Buying a home can be one of the most stressful and expensive things in life. But with all of its idiosyncrasies, buying in New York City presents a unique set of challenges. Enter StreetEasy Buyers Week: Five days filled with articles, guides and advice that will help you navigate the buying process in the NYC real estate market.

Each day we tackle a different topic and unveil new articles from StreetEasy Experts as well as New York City real estate professionals. So if you’re thinking about becoming a homeowner in 2017, bookmark and come back to this page every day this week to study up and boost your confidence about finding the home of your dreams in New York City.

Day 1: Buying in NYC? See If You’re Ready

Buyer’s Agent Wisdom:

Day 2: Rent or Buy? Check Your Finances First

Today, we’re focused on all things pertaining to your budget and financial means. Finding out how much home you can afford is the most important first step for any home buyer.

Buyer’s Agent Wisdom

Buy vs. Rent

Credit Scores

Home Loans, Preapproval, and Down Payments 

Common Charges and Maintenance Fees 

Affordable Housing Options 

Day 3: Should You Use a Buyer’s Agent?

Today, we’re myth-busting what we know about buyer’s agents in NYC, providing tips for choosing the right agent and more.

Buyer’s Agent Wisdom


Buyer’s Agents (aka Buyer’s Brokers) 

Finding the Right Agent

Day 4 – Decoding NYC Apartment Types and Neighborhoods

New York City is a tapestry of different neighborhood vibes and home types that any buyer could get lost exploring. Explore the articles and insights below that will help you navigate the spectrum of real estate you’ll experience during your home hunt.

Buyer’s Agent Wisdom

Decoding Apartment Types 

Exploring NYC Neighborhoods

Day 5: How to Win the Bid and Seal the Deal

Finding your dream apartment is only half the battle. Today is dedicated to learning the in’s and outs of placing a winning bid, preparing for a co-op board interview and more.

Making an Offer, Winning the Bid

Co-op Board Approval, the Ins and Outs

Prepare for Closing Costs and Fees 

That’s a Wrap – More Resources 

If there’s something not listed above that you’re curious about, let us know in the comments below!