Competitive Apartment Hunting Tips?

Competitive Apartment Hunting Tips?

Regina Yunghans
Sep 2, 2011

Q: I'm looking to make the tiny hop from Baltimore to DC. My budget is small, so I am engaged in a very competitive game of guerrilla warfare with other low-income renters trying to find affordable units in (or near) half-decent neighborhoods. I'm stalking Craigslist like it's my job, emailing within 20 minutes of posts going up, and getting no replies.

The only unit I've actually been inside of was at an open house which was clearly a scheme for the landlords to make money on application fees. I know I have to be patient, but at this rate it's been a month and I've got nothing to show for it.

What gives? Any tips for dealing with the highly competitive DC market? Or at least getting a landlord to respond to my inquiries? I get more replies from potential employers than potential landlords.

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