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Should You Buy Or Rent?

Should You Buy Or Rent?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
We focus much of our site about renting apartments. How to do it – from dealing with landlords, finding new (and sane) roommates, or hunting down movers – we got your back. But, housing prices are down, interest rates are low and there has been a flurry of rent vs buy articles in various places (including last week’s NYTimes…
Add a Tool Kit to Your Apartment Essentials

Add a Tool Kit to Your Apartment Essentials

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Our Bloggers Wanted ad got a huge response and brought in a whole bunch of good first apartment ideas. Here’s one from Kasey, who is a junior at UCSD and just got her first apartment. “The one thing I suggest for any new apartment renter is a good tool kit. It doesn’t have to be…
Get Going – Rents Are Moving Up!

Get Going – Rents Are Moving Up!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
As many frequent readers of My First Apartment can attest to – I don’t have a very high opinion of the New York Times’ rental section. Their articles are myopic and outdated and the tone tends to more closely resemble that of an Upper East Side doyenne than a breaking news reporter. I still have…
Checking Out That Rental — Be An Ace Scout!

Checking Out That Rental — Be An Ace Scout!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Looking at apartments without furniture can be tricky – it’s not as easy to guesstimate space as one might think. And then there’s the whole issue of sizing up landlords, neighborhoods, and how you’ll turn this random apartment you just saw for the very time today into a home. But you can do it while…
How Much Should You Budget for Utilities?

How Much Should You Budget for Utilities?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Today, we have a question from our MyFirstApartment mail bag. “How much should you budget for utilities? Thanks! Lacey” The short answer is — anywhere from $75 – $200+ per month. What’s the long answer? In terms of possible utilities, here’s a comprehensible checklist: electric, water, heat, trash pickup, gas(**HEAT), cable, internet, and telephone. Off…
How Much Should You Be Tipping This Holiday Season?

How Much Should You Be Tipping This Holiday Season?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
2009 was a toughie, no? Even though I’m thankful that I now have gainful employment, I’d be dreaming to say that my bank account has fully recovered from the mess that was being laid-off. But, while I’m still trying to get my savings back up to less-anxiety filled levels of green, I definitely understand that…
How Much of Your Paycheck Should Go Towards Rent?

How Much of Your Paycheck Should Go Towards Rent?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
My sister is moving into her first apartment next month in Chicago and was planning her budget over the long Thanksgiving weekend while I sat next to her reading the paper.  “So, Ms. First Apartment Expert,” she smirked at me, “how much should I be spending on rent?” “A quarter,” I said without looking up…
Add These to Your Apartment Hunting Check List

Add These to Your Apartment Hunting Check List

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
We’ve gone over the basic checklist when apartment hunting, but there are a few extra, potential issues that you may want to consider. 1) Neighborhood Noise is New Yuck City. This one is a wee bit tricky in that sense of it’s hard to tell when you’ll end up with an upstairs neighbor who likes…
Tips to manage the move to your new apartment

Tips to manage the move to your new apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Once you’ve found that dreamboat apartment and signed the lease, there is that small, teeny-tiny, issue of actually changing abodes. I just went through it. Oh, it was a blast. A real hoot. I’m grateful to still have my sanity. Some tips I can share? 1) Decide if you need to hire a mover. If…
How I Ended Up Using a Broker

How I Ended Up Using a Broker

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Back when the economy wasn’t in shambles, I kinda understood why people used Brokers. Competition was fierce and landlords knew it. Consequently, any decent place was handed off to a Broker so he/she could screen applicants and send the cream of the crop to the landlord for a final review. It was a pretty hands-off…