Last weekend, we welcomed over 400 people to The New School for StreetEasy’s third annual NYC First-time Home Buyers’ seminar. In case you missed it, we have you covered. We have full video of the event, as well as videos from each segment of the event below, which featured a market overview packed with useful data from StreetEasy Senior Economist, Grant Long, first-person buying stories from a panel of new NYC homeowners, and valuable insights about financing, closing costs, having a buyer’s agent and navigating the complex NYC real estate market from local experts.

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Video #1: Understanding the Buyer’s Market in NYC

StreetEasy Senior Economist Grant Long kicked off the program with a presentation, “Understanding the Buyer’s Market in NYC.” He provided an overview of the New York City real estate market, discussing seasonality and price trends across boroughs, best buyers’ and sellers’ markets, impact of the new tax plan and much more. Watch here or click the video below:

Video #2: Financing 101: Preparing to Buy in NYC

Tony Jao, a regional manager at Investors Home Mortgage, delivered a 30-minute segment on preapproval, as well as do’s and don’ts leading up to closing and why closing costs for condos are more expensive than co-ops. Watch here or click the video below:

Video #3: Navigating Your NYC Home Search

Tony’s discussion was followed by a real estate agent’s panel made up of Carolyn Campbell Gould from Douglas Elliman, Christa Chi from Elegran Real Estate, and Teresa Stephenson from Platinum Properties. Watch here or click the video below:

Video #4: Stories from Recent First-time Buyers

The program closed with the always-popular panel of recent first-time home buyers who shared their first-person experiences of buying a home in NYC. Watch here or click the video below:

If you have any NYC buying questions for our experts or panelists, please feel free to leave them in the comments below or submit your questions to

Thanks to everyone who joined us at the event and happy home shopping!