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Alex

Alex has rented in Minneapolis, Queens, Brooklyn, and now Chicago. He can kill rodents and roaches when required, and loves picture-hanging projects. If you're ever in town, give him a shout.
The Pros and Cons of Apartment Hunting in the Winter
The Pros and Cons of Apartment Hunting in the Winter

The Pros and Cons of Apartment Hunting in the Winter

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Most people don’t want to move in the winter and for good reason: it’s cold, the weather is unpredictable and there’s a glut of holidays and related travel that can make preparing difficult. But what if you have to move? How can you turn it to your advantage? Here are some things to think about: There…
Host Your Own “Friendsgiving”
Host Your Own “Friendsgiving”

Host Your Own “Friendsgiving”

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With Thanksgiving around the corner, you’re probably headed home – or, if you’re far from home, to a friend’s relative’s celebration. But, maybe you want to celebrate with your peeps. That’s reasonable – for the past year you’ve been living in your own home. Your friends and roommates make up your day-to-day world and you…
Our Favorite Apartment-Hunting Apps Right Now
Our Favorite Apartment-Hunting Apps Right Now

Our Favorite Apartment-Hunting Apps Right Now

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As you may have noticed, our website underwent a redesign to make it more mobile friendly. To mark the occasion, we thought we’d highlight some of the best apartment-hunting apps for your mobile device. While we touched on the subject earlier this year, the mobile world moves fast, so we felt it was worth highlighting…
October: The Best Time to Rent an Apartment
October: The Best Time to Rent an Apartment

October: The Best Time to Rent an Apartment

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While we’ve covered the best times to rent an apartment before, it’s time to go into a little bit more depth on the subject. Particularly because October is absolutely, positively one of the very best months to be searching for a rental. Yes, that’s right, now is the time to be looking. In most locations,…
Should You Get Cable TV? Maybe Not
Should You Get Cable TV? Maybe Not

Should You Get Cable TV? Maybe Not

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The golden era of cable television is probably over. From, oh, say 1985 to 2005, it filled a definite need: if you wanted to watch a variety of shows and movies, and weren’t interested in going to the video rental store all the time (remember those?), then you had to get cable. Or be stuck…
Apartment Hunter’s Checklist
Apartment Hunter’s Checklist

Apartment Hunter’s Checklist

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Searching for an apartment is exhausting. There’s no question about that. By the time you’re actually looking at an apartment, you’re often already tired of the process. And, yet, this is the time when you most need to pay attention! Somehow, though, that’s not always what happens. Perhaps the property manager is rushing you through the viewing,…
Getting Your First Apartment: How Much Money Do You Need to Save to Move Out?
Getting Your First Apartment: How Much Money Do You Need to Save to Move Out?

Getting Your First Apartment: How Much Money Do You Need to Save to Move Out?

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2017 Update: You can download our new Printable Apartment Budgeting Worksheet and use it to estimate your rent and budget for all your expenses. 2016 Update: Also check out our recent posts that help you calculate the maximum affordable rent on your salary: How Much Rent Can I Afford on My Hourly Pay and Affordable…
6 Rules for Talking to Your Roommate About a Problem
6 Rules for Talking to Your Roommate About a Problem

6 Rules for Talking to Your Roommate About a Problem

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For most people, roommates are a simple fact of apartment living. Whether you source your roommate from friends you already have, or whether you conducted a laborious roommate interview to find someone suitable, you’re most likely stuck with your current roommate – at least until end of the lease. So what do you do if…
Should You Move Out? Pros and Cons of Living with Family
Should You Move Out? Pros and Cons of Living with Family

Should You Move Out? Pros and Cons of Living with Family

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We get a lot of readers asking if they have the budget to move out of their parents’ (or other relatives) house. It makes sense: who doesn’t want to be living a fully independent lifestyle? In terms of sheer finances, we’ve covered topics from budgeting for rent to the cost of utilities to how much…
How to Get a Rental Without Meeting the Income Requirement
How to Get a Rental Without Meeting the Income Requirement

How to Get a Rental Without Meeting the Income Requirement

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Not everyone is blessed with a salaried job that pays $80,000 a year. Yet in places like New York, Chicago, or Boston, for example, many landlords require that potential tenants earn somewhere between 40-50 times their monthly rent in annual salary. That means that if you earned $80,0000 per year (a hefty sum for someone…