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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.
Renting 101: Look for an Affordable City That Matches Your Interests and Personality
Renting 101: Look for an Affordable City That Matches Your Interests and Personality

Renting 101: Look for an Affordable City That Matches Your Interests and Personality

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For many recent grads, the first year after college is an exciting, but fraught time: you’ve achieved your educational goals, you’re at the top of the heap … and now you’re expected to join the so-called real world, doing entry-level work. The point is, you need to decide where you are going to start building a life. One option…
How Much Should You Plan for Utilities?
How Much Should You Plan for Utilities?

How Much Should You Plan for Utilities?

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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. Update: If you are trying to figure out how much rent you can afford, also check out these three posts for more calculations and expense guidelines: How Much Rent Can I…
Renting 101: Negotiating with Your Landlord
Renting 101: Negotiating with Your Landlord

Renting 101: Negotiating with Your Landlord

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Negotiating is perhaps one of the scariest aspects of dealing with landlords. This is because, for whatever reason, American culture is almost completely devoid of bargaining. In fact, it’s almost taboo: if you walk into a store in the U.S., you expect to pay the list price. No American negotiates the price of a duvet…
6 Tips for First-Time Renters on How to Sound Like You Know What You’re Doing
6 Tips for First-Time Renters on How to Sound Like You Know What You’re Doing

6 Tips for First-Time Renters on How to Sound Like You Know What You’re Doing

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The first few times you deal with leasing agents, landlords, and rental offices, it’s easy to be intimidated. It’s also easy to get pushed around, particularly if you are young and appear even younger, or sound inexperienced or nervous over the phone. A reader recently emailed us to say that she and her fiancé (who…
Book Review: <i>NYC Rental Bible</i>
Book Review: <i>NYC Rental Bible</i>

Book Review: NYC Rental Bible

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When I was asked to review the new ebook, NYC Rental Bible, it felt like a familiar assignment; I’m well acquainted with informational booklets. This is because, at every stage of my life, my father has given me a book on how to do that which I am about to do: a book on how…
The Latest Scoop on Renting and Your Credit Score
The Latest Scoop on Renting and Your Credit Score

The Latest Scoop on Renting and Your Credit Score

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Whether you like it or not, your credit score affects your renting capability. The higher your score, the more likely you are to get a place, and the lower the score, the fewer options you’ll have. We’ve touched on this before: Alissa wrote about credit scores for renters, and I recently wrote about how to…
Lease Is Up: To Move or Not to Move?
Lease Is Up: To Move or Not to Move?

Lease Is Up: To Move or Not to Move?

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Alissa and I just realized our lease is up for renewal. So, do we move, or sign on for another year? The answer isn’t always easy, and it’s a question that many of you will face at this time of the year. To help you with the decision, I’ll break down the different factors you…
5 How-To’s Every First Time Apartment Hunter Should Know
5 How-To’s Every First Time Apartment Hunter Should Know

5 How-To’s Every First Time Apartment Hunter Should Know

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1. How to Research a Neighborhood Neighborhoods are important, but choosing the best one has a lot to do with your personality and finances, and it’s hard to truly know until you move whether you’ve made the right choice. Growing to love a city takes nine months to a year, so as long as you…
Apartment Security 101 For the First-Time Renter
Apartment Security 101 For the First-Time Renter

Apartment Security 101 For the First-Time Renter

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You’ve put down your deposit and you’re excited about your new place. And you should be: it’s your first apartment and you’re ready to make it your home. However, along with having a home comes responsibility. You need to make sure your apartment is secure. So, here are a few tips: Make sure your smoke…
How to Pick a Wedding Registry That’s Right for You
How to Pick a Wedding Registry That’s Right for You

How to Pick a Wedding Registry That’s Right for You

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Ed. comment: While we are not a wedding site, our bloggers Alissa and Alex are about to tie the knot in May and Zainab will follow in June, so please indulge us.  You can use this information to set up your first apartment wish list! If you are about to get married, are thinking about getting married,…