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Apartment Listing Photos

October 15th, 2012 : Travis HillComments Off

If there is anything that we can all agree on about apartment listings, it’s the importance of pictures. Without them, listings are easily overlooked and mistrusted. In fact, a recent Naked Apartments survey found that 70% of renters identified issues with photos as their main turn-off when sifting through apartment listings. But there is much [...]

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$500 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway Winner

September 27th, 2012 : Travis HillComments Off

Congratulations to Chloe H. for winning the Naked Apartments $500 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!!! A freshman at the NYU College of Arts and Sciences, Chloe is currently in student housing but had already begun looking into apartments even before she arrived in New York City. “It is frustrating that the apartments closer to campus are [...]

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Budget: $2,400 Neighborhoods searched: Morningside. Anywhere near Columbia Websites used: Craigslist, Naked Apartments, StreetEasy Been hunting for: One month Number of places seen: 20+ apartments Biggest peeve: Bait and Switch. Sometimes agents advertise fake apartments in order to attract renters. Then, when a renter inquires about the listing, the agent will say it was already rented and try [...]

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What Makes a Great Real Estate Broker? If you were to describe your ideal broker or agent, one that you would refer to your friends, you’d probably use words like: helpful, professional, experienced, honest, understanding, nice, and even perfect.   We analyzed 50,000 words from our top-rated agent reviews to uncover the most commonly used words [...]

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We are fascinated by the smart use of tiny apartments, and dig *faircompanies for continually producing great videos on the topic. Remodeling 270 square feet of rooftop storage, where a building’s water tanks were housed, into an incredible apartment in lovely Barcelona (Bar-the-lona).

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How does a site or app best convey the look, sounds and vibe of a NYC neighborhood?  Vidaao, in partnership with Bond New York, is testing video as one method and we’re including two of their videos on our neighborhood pages.  Take a look and let us know what you think. Greenwich Village

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We’re repeatedly asked when Naked Apartments will move into other cities.  (Answer: in time…) But when you consider the sheer size of NYC’s boroughs, you could say we’re already simplifying renting in 4 of the top 10 cities in the US.

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The Hard Sell

May 28th, 2012 : Travis HillComments Off

The pressure of the situation made the room feel more like it was used for interrogations than conferences. The three of us were hungry, exhausted, and had just been told that we had 30 minutes to hand over several thousand dollars in exchange for an apartment that we weren’t even sure we wanted. Why were [...]

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Curious how median rents and sale prices have changed over time? Here’s one simple chart, based on one of the leading data sources, that shows the trend over time for median sales prices and median rent prices in Manhattan. For buyers, the median price continues to gradually decrease, but for renters, the trend is not [...]

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Miron Properties produced a great video describing the basics of getting your rental — how much income you need to qualify, what a guarantor is, the paperwork required and a lot more. Check it out. There’s cartoon doodling!

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