Renter Tips

Average Utility Bill

September 5th, 2012 : Travis Hill

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 budget for the average utility bill, we asked New York City renters to tell us what they are currently paying.

What Makes a Great Real Estate Broker? If you were to describe your ideal broker or agent, one that you would refer to your friends, you’d probably use words like: helpful, professional, experienced, honest, understanding, nice, and even perfect.   We analyzed 50,000 words from our top-rated agent reviews to uncover the most commonly used words […]

We are fascinated by the smart use of tiny apartments, and dig *faircompanies for continually producing great videos on the topic. Remodeling 270 square feet of rooftop storage, where a building’s water tanks were housed, into an incredible apartment in lovely Barcelona (Bar-the-lona).

How does a site or app best convey the look, sounds and vibe of a NYC neighborhood?  Vidaao, in partnership with Bond New York, is testing video as one method and we’re including two of their videos on our neighborhood pages.  Take a look and let us know what you think. Greenwich Village

64% of NYC renters want smoke-free buildings, but they aren’t willing to pay for the luxury.

The Hard Sell

May 28th, 2012 : Travis Hill

The pressure of the situation made the room feel more like it was used for interrogations than conferences. The three of us were hungry, exhausted, and had just been told that we had 30 minutes to hand over several thousand dollars in exchange for an apartment that we weren’t even sure we wanted. Why were […]

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 […]

Miron Properties produced a great video describing the basics of getting your rental — how much income you need to qualify, what a guarantor is, the paperwork required and a lot more. Check it out. There’s cartoon doodling!

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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