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Old 12-20-2008, 06:16 PM
 
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Hi everyone~

I've spent a good hour reading through past posts but I just end up with more questions than answers. So although I know lots of questions like these get asked, I'd really appreciated any answers you all can give me!

1) I've read that many apartment rentals ask for a proof of income. So this would mean I'd need a job before I get here. But aren't employers wary of people who are claiming they're moving to the city but never do? Which is the way to go - the job first or the apartment first? How difficult is it to secure a job in NYC when you're not actually living there yet?

2) I'm planning on moving to the city with my boyfriend around August '09 (unless a job pops up) when our current lease expires. When should we start the apartment search? We're looking for a studio or one-bedroom with an estimated budget of about $1,000 - $1,200 a month. We'd like something with a 30-min or less commute to Manhattan and would like someplace "safe". Any recommendations for neighborhoods? I've heard getting a broker could be worth the fee - how do we go about finding one?

Thanks for any help, I know I'm a total n00b when it comes to all this stuff.

Thanks!
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Old 12-20-2008, 06:21 PM
 
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It can be very difficult to find an apartment without a job lined up but, yes, it's going to be difficult to land a job from out-of-town. Your best bet may be to sublet a place for a couple months. That'll give you the opportunity to find job(s), learn your way around the city, and find the neighborhood(s) where you'd really like to live.
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Old 12-20-2008, 07:32 PM
 
Location: St Louis County, MO
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I'm from STL, so I'm only perusing the NYC boards...but I can imagine in any big city, St. Louis included, it would be harder because there are so many applicants in the immediate area. I've offered friends to use my address in STL to help them get a job (if they don't live close by), because I know I wasn't even getting interviews off of my resumes.
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Old 12-20-2008, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Astoria, Queens, you know the scene
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Even if you live in New York with tons of New York experience nowadays, its VERY, VERY hard to find a job. 2008-2009 isn't the time to relocate to New York to look for any type of job. Sounds harsh but that's the reality.
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Old 12-20-2008, 09:34 PM
 
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Hi everyone~

I've spent a good hour reading through past posts but I just end up with more questions than answers. So although I know lots of questions like these get asked, I'd really appreciated any answers you all can give me!

1) I've read that many apartment rentals ask for a proof of income. So this would mean I'd need a job before I get here. But aren't employers wary of people who are claiming they're moving to the city but never do? Which is the way to go - the job first or the apartment first? How difficult is it to secure a job in NYC when you're not actually living there yet?

2) I'm planning on moving to the city with my boyfriend around August '09 (unless a job pops up) when our current lease expires. When should we start the apartment search? We're looking for a studio or one-bedroom with an estimated budget of about $1,000 - $1,200 a month. We'd like something with a 30-min or less commute to Manhattan and would like someplace "safe". Any recommendations for neighborhoods? I've heard getting a broker could be worth the fee - how do we go about finding one?

Thanks for any help, I know I'm a total n00b when it comes to all this stuff.

Thanks!
I have moved to NYC 2 times already(And I am moving out again in a year and half).
The first time I had a job waiting for me.
The second I came without one.
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Old 12-20-2008, 09:39 PM
 
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Even if you live in New York with tons of New York experience nowadays, its VERY, VERY hard to find a job. 2008-2009 isn't the time to relocate to New York to look for any type of job. Sounds harsh but that's the reality.
Tough time indeed.
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Old 12-20-2008, 10:21 PM
 
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Thanks to everyone who's answered! I know it's tough times, but I'm graduating in May and I feel like if I don't move now, I never will. Any other input is appreciated.
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Old 12-20-2008, 11:35 PM
 
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We're looking for a studio or one-bedroom with an estimated budget of about $1,000 - $1,200 a month. We'd like something with a 30-min or less commute to Manhattan and would like someplace "safe". Any recommendations for neighborhoods?
I suggest Astoria, Queens.
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