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- Renting inNEW YORK CITY
Before you view any apartments, have your documents in order and bring them with you! When you see an apartment you like, you'll be ready to secure it. If you don't have your paperwork with you, the apartment could go to the applicant who sees the place right after you.
Some agents - not all - require that you meet them in advance at their offices. Agents will share the listing's address when you meet face-to-face. (This is so you don't bypass the agent.) You'll likely meet him or her at a location close to the listing, such as a nearby coffee shop.
Most apartments are not available to see after 6pm because most buildings don't want non-tenants roaming around. To see a luxury doorman at night is next to impossible. Also, a lot of management companies aren't open after 8pm. Some even have restrictions about weekends - they work Monday through Friday. In other words, you'll have to be a little flexible.
Either you'll walk to the various apartments, or you'll take the subway or buses between different apartments. Don't expect an agent to pay for your transportation costs. If agents did that for every client they met, they'd lose a lot of money.
Budget two to three hours to see a few apartments. Each apartment takes approximately 45 minutes to travel to, get in, and see. So if you can only view during your lunch hour, then plan to see one apartment per day. And keep in mind that on the third or fourth day, the first unit you saw will probably be gone, so don't be a lunch-hour hunter. Try to make time to view four or five apartments in one session.