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Old 08-05-2009, 11:27 PM
 
Location: RSM
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I'm not sure where I'll be working yet.

thanks for all the links and info guys.

many thanks.
We say this because if you get a place in Santa Monica and get a job in Anaheim you're going to be kicking yourself through your whole 2+hour commute. I'm not trying to be snarky if you took it that way, just realistic. Traffic here is a nightmare and it's a common suggestion to find a job first and then find a place
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Old 08-05-2009, 11:34 PM
 
Location: South Florida
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We say this because if you get a place in Santa Monica and get a job in Anaheim you're going to be kicking yourself through your whole 2+hour commute. I'm not trying to be snarky if you took it that way, just realistic. Traffic here is a nightmare and it's a common suggestion to find a job first and then find a place
well I was thinking I would only apply for jobs where i live or wanted to live. I'm guessing thats hard to do.
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Old 08-06-2009, 12:36 AM
 
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well I was thinking I would only apply for jobs where i live or wanted to live. I'm guessing thats hard to do.
In a different economy I think that would make a lot of sense; right now, though, there aren't a lot of jobs out there, so you may not be able to be too picky. If I were you I'd consider looking at the broader picture and consider what type of place (as in neighborhood or city) you want, rather than a specific location. Some things are going to be more limiting - if you want to live a couple of miles, max, from the beach, for example, but if you wanted to live in a walkable neighborhood in a 1920s bungalow with a yard then you'd have lots of options across the region. In that case you could take the job first and be fairly sure you could find something that fit the bill within relatively easy commuting distance.

By all means continue to research individual neighborhoods and potential apartments, but also be aware that it could make it even more difficult (in already difficult times) to find a job.
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Old 08-07-2009, 11:22 PM
 
Location: South Florida
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another question, why don't these postings on craigslist list the square footage of the apartment? seems like 8/10 don't say it.
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Old 08-08-2009, 11:39 AM
 
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another question, why don't these postings on craigslist list the square footage of the apartment? seems like 8/10 don't say it.
That's the problem with Craiglist. Too many scam artist post in those sections in all the big cities just to get your money for an apartment or price that doesn't really exist. If some of those deals were really legit, they would have the square footage, the adress, a picture, a name with an adress and phone number, etc. They're are just too many scams on there. That's why I always rely on a professional website and apartmentratings.com to tell me all I need to know about the place.
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Old 08-08-2009, 11:46 AM
 
Location: South Florida
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That's the problem with Craiglist. Too many scam artist post in those sections in all the big cities just to get your money for an apartment or price that doesn't really exist. If some of those deals were really legit, they would have the square footage, the adress, a picture, a name with an adress and phone number, etc. They're are just too many scams on there. That's why I always rely on a professional website and apartmentratings.com to tell me all I need to know about the place.
well, I've found that most list a address, picture, and phone number, but still no square footage.
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Old 08-08-2009, 02:04 PM
 
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well, I've found that most list a address, picture, and phone number, but still no square footage.
That's how they can gype you. When they show a picture, they can make it look like it's big enough or even bigger for everything you need. But it might be some majorly small apartment. But I'm not one to say. You should actually visit that apartment first and demand to see it for yourself before you sign a lease or anything. If they do not let you, obviously it was a fradulent deal.
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Old 08-08-2009, 10:55 PM
 
Location: South Florida
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That's how they can gype you. When they show a picture, they can make it look like it's big enough or even bigger for everything you need. But it might be some majorly small apartment. But I'm not one to say. You should actually visit that apartment first and demand to see it for yourself before you sign a lease or anything. If they do not let you, obviously it was a fradulent deal.
Yeah I would never pay or sign anything till I've seen the place in-person. Checking out the apartment websites you guys listed, it seems even the postings on those sites typically don't say the square footage, I guess its a common thing then. I guess I can assume a 1 bedroom/1bath is at least 600?
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