To those who follow us here at Luxury Rentals Manhattan, all this talk about the resurgence of the Manhattan rental market may seem like beating on the same old drum. After all, we’ve predicted the eventual perk-up of the real estate market in all its stages, from the barely-glimmering pulse of life to its gargling infancy, from the rental market’s irritable adolescence to its full-fledged ripening. And there’s been no surer sign of the NYC rental market’s full comeback than May’s most notable statistics: prices hiking roughly .68%, vacancies dropping to .69%, and the return of the grueling competitive sport known as rental bidding wars. With all our warnings of fewer landlord concessions and high demand, a renter scouring NYC apartment listings might be feeling a bit in the doldrums at his or her prospects of securing a dream apartment. But at the Luxury Rentals Manhattan blog our goal is not to terrify, but to help. There’s no need for doom and gloom just yet: here are five useful pieces of advice for NYC newcomers tackling the competitive Manhattan summer rental scene.