Apartment hunting sucks!

@lilybug (21182)
United States
May 18, 2009 10:58am CST
I have been staying with my brother for the last few months, but he has decided to not try to buy the house he has been leasing and is moving out of state in a few weeks. Not giving me much notice for me to get a place for myself and my kids. Since I don't actually have a "job" right now it is even harder. I make money, but I don't have a regular job. I have the money for first and last months rent, but I am sure a lot of places will not want to accept me since I don't have a regular "job". Anyone else apartment hunting right now? Do you hate it as much as I do?
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@dodo19 (27755)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
18 May 09
My fiance and I were apartment hunting a couple of months ago, but we're now living in our own apartment. I can actually say that it wasn't really fun doing it. It wasn't terrible or anything, but it definitely wasn't my favorite thing to do. It's not something that I want to do everyday.
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@k1tten (2321)
• United States
19 May 09
My partner and I are apartment hunting at the moment and we both hate it beyond all belief because it's just too bloody hard to find a good apartment. Both my partner and I don't have an actual job so that's making it much much harder to even get an apartment. They should make this easier for us.
@lilybug (21182)
• United States
20 May 09
I wish it was easier.
• United States
19 May 09
My partner and I are apartment hunting and we've definitely reached the point of no return. We need a place ASAP and we're not having much luck finding anything that is affordable for us and that will work with us being students, or rather one person being a student. We're also trying to find something close to campus and it's even more important that we have a place because I have an internship right now that is making it rather difficult to get to without a place. I cannot continue driving 4 hours a day for two hours of work! We need a place now! And we're not having much luck.
@lilybug (21182)
• United States
20 May 09
It really is no fun at all. I guess apartment hunting when you HAVE TO find a place is just stressful. Maybe if I was just looking to think about moving it would be different.
• United States
19 May 09
Wow! You're in a real pickle. We were in the same fix a couple months back. Hubby had lost his job and was on unemployment. With just one month left on benefits, we decided to relocate and found a mobile home in another state. It's not the right choice for everyone. But we were able to buy the trailer free and clear for $2000 and now only pay lot rent. It's not new or anything and needs some repairs. But it's a far cry better than paying $700 month for rent that we were paying. So far, we've cut our expenses to the bone and have been economizing like crazy. Things always work out. Sometimes, you have to be flexible and think outside the box. I'm sure something will work out for you.
@lilybug (21182)
• United States
20 May 09
That is funny because one of my other brothers did the exact same thing awhile back. He paid $2000 cash for the place he is living now.
@ersmommy1 (12605)
• United States
19 May 09
I know it. I've done it! Hang in there. I'm helping as fast as I can. Fingers are crossed!
@lilybug (21182)
• United States
19 May 09
I emailed about the one just up the road to see what they had available. Hopefully they have a townhouse available.
@jillhill (37354)
• United States
20 May 09
That's too bad you have to be in a hurry....and I bet it does take a while to find one that is nice....I don't envy you...hope you find something suitable soon!
@sudalunts (5527)
• United States
20 May 09
I know apartment hunting can be difficult as well as stressful. Why not use your brother as a reference when you find something that you like. Your child support as well as your other source of income should be acceptable, even though you do not have an outside job. I really would not want to have to try to find an apartment now, since I am not working, and my husband is not working either. Rents here in New Jersey are so expensive, and I would not be able to afford to move. I am paying $975.00 per month as it is for a one bedroom, in a two family house. Hope you find something soon, would you be able to sub lease your brother's place?
@zed_k4 (17634)
• Singapore
19 May 09
Hi lilybug, I'm so sorry that this has to happen to you and your children. Isn't there places whereby rent requirements could be a little bit lenient? I think as long as the tenants are willing to deposit for the subsequent month should be enough. Don't know why they need people to have regular jobs and all that. What if a rich person with money but with no job needs to rent. I think that is a real bummer. Do tell us how your apartment hunting goes as days go by. I wish you luck in that. Is it expensive to use an agent in this case so that your searches can be narrowed with requirements that are less stringent?
@Ruby722 (798)
• China
19 May 09
Sorry to hear that,but i think this situation is for a while.Because you know financial crisis are cover all the world.many people lost them job,Don't worry everything will be fine.i hope you can find a nice department.because if you brother don't want be together with you.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
19 May 09
I'm not hunting now but I have done more than I wanted to in the past. I hate trying to find a place to live especially under rushed conditions. You need time to find the right place.
@peavey (15865)
• United States
18 May 09
I would hate to have to look for an apartment, especially on such short notice. You said that you get child support, though, so if I were you, I'd declare that as part of the income. Take an average of how much money you've made over the last two or three months and declare that as your income. Lots of people have varying incomes when they freelance, so as long as your income is enough to cover the rent and expenses, it should work. Good luck!
@prinzcy (5082)
• Malaysia
18 May 09
I used to hunt for a nice and secure but cheap house before. And yes, it was sux~~~ To find such place was like searching a wee needle in a bucketful of haystack (I change the words a bit didn't I?) We need to do some research, ask people around and pick up a few to compare before deciding on which house to rent. You need to find one that suit you best. Hopefully you will. Best of luck with the 'hunting'!