1. Boston rents are now at all time highs – Downtown Boston averages around $3000 a month.
2. Vacancy rates in Boston are the 2nd lowest in the country at 4%, just behind San Francisco's 3.7%
3. Start your Boston apartment search early – about 3-4 months ahead of your move-in date. If you're a college student looking for a Sept 1st move-in close to campus, start looking around January to get the best deals.
4. After doing some research, be ready to Act Fast when the right apartment hits the market. The good ones don’t last long, so if you've seen a few and that fourth one jumps out at you GRAB IT!! ...and be ready to write a check for 1st month's rent.
5. Research Boston apartments and neighborhoods online to learn the market, but once you're ready to start looking at apartments make sure you have a realtor that you can trust. If a realtor knows you are committed to working with him/her the chances of finding that diamond in the ruff increases significantly.
6. Stay away from the pushy realtor that treats you like a number.
6. Make sure to get a Security Deposit Receipt and thoroughly fill out the Apartment Condition Statement so you aren't charged for damages incurred before you took tenancy.
7. Get in writing whether or not utilities (heat, hot water, electricity) are included in the rent.