Anyone can push the door of a real estate agent or contact a private landlord directly by responding to a real estate advertisement. However, you should beware and make sure you ask as many questions as possible.
There are many different websites where you can find rental advertisements. A lot of free online newspapers have ad pages updated every day and many real estate agencies offer their services on the web with virtual tours of housing, photos, etc. This can be the first track to select accommodations that meet your expectations. The best thing is to visit them and make phone calls to get more information and possible showing.
What To Beware Of
Beware of the cash mandate scams while you are online searching. The principle is always the same. False owners place an advertisement, often tempting, and ask that the applicant, candidate, and potential tenant to send a file with supporting documents and then a cash mandate to reserve the accommodation (ie a sum of money). You should never pay anything before signing the lease.
Using an Agency
By using a real estate agency, you have the advantage of dealing with an organization whose activity is regulated and has a reputation in the community. They also have a strict fiduciary relationship with clients. There are several large groups of real estate agencies, but you can also contact the local agencies whose contact details are easy to find. Some agencies regularly make reductions to their agency fees (generally equivalent to one month’s rent), especially at the start of the school year to attract families. Do not hesitate to negotiate these agency fees.
Precautions to Consider
You must pay attention to the quality of the accommodation and check its general condition (detect any humidity problems, insulation via the condition of the doors, the quality of the heating devices, etc.) You must check the information contained in the advertisement: the amount of rent, nature and amount of charges, type of heating, etc.
Contact the Agent
Do not hesitate to visit the accommodation several times, at different times of the day, with a loved one in order to have a precise idea of whether you want to rent it or not. If you are ready to become a tenant of one of the private park apartments East Side Manhattan has, go ahead and contact the agent.