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.
For the Love of God Pick a Roommate You Will Get Along With
For the Love of God Pick a Roommate You Will Get Along With

For the Love of God Pick a Roommate You Will Get Along With

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If you have read the Wall Street Journal article on picking roommates or Maureen Dowd’s New York Times’ column, you’ll have seen the recent buzz about social media roommate matching systems that aim to pair like-minded roommates together.  Messy with messy and all will be neat — that sort of thing.  Primarily, it’s geared towards college…
Mail Call: How Much Should Your Rent Be Increased Yearly?
Mail Call: How Much Should Your Rent Be Increased Yearly?

Mail Call: How Much Should Your Rent Be Increased Yearly?

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You heard it here first — we’re going to the mailbox! Benjamin from Allentown, PA  wants to know how much his rent should be increased per year. Ah, don’t we all. I’m actually about a month away from my landlord sending me my renewal papers and I’m already anxious as to whether he’s going to…
How to Negotiate in the Current Rental Market? Cautiously!
How to Negotiate in the Current Rental Market? Cautiously!

How to Negotiate in the Current Rental Market? Cautiously!

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We’ve been helping you to search out the very best apartment on the market and, hopefully, you’ve found some good options! But — wait — what’s that? You now need to negotiate rent? YIKES! Yeah, negotiating can be a scary thing, but you’ve already done the toughest part of the search!  Seriously, a little back patting…
Top 50 U.S. Cities for Renters
Top 50 U.S. Cities for Renters

Top 50 U.S. Cities for Renters

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Hey Ya’ll! Surviving the heat? I am — as long as I’m in my apartment.  If I’m traversing the city underground via subway — fuggedaboutit! So, aside from the heat, what’s up?  The best cities for renters across the country that’s what! It’s true, we have the scoop from a blog about rental property management…
Fireworks and Renter’s Insurance
Fireworks and Renter’s Insurance

Fireworks and Renter’s Insurance

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Happy post-July 4th malaise! Hopefully, you’re taking some time off to see your fam and friends — maybe there’s even a lawn chair and some ice tea with your name on it. I’m back home and, I tell ya, it’s great — but there’s no better reality check than parents having the opportunity to grill…
Apartment Hunting Is Like Dating: Trust Your Instincts
Apartment Hunting Is Like Dating: Trust Your Instincts

Apartment Hunting Is Like Dating: Trust Your Instincts

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We’ve been doling out all sorta of insider tips these past few weeks, but today’s post takes us back to the field. Drama! I had lunch with my younger cousin this past weekend and boy did she have some good stories — to learn from.  A new Brooklyn transplant, she came to New York hoping…
Furnish Your Apartment At A Stoop Sale
Furnish Your Apartment At A Stoop Sale

Furnish Your Apartment At A Stoop Sale

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Summer weather is great and all — but summer stoop sales are where it is AT. Seriously, take a walk down any Brooklyn neighborhood on a non-rainy Saturday or Sunday and there are more stoop sales than Chase banks, and that is saying something! We’ve been talkin a bit about finding a swell apartment, but…
Get Going – Rents Are Moving Up!
Get Going – Rents Are Moving Up!

Get Going – Rents Are Moving Up!

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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 Your (Future) Neighborhood
Checking Out Your (Future) Neighborhood

Checking Out Your (Future) Neighborhood

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In my opinion, the apartment itself is the most essential aspect of any lease.  Others will disagree, giving higher preference to neighborhood — some even to the commute.  But, no matter how you slice it — you’ll want to consider all three. Last week we covered the apartment checklist. This week, let’s talk hood. Do…
Checking Out That Rental — Be An Ace Scout!
Checking Out That Rental — Be An Ace Scout!

Checking Out That Rental — Be An Ace Scout!

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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…