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10 Tips for Finding Cheap Housing

Use Networking

Sometimes, you can find surprisingly good deals that you would not have found otherwise, simply by using your networking skills [source: Pendola]. Tell everybody that you are looking for a new place: friends, neighbors, coworkers and family. It could be that your cubicle neighbor knows someone who is moving out of a great, affordable house. Maybe a friend of yours just heard about a new vacancy in their apartment building, and the landlord hasn't even had time to put up a listing or an ad online. Going by word-of-mouth can also save you money on expenses like broker fees [source: NYC Affordable Housing Resource Center]. Make your friends work for you, and no one else will have to.