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Tips for Finding an Affordable Apartment in a High-rent Area

September 4, 2013

New York-based Zara Realty built its business on the premise of assisting clients in locating clean, safe, and affordable apartments in the desirable borough of Queens and neighboring Long Island. As the staff at Zara Realty knows, in an urban setting, finding apartments to meet this criteria is not always easy. However, sometimes thinking outside the box can help a person find the right apartment at a reasonable cost.

Two related tricks for saving on monthly rent involve eyes and ears. Tenants who can tolerate an ugly view or a bit more noise might have the chance to score a cheaper place to live. Apartments that face construction sites, bridges, tunnels, or highways are less desirable than those facing the park or even the street. Likewise, apartments located above a restaurant or those on a busy intersection with increased noise levels can potentially rent for less.

Also, the vast majority of leases end in the summer. Few people look to move during the winter months when slush and snow can make hauling a hassle. The result is that building managers and owners might be more willing to negotiate a cheaper rate to fill a vacancy, which increases a renter’s opportunity to find an awesome apartment for less.

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