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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 […]

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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; […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Totally paranoid about bed bugs when hunting for NYC apartments for rent? You’re not alone. It’s a common concern for many of our renters.  You and your fellow renters really want to know which buildings have had an infestation, especially before you sign a 12 month lease. So how do you know? Ask! New York […]

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Before you start searching for your next apartment, you should know how much rent you can afford, or the income needed to get approved by a landlord. Rent to Income Landlords typically require that your annual income is at least 40 times the monthly rent. For example, if you and your roommate are looking at […]

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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 […]

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What Does No Fee Mean?

September 7th, 2010 : The Naked Apartments TeamComments Off

“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.

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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

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