Housing & Rentals in USA

The rent price of homes may vary at different places in USA. In most areas it’s not hard to find an accommodation that matches your budget but in some large cities such as New York or Los Angles etc. housing demand is high so rents are too high as compared to smaller cities.

Prices for housing depend on size of a home, utilities offered, building location etc. Mostly Pakistani student families lives in one to two bedroom apartments however the families with permanent employment tends to live in town homes (A bigger house e.g. a 10 Marla house fully constructed can be called a town home)

Most of the apartments are unfurnished and usually have an electric stove, refrigerator, air-conditioner and sometimes a dishwasher and small fixtures like window blinds, bulbs etc. do not worry if you find any apartment made in 1970 or older because the old build places get renovated over time and their style does not change as frequently as in Pakistan so they all seems alike. Before providing any place for rent, the owner may ask you for someone reference living in same city as its not possible for them to check your credibility all the times.

Signing for lease / apartment or home:

Most of the apartment offers rental lease for almost at least a year. While moving for a first time in USA, and arranging a place before coming, risk is involved as you have never actually saw the place and the real estate staff might not trust you as they always require some type of security while giving an apartment on lease so it’s difficult if you have no one in USA that knows you or can arrange an apartment for you.

If looking for a home for a shorter time period to search for another one after reaching USA, you need to go through online advertisements and contacting the owners for information and explain your situation. Usually people in USA trust each other and the owner might reserve a place for you as well without any monetary security however it completely depends on your communication and the other person.

Things you need to know before signing a lease:

You can always ask about the utilities included in the rent like some apartment owners provides water, sewerage and trash with the rent that can save around $100 in bill, some adds heating, heating, electricity, internet etc. you can confirm it beforehand. Free parking should be available if you have your own car to avoid parking problem if any. If it’s an individual home or apartment then lawn care should be added as it might get costly to take care of the lawn on your own. The costs of such utilities are discussed in living cost in USA section.

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  1. sarah iqbal /

    Hi AOA, my name is Sarah Iqbal from Karachi, well i am looking for a shared room with just the females, if possible with the Pakistani females, but near the 47 Walnut Park Montessori School, Newton MA 02458 area, since i am having problems with commuting to take the classes everyday from Randolph to (Newton MA, where my school is) & i am also looking for the rooms myself, just thought that if u could help me out too & as soon as possible. I’ll appreciate it.

    Please kindly provide me with the required information & other details as well. I would be
    highly obliged and I shall be very thankful to you. Your co-operation
    will be highly appreciated.
    Thank You,
    Take care
    Best Regards
    Sincerely
    Sarah Iqbal.
    P.S. I am looking forward to hearing a favorable reply from you.

    1. admin / Post Author

      I live in VA, hope someone living in same area see the comment and can help you

    2. sajid nawaz /

      i will come soon in usa and i need i room after i come contec you

  2. naveed /

    hi i am naveed amin from pakistan, i am in michigan USA i have one room apt for $525 rent, but its alot for me becoz my income is just $1100, and i am looking for a lower rent for 2 bedroom home or apt ….

    plzzzz kindly help me out i will be very thankfull.

    1. admin / Post Author

      Salam, have you checked craigslist.org for your area? + if you have any Muslim network or mosque website or contact list you can personally contact them locally. They will help you finding a cheaper place or can find a person to share your apartment to share rent

  3. mAQSROOR aHMED /

    cAN YOU PLEASE GUIDE ME THAT CAN A PAKISTANI PUR CHASED HOME THROUGH LEASING IN USA. iF NOT THEN I CAN PURCHASE THROUGH MY BROTHER WHO LIVES IN NORTH CAROLINA SO PLEASE GUIDE ME ANY TYPE OF PROPERTY WITH LOW COST AND HAVING COMPARATIVELY GOOD RENT WITH 5 YEARS LEASING PROGRAM.tHANKS

    1. admin / Post Author

      You cannot get a mortgage in USA while you are a resident in Pakistan however if you want to buy the property on cash yes you can.

  4. KHAN /

    Asalam o Aliakum, i am visiting usa on multiple entry visa ,from 1st December, along with three friend and intend to have two on rent for one MONTH at low rent ,at River side city in California state, how i can get it, advice on the issue please,regards

    1. admin / Post Author

      Sorry for replying late, follow the link for temporary accommodation available in riverside city area in California. http://inlandempire.craigslist.org/sub/

      You can use google map to see how far is the temporary place is to the area you want to live.

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