The Boston housing market, officially, sucks. Additionally, brokers are subhuman.Brokers are jackasses.Example: I found a "NO FEE" apartment on Craig's List that I was interested in. When I called the contact number, I was given the shake down by the guy on the other end who wanted to know where else I was looking, how I would be paying for the place, how many other places I had looked at, etc. When I finally asked the obvious question - "When can I see the apartment?" - the individual said they were a broker and that they didn't want to show the place to me. They assumed since I was an out-of-towner and had been looking at other neighborhoods that I wasn't serious about their property.By all means, avoid brokers. You'll pay ~$1k for a service that you could provide yourself if you do some research.
I am officially going to BC and I'm looking for a roommate as well. For those who managed to find roommates how did you go about it. I know no one in Boston and I'm not quite sure I'll be able to attend this week's event.