help renters in New York City bypass broker fees and rent better apartments through the effective use of our proprietary database.
We offer two options to help you: our DIY Landlord Links and AptStar offering you a personalized stress-free rental experience.
Founded in 2006 by Kirby Sommers
we created two options for rental consumers to find good apartments without paying broker fees. One is our DIY Landlord Links;
the other is our AptStar Program. We believe the rental consumer is the most important person in the rental process. Traditional
brokers place their commissions first. Landlords don't disclose information about problem properties. We've bucked tradition
by educating, you, the rental consumer and are dedicated to staying the course.
Expand your reach with my access
to almost every listing. You and I work as a team to achieve your specific goal. I provide you with expert guidance from the
beginning through lease signing. I ensure you beat the competition, reduce your search time to one day, and help you bypass
broker fees. With my help you'll rent a better apartment.
Photos by Joe Raskin
Kirby Sommers addressing a
crowd of renters at the Band Shell in Central Park in 2015.
I'm a writer who grew up in New York City. I was a commercial real estate broker with a fancy office on Park Avenue. Just
before Labor Day on 2005 I was about to embark on a much needed long weekend when Hurricane Katrina hit the Golf Coast. The
moment I walked into my apartment on Wednesday, August 29th I tuned in to watch the news. Images of stranded Katrina victims
with haunting looks of despair immediately made me want to help. That night from my livingroom floor, armed with a computer
and a phone, I created what was to become known as Katrina Home Drive. With the help of volunteers across the country we helped to find new
homes and resources for thousands of survivors.
It didn't take me long to realize that renters in New York City were
in need of help too. And so I started Landlord Links (which can still be found here). These became the first landlord directories
with links to landlord websites (where renters could bypass broker fees). Landlord Links paved the way for my AptStar Program
-- which I continue to do. I have created a life for myself where I help people. And I love it.
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