You know it doesn't matter how many times I try to justify how hard it is to find an apartment in New York I still find it ridiculous to justify a brokers fee of 15%
Basically everytime you move you are pretty much up for this fee, and do you want to hear the worst bit....they dont do much for the money most of the time.
So whats the secret.... http://www.streeteasy.com/
This is the most amazing real estate website I have ever seen. Technically half of the things you see on this page wasn't even possible 12 months ago.
For the tech heads in the room it is written in Ruby On Rails, for everyone else, it's this cool new coding language.
It basically takes a whole heap of information from other agents web sites and then imports it into a database before displaying it clearly and co-herently, while adding a whole heap of cool features like A9 street level vision http://www.streeteasy.com/nyc/myplace (which I wrote about in my blog 6 months ago and love :) - ah it's great to be cutting edge).
It's the beginning of the end as far as brokers go, once you have centralised data available to everyone.... :)