Tips on Moving to Manhattan from Latin America and Spain

Maria Fernanda Roda  |  January 17, 2023

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Tips on Moving to Manhattan from Latin America and Spain
Manhattan is the epicenter of New York City's economy and is known as the city where dreams come true. It is an exciting time to move to Manhattan because it offers massive opportunities, hope, and freedom.

Moving to Manhattan from Latin America will be a considerable adjustment; you will compete with large crowds and learn to adapt to the noise of a bustling city. As you launch the next phase of your life, read the following overview of what you can expect when moving to Manhattan.

Research is necessary

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Before making the big move, it's essential to research and find the community that best represents your culture, needs, and interests. According to the Hispanic Federation advocacy group, a quarter of New York City's population comprises Latin communities and Spain. You can find a community representing your home country — from Spain, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador or anywhere else.

What's more, young professionals in their 20s and 30s are drawn to the energy and culture of Lower Manhattan. There are great restaurants, stunning historical buildings, and a lively nightlife here. Lower Manhattan is a vibrant neighborhood offering plenty of opportunities for career growth and networking. If you're looking for a new adventure, Manhattan welcomes you with open arms.

Explore the neighborhoods

Referred to as "The City" by natives, Manhattan comprises several neighborhoods, each with its unique style and culture.

The City is divided into Uptown (Upper Manhattan), Midtown, and Downtown (Lower Manhattan). Within these three sections, there are many vibrant neighborhoods to explore.

Take the time to pick the right neighborhood so you can be comfortable and have access to the familiar things from your native land.

Commuting around the city


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There are many ways to get to any part of Manhattan in minutes. Avoid taxis and Lyft between 6:00 am - 9:00 am and 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm. These are peak rush hour times, and traffic is heavy. Instead, opt to ride the subway, which is easily accessible. You can also walk or take a bike ride using Citibike. 

Prepare for some culture shock

You may experience culture shock when you move to New York City. It's different from anywhere else in the world, and it can take some time to get acclimated to the speed and temperament.

There are a string of things that can contribute to culture shock. The weather, for instance, can be pretty extreme, summers are hot and steamy, and you'll need a heavy winter coat to survive the winter’s cold. January and February are generally the coldest months.

The city moves at a fast pace, with everyone rushing to an event, work, or home. But don't let these things discourage you! Just be prepared and do your research so you can acclimate and feel comfortable in whatever neighborhood you choose. Surrounding yourself with a community of people who speak your language and understand your culture lessens the chances of feeling homesick. You may be far from home, but many other Latinos and Spanish live in New York City.

Prepare for a higher cost of living


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Brace yourself for the cost of living (it's high). The inflation rate is 8.3%, so it's safe to say that Manhattan is one of the world's most expensive places to live. Remember, many come to Manhattan for career opportunities – this is the city where dreams are built.

To make a move less stressful, have a plan, be prepared, and have a budget. A house that you own for the price of $500,000 to $1,500,000 with an impressive view of the beach in Latin America or in a residential neighborhood in Madrid, Barcelona or Valencia may not offer the same comforts in Manhattan. However, living in Manhattan can satisfy other, more important needs. Other insights into the cost of living here include:
  • The average investment for a one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan with a view of an adjacent building starts at half a million dollars.
  • A duplex penthouse with floor-to-ceiling windows and a panoramic view of the Manhattan Skyline will cost at least two million dollars.
  • The average price for a carton of organic eggs is $7.50.
  • A Broadway show ticket averages $185.00.
While living in Manhattan isn’t cheap, it’s a fantastic place to live, with many things to do and see. Once you're prepared for the cost of living, you'll be able to enjoy what it offers.

Hire a real estate agent

If you are questioning whether a real estate agent is necessary, the answer is yes. Moving to Manhattan from Latin America and Spain is overwhelming. If you've never visited New York City, it can be confusing, and you'll need help knowing where to begin. An excellent real estate agent has reliable contacts. They will support and guide you until you have found the perfect home in a neighborhood that reinforces your lifestyle and falls within your budget. Moving to Manhattan from Latin America can be a manageable task. And with the correct information and support, it can be a smooth and rewarding process.

Maria Fernanda Roda is a passionate, committed, and experienced real estate agent with a background in corporate law. Maria pledges to help you every step of the way. Whether you're looking for an apartment in Lower Manhattan or need help navigating the New York City housing market, she has the knowledge and resources to help you make your move to Manhattan a success.
 
Maria Fernanda is a Spanish-speaking real estate agent who makes your new apartment purchase the best experience. If you're ready to move to Manhattan from Latin America and Spain, contact Maria Fernanda today.

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