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No Gym in Building? No Prob! See Williamsburg’s Best, Cheapest Gyms

Once upon a time, Williamsburg was an off-the-beaten path, outer-borough enclave that lacked the staples of more traditional, less vinyl-siding dense places. Luxury condos and rental buildings, however, offered a solution to one of the neighborhood’s most lacking staples – gyms. Units in these amenities-rich buildings, however, came at quite a premium and were not [...]

By |October 11th, 2016|Renter Tips|
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What Is My Credit Score and Why Do Landlords Care?

  Do a quick Google search for the paperwork needed to rent in NYC, or check Naked Apartment’s renter's checklist, and you will be floored with all of the references, paperwork, paystubs, and ID requirements that some landlords and management companies ask of potential tenants. The first time I tried to rent in New York, [...]

By |October 5th, 2016|Renter Tips|

Budgeting Tips for Grad Students: How to Survive on a Grad Student Stipend

  Let’s face it. Life as a grad student is not always glamorous. Between the cost of tuition, absurdly expensive text books that you will never read again, and basic needs like food and housing, finding the funds to have some semblance of a social life may seem impossible. Even if you’re lucky enough to [...]

By |September 28th, 2016|Renter Tips|
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How to Find a Really Cheap Apartment in NYC

In the immortal words of Jimmy McMillan (source: Grace C via Flickr Creative Commons) Looking to land a really cheap apartment? Aren't we all. If your budget is low - so low that you're having trouble finding options on Naked Apartments - read this guide for tips. Some of them are tried, true [...]

By |August 24th, 2016|Renter Tips|
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Checking An Apartment’s Safety: It Starts With The Door

Prior to renting an apartment, no matter how great the space is or ideal the location, it’s worthwhile to check its safety and security. Here are a few things to check, starting with the door. […]

By |July 20th, 2015|Apartment Living, Renter Tips|

The Apartment Inspection

When making an offer to buy a home or condo, you typically have an “inspection contingency.” Within a few days of an accepted offer, you pay a professional or general contractor to inspect the house. If there are issues, you can back out of the deal, free and clear…  minus the $200 – $1,000+ you paid the inspector. Or you go back to the seller and renegotiate. When renting, when signing a lease and committing to live in an apartment for 12-24 months, there’s no such thing as in inspection contingency. You see an apartment, pay application fees and a deposit, and while you can do a final walk through before signing the lease, many renters skip it. Instead, your left doing your own walk-through, typically when you first view the apartment. So throw on your hard hat, put on your contractor-game-face, fire up our evaluation guide, and get ready to inspect. If you’re working with a broker, have them help you.   […]

By |July 17th, 2015|Apartment Living, Renter Tips|

How to Deal with Your Roommate’s Pet

  So, you have a roommate and that roommate comes with baggage. Not just any baggage, like bulky furniture, or a propensity to leave dishes in the sink, or a plethora of knitting materials. No, it’s something a lot more lively and furry, and it might chew up your shoes. Now, if it’s a fish or lizard, you probably won’t be coming into contact with the pet too much. But if it’s a cat or dog, whether you’re an animal lover or not, sometimes a furry friend can come between you and your roommate. Here are 5 ways to deal with your roommate’s pet: […]

By |July 13th, 2015|Apartment Living, Renter Tips|

Tips for Finding Rent Stabilized Apartments

Cost is a major concern among renters in New York City, especially as it becomes a more and more expensive place to live. Many people are working hard to find ways of ensuring that their living situation is sustainable. Despite the fact that around 50% of all apartments in the city are rent stabilized, finding one of them can be difficult, as those who live in them understandably don’t want to give them up. Here are some tips for finding rent stabilized apartments in New York City: […]

By |July 11th, 2015|Renter Tips|
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Living with Roommates: To Roommate or Not to Roommate?

  As a recent article in The New York Times pointed out, more and more adults are choosing to live with roommates, despite having the financial means to afford their own apartments. For some, the high cost of living alone in New York is just not worth it, and they prefer to save their money by not pouring it all into their rent. For others, the choice of living with roommates is more about the built-in social connection of sharing space with others. New York is not an easy place to live in, and it’s easy to become overwhelmed and isolated by your surroundings. We often take for granted that roommates provide vital social interaction, mostly as an ear for venting. Here are a few other reasons why living with roommates is beneficial and could be right for you. […]

By |July 8th, 2015|Apartment Living, Renter Tips|
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How to Make The Most Of Your Unused Space

A few years ago National Geographic did the math and realized that if everyone in the world stood shoulder to shoulder, we would all fit in Los Angeles. Granted, this isn’t the most useful of thought experiments, but it illustrates something shockingly obvious that we’re all constantly overlooking – there’s plenty of space to go around. Take NYC, for example. This is a city where getting an apartment even remotely close to what you wanted is a cause for celebration. But if you’re anything like 69% of most New Yorkers, you’ll spend countless years moving up a few hundred square feet at a time in your search for the “perfect place.” But the perfect place can be any place, really, as long as you’re creative. Here are 7 ways to totally rethink your apartment and rediscover all the square feet you’ve been overlooking. […]

By |July 8th, 2015|Apartment Living, Renter Tips|