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Scarsdale Real Estate Attorney

We Are Experienced In Residential And Commercial Real Estate Transactions

We are a law firm that focuses on real estate transactions. We enable busy professionals, celebrities, and entrepreneurs to focus on what they do best and provide them with a way to effortlessly buy and sell real estate. By entrusting the entire process to us, you eliminate all of the things typically required of a buyer or seller that cause most people stress! Our process allows clients to minimize their involvement and enables them to use this time saved to engage in more profitable activities without the fear of missed deadlines.

Many of our past clients have found that our service enables them to earn much more than they pay us as a legal fee. Our Platinum Property Transfer System permits you to defer the questions of the Realtor, Loan Officer, and other third parties to us, as your single point of contact. We then communicate with you, in the manner you choose, on a regular basis as you may direct. If you want updates every time something happens, we provide instantaneous updates in a manner that you direct… Read More

Introduction to John M. Crane

John M. Crane believes in helping his clientele with real estate transactions. His main aim is to enable entrepreneurs and busy professionals with their hectic schedules so that they can focus on what they do best and meanwhile provide them with a way to effortlessly buy and sell real estate. Undoubtedly, a number of investors consider real estate investments as unchartered territory. The main reason is its volatile nature; however, it need not be avoided. On the contrary, if invested properly, real estate proves to be a lucrative as well as a reliable way to generate substantial returns. In addition to this, it has a significant potential to generate consistent income stream while supplementing your portfolio with added benefits such as portfolio diversification, tax benefits, and appreciation potential. We understand the busy schedule you have. That is why we offer our Platinum Property Transfer System, which permits you to defer the questions of the loan officer, realtor, and third parties to us as your single point of contact.

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An Insight into John M. Crane Practice Areas

Let us have a look at the practice areas in detail and their utility in your daily chores of life. The following are the important areas through which John M. Crane, New York real estate attorney, helps its clientele:

  • Real Estate
  • Business Transactions
  • Civil Litigation
  • Foreclosure Defense
  • Probate

Real Estate

The term real property and real estate are used interchangeably. It comprises of land that includes immovable structures like buildings, houses, bushes, trees, and minerals permanently affixed to the land. In addition to this, it also encompasses interests, benefits, and rights that are legally considered attached to the real property, which includes certain rights to the air above the land, to drill in the ground beneath it, rights to live on the property for a specific timeframe, and to acquire the real property in the future.

Undoubtedly, real estate deals with a variety of related issues such as sale and purchase of real estate, transfers of real estate, legal aspects of the rental property, landlord issues, title to real property, settlement claims against property rights, property development, zoning, and land use. In addition to this, issues related to agriculture, home loans, foreclosures, and various other relevant topics. There is no denying that real estate is a complex practice area, which is further complicated by the significant inconsistency in the laws throughout different cities and states. In such a situation, having a skilled New York real estate attorney by your side can prove fruitful in amicably handling the issues in court when threatened with foreclosure.

Business Transactions

Business transactions are very complex in nature. Fulfillment of business legalities is a painstaking process and calls for the assistance of an experienced attorney who can guide you throughout the process. However, in the event of the death of a relative or a close family member, the court appoints the administrator on the assets left by the deceased, so that the person entitled to inherit these assets can take over at the due course of time. For that, our concierge service is the apt choice for you to help you through the administration process by leaving all of your legal responsibilities to us. However, the administration process is highly organized and supervised by the courts to ensure that your loved one’s wishes are fulfilled as per their desire. To do this smoothly, you need to have an experienced New York real estate attorney by your side who can help you with the administration process.

Civil Litigation

The term civil litigation is defined as when two or more parties became entangled in a legal dispute and seek monetary compensation for the settlement of the dispute rather than criminal sanction. The cases encompass civil litigation includes residential and commercial properties, nonpayment of common charges, breach of contract, and foreclosure of a cooperative apartment. Hence, to solve all these issues amicably and efficiently, an experienced New York real estate attorney by your side is imperative, who can follow all the updated case leads and come up with a strong defensive strategy.

Foreclosure Defense

Foreclosure can be defined as a home belonging to a bank that used to belong to a homeowner. There are millions of people who are in the foreclosure process, starting to fight back against this occurrence through stalling the foreclosure proceedings. This legal strategy to fight back is known as foreclosure defense. However, in order to succeed in this process, an experienced and highly skilled New York real estate attorney is needed, who knows how the mortgage industry works.


Probate is the legal way in which an estate gets settled under the guidelines of the concerned city court. The court appoints an administrator, who is usually a surviving spouse or an adult child, if there is no will. The appointed person is also known as executor or administrator and has the legal authority to gather or value the assets owned by the estate to pay bills and taxes. In addition to this, he or she distributes the assets to the heirs or beneficiaries as per the will.

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Why Choose John M. Crane – Scarsdale Real Estate Attorney

John M. Crane helps his clients in establishing a plan which protects their assets when they are alive, and with real estate issues, civil litigation, and foreclosure defense. Estate planning, as well as real estate, is a painstaking process, and so are the state and federal laws which govern it. In such a scenario, it is advisable to hire a skilled New York Real Estate Attorney who will ensure that your plans meet all legal requirements.

Hiring a New York Real Estate Attorney can help you in formulating a legal documents regarding estate planning, trust administration, probate, civil litigation, business transactions, real estate contracts, and matters associated with them. It helps you in managing your real estate planning affairs and looking out for the well-being of your loved ones, even if death should part you from them.

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Our Strength

We remove the stress and time requirements typically required of individuals that are purchasing or selling real estate. After 17 years and over 2,000 closings, we understand the process of a real estate transaction. Since it is a process, we have developed systems and procedures and utilize a team approach to enable our clients to have minimal involvement, but still be kept informed. Read more

Areas We Serve

Serving New York City, Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, Westchester, Putnam, Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Whether a real estate transaction or litigation matter, John M. Crane, P.C. regularly represents clients in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Westchester, Putnam, Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

It can be difficult to find British names in New York State. Scarsdale is a great example of Englishness.

The Harwood Building towers over the compact downtown, which greets train passengers. It has a turret-and-gables design that evokes an Elizabethan castle and is a rare sight in suburban Westchester.

The town of 6.7 miles was founded in 1701 by Caleb Heathcote an English aristocrat. It has many road names that recall Heathcote’s homeland, such as Whig, Tory, and Paddington. Large, luxurious houses are set behind long driveways that run along the runway, like in the Murray Hill section. These houses are of many English manor houses.

Scarsdale’s Old World charms and distinction as one of the wealthiest cities in the country — an average household earns $417,335 per year according to Bloomberg — can be intimidating for some buyers.

David Benderson (41), an ophthalmologist who was born in Pennsylvania and spent his childhood with relatives in Ossining and Dobbs Ferry, said that the company had “a reputation for being a little bit snooty”.

Dr. Benderson, his wife Mythili Murthy (an endocrinologist, now 41), and their sons, were unhappy living in Annapolis. They were frustrated by the slow pace of life in winter and the lack of play dates.

Dr. Benderson’s family decided to “roll the dice” and try something new, and they began hunting in Westchester. They avoided Scarsdale and instead chose Irvington and other river communities. To get a feel of the area, they wanted to rent a house for a time, but it was difficult to find a place to rent. There was a shortage of rental inventory due to the hot market.

Dr. Benderson reluctantly visited a three-bedroom home in Scarsdale’s Edgewood section to be pleasantly surprised. He said Edgewood was not what he expected Scarsdale would look like, with its modestly-sized, well-kept homes and socially friendly tenth-of an-acre lots.

It worked. One year later, the couple purchased a Tudor-style Tudor-style house built in 1928 with four bedrooms and three and a quarter bathrooms. It also featured stone details on its façade. The house cost $1.05 million in 2015 and needed some work.

These early assumptions about the couple have since been discredited. Dr. Benderson stated, “There are so many truly down-to-earth people here.”

Scarsdale is 76% non-Hispanic white, and 15% Asian according to census figures. Harry Bellew, 47 years old, stated that Scarsdale has a growing population of people from overseas. He grew up in England, and has lived in Spain and Colombia.

In 2014, Mr. Bellew (a cloud computing specialist) and Kara Bellew (a 43-year-old lawyer), lived in a Hoboken condo. However, they needed to relocate closer to White Plains in N.Y. where Ms. Bellew was offered another job.

Hispanic Mr. Bellew said that the “insular” Scarsdale made them a little hesitant. The town was 21 miles from Midtown Manhattan, and had strong schools that made it difficult to ignore. They rented a Tudor-style house in the area, and then spent $1.28million in 2017 to buy a four-bedroom colonial-style home with their daughters.

His twice-weekly pick up soccer games show that Scarsdale is rapidly becoming more cosmopolitan. Mr. Bellew stated: “It’s a lot more diverse here than what I thought.”

What you’ll find

Scarsdale, population 18,000 is shaped like a wrinkled bow tie and squeezed between White Plains & Eastchester. However, it has a more uniform look than either of those places. This is not an accident. The town was founded more than 100 years ago and has maintained a tight grip on its growth.

It voted to be a village in 1915 to stop White Plains from annexed it. The state can alter a town’s boundaries but not a village’s. Scarsdale also imposed townwide Zoning in 1922. This is a rare suburb to do this. Today, the village and town are conterminous.

However, attempts to create a suburb-wide moat weren’t always successful. A justice ruled in 1930 that Scarsdale had wrongly rejected a developer’s plan to build a rental community near the Bronx River Parkway. He noted that apartments made up less than half of Scarsdale’s housing stock compared to 9 percent in Pelham Manor to the south.

The red-brick Scarsdale chateaux, an eight-building, non-elevator complex of 116 units, was able to make it through. Multifamily housing in Scarsdale is still rare, whether it’s rentals, condos, or co-ops. Christie Place has 42 age-restricted condos. It was built in 2008. The Heathcote is a 14-unit development in the Five Corners. Dawn Knief, an agent at Compass, stated that the complex will be reincorporated as a condo after it failed to sell its one-to three-bedroom units as co-op. The apartments are currently rented out at $6,500 per month.

Scarsdale is home to many beautiful single-family homes dating back to the 1920s and 30s. Tudors come in many sizes and shapes. There are also Mediterranean, Georgian, and Italianate styles. This helps streets avoid looking too similar. Many neighborhoods are aligned with school districts like Greenacres or Quaker Ridge. The yards of properties west of Post Road are larger, sometimes exceeding five acres, than those east.

According to multiple listing data prepared by Angela Retelny (an associate broker with Compass), 99 single-family homes were on the market for sale on Nov. 21 at an average price of $2.84million.

The most expensive was a six-bedroom colonial-style house with nearly two acres in Murray Hill, which was built in 2012 and featured an outdoor pool as well as an indoor basketball court. It was listed at $8.995 million. A three-bedroom Victorian built in 1894 and featuring a front porch was the least expensive at $749,000.

Prices are usually soft if there is lots of activity. Ms. Retelny stated that 206 single-family homes were sold in September 2018, compared to 177 in the same time period last year. She said that the average sale price for September was $1.61million, which is a 13 percent drop from last year.

Scarsdale’s downtown is quiet, walkable, and lined with the type of mom-and-pop stores towns love — such as the independent Bronx River Books. Scarsdale doesn’t offer much in the way nightlife. According to Scarsdale’s comprehensive plan for 2010, “Too many jewelers and banks” was the description. Not much has changed.

A 2.5-acre parcel, which includes a parking garage, lots called the Freightway Site, and has been subject to debate since the 1920s, could finally be given a major makeover with apartments, parking, and stores. Officials had reduced the number of private development proposals down to two finalists as of November. They were AvalonBay Communities, East End Capital and the team from LCOR. Next spring will announce the winner plan.

Platform tennis is a winter paddle game invented in Scarsdale. Courts still exist in the town, such as Brite Avenue Park. The outdoor highlight is the Bronx River Parkway Reservation. This 807-acre linear park, whose Garth Woods section crosses Scarsdale, has a footbridge that takes you to a waterfall.

William Bailey Lang, an iron merchant built Rowsley in 1858. It was a veranda-lined house that was modeled after one from Derbyshire, England. The Scarsdale Woman’s Club has lived in the house since 1928. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is believed that the white oak tree on the front lawn is almost 500 years old.



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