Any tips for apartment hunting in NYC? Will be relocating for a new job and rather intimidated by the moving and apartment shopping process.
* How much time to look for a place: 1 day, 1 week, 1 month?
* Recommend finding a place before actually starting the job? I was going to move to the city a week before and stay in a hotel while searching for a place, but maybe it’s not enough time and maybe I should wait a bit too to make sure job goes well?
* Is a real estate broker worth the money—can’t I just contact a place I find online directly and save the commission?
* Any issues specific to moving from out of state—can I just keep my previous driver’s license for ID since won’t have a car, offer letter good enough to verify income and employment?
1. Use a broker; if you want to find yourself in a nice town house or walk up this is really your only route. It’s a scam but it’s how it’s done in the market. Apartments through brokers go extremely fast so you better be ready to sign the paperwork same day...it’s not like most areas of the country where you can go view 15 places in a week and then decide.
2. Focus solely on “luxury” apartments/condos that have their own in house leasing office. This process is a little more laid back but comparatively you’re gonna pay more for what you get unless you use the amenities to the max. Based on your TC this is what I would recommend, you can afford it and it’s a lot less hectic.
No issues with maintaining out of state license. I lived in both NYC and Jersey City over two years and never got rid of my MD license.
Given your timeline I would work over the phone with high rises. What areas of the city are you interested in?