How did you find your apartment?

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

@PinkElephants21:  I’ve found every apartment that I’ve ever lived in off of Craigslist. You guys need to figure out your total income and add up all your other bills, determine what you think is a good amount and try to go under that by $200-$300 to account for utilities.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I found my last apartment on Craigslist and it was a steal- gorgeous building, incredible location and the lowest rent out of anyone I know. We were referred to the apartment we love in now, but were on a time crunch so it doesn’t really count. The next time we look, I’m definitely going back to Craigslist.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@PinkElephants21:  Craigslist! Our 2 bedroom apartment is the entire upstairs of a converted house. We have our own entrance and stairwell and it’s just the landlord living downstairs. Our rent and utilities combined cost just under $700. We make about $75,000 right now. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

You can find a lot by just doing a google search for “apartments”+”town name” … That’s how I found like 10 apartments in the area we moved to… And then most should have a website… Of the 10, 3 were rent controlled so we would make way to much to qualify… The other 7 I visited in person and took their complex tours… You should be able to get a pretty good feel for price vs quality…and what features are included vs extra… The place we have now threw in a washer dryer set and the garage for ‘free’ while our second choice wanted another $100 on top of the slightly more expensive rent… It was a pretty clear choice…

In Utah we have a local news station that runs a classifieds website which is like Craigslist only 100 time better… It was a good place for us to check too but most of the places listed were also found via google…

good luck!!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

my fi found his apartment through kijiji (in canada)
I found mine (in ireland) by googling “letting agents in “insert city name”” and picked the one with the most properties, told them when I’d be arriving in town and that I needed a place that night for 6 months. When I got into town, I met the letting agent, he showed me 4 properties that were within budget and had the features I wanted (furnished with a washer, secure parking, quiet neighbourhood) and I picked my favourite, and moved in that night. I realize this isn’t typical, but alot of people put themselves through hell looking for a rental… It’s just a rental… Don’t stress it lol

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I found my aparments.com or apartmentfinder.com or something and looked at ones that were close to school/work.  I also look at apartmentratings.com but those can be hard to trust, you can usually tell when a negative review is just someone being grumpy over nothing though.  My current apartment was recommended by someone I worked with last year.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

My dad actually indirectly got me my apartment. He happened to know a guy who owned a furniture store in the area, and I called him up and he gave me the names of some men who owned real estate in the town. So I talked to them, made appointments, visited two places, and I signed a lease all in a span of a week. 

I live in a townhouse all to myself with two bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms. I pay about $800 a month for rent and utilities.

I don’t know the size of the town you’re living in, but most places where I am don’t even have a website; so I had to rely on word of mouth, and so far I’ve had a very good experience. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

We found our current apartment by searching apartment complexes in our town (just googling “*town name* apartments) – we won’t do Craigslist here because most private landlords here are total slumlords.  However, we’re moving to a larger city soon, and are doing most of our housing search through Craigslist.  It’s especially nice if you have a certain area in mind where you’d like to live, as they can organize search results in a map view – this is useful for us, as we’d like to live relatively close to my husband’s new job (in a larger urban area).

Post # 11
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Newbee

I have also found our places on Craigslist.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@PinkElephants21:  it depends on the type of apartment. 

When I was a student or when I had a small budget, I used Craigslist. When FH and I moved in together and wanted to live in a more upscale building with a concierge and professional neighbours, we used a real estate agent. 

Our last apartment and the one we are currently in were listed exclusively by agents. We didn’t have to search at all, our agent came to pick us up, showed us the place, and did all negotiations.

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

@PinkElephants21:  I found my favorite apartment on forrent.com. I was moving to a pretty big city and had no idea where to begin, so I found the website’s options to filter apartments by features (# bedrooms, sq ft, amenities, pets, etc) really helpful! I just put in what I was looking for and it filtered it down to the ones that met my criteria. I ended up finding an apartment that had recently been renovated from a 1920s music school. It was sooooo cool inside! Major win 🙂

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@PinkElephants21:  My first apartment in college was owned by a family friend so that’s how I got it. The second one I found through craigslist and my current one I found through a realtor. I highly recommend using a realtor because they often know about listings you might not be able to find on your own. The service is usually free too as the landlord pays them to find someone to rent it. Plus I felt a little safer being with a realtor looking at places than meeting up with people from Craigslist. We ended up with a gorgeous 2 bed 2 bath condo right within our budget 🙂

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

craigslist…we just added our incomes and subtracted my student loan payments, estimated amount for utilities and food, and little bit of spendings money for the month and got what we could work with.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Craigslist. I have a 2 bedroom 2 bathroom + a den condo for 1075 a month (yes, a little high for some of you but apartments are expensive if you want a nice one here) Since the condo owner rents their condo out to people their previous tenants were horrible and left the place in shambles. I have terrible credit and could not find anything I was even told buying right now was easier than renting in my situation when I found my home on craigslist I called them told them my story talked to the realtor and moved in a month later. Love my place, love the neighbors, my landlords can be a bite but they arent bad, but I have everything in my condo 🙂

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