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Renting in Boston: Fall and Winter

Right now we know this is a slower time of year for rentals, but there's still several opportunities for you to still find the right home.  The summer, especially in Boston, is the prime time for renting.  This is when students and professors might be looking to make the move to Boston, but right now, students are settled in and the school year is underway. A majority of the city is rented but a few quick tips for those that are still looking to rent in Boston can really make the difference:

1. Keep an open mind- With limited inventory, the EXACT apartment you're looking for can be difficult to come by, but that doesn't mean that there aren't some really great places out there. Consider what your absolute must-haves are, and the things that might be nice, but are not entirely necessary. You may come across an apartment that has almost everything you want along with a few other nice features, that you're willing to sacrifice one or two things on your wish list for. Maybe something like a private balcony is enough of an incentive that you're willing to give up on the extra closet space that you initially wanted. At the same time, don't lose sight of what you want, just understand that there may have to be some give and take.

2. Do your research, know which places are out there for rent. This will give you an  idea of where your expectations should be at. Rents range in Boston, mainly based on location and before calling a rental agent you should have a realistic price range and an understanding of what your price range will get you. Having this understanding can make a world of difference as you continue your search.

3. Move quickly. Apartments are still renting quickly, even with fewer people looking. If you find a place you like, be prepared to fill out all the apps and sign checks immediately. Using the first two suggestions above will allow you to know the right place when you see it. It's all about preparation. Know what you want, have the paperwork necessary, and once you see the right place jump into action. You have very little time to weigh your options, so be sure you know what you want and you're ready to commit.

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