Shine a light on NYC Real Estate Pitfalls
September 17, 2012 8:11 AM Subscribe
Tell me about your NYC apt hunting horror stories...
posted by Hurst to home & garden (17 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
So I've been combing through AskMeFi for helpful tips on finding apts in Manhattan, and there's a plethora of helpful information and links (esp if you're comfortable paying a brokerage fee). I'm moving up to the city from DC and I want to take a different angle on what potential pitfalls there are in this daunting environment.
DC is already a healthy and agressive RE market, but it pales in comparison in terms of competitiveness, scale and general disorderliness. If you have any anecdotes about common scams (e.g. Craigslist hustlers, broker swindlers, slumlords, schemey roomates) or red flags to avoid, I'd love to hear em so I (and those who read) can benefit from said experiences.
In case it helps, I'm looking in LES/EV/FiDi/Midtown East and potentially Williamsburg as landing spots. Considering both studios and apt splits.