No-fee Chelsea studio with washer/dryer and floor-to-ceiling windows in building with gym, basketball court, children's playroom, doorman, and concierge service, $3,330/month
If you're looking to land a rental without draining your savings account paying a standard broker's fee, head over to Naked Apartments to see a variety of no-fee and low-fee apartments with fees that top out at 9 percent (versus the typical 12 to 15 percent). We've rounded up current options in all five boroughs and in a variety of price ranges, and you can also search Naked Apartments by “no-fee” or “low-fee” to see more.
Choosing the right neighborhood is an individual endeavor for anyone. But add a kid or three to the mix and it gets exponentially more difficult. For one thing, real estate brokers are barred by federal discrimination laws from steering clients with children to areas that might fit best. (Even describing an apartment as “family-friendly” is verboten.)
For another, as more public and private schools open up, including in the outer boroughs, parents don’t necessarily pick where to live based on school choice alone. “Now when I have parents tell me what neighborhood they’d like to live in, I can generally give them three or four decent public schools in those neighborhoods,” says school consultant Robin Aronow, founder of School Search NYC.
Looking to buy on a budget of $700,000? We've done the legwork and combed the listings for options in your price range in all five boroughs, from a Gramercy Park one-bedroom to a Brooklyn condo to a Staten Island Victorian.
Luckily, your children won't be involved in the co-op board application
Q. I'm shopping for a co-op, and I have two young children. Will they have to do anything as part of my application for an apartment, like come to the board interview or get reference letters? Will I get turned down if they don't like my kids?
A. It’s a curious feature of the co-op application process in New York City: board members will scrutinize your dog’s behavior and breeding, with some going so far as to “interview” Rover or review his training certificates, but won’t do the same for a buyer's kids. For you, that means your little ones get a pass, our experts say.
An unused closet makes a great home office. When the work day is done, simply close the doors!
Maybe you work from home, or just need a spot to sit while you pay the bills, or want a designated place for the kids to do their homework. Whatever the reason, the home office is becoming more and more of a necessity. But in New York City, where the term “spare room” is pretty much unheard of, where to squeeze in such a space is often a challenge.
If you're looking for a family-friendly NYC apartment, you'll want to make sure it's close to a park.
We'll be rolling out fresh tips for surviving the city with kids this Family Week, but we also dug through the archives for our best advice on the apartment search, handling kid-related building etiquette, and eventually, helping your kid lock down their own slice of NYC real estate.
When your kid makes the move to life on campus, you'll want to make sure they're still covered.
Back-to-school time means a lot of things for college students (and parents of college students)—empty nests, an expensive trip to the campus bookstore, and, of course, a whole new set of insurance questions.
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