Re: TIPS FOR RENTING APT WHILE EXPECTING
posted at 4/14/2011 10:31 AM EDT
I wasn't going to waste any more time or energy on this post, but I can't get Amy Lynn and Bostongrl's comments out of my head:
Amy-Lynn: Are you for real?! Don't BUY a house if you want to control who lives in it?! Seriously? Do you really think the reason people should buy a rental property is strictly to help out others who can't or don't want to save enough to buy their own house? I would never want to buy a two-family myself because I wouldn't want to deal with the entitled people who think everyone owes them something.
And this comment is also great: "If you need more money, find some way to do it that doesn't require you to interact with other people, who might have relationships witheven more other people." Just because I was explaining why it's prudent to consider all your options rather than rent to the first person to walk through the door and look at the place, doesn't mean I think there is no emotion involved. My parents agonize every time they rent the place, as I'm sure many others do, and have gone with their hearts many times, but you can't be completely clueless and not think it over at all if you want to be able keep the stupid house and share a space with someone.
@Bostongrl: "Karma" that's a good one. I don't know why I feel the need to defend them, but my parents are the nicest, most unsuspecting, caring people, and have been taken advantage of many times because of it. I was just explaining the most recent event with the two older women. For your information they've rented to a few "perfectly nice" families in the past. Like the ones who had one kid when they moved it (in the not huge two bedroom apt.), had two more kids in the 14 YEARS they lived above my parents' heads, and always paid the rent late. They felt bad, knowing they couldn't afford it so they didn't increase the rent hardly at all the whole time, even though the woman was so annoying, never said hello, and used to swear at her kids at the top of her lungs all the time. The place was absolutely trashed when they moved out. Yes, they must have such bad karma for that. Don't be so quick to judge.
If you were looking for a babysitter, or an employee would you just pick the first inexperienced character who responded to your ad because they have a right to have a job, or would you want to figure out who would be best to spend time in your house with your kids and your family, or at your business? It's NOT just a simple answer, and again, I was just explaining the other side of it, which any one of you would see clearly if you actually lived it.
Lastly, Amy-Lynn....if my only options were to rent forever, buy a single family home and keep my kids in daycare, or buy a two family and stay home - I'd buy the two family. Everyone does things for different reasons.