Overwhelmed

July 30, 2013

why does apartment hunting feel like such an overwhelming task?  it's really not.  you plug in your price range and look at pictures online.  but it seems like there's a lot of work to be done.  i don't like it.  i don't want to apartment hunt, i want to read blogs.

but i am.  apartment hunting that is.  the rent is going up too much on my current place so i'd really like to find something cheaper.  if nothing else i can stay or move into a smaller slightly cheaper (but still overpriced) unit in the same building.  so this is not a 'find some place tomorrow or be homeless' situation.  but for my ocd, list-making, decisions-must-be-made-immediately and i must begin packing in an orderly fashion personality, it sure seems like it is.  (side note, hooray for organization and minimalism, i can get fully packed in probably 2 hours.)

so i've been searching on websites, which is a task that annoys me to no end.  i need one giant we have it all website and realtor.  i'm sick of e-mails and phone calls from 10 different companies.  i hate having things in my inbox.  i especially hate that they leave voicemails, you know how i feel about voicemail.  of course i cannot take your call at 9:45 a.m.  or 2:30 p.m.  i have a job, that's how i can afford an apartment.  really, a decision just needs to be made because the disorganization of it all is making me angry.

and then there's deciding between finding a place to rent or just sucking it up and buying a condo - because rental payments are basically mortgages here in chicago, it's a huge rip off.  i found a few condo buildings, right downtown, and calculated that my monthly payment with a mortgage (plus taxes and assessments) would actually be a couple hundred less than what i'm paying now.  does that seem insane to anyone else? 

i'm offering this up as a partial reason for being lame this week about reading blogs and responding to comments and e-mails.  at some point, i will do these things.  but not until an apartment decision has been made, because i like to only work on one thing at a time.  keep your fingers crossed for me that a decision will be made by the end of this weekend!

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27 comments

  1. Good luck! If you do get a condo it would have to be a 2 bedroom so we can get famous doing our Steph and Tara reality tv show "The Best Adventures They Will Never Remember" or "Drunk Cupcake Cooking"

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  2. good luck! i feel the same way about house hunting. my husband asked what my thoughts were about moving again and i shut that shit down!

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  3. I feel the same way and was just in a similar situation! My lease was going to be up,....um... tomorrow, and I had just started looking for a place July 5! But luckily it all worked out and I'll be moving this weekend! Sending positive vibes your way- it can be tough but also fun!

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  4. Agh I feel your pain, we're doing the same right now. Moving is the worst. Good luck and I'm sure you'll find something great!!

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  5. Go with the condo. Just because I think a condo sounds cool. Good luck. The good thing about this little town is that there really aren't a lot of options.

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  6. good luck boo. I wish I lived in chicago, because looking at apartments online is one of my top fave things to do, I pick out my apartment every time I apply to a job (even if I stand no chance of getting it). I would do the leg work for you in exchange for drinks.

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  7. Finding an apartment in Chicago is a task...and when you do the math it always makes you slightly depressed because you could be paying for something you own but yep that takes responsibility. I feel your pain! I have to start the apartment search in a month or so and I am not looking forward to it.

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  8. Good luck in your apartment hunt! I can imagine how difficult that would be, especially in Chicago!
    Shelby xoxo

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  9. Rental prices here are about the same as a mortgage payment too. I think its crazy. I must say that I love that John drives an F150. Greg drives a Silverado and it drives my Ford lovin' heart insane. I've moved a lot lately. It sucks because I'm a hoarder and OCD. So all my boxes have to be labeled by room and a list of the items inside. Then stacked just so, so when we go to move them, they can be taken right to the room they go to.

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  10. Good luck!! As a former resident of like eight different neighborhoods and buildings I know how ridic the market is there and sympathize!! Can't wait to see what you end up doing!

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  11. Good luck!! It's such a daunting task but its so worth it when you find a great place!

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  12. Good luck with it all! I've been dealing with the same issue and finally got it settled after weeks! It's stressful but everything will turn out fine in the end :)

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  13. ugh moving is the WORST. hope you find something soon <3

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  14. our lease is up on dec 1st and I'm already like I need to know where we're living. Tom hates it.

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  15. Apartment hunting is infuriating. They really should have realtors who solely help with rentals but that doesn't really exist. I am about to do long-distance apartment hunting which I am NOT looking forward to. And if you can afford a mortgage, it is probably a better investment than a rental.

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  16. You might not be ready for a condo but think about all you can do with all the money you save! :)

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  17. Good luck finding a place!! I have never dealt with that and I think I would go crazy!

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  18. Seriously girl, I hear you. My roommate and I decided that, although we love our place, we're going to start looking for something cheaper. I saw an ad in the newspaper yesterday for a brand new condo building and the the mortgage for a (gorgeous) 2 bedroom is about $400 CHEAPER per month than what we currently pay.

    Seriously? It's such a rip off. Good luck finding something. I'm not too excited about looking..

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  19. Do any of the condo purchase options have maintenance included? I would shit twice and die to pay rent that was more than a mortgage could be. The tax writeoff is nice nice.

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  20. I am looking for the "right" rental too- Boston is insane right now and its near possible to find an apartment that is affordable but decent. I'm in a month to month lease now since its been over a year so just waiting to stumble upon a gem.

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  21. Good luck! I have no idea how to apartment hunt, haha. And realistically, the only place I can afford after graduation is one with a roommate... which just brings on a whole other slew of problems!

    Michelle @ Mishfish13

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  22. Apartment hunting is always a pain, i don't care how organized you can be with it! You pretty much have to squeeze it into your normal schedule and then hope you catch something amazing at the time! It took 2 months before I found the house (we rent) I am currently in now. I'm pretty impatient so that was a long time! But good luck and I say go for buying if you are ready to own your place and stay in one spot!

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  23. House/apartment hunting blows but think about that $$ in your bank at the end of it all...that just means MORE SHOES!!! Ok..and maybe a few extra treats for Princess Hawkeye!

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  24. Orrrrr you could forgo all this nonsense and move to the PAC nw ;)
    No? Bad idea? Haha.

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  25. good luck! apartment hunting is SOOO stressful. i try to move as little as possible because of it. but you'll get it figured out! just pour yourself a glass of wine (or four). haha

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  26. grown up related things suck.
    why can't our parents just fix everything?

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