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Old 10-24-2007, 12:21 PM
 
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I am doing a cross-country move and will need to obtain an apt in my new city prior to the move. I am, for the most part, searching on craigslist for apts, but am a little concerned about sealing a deal (signing a lease, and turning over any rent and deposit money) via long distance, as I know that scams are everywhere. Any advice on how to avoid being taken.
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Old 10-25-2007, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Lexington, SC
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First question is where are you moving to.
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Old 10-25-2007, 02:33 PM
 
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I'm moving to Baltimore.
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Old 10-31-2007, 07:42 AM
 
Location: WNY
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I'm moving to Baltimore.
forget craigs list, get a good real estate agent that knows the area and sit back and relax - nothing wrong with craigs list, but i only deal locally with anyone on that site.

Good luck with the move
Colleen
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Old 10-31-2007, 08:41 AM
 
Location: In The Outland
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Also some sleazy apartment building managers tend to charge an application fee for a credit /background check without even having a vacancy or sometimes the place is already taken, but the manager will still screen applicants and pocket the fee money without doing any checks.
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Old 10-31-2007, 08:56 AM
 
Location: in drifts of snow wherever you go
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I am doing a cross-country move and will need to obtain an apt in my new city prior to the move. I am, for the most part, searching on craigslist for apts, but am a little concerned about sealing a deal (signing a lease, and turning over any rent and deposit money) via long distance, as I know that scams are everywhere. Any advice on how to avoid being taken.
This is a tough one. I would never rent an apartment without seeing it first. You can land in big trouble. Are you sure you can't stay in a hotel for a week while looking? You can line up places in advance, just make sure you see them first.

Greenie
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Old 10-31-2007, 09:30 AM
 
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When we moved from CA to PA 5 years ago, we chose our new apartment online. All I did was Google "Apartments for Rent in PA" and low and behold I had instant access to several different apartment/home rental sites. For example, rent.com, apartments.com, apartmentguide.com, etc.

These sites always have multiple pictures (inside and ouside, including the pool and/or other amenities), floor plans, basic guidelines (pets, no pets, type of utilities, etc). We spent a few months looking (we had time on our side). After contacting the property managers, they would mail us an information packet that was more complete, along with a rental application.

We ended up renting (sight unseen) a beautiful townhome. It was exactly as the photos indicated and there were no last-minute surprises. We lived there 3 years but then had to move in order to be closer to the college both my daughters were attending.

If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn't change how we did it. I had no regrets.

Keep in mind that most apartment/property managers get a 60-day notice from their tenants, so if you need a place by January, be ready to rent it at least one month in advance, but most likely 2 months.
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Old 11-05-2007, 11:02 PM
 
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We had thought of renting ahead too but decided it was better to pay the hotel than end up with a bad lease, if it is sleazy they're not likely to let you out of the lease. I always wonder esp if most pictures are of the office. I do know someone who did set up a rental and it looked like the pics posted, etc. What it didn't show is that even though it was in a good area, the complex itself had problems with vandalism, fights, drugs.

If you do go with a real estate company, be sure to ask about any finding fees. I never heard of that but found out they're common practice in some areas.
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Old 11-06-2007, 02:10 AM
 
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I agree with the posters above, I went and looked at several apartments I had seen online and was totally shocked to see them for real. Boy they can make them look good, same with a house, boy does it look different when you actually see it.
Do u already have a job lined up because I am having trouble getting an apartment w/o employment?
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Old 11-06-2007, 02:11 AM
 
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also, i was going to suggest checking out apartment ratings and reviews, although alot of them are not in there that you might be interested in. Then that is only opinion too.
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