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Ask Curbed: No Fee Apartments

Is there a more time honored tradition than the 15% broker's fee? Maybe the tradition of trying to avoid paying it. In this edition, a reader asks:

My lease is up, and I can't stay where I am (long story). I'd try to buy, but I have convinced myself that the market is going to come down. So I need to rent an apartment, but refuse to pay a 15% brokers fee for a place that I plan to only be in for a year or so. I won't be *that* picky (since it's a short-term bridge), but I have no idea how to look for a no-fee apartment. Any suggestions on how to go about it?
Savvy New Yorkers tightly hold on to secrets like this. But In the spirit of Thanksgiving, let's hear it.