Securing a new apartment is expensive enough and paying a full fee can sometimes be overkill and put your bank account in the red zone. Most agencies will charge a 1 month fee due before move-in when you use their services, but did you know that most agencies will also almost always negotiate on the broker fee? Here are some great tips to help convince even a hardened realtor to soften up on the fee:
1. Just ask. It never hurts to try, the worst they can say is no.
2. Offer to refer a friend. If the agency is going to make more money by renting a second place from a referral, many times they will settle for a reduced fee. Be ready to have them contact an actual friend or acquaintance who is actively looking.