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Renters Insurance, do I need it?

In order to make the decision on whether to get a renters insurance policy, it is important to know what’s covered, the three types of coverages typically available, and what to watch out for when purchasing your own policy. Please note that each insurance company has different exclusions and coverage limits. Problems and frustrations can arise down the road if you don’t fully understand what’s included and excluded in your policy.  There are three essential types of coverage: 1) Personal…

Neighborhood Guide to North Brooklyn’s Iconic Hipster ‘Hoods

The North Brooklyn neighborhoods of Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Bushwick have a similar vibe and lifestyle. A long standing Hassidic and Dominican neighborhood, Williamsburg’s transformation to arts enclave come hipster HQ began in the late 1980’s/early 1990’s. When artists were priced out of Manhattan’s downtown villages, they sought new digs, preferably with live/work art spaces and easy access to the galleries, theaters, and vibrant creative community they’d left behind. Enter north Brooklyn. The neighborhood of Williamsburg had everything the artists were…

How To Prepare A Rental Application That Gets Approved

By Jessica Feder-Birnbaum As a licensed real estate agent, I’ve received countless distraught calls from prospective renters when apartments they have applied for have “fallen through.” After submitting numerous client applications, I’ve learned several steps to take so an application doesn’t get denied. Whether you work with a broker or search on your own, here’s what you need to know to prepare a winning rental application. Qualifications Do your homework.  You don’t want to fall in love with an apartment…

How to Land Your Dream Apartment in New York City

Apartment searching anywhere can start out being very fun and quickly turn into a very time-consuming and daunting process. Looking for apartments in New York City, specifically, can leave seekers feeling very helpless due to higher rents, smaller living spaces and the need to be near the ‘perfect train.’ I would know, by 30 I had lived in midtown East, the Upper East Side, Midtown West, Queens and two stints in Brooklyn. Why is NYC so desirable? • Proximity to mass transportation:…

Communal and Co-Living Options for NYC

Solo living is both financially out of reach and unappealing for many people, but finding the right people to live with, and the right place to live with them, can be a big hassle. Shopping the internet for roommates can be anxiety producing, and if you move in with the wrong one you could be stuck with them for the duration of the lease. Sharing expenses can be a total nightmare when one roommate is financially responsible and the other…