Google Your Broker
Always choose to work with a reputable broker no matter what. Just as in any business, not all brokers do the right thing. A simple Google search can eliminate some bad seeds and save you from heaps of trouble and regret. Don’t work with someone with a known bad reputation just because they posted a nice listing.
Every month I get at least three new clients that have dealt with a particular shady broker that has recently been featured numerous times on Fox’s Shame on You show. They all tell me the same story about how they were swindled and I instruct them how to try and get their money back. Who needs the hassle?
Performing a simple Google search of the broker and agent they were going to meet would have clearly warned them of what they were to expect. Also, be wary if an agent has no reviews too. Some rental agents are not even licensed and work illegally so ALWAYS do your homework.
Use Your Imagination
Good apartments in Astoria and LIC
Think Outside The Box
Try not to box your search into too small of a geographic area. What you think may not
Always Be Prepared
Having your paperwork and finances in order can make or break a deal and if you are unprepared you will not be able to pounce when you locate your dream apartment. Checking your credit on your own well in advance will allow you to take care of any issues if any.
Every landlord is different but you will generally need these items:
- 3 recent pay stubs
- Employment verification letter
- Recent tax forms
- Pertinent info on hand to complete a rental application
- Picture ID
First impressions count
Just as you are out there looking for