I’ve done apartment hunting before, I live in one right now in the middle of Manhattan. But rent keeps going up and so we’re forced to relocate. Brooklyn seems like the best option, but it doesn’t make the hunt any easier. We’re currently trying to narrow down to a neighborhood so we can limit our search a bit. Finding a two bedroom until 2200 though is proving to be a little difficult.
I spent all yesterday walking around Clinton Hill and Park Slope with my parents, and we even knocked on a few doors with for rent signs and saw a few apartments.
Williamsburg apartments were completely out of the question. 2000 dollars for one big room and everything was falling apart.
I think one of the things I’m struggling with the most is that a lot of Brooklyn apartments are not renting out by corporations. It’s all done by individuals. I felt comfortable in the building I’ve lived in for the last two years because it’s their business. There’s always someone ready for maintenance and the guy who originally showed me the apartment and filled out all the paperwork with me is down in the lobby 9-5 every weekday.
I’m a little scared about the idea of renting from someone who just owns the building and doesn’t have any experience in renting. And finding a place that works for us, is in our price range and is close enough to school for me? Almost impossible. Wish us luck in this journey! (And if anyone knows any information that could help, please let me know in the comments!)