The Hunt: A Singer in Search of a Home of Her Own

August 3, 2017 By JOYCE COHEN

After graduating from Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2010, Tansu Akman-Duffy came to New York. Her housing situation was unsettled.

After a bad experience with Lower East Side bedbugs, she drifted between her parents’ house in Darien, Conn., and Bushwick, Brooklyn, where she cat-sat for a touring musician friend.

Buying an apartment meant the stability of a real home as well as a good investment.

About two years ago, Ms. Akman-Duffy went on the hunt for a two-bedroom, two-bathroom place, planning to have a roommate to defray expenses. “My mother finds comfort in me living with someone,” she said. What’s more, “if my life changes, that two-bedroom is able to accommodate it.” She needed an elevator so her elderly father could visit. Her budget was up to $1 million.

She preferred a condominium building. “A co-op is like an

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