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Job employment opportunity! If you or anyone you know is looking for a part-time or full-time job in the Champaign-Urbana area, please share the following information. Eastland Suites Hotel and Conference Center- Urbana is in search of part-time Guest Service Agents and a full-time Maintenance Director. Apply online today at, click on Careers, or email Kaitlin at if you are interested.

Questions to ask when downsizing and moving into an apartment or condo…

And as you go through each room, ask yourself some questions about each item:

• When was the last time I used this?
• If I do use it, how often and why? What purpose does it serve?
• Do I own another item that can serve the same purpose as this one?
• Is this item something I love? Does it have sentimental value that can't be replaced?
• Can I get by without it? Would I have to replace it if I choose to get rid of it?
• Is it in good shape? Will it last for a long time?
• Does it need repair, and if so, how much will that cost and is it worth the price?
• Do I know someone else who would benefit a lot more from its use?
• Does it serve a purpose in this new life that I'm moving to?

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6 Steps for Find the Right Apartment Rental

1. Come prepared.
• Bring all necessary paperwork.
• Include bank statements and a letter of employment or pay stubs to show prospective landlords.
• Provide a reference letter from a previous landlord, and make sure it includes that you made timely payments and took proper care of the residence.

2. Know what you want -- or at least have an idea.
• Be specific about what you're looking for.
• Come up with a list of must-haves and include details (e.g., central air conditioning, laundry hookup, etc)
• Prioritize locations and consider how much time it will take for you to commute to work and to the places that you frequent on weekends.
• Consider how much it will cost to travel (i.e. cost of gas or public transportation).

3. Bring along the roommate.
• Have a candid and communicative relationship with your roommate.
• Come up with a consolidated list of must-haves.
• Make sure you both understand the terms of the lease.
• Discuss finances and the splitting of any and all bills

4. Use a broker – finding a good home is like finding a needle in a haystack.
• Brokers have specialized knowledge of the most exclusive apartments and of the best available.
• Brokers pre-screen homes, saving you time; this eliminates wasting energy on residences that don't meet your criteria or that you won't like.
• Brokers can find homes that are more value for your money.

5. Visit properties.
• Look at as many properties as it takes.
• Don't visit more than four in one day or they will begin to blend together.
• Bring along your list of must-haves as a kind of checklist.
• Make sure to do a final walk-through.

6. Seal the deal.
• Have your finances in order.
• Examine your lease in detail, don't just sign it; bring it home and take the necessary time to understand your lease.
• Find out what cosmetic changes can and cannot be made to the apartment.
• Be financially prepared

By: AOL Real Estate Editors

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