The Hunt

First Time Renter Mistakes to Avoid
First Time Renter Mistakes to Avoid

First Time Renter Mistakes to Avoid

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When browsing for your first apartment, it’s easy to get in over your head! From amenities to floor plans and square footage, to location…there is SO MUCH to consider before making a final decision as to where you’ll live. Here are a few common first-time renter mistakes to avoid, which will keep you secure and…
3 Keys to Finding the Right First Apartment
3 Keys to Finding the Right First Apartment

3 Keys to Finding the Right First Apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
You may have your eye on a brand new, state-of-the-art apartment building in the heart of a booming part of town, but as luck may have it, that apartment may not be the best apartment for you at this time. Before you sign a lease and commit to an apartment, there are three important items…
Subletting Woes, Part 1
Subletting Woes, Part 1

Subletting Woes, Part 1

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Throughout the entirety of one of my recent sublets in Oakland, my focus repeatedly settled on a book on the bookshelf entitled, “Toxic Parents: Overcoming Their Hurtful Legacy and Reclaiming Your Life”. I never picked the book up, but every time I read the title, I wondered about Sonja. I should have listened to my…
The Ultimate Apartment Hunting Checklist
The Ultimate Apartment Hunting Checklist

The Ultimate Apartment Hunting Checklist

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
I knew that I’d be on the apartment hunt again one of these days, but what I didn’t realize is that I’d be doing it so soon — and in another state. Having learned the hard way what I do and do not want in a new place from past experiences, I now create a…
Pros vs. Cons of Renting a Vintage Apartment
Pros vs. Cons of Renting a Vintage Apartment

Pros vs. Cons of Renting a Vintage Apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Well, it’s been almost 2 years (a long stretch for me — I’ve moved at least 5 times since graduating college almost 3 years ago!), but I’m on the apartment hunt yet again. This time, I’m leaving my home state of Georgia behind and heading up to beautiful Charlottesville, Virginia, all thanks to a fabulous…
Crisis Averted
Crisis Averted

Crisis Averted

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
So, the property manager called this morning and said I needed a cosigner. Unfortunately, I don’t have one. I was worried this might happen. The rent is 35% of my income, and my credit score is decent considering my age, so I was hoping I wouldn’t need a cosigner, but apparently, I’m a risk. :)…
Relocating Complicates Everything
Relocating Complicates Everything

Relocating Complicates Everything

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Hi everyone. Thanks for reading. My apartment hunt officially begins this weekend, though I’ve been planning and researching online for months. I’ll be moving to Chicago on July 1st to begin medical school, but I’m currently living in Maryland (with my parents… joy). I’ve only visited the city twice (once for my interview, once for…
Cleveland Park it is!
Cleveland Park it is!

Cleveland Park it is!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
I went to check out the apartment in Cleveland Park the other day and fell in love with it. It’s located on a dead-end street, so it doesn’t have much traffic making it a slightly quieter area to live in—something I’m looking for. The place has two different buildings and I looked at an apartment…
Something, at last.
Something, at last.

Something, at last.

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
So, after being incredibly busy with school and also trying to find someplace decent to sublet in NYC for this summer, I’ve finally made somewhat concrete plans. A friend is moving way uptown on Manhattan, and said I could live with him for the summer. It’s a fifth-floor walkup, but I’ve been meaning to lose…
Still searching…
Still searching…

Still searching…

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
The place that I looked at on Saturday was unbelievable. Just totally amazing. It was on a phenomenal block right in the neighborhood where we want to live; the apartment itself was amazing; the price was totally right; and the girl who lives there was totally cool. I got there and helped her move her…