Glyn Ramsay. Home Design. January 12th , 2018.
I have a good friend whose ex-wife worked as a real estate agent for eight years. When they were still together, I had the unique opportunity of getting some great tips on how to look for an apartment in New York. The most impacting tip she gave me was that timing is everything. New York is unlike any city in the country when it comes to this, in most cities you generally start your apartment search two or sometimes three months before your move out date. In New York the market moves so fast that most landlords want to sign leases immediately after your application is accepted. At the very most, you have a month to search, the best deals generally come out the first week of the month or the third week of the month. Approximately 70% of the listings in the first week of the month are for movers moving on the 15th, 30% are meant for movers moving at the beginning of the next month.
This article is a guide that will help make the process of finding an apartment in this "crazy city" easier, more efficient and less confusing (it might even save you a couple of dollars in the process). It is all laid out in an easy to follow 6-step process. This may seem like the easy part because you obviously want to be in an area that is convenient, trendy and safe, however you will soon figure out nothing is that easy in New York City. You need to determine what neighborhood fits your personality/life style and at the same time determine what kind of space/amenities you will need. For example you may work in the East Village and love the energy there but are you willing to pay the steep price tag for a "shoe box"(and by "shoe box" I mean a tiny apartment) in a run down building that is a 4th floor walk-up. Do you feel comfortable living in an area where its a constant party scene every night?
Amy Williams Ramirez is an experienced writer of content for many websites and various articles. She also has been an Apartment Locator and Licensed Real Estate Agent for over 8 years, serving the entire Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. She has lived in the Metroplex her entire life and is very familiar with all the properties, as well as their approval criteria, and the city itself. Amy has been with J. Ellis Apartment Locators for over 6 years, and they are the premiere Locating Company for the DFW area, in business for almost 20 years now. Many locating companies have come and gone over the years, but J. Ellis has remained throughout the decades and is a well respected Apartment Relocation Company.