I have used a realtor when I moved to Nola. For $800, I got a 600 sq ft apt on St. Charles ( here)
. It wasn't bad and was awesome during Mardi Gras.
KFizz, my advice is do to what I did after that: take some time and pick an area you want to live in and drive around looking for apartments. You'll get a feel for what the neighborhood is like and find options that aren't posted on CL or Realtor websites as they would have to rent the apt to the first person that submits the deposit. So by not posting it on the web or CL, they can pick and choose who to rent to. Using an agent made it easier, but I didn't get as much bang for the buck.
This post was edited on 5/14 at 1:56 pm