul Zweben and the Zweben Team to everyone I know! They were tireless in their search on our behalf for an apartment on the inventory-poor UWS. They made spot-on recommendations about appropriate bids and negotiated brilliantly on our behalf, helping us secure our dream apartment. And in selling our apartment, they showed us how to market it appropriately and stage it to best showcase its assets. They also did a terrific job of managing our expectations about what offers we could expect and, in the end, managed to get us way over our asking price. In my dealings with Paul and the Zweben Team, I found them to be unfailingly honest and fair, which is rare in this business. I cannot recommend them more highly.
Paul and Carolyn were fantastic throughout the entire process. I had a terrible broker before who was unable to screen buyers and get a buyer through the coop process. Paul bought me three offers within the first open house and put together a meticulous coop package. The whole transaction was complete in two months. Don't go anywhere else.
Paul is extremely focused, knowledgeable, and approachable. We were confident in his hands and he got us great results, while making the process as painless as possible. He's a true expert in his field who literally does not rest until his clients are happy.
Paul and Carolyn Zweben are a powerhouse and the most amazing real estate agents you could dream of working with. They are the most hard working and honest people you could dream of working with. Their knowledge of the market is unsurpassed and they get the deal done. They have helped us purchase an apartment and sell an apartment and both experiences were a pleasure. You can have confidence when you work with them that nothing is going to fall through the cracks and they will do what has to be done to make things happen. Whether you are looking to buy or sell you have found the right team. If you are a first time home buyer/seller or a veteran you are in the best hands.
Have worked with the Zweben Team to both purchase my first apartment 15 years ago, and then to sell it recently. The entire team that I worked with from Paul, Carolyn, Heather to their amazing photographer and more are knowledgeable, no nonsense, extremely responsive (within minutes) and do everything with a gracious flair and expertise.
As a nervous first time buyer, and now a first time seller, they held my hand, and guided me through the whole process. Was an excellent experience all around.
Our experience with the Zweben team was nothing short of outstanding. Selling our apartment was a daunting task for our family, but thanks to Paul, Carolyn, and their entire team, the process was remarkably seamless from start to finish.
From our very first meeting, we were impressed by the professionalism and expertise of the Zweben team. From helping to stage our apartment to organizing showings and ultimately closing the sale, their professionalism, timeliness and organization were exceptional.
Thank you, Paul, Carolyn, and the entire Zweben team, for making our sale a resounding success!
I not only used Paul to sell my apartment, which he did a great job, I referred three clients to him. His level of commitment and professionalism did not dissapoint. In every situation he listened and was able to get through tough obstacles that my previous agent failed. We are extremely grateful for Paul, Carolyn and the Zweben team.
Paul, Carolyn and the Zweben Team are terrific. My wife and I have worked with the Zweben Team twice, the first time when we purchased a 2-bedroom apartment on the Upper West Side and more recently when they helped us sell it. The sale was particularly challenging, as we listed at the beginning of March 2020 just before the onset of the pandemic. We credit Paul, Carolyn and team for helping us sell, both quickly and at a good price, despite the environment. They are the whole package, providing sound advice and fierce negotiating skills. They are incredibly responsive and show incredible hustle on behalf of their clients. Their team is high-end and full-service, from photography, to staging to guiding through the contracting and approval process. Highly recommend!
Paul and Carolyn Zweben have been our brokers for years and there is simply no way we would ever work with anyone else in the future. They have helped us find amazing tenants for our apartments. I have referred them to people I know who have had the exact same experience working with them. They are so professional, knowledgeable, proactive, and most of all fun to work with and be around. I always look forward to the chance to work with them when we have an apartment opening. They are a true dream team.
I had a phenomenal experience working with Paul and his team. I had a small window to find a new apartment and Paul immediately jumped in to help, organizing multiple viewings in short order and ultimately helping me find the right spot. His team facilitated the entire process smoothly, helping to keep everything organized and moving on a tight timeline.
Team Zweben have been with us all the way through - from our UWS coop purchase in 2007, working again with us to rent during our overseas posting, and finally to sell the apartment during the pandemic. For the sale, they put together a great plan, under the most challenging of circumstances, to find the right buyer at our desired price. Carolyn and Paul have always been spot on with their recommendations and ready at any hour to chat big picture and small detail. Throughout, they made us feel like family. Thank you Carolyn and Paul - we miss you!