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Old 03-15-2017, 07:10 AM
 
Location: indianapolis.
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Living in Olympia isn't living "outside" of Seattle, or Portland. My advice is to move to Olympia if you want to live in Olympia.
I do appreciate all your advice. At this point, (financially) I don't feel that Seattle is a reality and she needs to be close to Portland. So, its likely that my first stop in the PNW will be Vancouver. And that's okay with me, for now. You're right actually, I don't WANT to live in Olympia.
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Old 03-15-2017, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Independent Republic of Ballard
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For cheaper rents in the Vancouver area, look at Battle Ground, Longview/Kelso, etc. You'll still be within relatively easy reach of Portland. You might want to start a separate thread in the Vancouver or Washington forum.

Not plush, but affordable:

https://www.zillow.com/b/405-SW-1st-...122.542332_ll/

https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1...94974167_zpid/

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Old 03-18-2017, 11:25 AM
 
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I don't know the laws in Florida, but serving alcohol means having to take a class, so budget that expense in.
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Old 03-18-2017, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Hollywood and Vine
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I'm in Tacoma and they will ALL suck you in with that lower first year intro rent.. Mine was a few dollars (less than 100) higher than that one posted on Zillow and this year its suddenly $1341 with a 25% discount they put on my contract in BIG RED LETTERS because people are leaving here and couldn't get anyone to sign for $1500. I'm sure Ill be moving next lease renewal . They told us it will be 20% every time for the foreseeable future. This place looks like a parking lot every weekend for U-haul, Penske and Budget at this time
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Old 04-03-2017, 03:00 PM
 
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I'm about to do this same thing.

Just moving into an apartment will cost you a big chunk upfront. You'll need the first month + 1 month's security deposit (I assume this is standard), so I think it really depends on what kind of living situation you want. A shared apartment far outside of the city might be feasible with $5k if you plan to start working in a bar or restaurant within a week or two, and your rent is really cheap. A room in the city will cost you close to 3k upfront, making $5k pretty impossible.

I have family out there that I'm going to crash with, thankfully. I'm bringing what I have with me, which is more than enough, but I'm not planning on spending more than $5k over a few months (graciously accepting free room, board, and some meals.)

Plan for the best, but prepare for the worst. I wouldn't move out with 5k in your pocket and nothing to fall back on, otherwise you risk having a terrible experience in a new city!
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Old 04-03-2017, 09:27 PM
 
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I'm about to do this same thing.

Just moving into an apartment will cost you a big chunk upfront. You'll need the first month + 1 month's security deposit (I assume this is standard), so I think it really depends on what kind of living situation you want. A shared apartment far outside of the city might be feasible with $5k if you plan to start working in a bar or restaurant within a week or two, and your rent is really cheap. A room in the city will cost you close to 3k upfront, making $5k pretty impossible.

I have family out there that I'm going to crash with, thankfully. I'm bringing what I have with me, which is more than enough, but I'm not planning on spending more than $5k over a few months (graciously accepting free room, board, and some meals.)

Plan for the best, but prepare for the worst. I wouldn't move out with 5k in your pocket and nothing to fall back on, otherwise you risk having a terrible experience in a new city!

In city of Seattle, there are new laws about how much beyond first month's rent they can charge upfront.
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Old 04-04-2017, 09:12 AM
 
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In city of Seattle, there are new laws about how much beyond first month's rent they can charge upfront.
That's really good to know. I'll look into it. I'm moving to Seattle from NYC, and here it's usually 1 month rent + 1 month security + 12% of the year in broker fees. (We have no-fee listings but they are hard to find and quickly snatched up! So I have opted for a broker in my time here.)

I look forward to a slightly easier process in Seattle (although I know the rent is climbing by the day.)
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Old 04-07-2017, 09:32 PM
 
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New Deposit and Move-in Fee Limits and Payment Plans
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