How to get started looking for apartments?
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June 26, 2019 / By Keith Question:
I'm moving out in a couple of months, looking into getting a apartment around my area.
I live in Pasadena California.
But this will be my first time on my own, and the first time looking for a apartment.
Where do I start to look?
I'm only 19, I'm not looking into getting a realtor.
Best Answers: How to get started looking for apartments?
Henrye | 9 days ago
Go look in the area of Pasadena you want to live and look for rental signs, most landlords don't have to use ads to find good tenants in Pasadena. Also, look in South Pasadena. While it's more expensive, there are some older buildings without a lot of amenities that aren't too bad, look in all areas of South Pasadena, in the hills by OSH, Huntington Dr, Fair Oaks, Monterey Rd, near Garfield Park. You might also try Sierra Madre and northeast Pasadena (near Altadena & New York and Hastings Ranch area).
I'm sure you know that not all neighborhoods in Pasadena are that great, so be sure you really know the neighborhood before you get stuck into a long lease.
Ask everyone you know if they know of any rentals. Do your parents know anyone who owns apartment buildings? Read up on tenant law, just basic stuff you can find on the internet. Remember, in most cases, a deposit for an apt is non-refundable, and if you back out they can usually get you for a month's rent, too (no 30 day notice), so be sure you want the apartment before you sign.
Check your credit at all 3 agencies before looking, and correct any mistakes. (Sometimes the agencies have different info.) You can get one free report from each agency a year. Here is the official place to get them free:
FTC info http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/fr...
Annual Credit Report https://www.annualcreditreport.com/cra/i...
Even if you don't have any credit cards or loans, check your credit. You never know if a sibling, friend or stranger used your info to get a credit card.
You may have a problem since you're not 21, some landlords only like to rent to 21+. Your parents being in the area might help.
Some places to look online, be sure the apartments are actually in Pasadena, as sometimes they will be elsewhere, like Highland Park or even further away.
Places4Students http://Places4Students.com Put in Caltech. (You could always say a friend at Caltech told you about it if it comes up.)
My Apartment Map http://www.myapartmentmap.com/apartments/ca/ Put in Pasadena.
PadMapper http://www.padmapper.com/search/apartments/California Put in Pasadena
Apartment Guide http://www.apartmentguide.com/apartments/California/Pasadena/
Apartment Finder http://www.apartmentfinder.com/California/Pasadena-Apartments
Yahoo Rentals http://realestate.yahoo.com/search/California/Pasadena/apartments-for-rent
(You'll see a lot of the same bigger buildings that tend to be more expensive on some of the websites.)
Go look at the boards around the PCC campus for rental postings.
There is also craigslist, but please be careful and let your parents help you with that, it is really full of scams, that's why all the warnings on the page.
Living out on your own is very expensive, are you sure you can't stick around with the parents a bit longer, pay a little rent, don't get on their nerves, and save money? I moved out at 17 as soon as I graduated high school, but I had a business and was earning good money, and things were much cheaper then. Whatever you do, don't burn bridges!
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I don't live in california but real estate is real estate. I suggest you go to a realtor and have him do the leg work for you. Let him know where you want to live and he will look at rental listings for you. You typically have to pay a month's rent to the realtor as a commission but it may save you time and trouble. good luck.
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Using a realtor is a good idea, but it can be kind of a hassle, in my opinion. I'd suggest looking around online first. Try checking out some sites like http://www.rentjungle.com/.
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the newspaper, or you could get a realtor who specializes in apartments. There should be quite a few seeing as how nobody is able to buy a house in this economy.
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Originally Answered: Apartments in Los Angeles?
Downtown is not a safe or nice area. Why would you want to live there?
What do you consider affordable? There is really no such thing as "cheap and safe", or "nice and cheap".
And the best place to live is near your job. We always tell people to line up a job first, THEN look for a place to live.
Most people who ask this question are unprepared, unrealistic, with no money, no experience, no skills, and no plan. The term we use for these people is “Reality Intern”.
If you are from outside the US, even from Canada, you will need to get a work visa to live here (unless you are independently wealthy). You either have to have a sponsor, or win the green card lottery. Both those situations are rare.
You need a plan: First item on the agenda is rent. A decent 1BR apartment in LA currently goes for $1200, give or take. Nicer areas and areas closer to the beach are much higher. Don't expect to move to Santa Monica and get an apartment on the beach for that much. Or Toluca Lake, or Beverly Hills. Unlike many metro areas, LA is unique in that it extends for nearly 100 miles in every direction. There are no open spaces between towns. So the price tends to stay high until you are 70-100 miles from Los Angeles.
Next, you will need a car. Los Angeles is VERY spread out, and train service is extremely limited. If you don't have a car, you will have to take a bus, which takes 3 times longer to get anywhere than a car.
All told, it generally takes about $3,000 per month to live here. If you don't have a job that pays that much or skills that can get you that kind of job, stay where you are. If you are unskilled and work for minimum wage (or for tips like bartending or waiting tables), you'll only make about $1200 per month.
And speaking of jobs, they are rather hard to come by now. College grads seeking employment are having a very tough time of it right now, since the job market is flooded with experienced people who were laid off. Unemployment is over 12% right now. Not exactly the kind of job market you want to move into.
Finally, you will need money. Landlords want first month's rent and a security deposit up front. You'll need money for food, transportation, utilities, etc. The consensus in this forum is that you need about $10,000 to start out.
So there's your plan. And please don't tell us that you have dreams of being an actor or singer. That sets off another alarm. We already have a million (literally) wannabe actors in this town. Don’t even get me started. The case of Satara Stratton is so common, it doesn’t even count as news: http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?sectio...
Before you think about moving here, take a GOOD look at that face. It could be yours.
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