Finding an Affordable Apartment in New York’s Five Boroughs

Your friends probably have a ton of apartment hunting advice. They might swear by their broker, the neighborhood newsletter, or a psychic they like. Finding an affordable place to live in New York City still won’t be easy though. You can simplify if by following these tips though. If you really need something in the five boroughs and you need it under $1,000, use these tips.

Listen to Your Friends, Colleagues and Random Coffee Shop Talk. You can find a great place via word-of-mouth. Don’t wait for the topic to come up. Ask everyone you know or meet if they know of a good, reasonably priced place.

Find a Great Broker. Find a real estate broker based in the neighborhood in which you want to live. They know the neighborhood, management companies and landlords. Check its website religiously to view new listings.

Get the Papers. Make it the early morning edition. Read the classifieds. Chug coffee. Call landlords. You can find a gem, but remember, the early bird gets the studio with an epic view. Read the Daily News, Village Voice and New York Times. Also, try the Jewish Press and El Diario.

Take a hike – an urban hike. From edge to edge of the neighborhood you love, walk. Keep your head up and observe doors and windows for that beautiful “For Rent” sign. When you see it, inquire.

Use your employer or educational institution’s housing office. If you have to move due to work or school, the housing … Read More