Posts Tagged: rent

First Apartment Budgeting Basics: Your Monthly Expenses Checklist

First Apartment Budgeting Basics: Your Monthly Expenses Checklist

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
You’ve signed the lease and you have a move-in date. You know how much rent you can afford. But what are your expenses once you move in? Let’s break it down. First, there’s the moving. This is a one-time expense, but it can be a big one. You need to decide whether you’re using movers…
Tips for Hassle-Free Splitting of Bills with Roommates

Tips for Hassle-Free Splitting of Bills with Roommates

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
You know how it goes. One roommate has the cable bill in his name. Another roommate has his name on the electricity and heat. And you’re the one that mails in the rent check. And then there’s groceries, which you try to trade off on, but it may just be that you’ve footed the bill…
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…
How to Survive Moving Back Home After Graduation

How to Survive Moving Back Home After Graduation

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
We’ve received a couple questions lately from readers asking our advice for how to move back home, with mom/dad/grandma as landlord.  With only 56% of 2010 grads working full-time jobs and those working taking pay cuts, it’s become a usual first step in post-college living. And, it’s OK. It’s just the financial reality right now. I…
New Way to Split the Rent With Your Roommates

New Way to Split the Rent With Your Roommates

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
I can’t believe it’s already mid-April and the prime moving season is just two weeks away…are you ready? Be sure to email us at editor@myfirstapartment.com if you have any questions as you head out on your searches. We’re happy to answer q’s in our monthly mailbag posts. In the meantime, we’ll continue to give you ammunition…
What You Need to Know About Rent Guarantors

What You Need to Know About Rent Guarantors

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Guarantors. Who needs ‘em! Well, you might if you want to get a NYC apartment and don’t make 40 times your monthly rent in annual salary. What do I mean? Well, say you’re looking to rent an apartment with friends for $2,000 (for the entire place). $2,000 x 40. . . that’s a slick $80k. Yowza!…
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…
Moving to Manhattan!

Moving to Manhattan!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
I can’t believe I’m typing this but . . . it looks like that Manhattan dream ain’t so far out of reach after all. Plenty of people prefer Brooklyn(myself included), but many of my neighbors are only here because the real estate across the river is too hot to handle. Not anymore! The trouble with…
Tis the season. . .to negotiate with your landlord!

Tis the season. . .to negotiate with your landlord!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Welcome back, Gentle Blog readers! I hope you had a festive Thanksgiving and enough turkey to last a lifetime. Well, at least until next year. As December marks the beginning of “End-of-Year” reflection, let us reflect back on a topic from September: How to best negotiate your lease. Ah, what memories – the stock market…