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Author: DollarIQ Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 7837  
Subject: Re: Help moving to Manhattan Date: 12/28/2001 4:24 PM
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Hey, thanks for the help. That site, thesublet.com, charges like a hundred bucks just to reply to the listings. A little too much for something that can't even guarontee my finding a place. I found some nice free listings on roommateservice.com. Thanks for the help though.

xhendro, yikes! I had no idea they charged that much to respond. Not too surprising, though. I remembered their ad pitched that their offerings included "no broker fees." Obviously they make up their own charge. Glad you found another site, roommateservice.com ; it sounds interesting and hope it will help.

Also, another general comment: a general rule of thumb is that the farther from Manhattan, or more inconvenient it is to travel to Manhattan (e.g., bus to a train, or no convenient public transportation otherwise) the cheaper a rental can be and often the better the neighborhood and cost of living. Please factor in commute time and convenience when trying to find cheap rent. Except for the transportation issue itself, you can often find very nice places to live for relatively reasonable rent.

For background, I live in a section of Queens which is pretty convenient by train, but is a dump of a neighborhood; it's relatively reasonable. If I moved up about a mile or so though, I'd have a much nicer neighborhood, about the same rent, but the commute would almost double because of the walking and bus required to get to the train.

Good luck, $IQ
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