We all wish brokers are apartment genies. You tell them what you want, and they make it so – in exchange for a giant fee. However, that’s not always the case. We’ve all heard horror stories of bait and switches, deposit thieves and greedy management companies. I have lived through all of these things and [...]
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“There are those gems of apartments we see and just know it’s the one. Location. Check. Price is right. Check. Apartment is big AND has character. Check.” And then it just slips right through your fingers.
When my roommates and I unanimously decided that we were going to get a puppy, I started scouring the web for tips on pet ownership in New York City. As is usual on the Internet, what I found was a lot of disagreement. Angry residents were in uproar about their building becoming a dirty, noisy [...]
With utilities, broker fees, moving costs, furnishing costs, and security deposits, moving into a new apartment costs much more than just the monthly rent. In order to help answer the question of how much to [...]
64% of NYC renters want smoke-free buildings, but they aren’t willing to pay for the luxury.
The most difficult part of New York City apartment hunting is getting started. I drifted towards anything that seemed like it would take steps out of my search because how was I supposed to know what I don’t know about? “No-fee” sounds like heaven with a hyphen.
Well, it’s almost junior year and that means that I will officially have the least preference in NYU’s housing placement (sophomores receive the highest, then seniors). It also means that if I stay in “on-campus” housing, I am likely to end up a significant distance away from campus while still paying exorbitant amounts. Lafayette Hall [...]
Irritated that so many apartments are advertised with stock photos? You’re not alone. When surveyed, 65% of renters on Naked Apartments said they find stock photos annoying. One renter voiced their frustration by writing in; “I never trust that they’re actually representative of the apartment and usually end up ignoring the listing.” Another renter wrote; [...]
Are you only searching no-fee apartments in order to save money? We’ll show you how to adjust your rent to account for a 15% broker’s fee. You’ll expand your apartment choices significantly, and spend the same as you would on a no-fee apartment. Why are there so few no-fee apartments? Two reasons: 1) It’s not [...]
Renters often become frustrated/irritated/angry when a broker witholds the exact address of a building. To understand why, renters need to understand the broker’s perspective. When a broker discloses the address of an apartment, there’s a chance the renter bypasses them in order to avoid paying a broker’s fee. Sidestepping the broker in this way does [...]