If you live in New York City, you know that when it comes to renting an apartment, it's not uncommon to go through a broker. This was such a culture intrigue for me coming from Rochester (NY) and then having lived in Ohio for 5 years where you just go to the management office of any apartment complex, see a place, apply and move in. It can be quite the adventure finding apartments without a broker in this town but I was determined to find my new place without them. If you've got the time and energy to put into it, because you will need both to get through it, you can find a place in the Big Apple on your own without paying a middle man.
Did I have the means to pay a broker? Of course, I just didn't want to spend the money. My thought processing was it's an APARTMENT, not a house. I used a broker for my last place and told myself not again. Most brokers I've encountered charge you one month's rent, some charge you anywhere from 12-15% of a year's worth of rent. For an apartment? I don't care if it's NYC, no. This time around, I wanted to save that money I would have paid for a broker so that I'm closer to reaching my six month emergency savings fund. But maybe some of you want/need to move and really don't have the extra money to pay a broker. I will share how I did it. I will admit, it can be a lot of foot work and becomes another job almost (for a month my lunches were spent looking and making calls) but where there is a will, there is a way. If you don't want to or can't afford to pay the fee, you do have options that support this but be prepared to WORK, make lots of phone calls and experience some frustrations and missed opportunities. It comes with the territory but I believe everything happens for a reason so you have to see those missed opps as it wasn't the right place for you. Ready to roll up your sleeves and snag your no fee apartment?
HOW I DID IT