Searching for a home? Here are some great tactics for apartment hunting on Craigslist from Business Insider.
Believe it or not, I've found all of my apartments on Craigslist.
And I've never paid a broker's fee once.
I've always resented the notion of a one-month (or more) broker's fee, since in my experience, the real estate brokers showing my apartment were just making appointments.
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I was the one telling them about the closest grocery store, amenities in the building, and all the quirks of the apartment.
There are apartments on the site if you know how to wade through the crap. It just takes research, common sense, and knowing exactly what you want.
Here's what I've done to find fee-free apartments on Craigslist in Hoboken, NJ; Jersey City, NJ; the Upper West Side, NYC, and the Upper East Side, NYC:
Research, research, research! Figure out which area or areas you want to live in and really explore them. Take trips to the neighborhood during the day and at night. Assess which section is the expensive part of town, where the main street is, where the closest transportation is, and where the residential section is. Talk to people who live there as well as people who don't. Get as much information as possible from as many different people as possible.
Don't trust the pictures. Are all the shots narrow? Does the apartment look like it has many hallways but no rooms? It's probably a shoe box. Lots of pictures of the outside or only one room means that the broker/owner doesn't want you to see what's inside. Request more pictures before you take the time to see the apartment.
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