There are some great answers here. I would start my online research now, which it appears you are doing. I would start physically looking mid November, keeping in mind that once mid December is here, things will start slowing down because of the holidays.
Do you prefer a short commute to work or extra space and amenities?
If you are familiar with the are at all you will know that you can spend a good portion of your day traveling to and from work. I would suggest selecting a location you would like to live and then start working that area for rentals to go and see. Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the area.
You should start 30 to 45 days before you are ready to start paying rent/sign a lease. Allow an overlap in your current situation with the new one. Sometimes in order to get a good place you have to bite the bullet and go ahead and take it sooner, than later. There is a shortage of affordable rentals and rent prices have gone up due to supply and demand. Depending on where you want to be. Get a Real Estate agent to start helping you find something so that you have someone "looking" for you for things that might not be on the market yet. Some of the best rentals are ones that agents find via networking and through their clients, not already in the MLS.
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All great advice. Iagree with Gerald's advice to start with looking neighborhoods that will satisfy your tastes for atmosphere, environment, schools, shopping, parking, etc., Information is universally available from on-line sources, magazines that cater to renters, and the Post still prints a large rental supplement on Sat or Sun.
If you haven't considered it, you might want to talk with a mortgage lender to see is buying is a good option for you. With interest rates as low as they are right not, buying could be a very good alternative to renting.
Hope this helps. Good luck!
Probably should be looking at neighborhoods NOW to determine where you want to live. Once you have a neighborhood in mind - you should be looking 30-45 days out.
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