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Kangnamstyles

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Our building is run by Equity Residential and they jack up the rent every year. I think we are moving in the Spring. Need a new place in Arlington somewhere.
I used to live/rent in one of the Avalon properties in Courthouse. I moved every year within the building for 7 years to a different unit (much easier then since I was single) because the rent would go up $200 to $300 per month to re-new. Got sick of that and ended up buying. Now I'm renting that spot out, but I don't plan on increasing the rent year by year like these companies.
 

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Not sure. May check out some of the new places in Ballston or further west. Still in planning stages.
Out west as in the SUBURBS :butbut:.


I used to live/rent in one of the Avalon properties in Courthouse. I moved every year within the building for 7 years to a different unit (much easier then since I was single) because the rent would go up $200 to $300 per month to re-new. Got sick of that and ended up buying. Now I'm renting that spot out, but I don't plan on increasing the rent year by year like these companies.
Yikes, I thought rent usually increased $100 each year. I've never had to go through this experience I've always owned or rented a room from a friend.
 
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Kangnamstyles

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Out west as in the SUBURBS :butbut:.

Funnily enough, I've had friends in the past that are DC residents, refer to Arlington as the suburbs with derision. I found it ironic since they had moved here from rural towns in the Midwest and had not grown up here. :rolleyes:
 

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Out west as in the SUBURBS :butbut:.




Yikes, I thought rent usually increased $100 each year. I've never had to go through this experience I've always owned or rented a room from a friend.
The apartments run by corporations say they use an algorithm to determine rents. Every year they hit us with around a 6% increase. We then sit down with the apartment manager who benevolently makes it. 3%ish increase.

They act like they are doing you a favor but I imagine the 3% increase is their real goal.

Also, the building doesn’t spend much on upkeep. Maintenance is t very good, the elevators constantly break, etc. Time to move.

Probably not the suburbs but maybe a few more Metro stops west. No idea really.
 

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I've moved 7 times in 6 years, and will probably be adding another notch on my belt in the coming months. I currently live in Crystal City and my building increased my rent by ~$200, plus increasing the parking and amenity fees. Also considering going out west like @smittycl or maybe off the metro altogether.
 

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The apartments run by corporations say they use an algorithm to determine rents. Every year they hit us with around a 6% increase. We then sit down with the apartment manager who benevolently makes it. 3%ish increase.

They act like they are doing you a favor but I imagine the 3% increase is their real goal.

Also, the building doesn’t spend much on upkeep. Maintenance is t very good, the elevators constantly break, etc. Time to move.

Probably not the suburbs but maybe a few more Metro stops west. No idea really.
I've moved 7 times in 6 years, and will probably be adding another notch on my belt in the coming months. I currently live in Crystal City and my building increased my rent by ~$200, plus increasing the parking and amenity fees. Also considering going out west like @smittycl or maybe off the metro altogether.
Is DC an option?
 

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Been meaning to but always just settle in the 4 Seasons bar. I hear Eno is owned by the hotel too.
 

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Went to see Jimmy O Yang (Silicon valley; crazy rich Asians) stand up at Arlington cinema drafthouse for date night this weekend.

Had a great time. Venue had decent food and interesting seating (old office chairs) and stage setting that made it very intimate from an audience perspective.

Date night Outfit. Finally cool enough to wear denim.
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Had some great bourbon at Jack Rose today. Willett and Elijah Craig barrell strength. The Willett was a bit stronger on the rye side whereas the EC was a little sweeter. In case you're wondering (cause I know you are) I was wearing the official summer uniform of the straight DC male: blue gingham shirt (Hugh & Crye); chinos (olive Spier & Mackay); suede penny loafers (Alden Copley).
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The apartments run by corporations say they use an algorithm to determine rents. Every year they hit us with around a 6% increase. We then sit down with the apartment manager who benevolently makes it. 3%ish increase.

They act like they are doing you a favor but I imagine the 3% increase is their real goal.

Also, the building doesn’t spend much on upkeep. Maintenance is t very good, the elevators constantly break, etc. Time to move.

Probably not the suburbs but maybe a few more Metro stops west. No idea really.
you are probably right. I once worked for a summer for a fundraising company that solicited donations from university alumni. The telephone script they gave us had us start off by asking the person for $1600. Then we'd go down to $800, then to $400, then $200, and then $100. The real goal was actually to get a $100 donation. By the time we got there, most alumni felt lucky to get off the phone with only a $100 donation. Terrible job, but somewhat instructive for me.
 

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