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Renter lessons learned the hard way, why you should Airbnb before buying, & more

By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
September 17, 2021 - 1:35PM

This week readers visited Brick Underground to read about what New Yorkers wish someone had told them about their apartment or their building before they moved in—like if the building had a problem with flooding or an unsavory super. Keep their regrets in mind if you're looking for a new apartment.

Also of interest: Many second-home buyers rent in an area before they buy. It's a tactic that broker say more primary home buyers should try before buying somewhere unknown—and for a shorter commitment, consider doing an Airbnb.

Here are this week's top five posts: 

1) 12 staging mistakes that can cost you the sale of your apartment

2) NYC sees new records for lease signings but Delta causes some 'weakening'

3) Massive safety sweep stops work at nearly 1,500 construction sites

4) What New Yorkers wish they knew about their apartment buildings before they moved in

5) 3 reasons why you should rent or Airbnb before you buy


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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