by Tracy Kaler
|This 6th-floor walkup could be your New York pad.|
The quest for a New York City apartment is never an easy one, especially if you don't live here, aren't familiar with the city and how the whole rental process works, and don't have access to unlimited funds. Furthermore, relocating to NYC is probably more challenging than finishing a triathlon in the dead of winter, particularly when it comes to real estate. (I’ll save finding a job for another blog post.)
Know this: Renting an apartment in New York City is probably tougher than buying a house in many other US markets. Yes, it’s that tough, and I am NOT exaggerating. Vacancy rates are often one percent or less, making the real estate market tighter than those size zero jeans you sported back in 1998. Yes, really.