3 Tips to Help You Find That Dream Apartment

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 survived. My roommate and I just spent the last month looking for a two bedroom apartment in Williamsburg for no more than $2,000 a month. Over the weeks, we amassed the numbers of dozens of brokers and even grew to know them personally. But as each one of them learned our requirements, their reactions ranged from telling us we will never ever find that — “not even in Bushwick!” — to outright laughing in our faces. So where am I now? An adorable $1,900 two-bedroom apartment in the heart of Williamsburg. Here are three tips to help you also find your perfect apartment. […]

By |August 29th, 2013|Apartment Living, Renter Tips|

Apartment Hunting in a High Speed Market: What Can You Do?

“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. […]

By |July 26th, 2013|Apartment Living, Renter Tips|

Showings on Demand

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 [...]

By |July 11th, 2013|Naked Apartments, Renter Tips|

The stacking, nesting, and expanding apartment

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 [...]

By |December 7th, 2012|Apartment Living, Renter Tips|

Pet Friendly Apartment Hunting

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 madhouse by suddenly allowing pets. Meanwhile, pet owners told horrific tales of pet eviction and harassment by other tenants. Both sides furiously attempted to illustrate their frustrations with one another even though the problems were probably caused by a few irresponsible individuals. The fact is that some apartment buildings need to be pet-friendly while some apartment buildings need to be pet-free, but that does not mean that there can’t be a healthy middle ground. So for the sake of keeping the peace within that space, here are some tips for Pet-Friendly Apartment Hunting as well as some ways to demonstrate responsible pet ownership to your potential landlord or condo board. […]

By |November 19th, 2012|Apartment Living, Renter Tips|

Searching After Hurricane Sandy

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 that must be addressed while the event is still with us. In addition to recovery, we have to prepare for future events of this nature and perhaps of even greater magnitude. “In just 14 months, two hurricanes have forced us to evacuate neighborhoods — something our city government had never done before. If this is a trend, it is simply not sustainable,” Mayor Bloomberg stated in an editorial on Thursday. […]

By |November 3rd, 2012|Apartment Living, Renter Tips|

Renters Insurance – Phone Numbers & Contact Info

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 numbers and links that should be helpful. Please be prepared, however, for the high likelihood that your policy does not cover damage from a hurricane/flooding.  […]

By |October 31st, 2012|Apartment Living, Renter Tips|

Luxury Apartment Building In Harlem

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 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. […]

By |September 13th, 2012|Apartment Living, Renter Tips|

Average Utility Bill

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.

By |September 5th, 2012|Market Data, Renter Tips|

Great Real Estate Brokers

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 [...]

By |July 11th, 2012|Apartment Living, Renter Tips|