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Should Millennials Rent or Own?

Joseph Coupal - Friday, August 11, 2017

Abberly Crest Apartments in Lexington Park, MDThere are many great debates in American pop culture.

Tupac or Biggie? Boyz II Men or Dru Hill? LeBron or Jordan? Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip?

One of the most intriguing debates finding traction in the world of Millennials and finance is the debate of whether to buy a home or to continue renting.

The Great Recession

Upon my graduating from Syracuse University in 2010, I was welcomed into the working world during the heart of The Great Recession. Caused in large part due to a bubble in home values and irresponsible subprime loans, The Great Recession left a scar on the hearts and minds of Millennials over what it means to own a home.

Seeing the incredible loss of value in homes during that period and shouldering a collective $1.4 trillion dollars in student loan debt, many millennials are asking whether it’s responsible to sign-up for an immovable asset and 30-year mortgage tied to owning a home.

A Case for Renting

The Millennial generation is the “own nothing” generation. You can rent a car from the curb nearest you. You can hail a taxi using an app and get a ride to brunch in a car you do not own. I’ve heard there’s a website that allows you to rent tools from nearby neighbors. Even companies founded in more recent years are making strides to own less to reduce or eliminate overhead.

A shift has happened wherein Millennials are considerate of the fact that ownership implies liability, and liability often means added costs.

Renting an apartment or home offers you the benefit of not being responsible for breakdowns or repairs. Renting provides a fixed monthly cost to factor into your monthly budget that does not change based on repairs or failure of appliances. For many, this lack of long-term responsibility presents peace-of-mind in not having to be concerned about the long-term welfare of your living space. It also absolves you from the imperative of maintaining your living space for the sake of keeping and increasing its value.

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It May Not Be Time to Buy a Home

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, August 03, 2017

Abberly Crest, Lexington Park, MDThe reality is that home ownership isn’t for everyone. Even if it’s right for you eventually, it might not be right for you right now. There are a few factors that should serve as a warning against taking the leap into homeownership.

Don’t buy a home if…

You aren’t planning to stay

Whether your job situation is a bit uncertain, you’re in a relationship you’re not sure will last, or you’re longing to make a move to another city sometime soon, renting is your best bet. That’s because home values tend to fluctuate throughout the year and from year to year. If you are forced to move out in the near future, you may suffer a loss on the sale of your home. Most experts recommend that unless you can stay put for at least five years, you’re better off renting. It’ll take at least that long to make up the costs associated with a home purchase.

You don’t have a down payment

It’s not a good idea to buy a home without a downpayment. The simplest reason is that foregoing a down payment costs you a lot more over the life of the loan. The more money you borrow to buy your house, the more interest you pay. Having a down payment protects you from going underwater on your loan, or owing more than the house is worth. This can happen when you buy without a down payment and then home values drop.

You aren’t a saver

If you find saving for a down payment challenging, that may be a sign that you aren’t ready to own your own home. When you’re a renter, all you have to worry about is covering your rent. Once you’ve done that, the rest is up to your landlord.

When you own your home, the responsibility is all yours. So, if you get a leaky roof or a broken water pipe, you will have to pay to fix it. If you have a hard time saving, you’ll lack the cash to take care of all the expensive repairs you will face as a homeowner. If you’re already living paycheck to paycheck, the ongoing financial responsibility of owning a home is likely to land you in debt.

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Ask These Questions Before You Buy

Joseph Coupal - Friday, July 28, 2017

Abberly Crest, Lexington Park, MDLandlady ruling your life? No pets allowed? Maybe it’s finally time to take the plunge and call the shots in your own space. But, there are important questions to ask before taking the leap into homeownership.

How long do you stay in one place? If you don't plan on living in the same home for at least five years, then owning is probably not the best choice. You’ll probably lose money in the long run.

And then, of course, there’s always money. How much do you make? Do you have job security? Have you built up savings for a down payment?

Maybe you’re thinking, "Hey! I can totally pay a mortgage. I pay less than that in rent!" But owning a home comes with a lot more than just a monthly payment and some utilities.

Property taxes alone are sure to hit the wallet hard. You calculate this annual cost by multiplying the assessed value of your home by the tax rate in your area. And don’t forget homeowners insurance and maintenance.

And this is AFTER you’ve paid your down payment and closing costs.

Renting may feel like throwing money away on something that’s not yours, but you’re not tied down. Once that lease is up, the sky's the limit. The world is your oyster... you know... something like that. So if the time and money are right, it may be just the moment for you to finally buy the house of your dreams - and have all the cats you want.

OR:

Are you looking to get out of the renting life and jump into homeownership? Sounds like a great idea - and would certainly impress your friends and family. But there are a slew of things any first-time homebuyer should know upfront. There are essential things to consider when you're looking to buying a home, from property taxes to closing costs.

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Deciding to Rent or Buy

Joseph Coupal - Friday, July 21, 2017

Abberly Crest, Lexington Park, MDMillennials are looking at some tough decisions, and high on the list is whether they want to rent or buy when they're looking at their next home. A few factors should be considered when weighing this decision.

Homeownership is a large component of the American dream. For many it's a status symbol that tells the world that you're on your way to building wealth. Many millennials are now reaching an age when they're seriously thinking about making that element of their dream come true. But buying a home is a financial decision that should be examined carefully.

Some people blindly believe that buying is always a smarter option. They're told that buying builds equity while renting is like throwing their money down the drain. But that's not always the case.

While there are many benefits to owning a home, renting may be a better decision for some people. It's a choice that depends on a number of individual factors. Here are a few factors to think about when trying to decide if you want to rent or buy.

Monthly payment

Buying usually protects you from having your standard monthly payment increased. While traditional mortgage payments remain constant, renters often experience annual increases. However, buyers also need to calculate certain factors into their monthly payment such as the cost of maintaining their home, property taxes and home insurance. Renters don't need to worry about these issues. If something breaks down, they call their landlord. Also, landlords pay for many utilities such as water, sewer, garbage and in some cases even heat and air conditioning.

Investment & equity

Many financial experts will caution you against buying a home solely as an investment. Real estate market increases are traditionally slow. But the argument for homeownership can be persuasive, especially for people who plan to live in an area for many years -- usually at least 10. Also, a mortgage acts much like a forced savings plan, allowing you to build equity. Accumulating substantial equity in your home can become a cushy safety net for retirement. In essence, the longer you plan to stay, the stronger the argument for buying. However, if you don't want to make a long-term commitment to a certain geographic area, some financial experts recommend renting and investing in the stock market instead. This means having the discipline to invest money that you would otherwise have placed as down payment for a home. Historically, the stock market has shown much higher returns than the housing market. But keep in mind that you'll be expected to pay capital gains taxes and that stocks are generally riskier than the housing market.

Credit score

Your credit score is a large factor when deciding if you should rent or buy. As a general rule, if your credit score is lower than 660, you may not even qualify for a mortgage. It's not impossible, but gets more complicated. Also, while a specific credit score doesn't guarantee a specific mortgage rate, it does have a fairly predictable impact on the type of mortgage rate you'll receive. In a nutshell, a better credit score generally means a better rate. According to smartasset.com, an excellent credit score (760-850) will likely get you the lowest rate available while a poor credit score (580-620) will seriously affect your interest rates -- possibly 2 to 4 percent higher than the lowest available rate. So if your credit isn't that great, renting is a better option. Creating a history of on-time rental payments will help you build the sort of credit you'll need to qualify for better mortgage rates.

Flexibility

Buying is a much larger financial commitment then renting and ties you down to specific geographic location. If you think that your career may require you to move in the near future or you suspect that your employment situation is unstable, renting may be the way to go. Renting allows you to pick up and move fairly quickly without many financial obligations, expect perhaps a small penalty for breaking your lease.

Taxes

People hate paying taxes. Renters have the luxury of avoiding property taxes. On the flipside, buying entitles home owners to tax deductions. You can deduct the interest on your mortgage, along with your annual property taxes and a few other expenses, on your federal income taxes. These benefits are generally worth more to taxpayers in higher-income tax brackets.

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Maryland: #8 on List of Best States

Joseph Coupal - Friday, July 14, 2017

Abberly Crest, Lexington Park, MDSome states shine in health care. Some soar in education. Some excel in both – or in much more. The Best States ranking of U.S. states draws on thousands of data points to measure how well states are performing for their citizens. In addition to health care and education, the metrics take into account a state’s economy, the opportunity it offers people, its roads, bridges, internet and other infrastructure, its public safety and the integrity and health of state government.

More weight was accorded to some state measures than others, based on a survey of what matters most to people. Health care and education were weighted most heavily. Then came the opportunity states offer their citizens, their crime & corrections and infrastructure. State economies followed closely in weighting, followed by measures of government administration. This explains why Massachusetts, ranking No. 1 in education and No. 2 in health care, occupies the overall No. 1 spot in the Best States rankings. And it explains why New Hampshire, ranking No. 1 in opportunity for its citizens, ranks No. 2 overall in the Best States rankings.

#8. Maryland

OVERALL RANK OUT OF 50 - #8
HEALTH CARE - #14
EDUCATION - #5
CRIME & CORRECTIONS - #22
INFRASTRUCTURE - #14
OPPORTUNITY - #5
ECONOMY - #21
GOVERNMENT - #18

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Reasons Not to Buy a Home

Joseph Coupal - Friday, July 07, 2017

Abberly Crest, Lexington Park, MDThere’s a lot of hype about why you need to own a house. But buying a house isn’t the key to financial security for everyone – and those alleged tax advantages? They are not quite what they’re painted to be.

Here’s a list of eleven reasons – many of them tax-related – why some don’t want to ever own a house again:

As investments go, it’s not always a great deal.

While it’s true that some homes do appreciate, so do many other assets. If you bought a house for, say, $200,000 thirty years ago, it would be worth $468,375.09 today. While that gain feels impressive, that appreciation is based solely on inflation – which means that, in theory, the same appreciation would have happened with any asset.

The mortgage interest deduction doesn’t make up for the fact that you’re still paying a lot of interest.

The large percentage of homeowners take out a loan when they buy a home. With average mortgage rates at 4.3%, you’ll actually pay $356,307.44 for a $200,000 home: $156,307.44 in interest alone. Averaged over 30 years, that works out to a little over $5,000 per year (even though in practice you pay the most interest at the beginning). Assuming you’re in a 25% bracket – and you itemize – that works out to a tax savings of just over $1,300 per year. But the word “savings” is somewhat of a misnomer because you’re still out of pocket more than you get back in tax savings: in our example, you would “save” less than $40,000 while paying out more than $150,000 in interest.

Homes often tempt people borrow more than they can afford.

When buying a new dress or a new car, consumers tend to focus on the cost of the item alone when determining how much to spend. But when it comes to mortgages, that number edges up because of the potential for tax savings (again, see #2). With that temptation, combined with a sluggish economy, it’s no wonder that more than 10 million homeowners are currently underwater on mortgages worth more than actual house values.

Owning a house subject to a mortgage drives up debt to income ratios.

Assuming that you borrow to buy your home that debt load can be a drag on your credit and ability to borrow for other things. A mortgage dramatically increases the debt to income ratio.

A mortgage is typically 20 or 30 years while, at any given time, the current administration has only four (or possibly eight).

The home mortgage interest deduction has been around for what seems like forever. Does that mean it that you can count on it to be around in 10, 20 or 30 years? Don’t be so sure. The deduction has become increasingly vulnerable: it has been a talking point in practically every administration from Bush to Obama.

A mortgage is typically 20 or 30 years.

Home ownership can limit your mobility. In order to move, you have to sell – or rent – your first home. Selling a house in a poor economy is no small feat.

Houses take a lot of your money.

There’s a reason that many folks refer to their homes as money pits: you often put a lot of money that you’ll never see again into a home. Not all improvements are deductible. Deductible expenses are generally limited to casualty loss deductions. In most cases, significant repairs to your home merely increase your basis for purposes of calculating a gain at sale. As most taxpayers aren’t likely to experience the kind of gain that would subject them to capital gains, basis isn’t always an issue which means that those expenditures get lost. Often homeowners get fixated on two numbers: the purchase price of the house and the selling price of the house – but don’t forget to account for all of the money you spent in between.

If you do hit the home appreciation jackpot, there can be significant taxes.

Not all houses bleed money. Not all appreciation can be attributed to inflation and/or a combination of home improvements – sometimes, it turns out to be a good investment. But there is a price: if the gain on the sale of your home exceeds the $250,000 exclusion (or $500,000 for married taxpayers), the proceeds over that exclusion are subject to capital gains.

Real estate taxes can vary.

While mortgage payments can remain fairly flat, assuming you have a fixed mortgage rate, you more or less know what you’re paying each year. You don’t always have the same result with real estate taxes. Your tax bill can change based on property assessments and reassessments or a change in tax rates as townships and counties search for revenue.

You can’t deduct a loss on the sale of your home.

If you lose money on stocks, you can net those losses against other gains. If you lose money in business, you can deduct those losses or use them to offset other gains. But it doesn’t work that way when it comes to housing. You can never claim a capital loss on the sale of a personal residence – no matter how much it hurts.

It’s getting more difficult to claim the itemized deduction.

Only about 1/3 of taxpayers even have the option of taking the home mortgage deduction. You itemize if your deductions exceed the standard deduction. Those numbers are getting harder to get to for many taxpayers. Mathematically, the longer you own your house, the less you owe in interest and the smaller the deduction.

Owning a home is not a bad thing. But for some, renting makes more sense. And when renting, maintenance is no longer my problem.

Real estate can be a good investment for some taxpayers. But we shouldn’t buy into the idea that owning a home is for everyone. At the end of August, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that the home ownership rate was 65.5%, the lowest rate in the past 50 years.

There are so many considerations when deciding whether to buy a home. It’s not the ‘ideal’ scenario for all families. Don’t be fooled by promises of tax savings and tax-free appreciation: that’s not always the case. A home is a huge investment so be sure to research what it might mean for you before taking the leap – and don’t be afraid to say no. For more information on renting apartments in Lexington Park, MD, contact Abberly Crest.

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Buying a Home vs. Renting: Key Factors to Consider

Joseph Coupal - Friday, June 30, 2017

Abberly Crest, Lexington Park, MDAs Millennials age (yes, they do!) and start families, many are compelled to own a home instead of rent, but this should not be an automatic response. There are a seemingly overwhelming number of variables at play in making an informed decision on renting versus buying.

Common factors that influence whether you should rent or buy include the length of time before your next move, the difference in cost per square foot between renting and owning comparable properties in your area, mortgage rates, access to credit, and the affordability of a down payment for a home purchase.

Of course, anticipated repairs and maintenance costs are a serious consideration. But there also are smaller factors that can wind up playing a large role in the decision to own a home. What are the neighbors like? Are there homeowners association fees? What has the crime rate been in the neighborhood?

First-time homebuyers often make the dangerous assumption that they will make money on their home when they eventually sell it. The reality is that after all of the costs of home ownership have been factored in, many homeowners do not make out like a bandit. Increasing property taxes are a big reason why.

Before committing, always know the annual taxes for your nest, and do not assume that they will remain static.

When it comes to renting, other questions come up, including how often and by how much the rent will increase and whether there is a pet policy. How many parking spots are included in the lease? Proponents of home ownership say renting is like throwing money away, whereas renters will say they have more flexibility and financial independence. Renting often can give individuals an opportunity to live in an area where either they would not be able to afford a home purchase or they wouldn’t want to take on the maintenance required of older neighborhoods.

A soaring housing market the past few years has functioned as a double-edged sword – a good investment for those whose homes have appreciated in value and a barrier for those who cannot buy homes with skyrocketing values. One of the main reasons housing prices have climbed so rapidly is the limited supply of homes available for purchase. Since the recovery from the 2008 housing crisis, there has been a historically tight supply of homes available for purchase, including existing homes or new construction. This has left the homes available for sale priced at a premium. It’s a seller’s market.

Yes, home ownership is exciting and fulfilling, but it should be considered very seriously. It should never be entered into lightly. It can become a nightmare that wrecks your credit or hurts your relationship with your partner.

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Finding the Ideal Place to Retire

Joseph Coupal - Friday, June 23, 2017

Abberly Crest, Lexington Park, MDOnce you retire, you're free to head to the beach or golf course. In some cases, you can even dramatically reduce your cost of living or improve your quality of life with a single move. But you want to make sure that a retirement spot will continue to meet your needs as you age. Here are 10 tips for finding your ideal retirement spot:

Seek lower costs. If you can sell your house in an expensive city and move to a place where housing costs significantly less, you can use that influx of cash to help fund your retirement years. If the cost of living is lower, it can certainly let your retirement nest egg last a little longer.

Look for great amenities. Think about how you want to spend your retirement years, and make sure your retirement spot has the resources to allow you to do that. Look for golf courses, pools, fitness centers, parks or other amenities you would like to use. If you want to be pursuing your education, you might be looking for a college or other learning venues. If there are travel options you want to pursue, you are going to need to be near an airport or a train station.

Health care options are essential. Make sure any community you are considering has adequate medical facilities and doctors that are taking on new patients. If you have any ongoing medical condition, or propensity for a specific illness runs in your family, it can be useful to retire near medical professionals who specialize in treating it.

Calculate the tax impact. Taxes vary considerably by state, and you can often reduce your costs considerably by moving to a low-tax place. Take a look at how the state taxes pensions, Social Security and earned income, and also consider the sales tax, property tax and any special tax perks available for senior citizens. It's also important to realize that taxes pay for services, and there may be less help available to senior citizens in low-tax areas.

Aim for proximity to family and friends. Many people want to retire near their children and grandchildren. Family and friends can enrich your life in retirement and provide significant (and often free) help when you need it most. "If somebody has lived in the same place their whole life and that's where their social network is and where the people they depend on are, then it's much harder to pick up and build a new network of support where you don't know anybody and you have to start from scratch. If you do move to a new community away from your support system, you will need to create a new circle of friends. An activity like golf or bridge will get [you] into another social network.

Job opportunities. Americans are increasingly planning to work during the traditional retirement years. If a retirement career is part of your plan, you may want to line up a job opportunity before you make a move. A place that will enable you to do what you want to do with your post-retirement work career is very important. Some people have very portable skills where they could practice anywhere, while some people are more place-dependent.

Transportation options. Many seniors reach a point when they can't or no longer want to drive. Some cities have public transportation systems that give discounts or are even free for senior citizens, or low-cost van or cab services that will help seniors get to doctor's appointments.

Better weather. Some people seek retirement spots with warm weather so they can avoid winter, but you might find that you miss the change of seasons or that warm weather comes with its own challenges.

Test it out first. One way to be more certain that a retirement spot will be a good fit is to test it out by renting. When you first move to a place, it might seem wonderful, but once you have tried living in it, you might find that it doesn't really suit your needs. There's nothing like actually living in a place to know all its little eccentricities and ins and outs.

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Tips for Renting Without Going Broke

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 15, 2017
Abberly Crest, Lexington Park, MDPersonal finance experts suggest you keep your rent under 30 percent of your income. But for many young professionals in cities these days, that's a big ask.

From having gone through the process of finding an apartment on a budget, here are my top tips:

1. Know your deal breakers

You're probably not going to have your own one-bedroom apartment. But being on a budget doesn't mean you have to compromise your quality of life. Take a minute and brainstorm what you would like and what you couldn't stand.

Here is a recommended list of things to consider:

  • Your commute time
  • Whether the apartment is smoking or non-smoking
  • How you feel about pets
  • Distance to the nearest subway or bus stop
  • If you want a quiet or lively place to live
  • If you need a stove, oven, dishwasher, elevator or on-site laundry
  • What you're looking for in a roommate
  • How you feel about overnight guests

Additionally, think about whether or not you can afford to use a real estate broker.

If you're on a tight budget, chances are you won't be able to. Brokers in major cities generally charge 10 to 15 percent of the annual rental fee. For a $1,200 apartment, that's between $1,440 and $2,160. If you can't afford a broker, use keywords such as "no broker" or "no fee" when looking at listings.

2. Download real estate apps

To stay up to date on the listings, download apps like Craigslist, StreetEasy, Trulia and Zillow. Checking them daily is a convenient way to cast a wide net, since you'll find unique listings on each. If the app offers certain benefits to people who create an account, such as the ability to save your searches or keep track of your favorite listings, take advantage of them. Your search will be a lot easier.

In addition, enable notifications. You'll be pinged every time a new listing that matches your criteria is added. When thousands of other people are searching for places, responding even minutes earlier than others can make a huge difference.

3. Save yourself time and stop looking for a studio

Finding an affordable studio apartment in a city like New York is extremely difficult, if not impossible.

On the off chance that you do find one, it almost always has some sort of major catch: It will be the size of a closet or it won't have its own bathroom. If you have roommates to share an apartment with, you really open up your options.

4. Join Facebook housing groups

There are dozens of Facebook groups out there where people post apartment listings. It makes searching for an apartment more personal, since you can check out the lister's social media profile and put a face to the name.

Look up your city name along with "apartments" "listings" or "housing" and you're sure to find a bunch of groups. Request to join them.

5. Post a roommate ad

The more you broadcast your search, the more responses you'll get. So post what you're looking for on your Facebook profile and tell your friends. If you don't want to share your exact price point, you can always give a range or use terms like "on a budget."

In these posts, include your budget, ideal neighborhoods, a bit about yourself and what you're looking for in a roommate.

To stay safe while doing this, don't respond to anyone who asks for money or personal information — those are red flags.

Ask for multiple social media account links from the person to verify that he or she is real. You could also arrange a video call before meeting up.

6. Draft a post you can use to reply to apartment listings

Responding to dozens of listings can be exhausting. To avoid apartment-hunting burn-out, draft a general email response that you can copy and paste, with minor tweaks, to each listing that interests you.

The response should include a bit about yourself, your ideal move in date, what you're looking for and any questions you have about that listing.

7. Stay safe

Never send money, your social security number or any other personal information to strangers, no matter what they say. Seriously, there's a huge market out there of people trying to scam you.

Don't sign any documents or turn over any cash until you do some of your own investigative research. Search the person's name and company with the word "fraud," "scam" and "lawsuit" to see if anything comes up.

THE MORE YOU BROADCAST YOUR SEARCH, THE MORE RESPONSES YOU'LL GET.

When going to view an apartment, always meet in a public place and tell a friend where you're headed. If you have any doubts, do more digging or just hold off. There will be more listings tomorrow.

8. Look into new areas

Finding an affordable apartment in the posh parts of any city is extremely difficult, even if you're planning to share the space. Many young professionals are moving to the less gentrified areas for this reason.

If you look at less trendy but still vibrant neighborhoods you'll find more listings at competitive prices. The commute might not even be that much worse, and the local food might be far better.

Find out where young professionals in your area are moving and do some research. Look into where the laundromats, parks and grocery stores are, what the crime rate is and where the nearest subways or bus stops are. Visit. You might just find a good fit.

9. Don't make impulse buys

Looking for an affordable apartment is very stressful. Remember to take your time and relax. After you see an apartment, walk around the neighborhood. Do you like it? Could you see yourself living there?

If the answer is "Yes," follow up as soon as you can, as apartments go quickly. If the answer is "Maybe," think about it more. Don't allow yourself to get swept up by the panic.

Here's to finding a good place on a budget.

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Apartment Hunting? Questions to Ask Yourself

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 08, 2017

Abberly Crest, Lexington Park, MDHunting for an apartment is stressful work. It doesn’t seem like it, sure, but finding the right apartment that suits your lifestyle and fits your budget is a lot harder than it looks. The economy has been on a downward spiral since a couple years ago. What these means for people looking to live on their own in an apartment is that landlords are getting more desperate for tenants, promising anything and everything just to get someone to sign a lease contract. So… are you ready to go apartment hunting?

Apartment hunting will stress you out, and it will test your patience unless you know you’re ready for the hard work that’s waiting for you up ahead. Some apartments offer just the right amount of living space, but they’re going to be way out of your budget. Others are priced just right, but the apartment itself leaves much to be desired.

How do you know if you’re ready to go apartment hunting? Ask yourself these critical questions:

What kind of apartment do you want? You need to have a clear picture of the kind of apartment you want before you set out to start looking. For example, how many bedrooms and bathrooms do you need? Are you going to be living alone, sharing with a boarder, a relative? Do you need a large closet space or it doesn’t really matter? Do you need an apartment with a parking space for your car? How far is it from work or the nearest school?

Do you get discouraged easily? You’re going to talk to a lot of landlords and you’ll be inspecting dozens of apartments, and only about half of them are really going to be worth considering. Some apartment hunters look at two or three apartments and then give up. Truth is, you’re never going to find that “dream apartment” if you give up that easily. Don’t be discouraged after just a couple of disappointments. Never lose hope. Your dream apartment might be waiting just around the corner, literally.

Are your goals realistic? Do you flip burgers by day and look for penthouse-type of apartments by night? You’ve got to be realistic. Sit down for a couple hours and figure out how much you could afford to shell out in a month for rent, plus utilities.

Are you organized? Looking for an apartment isn’t rocket science, but you need to be organized all the same especially with the information you get from talking with landlords. Things like…

  • Address of the apartment
  • Number of bathrooms and bedrooms
  • What you liked and didn’t like during the inspection
  • Contact info of the apartment owner
  • Promises you were given during the inspection
  • Other miscellaneous information

The most important question: are you ready to go apartment hunting? Go through the above four questions and you should be able to answer that last one. Good luck on your little project and here’s hoping you discover that dream apartment of yours soon.

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