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How to Find an Apartment in Boston

1 Pick The City

When we say "Boston" we don't always mean Boston Proper. There are many cities that are part of the Greater Boston ecosystem. Cambridge, Somerville, Brookline, and Brighton just to name a few. For most, this choice is going to be based on cost, where you're commuting to, and what type of transportation you have access to.

2. Scout The Neighborhoods

Once you've chosen a city, it's time to visit the neighborhoods. Although it might take some time, the only way to really get a feel for each neighborhood is to visit them.

It’s also a good idea to ask yourself what you’re looking for in terms of a neighborhood. Young professionals flock towards the South End, while Allston (also in Boston) is packed with college students. Conversely the Cambridge's Kendall Square is the epicenter of the life sciences/biotechnology industry, and many of the people who labor in it.

3. Find an Agent

This is perhaps the most important step. Finding a good agent who you can trust to put the time in and advocate for you will save you a lot of time, energy, and worry.

4. Master The Trifecta

Price, Size, and Location. When choosing an apartment in Boston, you must understand that at the end of the day, you can only really have two. Of course there are always exceptions where you might get really lucky but be prepared to sacrifice one of these factors.

5. Find The "Perfect" Apartment

Another thing to know when moving to Boston, is when it's time to pull the trigger. You can spend your whole life searching for the perfect place, but when you find a place that checks off your boxes- don't hesitate, it could be gone tomorrow.

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