Broker fees vary according to the specific situation, just like many other things in life,and broker fees can range from 9% to 15% typically, of a full years rent. In other words, the fee is negotiable in some cases, depending on the broker . Also the dollar ammount of the fee is based on a percentage so the actual dollar ammount is also a function of how much the rent is for the particular apartment that you want to rent. Re: for "short term renting" , the vast majority of rentals on the market are 1 year leases, and that would have to be negotiated first, The broker fee, if any, would be a percentage of the actual ammount that you rented, not on a full years rent,
There are also no fee apartments and brokers have access to these as well In this case the landlord or management company pays the fee, so you dont have to pay a penny. Being from ":out of state" is totally irrelevant as you can now see, as many people are from "out of state " and they all move here anyway, and use brokers when they choose to . ,The answer to your question re broker fees is still the same i explained above
Incidentally, there is no other fee to use a broker, so you may talk to them as much as they are willing to talk to you and there is no charge for their time . (unless u actually rent out an apartment from them and it is a fee situation as explained above.)
However, you will prob ably have a very difficult time renting out an apartment with a one year lease if you only want it for 3 months, in any case, unless you pay the entire 3 months rent up front.
Best bet is monthly rentals which are no lease situations.