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Changing agents mid-search, secrets of a well-run building, & more

By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
February 21, 2020 - 1:00PM

This week readers visited Brick Underground for ways to get more space for less money when buying an apartment in New York City. For example, a first-floor apartment can be up to 15 percent cheaper than a second-floor apartment. Other tips include looking for apartments in post-war, walk-up, and non-doorman buildings.

Also of interest: The story of a divorcee who moved from Cliffside Park, NJ to the Upper East Side to live solo for the first time. She enjoyed the neighborhood but realized NYC is not for her.

Here, in full, are this week's most popular posts.

1) NYC rents 'up sharply' across all apartment sizes in January

2) I changed agents in the middle of my apartment hunt. Who gets the commission if I buy?

3) The Brick Underground Podcast: The secrets to a well-run co-op or condo building

4) 8 ways to get more space for less when buying a NYC apartment

5) From Cliffside Park, NJ, to the UES: After a rebound relationship with NYC, I’m ready to move on

And from this week's sponsors:

I’m concerned that a planned new development next to my building doesn’t comply with the neighborhood’s zoning rules. How do I challenge it? [sponsored]


Austin Havens-Bowen

Staff Writer

Staff writer Austin Havens-Bowen covers the rental market and answers renters' questions in a column called Realty Bites. He previously reported on local news for the Queens Ledger and The Hunts Point Express in the Bronx. He graduated from Hunter College with a BA in media studies. He rents a one-bedroom apartment in Astoria with his boyfriend and their two cats.

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