NY Broker Fees: Were They Really Banned?

February 13, 2020 | By Brendan Sweeney

If you or someone you know lives in New York, you likely saw headlines about the Department of State’s (DOS) Guidance Memo that “banned broker fees,” according to major headlines and confused consumers. Whether you’re just getting caught-up or looking for more guidance, this article should help you further understand the legislation and its potential impacts. As of today, past renters, prospective tenants, landlords, and brokerages are all in a state of limbo until March 13th, the date the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) and New York State Association of REALTORS (NYSAR) will return to court to further dispute the DOS’ updated guidance on the Housing ... ...

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Apartment Essentials Checklist

October 30, 2019 | By Brendan Sweeney

A new apartment is a blank canvas...literally, it’s vacant. Which means you have the responsibility of outfitting the entire space with all the essentials. To ensure you don't forget anything, we've put together a list of all the must-haves. We've also included a couple of tips before you go purchasing everything all at once: Purchase in bulk: This applies to items you'll need throughout the entirety of your lease. Check for promotions and offers: That new address likely makes you eligible for discounts from businesses like Fairway, Instacart, Bed Bath & Beyond, and West Elm. Divide and conquer: If you share the space, divvy up the list with your housemates... ...

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Navigating the Rental Market

September 17, 2019 | By Meredith Galante

Renting an apartment in New York City is an exciting time -- but it can also be overwhelming due to the sheer size and speed of the market. At Byson, we've performed hundreds of rental transactions and work closely with industry leaders so we can help you find the apartment that's right for you. We want to be your trusted advisor, helping you find a place that fits within your budget and gives you that feeling of "Home." Whether this is your first apartment post-graduation or a welcomed upgrade now that you’ve earned that big promotion, Byson is here to help. Getting Started Before you start scrolling through listing online, it’... ...

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