Amanda Stanhaus

Tag: apartment hunt

Sharing Internet

Internet for $20 a month! Sounds dreamy, right?

This is possible if I share my Internet with my neighbors. We literally live on top of one another, so the signal should be perfectly fine.

I’ve been trying to decide what is the catch …

What if the router needs to be restarted?

When I do my online banking, could they have access to my accounts too?

I would rather not find out via live & learn, so I think I’ll stick to my own internet.

(Originally published on Amanda Stanhaus’s financial literacy blog: XO, Bettie.)



To agent or not


For anyone not apartment hunting in New York City, please disregard the following.

If you are or aspiring to be a renter in New York City, listen up.

An agent is a necessary evil.

I was hoping to avoid using an real estate agent to find my rental apartment. I didn’t want to pay a fee to someone whose job I have done myself in other cities. But my experience tells me that checking craigslist and calling the #s on“for rent” signs works in every city other than New York.

Simply, I would not have found my to-be apartment without my agent. And I’m so happy I met one as fabulous as mine.

Takeaway: an agent’s fee is inevitable, so pay it, and enjoy the apartment hunt while someone else does the legwork.


(Originally published on Amanda Stanhaus’s financial literacy blog: XO, Bettie.)

Apartment Hunting Websites


Where do I begin to look?

While I cannot answer this question for you in regards to physical location…I can help you out virtually.

But first, here is friendly reminder to set min. and max. rents. Otherwise, I find I get distracted from the task at hand (AKA sticking to my budget)!

Below are the websites I used for my apartment hunting.








N*ked Apartments

Happy Hunting!


(Originally published on Amanda Stanhaus’s financial literacy blog: XO, Bettie.)

Lease: Questions, Comments, and Concerns

Hello my name is Bettie and I’m a legal eagle.

Before I autograph any legal docs, I read it over very carefully, specifically for facts and figures. If there is anything I am not 100% sure about or happy with I make a note of it and follow up with the appropriate person. Once I have an answer to my question or the doc amended to reflect my concern, I am ready to autograph!

I used this method most recently for my lease this week. I’m sure I was one of the few to ever question the lease. But, I’m sure my neighbors will appreciate that I noticed the 80% carpet rule to diminish noise. I hope they read that part of the lease too!

I’ve learned it’s best to be in the know!  Take your time with the legal docs, ladies!

(Originally published on Amanda Stanhaus’s financial literacy blog: XO, Bettie.)

Renting Responsibilities

Trouble in paradise for Babe, my bestie. Moral of the story she’s moving out—and moving up!

Step one: Apartment hunt. A first for her. Living at home, then dorms, then home, and then her ex-man’s place, it was never necessary for her to be on the prowl, until now!

I like to check out my state/province’s renter’s rights before I embark. Prospective landlords can’t fool me!

Below is the list of must-ask questions I gave to newbie apartment-huntress, Babe.

(click on the bold-faced vocab words:))

Year lease? Month to month?

How much is rent? When is it due? Is paying with check or direct deposit best?

If I want to move out, how much notice does the landlord need? What is the process associated with subletting or lease transfer? What is the security deposit?

Does the apartment come with appliances? Furniture? Air Conditioning? Heat? Washing machine? Doorman? Concierge?

Are pets allowed?

Is it possible to change the locks? Who pays to change them?

Who pays for electricity? Heating? Water? Telephone? Internet?

Potential Hypothetical questions (use at own discretion):

If Minnie Mouse becomes my roommate, who pays for her removal?

If my stove only has two settings— super hottttt and off—who pays to fix it?

If I turn into the hulk in my sleep, have a bad dream and punch a hole in my wall, who pays to fix it?

Essentially, who do I call when the (figurative) shit hits the fan?


(Originally published on Amanda Stanhaus’s financial literacy blog: XO, Bettie.)