Looking for apt. in Bay Ridge, BK

Asked by Lissette Brunet, Queens, NY Mon May 13, 2013

Looking to pay 1400 - 1600 but open to negotiating rent.
Need: parking/garage, laundry, express bus or train to wall street, and pet friendly (5 pound, small dog). Would love a balcony. Please help!

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Thu Jul 18, 2013
Good afternoon Lissette,

I’m no real estate agent, just a humble Mortgage Banker, but I can give you some guidance on your search for the right rental apartment.

In my experience in the real estate trade, I’ve discovered that the consumer is best served by adopting some simple strategies, whether you’re buying a home, selling one, or renting an apartment.

First: remember that real estate agents work on commission. The better quality agents---and those with the most experience---will be testing you from the initial contact to determine if you’re serious and will commit to using their services. Why? Because real estate is like any other business. You don’t get to stand in line at the fast food restaurant just to stare at the menu without actually buying some food at one point. It’s the same idea: the experienced real estate professional has to earn a living by renting apartments to serious and qualified prospective renters.

Therefore, the smart consumer should be well-prepared and committed to respecting the real estate professional’s time. That means: know your requirements for the apartment you wish to rent in terms of location, amenities (one bedroom versus three bedrooms; elevator building or private house), and location (proximity to public transportation or need for parking), and price. If you present yourself as well-prepared you’ll have a better chance of working with an experienced agent who will work hard to find you the right apartment.

Second, start with the internet---especially TRULIA.com---but stay “local.” Don’t think at real estate agent in Brooklyn can find you an apartment in Queens, or vice versa. Here on TRULIA.com you can easily find a local professional by clicking on “FIND a PRO” at the top of this page. There you can hone in on a seasoned professional in exactly the area where you wish to rent your apartment.

TRULIA provides exceptional tools to help you as a consumer understand the quality of the professional you’re working with. Read the agent’s profile; check out the recommendations from previous clients; get to know the level of experience of the agent and the areas that agent covers.

Third, real estate agents are prevented by Federal regulations from answering certain types of questions. They cannot discuss schools or school districts, crime statistics, and a variety of other issues prohibited by Fair Housing regulations. If your agent is vague when you ask certain types of questions, no you know why.

Finally, demonstrate your level of seriousness to your real estate agent. Show up on time for your appointments to view apartments. If you’re required to submit documents for the Landlord to review with your rental application, get them into your agent’s hands pronto. Not only does this help you potentially get one step up on a competing renter, but you’ll be viewed by the Landlord as a responsible renter. Landlords prefer responsible renters, don’t they?
I hope that helps you improve the results of your search for an apartment, and helps you with a better quality experience.

Trevor Curran
NMLS #40140
Mobile: 516-582-9181
Office: 516-829-2900
Fax: 516-829-2944
PowerHouse Solutions, Inc.
1010 Northern Blvd. Suite 234
Great Neck NY 11021
Licensed Mortgage Banker – NYS Dept. of Financial Services

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Jennifer Say…, , Brooklyn, NY
Sat May 25, 2013

I'd be more than happy to help you with your search. Give me some more information and your email address and I'll send you some available places.

Jennifer Sayad
NYS Lic. Real Estate Assoc. Broker
Neuhaus Realty, Inc.
8823 3rd. Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11209
Direct: (917) 499-9832
Email: jensayad@gmail.com
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Felix A. Gar…, Agent, staten island, NY
Tue May 14, 2013
Hi Lisette

I would like to help can you give me more information for instance bedroom count needed would be great. please contact me @ (917)692-7702, My office is in bayridge

Thanks Felix
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Four Seasons…, Agent, New York, NY
Tue May 14, 2013
hi myname is anthony at 4 seasons realty co call me 646-919-0910 thanks
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Moe, , Brooklyn, NY
Tue May 14, 2013
How many bedrooms are you looking for. Is the apartment for you? Please send me you number or feel free to call me at 646-504-8183.
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Four Seasons…, Agent, New York, NY
Mon May 13, 2013
hi my name is anthony at 4 seasons maybe i can help call me at 646-919-0910 thanks
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Luke Constan…, Agent, Brooklyn, NY
Mon May 13, 2013
Hello Lizette,

My office is in Bay Ridge and we have a few good rentals!

Give me a call anytime Cell# 212.300.3919

Luke Constantino
Keller Williams Real Estate
9120 4th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11209
Office: (718) 954 8400
Direct: (212) 300-3919
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