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Old 03-13-2017, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Camberville
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Missed the point. Just because you know people that pay too much doesn't mean those places are the only options. There are cheaper options, just people think it's below them.
You didn't answer my question. How long have you lived there?

I live in a place that most people think is below them, and live frugally here at that. That's how I manage to save a big chunk of my income.

Recently, I've been looking for somewhere to live closer to work (in another suburb) to try to save more money. I couldn't go any cheaper than I currently do, even looking at total dumps AND factoring in the commute costs. Rents have risen that much. Sure, there are some steals currently renting at what you pay, but they're few and far between.

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Because the less of this:



Means more of this:



Before I bought my place I lived with several roommates. They kept asking how I could afford a down payment. Meanwhile they're making a several times weekly habit of washing down charcuterie plates with some overpriced tulip of treehouse.
That's not going to help someone wanting to relocate here. I have a roommate who constantly whines about how she struggles to pay the bills when her hourly job shuts down because of snow, but she constantly orders out and refuses to get a part-time job on top of her 35 hour a week long-term temp job. She'll be living with roommates forever and have nothing to retire on, so I get it. That's not my situation, nor the situation of the OP.

Unfortunately, I spent the first few years of my working life paying off a downpayment sized cancer bill on a much smaller salary than I have now, so I'm trying to catch up on my retirement and emergency funds.
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Old 03-14-2017, 07:17 AM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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I've lived in my current place for 3 years.
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Old 03-14-2017, 07:57 AM
 
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Not patting myself on the back. Pointing out that this forum runs rather wealthy and to consider that maybe it's not as simple as that. I lived with a married couple and their cat a few years ago at 700/month on comm Ave in brighton. Depends on what the alternative is.
I often look up rental listings to get a sense for what the going rate is in a particular city or town, and there are no bargains. I took a quick look at rentals in traditionally lower-priced communities near the T (Revere, Chelsea, Everett) and there is nothing even near the OPs budget. Add in that the OP has two dogs and two cats, and it will be very difficult of him to find a place to rent.

I would not recommend that a married couple move here to have to live with roommates, unless the couple are students or there will be significantly salary increases in the future.

It is also not just the cost of housing that needs to be considered, but the cost of commuting and the cost of utilities. Utilities are often not included in the rent. If the OP has to rely on the commuter rail to get into work, you are talking at least a few hundred dollars in commuting expenses per month.
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Old 03-14-2017, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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I often look up rental listings to get a sense for what the going rate is in a particular city or town, and there are no bargains. I took a quick look at rentals in traditionally lower-priced communities near the T (Revere, Chelsea, Everett) and there is nothing even near the OPs budget. Add in that the OP has two dogs and two cats, and it will be very difficult of him to find a place to rent.

I would not recommend that a married couple move here to have to live with roommates, unless the couple are students or there will be significantly salary increases in the future.

It is also not just the cost of housing that needs to be considered, but the cost of commuting and the cost of utilities. Utilities are often not included in the rent. If the OP has to rely on the commuter rail to get into work, you are talking at least a few hundred dollars in commuting expenses per month.
Yeah I mean I don t want to be married with roommates either, but let's let the actual person. In question make that call. There is probably more income potential in boston than wherever they're coming from. I don't know what their goals are.

Yup don't just start out and have a perfect life. You have to make sacrifices to get to where you want to be. So if they decide that sounds like no good, I don't blame them. If they tha think it's worth a shot, just saying it is possible.
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Old 03-15-2017, 09:48 AM
 
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Unlikely I'll have much of an increase since I'm fairly new to the company.

We have 2 boxers and 2 cats.

Wife is on SSDI fixed income.
I don't want to come off as mean, but with four pets, two of which are boxers, you're practically un-rentable to in the area.
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Old 03-15-2017, 10:22 AM
 
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I don't want to come off as mean, but with four pets, two of which are boxers, you're practically un-rentable to in the area.
Eastern MA in general. Source: I was once a renter with a 2 cats and a dog. I happened to find a LL who volunteered at the MSPCA and empathized with my collection of rescues.

A single large dog (e.g., Boxer) is a barrier for most rentals in high demand urban areas, as you suggest.
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Old 03-15-2017, 10:34 AM
 
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Eastern MA in general. Source: I was once a renter with a 2 cats and a dog. I happened to find a LL who volunteered at the MSPCA and empathized with my collection of rescues.

A single large dog (e.g., Boxer) is a barrier for most rentals in high demand urban areas, as you suggest.
Even having a puggle severely limited our options, and she is lazier than a cat.
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Old 03-15-2017, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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Why do people need so many pets? Seriously? I don't get it.
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Old 03-15-2017, 12:07 PM
 
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Why do people need so many pets? Seriously? I don't get it.
It's not a need, it is something they like. Lots of people like having pets. One of my friends has 3 dogs, another 5. Plenty have multiple cats. Etc.
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Old 03-15-2017, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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It's not a need, it is something they like. Lots of people like having pets. One of my friends has 3 dogs, another 5. Plenty have multiple cats. Etc.
But people think they need 4 cats or whatever and still want to live in a walkable area not far from the T and under $1k for a one bedroom.

Just think they could up their budget if they didn't have so many pets.

We have a corgi and a cat at our house. Not really sure why.
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