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

September 4, 2013 Leave a comment

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.

Why Live in Queens?

August 15, 2013 Leave a comment

Based in Jamaica, New York, Zara Realty specializes in renting beautiful and spacious luxury apartments and condominiums in the Queens and Long Island areas of New York City. Queens is rapidly becoming a popular place for apartment hunters who otherwise have difficulties finding housing in New York that suits their needs. It can be a great place to live in for a number of reasons.

1. It is more affordable to live in Queens than it is in Manhattan. The average apartment rent per month is substantially cheaper and other expenses such as utilities, food, and the general cost of living are lower, as well.

2. Queens has a diverse population and an incredible cultural variety. It is an excellent choice for renters who are looking for a niche culture or who just want to experience different cultures. It is particularly well known for having a large number of ethnic restaurants.

3. It has a number of arts and cultural opportunities and offers some of the best free events in New York City, including free museum visits, outdoor music and dance performances, international film screenings, and arts festivals.

Queens is at an incredibly commutable distance from Manhattan and is a 20-minute train ride into Midtown. People can live in Queens and commute easily to Manhattan everyday for work.

Queens County Market News, by Zara Realty

Zara Realty offers luxury homes and apartments for rent in Queens and Long Island. Here, the company highlights a community event in Long Island City.

The Queens County Market, a monthly event in the borough, recently announced a move to Long Island City, a neighborhood in the Queens borough. Many of the products sold at the market are already manufactured in the area, making it a strong choice that deepens the market’s community connections.

The Market features a wide variety of local vendors who come to Queens from all over the world. As a result, the market features a breadth of international treats. Sweet Silk, a bakery run by Shefalee Patel, infuses traditional Indian foods with French elements. Veda’s Cakes and Catering features Guyanese traditional foods created by Veda Sukhu, and Gloribell Taveras and Susana Columna create traditional and adventurous empanadas at Chulita’s Famous. These and other treats can be found on weekends at the Queens County Market, likely enjoyed by many who live in Zara Realty housing.

Zara Realty on the Queens Art Express Festival 2012

Zara Realty provides safe, well-maintained, comfortable apartments to New York residents who seek to live east of Manhattan. With headquarters in Jamaica, Queens, Zara Realty employs knowledgeable agents who understand all of the rich cultural offerings available in Queens.

In mid-June, the Queens Art Express Festival brought together some of the borough’s most innovative young artists. The multidisciplinary festival held exhibitions in Jamaica, Flushing, Long Island City, and other nearby neighborhoods. The artists who participated in the festival used media such as dance, music, poetry, and sculpture to make their commentaries on public policy. Performance themes included housing reform, homelessness, and the economy.

With affordable housing, a rich cultural life, and a vibrant, diverse, local community, Queens continues to attract artists, businesspeople, and others who want to enjoy the excitement of life in New York without the high prices and congestion of Manhattan. For more information on finding a high-quality apartment in Queens, contact Zara Realty at http://www.zararealty.com.

Zara Realty: Beginner’s Guide to Apartment Hunting, Part 1

At Zara Realty, we are proud to offer a wide range of living accommodations and amenities to our tenants. However, finding an apartment that has every convenience and feature your family requires is no easy feat. Follow our two-part guide to apartment hunting, where we discuss tips and features to keep in mind as you set out to find a new place to live.

1. Rely on Apartment Search Services
Almost all cities feature apartment-hunting services that help you find a place to live based on your specifications. These services aggregate plenty of helpful resources, allowing you to collect as much information as possible before you head out to visit locations.

2. Plan a Rent Budget
Deciding on an apartment with five bedrooms, an on-site fitness center, swimming pool, and other amenities sounds wonderful, but does the rent fit your budget? When searching for apartments, find out the rent for each place you visit. Ideally, your rent should not exceed one-third of your income; you will need money for other expenses such as groceries, cable and Internet, and unforeseen circumstances such as car repairs.

3. Arranging Showings
Some people believe weekdays are ideal for apartment showings, as neighborhoods tend to be quieter with everyone at work. While true, those conditions do not provide an accurate sampling of what life will be like on the weekends. Arrange showings on Saturdays and Sundays to get an accurate idea of the noise level you can expect while your fellow tenants are enjoying their relaxation time. Ask your guide questions about noise levels, quiet hours, and other noise-related concerns.

4. Drop by Unannounced
You should never visit someone’s home without calling ahead, but in the case of apartment complexes, feel free to explore your potential neighborhood outside the parameters of showings. Make a point of visiting during a few weeknights as well as Saturday and Sunday evenings. As you visit, consider the noise and traffic level and any activities that may be too loud and boisterous for your tastes.

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Helpful Tips from Zara Realty: Renting an Apartment? What to Expect

Be prepared to provide information for a background check, including previous addresses, bank account numbers, and Social Security number. Often, apartment management companies request personal and professional references.

Read the apartment lease agreement carefully before signing. Utilities such as garbage, water, and electricity are sometimes, but not always, included in the rent. The lease should include the monthly rent and due date; any deposits for pets, cleaning, or damage; length of the lease, requirements for termination, and fees for moving out early. The lease should also outline procedures for maintenance requests, guest policies, and acceptable number of occupants. Reading through the document carefully can prevent unexpected surprises. If you have questions or concerns, do not be afraid to ask.

Walk through the apartment with the manager. Make a detailed list of any problems, not limited to cracked plaster, leaky faucets, nonworking appliances, missing light fixtures, sticky drawers or windows, or stained carpets. Ask the manager to sign the list and be sure to keep a copy; doing so ensures that you will not be charged for these repairs at move-out time.

Pay your rent by check, especially the first month. Note the address and apartment number on the check. If you must pay by cash, make sure you get a detailed receipt.

Zara Realty specializes in spacious, amenity-rich homes. From the company’s main office on Jamaica, New York’s Hillside Ave., Zara Luxury Apartments and Homes provides residents of the Jamaica area of Long Island with a wide selection of convenient, comfortable apartment options.