Budgeting

Crisis Averted
Crisis Averted

Crisis Averted

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So, the property manager called this morning and said I needed a cosigner. Unfortunately, I don’t have one. I was worried this might happen. The rent is 35% of my income, and my credit score is decent considering my age, so I was hoping I wouldn’t need a cosigner, but apparently, I’m a risk. :)…
Relocating Complicates Everything
Relocating Complicates Everything

Relocating Complicates Everything

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Hi everyone. Thanks for reading. My apartment hunt officially begins this weekend, though I’ve been planning and researching online for months. I’ll be moving to Chicago on July 1st to begin medical school, but I’m currently living in Maryland (with my parents… joy). I’ve only visited the city twice (once for my interview, once for…
True Story of an Attempted Rip-off
True Story of an Attempted Rip-off

True Story of an Attempted Rip-off

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When my roommate and I began looking for an apartment in college, we really didn’t know where to start or even what neighborhoods to consider. Early on in the search we found a pretty nice place in what appeared to be a good neighborhood (knowing what I know now, it is a great neighborhood and…
$1000 Rent Around the Country
$1000 Rent Around the Country

$1000 Rent Around the Country

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Living in NYC I have resigned myself to paying high rents on small places, so $1000 doesn’t sound like that much to me. But what could such an amount of money get you all over the US? Let’s find out! In Minneapolis you can get a fancy townhouse (even the two bedroom isn’t much more…
Tipping your way to a happy New Year!
Tipping your way to a happy New Year!

Tipping your way to a happy New Year!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
The holidays are here and if this is your first year on your own you may not know that in city apartments, tipping your Super is customary. And if you’re lucky enough to have a doorman, they’ll be expecting a little something extra too. This may sound crazy to you, I know that I had…
Top Five First Apartment Mistakes
Top Five First Apartment Mistakes

Top Five First Apartment Mistakes

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Mistake #1. Paying Too Much. This is the most common beginner’s mistake. It is easy to forget that rent is only part of expenses you’ll have to deal with living on your own – there’s also gas and electric, cable and phone, not to mention commuting to work, food and dry cleaning. You may even…
New York City – City Guide
New York City – City Guide

New York City – City Guide

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The Big Apple is made up of five boroughs: Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. Each has its own special character, neighborhoods, and dialect (some would say).
Los Angeles – City Guide
Los Angeles – City Guide

Los Angeles – City Guide

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Moving to Los Angeles? It's a jungle out there for sure, but if you're armed with neighborhood knowledge and price guidelines, the task isn't so daunting — in fact, finding an apartment can be downright FUN.
Chicago – City Guide
Chicago – City Guide

Chicago – City Guide

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Chicago, like your mama, has been called many things in her time. There’s the one involving large air gusts, the one about how it’s second to none, even the one about it being the Hog Butcher for the World.