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Finding an apartment in New York is possible. Just do your homework.

We spoke with Alicia Schwartz, she's the director of the rental resource

The following is her advice.

Think about hiring a broker. If your time is limited or you've been looking but haven't found the apartment of your dreams, a broker could make the difference. They may end up showing you an apartment you could have found yourself. But keep in mind they can show you places you would never have had access to. But if the thought of paying one really puts you off; usually you pay the equivalent of one month's rent for their services and remember that will be on top of your first and last month's rent and security that you pay upfront. If you're going to be in the apartment for awhile..paying out that money feels less painful.

New York Times: 9/18/09 THE HUNT

A friend mentioned, where Miss Movahedi learned she could circumvent brokers and avoid a fee by dealing directly with management companies, "which I never even though of as an option," she said. "It was kind of a relief."

The Web site included lists of management companies. She ventured farther north to check out a one-bedroom, for $1,850, on East 21st Street. "It was like police village over there, with a million cop cars," she said, so she didn't worry about security. (The New York City Police Academy is across the street.) The problem was the lack of a real kitchen - the apartment had just a kitchenette in the living room., We are their rental expert, 1/11/09- to present

NY Rentals Examiner Alicia Schwartz, director of the popular rental resource and the career tool, will post about New York City apartment rental deals and news, as well as answer questions about how to rent an apartment in New York City. Email with your questions! "How To Hit Up Your Landlord for Cheaper Rents" 1/13/09

Tip No. 6: Be a sleuth. You need to do your homework. Call up and find out what the vacancy rate is in your building, and in other buildings owned by your landlord. How much did that guy pay who just rented a similar place above you? What are the discounts down the street for similar-sized apartments? How to get this info? Most larger buildings in larger cities are managed by "management companies" and not small landlords. "This is helpful in that most management companies have taken to the Web to post their listings on their Web sites or other online sources," says Alicia Schwartz, founder and owner of .

"To get the management companies' information, you can literally look inside the building's entryway and there is always a plaque with their information on there. Call them - usually you are talking to a secretary or assistant who has their listings," she says. Also, peruse their Web sites, along with the sites of companies like Schwartz's.

Press Release- 10/8/08

New York Times: Q&A Rental Expert 9/1/08

Alicia Schwartz, the director of the rental resource,, and the career tool, will be answering selected readers' questions about how to rent an apartment in New York City on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.

New York Times: Q&A Rental Expert 8/25/08

Alicia Schwartz, the director of the rental resource and the career tool, answered selected readers' questions about how to rent in New York City. She is no longer taking questions.

Thank you for the Q&A submissions directly on I sifted through them and for the final set of the Q&A, I thought I would take the three most common questions., 9/1/08

The Village Voice "Rental Supplement" by Steve Weinstein 5/08

New York Times, Real Estate Section Front Page! "Finding Your First Apartment" 4/20/2008

Alicia Schwartz, a former Citi Habitats agent and director of, said that trolling the Internet for no-fee apartments had become easier in recent years. The Web site Craigslist, for example, offers no-fee listings by owners, no-fee broker listings where the landlord will pay the broker's commission and fee-based broker listings.

There are also listing services that charge a fee for providing no-fee listings. Ms. Schwartz said, though, that those Web sites can be outdated. "At the height of the rental season, landlord listings change from hour to hour," she said. "And the only ones who talk to landlords hour to hour are brokers, not listing services."

Press Release 3/5/2008

Real Estate "4 Tips for Renters" 3/10/08

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