I am a sales and marketing person. I graduated business school in Arizona and had worked in fashion brand Markeing in Japan and came to Los Angeles and worked for 8 year in production management of Denim products. Now I am living here in NYC for 3 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 Portugues.
NYC has very different housing situation. About 70% of people are renting apartments/houses. Manhattan is more extream and always has apartment shortage and rents are quite high.
These are caracteristics of the market:
1) You may not get all what you want (space, price and location) in NYC apartment.
2) Many of apartments are rented in a few days, especially good deal.
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 tenent'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 the way.
So here is my suggetions:
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 compaired 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 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 2 or 3 bedroom in Upper Manhattan. There are many safe and nice areas in Upper Manhattan as well.
2) Prepair paperworks for application in your hand. So that as soon as you see apartment, you can apply before somebody takes it. These are basic paperworks required by most of landlords: Employment varification letter (including position, duration and saraly), 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 offten think different than you, especially if you are not family or relatives.
3) I put actual photos taken by me. This is product marketing and I know the apartments and I always see most of apartments with my own eyes. If you explain to me exactly what you want, I will show you.
I will give you good service to clients including discount broker fee expecially for those who come viewing prepaired such as paparworks and who know exactly what you want. (Remenber apartments are beeing rented very fast!!) These make my job easier and faster to find apartment and apply soonest, and more chance for you to get the apartment. So I will charge less. Does this work for you, then call me. Thank you so much!! See you soon!!