Help With Apartment Hunting in Greenpoint, Brooklyn
November 29, 2011 6:27 PM Subscribe
Moving to New York from Florida to take a job at the beginning of January, and i'm having some trouble finding a good place to live, mostly that I don't really know how to find good places that aren't on craigslist/padmapper. The friend i'm going to live with works in Greenpoint, so we're leaning heavily on that neighborhood, just off the Greenpoint or Nassau stops, so only one of us has to take the subway to work.
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew to Home & Garden (8 answers total)
The extra problems:
We've been looking pretty diligently on craigslist, but friends that we know in the area are telling us that we're never going to get a place at our ideal price point (2br for $1700 or less, apparently do-able but kind of hard to come by) on CL, or if it does show up, it'll likely be shitty or gone before we can blink. But, they themselves don't know of any good deals going on the market.
So, is there anywhere else we can look that might not get scooped up so quick?
The roommate will do just fine on verification of income/ability to pay paperwork, but i'm just now starting the first full-time job i've had since I graduated from college in May (freelance design, living with folks, whomp). I will be paid enough, but won't have any way to prove it. The closest maybe guarantor I have would be in upstate NY.
So, how problematic is this? Are out-of-state guarantors possible?
We're starting to think it might be worth the money to get a broker to do the work for us, especially if it works out that they can find us a place for $100-200 less than we would find on the open market, but, of course don't know any reputable brokers that deal with cheap kids. Also we'd really like to not do this.
So, does anyone have recommendations? Corollary: what's the deal with the 'call the management company' angle?
We're amenable to the idea of less.. legitimate housing situations if it means cheaper--improperly zoned loft housing, cash-payment leases, etc.-- but a) aren't really sure it's the best idea and b) don't even know where to start looking for things like that, cause that kind of stuff normally doesn't get posted on craigslist.
So, is this a good idea, and where do you find such situations?
That's it. Thanks for your help.