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Rentals in Brooklyn : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Aug 11, 2017
Nelya Mushiyeva answered:
It's not like the agents don't want to help. Landlords and management companies don't want to work with vouchers and agents
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Thu Aug 10, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
Unfortunately nobody mentioned that rentals in the Bronx are much cheaper. People need to take the subway to the Bronx.
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Thu Aug 3, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
For a 2 bedroom rental, your budget of $1300 - 1600. is very low for NYC. Even in the Bronx and suburbs (Nassau County & Westchester County), a 2 bedroom rental is $3,000./month and up. In Brooklyn a 2 bedroom rental is $4,000./month and up. ... more
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Sun Jul 23, 2017
Naa Mills answered:
I do have something on Troutman, it is a studio for $1120. With a shared kitchen, but the kitchen locks on your end it is very private. the landlord is only looking for a 700 credit score. Interested??? ... more
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Sat Jul 22, 2017
Niyasha Mcalmon asked:
I'm looking for 3 br apts in NYC, preferably Brooklyn but my section 8 voucher expires soon.
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Sat Jul 22, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
You need to use Street Easy - www.streeteasy.com which is a real estate website exclusively for New York City. This website has far more search filters than Zillow and Trulia does and you can use the Advanced Option to select more criteria.

Having been a NYC area realtor and life long resident, I was questioning your budget of $2,400. because my opinion was that it might be too low. I searched StreetEasy and came up with the following:

2946 Brighton 4th Street #2B - $2,400./month
2848 Brighton 7th Street #3R - $2,099./month

I saw more 2 bedroom rentals but the prices are more than $2,400./month. This leads me to think that your issue of race is not a factor. It has to do with your budget. It seems the average 2 bedroom rental is closer to $3,000. If you can't afford $3,000./month, then you need to look elsewhere or get a 1 bedroom rental instead. You need to know that housing in NYC is very expensive and everybody needs to sacrifice - including you. Also most rentals do NOT come with a washer and dryer inside. Most residents who rent need to use the laundromat outside. Get used to it - it's part of living in NYC.

Since you are restricted with your budget, try looking in the Bronx. Rentals are much cheaper in the Bronx than Brooklyn and Queens. I would also search in nearby Nassau County. Again, rentals are cheaper in Nassau than Brooklyn.
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Sun Jul 16, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
If you're working off the books, you must be an illegal immigrant. If you are, you need to be deported because you are taking a job from somebody who is a legal resident.
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Sat Jul 15, 2017
Michelle Marshall asked:
Looking for 2bd rental w/laundry. One person, no pets, no carpeting, up to $2,400. Quiet professional with solid education/work/rental history. If qualifications and character matter to…
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Sat Jul 15, 2017
Kpathe3rd answered:
hi my name is Iris I have a FEPS voucher for two people and i need a place fast it only going to be me and my son he is only five month right now. you can give me a call at (929)225-5089 or (347)239-4110 both of them is my cell phone thank you. ... more
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Mon Jul 10, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
$2800./month in Brooklyn is very low. You won't find anything in that price range. A 3 bedroom in Brooklyn rents for about $4,000. and up. Your best method is to take the subway to the Bronx and find a 3 bedroom rental there. Rentals in the Bronx are cheaper. It's the same NYC subway system so no excuses. ... more
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Sat Jul 1, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
Your rent is too low for Brooklyn unless you get a studio. I would take the subway up to the Bronx and try there. Rentals are cheaper in the Bronx.
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Sat Jul 1, 2017
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Thu Jun 29, 2017
UpNest Top Realtors answered:
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Wed Jun 21, 2017
Rodger7227 asked:
RIGHT YOUR SITE BLOCK MY EMAIL FOR NO REASON I DID NOTHING WRONG AT ALL AND I FILL THAT'S UNPROFESSONIAL
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Wed Jun 14, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
Yes (unfortunately). What your so called "friend" failed to tell you is that the standard New York City brokerage Agreement states "a fee will be paid to the brokerage when a realtor finds an available rental for the tenant." It leaves out the word "suitable or habitable". Read the Agreement you signed very carefully. If the wording includes "find a suitable or habitable" rental, then you have a case to get your Finders Fee returned. If there is no such wording (which I doubt there is), then unfortunately, your realtor friend gets to keep the $4,000.

I'm a retired NYC area realtor so I know this sucks. Real estate in NYC is akin to the Wild Wild West - briefly, anything that realtors can get away with, they will do it. Realtors know that reporting them to the authorities ends up with a slap on the wrist and no penalty. They only get penalized for breaking a Fair Housing law. This means doing the right thing or being ethical is out the window.

Bottom line - your realtor SHOULD HAVE explained to you the consequences of the Finders Fee. Unfortunately, most NYC realtors never bother to explain because they see a sucker every minute. Going forward do the following: BEFORE you sign any Agreement for a rental, you will take a pen or do it on the realtor's ipad and edit any wording in the Agreement to benefit you. You are NOT to sign it until wording is added to benefit you. This way, you don't have to lose another $4,000. If the realtor won't allow you to change the wording (which they will fight you on this), then start telling them you intend to write negative reviews online all over the internet. Realtors hate negative reviews because it slows down their business.
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Tue Jun 6, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
Most landlords do not accept pets because of insurance policies. You will need to pay for pet insurance with liability and damage coverage. Landlords will accept your pets with proof of insurance coverage because if anybody gets injured or your pets cause damage, you will get sued - not your landlord.

If you want a backyard, you need to rent a house - not an apartment. House rentals cost more than $2600./month.
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Thu Jun 1, 2017
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Wed May 31, 2017
Solomonjohnson911 answered:
In the link below, you can find multiple apartments in Brooklynn with 2brms and 2bathroms in the range of 2500-2950. I hope you will find your dreamed apartments. Have a good luck!
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