Time Out New York / Issue 656 : Apr 23–29, 2008
How to be the perfect candidate
TIPS FOR CO-OP BUYERS| TIPS FOR RENTERS
Five tips for renters
For you, the application process is mainly about paperwork. You
can gain an edge over others by doing yours ahead of time, says
Luke Constantino, a real-estate agent with RE/MAX Professionals.
1.Know your credit score. If you don’t have a recent credit report, get one before you start
looking for an apartment (go toftc.gov). “Nobody expects perfect credit from a renter, but a
score above 580 or 600 is a plus,” Constantino says.
2.Know yourself: Do a background check through an online service like intelius.com.
3.Line up your fan base. Prepare a list of references in advance, and get a letter from your
last landlord that brags about what a wonderful tenant you were.
4.Xerox stuff. Photocopy your driver’s licence, Social Security card and work ID.
5.First impressions count. When you meet with a building owner, dress nicely, be on time and
bring all the information you’ve assembled. “Owners want to know who you are and that
they’re going to get paid,” Constantino says. “Provide them with assurances, and you move to
the front of the line.”
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