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June 9, 2013

Joseph asks…

Where in Colorado should I move?

I am a 20 year old female from Buffalo (orig.) then moved to Albany, New York. I want a place full of college kids so I can make friends, but also a place that has a lot to do and is beautiful and cheap at the same time. Any suggestions?

Administrator answers:

Colorado isn’t very cheap compared to where I’m originally from (Cleveland), but I live in Fort Collins now and there are tons of college kids here (from CSU, and we have a community college here as well), and a very active night life.

Fort Collins is definitely not a big city, and we’re about an hour or two from Denver, but it’s not bad, and it’s A LOT cheaper than Boulder.

I would recommend NOT moving to Loveland or Greeley, as they are both very small, and have absolutely nothing going on.

Oh, and rent here for an apartment generally runs about 500-700, or more depending on how nice a place you want. And I would recommend staying away from the student ghetto, but obviously that’s where the cheaper places are going to be.

The whole south side of the town is pretty much just suburban families, whereas the north side (especially near old town) is generally where the cheaper places are (and, of course, it’s closer to the bars and shops and galleries and whatnot).

While we’re not IN the mountains, you can see them to the West (though moreso in Loveland).

Nancy asks…

Is Dallas a good place to live for singles in their 30s?

I live in Washington, DC and am hoping to relocate to a less expensive city with a warmer climate and a strong job market.

Administrator answers:

I own a book titled “30 Great Cities to Start Out In…The Best Places to Live in your 20S and 30S” by Sandra Gurvis. Dallas is not listed. The top 30 are (alphabetically) Albuquerque, New Mexico, Atlanta, Georgia, Boston, Massachusetts, Charleston, South Carolina, Charlotte, North Carolina, Chicago, Illinois, Cleveland Ohio, Denver Colorado, Houston, Texas, Kansas City, Missouri, L.A. California, Louisville, Kentucky, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Minneapolis/St Paul, Minnesota, Nashville, Tennessee, New Orleans, Louisiana (note this book was published in 1997, this has probably changed), New York, NY, Orlando, Florida, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Phoenix, Arizona, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Portland, Oregon, Salt Lake City, Utah, San Antonio, Texas, San Diego, California, San Francisco, California, Seattle, Washington, Toronto Ontario (Canada), Vancouver, B.C. (Canada), Washinton D.C. In U.S. Louisville had the best cost of living ranking, Charlotte had the cheapest apartment rent

Ken asks…

What is the average rent for a two bedroom apartment…?

in the state you live in. I’m just curious. I live in Illinois and the average rent here is right around 600 dollars a month. How about where you live?

Administrator answers:

That’s a hard question to answer because it doesn’t go by state but rather by neighborhood. I am in Cleveland and the rents can be anywhere from $400 a month where you don’t want to live up to several thousand where you can’t afford to live. We are buying a 2 bedroom – 1-1/2 bath condo in a suburb for $62K (mortgage $450 and maintenance fee of $200) which we feel is cheaper than rent for the area. We have private patio, parking, pool, private lake, and it’s so quiet here. The salaries of your area have alot to do with rental prices also. This is an all electric condo so our budget of $80 sure beats the several hundred dollar gas bills we used to have when paying less for rent. It’s hard to compare apples to apples. Can you imagine what a New York City 2 bedroom place would cost versus another New York state apartment???

James asks…

What is the cost of living in New York, New York?

- food
- transportation
- cars
- to rent a room, studio apartment, 1 bedroom apartment

Administrator answers:

Here’s an interesting “cost of living comparison calculator,” where you can choose two cities and see the differences in a couple dozen categories.

Actually it doesn’t simply use cities, but metro areas from the census department, so the NYC area is broken into different areas of the “New York – White Plains – Wayne NY-NJ” area — which is helpful, because there are significant differences within the metro area.

Compares everything from home prices to haircuts, toothpaste to orange juice, movies to bowling.

One thing I found interesting: I live in Brooklyn, so compared that to Manhattan… And was told I can live 17.74% cheaper where I am than I could on the other side of the river. So, something to keep in mind when you think about costs in “New York, New York.” It’s a big city, with wide variations.

Laura asks…

How could I move to New York when Im older?

Im a 15 year old Producer/Rapper, from Ireland, but I wanna goto NY when Im older. The scene is dead-end here, (anybody with knowledge of Irish Hip-Hop will know what I mean..)
Anyway, Ive no American family, Ive never even been to The US, and no Knowledge of travel ect, so could somebody enlighten my with some info?

Administrator answers:

My friend, the New York City welcomes anyone who chose to live here.

With that said, the first you need to know before moving to the States is travel documents. You can’t move the US without a valid passport and visa. I would suggest contacting your local government for information about obtaining a passport and contact the US Embassy in Dublin for information about applying for a visa.

The contact information for US Embassy in Dublin can be found at the link below.


Second, you need the know the job market here. New York City, like Ireland, is right now going through its own economic slowdown, and there are not that many jobs going around. So finding a job in this week market is going to be toughs.

Third, were you going to live. New York City may be nice, but living here don’t come cheap. The average rent for an apartment in Manhattan, which one of the five boroughs of New York City, will cost you any where from $700 to $1000 or more. So you will need to look for something affordable or get a roommate to split the cost of the monthly rent.

These are some top thing you need to worry about before making the big move across the Atlantic.

I hope this information is very helpful.

Good luck

Lizzie asks…

what will it approximatley cost me to live on my own?

I’m trying to make a budget so that when im 18 i can move into an apartment.I would like it if someone could give me an estimate for the things listed below…i would like it to come from someone who actually has had experience living on their own in an apartment with no roommates.

-cell phone
-& gas for transportation

all i am asking for is estimations per month.Thanks so much

Administrator answers:

You are trying to really make me work aren’t you you buster.
O.K. New york city rent 4,000 a month in Manhattan that’s cheap.
Better area of the bronx 2,000 to 2,500. Or more.
Long Island1500. To 1800. To 2500. A month
food is pretty close all over figure 25. A day if you buy carefully & prepare yourself.And that doesn’t cover wine or beer.
Water usually included, if a home figure 5. A week.
Cell cheap 25. A month.
Cable & internet average 65. A month if you u chose carefully.
Gas depends on M.P.G. & do you use a taxi or mass transit
low mass transit 42. A week train bus
gas 3.00 to 3.50 a gallon forget the price now it’s going to go up when they turn the screws on all of us.

Mary asks…

How to get a cheap & best studio apartments in New York City?

Any area in NYC is fine, but I’m looking for a studio apartment with rent that isn’t so high. Its really important and I know it might be asking for a lot with my rent budget but anything under 600. Please help!!!

Administrator answers:

Web sites might be a good place to find an apartment or house to rent, if you want to go through the entire list to find one in your state and then city.

The best place to look for places to rent is to go to the yellow pages of your telephone book, look under property managers.

These individuals list properties for rent in certain areas, so make sure you select the areas in which you wish to rent.

Call several of the property managers listed there, tell them you want a list of properties that they have for rent. Some will fax, email or mail the list of local places to rent along with the address, number of bedrooms and bath rooms, amenities available, such as washer and dryers or gyms, the monthly rental of the unit. Most will include a rental application. These list will include the monthly rental required, if a lease or month to month agreement will be signed. They will also indicate if they will accept Section 8 vouchers. They will also indicate it they have disabled access, allow pets and if so the type allowed.

They might indicate a web site that you might visit to get their list of places to rent. In most instances you would be able to see a visual picture of the rental that are offered for rent.

It does not cost to get a rental list from a reputable property manager. Some will require you to stop by their office and pick up the list. A lot of them post their list outside of their office, so the list are available 24/7 365.

Make sure you don’t fall for the scams and purchase a list as 70%-80% of these list are composed of free list they have compiled. They are not the property managers of any property in most instances.

You might also google Property managers in whatever city or community you want to live in and see what comes up. Again do not pay for this information as it is free from reliable property managers.

You might consider obtaining a crime report from the city in which you would want to reside.

I hope this has been of some benefit to you, good luck.


Jenny asks…

What is the cheapest rent in Lower Manhattan, New York?

I’m looking for an apartment in New York City around the Lower East side. I just need an estimate no links to real estate sites. Thanks!

Administrator answers:

For a VERY small studio apartment in the lower east side…around $2000-5000 a month.

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