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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...

Last edited by CaseyB; 03-27-2017 at 06:55 PM.. Reason: no real estate advertising permitted
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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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