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post #1501 of 7088
But it's the transit union which is bringing down the city... sarcasm.gif
post #1502 of 7088
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Originally Posted by Manton View Post

Having someone go out and look for places for you, at least he's providing a service.

In my case, the place was advertised in the times! The broker did, literally, nothing except collect the fee. I paid it because it was a killer apartment.

Exactly--if I was going to pay that kind of money, I wanted to at least feel like the guy had done some service for me. It was far too much money for the service provided, but at least he provided a service.

The ones where you find the listing are the absolute worst. A few years back, I found a place on Craigslist and went to look at it. Didn't like it, but asked the broker if he had any similar. He shrugged his shoulders. The next day, I found another place and went to check it out and it was the same exact broker. I didn't rent the place just because I refused to write a check to a broker that lazy and worthless.

Another time, I was all ready to sign a lease, had cashier's checks for brokers fee and everything in hand, and the broker was an hour late showing up to the lease signing (at least, that's how long I waited before leaving). Eventually, I found an open house near there and just left--ended up taking that apartment. Ugh, brokers.
post #1503 of 7088
is it at all possible to find a place on like street easy then use the powers of the internet to find the landlord and just contact them directly?
post #1504 of 7088
I've always heard of people trying that, but I'd guess most landlords use a broker because they don't want to deal with it, so it's probably a crapshoot.
post #1505 of 7088
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Originally Posted by gomestar View Post

is it at all possible to find a place on like street easy then use the powers of the internet to find the landlord and just contact them directly?

Yes, that's what I did. The problem is many of them get poached by brokers who run the same searches as you would and then contact the broker and start showing the apartment. This is why many ads state, "No Brokers, please"
post #1506 of 7088
When's the best time to find a good deal for an APT in NYC? Apr - May? Oct - Nov?

I'm sure like any other major city, there are seasonal fluctuations in supply and demand, and therefore, price. Or is NYC in a league of its own where Shit Is Just Always Expensive?
post #1507 of 7088
I've heard that months that aren't May, June, July (influx of new graduates) can be slightly cheaper, but only slightly. I haven't ever noticed this, I've only noticed the relative lack of availability when comparing options in December vs. June.


And there basically aren't deals for those coming to live in the city for the first time.
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Originally Posted by gomestar View Post

I've heard that months that aren't May, June, July (influx of new graduates) can be slightly cheaper, but only slightly. I haven't ever noticed this, I've only noticed the relative lack of availability when comparing options in December vs. June.


And there basically aren't deals for those coming to live in the city for the first time.

This. Most apartments come on the market in May, June, July. They can be a bit more expensive, but there is a lot more selection.

Also realize that the apartment market is very fast moving here. Most places aren't listed on the market until 4-6 weeks out from the start of the lease, so you can't really start looking now for a place for this summer. Gotta wait a few more months.
post #1509 of 7088
Oh, wow. Okay, thanks guys.

Just trying to figure out how to time my job search process and how to juggle that with my newly-extended lease in Dallas that ends in August. Was thinking about making moves now with the goal of moving to NYC by May / June, but I might just stick it out a couple more months and try to move by September.
post #1510 of 7088
selling your car should cover the costs to sign
post #1511 of 7088
At first I laughed.

Then I serious'd.

And then I frowned.
post #1512 of 7088
The other good thing about the May/June/July stock is that it's where a lot of the cheaper apartments are in my experience, given that it is so oriented towards college grads.

I will say that finding an apartment is far and away the worst part about moving to the city. Prepare yourself for despair and wondering what you have gotten yourself into. However, if you can get through it, everything else will be (relatively) smooth sailing.
post #1513 of 7088
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Originally Posted by GreenFrog View Post

At first I laughed.

Then I serious'd.

And then I frowned.

Yeah, no, he's serious.
post #1514 of 7088
You can search no fee rentals here.

http://www.nybits.com/
post #1515 of 7088
the more I think about it, I realize that my broker fee has actually saved me money. Ads may say "no fee" but that's rarely the case since they just build it into the rent. My current place was "no fee", but of course our broker wasn't working for free, so I offered to pay it and the landlord reduced the rent by the equivalent fee amount over one year. So the first year was a wash. The next year, I was still paying the reduced rent, and I still am (granted, it has gone up every year since). I think this may be the first year where the rent I pay matches the original price from 4 or 5 years ago.
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