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We finally upgraded from a studio, credit card rewards for rent payments, & more

By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
June 25, 2021 - 1:30PM

This week readers visited Brick Underground to check out six lessons a New York City couple learned when they upgraded from a studio to a rent-stabilized one bedroom. One lesson learned: If you find a place before you can actually move, negotiate a move-in date so you don't risk loosing the apartment. 

Also of interest: A new credit card from Kairo gives you rewards for paying your rent—and it can help turn you into a homeowner one day.

Here are this week's top five posts.

1) I upgraded from a studio to a rent-stabilized one bedroom. Here are 6 lessons I learned

2) A new credit card brand says charging your NYC rent could help you own someday

3) Brick Underground’s best neighborhoods for recent college grads 2021

4) 9 negotiating mistakes you'll want to avoid as a buyer

5) How to break a lease in NYC


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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