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Finding an Apartment to Rent Online

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You can find almost anything online including apartments, which is a boon for you if you just received PCS orders. There are several resources that can help you look at an apartment online at your new duty station, and give you a view of the actual living space you may rent, as well as the community and surrounding area. Online apartment searching can ease the stress of a PCS. And now, you can look for an apartment online while packing up your old residence.

Here are six websites that can help you find an apartment to rent:

Miltary.com ClassifiedsMilitary.com's classified section offers an expanded look at homes for sale and rent. Like most apartment search sites, the Classifieds section allows you to search for a place by town, price, amenities and size of apartment. However, you can find out which apartment complexes are having an open house on that day, and the site will e-mail you when an apartment matched your search criteria.

Craigslist.com — Craigslist has one of the most comprehensive

apartment searches online. If you're looking for an apartment you can search by city, price range and the number of desired bedrooms. The only draw back is that not all of the listing feature pictures of the rental.

Apartments.com — Apartments.com is a national, online apartment guide and relocation resource distinguished by its highly customized searches, visual ads and affiliation with more than 180 newspapers and strategic partners across the country.

Apartmentfinder.com — The keyword search delivers fast results with photos, tours, floor plans and more. It is easy to refine a search whether you are looking to be near a college, military base or where you work.

Homepages.com — HomePages provides consumers with access to home listings, neighborhood information, aerial imagery, and miscellaneous quotes for mortgages, insurance, moving and storage, contractors, and more.

HouseHunt.com — This allows you to view all of the communities within the state of your greatest interest. Simply glance through the listings to find the cities/areas you're looking for and select your desired choice. Each one features an overview, including a community profile, as well as available military base community real estate options and prices.

If you choose an apartment using these online resources, try to do a walk through before you sign the lease. You don't want to be responsible for any damage a previous tenant is responsible for before you moved in.

To get more PCS tips or information, visit Military.com's PCS/Home Buying Guide.

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