Always be closing!
You have heard that motto. The most important part of a sale is making sure it happens.
But I think in real estate pressure doesn’t work. I see people do it, I kind of admire the moxy, but it is not for me.
If you are looking for an apartment right now you are under enough pressure. Apartments are renting crazy fast. Often it only takes one hour of showing. If you have not looked in a while or are new to NYC, buildings that don’ have elevators or dishwashers may be a shock to your system.
When you pressure people, deals fall apart. I truly want people to only apply for the places they want with the terms they are willing to close the deal with.
Somewhere out there is an article saying you should negotiate after you put in your application. IGNORE THAT ADVICE. That is the surest way to lose an apartment you want. You should ask for any concessions, special requests, and a specific move date when you apply, not after.
I keep this blog going in the hopes that apartment seekers will be better informed.
I look for people who are confident the apartment is right for them and are want to close the deal.
If you are unsure about your roomate, or your guarantor isn’t sure they want to be responsible or you need a corporate guarantor like Insurent, or you are not sure you really want to move, figure out those things before you start making appointments and applying.