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Old 03-27-2017, 06:19 PM
 
Location: Allston, MA
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Hi, I'm wondering how people find apartments in Boston. Is it better to contact a real estate agent and just do everything through an agency? Is it a matter of a simple google search for "Boston Apartments?" Is there a site out there that's the better than the rest?

I've been doing a lot of research on housing, specifically in Boston and I've been hearing a lot of horror stories. I'm working on a project and brainstorming ways to make the apartment search easier, and trying to figure out what people's biggest frustrations are and how to fix them.

if you're curious...

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Old 03-27-2017, 07:30 PM
 
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Craigslist. If you want a complex, Google them and contact their leasing offices directly.
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Old 03-27-2017, 08:50 PM
 
Location: Boston
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^+1 for Craigslist.

You can avoid the realtor fee (1 month of rent) if you rent at a new building. You can probably get free rent as well. 2200-2500 for a studio, and 2700-3000 for a 1br.
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Old 03-27-2017, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Boston Suburb
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+2 Craiglist. Just need to screen out the fakes and scams. Private Owner rentals are the way to go to avoid having to pay 1 month realtor fee.
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Old 03-28-2017, 09:40 AM
 
Location: (six-cent-dix-sept)
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i feel that most well-to-do college students just suck it up and pay the 1-month real-estate agent/background check fee + first month + last month + 1-month security deposit because $6,000 - $8,000 is still cheaper for the parents than paying room-and-board at b.u. and plus you get your own bathroom/kitchen/...

for the non-students, i assume most people are from here so they have friends/family that know someone they can sublet from or rent a room from.
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