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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.
When Should You Use A Broker to Find An Apartment
When Should You Use A Broker to Find An Apartment

When Should You Use A Broker to Find An Apartment

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That’s a bit of a conundrum, as there’s always the hope for luck.  Maybe you’ll hit the jackpot and get a great pad sans broker.  But, maybe you’ll get totally screwed and end up in a last-minute find caus you waited too long. So, how risk adverse are you? And, how willing are you to pay…
Become a Craigslist Pro to Score Your First Apartment
Become a Craigslist Pro to Score Your First Apartment

Become a Craigslist Pro to Score Your First Apartment

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You’ve already decided that with or without roommates you’re moving out — sweet. And, you’ve figured out how much to spend on rent. You’ve  told everyone you know  what you are looking for in an apartment and what neighborhood you’re targeting.  But, if you’re like most of us your search now continues with. . . Step…
Mastering the First Apartment Hunt
Mastering the First Apartment Hunt

Mastering the First Apartment Hunt

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You’ve done your inner soul searching and you know who you want to live with in your new pad AND how much dough you can cough up a month. Nice one! So, uh, now what? Step 1. Spread the Word Well, the first thing to do is explore a little, big thing called “word of…
The First Two Things to Decide Before You Start Your Apartment Hunt
The First Two Things to Decide Before You Start Your Apartment Hunt

The First Two Things to Decide Before You Start Your Apartment Hunt

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It’s May and you know what that means — the beginning of summer rental season.  If you act fast you may luck out but otherwise, get ready for rentals to go bat-shit crazy. To give you a head start on your hunt, the first two questions you need to ask yourself right now, this very…
NY Mag’s Top NYC Neighborhoods and Time Out’s Rental Deals
NY Mag’s Top NYC Neighborhoods and Time Out’s Rental Deals

NY Mag’s Top NYC Neighborhoods and Time Out’s Rental Deals

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 TimeOut NY & NY Mag Apartment Issues Have Arrived! Which means…it’s officially Apartment Season in NYC! Think of it like the hunting season, except that instead of coming home with a poor,  dead  animal, you just get to come home. To your own place. No small  feat! It kind of baffles me that both Time Out and…
Our Favorite New York City Neighborhood Blogs
Our Favorite New York City Neighborhood Blogs

Our Favorite New York City Neighborhood Blogs

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Last week we shared some good evergreen NYC neighborhood guides. After a quick read of one, or all, you should have a pretty good idea of the main New York hoods in addition to some outside charmers. Once you’ve decided where you think you want to live, though, it’d be a good idea to get…
Welcome To My First Apartment’s New Online Home!
Welcome To My First Apartment’s New Online Home!

Welcome To My First Apartment’s New Online Home!

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As you can see, My First Apartment has moved on up to a snazzy new design! We've cleaned out all our old webby cobwebs, scrubbed under the sink, and managed to come out the other side with a brand new site that should make life easier for, well, you!
My First Apartment is Moving!
My First Apartment is Moving!

My First Apartment is Moving!

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Ack! We’re Moving! That’s right, My First Apartment is moving. On the interwebs. And, gosh there are SO MANY BOXES! Actually, while we’ve amassed loads of content, we’re having our super techie web guy Cornelius do all the heavy lifting, which pretty much entails moving our web furniture (ie. photos and articles) from the Blogger platform…
Can You BBQ Legally In/Around Your Apt?
Can You BBQ Legally In/Around Your Apt?

Can You BBQ Legally In/Around Your Apt?

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Such nice weather this weekend! Makes me nostalgic for my summer dinners with my family, which often involved, my dad’s prized Weber Grill. I don’t have a balcony, but I do have one nifty fire escape. Which got me thinking, can I buy a grill? Check out the exact the laws of the NYC land…
How Much Should You Budget for Utilities?
How Much Should You Budget for Utilities?

How Much Should You Budget for Utilities?

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Today, we have a question from our MyFirstApartment mail bag. “How much should you budget for utilities? Thanks! Lacey” The short answer is — anywhere from $75 – $200+ per month. What’s the long answer? In terms of possible utilities, here’s a comprehensible checklist: electric, water, heat, trash pickup, gas(**HEAT), cable, internet, and telephone. Off…