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John F. O'Hara
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Survey: Coastal Cities Still Commanding Highest Rents

April 27, 2016 2:30 am

Average rent prices may have dropped 0.4 percent in recent months, but in coastal communities, they’re increasing, according to ApartmentList.com’s recently released National Rent Report.

Cities on the coasts continue to be the nation’s most expensive, as the Eastern Seaboard, California and the Pacific Northwest make the site’s list of “Top 10 Cities with Highest Rents.”

Once again, San Francisco, Calif., takes a commanding lead as the most expensive city in the nation for two-bedroom rents, averaging $4,800 a month.

Washington, D.C. is the nation’s fourth most expensive city, with two-bedroom units now averaging $2,980. A one-bedroom averages $2,200.

Not surprisingly, Seattle, Wash., comes in eighth for most expensive rents, with a median two-bedroom price of $2,460.

Markedly, Jersey City, N.J., and Stamford, Conn., have shown double-digit gains in rents, as well.

Notable cities from the interior that barely missed the cut include Minneapolis, Minn. (#15), Denver, Colo. (#17), and Dallas, Texas (#22).

What about the fastest-growing rents?

• Orlando, Fla., had the third-largest increase in rent nationwide, with a 9.0 percent increase over last year. A two-bedroom apartment now costs $1,100.

• San Jose, Calif., came in seventh place for highest rent increases, with two-bedroom prices up 7.8 percent over the last year. A two-bedroom apartment now averages $2,650.

• Just behind San Jose, Austin, Texas, claims the eighth spot for fastest-growing rents at 7.7 percent over last year. A two-bedroom apartment now averages $1,500.

All data come from the several hundred thousand listings on ApartmentList.com.

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Moving? Here's Your Checklist!

April 26, 2016 12:30 am

Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, getting ready takes lots of pre-planning. From Real Simple magazine, a moving checklist:

Two Months Before

• Sort and Purge
– Go through every room in your home and decide what you will take and what you will get rid of. Plan a garage sale and/or gather up your charitable donations now.

• Get Estimates – Get a few onsite moving estimates—not over the phone—in writing. Keep all estimates, receipts and notes in a binder.

• Transfer School Records – Arrange for all school records to be transferred to the new school district.

Six Weeks Before

• Gather Supplies
– Start stockpiling moving boxes, tape and markers.

• Pare Down – Begin using up stuff you don’t want to move, like frozen foods and cleaning supplies.

One Month Before

• Choose a Mover – Get written confirmation of the date, costs and details.

• Start Packing – Begin with things you use least often, like extra dishes, out-of-season clothing and recreational items. Label boxes in terms of content, and where in the new house they should go.

• Separate What You Will Carry – Stow away any valuables, like jewelry or important papers, that you will be transporting yourself in a safe box.

• Change Your Address – Do it online or at your local post office. Alert your bank, credit card issuer, utility company and any magazine providers to the change. Ask a neighbor to check your mailbox for a few weeks after your move.

• Forward Medical Records – Arrange to have them sent to your new medical provider.

Two Weeks Before

• Withdraw Your Safety Deposit Box
– Store valuables in your safe box at home.

• Confirm Moving Arrangements – Call the moving company to confirm the date and time.

One Week Before

• Refill Prescriptions
– Be sure you have enough for several weeks.

• Get Serious about Packing – Pack suitcases for each family member with enough to wear for a few days.

Two Days Before

• Defrost the Fridge/Freezer – Give away any perishables.

Moving Day

• Sign Mover Inventory List – Keep a copy for your records.

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