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This weekend I took my first real big stab at finding an apartment for next year. There seems to be amazing deviation in the costs of apartments in Cambridge/Somerville. I've found good-looking apartments all the way from $1395 for a two-person studio apartment to $2950 for a two bedroom apartment, both within a mile of MIT. It looks like I'm probably going to end up with a 3 person apartment, possibly with two bedrooms and a living room.

I did the craigslist thing tonight, making a list of all the current apartments that looked good, and then sent e-mail asking for a tour. Maybe this time next week I'll be posting a bunch of photos of apartments that I've looked at. Does anyone on my friends list have tips for finding apartments in the Boston area?
Current Location: EC, for the next 2 months
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From:kihou
Date:April 19th, 2010 12:45 pm (UTC)
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One way to save money is to move into somewhere with more people. My room at the Grotto (14 Buckingham Street, Somerville) is opening up, and Patty's place in Little Tetazoo (i.e., by Porter) also will have at least one room open then. Not sure what your constraints are, but thought I'd point that out.

There's a housing wiki people in our social circle traditionally use to coordinate stuff like this. I don't remember where it is off the top of my head, but I can probably find it if you're interested.
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From:kihou
Date:April 19th, 2010 12:47 pm (UTC)
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Oh, and there was space at ASEC at some point, dunno if that's still open.
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From:lakmiseiru
Date:April 19th, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
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Possibly also space at Green Room (my old digs).

Most apartments (even those on Craigslist) in Camberville are coordinated by realtors. If you meet a realtor you like, you can tell them what you're looking for and they'll drive you there. It's a lot harder here in Seattle, where it's all just Craigslist trolling (in the fishing sense, not the asshat sense).
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From:coolerq
Date:April 19th, 2010 05:50 pm (UTC)
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Hm. I've been trying to avoid realtors because of a) sleaze and b) fees. Do you really think it's worth the added headache?
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From:mathmike
Date:April 19th, 2010 06:14 pm (UTC)
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For many apartments on the market you don't really have a choice, because the owner only sells through realtors. In theory, if the owner had to do the extra work instead of outsourcing to the realtor, then the apartment would cost say 10% more, to make up for the realtor fee. So don't think of it as an evil fee, but just add it on to the rent.
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From:coolerq
Date:April 19th, 2010 05:49 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, a wiki with tips sounds awesome. I think I've already got 3 or 4 people lined up for an apartment mob, so I don't think I could use single open spots in existing houses.
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