Tips for finding a new apartment
We are moving from an expensive area that has lots of apartment complexes to a VERY expensive area that doesn't really have many complexes (the ones they have are tiny, new and way out of our price range in areas that are out of our price range). We have never moved to a new city without finding a complex to rent from, but frankly I think I'd like something a little less "transient" feeling anyway, either a condo (rental from owner) or a townhouse, maybe a small house or a large apartment in a 2 family house etc, something like that. Anyway, does anyone have any tips for apartment hunting in this situation? The pennysaver is online and I check it out every week when it's updated but it seems like most listings there are for immediate availability (we always needed to sign our leases at complexes a few months in advance) and the thought of waiting until January to find an apartment when we are moving in January makes me nervous, but with christmas right before I'm not sure looking in december will be much better.
Does anyone have any ideas/tips/advice? We really would like to find a place that is nice and large enough that we can stay put until we can afford to buy a house. I'm really sick of moving! (8 times in the last 11 years). Thanks.