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Old 04-18-2013, 10:42 AM
Location: South Bend, IN
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I'm considering moving to Denver. I just moved to Seattle from Cincinnati on Christmas. I couldn't stand Cincinnati but I had lived there almost 5 years, so I'm not just a serial mover. I had hoped to move to stay this time. I really would like to stay in Seattle - my sister lives here, who I currently live with, and I like pretty much everything here outside of the cost of living and lack of sun - but honestly I have such bad seasonal depression here I don't think I could do this every winter/spring. I'm upset to be considering leaving but I've really tried it all at this point - the bright lights, going outside, I workout all the time so that's not at issue. I don't want to have to take anti-depressants to live somewhere.

Denver was my 2nd choice to Seattle. My best friend lived there, but moved away, honestly if she had stayed it would have been a more difficult decision. Though there are a lot of good points about Denver - access to outdoor sports, fit/healthy population, lower cost of living, lots of sunshine - I thought it was more brown and flat, wasn't sure about places to open water swim (lakes) or access to Asian stores/cuisine, and I just didn't know if I wanted to live with the summer heat/dryness, and amount of snow in the wintertime. I grew up in the Midwest, so am no stranger to snow, but was looking forward to not "living" with it anymore - driving in it, shoveling it, trying to run in it, etc. On the contrary, I love snowsports - mostly cross country skiing, snowshoeing and some snowboarding - but again not "living" with the snow and ice. Pretty much love all outdoor sports and staying fit.

Given my hesitations, I wanted to see if I could find a short term rental in Denver to further check things out. I saved a lot of money before my last job ended, so I don't need to work for a while - but I don't know if there are any apartment complexes etc that would look at a $ amount in a bank account versus a regular income. It would be Ok if I lived outside of town even. I am not so much an "urban" person as I am wanting to be close to the outdoors. I realize many people are renting out rooms, but I'd prefer my own place even if it was small/studio.

I guess I have "some" income, I have two rentals, one makes $675/month after expenses and the other makes around $615/month after expenses. I don't think I'd have trouble finding a job but don't want to commit to one until I know I want to live there, if that makes any sense.
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Old 04-18-2013, 02:53 PM
Location: Just south of Denver since 1989
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Could you be a snowbird?
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Old 04-18-2013, 03:23 PM
Location: Corona the I.E.
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I live here and asked prop. mngrs about no income but a good amount in bank and they mentioned they would consider it. I didn't go through with it because they wanted to charge $300 for a background!

You can always find something OP can you work with the terms and pay more for a short term rental. Depending on the area I would guesstimate $900-1000 for what you want 1bd 1 bath. The rental market is very tight and rents are $$$ here but may be cheaper than Seattle.

Check padmapper.com
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Old 04-18-2013, 05:18 PM
Location: South Bend, IN
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I guess the other option is to get a rental for say 3 mos and pay it all up front. I am leery to do this though because once the mgmt has your money, what if something breaks and they won't fix it, or some other problem comes up? I am not sure if short term rentals or month to month leases are hard to find. I'd rather just get something month to month. I will check out that site.

The cost of living here is sorta ridic. Yeah I doubt it would be worse.
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Old 04-18-2013, 05:22 PM
Location: Littleton, CO
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How short term is "short term?"

If it is just a couple of months, then maybe you could try to find a vacation rental. It would probably be more expensive than an apartment, but with the rental market going crazy around here, you might not find someone willing to sign a short term lease.

Another possibility is to find an apartment or house being rented by a college kid who signed a year lease but will be gone for the summer and needs someone to live there until they come back.
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Old 04-18-2013, 05:28 PM
Location: South Bend, IN
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Yeah I would think 2-3 months, that's a good idea, as long as it's not uber expensive. I just need a space really. The other complication is I have a dog.

Maybe I could live in my car? LOL.

Also are there any small towns near Denver that might not be so competitive. Is just the rental market competitive or the housing market in general? It is such a seller's market for homebuyers here in Seattle it's not even funny.
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