Moving to NYC from Canada and was hoping to sign a lease prior to arrival (I have friends that can view for me). How feasible is this? I’m assuming this happens a lot, but I’m sure landlords or building management would be skeptical if they haven’t had the chance to meet me. I just want to do everything as quick and efficiently as possible. I’ll also be shipping everything so I need to inform the moving company of a new address.

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Landlords don’t care about meeting you. I’ve never met a single one prior to move in. Some I never met. Just ensure whoever is looking at it accounts for all sorts of things including street noise, water pressure, soundproofing (if possible to tell).

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You'll need US bank accounts set up though, hard to do without you being physically present in the US.

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Depending on the landlord too, some want you to sign the lease in person. When I moved from out of state a few years ago, this was the case but I was able to work it out with them so they printed the lease, sent it to me, and I signed and returned.

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I just moved in feb from Toronto! Signed a lease prior to arrival (rented a luxury building).

We used an agent and she helped a lot with the coordination of viewings. Needed an American bank account and a proof of income but nothing else

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DM’ing you!

I bit the bullet and used a broker for my first place as my company offered a discount on one. They lined up things beforehand, we toured places and got everything needed done in just a day, and only had to do a short 4 day trip here to get a place. It was 100% worth the money as it was super easy, no stress, found an apartment I loved, and I got everything sorted out before I moved here.

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Would you mind if I ask how you found the broker? Which agency did you go through? I’ve been trying to do everything myself but I’m starting to think I might go down the broker/agent route to make things a little easier

I found it because my company offered a discount on the broker fee with them (I think it was like 15-25% off and their fee was just the market rate). Next Step Realty is the name and Meena Ziabari is the agent we worked with. They had good reviews and my experience was extremely positive! If you have specific questions, you’re welcome to DM me!

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