Avoid problem apartments - i.e., rats(!). It's costly to move again.
Avoid bad landlords. You pay rent for a reason.
Beat the competition. I make sure you shine like a superstar on paper!
Show your financials *only* to the landlord. Avoid identity theft.
See real apartments. Avoid bait & switch tactics.
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The best rental experience you'll ever have. Yep.
WHY WE'RE DIFFERENT
These are a few reasons why I am a better choice for you than
a broker or going at it on your own.
THE APTSTAR PROCESS
Three Simple Steps
HOW WE'LL COMMUNICATE
Accessible, personalized + comforting support
through lease signing.
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APTSTAR SERVICE CHARGE
One-time cost 1,000*
(*You could opt to start at $295 and pay the rest later.)
Your move in date is ideally 30-60 days from today.
Requests made less than 30 days in advance of your lease start date
will be considered on a case by case basis.
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WHAT OUR CLIENTS ARE SAYING
ABOUT KIRBY SOMMERS
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.
AptStar: Revolutionizing the Rental Industry in New York City
Press Release: Friday, August 16, 2013
The process of renting an apartment in New York City is overwhelming even for seasoned renters. [Read More]
AptStar: The Apartment Matchmaker (documentary)
A film by Dan Zambrano (AptStar client in 2012)
Tedx Talk: The Time I Was Featured on a Tedx Talk
Tedx Talk given by Justin Constantine (AptStar client in 2015)
Kirby Sommers featured on a Tedx Talk
During the summer of 2015, via my AptStar Program, I helped a wonderful couple, Justin and Dahlia Constantine who were relocating
from Washington, DC find their new apartment in New York City.
Once they got settled Justin asked me if he could share my backstory with him for his upcoming Tedx Talk. The premise behind
the Ted Talk platform is simple -- ideas worth sharing.
The title of Justin's talk is 'You Are Stronger Than You Think You Are.' I was flattered and from my perspective didn't think
I even remotely fit into the category of heroism on the battlefield.
Katrina Home Drive
Katrina Home Drive (KHD) was a grassroots organization created by Kirby Sommers, a Manhattan based real estate broker, in
the wake of Hurricane Katrina to help with the housing needs of those whose lives were devastated along the Gulf Coast. Volunteers
and others offering homes and other resources used the Yahoo based group as their initial meeting place to help the newly
Katrina Home Drive was among the first to utilize social media to help with a catastrophic disaster.
Kirby Sommers, along with the help of approximately 500 volunteers found housing and other resources for 100,000 displaced
To read New York Times piece 'For the Needy, a Web of Matchmakers Offers Help and Hope' October 2005 click
on NYT logo >>
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