In her new book, No Place Like Home, Brooke Berman describes her experience living in 39 NYC apartments. As she explains, “Moving is an incredible proposition to Americans. It is loaded with the very framework of our national mythology. We are a nation founded on ‘frontier’ mythology and on expansion as a tactic for reinvention [...]
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When you sign that fee check you may think to yourself, “wow, they’re getting a lot of money. I should become a broker!” But what most renters don’t understand is that a broker is usually not getting the full broker’s fee. And if you sign a no-fee apartment, the broker is not getting the full [...]
“No Fee!” That one little phrase makes every renter so excited, but why are only some apartments no fee? And why are the best apartments never advertised as no-fee? As a renter looking for your next apartment, you should understand the answers to these two questions.
Terminix, the pest control service company, recently released a list of the most bedbug-infested cities, and unfortunately, NYC topped the list: 1. New York City 2. Philadelphia 3. Detroit
For as long as many of us can remember, New Yorkers have been putting up temporary floor-to-ceiling walls in their apartments to squeeze in an extra roommate and reduce their share of the rent. Brilliant right? You create a new room by walling off your living room and voilà… Jimmie moves in; he has a [...]
Curious about the answer to the question, “what is the average rent in Manhattan?” The answer, unfortunately, are those annoying two words, “it depends.” To demonstrate, we’ve compiled numbers from two leading brokerages in NYC. See for yourself just how much the answer “depends”:
So you found an apartment that you’re in love with and now you’re ready to apply. This is where all the fun begins. Gathering all of your paperwork prior to your search is the difference between getting the apartment and losing out.
Tenant: “I have an emergency. I know its 3 AM but my kitchen faucet is leaking. When do you think you’ll be able to come fix it?” Super: “I’ll be there in two months at the earliest.”
When renting an apartment in New York City there are a ton of things you need to spend money on. Furniture that’s small enough to not take over your space, window treatment to cover the hideous plastic blinds your apartment came with, and the occasional roach repellent to make sure you don’t end up with [...]
A great broker will make finding an apartment easy and delightful, while a terrible broker will be a disaster and provide frustration. Brokers have tons listings of apartments for rent in New York City that will take him or her 15-30 minutes to tally up a selection that fits your criteria. Brokers that have been [...]