I have lived in New York for a while, and I have grown my fair share of experiences dealing with brokers: I encountered bait and switch schemes, scammers and ‘free riders.’ In as scrupulous of a world as the NYC real estate market, Samia is the oasis within it.
I needed to move into an apartment in the space of a week. If it were not for Samia’s continued help throughout negotiations and the application process, I would never have reached my goal. In this review, I will refer to some of the many qualities which I think justifies Samia as the best broker in New York City. For those who think this review is optimistic, I will mention that this review is written a month after signing the lease.
- Polite, prompt, dependable, and so much fun to chat with Samia made a stressful process as smooth as butter. You’ll enjoy talking to her! In the intimate task of apartment hunting, its the best you can ask.
- There is no funny business. Samia helps you through every document. Whether you are new to this or not, she wants to make sure you are clear on what your many (oh so many) signatures mean. She sat patiently through all my questions and hesitations. She even asked the landlord broker for explanation on my behalf. With Samia, I can confidently say you will never be presented with an unexpected bill or commitment - that’s a luxury.
- She demonstrated strong insider contacts. She is clearly experienced with the NYC market. When I asked for an apartment visit at 8:00am at 7:00pm the day before, she managed to make it happen. When I needed additional time to finish the application, she got the apartment off the market. Each request she brokered made my life easier.
- Samia guided and orchestrated negotiations. Even though I had rented in NYC before, I was inexperienced at negotiating leases. Samia stepped in, suggested a strategy and wonderfully helped me get a considerable reduction on what I already considered a nugget.
All in all, it hard for me to emphasize how dependable Samia is. If you find Samia, stick with her, be transparent about your needs and watch her perform miracles.
Thank you so much Samia! The effort and help you provided meant the world to me -
Best of luck :-)
Samia represented my partner and I in our recent rental apartment search and were thrilled by her exceptional service. As fresh NYC residents of just 1 year, we were relieved to connect with her and enlist her help.
She guided us through the process and had empathy for us looking for an apartment in NYC during COVID-19. She went the extra mile to ensure we felt comfortable and confident about our search.
It is clear Samia has established great connections as a real estate professional and has in-depth knowledge of the local market. She was diligent, respectful, responsive and thorough and expedited the process when we needed it most.
We strongly feel that we found an exceptional new apartment due to her help. Thanks Samia!
Samia was probably the best agents I have ever worked with (and I have moved a lot within Manhattan). She was easy to reach/communicate with, extremely thorough, and answered every question I had. Even after the apartment was signed, she was fully committed to making sure I had a great move-in experience (sending reminders for any paperwork needed, making sure I found a good moving company, etc).
She showed me units that were exactly what I was looking for and within my price range. Most importantly, I never felt pressured to sign into something if I was not 100% ready or sure. She really works with you to find you your next home! I would HIGHLY recommend working with Samia!
Knowing Samia and working with her was the best part of our search for an apartment in New York. We were new to the city and because of the pandemic, it was very difficult to arrange for personally seeing apartments (and eventually making a decision). I'm so happy we came across a listing that had Samia as the agent. From the VERY first moment, she walked us through the process patiently and kindly. Never said anything that she knew she couldn't do, tried hard to get the best deal for us, went out of her way to make sure we have all the information we needed, and really made the whole process much smoother than it could have been without her. We had a few not very positive experiences with other brokers but Samia was different on every dimension: respect, kindness, knowledge, accountability, and care. Definitely recommend her.
Working with Samia was such a pleasure! She made the stress of the apartment process so much easier. She is very attentive and was able to find me exactly what I needed - and fast! She was also very quick to respond to any email or concern. Samia never hesitated to reach out to check in and follow up with me to make sure my needs were met. Finding an apartment (especially during this COVID-19 pandemic) can be a very stressful process. I’m extremely grateful to have had Samia as my broker especially during this time of uncertainty. Samia was able to find me exactly what I wanted from her hard work and care for me as a her client. I completely recommend her to anyone looking for a broker! She is definitely the broker I will reach out to next time I move!
Samia is a stellar agent and more importantly a wonderful person. I was facing a difficult situation with an international move and I cannot express how lucky I was to have found Samia. Right from the start it became evident that Samia is the type of agent who works incredibly hard to make you happy. She is attentive, honest and an absolute pleasure to work with. Samia helped guide me through every step of the daunting task of signing a lease in NYC and was always available to answer any inquiries that I had, even after the deal was closed. I can't think of any way to improve upon the experience I had with her. Thank you Samia!
Samia is an absolute pleasure to work with! She really took the time to understand in detail what I was looking for in an apartment, and quickly showed me some great listings. She is very experienced and knowledgeable about properties and landlords in the neighborhoods I was searching (East Village, Murray Hill/Kips Bay, and UES). She is personable and friendly, and really wants to get to know her clients. When I decided to apply for one of the apartments she showed me, she was extremely helpful in guiding me through the process and all of the preparations I would need to make. She was responsive to my questions and concerns and proactive in following up with landlords on my behalf. I also found her to be straightforward and honest about her process and about the fee, on which she negotiated generously. Overall, Samia put my mind at ease and made the apartment-hunting process stress-free!
Samia is excellent. I moved to NYC from Seattle, and so I depended on her to prepare me for the NYC apartment rental process (far more rigorous than anywhere else I've ever lived) and to have a long list of apartments ready to visit when I flew out to find a place. She did all that, she was a great host while I was in NYC, spending two full days with me while we looked at many apartments, went back to see a few again, found more once I evolved my wish list, and eventually we found the perfect place. I recommend Samia without reservation.
I was so lucky to have found Samia, she made the impossible become a reality for me! I have worked with other rental agents and she was by far, the most professional, kind, and calm despite many barriers to secure our apartment. She was able to second guess my needs immediately without too much communication and made things seem simple. I *KNOW* that I could not have found my apartment without Samia and all of her connections. I would highly recommend her to anyone!
Samia was incredible! Extremely patient, kind and helpful. She was very good at helping us figure out what we wanted and she found us a great place. I highly recommend her!
I highly recommend Samia! She is professional, very knowledgeable about the Manhattan market and has developed relationships with leasing managers throughout the city. We were on a tight time frame and needed to find a rental apartment in 5 days. Samia educated us on the market and was very patient as we went through the process of first narrowing down the neighborhood we wanted and then letting us know as soon as an apartment came on the market. She encouraged us to act fast and by doing so we ended up with the perfect place!
Actually, I did not rent an apartment FROM this agent -- Samia helped me FIND a tenant to sublet my co-op apt. I live out of town and couldn't do it myself. I was so lucky to have her work with me. Samia quickly found good prospects, helped me choose THE one, and steered us through the tricky process of submitting the requisite sublet package to the management company and co-op board (they are sticklers!) I really love that she wanted my tenant and me to feel we were BOTH getting a great deal, and negotiated the fees & appropriate rent. She is intrepid, effective, and an absolute delight to work with. If I ever sell my apartment, I definitely want her to help me! Smart and charming and communicative. The best.
I worked with Samia recently and was blown away by her demeanor, which was both very professional and personable. She has a great eye for selecting apartments, and because I was on a short 2 day trip to look for apartments in Manhattan, I was honestly not expecting to be able to sign an apartment. Despite having only some paperwork and being inexperienced in NYC apartment hunting, I was able to sign a dream apartment after Samia dedicated her whole day to looking at apartments with me. She was always informative and well-versed in the apartments she was showing me, but was never pushy about which one I want, even if that meant I might have to work with another broker and she wouldn't financially gain from the situation. Having worked with a few different brokers the previous day, Samia clearly stood out among the rest and I would highly recommend her to anyone. No one should have to go through the NYC apartment hunting process, but if you're going to do it there is no one better than Samia.
Samia was wonderful! She was incredibly responsive and reliable. She took us to locations that met our needs and was very supportive throughout the process. She was honest, trustworthy, and very up front about everything. She also really advocated on our behalf, including negotiating with the management company about rent, concessions, etc. I would 100% use her again in the future and totally recommend her to anyone!
Samia was amazing! Always kind, professional, respectful and positive. My son is a student at NYU and we live out of state. He wanted to rent an apartment for the following year and we needed help. From the moment I contacted Samia she was on it! She spent an hour on the phone with me explaining how the rental market worked in New York and what we would need to do. After giving her the list of criteria she sorted it down to a nice handful of apartments to see. When the list of criteria changed, she was patient and rolled with it. On the second day of showings they found a great apartment meeting all of their needs and wants. She helped us navigate from long distance the lease signing and all the appropriate paperwork required. I feel confident that my son and his roommate are in a great spot for the right price!
While we are still searching, Samia has been absolutely accommodating and most importantly, honest and transparent about the market. DO believe her when she says that an apartment will be rented quickly because she means it. It happened to us and we did not listen, hence while the search continues.
Samia is by far the best agent I have ever worked with. Her patience and willingness to take the extra step helped me find the perfect apartment. I would definitely use her again in the future and would also refer her to all of my friends. Samia is the best!
Best agent Ive ever worked with. She listened to my preferences and showed me multiple options. She made the process very easy and was available 24/7.
Samia was very proactive. She worked very hard to match my preferences. She followed up the whole process until the apartment was signed. In addition to that she showed me the neighborhood, the places to buy, shops, restaurants, etc. She send me also very useful and complet list of addresses. I really reccommend her as agent.
I have learned that there are two types of agents in this world: those that work for commissions and those that work for their clients. Samia is undoubtedly the latter.
My husband and I have bought, sold, or rented over 20 properties since we've been married and Samia is undoubtedly the best realtor we've ever experienced. From day one in searching for an apartment for our daughter, Samia was available 24x7 to meet every need. She listened to our criteria and immediately lined up appointments; showing us various options and alternatives. Samia established a relationship with our daughter so she was better able to understand her likes and dislikes. We had challenges with financing and Samia gave us solutions that allowed us to resolve all the issues. Samia provided emails and documents that guided us through the entire process and she updated us several times a day on the status of the rentals. She even went out of her way to provide our daughter with info like transportation schedules and routes to and from work, lists of local restaurants and shops (inclusive of locations and hours), and important phone numbers.
Samia helped me a lot to find the place that I want. She could understand exactly what I did want and what I could pay for it. She is kind and someone that you can really trust. It was really an excellent experience.
It was a wonderful experience to work with Samia! I thankfully came across her number because otherwise I would have been in a very sticky situation. I only had 1 day to find an apartment, as I came to the city from out of town, and I needed to sign a lease immediately because of a new job. I first spoke to Samia the night before I was coming to the city, and then the next day she showed me a plethora of apartments! Samia is quick, reliable, and clearly has a ton of connections - she knows everyone! She is incredible! Everything she showed me was exactly within the apartment parameters I stated. I only had 1 day to find an apartment and with Samia, she made it look easy. By the end of the day, I was actually debating my options since I loved so many of the apartments she showed me. I have worked with other brokers and nobody compares to Samia. I would recommend her to anyone, and I will definitely work again with her in the future.
If you must rent in NYC you must work with Samia.
Samia had a real calming and pleasant demeanor from the get-go. She was unhurried and allowed us to take our time with each apartment. She spent several hours with us and many more communicating with us once we found one we liked. She was always approachable and responded to our emails quickly. My fiancÃ©e and I are extremely busy and she brought the lease to our job to make it easier for us to sign and to ask questions. You could tell that she truly cared and that the whole process was fulfilling for her as well, as she seemed genuinely happy that she was able to help us find the perfect place. She was absolutely THE most professional and trustworthy agent we came across during our search- and we met quite a few! One thing I liked a lot was that we never had to repeat ourselves; she remembered exactly what we wanted and what our feedback was and every apartment she showed us was well within our budget; she did not try to pressure us to go beyond our budget. We always felt like we were her only clients, even though she has a busy schedule herself, and on more than one occasion she would even postpone or find coverage for another client when we ran over our time. When everything wrapped up she continued to keep in touch. We have already recommended her to friends who shared our experience and will be working with her in the future!
Samia had a full day of apartments for me to look at that ticked my varied requirements. She was well researched and put together a plan of viewing times so that we could get through them all quickly and without too much walking! Samia was a pleasure to work with.
She is wonderful professional. Earned every dollar. Highly recommended.
Samia was extremely thorough, patient, and considerate. She spent ample time with me and walked through all the steps - including taking valuable time that she didn't have to take to help me and guide me through the process. She was the best broker I could've imagined and I am so lucky I met her!
Very nice, incredibly accommodating, and knew right away what I wanted to see. I just started working with her, so I hope to be able to put a "yes" instead of a "no" regarding if I rented an apartment!
Samia is amazing! Her charming demeanor and calming nature was so comforting during a stressful process. She was supportive and also extremely knowledgable about the market and availability of units. I would absolutely recommend Samia and will definitely give her a call should I move again!
Samia was dedicated, knowledgeable and genuine. We cannot say enough good things about our experience working with her.
Recently, I had to move out of my apartment pretty quickly to move back to Virginia. I had to break my lease and my landlord said that if it was rented before I moved out he would give me back my security deposit. Samia was absolutely wonderful!! She quickly got the place rented and saved me a ton of money! Also, she was great to work with. She was very good about letting me know when they would be showing the place and helping me get in contact with the new tenants and even helped me sell some of my furniture! It's always refreshing to meet someone in New York City that is as sweet and professional as Samia was. I would definitely recommend her to anyone if you are looking to rent your place or looking for a new home!
Samia is a fantastic broker. She is very driven and definitely went the extra mile for us. After we had seen a few very nice apartments that weren't perfect fits she called us on a Friday evening, when she was off, to tell us that she'd found the one. We saw it on Saturday, and were working out a lease by the next week. We are in the middle of a two-year lease and couldn't be happier, we will probably renew.