. What can I do on StreetEasy?
StreetEasy gives you all your market search detail in one place. You can search for a home in traditional ways or by school zone, building, and neighborhood. You can share your opinions on anything related to your neighborhood or real estate. You can save searches and have us email you when new information is updated. As a broker you can use the site to manage your listings.
1. What can I search for in StreetEasy?
StreetEasy has both Sale and Rental listings and lets you search these listings using our comprehensive search capabilities. With advanced search you can narrow your search by neighborhood, price, bedrooms and many more critera.
We also have a text search box to help you quickly find information on buildings, schools, agents, neighborhoods and recorded sales. The quick search box is on the StreetEasy home page underneath the traditional search form and it is also at the top right of most pages in the site. Using quick search you can search for the following:
* Street Addresses – enter a street address and the search will find properties at that street address.
* Schools – enter the name of a school in the city and we will find that school and show you all listings zoned for that school (Example: PS6, Lillie Blake)
* Agents – enter the first and/or last name of the agent and we will show agents which currently have listings in StreetEasy (Example: Cohen, Williams)
* Neighborhoods – enter the name in our quick search box and we will bring you to a page with information about that neighborhood, including listings, new developments and stats (Example: Yorkville, UWS, Williamsburg )
* Recorded Sales – if you are a StreetEasy Insider you can search recorded sales by address or party name using the quick search. You can also search by price, neighborhood and other criteria using our Recorded Sales Search.
2. How do I search for something that may be in the listing’s description?
When using the Advanced Search feature on StreetEasy, you can further personalize your search by using the ‘Description Includes’ feature. This function allows you to search for listing characteristics that may not be defined by the listing’s amenities, but that are included in its description. First, navigate to the ‘advanced search’ link on the StreetEasy homepage, then check off ‘Description Includes’ on the right side of the page, and enter in your keywords, such as ‘Handyman Special’ or ‘TLC’ in the new field on the left.
3. How do I save my search?
You can save your search and receive emails whenever a new listing is uploaded that meets your search criteria. To do this you must be signed up and logged into your account. Once your search results are shown, click on the orange “SAVE” button towards the top of the page to save the search criteria to your Folders
4. Do I need to be a StreetEasy Insider to save searches?
No, all you need is a free account to save searches with StreetEasy.
5. How do I search for recorded sales?
You can click on the link for Recorded Sales at the top of any page to access a search for recorded sales.
6. How do I search for listings zoned for a specific school zone or district?
Search for the school name via the text search on the StreetEasy homepage or the search field available in the upper-right corner of all other pages. On the subsequent results page, follow the desired link in the SCHOOL section. On the school page, you’ll see a summary of available sales and rentals zoned for this school in the LISTINGS section. Follow either of these links to browse available listings.
To search for schools including other criteria, first navigate to the ‘advanced search’ link on the StreetEasy homepage, and underneath the ‘Neighborhood’ criteria, you will see two options – Zoned for School and School District. Please be aware of the difference in the two – The city is divided up into 32 districts. Each district is then divided into zones for the purpose of defining the geographical area that is served by neighborhood schools. If you are searching for a specific school however, such as ‘PS 89’, check off ‘Zoned for School’ under the criteria on the right, then type the school into the ‘Zoned for school’ field.
7. How do I find open houses?
Open houses may be searched as part of Open House Planner or advanced search. You can also jump directly to a view of open houses scheduled for the coming week. These results may then be further filtered.
8. How do I view all of the listings in a particular neighborhood?
Search for the neighborhood name via the search field on the StreetEasy homepage or the search field available in the upper-right corner of all other pages. On the subsequent results page, follow the desired link in the NEIGHBORHOOD section. On the neighborhood page, you’ll see separate sections for Sales and Rentals, with links to view more listings available in both.
9. How do I create my own boundary for listings when doing a search?
If you are an Insider, you can create a custom boundary to find listings within your own desired area. First, start with an “advanced search” then check off ‘Custom Boundary’ in the criteria on the right. Next, click on the picture of a map on the left to open the custom boundary window. You can drag the corners of this rectangle to your desired shape, drag the shape using the circle in the middle, and create more corners by dragging the square between two existing corners. Once you create your shape, give it a name at the bottom, then click ‘Accept’ to continue your search with this boundary.
10. Search by Tax Abatements and Income Restriction
Income restricted apartments rent only to individuals who meet certain income requirements. Since income restricted housing is designed to benefit those with low to middle incomes, the income requirement consists of a maximum, instead of a minimum like other apartments. First, navigate to the Advanced Search link on the StreetEasy homepage, and on the right side under the ‘Characteristics’ section you will see an option to check off Income-Restricted, at which point a filter search on the left will appear, and you can then filter out your search by your desired income restriction.
A tax abatement is a decrease or rebate of a tax improperly made, it can also be a tax break offered by the government to cause incentive for development in a particular area. With StreetEasy, you can search for tax abatements on a particular listing that expire in anywhere from 3-10 years. First, navigate to the Advanced Seach option on the front page of StreetEasy. Under the ‘Characteristics’ section, you can check off ‘Tax abatement’ and it will create a drop down menu that you can use to filter your search.
11. How do I search for listing amenities such as pets allowed, outdoor space, furnished units, etc.
For individuals with specific requirements for home attributes, being able to specify amenities can help refine search results. Therefore, StreetEasy offers a myriad of amenities that allow users to customize their search. To begin, navigate to the ‘Advanced Search’ link on the StreetEasy homepage. On the right hand side under the Characteristics group of criteria, you will see a checkbox next to Amenities, click on that and a list of amenities will appear on the left, allowing you to filter using either listing amenities, building amenities or both.
12. How do I search by listing date or recency of listing?
A defining feature of StreetEasy’s search, and something house hunters strongly consider when searching for listings is how long a certain listing has been on the market. This information provides a crucial backdrop to a listing when one is being considered. To search by listing date, first navigate to the Advanced Search link on the front page. The under the “Listing” category, check off ‘Listed Date.’ You can search anytime within the year.
13. How do I search for listings based on price?
Price in the Real Estate market is one of the most important – if not the most important – factor when our users conduct a search with StreetEasy. Using the Advanced Search, you can easily find a listing in a specific price range. In the Advanced Search section, under the ‘Price’ category you can search for price in several different ways. First, you can search simply by the price itself, check off the ‘price’ box which will open up a new section in the Current Search box. You can filter your price using the numbers given, or customize your own price by clicking the ‘Custom’ choice and entering number in the text box that will appear.
14. How do I search for listings based on price per square foot?
You can also search for price per square ft by utilizing the ‘Price’ category in the Advanced Search section of StreetEasy. Simply check off the ‘Price per ft’ box in the criteria on the right, and choose between the prices we provide or your own customized price on the left. You can also check off ‘unknown’ just in case the listing has an unknown price per square footage.
15. How do I search for listings with recent price changes?
The Real Estate market changes so often that usually prices will change right along with them. In the Prices category under Advanced Search, you can check off Price Changed and filter your search by the most recent price change in listings either by time (within the past 60 days) or by percentage, (5%, 10% or any increase.)
16. How do I save a search to receive email updates any time there is a change to the listings in the search?
After you have conducted a search with StreetEasy, you can save the search criteria in case you would like to receive email updates that may occur on any listings that fall within your search categories. To do so, simply conduct a search on our website and then click the orange ‘Save’ button that will appear on the left hand side, doing so will open a new window that asks what folder you would like to add this saved search to and what you would like to title the search, you can also add any other personal notes if you’d like. When done, click save.
17. How do I use the StreetEasy Open House Planner to save and organize open houses?
With StreetEasy, you can utilize our Open House Planner to search for open houses, organize using a built-in calendar, and sync with your iOS, Android or Blackberry smartphone. From the Open House Planner on StreetEasy, you can search for rentals or sales specifically with Open Houses by clicking on their respective link. Once you find an Open House you’d wish to attend, you can click the ‘add to planner’ button that will appear under the listing in the search results. The Open House will immediately place itself into your calendar for easy organization. If you click on any date that has an Open House listed it will open up the second part of the planner where you can view all of the Open Houses you have saved and print and email them for viewing and sharing purposes.
18. How do I edit my listing?
If your listings are fed to StreetEasy via a listings feed, you will need to update this feed and allow between 8-10 hours for this information to appear on StreetEasy.
If you manually post your listings on StreetEasy, first navigate to the ‘Agent Tools’ or ‘Account Settings’ shown on the front page of StreetEasy. On the left hand side you will see an ‘Agent Tools’ sidebar, from there you will be able to click on the ‘Listings’ link and view all of your current sales and/or rentals. Each listing will have an orange ‘Edit’ button next to it. You can use this tool to add/edit images, change descriptions etc.
19. How do I update my agent/agency affiliations?
If you want to change the brokerages and agencies you have affiliated with both past and present you can do so using the ‘Affiliations’ link on your ‘Agent Profile’ page. You can search for and mark the company with which you are currently associated, as well as claim any past ones. You can also add the dates you joined and left your non-current agencies/brokerages.
20. How do I connect my social networks like Twitter and Facebook to StreetEasy?
StreetEasy offers much in the way of social network connectivity. To connect your agent activity to either Twitter or Facebook, you can do so by clicking the Agent Tools link, found in the menu bar at the top of the homepage. Once on the Agent Tools page, you can click Social Networks in the menu at the left. This page will allow you to set up both your Twitter account and your Facebook account, to push activity such as new listings, price changes, and open houses to your Twitter feed and Facebook feed.
1. How do I feature one of my listings?
Login to your account and click the “Agent Tools” in the menu bar at the top of the page. About a third of the way down on this page you’ll see the subtitle “Featured Listings.” There should be an orange button that says “Learn More and get started here” just below it – click on that. This leads you to a page that explains what featured listings do. At the bottom of the explanation is the sentence “Get started now, select your listings to promote.” Click on those words. From here you can see a list of your rentals and sales, and just to the right of each listing you’ll see a white box with payment options depending on how long you want to feature for (rentals are $25 a week, sales are $50).
Make your selections, then fill in your credit card information, checkout, and you’re all set!
2. I am an agent with listings on StreetEasy, how do I edit them?
All brokers have the ability to manage their listings on StreetEasy for free. Type your name in the search field to find your page. Once you reach your page, all of your listings will be shown. To manage your listings you must “claim” your page. To do this scroll to the bottom of the page where you will see a gray box asking “are you (agent’s name)?” Click on the link and follow the directions to confirm that you are the agent. Once you have claimed your page, you will have the ability to add and change information about your listings as well as feature them.
3. How do I update my agent profile or photo?
In order to edit your profile, please navigate to your ‘Account Settings’ page found under your user name at the top right of the StreetEasy homepage. In the menu bar on the left, you can click on Profile to update your bio or headshot.
4. My listings are not on StreetEasy, how do I add them?
Click on Submit your Listings and send us your information. We will work with you to add your listings to our site
5. How do I “claim” buy-side and sell-side deals on StreetEasy?
“Claiming” closings ensures that you have presence both on the individual deals you were are part of, as well as potential presence on building pages as a Top Agent. If you are on the sell-side, go to your agent tools page and click on “past listings” on the left side. You can then classify deals as sold or de-listed.
You can claim buy-side deals, or sell-side which we didn’t have listings for, on the individual closings. You can find these closings from either a building page or a closing search.
From a building page
On every building page, you’ll see an ACTIVITY FOR THIS BUILDING section, with two columns of numbers ordered by date. The left column represents closings prices, and clicking on this price will bring you to the closing page (see below for how to claim the deal)
From a search
You can search for closings either by typing in the name of the buyer/seller in our text search on the top right corner of the site, or via our Recorded Sales tab at the top of the site.
On the closing…
On the bottom right corner of every closing you’ll see an “associated listing” section.
Click “Were you a part of this transaction? Let us know” and certify whether you represented the buyer or seller. The other listing agent on the deal will get a confirmation email, and you’re all set!
”For a video on how to claim your deals, click here":http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zf74xntBFn0
6. What historic information will be displayed about my listings?
StreetEasy keeps all listing history displayed for any listing on the site, both in the StreetEasy History section on a listing page, as well as in the Activity For This Building section on a building page. The days on market for a previously-posted sales listing will only reset if the listing has been continuously off-market for 6 months (3 months for a rental listing).
7. How does Top Agents work?
Top Agents is a great way for our consumers and brokers to quickly and easily find agents that have done the most deals in a given building. StreetEasy has created an algorithm that calculates the Top Agents by determining which agents have had the most closings on the buy or sell-side relative to recency.
In order to view the Top Agents for a particular building, navigate to the building’s StreetEasy building page and scroll down until you see “Top Agents in this Building” We only display the top 5 agents for sales and for rentals, however PRO agents’ names will be shown in this list as long as they have performed at least one transaction in the building.
If you do not see your name in this list, but you believe that you are a top performing agent in a building, you will need to make sure that you have claimed all your transaction in the building. With a Pro or an Insider account on our site you can “claim” your deals so that it reflects your work in the building, and give yourself a greater chance of being named as a Top Agent.
8. How do I mark one of my listings as a short-term rental listing?
To mark one of your listings as a short-term rental listing, first access your Agent Tools page, found in the menu bar at the top of the StreetEasy homepage. Here you will see a list of your active listings. Next, click ‘edit’ next to the listing you would like to update. On this page, you can scroll to the bottom, mark your listing as a ‘short-term rental’ listing in the Amenities section, then save your changes to the site. Our site may ask you to mark your listing as either ‘exclusive’ or ‘co-exclusive’ which can be done at the top of the edit page.
Real Estate Terminology
1. What is a 421-A Tax Abatement?
The Abatement Program provides partial tax relief for condo owners and co-op tenant-shareholders to reduce the disparity in property tax paid between residential Class 2 properties (i.e., condominiums and cooperatives) and Class 1 properties (i.e., one-, two-, and three-family homes), which are assessed at a lower percentage of market value.
2. What is the difference between a co-op, condo, and condop?
Here are some short explanations:
Condominium – The type of ownership in real property where all of the owners own the property, common areas and buildings together, with the exception of the interior of the unit to which they have title.
Cooperative – An apartment building or a group of dwellings owned by a corporation, the stockholders of which are the residents of the dwellings. It is operated for their benefit by their elected board of directors. In a cooperative, the corporation or association owns title to the real estate. A resident purchases stock in the corporation which entitles him to occupy a unit in the building or property owned by the cooperative.
Condop – The term given to a co-op that has rules and by-laws similar to that of a condominium. The freedom to sublet, put only 10% down at closing, and easy board approval are characteristics of a condo that have been adopted by a co-op. Such properties have become commonly known as condops. Closing costs will be similar to that of a co-op (significantly lower than condos) and the buyer will be purchasing shares in a corporation rather than real property.
1. How much does an Insider subscription cost?
A StreetEasy Insider account is just $10 a month.
2. What are the benefits of being an insider?
Insiders have the ability to see all closing sale prices, which includes the parties involved in the sale. Insiders can search for properties by closed sales and party names. Insiders may receive hourly email updates reporting any changes on their saved listings and searches. They can also export raw data from a search result or a building page into Excel for further analysis.
3. How do I cancel my Insider subscription?
Canceling your account is straightforward: log into StreetEasy, go to My Page and click on the Billing section link. There is a link there to cancel. You should receive an email soon after canceling notifying you of your status change. Your account will remain active until the end of your current billing cycle.
If you have any trouble, or would prefer for us to cancel your account for you, just let us know
4. How Do I Become an Insider?
Click on the link below and follow a few quick and easy steps.
Sign up to be an Insider
5. How do I update my billing information/credit card?
To update your billing information on the site, first click on Account Settings, found under your username at the top right of the homepage. Next, navigate to the ‘Billing’’ section on the left sidebar, and there you can view which credit card you have on file, make changes to any billing information you have with StreetEasy and view your statements. You can also check off whether or not you’d like to receive e-mailed receipts whenever StreetEasy makes a charge to your card.
1. How do I start a new discussion?
Click on the Talk tab on the top of the StreetEasy homepage. Scroll down to the bottom of the Talk homepage where you will find a text box to start a new discussion. Here you can choose a category from the pull down list, give your comment a subject, and enter your comments for discussion.
2. How do I set my display name?
The next time you post a new discussion or reply to an existing topic, you will have the option to create a “Display Name” for yourself. From then on, the name you choose will be your public identity on StreetEasy Talk and, if not changed, will default to your existing login.
3. What can I do about an offensive comment?
To the left of every comment, under the commenter’s name is a “flag” link. Clicking this link will send our support staff a notice that this comment may be offensive. Our team will review and, if found to be inappropriate, remove the comment.
1. How do I update my email address or password?
In order to update your email or password, first navigate to the Account Settings page, found under your user name at the top right of the StreetEasy homepage. Here, you can update your email address and password, and save these changes to the site.
2. How do I change how often I receive emails from StreetEasy?
Click on the Account Settings tab at the top of StreetEasy. Under “E-mail options” you can choose how often you receive email updates: never, daily or hourly (as an Insider).
3. How do I update my billing information?
Click on “Account Settings” on the right side of the homepage. Next click on Billing in the column on the left. Here you can update your credit card information for use with Insider accounts and featured listings.
Saved Items and Lists
1. What are saved items and lists?
On many pages on the StreetEasy site you will see an orange “SAVE” button. This button saves whatever item you are looking at and notifies you by email whenever it changes. For example:
* Searches – you will be notified whenever new listings come on the market that match that search, or when there are price changes for listings matching the search.
* Buildings – you will be notified whenever listings close or come on the market for that building.
* Listings – you will be notified of price or status changes for a listing.
* Discussions – you will be notified whenever there are new messages posted to a discussion.
2. How do I turn off email updates for my saved items?
Go to your My Page by clicking on the “My Page” tab at the top of our site. You will be brought to a page showing all your lists, click on the item you do not want to receive further updates for. Next to email updates click on “Stop.”
3. How do I organize my saved items?
When saving an item you will then be asked to place that saved item in a list. Lists are an easy way to group your saved items together. For example if you have a set of listings on the Upper East Side you could save them in a List called “Upper East Side Listings.”
1. What is the difference between: Active listings, In-Contract listings, Recorded Sales and Previous listings?
On the page for a building you will see Active listings, In-Contract listings, Recorded Sales and Previous listings.
* Active listings are listings that are currently available and on the market.
* In-Contract listings are listings where the buyer and seller have entered into contract, but the sale has not been made yet.
* Recorded Sales come from the NY City records. These are sales that have closed and have been reported to the city. Sales take anywhere from 6 days to up to 90 days to be reported.
* Previous listings are listings that are no longer on the market, or have been removed from the broker website. They may be sold, temporarily off the market, or have been taken off the market for other reasons.
Open House Planner
1. How do I access Open House Planner?
On the homepage of StreetEasy, next to the open house section, you will find an orange button “OPEN HOUSE PLANNER.” You can also access the Open House Planner through My Page. You must be logged on to access the planner in order to save your lists.
2. How do I use Open House Planner?
First put in your search parameters for open houses. From the results, click on the orange “SAVE” button corresponding to your desired listings. This will save the listing to a list of all the open houses you have saved for that specific day. From these lists, which will be named by date, you can reorder, rename and print out your itinerary. Your lists will be saved until you delete them.
3. How do I reorder the open houses on my list?
When viewing your list, place your cursor on the listing you want to move. Click and hold on the blue “DRAG,” then drag it to another position on the list.
4. How do I print my open house list?
When viewing your list, click the orange “PRINT” button. This will bring you to a printable page with your arranged open houses with pictures and maps of their locations.
5. What is the Open House Planner?
The Open House Planner is a tool that lets you create lists of open houses. These lists can be used as an itinerary and be reordered, renamed, and printed out to show the open houses on maps.
1. How do I add video to my listings?
StreetEasy allows you to display video for your listings. It is a great way to differentiate your listing and to generate more traffic! Currently we accept videos from YouTube, MotionBox or Vimeo. Follow the instructions on one of those sites to upload your videos. If you are given a choice to make the video public or private, make sure to choose public. Once the video is uploaded you can then add it to your listing in StreetEasy using the URL that you use to watch the video.
MotionBox – http://www.motionbox.com/video/player/7c98dbb01ef4
YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUldGc06S3U
Vimeo – http://vimeo.com/156659
If you have videos with a video provider that we do not support, or any questions about the process, then contact us and we can help you out.
1. What are Hotsheets?
Hotsheets are daily emails containing the newest real estate information for NYC.
We offer four tailored hotsheets. Our three daily hotsheets include all of the new sale or rental listings as well as new recorded sales. Our fourth hotsheet comes out every Thursday containing open houses for the weekend.
2. How do I sign up for Hotsheets?
As an agent on StreetEasy, you can sign up for Hotsheets via your Account Settings page under the Email Options section.
3. Will you use my email for anything other than hotsheets?
If you sign up for StreetEasy’s hotsheets we will never send you anything other than a hotsheet (unless you have saved items in Folders, then we’ll send you updates for those). We will not rent, sell, or give your email address to any third party.
Adding your listings to StreetEasy
1. How do I add my listings to StreetEasy?
There are several ways to get your listings added to StreetEasy.
If you’re a broker or management company, scroll down to the bottom of any page on StreetEasy to find the Submit Your Site link. Fill in the requested fields and we will work with you to get your listings up, which may include indexing your site, sending us an automated feed, or manually entering your listings onto our site.
If you are an individual owner, you can post both rentals and sales listings on StreetEasy. Here are the links to post:
List a Rental by Owner
List a Sale by Owner