The Rental Market

Learn from our first-time buyer's mistakes

By Leah Hochbaum Rosner | March 12, 2015 - 3:30PM

In Case You Missed It: Every so often, BrickUnderground digs through the archives to find the best advice our experts have shared through the years.

If the higher-than-arctic temperatures are any indication, spring -- that hyper-competitive buyer’s season—will soon be here. If you’re considering jumping into the market to purchase your very first place, make sure to check out Diary of a First-Time Buyer, a series of columns that follows one newbie navigating the sometimes terrifying NYC real estate market.

Our buyer, Elle, looked at over 60 apartments, across Brooklyn and Manhattan, over two years and ended up buying a one-bedroom co-op in Washington Heights.

Learn from Elle's mistakes and pick up myriad tips, including:

For more, check out the entire 20-post Diary of a First-Time Buyer column.


What 8 first-time buyers wish they had known

How to buy a NYC apartment

One first-time buyer's grueling—but successful!—bout with all-bash bids

First-time buyer: 4 lessons from someone who’s been there

Getting it right the first time: Basic tips for apartment buyers and sellers


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