January 2018 by Brooke E. (yelp)
5.0 star rating 1/27/2018
My fiance and I worked with John in applying for and securing our apartment. He''s no-nonsense (which is crucial) and has been incredibly helpful and upbeat the whole time. I appreciated his candid advice on the units we were considering, even the places that had nothing to do with him. I felt he genuinely had my back. He facetimed by fiance, who was in Boston, to show him a unit, which was above and beyond. I highly recommend him!

January 2018 by Diana D. (yelp)
5.0 star rating 1/3/2018
Not only is John the best broker in NYC will find hands down! He is also one of the best people I have ever had the pleasure of working with on anything! I am so glad I found him seriously. I really couldn''t have done my move without him. From day one he was super nice, professional, up front and helpful and I see him now as not just a broker but an actual friend. :)

When I was looking for an apartment I was really tight on time as I was going away on vacation and then was going to be back in Ireland over the holiday period. I wanted to secure a place before going home for the holidays so myself and my fiancé would have it to move into coming back in Jan. John was really so helpful and accommodating and made the whole thing really stress-free.

The first time I spoke to him he spent nearly an hour on the phone explaining all the in''s and out''s of NYC renting (as someone new to it all) and listened to exactly what I was looking for. He showed me various different places to help me refine my search and ultimately found us the most perfect apartment that we are so delighted with. It''s literally everything we were looking for and most importantly within our budget too!

I cannot stop talking about what a good experience I had with John as my broker and would HIGHLY recommend him to anyone!! If your looking for a broker do yourself a favor and get in touch with John! :)

October 2017 by Chris N. (Yelp)
John is as good a broker as you will ever find in New York.

Two things about me:
I never write reviews and I distrust brokers. So consider this the worthwhile opinion of a skeptic. :)

I looked at probably 50 apartments on UES before hooking up with John. He showed me two places I loved within three days, far better than anything else I had seen. I was second in line on the first application and ended up getting the second place. I''ve been there for a month and love it!

John was honest about every place we visited, all aspects - the good and the bad; I never felt pressured; and he had great apartments to show. For the place I ended up getting, John emailed on Friday that an apartment just came on the market that he knew I would like, but that it would probably go over the weekend. Normally my BS radar would be screaming but he just isn''t like that. We looked after work and submitted the application within an hour (it was THAT perfect). And sure enough, the management company confirmed on Monday, they had several other applications over the weekend. A trustworthy broker who is actually concerned about getting you a place you love - not with unloading stock and grabbing commissions... What a concept!!

I''ve shopped for apartments four times in NY and each time was a nightmare. And I was once again down to the last minute after not finding anything I liked for a month. If you''ve been there, you know.... ugh!
If you''re serious about finding a great place and you have the opportunity to work with John, based on my experience, it will eliminate the headaches and probably land you that dream apartment.

September 2017 by Kyle K- Yelp
I was connected to John through a recommendation of a family friend, and in the future I would pass along the same favor. John helped me not once but twice (after a roommate fell through- nothing on his end) find a great apartment. He was also extremely easy to communicate with. He responded very quickly both through email or text whenever we had a question, and overall made what would have been a nightmare of a lease signing process very bearable. And unlike your typical broker, John was extremely welcoming and kind. He always had a great attitude and we could tell he cared about finding us the right spot. Moving to the city would have been way more stressful than I can imagine without his help.

September 2017 by Natalie D- Yelp
John is hands down the best broker in New York City you can find. He is personable, kind, hardworking, and dedicated to his job. John worked closely with me to help me find the right apartment for me. He provided valuable insight and helped me understand what it was I was really looking for. John also provided a much needed emotional support, reassuring me that at the end of the apartment hunt, I would find a place that I truly loved--and he was 100% right.

At one point, my application for an apartment was declined. Upon his own volition, John personally went back to the building manager''s office and asked them to take a second look at my application. I am now living in that building. If it were not for John''s persistence, I would not be as happy as I am now in my new home.

I highly recommend using John as your broker. He is a good man and does not see you as just another opportunity for him to make a profit. You will not be disappointed!

August 2017 by John-Yelp
John Dugan and Elliot Garcia were the amazing duo! First, I must say that these two guys have so much integrity. John must have walked with me to see 6-7 apts. in the East Village (an area my partner and I were considering) on a very hot day!!! We were both sweating up a storm and not one time did John ever complain. He was courteous, friendly and professional. Following, my partner and I met Elliot who works with John because we wanted to check out FIDI. Elliot met my partner on day one, came all the way downtown on day two just for me because I couldn''t be there the day before and then a third time for the closure on an apt. we decided on an apt. in FIDI. Elliot started to feel like an extension of us. He too was friendly, professional and courteous but even began to feel like a familiar friend. This was truly a wonderful experience because there are a lot of agents/brokers out there with trickery but these two gentlemen were top notch!

July 2017 by Rachel M - Yelp
John is wonderful! We are so lucky to have worked with him; he is trustworthy and fantastic at his job. John provided us with excellent recommendations throughout the process of looking for an apartment. He showed us a wide range of differing apartments in different areas, yet he really adapted and personalized our search based off of our reactions and the criteria we specified. Not only was he a pleasure to work with during the search, but he has helped us with our move after we found a place by providing referrals which really helped with the cost. His NYC expertise has also become particularly helpful in making restaurant decisions, he knows all the best places! Thanks for all your help John!

July 2017 by Alexis - Yelp
It was an absolute pleasure working with John Dugan. My husband and I were relocating from Cleveland and as a native New Yorker, John was instrumental in helping us navigate the Manhattan rental market. John was informative, patient, and an overall professional.

I would highly recommend John Dugan for anyone looking to relocate to the city, or for anyone who is looking for a better broker experience. John is the BEST!

July 2017 by Grisham B. - Yelp
I had the pleasure of working with John Dugan in trying to find an apartment for myself and my friend. John worked tirelessly to find places under, around, and slightly above our budget in order to give us the total picture when we were looking for a place. He was direct and honest at all times, and he made the experience not only tolerable, but fun as well. There really probably isn''t a better broker in the city--do yourself a favor and work with John! Thanks for everything John!

July 2017 by Warren- Yelp
John Dugan was extremely helpful and knowledgeable in helping my wife and I during our NYC apartment search. He is very professional and I highly recommend him.

July 2017 by Margot B.- Yelp
I can''t believe I gave a NYC realtor 5 stars but John Dugan really deserves it. He''s very knowledgeable about the rental market, he''s direct and does not show crappy apartments. I would not hesitate to recommend him. Don''t bother looking any further for a realtor - just call John Dugan!

June 2017 by Mary- Yelp
John Dugan is far beyond "as good as it gets" for a person looking for a miracle in New York City. I was looking for a rent-stabilized one bedroom in a decent safe building and happened across an ad for something John was showing in an elegant part of the city I long had yearned to live in. I read his fabulous reviews and went to see the apt. first thing but I was second on the list for the showing and the person before me instantly took the apt. I told John I just had tears in my eyes at the disappointment from just looking at the clean lovely lobby of the building. Unbelievably, almost 3 weeks later and after I had seen many awful dumps, I got a call from John out of the blue. He remembered me (phenomenally) and had saved my number, saying that something had come up in the twin building next door -- a one bedroom and rent-stabilized!!!! He told me he hadn''t even put the ad on the internet yet but remembered how I loved the building and asked would I want to see it right away and could I make it in an hour or so. Miracle of miracles -- although a walk-up -- the apt. was absolutely charming -- packed with old New York charm which we both loved!!! I took it immediately!

John''s depth of experience both as a Marine and a Chef de Cuisine and as a native New Yorker who lived in all sorts of apartments as a child, and his instinctive intuition about what people really need and like, and also as a NYC family man, make him delightful to be with and talk to and trust. He is a straight shooter and dedicated worker....He put up with all my questions and a few freak out moments when I got the lease to sign and did not understand certain things as I was new to rent stabilized leases. He brought in experts from the firm in this area who explained in detail everything before I signed on the dotted line. They were willing to spend a lot of time with me and were very intelligent, helpful and honest.

People who say he''s the best are not exaggerating! Thanks so so much John and thanks also to the whole staff there at Anchor who helped me. I owe you a big present for this John!!!! .

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