BUFFALO, N.Y. -- In my continued search to find the best websites and deals to save you time and money, today we have a wakeup call for renters.
Apartment rent is expected to jump again this year. As the economy creates more jobs, the demand for rental housing grows, according to USA Today.
A 2012 increase would make this the third straight year of rising rents and in our viewing area, rent is complicated enough.
Since I first tested Rent-O-Meter three years ago, and three leases later, it's grown as a website with new features and some impressive awards.
Today we're taking a look at two great purposes the site serves. It's simple: Enter your address, how much you're paying in rent and you'll know in a matter of seconds whether or not you're getting a good deal.
The site could also give a landlord a better idea of where their requested rent stands in relation to the surrounding area.
Is the website perfect? No. It's thrown off in some cases if a very high-end apartment building is right next door to a lower-income area.
I would not base all decisions on this website's results (or any website for that matter), but this is a great tool and resource -- especially if your lease is up or you're new to a neighborhood.
In my experience, I also found it helpful to print the statistical analysis from Rent-O-Meter and have that accompany me on my visit to a leasing office before re-signing a lease. It helped me shave $100 per month off my last lease.
You might find you're getting a great deal or you might find that you're paying way too much.
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