Of all the hurdles that New Yorkers have to jump over in order to make it in this city, few can be more daunting than the search for an apartment to rent.
Though the search can be fast-paced and expensive, it doesn't have to be nightmarish, and with the right preparation, can even be enjoyable.
The first question that many prospective renters will often ask serves as more than a reasonable place to start: "Do I have to use a broker?" In short, the answer would be, it depends.
If you're not working full-time, not working against a deadline (for example, having to move before a certain date), and are currently living in the city, then you may be able to get by without using a broker.
For prospective renters who do not have the time to search for apartments, or who are not living in the city and able to see apartments in person, having a broker who you enjoy working with and trust help you through th...