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does mls exist?

 
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This might be too meaningful for MD. If so, the moderators can delete it.

If someone is buying a house, they can look at the MLS (multiple listing service) online to see what the agents have available. Does this exist for rentals? If it's a regional thing, I live in New York City.
 
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Craig's List has listings (and housingmaps.com used to be a Cl map mashup but seems to be defunct). There's mlx.com and things like isoldmyhouse.com or similar sites where you can look through listings.

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Thank you Mark. I had looked at Craig's List. mlx is new to me. It has good info if you remember to bring patience to it. The outer boroughs are treated as single entities!

I'm familiar with a few others (apartments.com and the like). It's just that they are unofficial and likely not used for agents to share with each other. I wonder if that means I should just be contacting different agents myself.

(isoldmyhouse.com is for homes only for anyone reading this)
 
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Oops, I misread.. you're renting not buying. Check out these search results. You basically go management company by management company.

Alternatively for doorman buildings you can walk in a neighborhood and simply ask if there are open apartments. Most places have them these days.

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Amy Smith wrote:New York City.

I didn't think there were any rentals in NYC :-)
For sure no rent controlled ones. In the City, there are rental brokers, but they charge a stiff fee.
 
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Pat Farrell wrote:

Amy Smith wrote:New York City.

I didn't think there were any rentals in NYC :-)
For sure no rent controlled ones. In the City, there are rental brokers, but they charge a stiff fee.



There are both rent controlled apartments (although hard to find and in demand), and plenty of no-fee apartments. Better yet, most places these days not only don't have broker fees, they offer 1 month free.

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You mean rent stabilized? I thought "rent controlled" was for people who kept the apartment in their family for decades and "rent stabilized" was for others. And of course that most apartments were neither. I looked it up. According to NYC's definition the spirit of my understanding is right if not the details.

Mark: I'm surprised the rental market isn't tighter at the moment. I would have thought that with all the foreclosures, more people would be trying to move into rentals.
 
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