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Dear Sugar
I am so stressed. My boyfriend and I were living together for about a year and we have decided to break up and go our separate ways. I am happy about the break up because I know he's not the right one for me, but I need to find my own apartment and my lease is up on November 30th. This gives me less than 30 days to find and rent something of my own and I am completely panicked.

As luck would have it my boyfriend has already found an apartment and the fact that he’s able to pack and has a feeling of settled security is making me even more stressed out. I make a decent living, although I don’t really have very much money saved.

Every time I find an apartment in the paper or online there seems to be a hefty broker's fee attached. Do you know of anywhere that I can look for an affordable and broker free apartment? Are there any websites where I can find apartments for no fees! I only have craigslist! Find Me A Home Joan

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Dear Find Me A Home Joan
There are many online or toll free resources that you can use to search for no-fee apartment listings that are nationwide right now. Craigslist is a great no-fee resource along with Apartment Source and Renter's Paradise.

Don’t underestimate networking either. Start off by immediately sending an email to your friends, co-workers and family to spread the word that you are looking for a place to live. Word travels fast and you never know who is looking for someone to take a lease off their hands or an extra room to rent short or long term.

If you really need to save money and are in a time bind, move your things into storage and ask if you can stay with someone for a month while offering to contribute a portion of their rent for any inconvenience. For anyone who is close to you or anyone who would like to save some extra money for holiday time, this shouldn't be a problem. Good luck.

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Stacy14878746 Stacy14878746 9 years
www.ardorny.com has some fee-free apartments... I almost moved to the city (from TX) a few years ago and checked them out. In Texas, there are no broker fees, for renters, ever! All broker fees are paid by the landlord. Move to Texas! :-)
cubadog cubadog 9 years
I used to live on the Upper Eastside on 89th and 1st now I am back in Portland Oregon!
tharightgurl4u tharightgurl4u 9 years
I look on Craigslist everyday for a month and still nothing! :( Cubadog where in NYC do u live?? I live in Queens (Forest Hills) and wanna stay in Queens
cubadog cubadog 9 years
I live in NYC for 5 years and my best apartment/roommate situation came from talking to everyone I knew and I found a new roomie within a couple of days!
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
Try craigslist.
tharightgurl4u tharightgurl4u 9 years
I was thinking just take a day off and look around the only thing is I live in NYC so apartments go fast as it is!! =( and I dont drive so takin the train will take forever to different spots *sighs* Im just gonna pray for a miracle lol I dont know what to do
cubadog cubadog 9 years
Your right SaRah I would have never looked at my place based on what was in the book but when I actually looked at it. I knew it would work!
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 9 years
when i moved a few months ago i found out that just driving around and stopping at various places, i actually found a nicer/cheaper apt than i did when i went through books or the interent!
cubadog cubadog 9 years
I was in the a similar situation with a roommate and forced myself to spend 2 enitre days looking at everything and found a place. I used forrent.com and the cool thing is if you use them and check the box on your application and lease you get a $100 Visa Gift Card! While I may not be in my dream place at least I found something affordable and just for me and my Noodle dog!
tharightgurl4u tharightgurl4u 9 years
Because neither of us could afford to pay the rent on our own. :(
gossipqueen gossipqueen 9 years
Why on earth wouldn't you keep the apt. for yourself???? Good luck...I hate moving..very stressful!
tharightgurl4u tharightgurl4u 9 years
LOL I asked this question!! And I still havent found an apartment and what makes it even worse is I HELPED my ex find his apartment he hasnt even helped me look for one! :( But thanks for the tips I still have 2 weeks left Im hoping for a miracle!!
la_clique la_clique 9 years
These are all good. My company puts out a book called Apartment Finder. I don't know where you live, but there might be one in your area. apartmentfinder.com
rkdub rkdub 9 years
I am a homeowner, but actually, my realtor is a friend and was talking about how she helps rent out a lot of properties for her customers.... so check with realtors and you may be able to get a cheap house or townhome at a good price for rent so the people don't have to sell their old houses, etc. Just an idea.... she had a lot of houses that she works to rent out as a courtesy that were CHEAP!!!!!
t0xxic t0xxic 9 years
forrent.com and rent.com are good get a local penny saver or thrifty nickel try the newspaper or grab your phone book and just go down the list asking about specials and pricing. Good luck with this! Oh and your grocery story or walmart may have, apartment guides outside them look for the boxes sometime they are just in the very front of the store -------------------- -------------------- Watch us play secret santa, and every tuesday fab find for our wishlist!
kms7257 kms7257 9 years
Try apartmentguide.com or apartments.com as well.
angelbaby2 angelbaby2 9 years
how about the newspaper?
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