Daily News: Should I rent out or sell my home in Astoria?
by Barbara Corcoran (published July 14, 2008)
When renting in the city, is it better to deal with the real estate agent or the building owner?
Either is fine, but as renting is so popular, most building owners use agents to rent their properties. This equates to additional fees for the tenant, usually about 12% to 15% of the first year's rent.
If you're determined to avoid these fees, try looking online. Web sites like Craigslist and nofeerentdirect.com advertise many "no fee" small owner properties direct to the tenant.