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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

For Rent!


Aside from a busy work schedule this week, we are in the midst of trying to find our next place of residence. We have been searching through Craigslist, trying to find that apartment or house to call ours for probably a year. We decided that it would be best if we rented for one more year in order to continue our debt repayment plan as well as develop a healthy down payment, for when we do buy a house.

Overall, we have found that Craigslist is excellent for trying to find an apartment from out of town. However, there are difficulties. The most intricate part of this process has been just arranging times to see the various apartments. The reoccurring problem is that by the time that we set a time and date to see one apartment, another landlord can show us a second place that is completely across the city an hour after the first appointment. We do not know the driving time between places, and we do not want people to end up waiting on us. Also, the fact that for most people, evenings work best, we have 3 straight evenings filled with apartment viewing. We now are trying to convince people to show us places in the afternoon or morning, which is no easy task. It definitely will be a long weekend of spending many hours in the car, apologizing for running late, and trying to figure out Mapquest's directions. But we are definitely excited!

As for what we are looking for; our goal is to find a place that will give us the space we need, yet in a budget that will not break the bank. We are more incline to go with private owners versus apartment complexes due to the human factor involved. We feel that most private landlords are more involved with the property compared to property managers. Personally, I think that you normal can also find a better deal with private properties, but that is just my opinion. All in all, we are most likely going to look at around 8-12 different apartments. Hopefully, by the end of the weekend, we will have a place and will not need to do this again. We are planning on taking the digital camera to help keep everything straight as well as the good old pen and paper to write everything down!

1 Comments:

  • I agree as a private owner, I am more involved. Less sleep, more worries. Tenant leaving at the end of the month...this is a good thing.

    I didn't look to see where you are from..but if you were in Illinois I have a duplex for rent. :-)

    -d

    By Blogger D, at 7:22 AM, July 19, 2006  

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