Should I stay or should I go??? Apt searching should be easier!
Rent is too damn high in this pandemic economy so like a lot of people am considering moving back home or somewhere less expensive cost of living or at the minimum a new apartment!
The Coronavirus has affected our housing in so many ways.From job loss, cut hours, and changing budget a lot of us are having to make choices that hadn’t been on our minds. I remember this article ‘How to search for and find a new rental during coronavirus’ in the LAT. A friend was planning to relocate to SoCal so forwarded this to her. It was right during the shutdown so apartments weren’t being shown and she was desperate to move before her new job started. But this new normal doesn’t change that people need a place to live, some have lost and others got jobs so it’s definitely an upheaval for tenants no matter what!
I still read the Washington Post (lived in WDC) and this really sums up the ‘tale of two cities’ with their article ‘Rental Market reacts to coronavirus but stays active’ this will be affecting us across the world for some time especially with companies allowing staff to work remotely. Some people will continue to have to work near their office in case they need to go in but others will be fully remote and will decide on numerous factors of where to move with work/life balance, if they want to live near (or nowhere near family), and cost of living.
But for those of us that still need to live in certain areas it’s so hard to figure out where to move to as far as Los Angeles various areas have plus and minuses (rent can change from street to street depending on the area). For me it’s important that it has designated parking for tenants (me), easy to get to the highway, has grocery store and outdoor living (parks, greenspace) as well as the neighborhood being safe (I’m a woman). All of these factors have to be juggled with how much you can afford, size and amenities.
In the past I’d go on rental sites to see what’s available but had no idea if I was overpaying and how to negotiate with landlords. I’d literally just type up the info in a excel sheet after comparing and it’s a lot of effort for something that I have to pay for. So was very pleased to learn about Zumper that is very easy to look at what’s currently available in the LA metro area. They even have screening service, online apartment application and lots of photos so I feel like I did a walkthrough!
I was surprised at how much rent is since I’ve been in the same apartment for years. I thought was paying too much but when I looked at Zumper the average rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles is $1,900 and that’s with a decrease of 16%. Now that didn’t stop me from looking at other 1 bdrm apartments in Los Angeles and I’ve fallen in love with a couple of them especially with some of the incentives <free rent for two months??? An Amazon Gift card so that I can buy décor?? Swoon> I found one place for $1,645 in Central Hollywood that looks so light and airy! So many windows!!! It’s perfect for me to be able to set up a separate home office for my writing (no TV distraction)! I really liked that it shows how the rent compares to other apartments in the area so that I can either negotiate or decide if it’s worth the effort.
Well, it looks like I’m staying put in my apartment for the time being till I figure out next steps as I look for the ideal apartment for our new normal of sheltering in place! But I might just set up a realtime alert so if my perfect apartment comes up I can jump on it like a panther! If you are looking to move to LA or out of your current living situation I think Zumper is a great site to use. It has a LOT of apartment listings, the interactive map allows me to pinpoint neighborhoods and streets I like. Dang it I wish I’d thought it up!
Have you checked out Zumper in your home/apt/condo/roommate search? Let me know what you think below!