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Best way to find an apartment if out of state?

Posted by yes, Anastasia on September 05, 2001 at 09:37:53:

Planning to move to NYC city soon, no real preference on where I live, but it's suggested I live in manhattan, despite the expense. well, my mom refuses to let me live elsewhere, hehe. My question is, what's the best way to find a place without going to a broker? I've noticed the village voice has alot of broker ads, so that doesn't seem like it's the best route, but unless I'm doing something wrong the NY times doesn't seem to be any better.

So, since I'm planning on visiting with friends in the village for a week to look for a place, should I just wait til I get there and walk around? Is there a publication I can buy or pick up somewhere? does anyone recommend those websites that sell access to their "no fee" listings? Aside from word of mouth, how do new yorkers typically search for new apartments, or does everyone use a broker? And also, there's supposed to be a few brokers that charge you a flat fee of 150-300 dollars and they'll keep showing you places with no other fee until they find you a place, anyone tried those?

I'm looking for a semi-large studio of around 500 squarefeet or so, shouldn't be that hard to find.....

Thanks in advance for any help!

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