Evergreen Question: Amazing Tips for Finding an Apartment in NYC?

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Help me AT, you’re my only hope!

We spend a lot of time discussing how to decorate an apartment, but what about finding an apartment?

The usual Craigslist hunt isn’t a process I’m looking forward to repeating; does anyone have any tips, sources, or ideas on making the decidedly horrifying task any easier?…

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Maybe a broker who really stood above the rest?
A listing source that seems to collect those hidden gems with some character?
That one little “ah-hah!” thought that makes apartment hunting in the city fun instead of overwhelming and frustrating?

Anything that might make the rental process easier to handle would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks from a fellow AT’er!

Danny

Dear Danny,

We’re probably the worst person to ask because we haven’t moved in nearly 15 years, BUT we will say that in our experience finding apartments for friends it all comes down to who you know and how broadly you can broadcast the word among your network of friends.

Every good apartment we’ve heard about in the past 10 years has come through word of mouth, except for our brother who used a broker in the West Village and scored a nice place on 12th street.

Our Tips:
– email all your friends
– ask some key “connector” friends to look out for you
– do the broker route anyway
– pound the pavement and call numbers listed on buildings that do their own renting

The problem is that people leaving a rental have very little incentive to advertise the fact, so you need to have friends who know when someone is moving or leaving. This would be a great problem for the web to solve:

“a social network of people in rental apartments, who can notify all their friends if they are leaving so that connections can be made to those looking.”

Okay, whose got the good tips out there?

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