Move from Miami to Chicago?

Asked by alejandrah89, Chicago, IL Fri Apr 5, 2013

hey you all! i just graduated with a bachelor in advertising.. i want to get out of miami, but i know nobody and i would have no job.. i want to move to Chicago because i think its awesome..! any opinions?

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Edith Karoli…, Agent, Winnetka, IL
Mon Apr 8, 2013
It is simple....

Find a job first.....
Then move, may be use extended living or home away from home for a short period of time during which you try to find a rental that suits your needs and your pocket book...

When you sign the application for lease / rent, you will allow the landlord to check your credit score,
your current employment and income, and where you if you did so rented before, they will also want
some references so be prepared for that.

landlords usually always look for a good pattern, someone who has rented before and paid on time, good credit score, and good references.

So remember first things first.... you may be lucky if you find a job with a local Chicago company, they
may assist you in the beginning with your rental, i.e. they may agree to pay your rent up to a certain amount, which then would be a nice security for the landlord.... But just find the job first, see if the company can be of assistance, and go from there.

Some renters in your situation just starting out in the job and rental market, may consider prepaying the landlord for the first 6 months, or consider renting with a room mate who has good rental and
credit history.

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Geralyn Hops…, Agent, Chicago, IL
Thu Jul 25, 2013
Hi alejandrah89!!

Chicago is a great place to live and work. We have a diversity of neighborhoods, cultural, sports, and leisure activities. Coming from Miami, you might find our winters fascinating or a bit challenging depending on your outlook on life. I would suggest this: Decide what you can afford for rent. Rent in the most popular areas right now ( South Loop, West Loop, Old Town to name a few) range from about $1200 up depending on your location. Each area has its distinct personality. If you can, visit Chicago, bring a friend with you and check out some of the neighborhoods. Once you have decided where you want to rent, then live there for a year until you get used to Chicago and get more familiar with its neighborhoods. Should you decide to visit, I would be more than happy to spend a few hours with you showing some of the neighborhoods and pointing out the differences so you can make an informed decision. Do give me a call at 312 933 4121 when you are ready.
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Seth Captain, Agent, Chicago, IL
Tue Apr 16, 2013
The Cuban food is better there.

The Mexican food is better here.

Watching people on the beach is more pleasant there.

Talking to people on the beach is more pleasant here.

Bragging about Lebron gets you attention there.

Bragging about Lebron get you the attention you don't want here.

If you had to arrive in a city knowing nobody, having no job, and with a degree holding no clout, then Chicago is your place.
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Bill J Delig…, Agent, Naperville, IL
Mon Apr 15, 2013
Plenty of great areas to live based on your budget. Are you living the life of leisure and luxury or do you plan on working here? If work is on the agenda, then try to find a job. Good luck and feel free to contact me should you need any assistance.
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JIM Michaels, Agent, Chicago, IL
Wed Apr 10, 2013
Job first then look for housing
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Manuel Brown, Agent, Chicago, IL
Sun Apr 7, 2013
Dear recent graduate,

As it is a landlords market, I would highly suggest you begin your job search in Chicago now. Landlords right now do not have to take the risk of someone finding a job because rentals are still hot in Chicago. Secure you job first and remember not everyone lands their first job in their exact field. Thank about what you will be good at to make a descent living.

Chicago is a great city and has so much to offer. While we have winters for those who look for things to do even in winter Chicago has lots to do.
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Randall Lanc…, Agent, Chicago, IL
Sat Apr 6, 2013
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Thomas Kossn…, Agent, Chicago, IL
Sat Apr 6, 2013
Another agent is talking about high crime and you are from Miami? Please. I love Miami, I used to live there, but I am from Chicago. The food is better in Chicago, though I love Calle Ocho and Joe's Stone Crab. You can't beat the food and culture in Chicago. There are better financial and job opportunities in Chicago than Miami, generally speaking. As far as moving here, its not that easy to rent an apartment without a job first. And or a good Co-signor. Try to interview up here first, get a job and then move up, if that's possible.
As far as crime goes in Chicago, most of the city is very safe, don't worry about it. And don't root for the Cubs. Don't be a loser.
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Philip Sencer, Agent, Chicago, IL
Sat Apr 6, 2013
Not sure it is awesome unless you like lots of congestion/traffic/high taxes/crime. You also need a job to find a rental unless you have a cosigner available.
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Christopher…, Agent, Chicago, IL
Fri Apr 5, 2013
Dear alejandrah89,

I'd suggest visiting the city over as much time as you can and touring it to get a sense of the various neighborhoods to help you try to determine where you'd actually like to live. There are 77 census community areas in the city and almost as many "neighborhoods," and the neighborhoods that you like to hang out in might not be the same ones that you'd like to live in.

If you don't have the time or money to visit the city before you're actually moving, then I'd suggest checking out the Not For Tourists Guide to Chicago. It's a very good outline of the various neighborhoods and information that you might not find elsewhere.

Good luck, and let me know if I can be of further assistance.


Christopher Thomas
Broker Associate, Keller Williams Realty Chicago Consulting Group
716 E. 47th St. Chicago, IL 60653
(773) 770-5947 (cell) (312) 577-0985 (fax)
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alejandrah89, , Chicago, IL
Fri Apr 5, 2013
Deb, thank you very much! I actually would want to start by renting a place or even a room to be able to save money.
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Deb Russcol, Agent, Chicago, IL
Fri Apr 5, 2013
No one yet has asked the important questions. 1. If you know Chicago is awesome then I expect you may have visited at least once. 2. Are you considering renting or buying? 3. Did you have any areas in mind? 4. If you do not have a job as yet then whether buyer or renting you will need either money in the bank or a co-singer.

I work in both sales and rentals all along the lake front and into the close by suburbs. Let's talk and I can start sending your potential listings for either sales or rentals so that you can get an idea of area and prices.

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Jose Hernand…, Agent, Chicago, IL
Fri Apr 5, 2013
You'll love Chicago! I've lived here for 30 years and still loving it. Come visit check out a few neighborhoods.

Jose Hernandez
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Sari Levy, Agent, Addison, IL
Fri Apr 5, 2013
One more suggestion for you. Spend some time on the Chicago Tribune web site and on to find out what is going on in the city on a daily basis. In particular find out what is going on with the city budget and crime.
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Sari Levy, Agent, Addison, IL
Fri Apr 5, 2013
Miami to Chicago? I think you need to visit in January before making that decision. Also, check out the cost of housing here. It's high but it depends on how much you are going to be making. For instance, under 300K you are mostly going to get 1 bedrooms but there will be a few 2 bedrooms in the highly desirable areas. Monthly assessments will be at least $300/ month and property taxes will be about 1.6% of the purchase price.

Of course, you can move farther out from city center and get more for your money. Spend some time looking at what's available here and come visit in the summer and the winter. Coldest part of the winter the average high is 31 with the average low at 18 and of course there is quite a bit of variation around that. It can get as cold as 40 below with the wind chill - rare but it happens.
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Matt Laricy, Agent, Chicago, IL
Fri Apr 5, 2013
Its an amazing city. You will love it. Come visit and decide which area you like best.
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Mark Malave, Agent, Chicago, IL
Fri Apr 5, 2013
It is awesome. Best city to live and we have jobs here!
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