Now that I’m back in San Francisco and have a free week before I start breaking things at Dropbox, the ol’ hunt is on my mind once again. This post has been requested several times, but I never found a moment to get it all down during the non-stop NYC workdays. So, here we go: my experience using a broker to find an apartment in NYC last March.
I’m going to skip straight to what I’m asked the most: yes, broker fees are hard to avoid in NYC and very expensive. My NYC apartment is a spacious, light-filled number in the East Village at $2,250/month, and the broker fee totaled $4,050—a standard 15% of the annual price tag.