When I first graduated from college, I was deeply in debt with student loans.
I had healthy insurance, car payments and credit card debt. I managed to get a job, but it was an entry level position for low pay. I had no choice but to take an apartment with very low rent. It was cramped, rundown and outdated space with risky wiring, corroded plumbing and water damage. The heater couldn’t keep up in the winter, and I couldn’t afford to run the air conditioner in the summer. The windows were mostly painted shut and leaked air. I didn’t dare use the oven and my milk continually spoiled in the fridge. The apartment was just horrible. As soon as I got a promotion and started earning more money, I was eager to move out. I checked out various advertisements I found online, but there was always something wrong with every apartment opportunity. One demanded a huge security deposit and another didn’t include any off-street parking. I was concerned about the safety of some of the areas. I finally contacted a realtor for assistance. I was amazed by the features that she thought to look for and the drawbacks of various properties that she made me aware of. With her help, I was able to find the ideal amount of square footage in close proximity to my job. The rent on the apartment is reasonable, and I’m enjoying perks such as covered parking, on site washer and dryer, zoned heating and cooling and a balcony with a great view. I’ve now been here for two years and am so happy with my apartment.