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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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12
Aug 18

6 Steps to Getting a Great Subletter—Stat

Chances are, if you need a subletter, it’s because you’ve got to make a move—stat. But finding a solid replacement—one who makes those rent payments on time and doesn’t completely disrupt the roommate ecosystem—can be tough, especially if you’re under a time crunch. Before you launch a frenetic search on Craigslist, though, here are some expert tips to help you easily find a reliable subletter.

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11
Aug 18

Your Friend Just Bought a House! Here's Why You Feel So Bad

If your friend just bought a house, it’s hard not to feel a pang of jealousy over the fact that she either won the lottery, received a sizable inheritance, or was gifted cash for a down payment. And then there’s that fabulous backsplash and gorgeous front yard she keeps talking about.

But no matter how she amassed the pile of cash, your friend’s foray into homeownership can test a friendship, especially if you’re finding it hard to make rent.

“As trivial as it may sound, home buyer envy is very real, especially in a city like New York where buying a home can be much more expensive than in other cities,” says Michael Musco, a certified negotiation expert at Lee & Associates Residential in New York City. “In addition that envy has become even more prominent since the debut of shows like ‘Million Dollar Listing.”

If you want to curb that envy as your friend goes on and on about her new home’s curb appeal, here’s what the experts say to do to:

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06
Aug 18

Think Your Landlord Is Trying to Get You to Move Out? Do This

Finding an apartment you absolutely adore and want to stay in is a rare and special thing in the rental market today. But, unfortunately, a renter’s desire to stay put isn’t always enough to make it a reality.

“With increasing rents, building conversions (to condominium), building sales, and other reasons, landlords look to get tenants out of properties early,” says Mark Hakim, an attorney with SSRGA in New York City. He notes that some unscrupulous landlords may resort to underhanded tactics (more about that in a moment) to try to force a tenant to vacate an apartment.

If you’re facing this kind of situation, it can be difficult to know how to defend yourself. So, we turned to three attorneys with tenant law experience for their advice on how to react if you suspect your landlord is trying to boot you from your rental.

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