Good resourses for apartment searching?

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    Apr 08, 2012 4:14 PM GMT
    Anyone recommend any resourses for apartment searching? Specifically in the Boston metro area.
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    Apr 08, 2012 5:23 PM GMT
    The internet.

    Or footwork, walking around and looking for "for rent" signs.
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    Apr 08, 2012 5:31 PM GMT
    Try these guys. They'll search your apartment quickly and thoroughly.

    http://www.facebook.com/BostonPoliceDepartment
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    Apr 08, 2012 5:34 PM GMT
    Youngin06 saidAnyone recommend any resourses for apartment searching? Specifically in the Boston metro area.
    Call this guy:

    paulflexes
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    Apr 08, 2012 5:36 PM GMT
    I think Craigslist has been the go-to resource for apartment hunting. But the amount of spam has been increasing so much over the years. Ugh.
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    Apr 08, 2012 5:41 PM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 saidTry these guys. They'll search your apartment quickly and thoroughly.

    http://www.facebook.com/BostonPoliceDepartment
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  • OptimusMatt

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    Apr 08, 2012 5:55 PM GMT
    check out www.housingmaps.com

    it trawls craigslist and kijiji and puts them on a map for you to see the general areas the rentals are in.

    It's not a complete list as the ad needs to have an address (or some sort of location service) for housingmaps to show it, but it's how I found my apt =)
  • Jerebear

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    Apr 08, 2012 6:03 PM GMT
    The best places I've found were by driving/walking around a neighbourhood I liked and calling the number shown on the places that attracted me. When I called I didnt waste anyone's time and got the deal breakers out of the way first (in our case we have 2 cats) and it took one or two days at the most.

    The horrible places I've lived in were found online.
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    Apr 08, 2012 6:16 PM GMT
    I've always found places via craigslist or through friends.

    If you're looking to live alone, check out craigslist for listings of 1 bedrooms and studios. It should be easy to tell which entries are bogus (ALL CAPS / posted numerous times/day). I just recently found a place online in my # 1 choice neighborhood just because I got lucky. I checked it out as soon as I could, made sure a smoker didn't live there previously, and was able to ask some of the other tenants what the landlords were like/how good they are about coming out to fix broken items, etc.

    If you're looking for a roommate, try and find someone through friends or just take your chances. If you take your chances, you might wanna find a month-to-month place because it can be difficult to tell who is gonna be a pain to live with by just meeting them 1 time.

    Good luck.
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    Apr 08, 2012 7:07 PM GMT
    as someone who lives in Boston i feel your pain. I found my last place on CL which worked out great, but now I want to move to the south end and its much harder to find a decent place on there.

    try contacting a realtor company and ask them to search for you based on your requirements(rooms, rent, ect.) you are going to have to pay a realtor fee regardless so you might as well make them work for it.

    I've been talking with a guy from http://www.newwavebostonre.com/ and he's found some decent places for me.
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    Apr 08, 2012 7:10 PM GMT
    I've been using http://www.padmapper.com/
    It should work in US as well I think. Great for when you don't know the areas to!
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    Apr 08, 2012 9:23 PM GMT
    I found that realtors have a worldwide database for apartments / rentals. A good source if you need a place asap.
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    Apr 08, 2012 9:27 PM GMT
    Also, when checking out apartments online, beware of tightly cropped photos of the outside. They might be trying to hide the asbestos factory located next door. icon_lol.gif

    Bing Birds Eye View and Google Street View are wonderful tools to use.
  • LJay

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    Apr 08, 2012 9:30 PM GMT
    I have found that deciding where you want to be helps. Get a good idea of the preferred area and then contact some realtors and comb the papers and online ads. You can try neighborhood newspapers if there are any. Also check out Mom and Pop stores in the area, laundromats, etc. for gossip or postings on bulletin boards.If you can, avoid apartment shopping during student roosting season. If you are looking in a student area, be sure you don't book yourself into the local party house.