Learn about the best time to look for real estate in Brooklyn, things to think about when choosing a Brooklyn neighborhood to live in, get tips on finding the right apartment in Brooklyn, and information on dealing with landlords and tenants rights issues. Also, find out where to get data on crime statistics and quality of life issues in Brooklyn neighborhoods. Also: 9 reasons to live in Brooklyn!
Timing is everything, in love, sports and also in real estate. When's the best season to apartment hunt in Brooklyn? Find out here
Brooklyn has dozens, literally dozens
of neighborhoods. They're all different, and it's impossible to actually know them all. (Remember the saying, "Only the dead know Brooklyn"?) Here are eight things to consider when deciding what neighborhood you'll settle in, whether that's for a one-year lease or lifetime. Things to Consider when Choosing a Brooklyn Neighborhood
OK, so now you've decided more or less where you want to live in Brooklyn. How are you going to find that dream apartment? Get some tips
New York City landlords are not
, generally speaking, patsies. So you have to know what your rights are, what to expect, and how to deal. If you don't know what a patsy is, you should- find out here
. More importantly, find out what your rights are as a tenant, and other essential information for renters, here.
It's those small things that count: whether the street and local parks are cleaned up, and if there's a lot of noise that keeps people in the neighborhood up all night. Find out where to learn about quality of life issues in Brooklyn neighborhoods. Surprise! Some parts of Brooklyn are more liveable than others. Quality of life info on your neighborhood
Crime's down in New York City, or at least we think so. Here's where to go to learn what kinds of crimes, from rape to purse-snatching, have been committed in different community board districts in Brooklyn, and whether the trend lines are up or down. Is Brooklyn safe? Generally,yes. Do you need to be street smart? Always. Get the data.
Rent in New York is just plain expensive. Great, cheap rental apartments are almost a pipe dream. So get organized for an apartment hunt; it's only your life and your money that are at stake! Here's one simple way to narrow your apartment search and keep track of your own evolving ideas about where you want to live in Brooklyn. Hint: It's old-fashioned, and involves use of paper.
Most apartment-hunters and wanna-be Brooklyn homeowners look only at the listings. But, it might make sense to make sure you're dealing with a reputable realtor, too. Check Q&A with the Real Estate Board of New York. If anybody knows the real estate market in Brooklyn, they do.