The Corcoran Group
New York City agencies are not on MLS as they are in the rest of the country. What we have to do is search for properties you would like to see, then make appointments with the seller's agent. What are you looking for?
Nick Rafello, V.P.
The Corcoran Group
The answer depends upon what you mean by NYC - if you are referring to only Manhattan or the other boroughs. Manhattan and the closer in parts of Brooklyn belong to the Real Estate Board of NY. We function very much like an MLS, with some minor differences. Unfortunately, NYC has been behind the times with that. My former company was pushing for that, but right now the REBNY system is the closest thing. All member agencies can view each other's listings and we all co-broke (share listings) with each other. It is understood that regardless of who has the listings, there will most likely be a seller's agent and a buyer's agent. If you are talking about the other boroughs, the farther out neighborhoods in Brooklyn have an MLS and Queens does. Aggregate sites for consumers do have a wide variety of listings, but I find I am often answering questions here about outdated listings or wrong or incomplete listings. The best way to search is through a good experienced agent. You can also search the entire REBNY system through certain select agent websites of Halstead agents because as Richard below mentions, we are the only NYC full service real estate company to give consumers full access to the entire REBNY database that we agents see, only you see a consumer view as opposed to the more detailed view that agents see. These are called If you'd like to browse using this method, you can go to http://jenetlevy.halstead.com. You sign in once and then have the same access to what we agents do when we work with a buyer.
A good way to find a good agent is to go to the Find a Pro tab on top and put in New York, NY and see who comes up and read their profiles and their answers to questions and see who you feel good about.
Halstead Property, LLC
Good luck in your search. We live on Long Island too and own an apartment in Manhattan, which has been just wonderful for us.
Karla Harby, VP
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Charles Rutenberg Realty, LLC
(917) 365-0876 cell and text messages
Are you taking baby steps and educating yourself on the New York market or have you already done all of that that and are ready to go out and start previewing properties?
We have access to every property in New York. If it's listed somewhere, I can find it. Typically we use several different sources, our internal systems in addition to other search engines.
Before you start looking, you really need to get pre-qualified. Also, are you currently renting or need to sell your property in Long Island before making another purchase. When and if you are ready to pick a broker, make sure that you ask him everything that's important to and also make sure that he or she is asking you questions as well. The last thing you want to do is go out with a broker who didn't qualify you as a buyer.
While on the outside you would probably prefer not to disclose any financial information to a broker you just met, I think that anyone who doesn't qualify their buyer doesn't know what they are doing. You will learn that all good brokers know who they are working with. Budget, Affordability, Time, Wants and Needs. Get that out of the way before you see a single apartment.
All the best,