Hi Kim, I've actually just started my search as well so maybe we can help each other :-)
I'm looking in lower Manhattan primarily, thinking on going full in for a 3 bed and at least a 2 bed. But I'm worried we may be limited to co-ops because condo's have gone up so much in the past several years.
Are there any tips on how to get an apartment at a better price? Sponsor units? Also, same question with the buyers' agents, what's the downside? I haven't agreed to sign anything with any agents trying to work with me on the buy side, what's there to lose if I have them show me some listings? Makes sense as I'm busy at work anyway right?