I had an awful/exhausting time trying to help my boyfriend find an apartment UNTIL we found DSA. They responded to my emails right away, Alex Mecum met us early the next morning, and met a few more times over the course of the week til he found "the place" -- which is spacious, clean, beautiful (nice molding and a fireplace), cheap as could be, and a great location in the East Village.
Alex helped us out, and he REALLY knew his stuff, didn't waste our time looking at places that weren't what we wanted and was never pushy. Many of their places are no-fee, too (such a contrast in every way to other brokers and companies). They followed through politely via email, were always available, and left us feeling really satisfied with the experience.
Thank you, Peta, for making this such a good experience. This was my first time around using a broker in Manhattan and would not hesitate to recommend you.
I moved from Chicago to NYC and had 4 days to find an apartment here. Overall the experience finding a place was horrible until I started working with DSA and their stellar staff. On my last day of searching they helped me find the right place for me and were friendly, honest, and helpful throughout the entire process. Given the number of realty companies in this city that are out to just make money off you, it was breath of fresh air to work with DSA - they actually cared about my living needs and preferences. I highly recommend them if you are moving within the city or from out of state. They made this process successful and transparent. Thank you Alex and Christine - you rock!
Very honest and straight forward company. I worked with Alex, who made me feel very comftorable with the easily overwhelming market of finding the right apt in NYC. It's easy to experience consumer vertigo when searching for a Manhattan apt. DSA made the process simple, factual, and specifically tailored to what I was looking for in a home. I highly recommend.
Simply said, if you are looking for a place in the east village that is livable and affordable work with this company. They got us exactly what we wanted and didn't waste our time.
My boyfriend and I had spent a few weeks looking for apartments in the East Village and in Brooklyn. Of all the brokers/agents we met with Alex was great! It didn't put any pressure on us, was professional and easy to work with. We looked at one place which was too small and once we described what we were looking for he showed us another listing which was perfect but out of our price range.
He kept in touch and eventually lowered the price within our range. We met Christine in the office, she had a similar vibe, very professional and easy to work with. We got all of our documents and were approved within 24hours.
Overall- we got a great place in the east village for an affordable price.
We thought that finding a place in New York would be a never-ending nightmare but we were proven wrong. Alex Mecum and Christine Carter from DSA realty found THE apartment for us in next to no time. All in all our experience with DSA Realty was perfect. It took us just four days to find an apartment beyond our expectations and below our budget maximum. They managed to find a beautiful place for us in a lovely neighborhood although we are foreigners with two dogs, a short credit history and no guarantors. Alex and Christine are extremely friendly, helpful and professional - a "mix" one does not find very often. We would definitely work with them again and we already recommended them to our friends. Alex and Christine thanks again for your help!
Thanks so much Christine, the apartment is great! Thanks so much for all your help and the nice message - I will definitely be working with DSA again if I need a new apartment in the future, and will refer friends to you and Alex. This has really been the best experience I've had looking for a place in NYC.
- James B.
As the mother of a senior at NYU, I highly recommend broker Matt Dure and DSA Realty Services. Matt is highly responsive, caring, patient, knowledgeable, level-headed with good instincts and judgment. He was the only one who responded promptly out of 5 different firms the day before July 4th and identified 10 studios and 5 two bed-room apartments to view on Friday in our neighborhoods of choice - the Village, Chelsea and Flatiron. He patiently worked through details with two sets of parents and daughters (living in different states); took measurements of all of the rooms in various apartments; connected the daughters to the super; and supported us through negotiations with the landlord - from late at night to over the weekend.
He is really terrific to work with and very customer oriented - excellent broker!
~for Matt Dure and The CARTER-MECUM Group
- Irene L
I will absolutely recommend your iGroup team This has been a very pleasant and professional experience. I have several friends looking for apartments in the next few weeks and will recommend you.
REVIEW DATE 05/01/2012
I just rented an apartment that Bijan showed me in the East Village. He was great to work with throughout the entire process. We met as his office to do some quick paperwork, and he showed me three apartments. He was very quick with the keys and was very polite and professional. One of them was fantastic and exclusive to his agency. I looked at a few other places afterwards, and put in an application on his apartment a few hours later. I was confirmed for the apartment by the next day.
Bijan said that he loves seeing people happy when they get an apartment they love, and it's true. He was a pleasure to work with from the beginning of the process through to the end. I definitely recommend working with him.
- Madalyn B.
REVIEW DATE 06/24/2012
I read Bijan's reviews and contacted him with hopes of finding a reliable, trustworthy and patient broker and he met all of those expectations. He was real and honest, which is hard to find in this crazy market. I ended up finding an apartment on my own, but the process with him was really great. Highly recommended.
- Ken T.
I recently moved to NYC from Miami and found a great apartment through James Kogut of DSA Realty. James was a very nice, easy-going, down to earth guy that made us feel comfortable and at ease in the otherwise stressful New York rental market. He was professional and actually worked in our best interest. After going through the whole singing process, it seemed that we would have to pay an additional month of rent, but James was able to negotiate with the landlord so we wouldn't have to. The overall experience with DSA was terrific and I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking for an apartment.
- Nick A.
It was a great pleasure to work with Eddie Piccini of DSA Realtors. Eddie encompassed everything the perfect realtor needs to be. He was respectful, attentive and ready to go above and beyond to help me with finding me exactly what I wanted; within my price range. His constant professionalism made finding my new place an ease and stress free. I have a lot of friends moving into the city after they graduate and I feel confident in referring them to Eddie and DSA Realtors!
- Trevor T.
It was a great pleasure to work with Phillip Itingen of DSA Realtors. Phillip encompassed everything the perfect realtor needs to be. He was respectful, attentive and ready to go above and beyond to help me with finding me exactly what I wanted; within my price range. His constant professionalism made finding my new place an ease and stress free. I have a lot of friends moving into the city after they graduate and I feel confident in referring them to Phillip and DSA Realtors!
- Trevor T.
Recently I was in the market for a change from my current residence of Hoboken, NJ and decided to take the plunge and move to New York City. Having been a resident of Long Island most of my life I was a bit skeptical of what I was going to get for my money. I searched on Craigslist for some upper west side apartments and stumbled upon a DSA listing for one in the Columbia University area. I emailed the contact on the listing and was put in touch with Phillip Itingen of DSA Realty. Phillip informed me that the listing was no longer available but offered to help me find other listings I might be interested in.
That afternoon I was able to meet Phillip and look at 3 listings. The fact that I was able to meet him right away to get the process started was just what I needed. Also, having never been inside of a NYC apartment I was able to ease my skepticism of what I was to expect. While the three he showed me weren't exactly what I was looking for, Phillip offered to find me a great place which was within my needs, wants and price range.
Within 3 days of meeting Phillip he was able to find me a great deal on a great place in a great area of the upper west side of Manhattan. Who knew this was possible?! The whole application process was very seamless as Phillip was willing to meet me at my job to get documents and funds needed to lock down the apartment. Phillip played a major role in my decision to make the move to NYC. On top of everything else he was even able to negotiate down my broker fee.
Overall I would rate my experience with Phillip as being excellent and I will make no hesitation to recommend him to my friends and family who are in need of an apartment or home. I look forward to working with him in the future and I consider Phillip to be a great asset to DSA Realty.
Sincerely, Peter K
- Peter K.
September 6, 2012
My fiancee and I were looking for an apartment on the upper west side in Manhattan and were in need of a relator. Phillip was referred to me by my brother for whom he had found a duplex apartment on the west side. I told him exactly what we were looking for and our price point. Within an hour he called me back and had several listings for me to see the following day. He was ambitious and an extremely hard worker and did not stop until he got the job done. My experience working with Phillip was great and he always answered his phone. Not only was he reliable and professional but he was a pleasure to work with and I would definitely work with him again.
- Lindsay W.
Working with Phillip was truly stress-free. When I contacted him, I had just about given up on finding an apartment after dealing with numerous non-dedicated realtors who felt extremely disconnected and rapacious. His diligence, knowledge, kindness and availability at all times is what sets him apart from most NYC realtors. Any and all important information was always delivered promptly to myself, my roommate, as well as our guarantors. Making sure that every party was in the know at all times was clearly Phillip's top priority. Also, he did a wonderful job of considering all of the criteria I supplied him with in order to find the best apartment possible. I could not be happier with the apartment I rented from him. Overall, the entire process was nothing but speedy, simple and efficient.
- Ashley M
Working with Eddie was truly stress-free. When I contacted him, I had just about given up on finding an apartment after dealing with numerous non-dedicated realtors who felt extremely disconnected and rapacious. His diligence, knowledge, kindness and availability at all times is what sets him apart from most NYC realtors. Any and all important information was always delivered promptly to myself, my roommate, as well as our guarantors. Making sure that every party was in the know at all times was clearly his top priority. Also, he did a wonderful job of considering all of the criteria I supplied him with in order to find the best apartment possible. I could not be happier with the apartment I rented from him. Overall, the entire process was nothing but speedy, simple and efficient.
- Ashley M.
I would recommend Bijan Samawat to a friend. Although we ended up going with an apartment that was shown to us by another broker, Bijan was the most responsive and professional broker we worked with while looking for an apartment in Brooklyn (Cobble Hill/Brooklyn Heights/Boerum Hill). He listened to what we were looking for, sent us emails with possibilities and was always available to meet us for showings quickly.
- Megan C.
Finding a place and all the planning could be so stressful. I can't complain enough about the terrible process of moving. I was referred by a good friend of mind for an excellent broker to find my next nest. I was contacted with Eddie Piccini from DSA Realty Service and he promptly called to get an idea of what I was looking for. He was very patient in explaining to me the market and how listings open up and what steps I need to take to apply for an apartment.
Eddie was patient with my price and he would email me listings that are with my price and details. We saw a lot of places in different part of New York City and explained to me what you get for the money in different neighborhoods. To make a long story short, I fell in love with the current apartment that I currently live in and Eddie made the application process as smooth as possible.
Eddie was wonderful and I'd highly recommend him to anyone who needs to find a place in NY City. He is very friendly and works based on your schedule, all you need is 1 hr to see 4 or 5 places in one day.
- Fitsum K.
I found an apartment I liked online and within minutes Eddie found a time to show me the apartment. Working with Eddie was a huge success. He was accommodating during the viewing of the apartment. He let me take my time and look around, and answered all my questions patiently. I find moving to be an incredibly stressful experience, where I'm never sure if I made the right decision and immediately I start doing the math in my head and I can get very overwhelmed, but Eddie was there to help guide me through the process with patience and a sense of humor. Any time I needed information and I emailed or called Eddie he returned my call or email within minutes, which was extremely reassuring. He seemed to want me to get the apartment I loved as much as I wanted to get it. I appreciated the fact that he kept in contact with me through the lease signing to make sure that everything had gone smoothly. I would highly recommend EddiePiccini of the I Group to any prospective clients.
- Rebecca V
Wade - Thank you for taking the time to help me find my first place in Manhattan. I apprecaited your honest advice and all the time you spent showing me some great places (hands down better than all the other brokers and websites that I used). Thank you for getting me great deal. Good luck with everthing.
Wade showed us several apartments which met the criteria we established in order for us to understand the value equation. He described to us the nuances of the various neighborhoods as well as the process of renting an apartment in Manhattan. Overall, he made the experience understandable and enjoyable and perhaps most importantly he respected our time by only showing us apartments which fit our needs. Subsequently he identified some options that met our budget and timing requirements and he and Andrew viewed them with Andrew selecting one of those. Wade guided us through the application process and patiently and thoroughly answered all of our questions. All of this leads us to our lease signing meeting on Friday. Wade is a credit to DSA Realty and we will choose to work with him again when its time for another apartment.
- Jeffrey B
Working with Phillip was a pleasure. He was extremely responsive to my needs and always answered my questions promptly. He truly advocated for me, and was an all-around nice person. With his help and persistence I was able to find a great apartment in a great building. I have already given his name to my friends who are looking to move to New York because I know he will do an excellent job. And I definitely know who I will be calling the next time I need a broker!
- Jenna F
Travis has been an incredible help in our apartment search. He listens to our questions and is easy to talk to about concerns. We found him by chance, as we walked by the office late on a Saturday afternoon, and are truly lucky to have him working with us. He makes the 'brokers fee' worth every penny.
~ Travis Mahrt of The CARTER-MECUM Team
- Anonymous Review from Zufog
I really enjoyed and appreciated having Travis as my broker. From the start, he managed to be friendly, charming, and personable, while still being professional. He was willing to negotiate and communicate my needs to the landlord effectively so that I was able to afford and secure my dream apartment. When I had questions, he was quick to respond and extremely informative. I would highly recommend Travis to any other apartment seekers and would love to work with him again in the future!
~for Travis Mahrt of The CARTER-MECUM Team
- Anonymus Review from Zufog
Travis listened to what I was looking for in a building i.e. washer/dryers, elevator and out-door space. I have a set budget on the monthly rent and Travis showed me apartments within the budget. He was very well prepared and knows that rental market in NYC. I will definitely recommend him to my friends.
~for Travis Mahrt of The CARTER-MECUM Group
- Anonymous Review from Zufog
I think Travis really heard what I was wanting and sent me appropriate listings after first meeting, making for a fairly quick/easy transaction. And I really appreciated that he remembered little random conversational details. Nice to be treated as a person in a process that can sometimes be very awful... THANKS!
~for Travis Mahrt of The CARTER-MECUM Group
- Anonymous Review from Zufog
Travis was an absolute pleasure to work with and he went the extra mile to show me some great places. It never appeared to be his goal to just sell me on the highest priced apartment. I would most certainly let my friends & associates about him, and I hope there are more others like him out there though I have my doubts :(
~For Travis Mahrt of The CARTER-MECUM Group
- Anonymous Review from Zufog
Nice and easy to talk to. Travis listened to my concerns and answered my questions and had a good memory of our prior chit chats. He never lost patience with me even though I was probably very difficult with my apartment demands...
~For Travis Mahrt of The CARTER-MECUM Group
- Anonymous Review from Zufog
Moises helped my roommate and I find our current home here in Manhattan. Upon arrival to his office, he was warm, courteous, and respectful. He was open to discussion and helped us to the greatest degree to find the perfect home, customized for us. We wanted location, cleanliness, and a reasonable amount of space at a great price. He bargained, and helped to bargain for us. He created a personal relationship with us which helped him to figure out what we need and also soften the transition from suburban Florida to mega-urban New York. Thanks Moises!
Very helpful. Good listener and truly takes what you're looking for into consideration. He makes the process of apt hunting especially ours in the E. Village actually fun. 150% recommend. Great communication and a LOT of patience
Moises is professional, courteous and accommodating. He is extremely hard working and well composed.
He was very helpful when I was unable to fly to the city to sign my lease. He came up with a better alternative that was more convienant for me even though it required more work for him. Definitely did not go unnoticed.
Moises was able to assist and successfully work in an unusual housing situation with people looking to lease from all around the globe. He was always professional and provided very logical advice showing experience and genuine care. He was able to assist even before any of the tenants were in the country looking for housing, presenting options electronically to getter a better idea as to what they wanted to actually see once in NY as to maximize efficiency and effectiveness of time well spent and places visited. He was always patient and really grasped information provided by us about what we wanted/ did not want. Saw the apartment Monday had the lease signed Wednesday, enough said!
Moises was an absolutely delightful broker to work with. He did not waste even a minute of my time. I wanted to see five listings in one day, and he even took me to see six! He called all of them beforehand to make sure they would still be available for viewing and we wouldn't waste our time walking anywhere. No other broker has done that for me! At most other ones will show me two places, and at at least one, the super won't be available. Moises is also just a positive and fun person to be around. He even keeps track of which apartments you've seen and what your thoughts were on each one to help you make a good decision! I would recommend him to anyone frantically looking for a place in New York!!!
Moises was nothing but honest and transparent with me when I was on my apartment hunt. I let a lot of my associates and friends know about him.
Moises was wonderful - he took a lot of time showing us a variety of apartments and helping us find the perfect place we were looking for.
Moises was thorough, efficient, and quick with respect to all aspects of finding a suitable apartment for us. Unlike other brokers I have dealt with in the past, he really seemed to stress the fact that he was working with us (making sure to take notes on what we liked or disliked about apartments right after we viewed them, understanding our needs and requirements for the suitable apt, etc). He was quick to schedule apartment showings that didnt waste our time, and gave us a good idea about the market. He was always on time, or early, and confirmed all meeting locations beforehand. Moises was a pleasure to work with, and I will be (and already have) recommending him to friends and family in the future.
- Hanna G.
Moises was a great asset in helping us find the right apartment. He worked very hard on our behalf and always was responsive when we had questions or needed assistance. I highly recommend Moises to anyone looking for a hard-working and trust-worthy broker.
- Tim D.
Moises helped me find the perfect apartment for my needs, I would recommend him to anyone looking for a place.
- Casey M.
Good morning, Christine
I enjoyed our conversation yesterday morning. It is clear to me that your Group is unique....I have experienced the sense of commitment to relationship and the trust that follows,
in every interaction that I have had. In the 'medical world' in which I have invested my career, these principles are also critical for good outcome...I recognize and appreciate the investment that is necessary to achieve this.
Steve and I hit some unexpected stumbling blocks yesterday....I had had every expectation that we would complete our process. He will give me another date and I will return at the very beginning of your next cycle.
I look forward to completing this current business with your Group and to the future interactions we will have.
- Judy K
Alex & Christine -- Thank you so much for everything you did to get me the apt! I'm so excited to move and w/out you I probably would've ended up in some kind of crack den with a roommate named Slippery Pete. Instead I've got a great apt in agreat location with an awesome backyard. Many thanks! -A
- Ashley N.
WOW! I can't say enough about the team at DSA Realty Services. We live outside the New York area and had to find an apartment in the city for our son going to NYU. This is a daunting task and we quickly discovered we were not getting anywhere fast trying to do it on our own. A lot of so called "No Fee" advertisements for apartments turned out to be very expensive monthly rent for not a lot of apartment. We then turned to the professionals at DSA Realty Services. We worked with Grace and Sarah and they found a nice apartment for our son and his roommate within our price range.
We were in New York on two separate days and Grace trucked us around the city to see over 20 apartments. At first we thought our son would be rooming with three other NYU students and we spent a day looking at places for four. What impressed us most was Grace, after seeing each apartment, would ask the students (and us) what they liked and didn't like about each apartment. She would then communicate this information to Sarah back at the office. Armed with the information of what we wanted, Sarah would then search for apartments that fit our needs. It was amazing how fast they were able to get us into the next apartment. Each one we saw took into account our likes and dislikes.
We didn't make it easy on Grace and Sarah. We learned that two of the students would not be renting and had to tell DSA that everything changed. We were now looking for an apartment for two. They started all over again and took us out on a second day of apartment hunting. Already knowing our needs they lined up a bunch of new places for us to see. We found what we were looking for in our price range. The kids have moved in and love their apartment. Thank you Grace and Sarah for all your hard work to get it done.
Our experience with DSA Realty Services was very positive. We highly recommend them. They were organized and professional. Even when we made them change over to a place for two, they never made us feel bad about doubling their work. Grace and Sarah were great. Thank You!!!
Richard, Nancy & Bryan
- Richard, Nancy & Bryan
I've worked with DSA realty to find apartments twice now and would do it a third time. Both times I was helped by Alex Mecum who, like others have said, is a breath of fresh air in the sometimes-shady apartment hunt world. Alex really got to the heart of what I was looking for and seeing an apartment with him was never a waste of time. Twice he went above and beyond my expectations - the best time I was locked out of my apartment and he went back to his office after hours to pick up spare keys for me. I highly recommend Alex & the rest of DSA realty.
~For Alexander Mecum and The CARTER-MECUM Group
- Will H Review
My roommate and myself had been looking for an apartment for around a month. Both of us were stressed in more ways than one about finding the right place in the amount of time we had. We had hoped to find something in our price range that wasn't too tiny or a disaster. I found out about DSA Realty, and set up and appt. with realtor Alex Mecum to see some places. The second apartment he showed us was an absolute perfect fit. The area was what we wanted, the price fit our budget and the apartment had just been renovated and was in great shape! Alex got in touch with us to follow up and was available to show us the place again right away. With DSA's help we were able to get the ball rolling very quickly. The lease was completed by Christine Carter, and DSA was truly incredible at staying in touch and letting us know that our getting the apartment we wanted was their priority. We were able to successfully lease the place, and we couldn't be happier, not only with our new apartment but with DSA who helped us find it and made the whole experience incredibly enjoyable. Everyone that we met and worked with from the organization was friendly helpful and just overall there to make the rental process not a terrifying experience. I would highly recommend and definitely use them again!
I really appreciate all of the HARD WORK that you put in to help me find a place and it's too bad that the places on 30th/Lex and 35th/Lex didn't work out. I also appreciate that you had my best interests in mind and were really pleasant to deal with (unlike most brokers). If there is anything I can do to help you out such as write you a recommendation etc., please let me know. I will also be sure to recommend you to my friends.
- Sarah L
~For Peta Heys of The CARTER-MECUM Group
I recently moved to NYC from Miami and had read about the horrors of New York brokers. After experiencing our fair share of terrible, pushy, and rude brokers, we came upon James Kogut of DSA Realty. James showed us a great apartment in the East Village. Unlike most brokers we came across, he didn't push us to sign quickly or tell us the usual "you won't find anything better than this." He simply told us that if we were interested, to let him know. After going through the whole singing process, it seemed that we would have to pay an additional month of rent, but James was able to negotiate with the landlord so we wouldn't have to. Overall, James was a very nice, easygoing, down to earth guy that made us feel comfortable and at ease in the otherwise stressful New York rental market.
I would definitely recommend DSA to anyone looking for an apartment in NYC. They are a great brokerage firm. If you can get James Kogut be your broker, even better.
~For James Kogut of The CARTER-MECUM Group
- Nick A