QuickTip: Considering selling your place but not sure how much you'd get for it? In just a few minutes, you can get a solid estimate using the Comparables tool on real estate website PropertyShark. Click the Comparables tab on the homepage, or type the address and unit number into PropertyShark to bring up a detailed property report ($9.95 each, or $39.95/month for 150 reports a month) and then click on the Find Comparables tab.
Like most things in life, practice makes perfect when renting an apartment in this town. We hit up experts--that is, New Yorkers who've signed multiple leases--to get their best insider info for the search.
"See as many apartments as you can, even if they are slightly above your price range. We were able to get the rent down by $350--from $3,600 to $3,250--in the summer. Our place is in a small building--26 units--and while we were in the process of looking, a different apartment opened up in the same building. It made more sense for them to take our offer, even though it was lower, so they didn't have two apartments vacant at the same time." - Alissa, Upper West Side
Q. I have to make six copies of a board package. I want to impress! Are three-hole binders okay? Plastic sleeves? Binder clips? Stapled? Should I include tabs for sections? Any other advice for making a great impression? Or what to avoid?
A. The co-op board package is a crucial component of getting the apartment you want, so it’s important to make sure your package is professional-looking, well-organized and easy to read, our experts say.
A handy online calculator lets rent-stabilized tenants figure out how far a buyout will go
For rent-stabilized tenants, a buyout offer from your landlord is like hitting the jackpot in the great casino of the New York City renting world. But how far will that chunk of change actually take you? The Shalom Tenants Alliance, a tenants' rights group, has put together a handy buyout calculator, which the New York Times spotted this weekend, that lets you calculate how many months of buying or owning you'd be able to afford with your landlord's offer.
Type in the relevant numbers--the offer, your income, your new rent, and so on--and presto, you'll get a breakdown of what you'd be left with after taxes, moving costs, broker's fees and a higher rent.
So your friend who let you crash on his couch while you’re between apartments is strongly hinting it's time to move on? Go to rental website Naked Apartments to see a multitude of places you might actually be able to afford with broker’s fees that top out at 9 percent (instead of the usual 12 to 15 percent). Look at the homes highlighted here in our round-up or search Naked Apartments by “no fee” or “low-fee” for more.
A cast-iron facade is quintessential Soho, but there's more to this downtown hotspot
Stroll through Soho and you'll find cast-iron buildings, cobblestone roads, the occasional celeb and hordes of tourists shopping up a storm. But that doesn't mean this neighborhood is all played out; plenty of New Yorkers still hang their hats south of Houston.
We headed downtown to talk to the people who call it home and got their unfiltered take on the 'hood. Here, in their own words, are the 11 best insider tips.
High-tech smoke alarm maker and recent Google acquisition Nest recently halted sales of all new smoke detectors and is disabling its Nest Wave feature over safety concerns, as the New York Observer and others reported today. The New Wave feature lets users turn off their alarms by waving their hands, which apparently is exactly what some people do when their apartment is on fire. Huh.
Sometimes, the best home improvement is getting a new apartment. Updated kitchens and in-unit laundry are good too. Below, five New Yorkers weigh in on their coveted dwelling fixes.
Laundry closer than the basement I would love to be allowed a laundry unit in my apartment. Who wouldn’t, right? It’s not a huge inconvenience to go down to the basement to do laundry. But once I had to have knee surgery and couldn’t even really manage that! There are people here even older than me. I don’t know how they manage without having to hire help. - Clarice, Hamilton Heights
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