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3 Essential Guidelines for Apartment Hunting in Downtown Minneapolis

April 12, 2019 by Paul Begich

Picture this…

Your apartment manager sends you an email. It’s your renewal notice. Time to decide whether you’re going to stay put or look for a new Minneapolis apartment. Then you notice they’re hiking your rent WAY up! Alright, it’s been decided. Time for a new place!

But, how do you begin the search?

You hop onto Google and type “apartments for rent in Minneapolis” and the next thing you know a million different places pop up all over the city. You then spend the next four hours scrolling through this place and that place—sending what feels like hundreds of emails—only to forget half the places you inquired about.

Does this story sound like you?

How to Find a Minneapolis Apartment that Fits Your Lifestyle

Since starting at Downtown Resource Group, I’ve worked with hundreds of renters and have heard many of the same stories, countless times. The process and questions I find my renters going through while searching on their own is this:

(1) What’s my budget?

(2) What amenities/features are important to me in a building?

(3) Where do I want to live?

The answers to these questions often produce countless results when done in this order.

I challenge my clients to follow these three essential guidelines when looking for a new apartment—remember, the key here is in following the below order!

1) Neighborhood

Where do you want to live? The North Loop has a very different look and feel for the community when compared to the Mill District. And the Northeast neighborhood is vastly different from the Uptown area; therefore, searching for an apartment in “Minneapolis” isn’t really enough! Highly refining your preferred neighborhood will bring down your potential options to a manageable amount. New to Minneapolis? Or maybe you’re not quite sure which neighborhood will complement your lifestyle? Check out our condo guide and read through our descriptions to help you learn more about our favorite downtown neighborhoods.

2) Features/Amenities

What amenities will you ACTUALLY use at a building? Pools are cool and all, but if you’re never going to use it then it’s NOT IMPORTANT! Do your best to think about the features of a property that are important to you. If you want to live in a quiet building, look for a concrete constructed owner occupied condo. If you’re looking for a dog-friendly apartment or condo, there are a handful of buildings that specifically cater to your furry friends. If you could care less what a property has to offer, then continue on to step three!

3) Price

This is often the first step my clients want to take, but I’m here to tell you there are buildings within your budget that also have the amenities you’re looking for and are in your preferred neighborhood. You just need to know where to look! And if there isn’t, I’ll be the first to tell you! Focusing on price first is a surefire way to ensure you’ll get burnt out by looking at boatloads of properties. I’m not saying that price shouldn’t be a factor, because it definitely should be! I’m saying we can work smarter by first taking a step back and really looking at neighborhoods and features that are important.

In closing, my advice when looking for a new place is simply this: focus first on the neighborhood, second on the building, and lastly on the price. This process almost always produces the best fit and may also reveal a hidden gem that ends up being the best place to call home.

We’re entering into the busy Spring/Summer market for apartments for sale in downtown Minneapolis! If you’re looking for some assistance on your search, I’d love to chat! Schedule a time to meet directly or feel free to shoot me an email anytime at Paul@DRGMpls.com.

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