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Old 10-25-2012, 05:26 AM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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THis is easy to do in most of Michigan, other midwest states too. Ive heard in the south it can be done too. Only on the coasts do people just accept 1500-2500 dollar a month rent like its normal.
It is normal. $700 seems like it wouldn't be too great of a place worth living at.
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Old 10-25-2012, 06:44 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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Louisville, KY or the Northern KY suburbs of Cincinnati
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Old 10-25-2012, 08:19 AM
 
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It is normal. $700 seems like it wouldn't be too great of a place worth living at.
Obviously, it depends on where you live.

A couple years ago I paid $750 for a good sized, fairly new, dog friendly apartment. I had one bed/bath (both very good sized), walk in closet, full sized washer/dryer, balcony with extra storage, nine foot ceilings, dishwasher, nice black appliances and modern kitchen and free basic cable. The complex itself had elevators, a nice swimming pool and clubhouse with a nice fitness center, business center, kitchen, pool table, etc. It was right next to a walking trail that could take me all over the city. I had a neighbor that moved there from the DC area, and he was shocked at how low the rent was compared to what a similar place would have cost where he was from. In fact, I just went to their website to look at what they are charging now, and the floorplan I had is $755. The most expensive is the 1226 sq ft 3 bed/2 bath apartment for $1149 (and that's if you are on the first or fourth floor).

I loved living there and was sad to leave.
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Old 10-25-2012, 01:33 PM
 
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Grand Rapids Michigan. Great place to live on a budget and still safety and things to do.

Job market isn't so great though.
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Old 10-25-2012, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Somewhere below Mason/Dixon
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It is normal. $700 seems like it wouldn't be too great of a place worth living at.
I have never in my life lived anywhere I paid more than 750 a month for rent or a mortgage. I dont and have never lived in a dump or a ghetto. In fact I dont know many people who pay over 1000 a month for housing. It is NOT normal to pay over that amount in my state. Im guessing you live in the northeast and consider the midwest and south to be "not too great of a place worth living". That is a matter of opinion. I cant imagine what is worth paying 2000 a month to live anywhere, but thats just me.
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Old 10-26-2012, 12:09 AM
 
Location: Illinois
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Downstate Illinois cities stretching along I-74 (Galesburg, Peoria, Bloomington-Normal, Champaign-Urbana) all have affordable rent though sometimes location can be hit and miss. It's possible to find something nice, though.
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Old 10-26-2012, 04:33 AM
 
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Just to reiterate from the OP's post, he's seeking an apartment for a "large family" that costs less than $700 per month. I've seen a couple of mentions above of cities with one bedroom apartments in that price range.... which obviously wouldn't work. There are some cities where it's possible for a three bedroom in that price range, but not many.
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Old 10-26-2012, 06:00 AM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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I have never in my life lived anywhere I paid more than 750 a month for rent or a mortgage. I dont and have never lived in a dump or a ghetto. In fact I dont know many people who pay over 1000 a month for housing. It is NOT normal to pay over that amount in my state. Im guessing you live in the northeast and consider the midwest and south to be "not too great of a place worth living". That is a matter of opinion. I cant imagine what is worth paying 2000 a month to live anywhere, but thats just me.
Hop off man.

I'm from NY but I live in Atlanta currently and I actually don't mind the city. Rent is definitely cheaper here but I still don't think I checked out any places that are lower than like $900 a month and even those were crappy.

I've never lived in the Midwest or West so I'm not going to bash them.
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Old 10-26-2012, 08:57 AM
 
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Suburbs of Cleveland
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Phoenix

I've checked on Apartments.com before, VERY cheap. Most apartments I saw could be rented for $450-$650.
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