Thanks for joining me!
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton
So what comes to mind when you read those six words? New York City real estate agent.
There are hundreds of hard-working, talented, kind real estate agents and brokers in NYC. But people are often a bit wary. The truth is not everybody is cut out for this job. While I would be honored to work with you, anyone you click with, who knows the inventory, and is willing to work hard for you, can probably find you an apartment. People often start searching listings on their own, but the truth is at the beginning search for the right agent instead. Listings come and go, apartments rent, but a strong relationship with someone you trust is the key when you are new to town.
Most people call me because they see a listing that they like, but very rarely, does somebody rent that first apartment. More often that phone call starts a dialogue about housing wants and needs, budget, location, and a number of other factors. While it’s possible to visit NYC for one day and find a place, it puts a lot of pressure on your trip. It’s also simply exhausting and overwhelming. Two to three days is normally sufficient.
In the coming days I will write about some of the ways that smart planning can help make your search successful, and the pitfalls that can make it frustrating. I once got a call from a mom with a daughter who had been living in a hotel looking for a month!