Strategies for Finding a NYC Apartment?

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Q: I am looking for an apartment for next year, and I have been looking through craigslist to see if I can find an apartment either in Manhattan or Brooklyn. I have been looking through the no fee section, but I guess tons of people look through that also. My question is, how do most people in NY find their apartments?

Do most people pay a realtor fee? What is the fee usually? I sort of find it pointless to pay someone 10%-20% of a years rent for seeing an apartment? What other websites are there for looking for apartments?

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.