Naked Apartments: Search apartments for rent in New York City

Picture of the two renters.

  • Budget: $2,400
  • Neighborhoods searched: Morningside. Anywhere near Columbia
  • Websites used: Craigslist, Naked ApartmentsStreetEasy
  • 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 to sell them a more expensive, but lower quality apartment. (At Naked Apartments, we kick brokers off our site for doing this. Just sayin’…)

When Megan Meza and Desiree Chavis met at a job interview for Manhattan-based ad agency Ogilvy and Mather, they had no idea of what awaited them. The two soon-to-be roommates are recent college graduates from rival schools Duke University and University of North Carolina (respectively), and have bonded over what they refer to as “the harshness of New York City apartment hunting.” Their road to renting has been full of twists, turns, and dead ends created by the labyrinthine nature of New York City apartment hunting. This journey has led them through over 20 apartments in the past month and it all started with a scam. [Read more →]

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Average Utility Bill

September 5th, 2012 : Travis Hill

Average Utility Bill. When hunting for an apartment, renters are often reminded to budget for utilities, but how much should they budget? To answer that question, we asked New York City renters to estimate their bills. The average cost of electric according to our renters is $75 per month. For cable television, the average is $116 per month. For Internet access, the average cost is $45 per month.   Here are some Renter’s Tips to save on your Average Utility Bill:  Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFLs) can save you up to $60 per bulb in electricity costs over their lifetimes.  Getting rid of your landline in favor of your cell phone or Skype can save you $20-50 a month.  Instead of paying hundreds for cable, try using services like NETFLIX and HULU PLUS to instantly watch your favorite movies and TV shows anytime. Each service starts at around $7.99 per month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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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 and phrases, and here they are, in all their word-cloud-glory. (The bigger the word, the more prevalent it was.)

word cloud of positive real estate broker reviews

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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).

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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 video tourGreenwich Village

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We’re repeatedly asked when Naked Apartments will move into other cities.  (Answer: in time…) But when you consider the sheer size of NYC’s boroughs, you could say we’re already simplifying renting in 4 of the top 10 cities in the US. [Read more →]

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64% of renters want smoke-free buildings, but 65% of renters aren't willing to pay for the luxury.

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

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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 we still there?

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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. [Read more →]

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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 (which holds the title for most inconvenient commute) works out to be a little over $2,000 a month and that’s for a “shared bedroom.” Sadly, this crippling figure is the accepted norm for junior residence hall prices even if you are lucky enough to dodge the Lafayette bullet and get into Carlyle, Coral, Greenwich Hotel, Gramercy, Palladium, or U-Hall.

But I don’t want half a room for $2,000 a month. I want a quality space to myself– a place that I feel a connection to; a place where I may hang my hat without my coat rack being indicted as a fire hazard; a place that I have thought deeply about and am proud to show to friends and family.

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