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April 17th, 2010 10:23 pm
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Hey guys,

 You probably get a million questions about this but I am new to the whole apt hunting scene. I was wondering if there was any wisdom you could impart upon me and also, are realtors available on the weekend?

 

Thanks for your help!


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brokenintention
brokenintention
brokenintention
April 18th, 2010 04:24 am (UTC)

hope you're not looking for something reasonably priced for fall. if you are, godspeed.


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musicalmonkeys
musicalmonkeys
Shubs
April 18th, 2010 04:45 am (UTC)

well looking for a place to live in june for the next few years, preferably within the vicinity of BMC. am i off to a bad start?


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brokenintention
brokenintention
brokenintention
April 18th, 2010 02:59 pm (UTC)

I mean I'm not in real estate but in my experience for looking for apartments, we started looking for a september move-in way back in January so yeah I would think you are either not going to find anything, or be paying out the ass.


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the_danasaur
the_danasaur
dana
April 21st, 2010 12:44 pm (UTC)

Actually it's only young impressionable students who start looking that early. You'd be fine to look 1-2 months before you want to move in, because most likely the landlords are desperate to rent and will consider lower prices, as opposed to a September move in where they know if one kid doesn't rent it at this crazy high price, another will.


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brokenintention
brokenintention
brokenintention
April 21st, 2010 12:50 pm (UTC)

I suppose that's possible. I mean I opted not to rent anything so I guess that school of thought doesn't always work. But it's also contrary to everything my realtor told me who happened to me my godmother. But what do I know. I'm just a young impressionable student.


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musicalmonkeys
musicalmonkeys
Shubs
April 23rd, 2010 06:14 am (UTC)

haha nicely said. guess i'll find out soon!

danasaur - is it easy to negotiate prices with landlords?


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forgethissmile
forgethissmile
Abby: the generic and cost effective alternative
April 18th, 2010 05:33 pm (UTC)

if you're willing to look pretty off-campus but still T accessible, I know there are some "luxury-style apartments" in places like Quincy, Malden, etc, that base their prices on however many units they have available in the complex, and sometimes you can find something for pretty cheap with the move-in date being sometimes weeks away.
The "luxury" part is usually offset by the "not in Boston" part, so rent is usually identical.


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musicalmonkeys
musicalmonkeys
Shubs
April 18th, 2010 07:06 pm (UTC)

i'm interested..could you provide me more information or an email i could contact you at?


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forgethissmile
forgethissmile
Abby: the generic and cost effective alternative
April 18th, 2010 07:19 pm (UTC)

Sure thing.
These are the links to the places I looked at when I moved off campus. Granted, I had more of a buffer time in between searching and move-in. But I live at the Gateway one now and I definitely have no complaints:
http://www.equityapartments.com/Boston/Malden/Gateway-at-Malden-Center.aspx
http://www.160pleasant.com/location.htm
http://www.archstoneapartments.com/Apartments/Massachusetts/Boston/Archstone_Quincy/

There's one that's right across the street from the Quincy Center stop on the red line, but I can't seem to remember its name or find its website.


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musicalmonkeys
musicalmonkeys
Shubs
April 18th, 2010 08:56 pm (UTC)

thanks so much! i'll def. look into these. Gateway sure looks nice =D


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stuckwithme1039
stuckwithme1039
Kieran
April 18th, 2010 08:55 pm (UTC)

don't rent through alpha realty.. i made the mistake of dong so and they're just the worst realtors ever


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musicalmonkeys
musicalmonkeys
Shubs
April 18th, 2010 08:57 pm (UTC)

did they screw you over? care to share your experiences?


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soxylady1024
soxylady1024
April 24th, 2010 05:03 pm (UTC)

My tip for you's that cost is negotiable. I ended up apartment searching last-minute too, August for a September lease, and since landlords were desperate to move places I was able to get some bargains! We ended up in a 4000/mp apartment for 3100/mo. So feel free to make an offer a couple hundred bucks lower than asking and see what happens, especially if you're not working with a huge apartment complex kind of place. I don't think people will be as desperate to get rid of apartments for a June lease, but you can still see if there is any leeway in rent.

Also, you can live cheaper if you find roommates...

And, be sure to check out the neighborhood/street you could be living on. there are sites where you can see how much crime occurs in each area... if you aren't sure about the neighborhood, look it up. don't live somewhere unsafe just to save a little money.

Good luck!


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