(Closed) Rent/Morgage/ Cost of Living in your area?

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Post # 3
751 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2001

OP, what is your area?

Fiance and I rent a 700sf house in Louisiana for $1000.

Post # 4
2647 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@Little_Hedgy:  A small two bed apartment starts at around $1000-$1,100 and a small three bed terraced house rent starts at $1,400 but in the nicer areas nearby it’s a good bit more. Cost of living is quite high. I buy a good bit online for that reason. 

Post # 6
193 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I pay 600 a month for a 2 bedroom/1 bath small apartment, including utilities, and have a roomate. We live in a very “young and fun” part of the city because we can walk to restaurants, grocery store, bars, etc. I could probbly pay less in the suburbs, though. It’s fairly updated, although nothing fancy. I think compared to a lot of other cities, it’s pretty inexpensive! I completly subscribe to the “don’t pay over 25% of your income on rent,” so thank goodness I live where I do!

Post # 7
3402 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Little_Hedgy:  We live a modest & very small 1 bedroom 1 bath apartment in a small town in Michigan. It is very quant & I love it and have definitely nested & made it ours. Everything is included in our rent, except heat/gas, which runs about $50 in the coldest months of winter & $15-$30 every other month.

Our rent is $375

We are thrilled with how cheap our area is, because frankly we couldn’t afford more since we are still students!

Post # 9
2573 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

My Fiance and I live in a suburb in NJ just outside of NYC. Our smallish 2 bedroom is $1,400 a month. That includes heat, dishwasher, and that’s about it. Parking is a nightmare in the area, and hardly any apartments come with parking. On top of that, it takes me a little over an hour to get to work and back each day. The NYC life is not what it’s cracked out to be – the Fiance and I are moving to Texas next year and we can’t wait to live like “normal” Americans NOT New Yorkers. We could NEVER own property here (NY/NJ), period. Most people don’t b/c you are looking at shacks for minimum $600k + ridiculously high taxes. We are moving to Texas in order to grab what is left of the American Dream. :/

Post # 10
5001 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

We pay $1350 plus about $100-150 in utilities for a 1700 sqft 3 bedroom house with a 2 car garage and all appliances in NC. Where I’m from in So Cal, that would be about three times the price so I think it’s a smokin’ deal!!

Post # 11
1224 posts
Bumble bee

I’m not completely sure about cost of living around here. SO and I simply pay my parents a flat fee for everything. I do know they pay $800 for a 4 bedroom house.

SO and I are going to move for me to go to college, where the cost of living is a little cheaper. We’re looking at somewhere around $300-$500 for a 1-2 bedroom house or apartment. It sounds higher but it’s primarily a college town so most people tend to rent rooms out; finding a house or apartment that doesn’t rent “per room” is hard. Plus a lot of the rentals include all or at least some utilities. Utilities alone I’m not really sure about and I have no idea who to ask.

Both of these are in central/east Alabama.


Post # 14
497 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I live in Brooklyn and gentrification has rent/mortgage going through the roof at the speed of light.

Post # 15
2196 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

I have a 1250sq three bedroom house with a fenced backyard, front yard, two car garage, and fireplace, we pay 995.00 for all of that.

We have to pay Water, Garbage, Power. Which comes to around 400 I think. 🙁

We could find a 3 bedroom house for 800-1000. Give or take space/features.

Rent a 3 bedroom apartment for around 650-800.

Studio apartments are around 430.00 to 500.00.

1-2 bedroom apartments are around 550-650.


Post # 16
193 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@Little_Hedgy:  We pay for electric, water, and internet. They pay for heat. FH and I do not live together, but he has a pretty similiar situation. Mind you, I live with a roomate, so the apartment is actually $1100/month, I just pay 600 after everything is split. After FH and I get married, we are hoping to get a 1 bedroom that’s way less than the 1100 we are paying combined right now. I’m always looking for ways to cut down on housing! I’d much rather pay cheap rent and save up for a house, travel, etc., than live somewhere nicer but out of my means. I have friends who live in awesome apartments, but are probably spending more than they should. I guess it just depends on your priorities!

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