Time flies when you're having fun – and walking into a job right in the midst of March Madness.
Needless to say, it's been an adjustment the last couple weeks trying to learn on the job here at OnMilwaukee.com while trying to get around town and meet people.
There are still some folks I need to introduce myself to, but so far everyone involved with the Brewers, Bucks, Wave and Mustangs as well as Marquette, UW-Milwaukee, Wisconsin and UW-Whitewater have been great.
The Big Move will be happening soon as it looks like we've found a place here, which is a relief. As most renters know, finding a new apartment can be exhausting. It's true when they say it's a good market for us, but there's still a lot of bad out there, too.
Last I wrote about that process I was nearly losing people's pets but fortunately, I didn't have any such issues at different showings. But, a new problem popped up - nearly one third of the listings I found were scams.
Here are a couple of my favorites:
One person didn't even try, saying they lived in the UK and was the only one with a key and, you know, if I just sent my deposit over they'd send the keys right over – sight unseen.
Another listing included multiple photos and a detailed description of the place, but didn't publish an address. The "landlord" wrote a lengthy reason for this, citing vandalism of the property. So, to keep the place safe, he wanted potential renters to provide information for a "soft" credit check just to make sure, you know, they were on the up and up. But it seemed like a sweet deal – as long as you didn't have more than three evictions. Four, and you were out of luck.
The third listing also had pictures and a nice description and an address, but the contact number listed was a fax number. My wife and I emailed the landlord separately, a…Read more...