|What to Consider at the Start|
Budget. For obvious reasons, this is probably the single most important factor. The price of an apartment depends on a variety of factors size, location, building type, condition and features, among others so it is critical that you determine your budget at the outset.
Manhattan has dozens of neighborhoods, each with its own flavor and personality. A number of factors can effect where you live: you might want to be close to work or your children's schools; maybe being close to a park is important; perhaps being close to great restaurants and cafes is key. The good news is that New York offers something for everyone if you are not that familiar with the city, please review our neighborhood guide.
Building Type and Amenities
First, you need to decide if you prefer a co-op or a condo (please review our section about co-ops and condos for more information about the differences between the two). Next, determine the importance of features such as doorman, concierge, pre-war, high rise, pet policy, health club/pool, etc.