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Imagining what your future apartment will look like? Go ahead and dream a little (or big) dream. But when you’re finished fantasizing about your full-service four-bedroom apartment with floor-to-ceiling windows and a balcony within walking distance of the hippest part of town, join us back here for a reality check.

Trust us, we’re not trying to burst your real estate bubble. But the market has changed dramatically since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. So rental goals that might once have been plausible—or at least possible, if you got really lucky—might no longer even be imaginable.

With that in mind, here are some desires that today’s renters may have that just aren’t going to fly right now. Read on so you can adjust your expectations accordingly as you try to negotiate this crazy rental market.