Discover 101 Amazing Real Estate Tips and Secrets
When you are apartment hunting, prepare a rental search plan. Be sure to know in advance
what you want in an apartment and what you can live without. Decide in advance what areas
of the city you could consider living in and make a list of apartment buildings within that
Be sure to consider how far and how convenient it will be for you to travel to your job or your
school or your family and friends. Also, how far is the apartment from stores, banks, hospitals,
Church (if you attend) etc. If you have a car, make sure that there is adequate and convenient
parking space 24/7. If you don't drive make sure that there is close by public transportation.
Narrow your apartment locating to the size of rental unit you need. Studio apartment or one
bedroom apartment or 2 BR apartment or more. Are you considering a furnished apartment or
do you possible need a short term rental. If you are renting an apartment with a cat, dog, or
other pet, you need to find out which apartments allow renting with pets and which do not. And,
if they do allow pets, is there an additional security deposit required and if so, how much it is.
Do you need an apartment complex with an exercise room or tennis courts or a pool or a
recreation room, etc. or do you simply need and desire a nice clean and quiet pad.
Be realistic about what you can afford. Most apartment renting guides suggest that your rent
should not be more than 25% to 30% of your income. This can vary depending on the income
bracket, but be sure to be "real world" when budgeting additional apartment expenses such as
heating and air conditioning and other utilities. If you fall short of affording the apartment of
your choice, you might consider sharing an apartment with a roommate or roommates. Keep in
mind that living with roommates can help you afford an upscale apartment or even, in some
cases, luxury apartments, but it also has extreme restrictions to your privacy.
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