08
Feb 19

Watch Out: 7 Times When Cheaper Rent is Actually More Expensive

So you found the perfect apartment—everything seems to check out, from the desirable neighborhood to the amazing rent. But is it really as wonderful as it seems? Before you start shifting those extra dollars from your rent fund to your coffee budget, double check your new home to make sure none of these hidden expenses are going to end up emptying your wallet.

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07
Feb 19

Here's What You Can Get for $2,300 a Month (And Under) in NYC Right Now

To live in New York City is to crack your wallet way open every month to pay for a roof over your head. And while once upon a time $2,300 per month could yield a perfectly reasonable place to call home, these days it takes some sleuthing to find something in this price range. Here, five options to consider that might suit you:

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28
Jan 19

Rental Red Flags: What to Look at When You Tour a Potential New Home

Picture this: You’re facing yet another problem in your brand new apartment but—lucky duck—you have roughly 11 months left on your lease. Don’t you wish you could go back in time and save yourself tons of time, money, and headaches by identifying these potential problems before you sign? We’re here to help you do just that.

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14
Jan 19

"Yelp" for Landlords: Search These Sites Before You Move In

Apartment hunting is tough. On top of moving costs, and you know, finding a place to live, you have to worry about whether or not your landlord is actually trustworthy. It’s no surprise then that landlord-rating sites have begun popping up all over the internet, offering reviews and insights from tenants across the globe.

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27
Dec 18

Try Not to Freak Out: What Rent Costs in America's Priciest Zip Codes

If you had to guess where the most expensive neighborhood in the country is, what would you say?

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21
Dec 18

10 Conversations You Should Have With Your Roommate Before Moving In

They often call getting married and moving in together as “taking the plunge,” but if you ask us, moving in with someone you know and love is a lot less scary than moving in with a stranger. Don’t go into the roommate interview unprepared; we’ve got the questions to consider before you both sign the lease.

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14
Dec 18

6 Things Everyone Seeking a Small Apartment Should Know

If you’re in the market for a small apartment—whether it’s your choice or not!—rest easy. Small living is trending and, anyway, who needs all that extra space? More room, more collected clutter! That said, there are a few fundamental attributes of a space that, while small in size, can actually feel larger than a floor plan can make it appear. We asked the experts for what to look for when shopping small. Read on for six key apartment features to consider:

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07
Nov 18

6 Surprising Things Your Renters Insurance Covers

If you’re budget-conscious, you might think purchasing renters insurance is a luxury you can’t afford—especially if your landlord doesn’t require you to hold it. But like most insurance, it can pay dividends when the unexpected occurs and your valuables are lost, stolen, damaged, or destroyed–and much more besides.

The average person has more than $30,000 worth of belongings in their apartment, says Michal Brower, a spokesperson with State Farm—and much of that isn’t covered by your landlord’s insurance policy. “If a fire gutted your apartment tomorrow, would you have the cash to replace it all?” he asks. “The good news is that with a renters policy, your property would be protected for covered claims.”

But what exactly are those covered claims? “Renters insurance covers a lot more–and is a lot less expensive–than many people think,” says Luke Cohler, licensed agent and co-founder of Jetty, an insurance start-up aimed at millennial renters. We spoke to insurance experts from three different providers to get the inside scoop. Here, the six most surprising things that might be covered under your policy:

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29
Oct 18

You're Looking for Your Dream Apartment All Wrong—Here's Why

We all know someone with an objectively amazing apartment. It’s light and airy, remarkably spacious for its size, in a great location, and somehow costs less than your dark, cramped, inconvenient shoebox. Though you may think your friend is just incredible lucky at real estate, here’s the hard truth: Chances are, they just did a better job during the apartment search than you did. Though that might seem harsh, there is a little glimmer of hope in it for you—it’s not that your dream apartment isn’t out there at the price you want it, it’s just that you’re not looking long enough.

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21
Oct 18

The Money-Saving Secret This Former Real Estate Agent Swears By

So—you’re searching for an apartment on Craigslist. You click on “housing” and enter your search criteria: min bedrooms, max price, X miles from your zip code of choice, only show ads with pictures—GO! Aaaaaand you’ve already made a huge mistake.

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