If you want to move soon, look carefully and make contingency plans.
In most big metro areas, it's hardest to rent from July through September: a surge of student and new graduate rentals means you might pay as much as 3% above the yearly average.
Things get easier in October, with November and December being the easiest months; few people want to move right before the holidays. If you can't find the right apartment this summer or get squeezed by prices, try asking your landlord to tack on an extra 1-3 months. Many are happy to negotiate.
Didn't work? Hit the listings hard mornings (9-11 am) in the first and last weeks of the month. The former guarantees variety, while the latter often results in bargains.
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