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John and I pay $1200 for rent.  We have an entire floor of a house, backyard, garage, driveway, storage, porch, and washer/dryer in the unit.   And if I drive to work, it takes me 20 minutes door to door and mass-transit takes me 45 mins or so on a good day.  This may not mean much to most people, but this will be shocking figures/description for most people living in the tri-state area.

We would love to be here until we have enough saved to buy a house but our landlord just sold the property and we have been apt hunting for the past 3 weeks.  Not an easy process.  Although the rental market is good these days, we had such an incredible deal that it’s hard to beat such figures.

But here’s something couple of shocking things that we realized while apt hunting.  First of all, we are not able to find these “out-of-this” world deals that everyone is talking about.  But more shockingly, we are finding out that ALL landlords just LOVE us.  Mind you, some of them are willing to overlook the fact that we have FOUR cats that will be sharing the apt with us, even when the actual ad had said “NO PETS”.  We were experiencing the “positive” side of racial profiling. 

Yes, it’s a good thing for us, but we were also able to sort of grasp what it would be like not to be Asian, not to look yuppy, and not to speak English fluently.  This is the reality.  We are aware, but also the lack of progress we have made is a bit daunting.

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