Published On: Mon, Jun 5th, 2017

The Guide To Apartment Hunting with

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This is part of a sponsored collaboration with and DiMe Media. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

In 2014 I had to do something I have not done in over 20 years, I had to search for my second apartment as an adult. Although it was a very exciting time for me, I did not know what I was doing at all. There was so much to consider and after a few close calls with scammers and lying landlords, I eventually decided to go with a broker which totally took a big chunk of my furnishing budget. I ended up with what I wanted only to find out that I could have gotten my place without a fee like my neighbors did.

The dirty secret in NYC is that landlords often post the apartments on websites, and brokers go to classified sites and it is a race to see who rents it first. My biggest mistake was sourcing the place the wrong way. I ended up with what I wanted in terms of neighborhood, kitchen, extra bathroom and my beloved exposed brick wall but I paid a premium that I probably did not have to.

Last October, my lease was up but the though of going thru that process again really just made me sign off on another year.


I was very disorganized with my listings, often confusing them or forgetting what I liked about each place. I literally saw about 16 places before I signed a lease.


So this year, I started researching and my friends at Dime Media introduced me to, a bilingual portal website that simplifies the process of finding a new apartments by offering access to a comprehensive database that includes millions of detailed listings. = In addition, some of the innovative technology includes the POLYGON™ search tool that allows me to define my own search areas on a map and a “Plan Commute” feature that helps users search for rentals in proximity to their workplace.

Check out this video on how to use some of the really cool features has to offer.


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Now tools are only really effective if know how you are going to use them so I wanted to share a few tips on how to make the most of your search. Apartments and Homes for Rent

Sign up for an account –

If you want to take advantage of their really cool features and have a place where you can review all your options, you should certainly register right now at, select your preferred language. It is a simple sign up using your Facebook or Google account to get started.

Create a checklist of the things you want –

Amenities are critical when looking for the right place. Proximity to mass transit, street parking availability, laundry are all things to consider. This checklist should take into consideration the lifestyle you want to live from a social perspective that is inline with the rituals in your life. Research locations to gyms, yoga studios, supermarkets / farmers markets and local parks by using the Local Guide option on to see if the neighborhoods you are looking at make sense.

Consider your budget –

Now that you picked your targeted neighborhood list and have read the local guide information. You can now create a comprehensive budget based on all expenses (transportation, groceries & social activities) and set yourself up to make sure you pick the right place with the right budget. One you have the right budget in place it will prevent you from the issues that can occur when you rent an apartment that you cannot afford.

Start your search –

But before you do, read this important resource on avoiding scams and fraud.  It is best to know what potential red flags may come up in your search and how to report any if you see them.


Now you can use the search bar to search based on apartment size, proposed budget by neighborhood. Each listing shows you the location on a map, a detailed description of the property,  Review your all amenities, policies on pets, the sound score (a major consideration if you are moving near a nightlife strip, airport or transportation hub) and a list of other suggested apartments that fit the same profile. You will have an opportunity to favorite ones that catch your attention so that you can review all options in the most organized way. Interested in a property, has a messaging option where you can connect with landlords or brokers directly.

Also make sure to check out the 3D tours and the commute search so that you can know what your commute looks like.

Sign your lease!


Couple of other things you can want to do…

  • Schedule to see the place on a rainy day (less competition to snag it)
  • Bring a friend and/or any potential room mates to see the property.
  • Ask about average energy costs (both Summer & Winter)
  • Visit the neighborhood at night so that you can see how safe a late night trip home might be.
  • Walk around the neighborhood and chat with them to ask them about the neighborhood.
  • Be prepared to negotiate and ask for any incentives that will help you in your decision making process. I have seen people who know they are going to paint get a break from the landlord for getting the apartment ready for move in.

Did I miss something, please share your tips in the comments section and I will add it to the mix with your name 😉


Happy Apartment Hunting!




The Guide To Apartment Hunting with