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Making Sense of the Madness: A Deep Dive into Boston Rentals with Nathan Spielvogel from Spot Easy

Buckle up – we’re diving deep into the ultra-competitive Boston rental market with local expert Nathan Spielvogel, Portfolio Director at Spot Easy.

If you’ve ever lived in the Boston area, you know how notoriously difficult it is to find housing, whether you’re looking to rent or own. With low inventory and rising prices (a statement as relevant today as it would have been any year over the past few decades), searching for a place in Boston or the surrounding cities is not for the faint of heart.

As a lifelong Boston resident with years of experience as a rental agent, Nathan has invaluable expertise. Nathan offers an insider’s perspective on the strategies, challenges, and small victories involved in securing an apartment in this tough-to-crack city.

In this episode, we discuss the unique challenges renters face in Boston, like high upfront costs, limited availability far in advance of move-in dates, and confusion caused by open listings.

Things we discussed in this episode:

  • Renters in Boston face up to $10,000 in upfront costs before even moving in
  • How the same apartment can be advertised by dozens of brokerages due to open listings
  • Units become available 7-9 months in advance, leaving late renters scrambling 
  • Rising interest rates have caused a logjam, with buyers staying renters and limited options
  • Renters may have to negotiate or bid on listings, seeing multiple units in a day
  • Agents risk losing clients to pocket listings from other brokers
  • How Spot Easy aims to streamline the process through verified listings and community-building
  • High costs have pushed some renters to relocate to outer suburbs

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