fighting a full broker’s fee on a Manhattan place atm—tips, futile fight? I like the spot, but I can also put my things in storage and go home...

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No way should you be paying a broker fee when the rental market is absolute sh*t. Unless you are getting the deal of the year, I would find something else.

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Say just that

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just act like you have other options and tell them you’re walking. Don’t pay it if it’s not worth it to you, and honestly, the brokers I’ve spoken to have been so desperate

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That’s my plan at this point too. Honestly the guy also slipped and forgot to mention the fee, frankly—I would have taken problem earlier. Of course, he said she said for him at this point though

Thank you all for confirming I was not crazy to make my ask. I’m going to tell him tomorrow AM that his $2000 fee can lick my behind!

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Ask the broker to negotiate a lower rent that will make the fee worthwhile. Otherwise walk away if you can get a better deal elsewhere.

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We’ve negotiated the rent out of the ass. I’m probably going to just end up walking.

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Use streeteasy

I did 😭😭😭😭

Every place I’ve looked at recently is no fee. Landlords are desperate for tenants so you should not have to eat the broker fee

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