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For new renters, it's all about sacrifices

More apartment dwellers means higher costs

9:57 PM, Mar. 29, 2013
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Drew Elia and Kelsey Tooker might lack a kitchen pantry and scenic living room view, but they do have a message for those who are ready - or think they are ready - to move into their first apartment.

"Don't go in thinking that a two-bedroom, ocean-view apartment's only going to be $900 a month," said Elia, 26. "It's a lot more."

High rents are just one of the challenges confronting young - and especially first-time - apartment renters in New Jersey. They can't afford much in terms of space or location. Most compromise when they realize the apartments they can afford often come with minor drawbacks. ...

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