Renter Tips

Anyone who’s lived outside of Manhattan knows the deal: there are dozens of basement dwellings up for rent any day of the week in the five boroughs. Known as ADUs (accessory dwelling units), they’re nearly all based out of row houses and condos in outer boroughs, particularly in low-rent neighborhoods. You won’t be able to […]

Anyone who has ever embarked on the search for their perfect New York City apartment can tell you, it’s not easy. It can be extremely frustrating and, at times, you may even feel hopelessly discouraged. But, before you experience some long-awaited relief on move-in day, there are a few simple steps you can take to […]

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 […]

“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.

Showings on Demand

July 11th, 2013 : Joe Charat

A First in Real Estate Through the years our business has adapted to the realities of the NYC rental market, using technology to simplify how renters find their next home. We’ve innovated in an industry badly in need of it. And we’re incredibly proud of our many accomplishments: We were the first to sort listings […]

Once again FairCompanies produces an incredible video on maximizing the use of small spaces.  Watch a 420 square foot SoHo apartment  transform into 1100 square feet of functionality. “The main idea is to get double, triple, quadruple, use out of every space.” The mastermind behind the concept is Graham Hill.  You can learn more about the apartment, his […]

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 power finally returning to areas of New York City, resilience is an idea that is on everyone’s minds. For many homes and businesses that are fortunate enough to be back in working order, the return to normalcy is just around the corner. But for many others, these recent events have shed light on problems […]

The damage that Sandy has caused is unimaginable. If you’re one of the thousands of individuals who have suffered from the hurricane, our hearts go out to you. We hope that you’re safe. For those with renters insurance that have also suffered property damage, and are wondering about making a claim, below are some contact […]

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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