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Old 07-30-2010, 06:20 PM
 
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Hello Hoosier's,

My name is Ron, currently residing in western Pennsylvania. Hopefully in a couple weeks I will be needing to relocate to the Columbus area. I was wondering how the housing/apartments are in the area. I'd preferably like to stay within 15-20 miles of Columbus.

How much does $600/month get you? Currently renting a 2 bedroom/1 bath apartment for a little under $500/month (rent+utilities). As much as I would love a nice 2 story house on 5-10 acres, a 20% down payment isn't quit feasible at the moment.

Are there alot of houses for rent in the area? What all local newspapers should I try to find online/pick up? Should I get the job offer, I'll probably be making a weekend trip out.

thanks in advance, hope to be moving out there soon
Ron
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Old 07-30-2010, 08:31 PM
 
Location: Turn Left at Greenland
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Man, Columbus is HOT!!!!

There are a lot of apartment complexes and there are homes to be found as well. I'd check out our local newspaper website: The Republic - Columbus, Indiana

Hope it works out for you and we see you in our town.
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Old 07-31-2010, 07:01 PM
 
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Are there alot of houses for rent in the area? What all local newspapers should I try to find online/pick up?
I won't sugar-coat it; renting here in Columbus is hard.

I found that to be the case at least. Even the local "relocation experts" focus mainly on home sales.

If you move into one of the big apartment complexes you'll do ok. If you want a small house, the best way, IME, is to drive around town with a notebook, pen, and cell phone. Most of the houses are owned by single-owners and small-time investors. Quality and service vary.

Here's a link to the local paper:

The Republic - Columbus, Indiana

Good luck!
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Old 07-31-2010, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Here
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I second what Domergirl and Plaidmom said.
The rental situation is very hit or miss here, and PRICE is not always an indication of VALUE. We learned THAT one the hard way because we didn't take our time and do our homework. I don't know if I'm allowed to say on here the name of our last rental place, but we payed way too much for what we got. You win some, you loose some, right? Just do your homework and check online reviews if you go with a big complex.
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Old 08-01-2010, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Turn Left at Greenland
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I second what Domergirl and Plaidmom said.
The rental situation is very hit or miss here, and PRICE is not always an indication of VALUE. We learned THAT one the hard way because we didn't take our time and do our homework. I don't know if I'm allowed to say on here the name of our last rental place, but we payed way too much for what we got. You win some, you loose some, right? Just do your homework and check online reviews if you go with a big complex.
It's best to direct message that information.
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Old 08-03-2010, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Indiana
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ITA. I love columbus and would love to live there but we're not in a position to buy and in a year and eight months I've found exactly two rental houses that were 1- in the school district and general area within that district we wanted to be in, 2- within our price range, and 3- in good, safe condition. If you are only looking for an apartment or condo, from what I'm told by the local realtors and general pubic, you are far more likely to find something suitable.
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Old 08-11-2010, 10:29 AM
 
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Not sure about houses but Westlake is good - Southside school district is really good. You might be able to rent in the Parkside schools but would have to check a local realtor for that.
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