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September 18, 2012

Sandra asks…

finding apartment next year. any advice?

I go to a private university in Chicago. Here dorms (especially apartment-style) are much more expensive that off-campus housing, even when comparting luxury apartments with many amenities included. I use rent.com, apartments.com and roomates.com website. I am not sure whether I should look for a studio for myself, or for another roomate who has a spare space which gives me at same cost living room, own bedroom and a company ;) What are advantages and disadvantages between two? Would you consider looking for apart or rather a roomate who has a place.

Besides currently I live in dorms and hate it. my roomate sits in our room 24/7 h except when he goes to classes 2 times a week. He once watched me sleep! He watches anime! He is weird? How would you cope with that if you were in my situation?

Thanks for sharing your answers!
In addition he types on his keyboard very nosily all the time. Thats why it drives me little bit a nut.
what other websites to use besieds the one I mentioned?

Administrator answers:

You mentioned he “once” watched you sleep…

…How do you know it was only once!!!

Sounds like you’d enjoy your own place. If you can afford it, go for it.
Do they offer single dorms? It may be good to be in that social environment compared to off-campus, but be able to shut the door when you want to.

Helen asks…

buying real estate out-of-state?

My husband and I live in Topeka and are have been looking for investment property in Chicago. Our jobs are in jeopardy, so this would be a means for regular income. My son goes to college in Chicago and has been working with a realtor, viewing properties, telling us which ones are worth making an offer on. He found a cheap studio apartment (under 20K)! That means we won’t need a mortgage, since we could pay cash. There are 2 issues we need help with:

1) We live too far and our work schedules don’t afford any in-person transactions. Is it possible to buy the property from Topeka by just, signing/faxing, etc. Or, do we need to be there for closing?

2) My husband could buy it jointly with my son, since they have a joint checking account. My son is financially independent, receives financial aid, and doesn’t want to jeopardize losing his financial aid. Will buying jointly be publicly recorded as an asset of my son’s if he’s buying it for us, but it belongs to my husband? HOW CAN WE PUT ONLY MY HUSBAND’S NAME — or, better yet, an LLC — ON THE TITLE?

3) We’d prefer an LLC, but don’t know if we could form one in the 30 days before closing. Since we’d rent it, we want to form an LLC to ensure we’re not sued (we don’t have much personal savings, but we have some, as well as retirement funds, and 2 cars). How can we best go about ownership via an LLC. Is a sole proprietorship best in the case of a fairly inexpensive investment property?

THANKS so much for your input! :-)

Administrator answers:

While you could do it sending things back and forth, another option would be to make your son power of attorney specifically for the purchase. Then the closing (making payment and getting the deed) could be handled all at once.

Someone would also need to manage it so if something springs a leak in the middle of the night there is someone to call that can promptly take action before further damage (possibly to other apartments below).

Chris asks…

Finding off-campus next year. any advice? exprience? thoughts?

I go to a private university in Chicago. Here dorms (especially apartment-style) are much more expensive that off-campus housing, even when comparting luxury apartments with many amenities included. I use rent.com, apartments.com and roomates.com website. I am not sure whether I should look for a studio for myself, or for another roomate who has a spare space which gives me at same cost living room, own bedroom and a company ;) What are advantages and disadvantages between two? Would you consider looking for apart or rather a roomate who has a place.

Besides currently I live in dorms and hate it. my roomate sits in our room 24/7 h except when he goes to classes 2 times a week. He once watched me sleep! He watches animes! He is weird. In addition he types on his keyboard very nosily all the time. Thats why it drives me little bit a nut. How would you cope with that if you were in my situation?
what other websites to use?

Administrator answers:

If you are going to share an apartment or house Just be sure that you are compatible with the other person by setting down with them and asking a lot of questions. You do not need another one like what you have now. Or a party animal, or some one on drugs or stays drunk all the time. Then there are people who want to argue or fight all the time. When I was in college many years ago I had one male room mate, that lasted 2 months. He was a pig, always had to be on him to do his share of the house work. Left his dirty clothes all over the house. Just like he probably did at home, and momma picked up for him. After that I only had girl room mates.

Paul asks…

Help moving into town, apartment question?

I want to move to a location that has a good acting market. I’m not ready for LA, and NYC is running on $5000. I want to know if moving to a studio/1 bathroom in Chicago would be okay. I know as far as acting the market in chicago is right below NYC and LA so I’m not worried about that, but what would rent be like? Its 1200 to pay for the studio but what about utilities? I know there are no rooms can I rennovate that or not and would landlords want me to pay extra. I have a job that pays $10 an hour and my checks are worth approx. $1400 a month I get paid bi weekly.

After I pay the 1200 to buy it, what would rent be? Utilities? My job would transfer me to a location in the area so I wouldn’t need to find a job. Please help me get a good look at this situation.

Administrator answers:

You know, the rate for studio in Chicago is definitely much cheaper than those of cities like NYC and LA. However, it’s not that cheap yet. Well, the rent might be cheap, but most of them don’t come with utilities.

Mainly, the cost depends largely on where you’re going to live. Apartments in northwest side are always more affordable. So, I suggest you to look for studios or apartments in this area when you first come to Chicago.

Well, I just think it might also be a wonderful idea for you to rent an apartment near Forest Park or River Forest.

I found that there’re lots of apartments for rent in this area, like Presidential Towers Apartments, Byn Mawr Apartments, Sheridan-edgewater Apartments etc. The prices are reasonable, ranging from $600 to $900.

Here’s a page for Forest Park Apartments, you can take a look at it to see if there’re any great ones for you:

http://chicago.apartmenthomeliving.com/apartment-guide/forest-park-illinois

And according to the info on ApartmentRating.com, there’s a nice apartment in this area. It has received 55 reviews. If you are interested, check this page to see all the reviews:

http://www.apartmentratings.com/rate/OH-Forest-Park.html

Besides, River Forest and Maywood are also great places for you to live in the suburbs of Chicago. Elmwood Park might also a nice option. Plenty of apartments are available for rent in this region. Once you search online, chances are pretty good for you to locate a nice apartment.

If you really need some REALLY INEXPENSIVE ones, here’re some top picks for you.

When I searched on Chicago.ApartmentHomeLiving.com, I found that most of the apartments, even studios, are nearly $600 – 700+ per month. According to the image, these apartments are really nice, spacious, clean and with beautiful surroundings.

Reside Ravenswood Apartments have a couple of 1 bedroom studio available at $610 to $730. If this is acceptable for you, check it out:

http://www.apartmenthomeliving.com/apartment-finder/Reside-Ravenswood-Chicago-IL-60640-204846

1030 North Dearborn Apartments also have affordable studio apartments. The prices rang from $655 to $825.

Http://www.apartmenthomeliving.com/apartment-finder/1030-North-Dearborn-Apartments-Chicago-IL-60611-179702

I also recommend you to look for cheap studio on Chicago Craigslist. You know, there’re plenty of posts under the Housing category. You might be able to find some really nice ones.

Http://chicago.craigslist.org/

http://www.chicago-hotels-il.com/craigslist-chicago

Donald asks…

Is a Saint Bernard dog right for me?

I am a young female professional. I finally am making enough money to live very comfortably on my own. No more roommates needed to pay the rent yay! Anyways it has been my lifelong dream to own a beautiful, rough-haired, huge Saint Bernard. My parents only tolerated small dogs my whole life (though I had owned a German Shepherd as a teen).

I am well versed in general dog etiquette, especially this breed that I have adored and followed closely for years. I understand they need a LOT of grooming, decent exersize (but not TOO much as a puppy so I don’t damage their growing joints and muscles) and need to eat a lot of quality food.

However, I live in Chicago and don’t expect to be renting a HUGE apartment, but it would most likely not be a studio. I would be willing to walk the dog for less than an hour after I got home from work, as well as play with him and brush him daily. But is this enough?

What worries me is I expect to be gone most of the day for work, up early and home late (maybe 6pm with some days off during the week). I also am pretty social, but would not feel the need to go out too often if I had a companion to keep me company at home.

I intend to devote money and time to obedience and potty training classes when he is a puppy, because I have experienced first hand how obedience neglect is the worst mistake one can make with a young dog, especially one that will grow up to be very big and strong.

My father has suggested that getting any dog, especially one this large, will be unwise with my busy day-time schedule because the dog will leave little lakes and mudpies all over the house when I am at work, because I will not be home during the day to walk him. I am not opposed to him being paper trained until I can get home to take him out etc.

So now, any suggestions on proper apartment house training for a large dog? Does this dog sound like a breed I can handle and devote myself to his needs? Can a SB lead a happy life in a 1 bedroom apartment as long as I take him for long walks daily (and perhaps before I start work)? This being said, I will not be getting a dog if it is not a Saint Bernard. I want the love, companionship, and sense of protection one could provide. I dont think I could love any dog more than this breed (with the exception of perhaps a Dalmatian….but the passion is not the same!!)

Please let me know your learned opinions, preferably if you own a SB! I look forward to your replies!

Administrator answers:

Any dog can be a good apartment dog if you take the time to provide enough exercise and training. You do have to consider the fact that if you are buying a puppy, you will come home to little “surprises” for a while. You might consider a puppy daycare that provides training for the first few months of having the dog.

Sharon asks…

Is a St. Bernard dog right for me?

I am a young female professional. I finally am making enough money to live very comfortably on my own. No more roommates needed to pay the rent yay! Anyways it has been my lifelong dream to own a beautiful, rough-haired, huge Saint Bernard. My parents only tolerated small dogs my whole life (though I had owned a German Shepherd as a teen).

I am well versed in general dog etiquette, especially this breed that I have adored and followed closely for years. I understand they need a LOT of grooming, decent exersize (but not TOO much as a puppy so I don’t damage their growing joints and muscles) and need to eat a lot of quality food.

However, I live in Chicago and don’t expect to be renting a HUGE apartment, but it would most likely not be a studio. I would be willing to walk the dog for less than an hour after I got home from work, as well as play with him and brush him daily. But is this enough?

What worries me is I expect to be gone most of the day for work, up early and home late (maybe 6pm with some days off during the week). I also am pretty social, but would not feel the need to go out too often if I had a companion to keep me company at home.

I intend to devote money and time to obedience and potty training classes when he is a puppy, because I have experienced first hand how obedience neglect is the worst mistake one can make with a young dog, especially one that will grow up to be very big and strong.

My father has suggested that getting any dog, especially one this large, will be unwise with my busy day-time schedule because the dog will leave little lakes and mudpies all over the house when I am at work, because I will not be home during the day to walk him. I am not opposed to him being paper trained until I can get home to take him out etc.

So now, any suggestions on proper apartment house training for a large dog? Does this dog sound like a breed I can handle and devote myself to his needs? Can a SB lead a happy life in a 1 bedroom apartment as long as I take him for long walks daily (and perhaps before I start work)? This being said, I will not be getting a dog if it is not a Saint Bernard. I want the love, companionship, and sense of protection one could provide. I dont think I could love any dog more than this breed (with the exception of perhaps a Dalmatian….but the passion is not the same!!)

NOTE: I am NOT looking for suggestions for other breeds of dogs. So please don’t say “i suggest you get a greyhound or a pug instead” thanks!

Please let me know your learned opinions, preferably if you own a SB! I look forward to your replies!
Those of you saying its a bad idea for sizing issues and over-energy have not done your research. A negative poster listed a link to a site that is more in my favori:

http://www.englishstbernardclub.co.uk/page_616609.html

This breed is low-energy, and does not need tons of space, but it cant be cramped either. The apartment in question is very large though it is 1 bdroom and dog friendly, plus the breeder is a-OK with the situation.

Lastly, I have already looked into doggy daycare and personal private training. I can afford it.

I appreciate all of your opinions and ideas!

Administrator answers:

In modern day the Saint Bernard is lower energy, but they are not dogs to stay in an apartment for 10-12 hours at a time.

It’s good you’ll take him out. I want you to recognize that getting out of the apartment and getting exercise are two different things. I would say take him to the park for a stroll, enjoy Saturday morning coffee with him on a cafe patio, rent a bike and ride with him down a water front, take him to dinner with you, go to a dog friendly bookstore and find a new best seller. See the difference? Getting out an hour a day will suffice for exercise won’t be out enough.

I am also concerned with you being gone so much. Although if you have days off, have at least 4-5 hours at night after work, and will sacrifice friend outings for him, it could work. But you would need to send him to a doggy daycare type of situation on the long days.

I think you can make it work, and it seems like you’re willing to educate yourself more to make it the best living situation. My last question is, you know they slobber and are very pricey to care for, right? As a Dane owner, I am surprised at how many people pretend it doesn’t exist or thinks it ‘really isn’t THAT expensive..’. Well, it is. And if you’re financially on your own 100% for the first time, you may want to wait another year to properly budget and know you are secure enough for one.

Good luck!

Carol asks…

We are young couple that need a place to live fast! can anyone help?

I live in east meadow NY just recently my landlord’s wife got sick and he’s moving out of his house. I’m looking to stay in or at least close to east meadow or Westbury. its just me and my husband. I’m actually going to college this semester in chicago so it’ll basically just be my husband living there. We’re are very responsible, ridiculously clean and are always on time with rent if not early. We’re looking for anything but a studio
We prefer an upstairs but we’ll take anything at this point as long as its decent. We are looking for something between 800 -1000mo max. i really hope we find somethings soon.
We recently did find something perfect the guy actually gave us the apartment it was perfect near the area we wanted and 950mo. but after a visit we insisted giving him a deposit that very day but he said “next week would be better” it was strange for someone turn down “on the spot”money.It wasn’t till he changed his mind last minute that we realized we were dealing someone bias and that if i hadn’t called we’d be homeless. but if anyone (not like the last guy) can help it will be greatly appreciated.Thank you
Looking for one flat price a month all utilities included.

Administrator answers:

The rental market is a wash with properties up for rent and they’re even giving first few months rent free I’ve heard on the radio in some over stocked renter market places, why are you wasting time here?

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