I worked with Alex Bar-av of Love Where You Live Realty, and I had a fantastic experience.
In summary, I apartment-hunted for a few hours on a Friday, found a great place and quickly applied for it, and got my apartment after the weekend. I moved into my apartment less than a week after I initially contacted the realty. My place is in a great neighborhood, and my rent was even less than what I had optimistically expected to pay! The whole process was very smooth and surprisingly fun.
Alex was extremely knowledgeable about the UWS and its apartment scene. He took me to only places that satisfied my preferences, and was actively trying to get more places that had just been listed while we apartment hunted. Everyone will tell you that the Manhattan apartment scene is very wild and dynamic, and these guys seem to one of the few who’ve mastered it.
I also appreciated that he was very straight forward and no-BS, although the coffee, free cab rides, and comedy show tickets were a great touch!
I had briefly interacted with a broker from Citi Habitats, and the experience doesn’t even compare. If you’re going to be using a broker to find an apartment in Manhattan, I highly recommend Love Where You Live Realty.
P.S. ilovetheupperwestside.com is a great website for pretty much everything you need to know for living, visiting, or apartment-hunting in this neighborhood!