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Be confident by knowing your Broker lingo!
1. When you see apartments on the links and or emails, simply call the management company and say the following:
“Hello, I am not a broker; I would like to preview Apt 1R at West 342 Street if it is still available”. Usually the representatives will make the time to show you the apartment. Many companies will allow you to go to their office, leave the proper id and let you take the key to go preview the apartment on your own. It really is that simple!
2. Have the following documents readily available when you go to see apartments in the event that you fall in love with one. Often times people will miss out on renting a unit because they took longer than the next person to get their paperwork in.
– Letter from Employer (If at your job less than a year, the letter should state position held, yearly salary, date of hire), Recent Bank Statement, Proper forms of ID, checkbook (although many will ask for cash or a certified check in order to hold the apartment for you and take it off of the rental list while they see if your paperwork is in order and that you or your co-signer are credit worthy), A letter from your previous or present landlord, Students should have a letter stating enrollment and graduation date just in case, If using a guarantor/co-signer, you will need their proof of income that shows they make 80-100xs the annual rent. (In some cases, leasing agencies and landlords will allow up to two guarantors/co-signers to back an applicant.
3. If you use a broker, the word co-broke means that they do not have exclusivity but another broker does. In this case they will split the broker fee with the other broker. Absolutely ask then to bring down their fees if you see an apartment only they have access to. Some landlords prefer one single broker to handle their property rentals, as a result, brokers can charge a fee that no one can wave but it is always negotiable, especially if they want to close a deal.
4. Often times you may see a listing that shows an apartment has been vacant for a long period of time. These are perfect opportunities to ask the leasing/management agency to ask the landlord if they will accept less rent. Normally $50-$100 dollars is a reasonable counter offer. Many times they will accept in order to generate income off of a stagnant unit.
5. Bedbugs- It is your right to ask if there is or has been a bed bug problem and they must divulge the information.
6. Take pictures when previewing apartments so that it is easier to recollect the things that you did an did not like. (Tip: create a slate by either taking a picture of the apartment door or making one with a pen and paper so that you can easily recall what apartment pictures belong to the particular unit). This method comes in particularly handy when viewing many apartments is a day or in a week and using the same camera roll.
7. If the building is in bad shape and not undergoing construction, think twice about renting a unit even if the apartment is great, the condition of the building speaks volumes on the type of landlord and super you may have
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