Moving to an apartment...

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    Jun 13, 2008 2:35 AM GMT
    I found a teaching job near Indy and I'm struggling with the apartment search. I've been using apartments.com, apartmentguide.com, and apartmentratings.com to narrow down my search -- but does anyone know of some other websites? I'd really like to know what living in the place would be like before I sign the dotted line...

    Any horror stories?
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    Jun 13, 2008 2:48 AM GMT
    Isn't this supposed to be your agent's job, Clay? icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 13, 2008 2:51 AM GMT
    If you're looking at specific complexes, I find it best to just google the complex name and search through what comes up. You'll find the sites you mentioned already (like apartmentratings), plus others you might not have thought of. Searches like that have saved me from renting in some questionable complexes before.

    Don't forget, craigslist is sometimes a good place to find rentals too.

    Good luck!
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    Jun 13, 2008 5:38 AM GMT
    I've always had better luck just driving around in the neighborhood I'm interested in and looking for "For Rent" signs. The websites you've listed feature big, recently constructed "luxury" apartment complexes, which usually don't appeal to me. I'd rather have a quaint old apartment building with a courtyard and a lobby any day.

    I bet Craigslist would be a good resource, though, because it's free for the little-guy landlord to put an ad in.

    Halltd: I'm curious--what kinds of things have you found? Homicides and drug raids? That is the kind of stuff one wants to avoid.
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    Jun 13, 2008 6:02 AM GMT
    I'm the kind of person who has to see it before I buy it meaning I have to check the place out and see if I'd be comfortable with it. I've heard some horror stories from people who did some impluse signing and buying before really checking the place out.

    Make sure you do so before making that commitment (yes, renting/owning is a commitment). Learn about the history and previous renters/owners if possible. Looking for a place to stay in is the same as buying a car and if you need a second opinion on a place bring a friend with you who has some knowledge on what to look for. Definately take notice of the lease you are signing and if you have questions then ask away no mater how stupid they might sound. You'll thank yourself later for doing it.

    Websites and newspapers are pretty good but nothing beats the good old fashion walk around with a personal eye view of what it is you are looking for.
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    Jun 13, 2008 6:07 AM GMT
    Go to a local apartment finder. Every major city has about a gazzilion of them. I used one when I moved to Chicago and they did all the work for me.
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    Jun 13, 2008 6:37 AM GMT
    Craigslist.

    But, as always, make sure you know what you're getting into.
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    Jun 13, 2008 2:26 PM GMT
    A lot of realtors now manage for people who own rental properties. In addition to their own portfolio, they can pull from MLS, so there's potentially a lot of listings!

    (I'm in Jacksonville, and used Atkinson Realty to find my apartment...but I know that Watson and Coldwell Banker also have property management groups.)
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    Jun 13, 2008 2:45 PM GMT
    These are all great ideas; consider parking and proximity to work/life stuff like gym, grocery store, commute to job, etc. Check out online then go there, park the car and walk around the hood to get the "being there" perspective.

    -Bill
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    Jun 13, 2008 2:56 PM GMT
    I'll add to the chorus for Craigslist. It's widely used here in the Midwest by those seeking to rent apartments.
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    Jun 13, 2008 4:38 PM GMT
    RBY71 saidGo to a local apartment finder. Every major city has about a gazzilion of them. I used one when I moved to Chicago and they did all the work for me.


    How much do they cost? What do they charge for the service?
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    Jun 13, 2008 4:47 PM GMT
    Atlazeia saidI found a teaching job near Indy and I'm struggling with the apartment search. I've been using apartments.com, apartmentguide.com, and apartmentratings.com to narrow down my search -- but does anyone know of some other websites? I'd really like to know what living in the place would be like before I sign the dotted line...

    Any horror stories?
    Where near Indy?
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    Jun 13, 2008 4:50 PM GMT
    rentometer.com is cool to see how much some other places are renting for
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    Jun 14, 2008 12:37 AM GMT
    I would try to contact someone who lives in the area to get the skinny on the most desirable and least desirable neighborhoods. Public transit, walkable commercial areas, and proximity to work would be important to me.

    Then you could narrow down your searching to the best (in your price range) areas.
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    Jun 14, 2008 12:39 AM GMT
    Sorry for double posting.

    Another idea is land in a short-term situation. In two weeks, you'll know where you want to live, and then find something you like that you wouldn't mind signing a lease on.
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    Jun 14, 2008 11:03 PM GMT
    Thanks for all the info, guys!