The Apartment Hunt

To: Ben, The Real Estate Agent
Subject: Regarding the 1-br apartment
From: Bob

Hi Ben — I saw this ad you posted for a 1-bedroom: (link to ad). When is the move-in date?

Thanks,

Bob

 

To: Bob
Subject: Re: Regarding the 1-br apartment
From: Ben, The Real Estate Agent

It’s unusually flexible from Dec 1 to Feb 1.

Best regards,
Ben, The Real Estate Agent

 

To: Ben, The Real Estate Agent
Subject: Regarding the 1-br apartment
From: Bob

Good to hear, and thanks for getting back to me so quickly. Can we set up a time for me to view it?

Bob

 

To: Bob
Subject: Re: Regarding the 1-br apartment
From: Ben, The Real Estate Agent

When are you available? I could do early evening today or sometime tomorrow. Thanks.

 

To: Ben, The Real Estate Agent
Subject: Regarding the 1-br apartment
From: Bob

Hi Ben — Can we do tomorrow? I could look at it in the morning before work, during my lunch break, or after work.

Thanks so much,

Bob

 

To: Bob
Subject: Re: Regarding the 1-br apartment
From: Ben, The Real Estate Agent

Can we do the morning? What time? Thanks.

 

To: Ben, The Real Estate Agent
Subject: Regarding the 1-br apartment
From: Bob

Sure. Can we do it before 9 a.m.?

 

To: Bob
Subject: Re: Regarding the 1-br apartment
From: Ben, The Real Estate Agent

Is 9am OK?

 

To: Ben, The Real Estate Agent
Subject: Regarding the 1-br apartment
From: Bob

Actually, I might be able to do early evening today to take a look if you’re still available then.

 

To: Bob
Subject: Re: Regarding the 1-br apartment
From: Ben, The Real Estate Agent

Unfortunately we just got an app with deposit and so will have to hold off showing for now. I will let you know if it doesn’t go through. Sorry.

 

To: Ben, The Real Estate Agent
Subject: Regarding the 1-br apartment
From: Bob

Wow, that was fast. Thanks for for letting me know.

 

 

To: Person renting out apartment
Subject: Regarding “spacious studio”
From: Bob

Hi — I saw your ad on Craigslist. Where in the city is this apartment located? And how much is the broker’s fee?

Thanks,

Bob

 

To: Bob
Subject: Re: Regarding “spacious studio”
From: Person renting out apartment

Its located downtown. I will find out the fee tomorrow so I do no remember what it is, so ill email you that info tomorrow morning.

 

To: Bob
Subject: Re: Regarding “spacious studio”
From: Person renting out apartment

The broker fee I believe is one month rent and the lease would be for a year

 

To: Bob
Subject: Re: Regarding “spacious studio”
From: Person renting out apartment

Actually the apartment has already been rented sorry

 

To: Person renting out apartment
Subject: Re: Regarding “spacious studio”
From: Bob

Okay, thanks anyway.

Bob

 

 

*Picks up phone, and dials number*

 

Bob: “Hi I’m calling about the apartment listing on your website. I’m interested in seeing it right away if it’s available.”

Ella, Licensed Broker: “Sure! Can you meet on the corner of A Street and B Street at 2 p.m.? I’ll be happy to show you the apartment.”

Bob: “Okay, great. Can you tell me what your fee is?”

Ella, Licensed Broker: “We can talk about that later if you’re interested in the apartment.”

Bob: “Okay, thank you. I’ll see you at 2 p.m.”

 

*Shows up on the corner of A Street and B Street 10 minutes early.*

*At 2 p.m., wonders if Ella, Licensed Broker is late.*

 

*At 2:10 p.m., calls Ella, Licensed Broker, who does not pick up her phone. Leaves message*

Bob: “Hi Ella, Licensed Broker, it’s Bob. I’m here on the corner waiting for you. Let me know if you’re running late.”

 

*At 2:20 p.m., call Ella, Licensed Broker again, trying to keep it together. Leaves message.*

Bob: “Hi Ella, Licensed Broker, it’s Bob again. Just wanted to see where you were.”

 

*At 2:25 p.m., receive text message from Ella, Licensed Broker.*

UNKNOWN NUMBER 2:25 PM

Hi, it’s Ella, Licensed Broker. Sorry, but that apartment is already rented. I can show you another one that I think is comparable tomorrow if you want?”

 

 

To: Landlord
Subject: Renewing Lease
From: Bob

Hi Landlord,

I’m interested in renewing my lease, after all.

Thanks,

Bob

 

 

Related: How I Saved For Dinner at Eleven Madison Park

B. Benson is an office drone.

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16 Comments / Post A Comment

Caitlin with a C (#3,578)

B Benson, do you secretly live in Washington, DC?

@Caitlin with a C Never seen a broker fee in DC, but everything else rings true :(

jquick (#3,730)

What city is this?

HelloTheFuture (#5,275)

Yup. Always assume every apartment will be rented within 24 hours.

squishycat (#3,000)

@HelloTheFuture When we rented our apartment, there was a woman at the open house who was trying to fill out the application right then and there, even though a) the building manager doesn’t accept applications and b) everyone who is going to be on the lease needs to be on the application, and her roommate wasn’t there.
We not only filled out and turned in our application that evening, we got a response in less than 24 hours. I had actually wanted to look at another place but when you snag a good apartment around here, you don’t let it go.

jquick (#3,730)

@HelloTheFuture I have a condo in Balt where the lease ends next summer. I’m hoping it’s that easy to find a new renter.

Lianne (#4,240)

Bob Benson!? Just ask Joan, I’m sure she can help you find something!

Currently going through the same process (only on the other side of the world). It is beyond frustrating. Things going to plan we will sign the paperwork for a place tomorrow, though!

ughhhh we went through this over the summer! I never thought it would be so hard to find a reasonably priced not disgusting 2-bedroom apartment in my medium-sized midwestern city.

Christy (#3,892)

UGH I am so not looking forward to this when my girlfriend and I move in together this summer! I love my little apartment, and I don’t know how we’ll find something bigger in my neighborhood that we can afford. I wish my upstairs neighbors would just move out of the larger upstairs apartment so we could just move up there.

questingbeast (#2,409)

I love Bob Benson articles so much. More! More! Every day!

ATF (#4,229)

Ha ha ha. This was me last spring. We lost out on three apartments that were rented before we could see even see them. The apartment we wound up with somehow miraculously survived two prior showings without being taken*. And even then we saw it at lunchtime and had the realtor calling us that afternoon saying “if you want it, come give a deposit tonight because I have four other potential showings lined up”. And in the end we almost didn’t get it because our landlord was all nervous about my boyfriend’s job situation (free lance engineer). I am never going to rent again. Next move is for when we buy a place.

*Which still amazes me. It’s a fairly large 1.5 bedroom in Boston’s Back Bay with in unit laundry that looks out onto the Charles and it’s in a building with an elevator and an amazing roof deck. And it’s stupidly cheap for the Back Bay.

meatballsub (#5,401)

@ATF You’re probably not going to see this but just in case, what building is this?!?

muggles (#1,525)

Yup, only reason I got my current place (in LA) was because I couldn’t make the originally scheduled open house and had to see it early. There was another couple coming in to see it the next day when I turned in my app (which was still 2 days before the open house), but I beat ‘em out!

My first, amazing place in LA was miraculously due to the sweetest landlords in the world, who liked the idea of giving my roommate and I a chance despite the fact neither of us had jobs here yet. I actually had no idea the rental market was so tough until moving out of that place, because they had made it so easy!

womb bat (#3,498)

UNIVERSAL. My bf and I only got into the house we we’re in because he made the first appointment to see it just minutes after it was posted on craigslist. I didn’t see the house in person until after we’d signed the lease, several days before we were slated to move in.

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