Believe it or not today’s blog post isn’t about some catchy Katy Perry song.. oh no, now it’s stuck in my head again, but instead we’re going to talk about the apartment that was just right but for whatever reason you didn’t get it. You’re still living in fantasy land Oh you remember. That moment [...]
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By MyNewPlace Guest Blogger, Ron Leshnower - About.com’s Apartment Living Expert! Although apartments come in all shapes and sizes, one thing they have in common is a bathroom. However, when it comes to making decisions relating to convenience, comfort, and decor, many renters choose to focus their attention on other rooms in their apartment. It’s true [...]
Look at you trying to be a Real Adult. Life is post-college, you have a job that you can’t schedule around Friday hangovers caused by Thursday night beer pong, and you feel like you shouldn’t be totally mortified if you actually manage to bring someone home who seems sophisticated enough to wash her dishes more [...]
Conventional wisdom has historically limited rent to 25% of your income before taxes. Surveys suggest Americans are paying upwards of 30%, lots of times more. My friends who live in San Francisco often pay at least half their income to a landlord every month. Domu.com’s rent calculator puts “low end” at 20% of income, “middle [...]
Americans aren’t always comfortable with haggling, but in the case of rent, price negotiations could be huge. You can raise the question of reduced rent with your landlord before you sign a lease, mid-lease, or even at the end of the lease. Stay friendly, and make sure your timing is good for your landlord, as [...]
Let’s assume you’re already moved into your new flat, in a new city. What now? Walk in concentric circles Okay, you might have more pressing matters. But one of the best ways to get to know your new locale is to walk it. Walk around the block surrounding your apartment; then walk around the [...]
Hello everyone! It’s another MyNewPlace Friday–where we tell you about our real-life apartment challenges. My name is Ruskin, and I just started as a member of the Marketing Department at MyNewPlace; I moved to San Francisco and into a new apartment just four days before that! My boss thought it would be perfect for me [...]
By MyNewPlace Guest Blogger, Ron Leshnower – About.com’s Apartment Living Expert Very often, renters choose to live with roommates whom they don’t know well. It could be that the person is a referral from a friend, an acquaintance at work, or a stranger from an online roommate-matching service. If you’re considering rooming with someone whom you [...]
If you don’t mind living small, listen up. As the LA Times recently reported, Boston and New York are launching pilot projects for super-tiny apartments, and San Francisco’s officials are currently debating to go smallest of all: 150 square feet, plus bathroom, kitchen, and closet. How much would you pay to rent an apartment that [...]
By MyNewPlace Guest Blogger, Ron Leshnower – About.com’s Apartment Living Expert Many renters find themselves having mixed feelings about moving. On the one hand, they realize that something is lacking in their current apartment that’s driving them to consider looking for a new place. But on the other hand, there’s so much they like about their building — [...]
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