View Full Version : Best time to look for an apartment - and how to organize the hunt?

May 25th, 2008, 06:13 AM
Hi all,

Me and my wife are moving to Manhattan from Spain in the beginning of 2009. My request to this amazing forum is for some information on how to organize the apartment hunt.

My thought was to go to NYC for about a week 30-40 days prior to our moving date, have some viewing appointments made through brokers and some directly with organizations like Rockrose, Glenwood or Brodsky - in order to be able to see a good selection of apartments.

Now, on to the questions:

1) Is the above a good way of organizing the hunt? Or should we just select 1-2 good brokers to set us up with as many viewings as possible? Since we are foreigners, would it be harder to go directly to the owners?

2) Which months are the best to go for our scouting trip? We are very flexible on dates, so we can adapt to the market. Should we go in december, looking to move in January, or should we go in Jan/Feb with move in date in Feb/March? When is the time with the most availabilities?

3) Is a week of serious apartment hunting a realistic way of finding an apartment if you are willing to pay a brokers fee, and also 6-12 months of upfront rent? Our target rent is somewhere between 5-7.000 usd/month.

Thanks a lot in advance for any help! :)


The Benniest
May 25th, 2008, 10:07 AM
Brianiac, here at Wired New York, posted THIS (http://wirednewyork.com/forum/showpost.php?p=227072&postcount=1902) here sometime ago that talks about how to prepare for your first apartment, and includes tips on costs, etc.

I also found this article (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/20/realestate/20COV.html?pagewanted=all) at the New York Times that talks about finding your first apartment in NYC.

Hope this helps,