What It Offers:
Launched in 2006 with headquarters in New York City's SoHo, StreetEasy.com claims to be the city's "go-to source for the most accurate residential real estate information available." By taking a "no-nonsense approach to the country's largest and most complex real estate market, providing unbiased market data and comprehensive property listings," StreetEasy.com's Web site offers tools to help you find the perfect new home.
Where It Covers:
StreetEasy.com includes listings for apartments across New York City.
How to Perform a Basic Search:
StreetEasy.com lets you find an apartment by searching for one directly or browsing based on geographic area.
The default search setting is for sales, so just click "Rentals" if you're looking to rent an apartment. Select your preferred neighborhoods, number of bedrooms, and rent range, and also check the boxes to indicate your broker and fee preferences. When you're done setting your search parameters, click the "Search Rentals" button at right.
Or, if you prefer, click the map of New York City at the right and then proceed, so that you can start off by selecting your geographic area and see it on a map.
You can also browse apartment listings by neighborhood. Just click from among the list of popular neighborhoods further down on the page.
Viewing Apartment Listings:
The search results include a summary of each relevant apartment listing, based on the parameters you selected, which you can sort based on rent, apartment size, or listing age.
Click on any summary to view the entire apartment listing. Each listing should include information about available apartment types along with location information (including a map) and a list of features and amenities.
Many listings also include items such as floor plans, photos, and other helpful information, if available.
Pursuing Apartment Listings:
StreetEasy.com offers two ways to pursue apartments described in your search result listings.
If an apartment listing interests you, you can call the number, if included in the listing, to inquire.
Or, you can complete a short online inquiry form specific to each listing. Click the "contact this agent" link (which appears toward the bottom of the listing), then supply the requested information in the fields after logging in. (Note: Signing up for a basic account is free.) Include your contact information and any questions or comments, such as the type of apartment you're looking for and your intended move-in date.
Available Mobile Options:
StreetEasy.com currently doesn't offer any dedicated smartphone apps. Also, StreetEasy.com doesn't offer a mobile site.
However, you should be able to access the site's listings and use its search engine while on the go from a smartphone or tablet computer.
How to Perform an Advanced Search:
When you begin your search, you can click "Advanced Search." This will bring you to a page where you can select additional criteria.
Note that many of these bring further options. For example, clicking the box "Amenities" then allows you to choose one or more items from a list of amenities, such as "Gym" or "Pets Allowed."
Helpful Search Tips:
Whether you perform a basic or advanced search, there are some tips you should follow to find what you need more efficiently.
If you know the name or address of a particular building that interests you, try searching for it by including the name or address in the keyword box on the main search page.
If you like a listing, save yourself time and convenience by clicking to save a particular listing or printing it. You can also view the number of "saves" each listing has to see how popular it is.
Check out the discussion boards for more information or to ask others questions. Click the "talk" tab (under "more") or visit http://streeteasy.com/nyc/talk.
StreetEasy.com offers a related blog, which covers a range of apartment living topics for renters and owners alike.
To access the blog, click "blog" at the top of the screen or visit http://ownyourhome.streeteasy.com.