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How To Haggle $100 Off Your Rent This Month

I don’t know about you, but I’m a big fan of money. Scratch that—I do know about you, because let’s be real, we’re all big fans of money. Alas, cash isn’t the easiest of things to hold onto, especially when the cost of housing seems to increase exponentially each year.

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Posted on Nov 18, 2017

Score the Apartment of Your Dreams: Everything You Need to Know About Getting a Guarantor

You may have heard about guarantors during your apartment hunt, but if you’re not familiar with what they actually do—or how you can still find one if you don’t know anyone personally who can be a guarantor (or even land an apartment you love without one!)—we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know about getting a guarantor.

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Posted on Oct 30, 2017

3 Things You Can Do Instead of Moving to a Bigger Apartment

Feeling like it’s time to size up your space? By all means, do it. But know that it’s going to likely require a bigger investment month-to-month, and probably drain your change right now as you scramble to pay for moving costs and the other expenses that inevitably creep up when you decide to pick up your roots and settle down in a new spot.

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Posted on Oct 26, 2017

Property Ladder Angst: How to Deal with the Urge to Buy a Home

The UK, my adopted home for the past eight years, has what I would call a “home ownership fixation.” When I first moved here, I was perplexed when getting on the property ladder came up in conversation nearly as often as, say, tea or the weather. I’d also wager a guess that there are more reality television shows geared toward buying and renovating houses here than in any other country.

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Posted on Oct 22, 2017

Rental Red Flags that Signal You’re About to Get Scammed

You know the saying, “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is”? Well, that definitely applies to apartment hunting. If you see a listing for a beautiful, spacious apartment that’s well below the median rent for the neighborhood it’s in, for example, there’s gotta be a catch. Like, you know, it might not even exist (!).

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Posted on Oct 19, 2017

83 Percent of Renters Want Out of New York City

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It’s not surprising to learn that there are a lot of people who want to leave their expensive cities for a lower cost of living. But what is a little surprising? The concentration of people who want to move out of the Big Apple—a whopping 83.2 percent of renters in New York City want to settle elsewhere, according to a Apartment List’s annual survey .

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Posted on Oct 10, 2017

Commuter Solutions: The Best New Jersey Neighborhoods Close to New York City

Working and living in New York City is the dream for many people, but it’s also not very affordable—with high rent prices and even higher homebuying costs, it’s not exactly easy to live in the Big Apple. That’s one of the reasons many people turn to commuting from just outside the city—to save money, but also, for some, to live in a quieter town with a little less hustle and bustle.

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Posted on Sep 25, 2017

12 Unexpected Perks You Can Negotiate When You Sign an Apartment Lease

Maybe you found the perfect apartment after weeks of fruitless searching, but the rent is just a wee bit out of your budget. Or maybe you just received the renewal notice for your current apartment from your landlord, and your rent is getting bumped up a lot more than you’d like for next year. Your first step, in either case, is to negotiate a lower rate. But what do you do when the landlord won’t budge?

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Posted on Sep 23, 2017

You’re Not the Only One Spending Too Much on Rent

Most experts agree that people shouldn’t be spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing, but for many people, staying below that 30 percent mark is simply not doable. If you feel like you’re paying far more on rent than you should be, you’re definitely not alone.

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Posted on Sep 13, 2017

Rent on the Rise: Prediction Says It’s Going Way Up in 40 of the 50 Biggest Cities

If you’re living in a major metropolitan area, chances are you think your rent is pretty brutal. Well, it’s time to batten down the hatches, because it could get even higher. A new study conducted by Apartment List predicts that rents in big cities are on track to significantly increase in the next couple years, and for an unlikely reason: job growth.

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Posted on Sep 11, 2017

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