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Do You Know How to Spot a Good Realtor?
 
NO? Then you're like many other students who are apartment searching right now! We know it can be confusing to work with realtors, especially if this is your first time moving off campus. To help, we've made a list of tips and tricks to use when finding the best realtor and broker for you!

1) Make sure realtors do the following:
  • Show actual, available properties 
  • Promote state & local housing codes
  • Have a physical office location
  • Explain fees, services and due dates
  • Let you review the lease and addendum before completing the application
  • Explain fees, services and due dates
  • Answer your questions 
  • List on the Off-Campus Housing database
  • This list serves as a good reference of questions to ask a realtor when they are showing you apartments.
3) Word of mouth
  • Talk to your friends about realtors they have worked with in the past. Who did they like?
  • If you already know you want to move into the same building as your friend, contact their landlord directly. You may be able to rent directly through them, but know that if the landlord happens to also be a licensed realtor, they may still charge a broker fee!
4) If you already have a specific realtor in mind:
  • Visit mass.gov and type in their name to double check that they have a legitimate realtor license.
  • If they are not listed on our Off Campus Housing Database, ask OCHSS if we've ever heard of them.
View realtor's current listings here!
Dear Off Campus,

I'm away from Boston right now but need to find an apartment for Fall 2021. How can I make sure that online listings are legit and in good condition?

Sincerely,
Online Only

Dear Online Only,

Thank you for your question! This task can be especially worrisome for students who are not in Boston during an apartment search! For this reason we recommend trying to get as much physical proof of the current state of the apartment as possible. Ask your realtor for lots of photos and a live virtual tour, if this is available. You can even ask a friend if they can FaceTime you while they go on the tour for you. Above all, make sure the realtor is licensed and has a physical office location. We of course always recommend using our online housing database to find listings.

Lastly, do NOT make any payments in cash or through wire transfer, as these methods have been linked to higher amounts of scams. If you have questions or concerns about the apartment you are considering, ask us!

Sincerely, 
Hannah, Sophia and Christina
Your Community Ambassadors - chat with us on Zoom!

Ask a CA on Zoom!
Attend our info session to learn more about being a 2021-2022 Community Ambassador in Off Campus Housing and Support Services! Living off campus or will be? Interested in getting more involved in your community? Want to help your peers with renter's rights questions, read leases, create programming, and more? We're receiving applications now! For more information see our CA website!
How much do you know about the Code of Student Conduct? Take the Know Your Code Quiz to see!  Compete the quiz by 5pm on February 26 to be entered to win a giftcard!
Northeastern Events
Virtual Quad Experience!
Wed, Feb 24, 1-3pm & Weekly
nuvirtualquad.com

Connect and find out what exciting events, programs, and activities are happening on campus!
Think Pink Vogue Workshop
Sun, Feb 21, 5pm
Hosted by Northeastern AfroSpectrum with instructors Nolan Tesis and Zay Lanvin.
Spring Service Opportunity: Alternative Weekends!
Deadline to apply - Friday, Feb 19

Join the Alternative Weekend hybrid service experiences this March right here in Mass! The Alt. Weekends pack the Alternative Spring Break experience into an engaging weekend trip by traveling in teams to serve with a variety of campus partners. Apply Here!
Trip Dates & Topics:
March 5-7: Food Security
March 12-14: Food & Housing Security
March 19-21: Health Care Access & Opioid Crisis
March 26-28: Housing Security

Explore SAIL: Find all virtual events at Northeastern!

View the latest about SAIL, including student, staff and faculty testimonials on how they use it. Learning happens everywhere, all the time, even when we can’t be together on campus. Now, through SAIL, a digital platform designed to track personal and professional growth, there is one central place to find and enroll in virtual opportunities around Northeastern’s global network. 

Find opportunities on SAIL!
Boston Events
Aquarium After Dark!
Friday, Feb 19, 4-8pm
A Look Back At Past Ice Sculptures


Fridays in February, the Aquarium will be hosting night hours until 8pm! Spend an evening with the penguins, fish, and sea lions. Be sure to reserve your ticket in advance at www.neag.org/reopen, and book your Aquarium After Dark night!
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