I have six months left on my lease (I live in D.C.), and I just have to move for personal reasons.
Hi Ben — I saw this ad you posted for a 1-bedroom: (link to ad). When is the move-in date?
Elizabeth Harris looks at the lucrative, but illegal (in NYC) Airbnb economy in New York, which I’ve talked a little bit before in regards to some of the lawsuits that have been filed. One woman says she rents out a room only while she is also occupying the apartment, and started doing it after she racked up some high medical bills during the recession—it’s hard not to be sympathetic to that. [Meanwhile, in San Francisco...]
Atlantic Cities looks at the metro areas in the U.S. where homes are least affordable for middle class families (or families earning the median income in the area)—San Francisco being the worst, according to an analysis by real estate site Trulia. New York, of course, also makes it near the top of the list, but New York is a city of renters (and I imagine San Francisco is one too). Where is the housing stock most affordable for median earners? Cities in Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan make the list, which you can see in full below.
Places I’ve Lived: Unwashed Dishes in Montreal, Wild Pigs in India and Roasted Marshmallows in Toronto
Claremont and De Maisonneuve, Montreal, Quebec, May 2000-September 2001, $450/month I was still living with my parents when I met James, who needed a roommate. Eighteen and nerdy, I was vastly impressed by guys who revered Hunter S. Thompson and smoked a lot of pot, so I happily moved into this apartment with him. This was despite the fact that the one previous time I’d hung out with James I’d somehow ended up drinking an entire pitcher of vodka and orange juice cooled only by a frozen plastic-wrapped chicken burger (James didn’t have any ice cubes), then slept through an exam the next day. But waking up the first morning in my new, tiny room, where my one window overlooked a row of garbage bins and my bed took up around 85 percent of available floor space, I felt light and free—I didn’t have to worry about following my parents’ rules or eating a proper breakfast any longer! I could even eat licorice for breakfast! I was an adult! This feeling quickly wore off, however, as James and I embarked on a war of attrition over whose turn it was to wash the dishes. As the pile of dirty dishes grew, our apartment became less and less welcoming. Occasionally James and I would strike an uneasy peace, however, and watch episodes of Dark Angel together while eating huge piles of buttered toast. I pretty much survived on buttered toast and licorice that year and, much to my parents’ concern, grew gaunt and wild-eyed.
Having evaluated the cleanliness of many an apartment and done the dirty work required to get it into shape for a new resident I know how to ensure nothing gets overlooked.
I’m working on a potential move to Detroit from Flint, Mich. in a few weeks. Of course, there’s also that other bit of financial news about Detroit, too.
Average rent prices for apartments nationwide are currently $1,109.73 a month, according to a real estate firm called Reis, but NYC remains the most expensive with average rents hitting $3,017.19 a month across the four largest boroughs (Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx). It’s insane, especially since the second most expensive market, San Francisco averages at $1,998.82 a month. The least expensive market, Oklahoma City, had rents averaging at $571.03 a month.
Some words that are associated with expensive real estate listings, according to Language Log, a blog run by the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science at the University of Pennsylvania: