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Erica Ramos, Renter in Brooklyn, NY

Hi I am looking for a studio or a 1 bedroom apt. I am hoping to find one near the Bushwick, Brooklyn area any tips or advice as to where to start?

Asked by Erica Ramos, Brooklyn, NY Wed Jun 26, 2013

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 10, 2015
Good afternoon Erica,

I’m no real estate agent, just a humble Mortgage Banker, but I can give you some guidance on your search for the right rental apartment.

In my experience in the real estate trade, I’ve discovered that the consumer is best served by adopting some simple strategies, whether you’re buying a home, selling one, or renting an apartment.

First: remember that real estate agents work on commission. The better quality agents---and those with the most experience---will be testing you from the initial contact to determine if you’re serious and will commit to using their services. Why? Because real estate is like any other business. You don’t get to stand in line at the fast food restaurant just to stare at the menu without actually buying some food at one point. It’s the same idea: the experienced real estate professional has to earn a living by renting apartments to serious and qualified prospective renters.

Therefore, the smart consumer should be well-prepared and committed to respecting the real estate professional’s time. That means: know your requirements for the apartment you wish to rent in terms of location, amenities (one bedroom versus three bedrooms; elevator building or private house), and location (proximity to public transportation or need for parking), and price. If you present yourself as well-prepared you’ll have a better chance of working with an experienced agent who will work hard to find you the right apartment.

Second, start with the internet---especially stay “local.” Don’t think at real estate agent in Brooklyn can find you an apartment in Queens, or vice versa. Here on you can easily find a local professional by clicking on “FIND a PRO” at the top of this page. There you can hone in on a seasoned professional in exactly the area where you wish to rent your apartment.

TRULIA provides exceptional tools to help you as a consumer understand the quality of the professional you’re working with. Read the agent’s profile; check out the recommendations from previous clients; get to know the level of experience of the agent and the areas that agent covers.

Third, real estate agents are prevented by Federal regulations from answering certain types of questions. They cannot discuss schools or school districts, crime statistics, and a variety of other issues prohibited by Fair Housing regulations. If your agent is vague when you ask certain types of questions, no you know why.

Finally, demonstrate your level of seriousness to your real estate agent. Show up on time for your appointments to view apartments. If you’re required to submit documents for the Landlord to review with your rental application, get them into your agent’s hands pronto. Not only does this help you potentially get one step up on a competing renter, but you’ll be viewed by the Landlord as a responsible renter. Landlords prefer responsible renters, don’t they?

I hope that helps you improve the results of your search for an apartment, and helps you with a better quality experience.

Trevor Curran
NMLS #40140
Mobile: 516-582-9181
Office: 516-829-2900
Fax: 516-829-2944
PowerHouse Solutions, Inc.
1010 Northern Blvd. Suite 234
Great Neck NY 11021
Licensed Mortgage Banker – NYS Dept. of Financial Services

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 18, 2013
For rentals if you have time on your hands it's a pretty easy process. Everything today is all over the Internet people mostly get agents because they do not have the time for the phone calls, to set up the showings, they just want to show up see some apartments and pick one. If you have time on your hands you can do this very easily yourself. Just make sure if anyone asks you for deposit or money you get a receipt you ask to see their brokers license and take a copy of it & Ask the broker if they are a member of REBNY this stands for the Real Estate Board of New York then you know that they follow the laws of New York State when doing business. Just keep in mind the broker you're going to see at the apartment is the landlords broker he is out for the landlord. So ask questions use your common sense and I'm sure you'll do just fine. If you do decide to get a broker come back here and read people's bios and see how they answer others questions I'm sure you'll find somebody resonate with.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 5, 2013
Consider working with an agent of your own; also for rentals, check local print media for by owner, always verify ownership before exchanging any money; word of mouth, etc.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 27, 2013
Hi Erica,

Are you looking to buy or to rent an apartment?

I might approach each situation a bit differently.

Go very local for a rental - find an agent that lives in the area, or a local real estate company that might have many pocket listings.

If you were going for a purchase, I might look for a more organized company to work with an an agent that suited me personality wise.

Good luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 27, 2013
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