Broker Backlash: New Yorkers Are Fed Up With Fees
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There are many ways to rent a terrific no fee apartment in New York City. Don’t let anyone tell you that you have to pay a broker to get a good apartment.

Yesterday we pointed to the original article about 4 in 10 New York renters choosing not to pay a broker’s fee to rent an apartment in New York City. The chat boards have been buzzing. It seems that possibly even a higher number of New York apartment renters are not willing to pay broker fees.

We completely understand the sentiment.

For 17 years we’ve been instructing New York apartment renters on how to rent without having to pay the broker’s fee. But understand this; while everyone is capable of renting a great apartment without a broker, it will not happen unless you also have a source of great no fee apartment to pick from.  And that’s what does! gives you the finest selection of no fee apartments in NYC.

Remember, there is no difference between a “fee apartment” and a “no fee apartment”. The only difference is how you found out about the apartment. If you found it through a broker, you owe the broker their fee if you rent it. If you found THE SAME apartment without the help of a broker, you don’t owe a fee on the apartment if you rent it. By finding it on your own, it has become a no fee apartment.

So today, Kim Velsey in The New York Observer continues the story of the backlash in broker fees…

One of the crueler ironies of the New York rental market is that one of the best ways to find an apartment that you can barely afford is to pay a broker thousands of dollars, which you definitely cannot afford.

While the majority of New Yorkers write the check through gritted teeth, reconciling themselves to the inevitability of paying for the privilege of signing a market rate lease, there are some who adamantly refuse to cough up the cash, according to a recent Crain’s article.

Citing a study, Crain’s reports that four out of ten New Yorkers won’t use brokers on principle.

Some simply feel that they’d rather use the money they’d spend on a broker—brokers generally collect a 15 percent commission on the annual rent—to get a better apartment. But there are more than a few who hate the rigged system so much that they would give up eating out for a year in exchange for avoiding a broker’s fee or even move to New Jersey.

Brokers, of course, can run the gamut from tireless advocates who scout listings incessantly to people who show you the apartment that you found on craigslist and then make you pay $2,000 if you want to take it. But they have, it seems, only increased their hold on the city, especially in Manhattan, where rents are at their highest level in two years, with prices going up ruthlessly as vacancy rates fall.

So how does one avoid the broker’s fee? Survey respondents said they searched as close to their current places as they could, asking family, friends and neighbors for help. And moving to New Jersey, of course.

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Written by Lorenzo

Lorenzo has been hanging around the office for the past 20 years, and, in the process, has become the president of,, and His mission is to build into New York's largest no fee apartment rental service. Before, Lorenzo was a Regional Sales Manager for Time Equities, Inc., one of New York's largest converters of rental buildings to coops and condos. Lorenzo was once a part owner of Swift & Watson Real Estate in NYC's Greenwich Village.

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