There are over 12,000 licensed agents in ,Manhattan. There are over 20,000 apartments on the market at any given moment in time. However, with a vacancy rate of 1% apartments are MOVING TARGETS. Anyone who actually tries to "shop" for an apartment in Manhattan already knows this as they often experience situations that are extremely. frustrating, such as more than one application on the same apartment ( as most of these are open listings which all agents and brokers have access to as well as tens of thousands of people who are shopping at any given moment)
All of this is BEYOND THE CONTROL of even the most diligent rental agent, as" serious " customers (who i define as facing an imminent DEADLINE ) and have no options,( except moving their things in storage, at the end of the week) move way beyond those 3 agents that you are still focused on. due to their imminent need. That is why i suspect that the reason that you are still concerned with those 3 agents is because you are not facing any kind of deadline or NEED, as you may not have any deadline,. You have a desire to improve your current situation which is admirable and you are well within your rights to do so However the reason you are still trying to contact those same 3 brokers may be because you have hope of finding something that is better than your current situation , but dont want to spend more than your budget will allow.
When you go beyond on line window shopping, after you educate yourself on the market, you may find that rents have gone up a lot since you rented your apartment, and that is why you may be having so much difficulty finding what you want, In any case you have every right to educate yourself , and to learn as much as you can about your options, regardless .
If you would like me to give you a free consultation, and provide you with free, unlimited advice , call me anytime, but definitely do not pay anyone in advance for anything, except maybe your car payments, or other financial obligations . Never, never, pay any one in advance to show you an apartment, and never give anyone a deposit until you are also submitting a written application for the same apartment that you have viewed and wish to rent. . (this is an area that some brokers try to get tricky about so watch out for that, when you do start viewing apartments.
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