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Serial Renter Spotlight: The Archive, 666 Greenwich Street

by Caren Maio | 6/04/12 - 3:46 PM

It’s time for another Serial Renter spotlight, and this time I’d like to highlight a building that’s been near and dear to my heart ever since I moved to this island nearly a decade ago.


Serial Renter: How to make a great impression on your future landlord

by Caren Maio | 5/07/12 - 9:50 AM

So you’ve found the perfect apartment – great!  Now what?

As vacancy rates continue to drop and the rental application process becomes even more competitive, the stakes are higher than ever...

Serial Renter: Why 10 Downing is the rental I can’t wait to live in

by Caren Maio | 4/02/12 - 1:19 PM

I’m always on the apartment hunt, passively browsing listings as a way to stay up-to-date on the market. Over the years, I’ve collected a list of my favorite buildings--some of which I’ve...

Serial Renter: If you don't get ready to rent now, you may hate yourself later

by Caren Maio | 3/05/12 - 9:45 AM

It’s no secret that apartment hunting in NYC is an incredibly competitive and fast-paced process, with rentals rarely hitting the market more than a month in advance of their occupancy date....

Serial Renter: Getting real with your future roommate

by Caren Maio | 1/30/12 - 3:02 PM

Finding a really good roommate is just about as stressful as finding the actual apartment itself. Much like selecting an apartment, you should choose a roommate carefully – as a hasty choice is...

Serial Renter: 3 tips for finding the best neighborhood for you

by Caren Maio | 1/09/12 - 2:10 PM

As experienced renters know, a fabulous apartment in a neighborhood that makes you miserable is not usually an apartment worth having.  But with as many choices as New York City offers,...

Serial Renter: 3 tips on tipping

by Caren Maio | 12/05/11 - 1:32 PM

Holiday tipping can be a daunting experience for a first-timer or someone without a ton of experience in the subtle nuances behind the process. ...

Serial Renter: Apartment affordability for beginners

by Caren Maio | 11/21/11 - 12:58 PM

It’s no secret that NYC is one of the most expensive cities in the world. It’s easier to lose control of your cash faster than you can say ‘flat broke.’ I’m far from a financial...

Serial Renter Spotlight: 1 Astor Place, one of my favorite rentals ever

by Caren Maio | 11/07/11 - 7:14 AM

It goes without saying (but I’m going to say it!) that I love the apartment hunt. If I’m not on it, I’m chatting about it with someone who’s currently in the midst of a search.


Serial Renter: Answers to the 6 most common leasing questions

by Caren Maio | 10/24/11 - 8:01 AM

Moving is not just about locating the right apartment; it’s also about successfully navigating the leasing process itself--the multiple steps required to finalize the deal and officially secure...