NYC Living // Apartment Hunting

As a New Yorker, one of the most common questions you get asked by people outside the NYC bubble is about housing. It's no secret that New York is one of the most expensive places in the world
to live... it's also well known that you don't get a whole lot for the major cash you're spending. I have friends who live in four bedroom houses with pools elsewhere that are less expensive than a Manhattan 250 square foot apartment. 

Since the housing market is so crazy and unique, New Yorkers tend to be very open to talking about it. It's not uncommon to be asked what kind of appliances your kitchen came with or how much you pay in rent (not saying that isn't rude, but it's a common question). In NYC everyone is searching for the real estate chupacabra... you know, that huge apartment your coworker's cousin's friend lives in that's rent controlled, under market value, has a doorman AND a washer dryer in unit.

Spring is right around the corner, and it's one of the busiest times in the NYC rental market with recent grads flocking to the Big Apple. With a housing market as insane as NYC, finding a place to live is no easy task. Luckily, there are some great resources available to make the hunt a little easier. BuildNRate is a website that helps take the guesswork out of apartment shopping. It's part real estate reviews part social media site that gives users accurate, real-time insider information on important things such as building quality, staff reviews, family-friendliness and lifestyle suitability. It also provides users with the ability to connect with tenants and neighbors. 

You must be armed with as much knowledge as possible when trying to find a home in NYC. BuildNRate makes it easy to get the important information a prospective renter or buyer needs to make an educated decision. I may have an apartment hunt coming up and I'm so happy to know resources like BuildNRate are available to help make the process a little less painful.

Tell me, do you have any NYC real estate stories or apartment hunting tips?

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