The absolute best time to start searching for an apartment in New York City is about 45 days and no later than 30 days before
your desired move-in date.
Real estate agents and brokers will tell you differently. They will tell you to start 30 days before. This is not
true. The reason they say this is because they want to make sure you are pressured into renting an apartment asap so they
can collect a broker's fee from either you or the landlord. If an agent/broker starts showing you apartments early they feel
that you will think you have time on your side and will not make an on-the-spot decision.
If you're a super sleuth (like we are) you can find a great apartment even 60 days before your move in date (these are the
best of the best deals in the city).
Will someone be living in the apartment making it a little more difficult for you to see it? Not really. If the listing is
advertised (let's just say via Landlord Links or with Kirby Sommers' AptStar Program)-- the landlord has already made the
necessary arrangement with the current tenant in order to show the apartment to their future tenant.
So, if you want to get your apartment search done with, and who doesn't, then starting early is the way to go.
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