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Dear Sugar
I am so stressed. My boyfriend and I were living together for about a year and we have decided to break up and go our separate ways. I am happy about the break up because I know he's not the right one for me, but I need to find my own apartment and my lease is up on November 30th. This gives me less than 30 days to find and rent something of my own and I am completely panicked.

As luck would have it my boyfriend has already found an apartment and the fact that he’s able to pack and has a feeling of settled security is making me even more stressed out. I make a decent living, although I don’t really have very much money saved.

Every time I find an apartment in the paper or online there seems to be a hefty broker's fee attached. Do you know of anywhere that I can look for an affordable and broker free apartment? Are there any websites where I can find apartments for no fees! I only have craigslist! Find Me A Home Joan

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Dear Find Me A Home Joan
There are many online or toll free resources that you can use to search for no-fee apartment listings that are nationwide right now. Craigslist is a great no-fee resource along with Apartment Source and Renter's Paradise.

Don’t underestimate networking either. Start off by immediately sending an email to your friends, co-workers and family to spread the word that you are looking for a place to live. Word travels fast and you never know who is looking for someone to take a lease off their hands or an extra room to rent short or long term.

If you really need to save money and are in a time bind, move your things into storage and ask if you can stay with someone for a month while offering to contribute a portion of their rent for any inconvenience. For anyone who is close to you or anyone who would like to save some extra money for holiday time, this shouldn't be a problem. Good luck.

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