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Old 01-26-2008, 10:56 AM
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has anyone rented an apt sight unseen because they either don't have time to see it ahead of time, is too far away, or just have a good feeling about it.
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Old 01-26-2008, 02:14 PM
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I moved cross-country (from Oregon to New York City) and rented a place based just on photographs. Lucky for me, it turned out to be a good situation <*whew*>.
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Old 01-26-2008, 03:08 PM
Location: Camberville
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I did for a sublet. The cost of the apartment for the summer was about $200 a month less than the average in the area. Lucky for me, it wasn't a fleapit- the girl just wanted someone to take it badly so she dropped the price and took a hit (or should I say her mom and dad took the hit :P).

I probably wouldn't do it again though- and certainly not for anything long term.
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Old 01-26-2008, 03:17 PM
Location: Missouri
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My husband and I did this past summer. We had to book sight unseen because we were moving halfway across the country. It ended up being pretty much a dump. We only did a 6 month lease...we figured we could deal with just about anything for 6 months. I wouldn't recommend doing this unless absolutely necessary.
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Old 01-26-2008, 04:23 PM
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I agree with christina. My husband and I had to do the same...rented a bungalow sight unseen, although my realtor took a look at it for us beforehand. I still wouldn't recommend it. This place is a dump. We've had to call the landlord many times regarding things that don't work or aren't up to par. Had I seen this place with my own eyes there's no way I would've said yes to this place. Thank god we only signed a six month lease. And at least the town is charming.
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Old 01-26-2008, 05:05 PM
Location: Jonquil City (aka Smyrna) Georgia- by Atlanta
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Yes I would because most of the complexes are pretty much the same everywhere.
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Old 01-26-2008, 05:22 PM
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We moved from CA to PA. Rented a townhouse going just by the pics AND checking out to see what former tenants said about it at:
Apartment Ratings and Reviews - Get Informed and Rent Smarter
Apartment Ratings - Apartments for Rent with Ratings and Reviews from Actual Renters

Turned out great. We stayed for 4 years.
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Old 01-26-2008, 06:36 PM
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When I was in the USAF and stationed in Germany in the mid-1980's, apartments off base were VERY hard to come by. And getting on-base housing was usually a year or more wait. So this is what you would do for an inbound squadron member:

- Explain about the housing shortage on the local economy.

- Describe what the average apartment was like (including the GERMAN definition of "unfurnished"... (Bring your own kitchen cabinets and light fixtures))

- If the inbound member desired (and were very trusting), they would send you a Power of Attorney so that you could sign a 1-year lease on an apartment for them. That way, they'd have housing immediately upon arrival. As goofy as it sounds, that worked out reasonably well, from what I saw.
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Old 01-29-2008, 10:03 PM
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I just completed my move to Lincoln, NE and really lucked out. I chose my complex because the management office people I spoke with actually seemed interested in me coming to live there and were helpful / understanding that I would be coming in sight unseen. Other people I spoke with seemed aloof and like they couldn't be bothered to do a little extra to help me. I had them take pics of the actual apt and email me and though pics can be misleading, I still felt ok. The only surprises I got were I didn't realize the area around my complex was so built up with businesses and its possible, although there's nothing in the literature, that I may have moved into an active senior community. haha! No really I've only seen a couple of people in their 20s/30s. Everyone else seems to be in their 60s/70s. Oy.
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Old 01-30-2008, 07:18 PM
Location: State of Being
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Yep, had to do this several years ago, for a six month interim position in another state. Luckily, everything was as described. Could have been a real mess if it hadn't . . .
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