Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Apartments suck

People always ttell me that I shouldn't decide if I want to move here until I deal with the mean, competitive, heartless side of Israel. Well, I went apartment hunting for 2 months. Does that count?
I mean, I guess you could say I started out naive. We began by being extremely selective - only looking at very affordable, nice, furnished, 3 bedroom apartments in the center of the city. You can probably guess that was doomed for failure. They were either too dirty, not furnished, cost too much, or weren't in the right location.
Then we broadened our location. Still no luck.
Then we basically took anything that was in our price range. This was a little better, if it weren't for the whole Israeli factor. There must have been three or four times when we decided we wanted a place, called the owner to tell him we wanted the place, the owner told us to meet him the next morning, only to call him the next day and hear that someone brought their security deposit and rent to them the night before we got there.
You would think that after discussing the details and arranging a time to meet in order to sign a contract that a landlord wouldn't just hand it off to someone else. That's not the case. And by the time we finished our hunt for apartments, I realized that the landlords do it purely out of fear for Israelis who would want to guarantee the possibility of multiple apartments.
This is the problem with Israelis. The prisoner's dilemma. It would be great if everyone were nice to eachother and did pretty well. It would be really good for some people and really bad for others if some people screwed over others. But when everyone thinks they are screwing eachother, it becomes a problem - no one gets anything.
In the end, we got lucky. We found an American teacher who is in America for the year and wanted to rent out his enormous 3 bedroom apartment to us for adequate rent and in a good location. We found this place the very last possible day we could find an apartment. It was our last day in the dorms, and our last chance before all the holidays start in October and no one can show anything.

Anyway, here are pictures of my room and living room from day 2 when I just started moving in.


Blogger Carmit said...

Wow, Seth, nice job on the appartment! It looks great!
Happy holidays and Shana Tova!

10/10/2005 12:53:00 AM  
Blogger Liza said...

You really lucked out! That looks like a terrific apartment!

BTW, I'd say that apartment-hunting definitely counts towards getting that Israeli experience. :-)

10/16/2005 09:32:00 AM  
Blogger Yael K said...

Ouch I feel your pain (especially having just experienced it myself!). This definitely counts --everything else is a walk in the park compared to finding apartments that you actually get to move into here :) Kol ha'kavod though--you ended up with a beautiful place!

10/16/2005 01:37:00 PM  

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