Author My First Apartment
Alissa

I've lived in apartments in 6 cities (including 2 foreign countries). Does that make me an expert? As of now, my ceiling isn't leaking and I don't have rodents (knock on wood) -- so I'm going to say yes . . . but ask me again tomorrow:) These days, I'm enjoying life Chicago style, but my years in Brooklyn are never far from my mind. P.S. By day I work at Cars.com, but these opinions are totally, 100% my own.
Keep Your No-Takeout New Year’s Resolution!
Keep Your No-Takeout New Year’s Resolution!

Keep Your No-Takeout New Year’s Resolution!

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With the end of the holiday season comes the end of free, well-prepared food. No more well-balanced, homemade meals or three-course dinners that you pretty much just have to show up to. Nope, we’ll just have to make it be our New Year’s resolution to treat ourselves better and eat more healthily. We’ll actually have…
Shop After Christmas Sales for Great Apartment Bargains!
Shop After Christmas Sales for Great Apartment Bargains!

Shop After Christmas Sales for Great Apartment Bargains!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Happy holidays! Hopefully, you’ve gotten to catch up with both family and friends. Maybe, you even got an awesome apartment-themed gift for your pad. If not, have no fear – the After Christmas Sales are here! Urban Outfitters always has really neat décor items for fairly affordable prices and now some of them have been…
Google Helps You Plan Your Commute Before Signing the Lease
Google Helps You Plan Your Commute Before Signing the Lease

Google Helps You Plan Your Commute Before Signing the Lease

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My sister read my post last week about her move and wanted to share a particular tip she’s learned in her apartment search – planning for a quick commute! Her story’s below:) ————- Hi everyone, it’s true, I’m Alissa’s sister. And. . . I’m currently working in the suburbs and living at home. Recently, after…
How Much Should You Be Tipping This Holiday Season?
How Much Should You Be Tipping This Holiday Season?

How Much Should You Be Tipping This Holiday Season?

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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?

How Much of Your Paycheck Should Go Towards Rent?

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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…
How to Cozy Up your Apartment for the Holidays. . without going home
How to Cozy Up your Apartment for the Holidays. . without going home

How to Cozy Up your Apartment for the Holidays. . without going home

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The holidays are coming! The holidays are coming! A lot of folks I know aren’t going home this year because of $$ issues so I thought I’d write a few post about how to make your apartment really embody that home away from home feeling. The first thing I notice about my parents’ house is…
Top 5 Warning Signs That the Apartment Ad is a Scam!
Top 5 Warning Signs That the Apartment Ad is a Scam!

Top 5 Warning Signs That the Apartment Ad is a Scam!

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When you’re trying to suss out an apartment over the internet, hopefully you’re not taking everything you’re getting back at face value. Oh no! Did I ruin the apt dream for you? I hope not. . . because cozy certainly means small in NYC translation as opposed to, you know, home-y and cute. That’s a…
Join My First Apartment on Facebook!
Join My First Apartment on Facebook!

Join My First Apartment on Facebook!

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My First Apartment has a second home — on Facebook! You’re probably wondering what took us so long, right? Well, ya know, we had to paint, re-do the floors and get renters insurance just in case something broke! I kid, I kid. But, seriously, we’re up and running and hope you’ll think about joining us!…
Emergencies Happen. You Need a Great Landlord
Emergencies Happen. You Need a Great Landlord

Emergencies Happen. You Need a Great Landlord

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Living on one’s own, things don’t always go as planned. Might as well just plan on that, actually. But, there are smart ways to plan — like making sure that your landlord is the kind that takes care of business. When I first met my landlord, I took note of how on-the-ball he was and…
Lowdown on Your Tenant Rights in NYC!
Lowdown on Your Tenant Rights in NYC!

Lowdown on Your Tenant Rights in NYC!

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Signing a lease gives you legal rights. It also gives you legal responsibilities. Do you know what they are? Thanks to New York State Senator Liz Krueger’s 2009 Housing Update — there’s one easy place where you can find out everything you need to know and more. Here’s a thumbnail version. Tenants Are Entitled To:*A…