I deal with many no-fee units and never charge more than 1 months rent on any apt that requires a broker fee. I have access to every available apt in the city. I have connections with the mgmts from renting many of their apts so I get inside info on upcoming availabilities, negotiate the price lower and get the move in date you prefer. I only charge 1 months rent (most brokers charge 15% which is almost double that). All brokers have the same access to the same apts so be careful working with multiple brokers. You'll see the same places but end up paying more. The better deal you get, the more likely you are to send your friends my way.