Here is an interesting article about real estate brokers and wannabe brokers in Moscow. Its a harsh market out there and I heard, that rental objects are usually available for not longer than 3 days. When I last looked for an apartment with the help of a broker, I gave her shit as well. I looked at more than 20 objects of which most were not, what was in my initial description. Furthermore, it seemed that my broker also only saw the objects for the first time. They are just working lists. What do I need to pay a broker for? I can do that myself.