Hi, Thank you so much for your interest.
I am a sales and marketing person. I graduated business school in Arizona and had worked in fashion brand Marketing in Japan and came to Los Angles and worked for 8 year in production management of Denim products. Now I am living here in NYC for 4 years to do marketing of housings/apartments. I had worked biggest agency in Manhattan and I experienced the whole Manhattan market and I moved to the biggest agency in Upper Manhattan to focus more in the area.
I traveled and lived in many places in the US and many countries. I am very sociable person and I like to meet people form different areas. I speak Spanish as well, also trying to learn Portuguese.
Speaking about apartments, NYC has quite different from others in housing. About 70% of people are renting apartments/houses. Manhattan is more extreme and always has apartment shortage and rents are quite high.
These are characteristics of the market:
1) You may not get 100% of what you want (space, price and location) in NYC apartment.
2) Many of apartments are rented in a few days, especially good deal (lower price).
3) You may need an excellent broker (like me, hahaha) to help you to get nice apartment in a timely manner.
4) Most of NYC landlords require tenant's annual income more than 40 times the rent and good credit score, if not, you will need guarantor(s) (co-signer) of 80 times the rent with good credit. - off course there are exceptions, but not many. if any problem, please let me know. I will try to find a way.
So here is my suggestions:
1) You will need to decide what is more important for you (space, price and location). Most of major cities in US and overseas people commute longer hours compared to Manhattan. If you go up the street, price goes down, space becomes larger. But you may think about the fact that from West 42nd to Dyckman (W200) only takes about 25 minutes by "A" train. 1 train about 28 minutes. Is it really to much time? Time is money, but rent for studio apartment in Midtown or Downtown is almost about that of 2 or 3 bedroom in Upper Manhattan. There are many safe and nice areas in Upper Manhattan as well.
2) Prepare paperwork for application in your hand. So that as soon as you see apartment, you can apply before somebody takes it. These are basic paperwork required by most of landlords: Employment verification letter (including position, duration and salary), 3 recent pay stubs, 3 recent bank statements, 2 recent tax returns and a copy of photo ID and social security card.
Also If you have roommate(s), bring them together with you when you see apartments. You can take photos and videos, but most of cases, they can not feel the same way you felt. You will loose your time explaining them, and they often think different than you, especially if you are not family or relatives.
3) I put actual apartment photos taken by me. This is product marketing and I know the apartments and I am always seeing most of apartments with my own eyes. If you explain to me exactly what you want, I will show you right away.
I would like to give you excellent service to clients including discount broker fee especially for those who come viewing prepared such as paperwork and who know exactly what you want. (Remember apartments are being rented very fast!!) These make my job easier and faster to allocate apartment and apply soonest, and more chance for you to get desired apartment. Does this work for you? Then call me. Thank you again!! See you soon!!