Hi Alice, First of all the market is a bit slow right now;
Secondly, realtor dot com is not necessarily the best place to list your apartment through the MLS because Manhattan brokers usually only use OLR which is a fee paid (subscription service) that brokerage firms have to pay money to subscribe to and access. Their agents use the system daily to access new listings and to do searches. MLS is more Nassau and homes...not so much apartments.
My suggestion to you is that you register your apartment with one listing agent through an exlcusive deal, by signing an exclusive contract for a limited period of time, let's say three months, to market your property.
In turn, that broker (agent) will come and take photos of your apartment/property, and place it in the listing; this is a service and there is no cost to you.
If you want to pay the fee, which is 15% of the annual rent, your listing can be listed as an OP which means "owner pays"; if you don't want to pay the fee, you can just list it and the incoming tenant will pay the fee. The listing agent wil hopefully be capable enough to list the condo app fees and all the ancillaries within the listing so that people will know what they are up against regarding application and paperwork....if it's a listing "by owner" and there would be just a letter of agreement between you and the proposed tenant, that is one avenue; another avenue is that the proposed tenant has to be approved by your condo board/managing agent, which is another avenue. It all depends on the rules of your building. The tenant would pay the application fees and the building fees with the application and upon approval.
Usually, tenants pay the full broker fee to the agent marketing and showing the apartment at lase signing and after the condo board has approved the deal; also, you can opt to pay a half a month broker fee as well, which will make it less expensive for the tenant..
The tenant has to have qualifying income to rent the apartment and that is the job of the listing agent.
If this has been helpful to you, you can call me at my office which is near Times Square at 646 484-5111. My company is Metropolitan Property Group and my name is Jackie. I hope this has been helpful to you.