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Kristin, Renter in Chicago, IL

How soon before moving in should you begin your search for an apartment in Uptown Chicago?

Asked by Kristin, Chicago, IL Mon Aug 5, 2013

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You usually will not find many options more than 2 months from when you want to move. Most start showing up by 45 days
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 5, 2013
I would start a month out, two at most. Good Luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 28, 2014
AS soon as you are considering the move. You need to become familiar with the real estate market where you intend to move . You also need to do your homework when it comes to selecting a mortgage compaany and knowing your financiail strength to obtaining the best mortgage program for your purchase.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 27, 2014
30-45 days and be prepared to act quickly.

Have your credit, income, application and anything else the landlord asks for ready to hand over.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 19, 2013
I agree with all the previous answers. You cannot lok before 60 days out, unless it is a new construction or large rehab. 60 to 45 days is good but more may come on the market around 30 days out.

Good luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 7, 2013
Hi Kristin,

General concensus is 45 days and come ready to be decisive quickly. The rental market is hot and strong with multiple applicants.

Good luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 6, 2013
45 Days depending on what your looking for. If you need assistance please feel free to contact me at I can send you a few listings in the Uptown area. Good luck with your apartment search.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 5, 2013

If you have not pets 45 days out and if you have pets 60 days out. The rental market is so competitive right now that if it were I, I would shy away from the traditional 30 days out.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 5, 2013
I would say about a month out. These move very fast.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 5, 2013
Do NOT start more than 2 months before. Landlords cannot show already rented units until the last 60 days of the lease, and you want a unit that other people wanted. Starting 1 month before could make you feel a bit rushed. 6 weeks before seems to be the optimum time for most tenants.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 5, 2013
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