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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25
Sep 18

New Yorkers Share the Weirdest, Most Frustrating Things About Their Apartments

Living in New York City often means expensive rent and little space, but sometimes apartments here are…an experience, to say the least. It seems like everyone lives in a building that has its quirks—things like strange-but-creative ways of fitting appliances in, weird structural features, odd smells, and more. Even the best apartments—the ones no one would dare give up their leases on—have their own interesting shortcomings. So, we asked New Yorkers to share their weirdest apartment stories.

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18
Sep 18

5 Ways to Get Around That Pesky 40X-the-Rent Requirement

In certain cities (especially New York), property management companies require you to have an annual salary of 40 times the rent in order to be approved as a new tenant. That may be way more than your pay stub will ever show. In fact, a 2017 StreetEasy study found that the majority of New Yorkers’ incomes don’t meet this threshold. So, if you’re in those shoes, are you forever doomed to be a subletter?

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11
Sep 18

The 3 Simple Questions That Have Saved Me Oodles of Cash

We’re back with a new edition of A Renter’s Diary! Over the next few weeks, we’ll continue to follow Rebekah Hall as she and her boyfriend move from a home into a 800-square-foot apartment in Little Rock, Arkansas. From battling with the task of downsizing, to figuring out the quirks of the space, Hall will share all of the things you might forget or underestimate. Last week, Hall dealt with the shock of how small 800 square feet really is. This week she deals with defining the necessities and indulgences of a new apartment:

For the two months that my boyfriend and I spent living in my parents’ house, all of our worldly possessions were packed away. The living room and dining room became storage units, with cardboard boxes, milk crates, and plastic storage bins Tetris’d among furniture and lamps.

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04
Sep 18

How I Lost 300 Square Feet of Living Space But Still Have It All

Welcome to A Renter’s Diary! Over the next few weeks, we’ll follow Rebekah Hall as she and her boyfriend move from a home into a 800-square-foot apartment in Little Rock, Arkansas. From battling with the task of downsizing, to figuring out the quirks of the space, Hall will share all of the things you might forget or underestimate. This week she deals with the shock of how small 800 square feet really is:

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16
Aug 18

Why I Chose to Move 2 Minutes Away From My Ex

When my ex, Sarah, moved into her new home on a beautiful tree-lined street in the middle of one of Toronto’s most charming and historical neighborhoods, I began a months-long search for a place nearby. Even though we didn’t have any children together, it was an absolute priority for the both of us that I move within walking distance.

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15
Aug 18

The Salary You Need to Live Alone in Every Major U.S. City

Living in an exciting urban environment is a priority for a lot of people, but the prospect of swinging rent in a major city without the help of a roommate can be daunting. If you’re wondering what it takes to be able to afford to live alone in one of the top 20 populated cities in the United States, check out this list, which provides the yearly salary needed to afford the average rent for both a one-bedroom and a studio apartment in each city. The salary needed is calculated based upon the guideline that your gross annual income should be 40 times your monthly rent.

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