Whether you’re new to the city or a seasoned New Yorker, there are always new tips and tricks available to help make the process simpler when searching for NYC rentals. Use this list to ensure you are covering all of your bases and making it as easy as possible on yourself.

1. You’re going to lose some apartments you really  want

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The New York real estate market can be unforgiving. You can love a place and find out 30 minutes later that’s it’s just been rented. The grind is real, whether you’ve been here one year or five years. New York doesn’t get easier, you can never be complacent when it comes to real estate.

2. Be prepared

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If you want to end up in your perfect apartment, it’s imperative that you’re prepared.

“Having documents ready is very important when applying for the apartment you fall in love with. One missing document can cause you to lose the apartment.” – Phillip Salem.

3. Be flexible and realistic

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There are two consistent issues regarding NYC rentals that seem to come up more than others; requesting a Rolls Royce on a Honda budget, and an unwillingness to compromise.

Stand firm on your standards and try to get the most bang for your buck, but also be flexible and willing to work with your agent.  

As incredible as our Triplemint agents are, no amount of talent or experience is going to help you find a one bedroom studio in the East Village for $1,500/month. Be open to different neighborhoods and trust that your agent is getting you the best price with the most amenities for your budget.

4. Find the right agent


The broker exists for you. They should be your partner in crime, your advisor, and your friend on this journey. Looking for an apartment should be fun and enjoyable, and your broker is a big part of that. 

“We truly have your best interests at heart. We want you to find the best apartment that fits your needs and wants. We are professionals in the industry and know what landlords are looking for to approve an application. But we also understand that a well-timed happy hour after viewing five apartments can be a big help.” – Phillip Salem

5. When you do find the right agent, trust them and let them do their jobs

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Once you have completed the vetting process for your broker, including checking out Yelp reviews, start a dialogue about what you need and want throughout the apartment search process.

Trust that your Triplemint agent is a knowledgeable and experienced professional, who can expertly guide you during this crucial time.

Unlike other firms, our agents are incentivized by customer satisfaction, rather than turnover rate. The most important thing for them is that you find the right NYC rental.