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February 15, 2013

Sandra asks…

Young woman thinking of making the move to NYC..renting/living tips?

I’m a 21 year old student and I’ll be graduating University in under a year.
Since I can remember it’s been my dream to live in New York some day (pretty cliche, I know, but I’ve always been obsessed with the idea…even before I’d visited the city haha).

I was there this past weekend, just for a shopping trip with a good friend, and I realized that I didn’t want to go home. So I think I’m ready to make the move.

In terms of apartment rentals, I’m wondering what are some of the most affordable yet SAFEST areas for young women to live (esp. since I want to be living alone).
I love Greenwich, but I think it’s a bit out of my price range?

I’d also maybe like to live somewhere thats close to the park if possible, because its my favourite place in the city. And since, obviously, real estate near the park is expensive an apartment thats an easy subway ride away would also be great.

Any tips on where to rent/what companies to rent from?
Also, any other general tips about young women who are moving to the city alone?

Administrator answers:

The Upper East Side (below 1st Ave./York Ave.) is one of the more affordable areas of Manhattan where you can still find a studio for around $1300-$1400 a month. It’s also one of the most expensive as you near 5th Ave. Most of the UES is safe and even as far east as York Ave., you’ll still be fairly close to Central Park. Look for something in the 70′s or 80′s (streets). If this is out of your budget, then you may as well forget Manhattan altogether and consider somewhere like Queens or find a roommate. As far as real estate offices and brokers – be prepared to pay a large fee. Some charge a percentage of the annual rent and some require a month or two months rent. Another important point regarding rentals… You need good credit and verifiable employment – as in pay stubs and/or tax returns, so if you don’t earn 40x your monthly rent annually, then you’ll have to find a cosigner and they’ll need to earn much more than that. For example (in round numbers)… If your rent was $1000/month, then you’d need to earn $40k/year (40x your monthly rent annually). Because of NYC’s high rents and strict requirements, many people have roommates to lessen the burden.

Joseph asks…

Are their ANY AFFORDABLE or even somewhat affordable cities in this country?!?

I recently moved to the US and don’t drive. It appears to be mandatory in this country to own a set of wheels. I have heard NYC along with San Fransisco have one of the best mass transit systems in the world. I’d love to move to these places but it seems like only the wealthy can afford to with the exorbitant rent. Are their ANY big cities in the US that one can rely on transit to get to work yet not have to work around the clock for a shared bedroom apartment?!

Administrator answers:

Pay in NYC and SF is high, if you have any decent qualifications you shoudl be able to live in those cities.

You can live in cheap cities around SF, like Oakland, which is dirt cheap and has mass trasnit into SF.

Charles asks…

Relocating to Orlando?

Hi all,

I want to start by saying, I am a 25 year old single male and I currently live in NYC. I am looking to relocate to the Orlando area and I am hoping some of you folks can give me pointers and answer a few questions I have.

At the moment I figure that finding a job is the very first thing :) So I have been hitting the job boards and submitting resumes in Daytona, Orlando and surrounding areas. I’ve responded with my resume to about 8 or 9 positions so far in the last 2 weeks. The only response I received was from an employer in Palm Beach and I declined. What I am looking for is a position in Healthcare, as an Information Technology person. My ideal Job is being a software project manager and technical trainer.

So, I guess these are my following questions: Is there a demand for such work in this area? Any tips on getting a job here? And what can I expect out of my new employer in Orlando compared to NYC as far as work load, salary, or anything in general?

Secondly, I obviously need a place to live. What I am looking for is a furnished apartment for rent with one or two bedroom. I am a little concerned about calling real estate companies at this time. I really don’t like the sales pressure situation especially when I don’t even have a job there yet! I see many co-op type community apartments on the web, where the monthly cost seems generally affordable. Some range from $600 to $800 a month for a year lease. Is there anything I should be concerned with before looking at rentals like these? Based on their web pages, some seem too affordable, if you know what I mean.

Ideally, I’d love to hear responses from people who live and work in the area. It would be great to get some feedback from someone who has actually relocated here. Can you guys let me know what I am up against?

Administrator answers:

I noticed you asked this question yesterday and I’m the first to answer. I’ll be brutally honest with you. Orlando is not the ideal place to relocate to right now. The wages here are HORRIBLE, really they are. There are no jobs here, especially for what you’re looking for. You have to remember that FL is a tourist state, that’s what this state’s income and development is based off of. Due to the economy people aren’t coming here and paying the high price for entertainment anymore, which has led the state in a downward spiral. We have one of the highest unemployment rates in the country and don’t get me started on the foreclosures!

The wages in NYC are considerably higher than they are here. There aren’t a lot of places to live in the area that I would suggest. The “good” neighborhoods (such as mine) are turning ghetto because there are people who are willing to let ANYONE move into their apartment or homes just as long as they help with the bills. What ends up happening is that ghetto people come in and tear the places apart and the neighborhoods go to sh*t. Just being honest with you.

If you were to get a job here, you could expect the workload to be overwhelming and to be underpaid. People who DO have jobs are getting the slack of everyone that just got laid off and they’re cutting wages or benefits dramatically. The cost of gas and food here is through the roof.

Please, before you decide to give up what you have there, DON’T! I might sound bitter right now, but I’d tell anyone this. You asked and I’m telling you the honest truth. Anyone that tells you there’s opportunity here is scamming you, truthfully.

Michael asks…

Relocating to Orlando FL?

Hi all,

I want to start by saying, I am a 25 year old single male and I currently live in NYC. I am looking to relocate to the Orlando area and I am hoping some of you folks can give me pointers and answer a few questions I have.

At the moment I figure that finding a job is the very first thing :) So I have been hitting the job boards and submitting resumes in Daytona, Orlando and surrounding areas. I’ve responded with my resume to about 8 or 9 positions so far in the last 2 weeks. The only response I received was from an employer in Palm Beach and I declined. What I am looking for is a position in Healthcare, as an Information Technology person. My ideal Job is being a software project manager and technical trainer.

So, I guess these are my following questions: Is there a demand for such work in this area? Any tips on getting a job here? And what can I expect out of my new employer in Orlando compared to NYC as far as work load, salary, or anything in general?

Secondly, I obviously need a place to live. What I am looking for is a furnished apartment for rent with one or two bedroom. I am a little concerned about calling real estate companies at this time. I really don’t like the sales pressure situation especially when I don’t even have a job there yet! I see many co-op type community apartments on the web, where the monthly cost seems generally affordable. Some range from $600 to $800 a month for a year lease. Is there anything I should be concerned with before looking at rentals like these? Based on their web pages, some seem too affordable, if you know what I mean.

Ideally, I’d love to hear responses from people who live and work in the area. It would be great to get some feedback from someone who has actually relocated here. Can you guys let me know what I am up against?

Best regards

Administrator answers:

I’ll answer both of your posts with the same answer….

I noticed you asked this question yesterday and I’m the first to answer. I’ll be brutally honest with you. Orlando is not the ideal place to relocate to right now. The wages here are HORRIBLE, really they are. There are no jobs here, especially for what you’re looking for. You have to remember that FL is a tourist state, that’s what this state’s income and development is based off of. Due to the economy people aren’t coming here and paying the high price for entertainment anymore, which has led the state in a downward spiral. We have one of the highest unemployment rates in the country and don’t get me started on the foreclosures!

The wages in NYC are considerably higher than they are here. There aren’t a lot of places to live in the area that I would suggest. The “good” neighborhoods (such as mine) are turning ghetto because there are people who are willing to let ANYONE move into their apartment or homes just as long as they help with the bills. What ends up happening is that ghetto people come in and tear the places apart and the neighborhoods go to sh*t. Just being honest with you.

If you were to get a job here, you could expect the workload to be overwhelming and to be underpaid. People who DO have jobs are getting the slack of everyone that just got laid off and they’re cutting wages or benefits dramatically. The cost of gas and food here is through the roof.

Please, before you decide to give up what you have there, DON’T! I might sound bitter right now, but I’d tell anyone this. You asked and I’m telling you the honest truth. Anyone that tells you there’s opportunity here is scamming you, truthfully.

Steven asks…

Brooklyn or Staten Island?

Planning to move to NYC for studying. But still don’t know what is cheaper to rent 2 bed apartment in Brooklyn or on Staten Island, cause in the city it’s pretty expensive.
May be there’s a real database on the NYC condos where I can find an affordable place to live.
Our budget is 1300$/mo.
Thanx in advance)))

Administrator answers:

Brooklyn

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