AptStar Blog: Behind the Scenes

January 1, 2018

Kirby Sommers' blog has moved to our AptStar website


On January 1st we moved AptStar from its original Landlord Links website. AptStar needed its own website. All our blog posts can now be found on the new website. We look forward to continuing to share insights with you...

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November 7, 2017

12 Secrets of the Thanksgiving Day Parade


SECRET 1. The parade was originally called The Christmas Parade (which is why the last float has Santa waving to the crowds). It made its debut in 1924 as a way for Macy's to celebrate the expansion...

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July, 31, 2017

It's rental season frenzy: I'm feeling satisfaction


It's been a while since I could set aside a few minutes to write. Rental season is in full swing and referrals have been many. My cup runneth over, as they say, as I watch my clients go through the process...

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May 22, 2017

Today I watched the Tedx Talk I was featured on


Okay I have watched the Tedx Talk given by Justin Constantine (a former AptStar client) several times since the original airing in late 2015. But for some reason this morning I wanted to watch it again...

December 8, 2017

I have to keep my garbage in the fridge. Help me move!


It wasn't until we were in mid-conversation that a newly minted attorney confessed: "I have to keep my garbage in the refrigerator and it solved my mice problem." "That's very creative," I said. He lives in a sub level...

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October 29, 2017

Halloween on UWS: Historical Perspective


Halloween on the lush tree-lined streets of West 69th Street between Broadway and Central Park West could be Manhattan's most mystical and intriguing event. The well-guarded annual celebration...

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June, 6, 2017

Everyone is scurrying to find an apartment.


I am surrounded by madness. It seems like everyone on the planet is scurrying to find an apartment. My phone doesn't stop ringing, the requests for help land in my inbox like pouring rain during a...

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May 19, 2017

The temperature soared to almost 90 yesterday


The temperature soared to almost 90 in New York City yesterday and while I was tempted to take a couple of hours off and head to Central Park I was on the phone fielding requests for my AptStar Program.

November 10, 2017

Tips to Help You Prepare for your move


A lot happens when you're searching for an apartment but today I want to help you prepare for your move. At least one month before start cleaning out aka tossing out anything you aren't using. You really do not...

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Septemnber 30, 2017

Finding new homes for Harvey survivors


Hurricane Harvey happened and once again, it changed my life. I thought it was a one-time life event when I became immersed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina back in 2005...

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May, 30, 2017

It's the beginning of the rental season!


It seems to me that it was just January and already Memorial Day weekend is over. This is the beginning of the rental season in New York City. It means lots of requests for helping people find apartments...

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May, 18, 2017

After a decade, I finally start a blog!


I've recently become addicted to Marc Maron's WTF podcast. It happened after I caught a really bad flu and somehow stumbled upon it. I found that Maron's voice somehow calmed me after long days, and...

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