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Re: For six years, Jersey City schools chief was at center of conflict
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Add in ESL, lunch, IEP’s, and I’m sure the average illegal kids costs well over $25,000/per student per year. Let’s say two kids-are their parents paying $50,000 a year in taxes?

Hell no.


No one, citizen or not, who actually sends their kids to public schools pays taxes that come close to the education cost of their kids. We as a society decided education was a thing we needed to do with taxes from everyone, even those with no children.

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Re: For six years, Jersey City schools chief was at center of conflict
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The story guesses almost 12% of K-12 students are here illegally. If that’s the avg, then JC must be higher. Yet Fulop with his sanctuary city crap encourages illegals to come here. Imagine how much it costs the BOE and NJ taxpayers who carry JC’s load?

Https://informedconservative.blog/2019 ... QI9NX6uCdKEm2DU#more-1226


Regardless of the dubious accuracy of that "guess", the undocumented most certainly pay taxes. Property tax through rent even if they don't own, sales taxes, and even a good chunk of income tax and SS they'll never see back if they're using a stolen SSN to work on the books like Trump's employees.

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Re: Plastic bag bans coming to Hoboken, Jersey City
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We've got a pile of canvas style bags to grab when actually grocery shopping, and the little stuffsack nylon bags to (hopefully) have in your pocket or bag for a quick unplanned shop. The latter are like $2-3 each on Amazon in package of 4-8 bags.

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We had gotten a few ChicoBags as premiums from WNYC, and they're great. A little more expensive at $6 each. But they will custom print them, and someone could probably do pretty well selling ones with branding or cute locally inspired graphics.

Posted on: 2/18 20:00
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Re: New Amazon HQ
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what cuomo, de blasio, amazon and so many others should have paid more attention to local concerns. maybe many residents of LIC don't want their neighborhood gentrifying on steroids, maybe amazon is aggessively anti-union. there are so many other cosiderations between dollars and cents


Not a single poll showed popular local support for defeating the Amazon plan. This was all posturing by political players. Any time something big comes along in our country, the players come out of the woodwork asking "what's in it for me?" And if they don't "get their beak wet" they'll bring it down. Congressional gridlock is bad in no small part to the demise of the "earmark" bribery system.

Posted on: 2/17 19:58

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Re: New Amazon HQ
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I'm kind of happy it's not coming to NYC. Detroit, Buffalo or Newark type cities (I'm sure there are a ton) which are desperate need of revitalization would be better suited for this.


Likely a major reason they chose larger metros is that being the big dog in a small market they'd have a target on their back for everything they do the way they already do in Seattle. Didn't work.

Posted on: 2/14 15:23
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Re: New Amazon HQ
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Even with the "welfare" 25K highly paid jobs pouring money into the local economy was nothing to sneeze at. The nation is becoming a "bitchocracy", rule by the loudest and most offended.
Same thing going on with the VA Governor, most people don't give a crap about something tasteless a guy did 35 years ago, but the loudest and most "virtue demanding" are hounding him out of office.

Posted on: 2/14 13:19
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Re: Have you evicted a non-paying tenant in Jersey City/Hudson County?
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Rent was paid on time by a 3rd party agency (Hurricane Sandy Relief Program). They asked him for some follow up paperwork. He never filled it out. They stopped paying the rent. He's still living there. He's cut off all contact with me in December.


Why are you still asking? File, or find an attorney to do it if it's worth saving your time.

Posted on: 2/13 17:27
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Re: For six years, Jersey City schools chief was at center of conflict
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Not saying after-school programs are a bad idea. Saying they won't work for everyone.


Nothing does, which is why some problems need to be picked at rather than coming up with a "Grand Solution for Everyone". But defunding after school activities is patently stupid.

Posted on: 2/13 13:05
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Re: The SUV Phenomenon
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That would be a long-term investment that may have limited utility ten to twenty years out and would be a terribly inefficient use of space. Population growth won't necessarily come with car ownership rates equal to those of the past.

Millennials have demonstrated less interest in driving and car ownership than previous generations. The nature of transportation is changing. Continued growth in ride sharing and an embrace of autonomous driving vehicle technology could put a significant dent in car ownership, especially in urban areas. Why would you invest in a fifty-year asset that could very well be a white elephant in fifteen or so years?

There is plenty of parking downtown - you just don't always get it free.


Downtown is a small portion of JC, and the other areas mostly have much poorer quality and quantity of public transit options. We can, and must, do better.

Posted on: 2/12 16:15
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Re: Have you evicted a non-paying tenant in Jersey City/Hudson County?
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Thanks, I''l check it out. Years ago a friend with a large management co gave me a lease but I thought it was over the top aggressive, like not guaranteeing appliances. Have you ever had anyone put off by your lease?


No. My lease isn't that aggressive. I have over time had to put in additional caveats:

No turkey fryers allowed.

Tenant will not demand that "humane" or "organic" pest control methods be used to treat the apartment and / or common areas.


LOL, it would be funny to see a long list of such specific clauses that landlords have had to come up with!

Posted on: 2/12 16:10
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Re: The SUV Phenomenon
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Even so, Hoboken has a couple of municipal lots that allow people to get off the streets and curbs . Some of the large apartment buildings down by the water have great parking complexes attached to the living areas at very reasonable fees. These efforts help to make the "miracle mile" habitable. Jersey City needs to do the same before the situation becomes intolerable. Even North Bergen has some great arrangements which keep cars off the streets. Why is Jersey City dragging its feet on such a serious situation?


Because it's far less politically risky doing nothing than something you can be targeted for. Lets say the city makes a deal with a developer to build a parking structure on city land with the developer fronting the money and taking a large share of profits. I can see all sorts of "defenders of the people" making political hay with that. Why risk it?

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Re: Have you evicted a non-paying tenant in Jersey City/Hudson County?
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I took a generic one from a How to Landlord book I read back in the 1990s. My attorney then reviewed it and made some changes (adding in the "Additional Rent" clauses and revising my late payment penalty fees).

Https://www.amazon.com/Landlording-Han ... =1-2&keywords=landlording


Thanks, I''l check it out. Years ago a friend with a large management co gave me a lease but I thought it was over the top aggressive, like not guaranteeing appliances. Have you ever had anyone put off by your lease?

Posted on: 2/12 14:12
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Re: 139 summit avenue bridge finally open..
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I'll be excited when you can get from St Pauls to 139 again instead of having to battle your way down Newark.

Posted on: 2/12 13:10
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Re: Have you evicted a non-paying tenant in Jersey City/Hudson County?
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I have it in my lease that I can collect these costs "As Additional Rent". If you don't have the quoted statement in your lease, you can't demand that these costs be reimbursed in landlord / tenant court.


I need a tighter lease. Where did you get what you use?

Posted on: 2/12 13:06
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Re: Bayonne Costco opening March 7th...
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Geezzzz, that's not a deal at all! Why soo much to join? I got a BJs membership for 1 year for like 15.00.


Are you seriously arguing a low intro rate as comparison? Or are you complaining Costco doesn't have an similar intro rate?

Bohdipooh said it very well about the difference. I recall there's one more thing about Costco, they have a cashback Mastercard that adds 2 years to most warrantys of anything purchased with it anywhere.

Posted on: 2/12 13:03
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Re: Question about bleeding radiators
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Are you on the top floor? If you don't get water to come out when you bleed the radiator, then the pressure is probably too low on your boiler.

Robin.


Exactly. There's a pressure regulator to drop the pressure since hydronic systems don't like to run at full city pressure. Perhaps its malfunctioning.

Dcourts, that only works for hydronic fin baseboard, not the less common cast iron radiators or cast iron baseboard. A lot of old houses were retrofitted from steam to hot water leaving the old radiators.

Posted on: 2/11 20:50
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Re: Do you recommend particular Roofer?
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Calling Brewster, MDM, and any other Jclist home improvement experts! Any tips for locating leaks on an asphalt roof?

I have a small leak coming through the ceiling of the unit two floors below the roof, i.e. there is no visible leak or dampness in the ceiling or walls of the apartment directly under the roof, instead the leak is coming through the ceiling of the apartment second from the top floor.

It only leaks when it rains hard, and usually with a 12+ hour delay, so if it rains hard tonight, tomorrow evening it will leak for a while through the roof of the ground floor unit. The leak isn't a huge amount, just enough to make the ceiling damp in that area.

I have opened up the ceiling where the leak is visible, and can see it dripping between floorboards from above. I can only think it is coming down inside the wall from roof and then running along floorboards and dripping down.

Initially I suspected a leak in the siding or from around the windows in the floor above, but I have checked those thoroughly, and sealed any gaps where water could possibly get in around windows.

The roof looks ok overall, so I am at a loss to know what to do. There is a chimney on that side of the roof, so going to double check the roof tar around that.

Cheers,
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Tough one, odds are it's at the periphery of the roofing somewhere, like the flashing around chimneys, parapets, and vents. I had flashing cracking and leaking 3 years after a complete roof replacement. Well done boys!

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Re: Have you evicted a non-paying tenant in Jersey City/Hudson County?
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I can't help you with your own appearance issues, but I can tell you this: if they show up without the back rent they're done, the court won't listen to any nonsense about pests and maintenance. Given that, I find it hard to believe they're lenient about no-shows.

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Re: Bayonne Costco opening March 7th...
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Best way to get there via public transportation from downtown Jersey City?

also, what are the best things to get to costco? i have never been to a costco!


The HBLR will get you less than 7 minute walk away, I'm not sure where the entrance will be. As for what, just imagine if you got rid of everything stupid about how BJ's is run, and then have someone curate the product lines so the selections make sense and none of it is crap. Like, if they sell a vacuum or a set of pots, it's a good one. And presuming they do photos in this one, you can upload your files and pick prints up there, large Fuji prints are absurdly cheap, like a 16x20 for $7.

Posted on: 2/11 20:31
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Re: The SUV Phenomenon
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The problem with significant parking permit fees is that it would look like a very regressive tax. From a public policy perspective, parking is a self solving problem. People don't have cars if they don't want to deal with the hassle or cost of parking them. People moving to an area with difficult parking at least know what they're getting into. It's only the incumbent residents that get hysterical as density increases.

I am all for density, it's what makes cities unique and wonderful places to live. but increases in density require commensurate increases in public transportation, which is what we are not seeing.

Posted on: 2/11 13:41
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Re: The SUV Phenomenon
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Owners of large SUV's should have to pay $1,500 a year for their residential parking stickers. Owners of commercial vehicles should have to pay $4,000.00 a year for a residential parking sticker


Thankfully, you are not in charge of public policy. Here is the problem with your stand: some SUVs are so compact as to be smaller than most mid-size sedans. Heck, of the top 10 SUVs sold in the US last year, almost all are about the same length as a Ford Fusion, with only two being about a foot longer.


So true, they're compact cars in SUV drag, a lot of them aren't even 4 or all wheel drive.

Posted on: 2/8 17:01
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Re: The SUV Phenomenon
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The parkign authority should also restrict the last few spots on the street by each corner from being allowed for SUVs. They cut off too much visibility at stop signs.


You mean the agency that winks at this kind of parking at Monmouth & 13th? Makes that turn very dangerous with 2 way traffic. That whole L shaped section between 10th and Coles should be one way anyway.

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Re: For six years, Jersey City schools chief was at center of conflict
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Can't help think if you took 20% or so of school funding, and gave that directly to the students or parents as conditional incentives - standards of attainment, behavior, and attendance and would skyrocket.


How about, for a fraction that price, attractive after school programs like music and sports that you must maintain a certain GPA for?


Those are perks not incentives for many - though may form part of a collection of incentives. What motivates you more - your free corporate gym membership or your year-end bonus?


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Involvement in sports is the most popular extracurricular activity for high school students. Sports require time and energy, but surprisingly that doesn’t come at the cost of academic performance. Sports participation is associated with higher GPAs, lower dropout rates and stronger commitments to school compared with the average, nonathlete high school student.

Widespread Participation
Across the United States, approximately 60 percent of all high students play on a school-sponsored sports team, according to a 2015 report by Child Trends. Boys were more likely to play sports than girls. Most school districts have eligibility requirements that require athletes to maintain a certain GPA and avoid absences if they want to play. The team may drop an athlete who performs poorly in the classroom.

Average GPAs
In 2009, the average GPA was 3.10 for a female high school graduate and 2.90 for male students. Researchers at Michigan State University determined that students who participated in vigorous sports did 10 percent better in science, English, math and social studies compared with other students. Different studies show various results regarding athlete versus nonathlete GPAs, with some showing athletes having a full point higher GPA than nonathletes.


Full article https://www.theclassroom.com/high-scho ... ol-students-gpa-3702.html

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Re: For six years, Jersey City schools chief was at center of conflict
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Can't help think if you took 20% or so of school funding, and gave that directly to the students or parents as conditional incentives - standards of attainment, behavior, and attendance and would skyrocket.


How about, for a fraction that price, attractive after school programs like music and sports that you must maintain a certain GPA for?

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Re: Sweeney proposes slapping payroll tax on Jersey City businesses to fund schools
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According to the new school funding formula, Jersey City is dramatically overfunded, but when you look around at our public schools that doesn’t seem to be the case. Our students are being provided with a high quality education


Untrue. Our unionized employees are being better paid than 98% of their NJ peers, but our students are being shortchanged. The district is now being run by and for it's employees. I dare anyone to try and read the "user friendly budget" and figure out where the money goes. I found terms used there that Google couldn't even define!


it is so easy/convenient to blame teachers for poor jc public school system, and i don't doubt that there are many lousy teachers out there, but i don't think people focus enough attention on lousy parents who raise lousy students/children.

I don't blame the teachers for the outcomes (in general) but they are part of the budget problem. JC makes huge amounts of money vanish without a trace. One way to get underprivileged and immigrant kids to engage in school is to provide them with a non-classroom reason, like sports, drama, music etc. We fund these in the 13th percentile of comparable NJ schools. We pay our janitors in the 97th percentile. Perhaps the students should unionize?

I pick on the Janitors not because of any special animus but because it's easy. If you try an look at the larger picture you can get bogged down in special ed, teacher seniority and qualifications, the claimed harm of charters, old crappy buildings, etc and all the reasons JC is "unique". But cleaning a damn school is pretty simple, no? In actual dollars we pay nearly twice the state average for maintenance staff and less than half on extracurricular. This is simply indefensible.

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Indicator 13: Extracurricular Costs (Definition)
Per Pupil Amount (2015-16 actual costs): $144
Per Pupil Ranking Within Group (2015-16 actual costs): 13|101
% of Budgetary Cost Per Pupil (2015-16): 0.8%
Per Pupil Amount (2016-17 actual costs): $152
Per Pupil Ranking Within Group (2016-17 actual costs): 14|98
% of Budgetary Cost Per Pupil (2016-17): 0.9%
Per Pupil Amount (2017-18 budget): $137
Per Pupil Ranking Within Group (2017-18 budget): 11|98
% of Budgetary Cost Per Pupil (2017-18): 0.7%


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Indicator 11: Salaries and Benefits for Operations and Maintenance of Plant (Definition)
Per Pupil Amount (2015-16 actual costs): $1,736
Per Pupil Ranking Within Group (2015-16 actual costs): 98|101
% of Budgetary Cost Per Pupil (2015-16): 10%
to % of Salaries and Benefits for Operations to Total Operations and Maintenance of Plant Costs (2015-16): 66.16%
Per Pupil Amount (2016-17 actual costs): $1,424
Per Pupil Ranking Within Group (2016-17 actual costs): 90|98
% of Budgetary Cost Per Pupil (2016-17): 8%
to % of Salaries and Benefits for Operations to Total Operations and Maintenance of Plant Costs (2016-17): 60.75%
Per Pupil Amount (2017-18 budget): 1856
Per Pupil Ranking Within Group (2017-18 budget): 97|98
% of Budgetary Cost Per Pupil (2017-18): 10%
to % of Salaries and Benefits for Operations to Total Operations and Maintenance of Plant Costs (2017-18): 65.38%


https://www.state.nj.us/cgi-bin/education/csg/18/csg.pl
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Re: Sweeney proposes slapping payroll tax on Jersey City businesses to fund schools
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Sandra Cunningham wrote:
According to the new school funding formula, Jersey City is dramatically overfunded, but when you look around at our public schools that doesn’t seem to be the case. Our students are being provided with a high quality education


Untrue. Our unionized employees are being better paid than 98% of their NJ peers, but our students are being shortchanged. The district is now being run by and for it's employees. I dare anyone to try and read the "user friendly budget" and figure out where the money goes. I found terms used there that Google couldn't even define!

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Re: For six years, Jersey City schools chief was at center of conflict
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Terrible that the Teacher's Union gets to dictate how the school system is run, but me and most of the other parents in Jersey City weren't there tonight, and 150 teachers were, until enough of us make it a priority to oppose them, they get to run the show.

Robin.

Good point, but since she was a lame duck not much interest in this battle. But to your larger point, I find the entire schools issue to be impenetrable. As far as I can tell all the conflict is over who gets to pillage the system, the teachers or the admin, not over how can they do a better job.

I'd love to know more. If only there was some Journalists who would actually report in depth on the issues facing the $600m/year JC system and the implications of the factions fighting, rather than just the blow by blow. But this is what you get when Newsrooms are gutted. Big stories like the implications of the reval delay and the schools crisis simply can't be covered since most of it isn't a couple of paragraphs on "what happened today".

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Re: The SUV Phenomenon
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I am looking at turning in my trusty, easy to park, wonderfully easy to drive hatchback if/when #2 kid comes along. If I put two car seats in my existing vehicle, the driver seat will be too forward for me to fit in the car (I am not a tall dude).

So it will be minivan, crossover, or SUV.

Test drive a Soul. Great car, dirt cheap, and the base model comes with tons of stuff like bluetooth that's higher trim on other cars. You'll swear there's a spacewarp that makes it bigger on the inside than it looks from the outside. It's wide, so you can probably get 2 kid seats in plus another passenger. I know we had 2 boosters and another kid. Plus you can get nice aftermarket roof rails and shlep sheets of plywood or drywall.

As far as the OP, a lot of what gets called an SUV or crossover is just a little hatchback on steroids, no bigger than an old Ford Escort on the inside, just jacked up. Strangely, the Soul is often put in that category, though it makes no claims to be a truck.

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Re: Cash out refinance of investment property?
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Thanks for the tip. I spoke with someone yesterday and they do the cash-out refinance for an LLC with very competitive rates compared to the other banks I have talked to. It may be a good option for me!


Glad I could help. IB is too low profile, needs some good press. I left Cap 1, what a shitshow. Utterly incompetent, I could not find a single person capable of opening a tenant escrow account properly. No wonder they're closing their branches.

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Re: Cash out refinance of investment property?
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I am looking into doing a cash-out refinance for a residential investment property that is owned by an LLC. I have talked to a few banks that do this but wonder if anyone recommends a particular bank for this? There is definitely no consistency among the banks for these loans when the property is owned by an LLC.

Thanks for any insight.


Can't speak to this exact issue, but I found Investors Banks to be spectacularly competent in my last purchase, unlike any other bank I've ever dealt with. I switched my other banking there, I was so impressed. Small local banks are better, IB is where Pamrapo used to be before they shat the bed.

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