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Rental Basics in New York : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Jul 24, 2017
Brownmoch128 answered:
Hi I'm looking for some one that takes my program Feps any suggestions
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Sat Jul 22, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
Rentals in the Bronx are much cheaper. Take the subway to the Bronx.
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Sat Jul 22, 2017
Troyvonmills asked:
I am planning to move to Oswego County from U.K. How can i rent a flat, any advice? I will be moving in 2 years time and plan to become a flight attendant or but I'm studying events management…
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Sat Jul 22, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
Who did you request a viewing with? Did you speak to somebody on the phone or did you just fill out a Contact form on this website and click "Submit"? If you contacted somebody on the phone - was that person a real estate agent? A landlord? Did they give you an exact date and time to see this rental?

If you filled out a Contact form on this website or a different website and clicked "Submit" - then you need to wait for somebody to contact you - email, phone, etc. At that point, the person who contacts you will set up a specific date and time for you to see the rental.

In NYC, rentals can be gone in 5 minutes or it may be available for a week. It depends on location and condition. Your best method is to find a real estate agent who can schedule appointments and show you rentals.
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Mon Jul 17, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
The issue with real estate agents in Westchester is they don't work with rentals - including Lucille Esposito. The only agents who work with rentals are those who just got their license within the past year. Once the new licensed agents get experience and clients, they drop the renters and just work with buyers and sellers.

Working as a realtor in the New York City area (including suburbs) is very expensive and agents need to select which types of clients they can work with in order to make a decent income. Unfortunately, working with rentals doesn't pay much while working with buyers and sellers pays much more.

The best thing to do is contact some Office Managers of the large brokerage offices in Yonkers and ask to be connected to a new licensed agent. This way you won't get a rude obnoxious agent who is unprepared and unprofessional.
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Thu Jul 13, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
This is not New York City so most agents will not ask for a brokers fee. The landlord or property manager will pay the fee. Now for the bad news. As a recently retired real estate agent, most agents refuse to work with renters because the commission earned is too little. Agents make much more money assisting buyers and sellers with either selling their home or buying a home.

You will need to contact some of the large brokerages, ask for the Office Manager or Broker in Charge. Then ask them to connect you with a brand new licensed agent. New licensed agents need experience and clients. Once they get both, they drop renters and move on to buyers and sellers.
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Wed Jul 12, 2017
Jessemartinza67 answered:
If you have 7 people in a tiny 2 bedroom apartment is that consider as a fire hazard
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Wed Jul 12, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
I'm a life long New York City area resident and a retired real estate agent. So allow me to educate you on the best way to live here. I hate to tell you but the process you are using is wrong for a number of reasons. My advice as follows:

1. New York City has excellent public transportation (subways and buses) that run 24 hrs. 7 days /week + holidays. All New York City residents use public transportation every day because it's cheap, fast and convenient. You can own a car but parking is very expensive, very restricted, the roads are not great, traffic is a nightmare and drivers are crazy. Basically, you will pay 10x more for a car in the city than you will using public transportation.

2. The suburbs outside of New York City also have excellent public transportation (buses and railroads) which run from 5:00 AM - midnight or 1:00 AM. + holidays. Most residents use buses and railroads to commute to work or school because it's fast, cheap and convenient. If you drive, traffic is a nightmare during the rush hours (7 - 9:00 AM + 5 - 7:00 PM), drivers are crazy, it's very expensive to drive to work, parking is restricted, etc.

The HUGE difference is if you live within New York City, everything is within walking distance so you do not need a car. However, if you live in the suburbs, nothing is within walking distance so a car is necessary to go food shopping, doctor appointments, restaurants, parks, etc. Typically, most rental buildings in the suburbs are located in the business section so you can walk to most things - but not everything.

3. Cost of living - I don't know anything about life in Sweden, but the cost of living in the New York City area is VERY EXPENSIVE. Expect to pay a lot for food, public transportation, electric, internet, cell phone, gas for your car, etc.

4. Housing costs - Your budget of $1500. - 2,000./month for a 1 bedroom rental apartment in Queens is very low - especially for Bayside. A 1 bedroom in that area rents for $2 - 3,000./month. Rents are very high in Bayside and similar neighborhoods because the area is very desirable (great place to live) and landlords can easily get a tenant in 5 minutes so they can charge a lot of money. You need to understand that many neighborhoods in New York City (including Queens) are not good because of crime, low income residents who are on government vouchers, etc. This leaves the few good neighborhoods where everybody wants to live, so landlords can increase rents to a high amount. Bayside / Bell Boulevard is one of these few good areas to live. If you see a very cheap rental in a good neighborhood like Bayside, I can guarantee something is wrong with it - either it's not a rental (could be for sale), the apartment building has major things wrong with it, the price is wrong, it's a scam or something else.

5. A great solution for both of you (since the wife will work in Manhattan and you will attend Stony Brook) is to live in of these towns in Nassau County (suburb outside of New York City). Start researching the following: New Hyde Park, Mineola, Garden City, Roslyn, Glen Cove, Hicksville, Franklin Square, Rockville Centre and Uniondale. All of these towns are safe, a short ride on the Long Island Railroad for your wife to get to work, desirable to live in and AFFORDABLE (much cheaper than New York City rentals), You can find a 1 or 2 bedroom rental in any of these towns for $2,000. or less.
As for driving to Stony Brook - remember you will be driving in the opposite direction that most residents are going. Everybody (including your wife) is going to Manhattan. You are not. Therefore, traffic to Stony Brook is easy (no traffic to deal with and no crazy drivers either). You can even take buses to Stony Brook - depends where you live).

6. Make sure you get a permit for Stony Brook. You cannot park on campus without a permit or sticker. Even though Stony Brook is not directly on the water, there are some nice beaches nearby - take advantage of it. The area is gorgeous. During the months of Sept., Oct., May and June - do NOT tell your wife you were at the beach while she was working in Manhattan. Trust me, she will be jealous. Just don't come home with a sunburn.

7. Landlords in the New York City area will need to verify proof of income and U.S. credit. The credit may be an issue for you. Rentals in New York City go very quickly. In the suburbs, most people do not rent.
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Sat Jul 1, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
If you are looking in Yonkers, you need to know that LINC does NOT apply in Yonkers. You have to look for a rental within New York City only - that means up to 241st St. in the Bronx or up to Van Cortlandt Park. Yonkers uses Section 8 only because it's in New York State - not NYC. ... more
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Fri Jun 30, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
Yes you can. Once your lease is near the expiration date (by law, 90 days before it expires), you need to negotiate with your landlord or agree to sign a new lease. New York City Rent Guidelines Board sets the rent cap every year - usually June or July. Keep an eye on the local news. ... more
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Wed Jun 28, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
First, having no credit is NOT the same as bad credit. Don't let anybody tell you otherwise - they are lying. The huge difference is:
Having bad credit (credit scores below 650) means the person either doesn't pay their bills on time; owes more debt than they can handle (their income is not enough to pay the bills) or they have a foreclosure, short sale or judgement against them.
Having no credit means you can just open a credit card or 2, charge very small amounts to it and pay the bill in full at the end of the month. Within 2 months, you will have a credit score and you can use that credit score to rent an apartment.

Your bigger issue is the one shot deal and your budget of $1,800. Your best bet is a studio or 1 bedroom. A 2 bedroom in Nassau County is over $2,000./month. I would look in places like Hempstead, Floral Park, Franklin Sq., Uniondale, Freeport, Rockville Centre, etc. I know these are not the best areas, but you need to realize that a 1 bedroom apartment in the better neighborhoods will be over $2,000./month and a 2 bedroom rents for about $3,000./month.
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Wed Jun 21, 2017
Diane Hettrick asked:
What does it take for you to not send me listings that do not allow pets? I have cats. I have that on my profile yet you send me all these listings that do not allow cats. Why? Let me…
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Tue Jun 20, 2017
Mary answered:

Thank you for reaching out. Please follow the instructions below on how to find a Section 8 rental listings.

1. Click the Rent tab on our homepage
2. Enter your desired area in the search bar and hit Enter
3. Click More, enter the keyword 'Section 8', and click Search.

Thank you for using Trulia!

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Mon Jun 19, 2017
Gary Deluca asked:
Trulia does not acknowledge my email sign in as owner. But it shows mu email and info on listing HELP
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Fri Jun 9, 2017
james turano asked:
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Wed Jun 7, 2017
Jonathan Lahey answered:
You need to find a place that is fits on your income and consider the whole expenses before choosing a place to move in. Thanks!
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Mon Jun 5, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
Multifamily homes means more than 1 family can live in that home. Typically, the hone will have 2 or 3 separate entrances OR 1 front door entrance with a vestibule and 2 separate entrances inside. ... more
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Tue May 30, 2017
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Mon May 29, 2017
bklinger asked:
I would like to list my house
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