there IS A LOT OF FRUSTRATION when looking for an apartment -- and there are times I look at a place and wonder what might make the homeowner think the apartment is worth that much . Honestly mortgages are not that bad these days and landlords can get a better quality of renter by cutting the rent back a bit - and being more gracious to pet owners - I mean if you are willing to rent to a family with children who are harder to manage than a cat or dog than what is the issue? I also saw a comment here that essentially says if you can't afford the rent in a decent neighborhood than you should settle for a lesser neighborhood -and that is sad, because there are many fine people who might not have work that pays well but who works very hard and may not be able ot hold two jobs and they are to be penalized? I lived in a nice place for a long time and the rent was below market - but the homwowner wanted quality people more than profit. Now they are retiring and selling the home and I wish them well. I wish more landlords would think more carefully about these issues.