Hi everyone, I live in Queens, but want to move out into the city when I start work this summer. Since my parents are against this, I'm trying to get as much knowledge as possible as leverage. Where do I start? I've looked at sites such as NYT and Craigslist, but are there better real estate sites? I want to live midtown, either east or west, but I wouldn't mind living in the upper east side. Since I want to live by myself, I think a studio should be plenty enough for me, but I would really prefer a doorman for safety. Does anyone living in the region have any suggestions? Are there any realtors that you've had good experiences with? Any steals that the general public might not know about in your building? Or in any building in those areas? My friend suggested getting a broker first, is this important? I was looking at the Trump developments since I want it to be in a modern building. I saw a 395 sq. ft. studio at the 69th st. Trump Palace for under $500k. Since I have no reference to compare this price at, I would appreciate it if anyone could tell me whether this is a good deal or not. I've seen the floorplan and love the fact that it has lots of windows. Also, I'm equally looking at places for lease and for sale. So if anyone has any advice regarding buying/leasing real estate in general or particular modern developments that I should consider, please reply or PM me. Thank you so much in advance!