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Since: 10.12.01
From: #yqr

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I got interested by one of the side discussions in the commuting thread.

My rent: $688/month. This includes:
- a fairly spacious one-bedroom apartment in a well-maintained building that's a 20 minute from work
- one parking space (w/outlet for block heater)
- heat
- water
- access to a sad little exercise room

Does not include:
- power
- phone/cable/internet
- laundry ($1 per load; 13 washers and 13 dryers in the building)
- a dishwasher

My rent seemed pretty high four years ago (when it was $648). Then house prices spiked like I have never seen around here, and my rent now looks quite reasonable considering the quality of the building.

You house-owning people can feel free to discuss house finances if you'd like.



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Since: 2.1.02
From: Quincy, MA

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My rent is $790 a month. It includes all utilities except cable/internet. Laundry's free, but the dryer sucks ass. No dishwasher, and the kitchen is the size of a postage stamp. It's kind of a 1 and 1/2 bedroom. There's a mud room-type thing that was converted to have drywall and heat, and we use that for my daughter's bedroom. The price is incredible, considering my proximity to Boston.



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Since: 19.3.02
From: Seattle, WA

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$855/month, for a little over 500 sq ft and one bedroom. I've lived there since March 04, at which point it was $815. It bumped up about a year ago.

Utilities are covered, though we don't get heat access 24/7. Street parking, pretty good location, reasonably nice building (3 stories, about 20 units), most of the 500 sq ft is decent quality.

A load of wash is $1.25 and the dryer is $1 a load. And it's WAY down there in the basement Plus there are only 2 of each, so I often find myself "in line" and handling other people's laundry, which is one of the most frustrating things ever, especially when they walk in at that moment and see their underwear in my hands. By now I think having my own washer/dryer would be the biggest perk of becoming a homeowner.





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Since: 4.11.02
From: Winchester, VA

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$900 a month for a 2 B/R 1 bath in a building built in the 1700's, used as a fort in the Revolutionary War by George Washington. It's pretty cool except there are only two sets of washers and dryers which people love to leave their laundry in when I'm trying to do mine. Heat and water are paid for. Here in Northern VA it's kind of a steal...



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Since: 30.1.02
From: South Georgia

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$500/month mortgage
  • 2000 sq. foot mobile home
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 3 bathrooms
  • dining room, living room, den, & office
  • electric heat
  • dishwasher
  • washer & dryer
  • shed
  • concrete parking pad
  • well water
  • 2 acres of grass w/ a half acre fenced (chainlink)
Of course, I live 3 miles outside of a town of <5000 people, the nearest mid-sized town (around 45000 people) is 30+ minutes away, and the nearest metropolis is 90+ minutes, so real estate prices here are lower than most of you guys will find.



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Since: 7.11.02
From: Riderville, SK

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My rent: $837/month. This includes:
- a spacious three-bedroom duplex-ish building that is a 15 minute from work
- one parking space (w/outlet for block heater)
- water
- laundry
- a dishwasher

Does not include:
- power
- phone/cable/internet
- heat

Rent history:
-Friends moved in in 2004, $777/mo
-I moved in in 2005, same rent
-In 2007, rent increase to $837/mo, at which point I re-upped for another year.
-One month later, rent increased to $1,039/mo



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Since: 28.1.02
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419/month mortgage

2100 sq ft house with a detached garage and 21x8 3 season room.
4 bedroom, 2 bath, the usual house stuff. It's a bi-level

Includes my escrow for property taxes

City lot, fenced back yard, a sewer line I will have to replace in the next couple years.

it's about 17 miles to where I occasionally work and 11 miles to the airport (where I go more often than I do to my cubicle).



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Since: 26.3.03
From: Glendale, CA

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My rent: $535/month, includes:
-2 bedroom/1 bath ground floor apartment
-1 parking space
-Water
-Refrigerator (no longer offered to new tenants)
-Dishwasher (currently not in use)
-On-call maintenance crew

The $535 is discounted from $1065 because my wife and I are the assistant managers of our building. (But we're only on duty every other week...we trade off with another couple) There are laundry rooms ($1 to wash, $1 to dry), but it's often a bitter competition to even get one load done. It's a crowded building, with 75 units in our building and another 75 units in the twin building next door.

Also, it's an all-electric, no gas building. So we have one less bill to pay (but not any less money to pay).



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Since: 9.12.01
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The last place I rented was $650/mo.

2/1 - second floor of an office building. I found out later it was the former funeral home.

Electricity and heat were included, so it wasn't a horrible deal.

My mortgage... is much higher than anyone in this thread. In my defense, you can see the ocean from my front door.




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Since: 7.2.02

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Around Santa Barbara, a standard, 1 bedroom apartment is around $1200. Studios routinely go for $850 - usually, that's just with a kitchenette. Two bedrooms are usually $1800 and up. We almost had a two bedroom for $1500 (which is an absolute steal around here), but we had just signed a different lease and I didn't feel right about backing out.

The median price of a home in Santa Barbara is about $1.3 million. If you go ten miles north, you're looking around $800k for a single story, 3-4 bedroom. Entry level condos are between $300k and $400k.

I believe only New York, Aspen, and specific parts of L.A. have it worse than we do. And while I can't see the ocean from my door, I do see it everyday.




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Since: 2.1.02
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    Originally posted by AWArulz
    419/month mortgage


I am SO hating you right now.

    Originally posted by Guru Zim
    My mortgage... is much higher than anyone in this thread. In my defense, you can see the ocean from my front door.


I'm sure I've got you beat. I've been to Tillamook.

(edited by JayJayDean on 16.1.08 1634)


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Since: 9.12.01
From: Bay City, OR

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Hey, Bay City - but yeah, I hear you.






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Since: 10.12.01
From: #yqr

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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.11
    Originally posted by hansen9j
    Rent history:
    -Friends moved in in 2004, $777/mo
    -I moved in in 2005, same rent
    -In 2007, rent increase to $837/mo, at which point I re-upped for another year.
    -One month later, rent increased to $1,039/mo
Holy shit.

My rent increased from $648 to $688 between 2004 and now (the last increase - $20 - was in September of last year). You can see how my place looked expensive when I got it and looks like a steal now.



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Since: 2.1.02
From: The Las Vegas of Canada

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Currently we're paying $1100 a month combined mortgage and assessments (including property tax) on our 2br/1ba condo on the NW side of Chicago. The assessments include all of the utilities, and exterior maintenance, and janitorial service. It felt like a very good deal when all our walks were shoveled after our last huge storm.

Before that I was part of an ever-rotating group renting a 2br/1ba apartment in the less NW side of Chicago for $1200 a month with just heat and water included. But the location was better and more desireable.



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Since: 24.3.02
From: Oshkosh, WI

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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.12
$350 a month for a two-bedroom on the upper floor of a duplex, but as I said in the other thread, the normal price is $500.
No utilities included. There was a spot for a washer and dryer, but they weren't included. I was lucky enough to get a set from my uncle fiancee when she moved in with him. A washer, dryer, and an air conditioner for $100. Granted, the washer and dryer are like 10 years old, and I had to replace a belt on the dryer, but it was still worth it.
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Since: 22.2.04
From: Cambridge, MA

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$1225 with heat & hot water included for a 500 sq ft one bedroom apt. It's really expensive, but our expenses otherwise are fairly minimal since we don't have a car or cable TV, and are very conscious of energy usage (combined monthly electric/gas bills are about $15).

It seems expensive, but it's also a block from the subway (aboveway here), right in the middle of a lot of great bars & restaurants, yet still we can sleep at night with as close to silence as I've ever heard in the city.



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Since: 17.8.06
From: Calgary, AB Canada

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$550.00 a month (which only went up $25.00 this year)for a 500 sq foot basement suite in great neighborhood. Includes:

- All utilities (except for cable/Internet)
- Free washer and dryer
- part of the garage for storage

Now $550.00 a month is unheard of here in Calgary were comparable apartments would cost $850-$950 a month.

I'm never leaving until I buy....



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Since: 28.1.02
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    Originally posted by JayJayDean
      Originally posted by AWArulz
      419/month mortgage


    I am SO hating you right now.


Let's make it worse - I have 18 payments left



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Since: 10.10.02
From: New Hampshire

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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.00
I pay a decent chunk for my condo mortgage, with $150.00 for a monthly condo fee so that the walkway and lawns are kept very well groomed.

Two parking spots
Two bedrooms and a loft that is big enough for a bedroom
1.5 bathrooms
Forced hot air for heat
Washer, dryer and dishwasher
One outdoor storage area out front and a decent porch out back

One downfall of a condo is the lady on my right who owns a dog that seems to bark non-stop. We are thinking about getting a house closer to our jobs so I'm not going to ruffle any feathers right now.
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Since: 2.1.02
From: Victoria, BC, Canada

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I pay $900 a month for a 1 bedroom that I share with my girlfriend. The kitchen is spacious, and if I am not mistaken it is 700 square feet. I live right in the downtown of this small city I'm in. It is a 10 minute walk to my gf's work and a 20 min drive to my school.
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