About Us

Meet the MyNewPlace bloggers!

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Matt DiChiara

The absurdity not conveyed by Matt’s picture can be summed up with the following description: he lives with a band of 7 traveling minstrels, he exists entirely on a diet of macaroni and cheese and beer and he knows just about everything.

Snow Conant

Snow grew up on a small farm in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom and is a recent transplant to the Bay Area. And she is never leaving! She lives in a 1 BR  apartment with her boyfriend Eric and her dog, Leroy Brown.  She spends her free time cooking, gardening, and preventing Leroy from eating the back yard.

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Leroy Brown, Guest Dlogger for our ‘pet-friendly apartments’ segments

Leroy is a pit bull-rat terrier-chihuahua mixed dog and when he’s not consulting MyNewPlace on pet-related issues he spends his time chewing, strewing, clawing, and wreaking havoc. Oh, and being adorable. He came from Copper’s Dream Rescue – check them out if you are local!

MyNewPlace is thrilled to announce our newest guest bloggers!

Ron Leshnower


Ron is the Guide to Apartment Living / Rental for About.com, a part of The New York Times Company, and runs the site’s popular Apartment Living Blog, in which he offers useful tips, information on new developments, and insightful commentary to apartment dwellers.

The author of Every Landlord’s Property Protection Guide: 10 Ways to Cut Your Risk Now (Nolo), Ron has been quoted in The New York Times‘ “Real Estate Q&A” column, The Associated Press’ “Your Money” series, the Real Estate Intelligence Report, Minyanville.com, and the Landlord Law Report, among other publications.

Ron is also the founder and President of Fair Housing Helper, which comprises a family of three Web sites offering training and resources on housing discrimination for multifamily professionals, as well as the Fair Housing Blog, which explores housing discrimination issues that are important, interesting, and relevant but that don’t necessarily get much press.

Before dedicating himself to writing, Ron practiced real estate law at a major New York law firm and has over a decade of experience living as a tenant in the New York and Boston metro areas. In addition to About.com, Ron’s articles have appeared on Nolo.com and in the National Apartment Association’s Units Magazine as well as in several trade newsletters.

Autumnn Darden

If you have a question about moving, Autumnn can answer it! Autumnn has been helping people move with U-Pack since 2005.  Along the way, Autumnn earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas.  When she’s not at work, you can find Autumnn cheering on her beloved Razorbacks, spending time with friends and family, or chasing after June, her mischievous Jack Russell Terrier.

Leon Harris

Leon Harris is a freelance writer based out of Los Angeles, California  and writes for Find Myself Storage. In his free time he enjoys reading, hiking, and collecting highly sought after art deco radios.

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Thanks for checking out our blog! Feel free to contact us at Matt DiChiara at mdichiara@mynewplace.com or Snow Conant at sconant@mynewplace.com. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @mynewplace or leave us a comment on our Facebook!

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