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Choosing the right place

Helping you decide what matters most in your home

Some individuals, particularly those in big cities, live in rentals their entire life. Even if you don't plan on renting forever, you have the potential to be in the same place for years -- it's your home and should be a reflection of you, your lifestyle, and your needs.

Before you go rental hunting, figure out what's right for you:

Type of housing. Want a house? Apartment? Condo? If you're unsure of the different types of housing, click here.

Size. How much square footage do you want?

Bedrooms. How many? Going to have roommates?

Bathrooms. Can you share? Want a guest bath?

Balcony, Deck, Porch, Patio. What's your flavor?

Kitchen appliances. What do you need?

Floor type. Carpet, tile, hardwood, etc.

Do you need a fireplace, workout center, built-in cable outlets? Also, is plenty of free parking readily available and if not, does it matter?

Unless you have the money to rent anyplace you want, you have to prioritize what factors are more important to you. You probably can't afford a 5-bedroom apartment downtown with tons of parking. Choosing the right place comes down to determining what features you can compromise on and the ones you cannot.