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! [Read more →]
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; “They are generally in better shape than the actual apartment ”.
Wait a minute, is that the actual apartment?
Welcome to the world of stock photos, from which there is no escape. What are they? Stock photos are professional pictures that a landlord provides real estate agents, in order to control how their apartments are marketed on leading sites like Naked Apartments. They’re rarely of the actual unit up for rent, but are considered to be ‘representative’ of what an apartment looks like. While more aesthetically pleasing than pictures taken with an agent’s digital camera or cell phone, whether they serve their purpose of attracting more tenants, is questionable. [Read more →]
A 450 square foot studio Manhattan apartment, purchased for $235,000 in 2005, becomes an amazing unfolding space. Total construction cost for the upgrade: $70,000. [Read more →]
This morning we launched a new version of the page with full details and images for each apartment listing. Most importantly, this latest design allows for bigger pictures, is easy to scan and doesn’t overwhelm with nonessential info. To get a sense of how this page has evolved over time, here are various snapshots all the way back to our “early days” in 2010. Our page is all grown-up! [Read more →]
Now this is a cool concept that we just had to share. A boutique NYC broker gives renters a gift of an iPad, a 42″ LCD TV, or a $500 gift card, just for renting a $2,500+ apartment through them. That’s one generous apartment-warming gift.
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The NYC rental market is different.
Digging deep into various reports on the state of the city’s housing stock we came away with some interesting statistics…
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Curious how an apartment’s monthly rent compares to similar apartments? We now calculate how each apt compares to all others in the same neighborhood, with the same number of bedrooms, with similar amenities. For example, if you’re looking at a 1 bedroom in Chinatown with a doorman, elevator and outdoor space, we’ll compare it to all other 1 beds in Chinatown with the same amenities. [Read more →]