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Can An Apartment Locator Get Me A Better Deal

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Can An Apartment Locator Get Me A Better Deal

The majority of renters find their apartments using just a few methods. They include “driving-by, word of mouth, and using the Internet. And if you have been searching for an apartment in a larger metro area like Houston or Dallas, you probably have come across apartment locators in the city your looking in. And many would-be apartment renters ask about specials.

Sometimes renters will even go so far as to tour a property and then call an apartment locator. They specifically will ask “can you get me a better deal compared to what the leasing agent quoted”?

Well, can an apartment locator get a better deal for a renter than if the renter tried to lease the unit on their own?

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It’s possible but…

It’s not a simple yes or now answer. It really depends on the apartment complex itself.  If your searching for an apartment in a large metropolitan area you should realize that some of these communities have hundred of units. The apartment manager/leasing agent is not likely at all to negotiate rents on each individual unit. That would take quite a bit of time and would require permission from corporate headquarters in many instances.

When was the last time you negotiated your airline ticket?

Many of the large complexes are owned by large corporations, and they price their units using sophisticated software algorithms.  Pricing now can change literally every single day.  Now you can try and negotiate your rent, but in most cases it will be declined.

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Smaller communities that are…

Now you have a better shot a negotiating rents with smaller communities that boast less than 20 units give or take. And if they are owned by a private individual, then yes, your chances of securing rents via negotiation are much more likely to succeed.  If the apartment locator your working with has a previous relationship with that owner, then yes, you might get an even better deal.

There are many rentals on private boards, newspapers, and the Internet in almost every city. Any rental that is advertised by a single owner will give you ample opportunity to discuss rental rates.

But if your set on a larger community, chances are that a locator can’t get you a lower rate. But they can offer you other rentals in the area that you might not be aware of. And these rentals might be cheaper than the one your currently interested in.

So in a way an apartment locator might get you a better deal, just not on the apartment that you already toured.

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Who Gets The Bigger Apartment Bedroom

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Who Gets The Bigger Apartment Bedroom

Sharing an apartment home with your roommate has its own set of challenges. After all there are many items to discuss. And there are usually many discussions that will take place during the course of your stay. But sometimes those discussions may arise before you even have moved in. For example, usually one bedroom is larger than the other. So who gets the larger bedroom?Now there are a few ways to approach this.

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Maybe the person who occupies the large room should

Many times this can be solved by having the person who gets the larger room to pay more too. But how do you decide how much? This does make sense because the roommate with the larger room will have more space. There is no iron clad way to figure this out other than to start “throwing around” different numbers. If the rent for the apartment is around $1500/month, you might want to start with $850/$650. . But again there is nothing written in stone about this.

Maybe the person with the bigger room might pay the cable bill each month. That is 
nother way to negotiate who might get the larger space.

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They just might have more…

Sometimes one person just needs more space. They might have more belongings in the form of “stuff”. They are also at home more often than the other and would enjoy the extra square footage. Sometimes one roommate has a “significant other” that comes over from time to time. That person may need the larger room after all.

Here are some items to think about before both of you make any decisions. Usually the person with the larger bedroom has an attached bathroom. And in some cases the smaller bedroom will not be accompanied with the same floor-plan arrangement. Just know then if/when guests come over they will most likely be using the un-attached bathroom.

Also think about the location of the bedrooms. Take into consideration the views and the noise levels. This can help you make a decision about the bedrooms.

Don’t forget that if neither of you can make a decision, to let a coin decide who gets which room. If either of you cannot agree on that, maybe its time to find another roommate.

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Why More and More Renters Are Renewing Their Leases

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Why More and More Renters Are Renewing Their Leases

Are you a renter who has lived in apartment buildings for some time now? If so, you are not alone. Many people love apartment life, and they see themselves renting for some time to come as well. Actually many renters prefer it, and don’t want to live any other way.  And this trend has been developing over the years.

There are a variety of reasons why individuals prefer to live in apartment homes rather than buy. With the recent recession, and the onslaught of foreclosures that followed, who really wants to take on a mortgage and assume debt? Wouldn’t it just be easier to rent and not have to worry about maintenance and such?

For some, it is much easier and creates much less anxiety to simply rent a place. Read on to see what factors are contributing to this perpetual renting lifestyle.

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a substantial down-payment may be…

Usually when your purchase a home, there is some sort of down payment that is needed. And many lenders require that a larger down-payment be used,  than in the recent years in the past. 20% is a common number that is used, but in many cases homeowners can actually put down less.  For many renters, putting down a large sum of money is out of the question, or they simply cannot come up with the funds.

the job market…

While the job market has rebounded in many cities across the country, many people are still feeling the pinch. In fact, although many jobs have been created, they may not be the high paying jobs that were lost in the Great Recession. So with less money coming in, the affordability of homes are just not there right now. And many individuals who are employed currently, are very open to the idea of moving elsewhere to acquire higher paying jobs.

If you have dabbled in the newspapers over the last few years, you probably have seen certain headlines regarding foreclosures.   A foreclosure can certainly stain a credit profile and create many other financial barriers. And if you have experienced a foreclosure recently, it may take years to be able to acquire a new home under realistic conditions. Renting may just be easier and less risky for many.

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interest rates have…

Although interest rates have remained low, and have been at their lowest for some time, they have recently begun to creep up. Many renters took advantage of these low rates, but many also did not.  So there might be hesitation among many to see if they come back down again.

In fact new apartment housing rivals custom homes in every sense of the word. Complete with state of the art fitness gyms, game rooms complete with high speed Internet, and complimentary coffee bars, there are a multitude of reasons to rent. In fact renting might actually be preferred. rather than settled for.

Many apartment developers have also witnessed an increase in rental rates that have spurred new construction in many cities. With new features and amenities, it actually is more fun to live in apartment homes.

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Should I Rent A Furnished Apartment Home

Should I Rent A Furnished Apartment Home

Many renters who are signing their lease for their next apartment, sometimes have a common question. Should i rent a furnished place, or should I bring my own furniture with me. Usually furnished apartment homes only make up a small percentage of the overall units in a community. But it just might be the case that that’s what you need. Maybe you’re only going to be renting the apartment for a few months, or you do a lot of traveling and won’t be spending much time in your place.

So what exactly does “furnished” mean? Usually they come complete with everything you need to live. This means they will include furniture in all of the rooms, and all the normal appliances you would expect to find in the kitchen. Other items like a washer/dryer will be present in many of them. And of course your linens and a shower curtain. It really will depend upon the community in which you intend to rent.

But read on so you can decide which one best meets your needs.

you will spend more…

You will spend more money in the long run in a furnished community. How much more? Usually it is a significant amount. When you get the rental rate per month, you will have to figure out if it makes sense for you. Sometimes its better if you even rent on your own, or just bite the bullet and buy the things you need. But owning furniture means that you will have to do something with it when you move out. You may elect to not have to deal with this when you decide to move out.

it sure is easy to move…

Moving in and out couldn’t be any easier. If you are the type of person that is always signing short term leases, then this option is for you. All you have to do is pack up your suitcase and leave. Its as simple as that. Moving furniture is for the other guy.

If you don’t have much time to find your next place then this is the option for you. Maybe you’re coming from a city far away, or you only have a few days to make a decision. If the place you’re looking into already has everything you will need when you move in, then all you really need to do is sign the lease and you’re ready to go.

Here are the downsides of renting a furnished apartment home.

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you will pay much much…

1) Your going to pay more. Many renters are shocked at what the price difference is. In some cases it can be quite a bit more. If you’re familiar with the term “sticker shock”,  then this may apply here. Keep in mind that many people end up just paying the increase because it fits their plan.  Remember that the place will have everything you need to live. And cable, telephone, and Internet are also included. Not only will this cost be passed onto you, but there will also be an additional fee for this as well.

Remember that renting a furnished place is not for everyone. It really will depend on your situation, and the time frame you have. But by sitting down and crunching numbers, you will be able to decide what situation fits your needs.

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Everything You Need To Know About Pet Shipping Services

Everything You Need To Know About Pet Shipping Services

Moving across the country and don’t know what exactly you should do with your pet? In case you didn’t know, its very possible to ship your pet. Although you may be skeptical at first, many pet owners realize that it might be easier for their pets, than driving them long distances. Just as you probably don’t see a drive across the country as convenient, think how your pet may feel.

Read on for some pet shipping options you can use today.

its this easy…

It’s as easy as checking for “pet shipping services” on the Internet. You will see many companies that offer services. There are many regulations and rules that must be followed. These companies will be able to answer the majority of your questions. If you still have doubts about which company to use, ask your veterinarian. They probably have extensive experience, and will gladly point you in the right direction.

Before you begin the process, you will need to make sure that all of your pets vaccinations are up to date. You will be required to have the appropriate pet papers with you. This “certificate” is proof that your pet is healthy enough to travel.  Again, your veterinarian should be aware of the current rules about shipping pets across state lines.

You will need the an appropriate kennel that fits the specific guidelines for travel. Here are some common characteristics you will come across.

*The kennel must not be collapsable

*There must be holes in the kennel

*Your pet must be able to stand up and turn around

Be sure to ask what other rules will apply.

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restrictions regarding…

There will also be restrictions regarding food, water, and toys. In some cases, the food can be attached in a baggie to the side of the kennel. And you can bring a bowl with you. Many companies recommend you freeze water in a bowl, in your icebox,  so that it has time to melt into water for the flight. Someone will feed your pet, so you don’t have to worry about taking the food out of the bag yourself.

Don’t give your dog any medications to help your pet sleep on the flight. Although you may enjoy something to help you sleep during the flight, there may be a risk doing this. Of course these questions can be answered by the company you choose.

other rules…

You should know that there are other rules regarding shipping petse on airlines. They won’t allow your pet to fly if it’s either too hot or too cold. This is in the best interests of your pet. So be sure to call the airline ahead of time, to confirm the conditions are optimal.

You may have not even realized that shipping a pet on an airline is possible. You might be skeptical at first, but you should know that its something that many pet owners take advantage of. It might even be the perfect situation you have been looking for. If you have any reservations be sure and ask your vet. .

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Know These Facts Before You Bring A New Pet Home In Your Apartment

Know These Facts Before You Bring A New Pet Home In Your Apartment

Living with a pet sure has its list of advantages. But if you plan on bringing one home to live with you in your apartment community, there are a few items that you should be aware of. And if you currently don’t have a pet, but plan on getting one soon, you want to make sure you’re on the same page with your landlord.

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Don’t Move Out of Your Apartment Without Reading This

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Don’t Move Out of Your Apartment Without Reading This

Moving out of your apartment soon? There are a plethora of reasons why you need to give notice sooner rather than later,and in many instances we need to move out right in the middle of our lease. And for many of us, we feel guilty that we are leaving. But this is just the normal routine in life. Don’t feel bad, you can’t stay forever. Here are some steps you can follow that will get you started in the right direction.

the lease provides…

Your lease will provide you with all the information you will need. It is your map and should indicate how much notice you will need to give your landlord. It’s also a great tool to refer to when you have additional questions. Take some extra time to become familiar with what this document is and what it states.

For example, this lease will list how long your lease term is, and how many days of notice you must provide in advance. Most properties require a 30 to 60 day notice. If you don’t give adequate notice, there may be additional fees involved for your to leave on good terms. It’s always a good idea to give notice well in advance. That way there will be limited confusion.

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Rental cycles can sometimes confuse renters. If your community requires that you give a 30 day notice and your in the middle of the month, the notice won’t officially begin until the first of the month.

always give notice….

Now you should always give notice in writing.  You can always give oral notice, but what if the leasing agent or landlord forgets?  Or what if they get sick? Writing a letter, or sending an email is the best option. Be sure to include your address and name, and your intentions of moving out.  Now is also a good time to ask your landlord about the security deposit. If you want to get the entire amount back, be sure to bring this up in your conversation.

Also be sure to leave your forwarding address. That way they know where to send your security deposit. You should send the letter certified, so you have proof that they did receive it.

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be sure to try and leave on good…

Now there shouldn’t be anything left to complete. But that doesn’t mean that everything will go smoothly. Although leaving on good terms is the ideal situation, sometimes tenants are surprised to find out that not only did the landlord keep the entire deposit, their credit report was also negatively impacted.

Rules regarding tenant landlord law will differ depending on the city and state in which you reside. Sometimes you will have to get an attorney involved in your situation. Other times you can work it out on your own.

Remember that your lease document is your map to all the rules regarding your lease. Become familiar with the terms. That way, you won’t ever have to worry about what might occur when you finally do leave.

 

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Reasons Why You Might Not Want To Date the Person Your Living With

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Reasons Why You Might Not Want To Date the Person Your Living With

It seems so simple. Why not move in with someone your dating? There are many reasons that you might think are beneficial for both of you.

For example, think about all the savings each of you will be able to enjoy. No longer will both of you have to pay rent. In fact if you live in the same one bedroom, you can cut your rental cost in half. Also think about all your utility bills that you currently pay. From cable television, to the lights, you will be able to split these too.

It sounds like a no brainer right?

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But sometimes things change when you are around that person all the time. What started out with good intention, seems to have started to decline.

Someone isn’t doing the dishes, or they are creating a mess. And probably one of the worst items that can cause the most strain are money problems.  If someone can’t or won’t come up with their fair share of the bills,  then things can escalate.

And if you guys decide to part ways, can both of you decide who will move out and are both of you ok living with each other while one of you is looking for their next apartment home?

But if both of you insist on living together, here are some tips that each of you might want to consider.

have an exit plan…

1) Before things get ugly, have an exit plan. Both of you should sit down while your both on good terms, and put something down in writing just in case. This will be much easier than deciding what to do after the fact.

be sure to plan some time away from …

2) Both of you don’t need to plan some activities that you will do on your own or with someone else.  Everyone needs some alone time even though you may not think you need it now

put together…

3) Put together a list of chores. Who will perform the chores and on what day. Another great idea is a roommate agreement.

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Remember that although you may think living with the person your dating is a great idea. you might want to give that a second thought. What seems so great in the beginning might not be worth it in the end.

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How Much Does It Really Cost To Hire a Moving Company

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How Much Does It Really Cost To Hire a Moving Company

What is the true cost of hiring movers to move your stuff from point “A” to point “B”. This is a very common question among renters who have just rented a new apartment home. There is not doubt that if you perform a self-service move, chances are it will cost less money straight out of your pockets.

But what about the time it will take you to do everything that encompasses a move. From packing boxes, moving them up and down a flight of stairs, loading, them in the moving truck, and then driving it to your new location, it sure will take a lot of time out of your day. And it may take more than one.

If you choose to to splurge and hire mover than can preform a variety of tasks. The more tasks the more it will cost, but also it means the less work you will have to do as well. Some even provide packing services. That means you really won’t have to do anything.

But its almost impossible for anyone to tell you what a move will cost without getting an estimate from a moving company. There are a variety of factors that will come into play.

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Follow These Tips on How Your Apartment Can Get You In Shape

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Follow These Tips on How Your Apartment Can Get You In Shape

Looking to get in shape or just shed a few pounds this summer. Well if you live in an apartment you will have plenty of chances to start losing that weight that you have always wanted to.

How many of you have tried to lose weight with an eating and exercise plan, but soon you found that you went back to your old ways. The one great advantage of living in an apartment community is that you will have a multitude of ways to get into shape or lost the weight that you want.

Now many of you may believe in a gym.  Working out in a gym takes time, dedication, and money. You most likely will be paying a monthly rate to use the facility and you will have to travel back and forth.

But chances are your apartment community already has one onsite. And although it might not have all the bells and whistles of a paid gym membership, it might have enough for you to get the job down.

Here are some tips that most renters can use in their apartment community.

be sure to eat…

A) Why waste your time exercising when your not going to eat a clean and balanced diet? It really comes down to purchasing foods that are conducive to your new lifestyle. If your not sure what healthy foods are then you might want to ask friends and family for some advice. Remember that if you have only healthy foods at home, you won’t be able to eat items that will lead to weight gain.

sometimes take the stairs…

B) If you live on the second floor or higher, get used to taking the stairs. How many of you wait for the elevator. Remember that every little bit helps. Over time it can really add up. While your add it, look for parking spaces that require that you walk the most. Whether this is in your parking garage at your apartment or shopping at a department store, this will aid you in your goals.

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check out the fitness center

C) Before you rent your next place, be sure and scope out the fitness center. Most leasing agents will show you this feature on the tour. Remember that this doesn’t cost you extra. Its already part of your rent payment. Some of these fitness centers already have the latest equipment that you might already be using. So before you say that the facility doesn’t have the equipment you need, be sure to do some investigation on your own.

Besides taking advantage of some of these options above, many apartment communities are large. Taking long walks around the complex is a sure way to get some healthy exercise and stay in shape.

 

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