There are nearly 38 million apartment residents in the United States. Each one has their own story to tell and each one chose apartment living for a different reason. I remember my first apartment. It was 1993 and I had milk crates for end tables and a high-voltage line spool for a coffee table. I can still hear the A/C compressor sputter as the unit kicked on. The apartment was small and very old, but it was three blocks from the beach and I loved being able to walk or bike to the sandy shoreline. My apartment was the social center for all of my friends. We would laugh until the early morning hours, and more than once we had a noise complaint. (Hasn’t everyone at one point or another?) It was a great time in my life, but that’s my “first apartment” story. What’s yours and why did you chose apartment living? Read the rest of this entry »
‘Finding an Apartment’ Category
We have all heard the stories on the news about how apartment rent is continuing to rise to near-historic rates. As America takes it last few steps to full recovery from the economic challenges that plagued the nation a few years ago, a new discussion has emerged. This one has very little to do with bank interest rates or mortgage qualifications. The new discussion is about value and how we perceive it, and it seems that each generation – stereotypically speaking – has its own take on it. This is especially true when it comes to how and where we choose to live. Read the rest of this entry »
2016 is right around the corner, ringing in a wealth of new opportunities for everyone in America and abroad. As the job market continues to grow, so will the companies driving the new economy. This also means wages will continue to grow, and more people will be relocating to cities throughout the U.S. for job opportunities.
Job relocation, along with the fact that more Millennials are moving out of the homes they have shared with their parents as well as the emergence of the new Generation Z workforce, means that apartment demand will be at an all-time high. Now is the time to start getting ready for the new year, your new job and your new apartment.
One of the great proving grounds for technology lies within the apartment industry. In an effort to offer greater amenities for their residents, while staying one step ahead of the local competition, property management companies have been on the forefront of lifestyle-based technology. And, as society’s craving for technological offerings have steadily increased along with the preference for the apartment lifestyle, apartment communities that do not evolve with the times are doomed to fall into obscurity within their marketplace. This week, apartment industry professional meet for the annual Optech Conference to focus on the present and future of the technology that proliferates today’s apartment communities. Here are a few of the exciting new developments they will discuss:
Everyone who is seeking a new apartment is looking for something special. For some, the desire for a better quality of life is driving them to seek an apartment upgrade. For others, life circumstances have created the need to upsize or downsize their living space. Some seek a better location, while others want better amenities. Some are even seeking a more affordable place to live.
In honor of the return of football season – as well as the annual Fantasy Football ritual – we would like to offer our top draft picks for the most desired apartment amenities:
Top Draft Pick – Location
There is an apartment out there for anyone. That also means that there is an apartment anywhere that is needed. Some people choose downtown living with great walkability. Some prefer an apartment in the suburbs, so that they can have more peace and live away from the hustle and bustle. But the one top location pick is an apartment closer to work. Americans waste an average of 520 hours a year (over 21 days of their life) on their daily commute between home and work. Having an apartment closer to the office gives you back the majority of this valuable time. Most of us are already working more hours than ever before. The time has come to allow us to get back as much free time as possible.
Round Two & Three –Size Matters
Is bigger better? Not always. For families that are growing or shrinking in size, apartment space is a focal point of their needs. Singles seeking a new apartment also focus heavily on the size of their future apartment. For some situations, bigger is better. These include expanding families, the need for a home office, and even more space for pets. But smaller can be a premium selection too. A smaller apartment allows for a life less filled with clutter. It also allows renters to save money on utilities. Every person has different needs. So for today’s apartment shopper, size matters.
Rounds Four through Nine – High Tech
Technology has driven a new revolution in the apartment market. From smart phones that open your front door, to Bluetooth technology interconnecting all of your appliances, technological advances in the apartment industry are ahead of single-family homes in many markets. At the hub is the much-talked-about “Internet of Things”, which turns an otherwise regular apartment into a “smart apartment”. Also, the ability to have a better cellular signal and faster internet connections are focal points for apartment shoppers. Even apartment community offices are becoming more high-tech with SMS messaging to residents and shoppers, as well as a variety of amenities. One popular amenity is package arrival notifications so residents know when their items from Amazon (or other sources) arrive to the community office or mailroom. Another great tech feature is interactive virtual fitness centers that allow you to work out with people from around the world. Whatever your tech desire, the chances are your next apartment community has just what you are looking for.
Final Round Selections – Lifestyle
Today’s apartment communities are much more than just a series of stacked boxes where people live. They are centers of culture and each one offers a unique lifestyle. And this is one of the most underappreciated factors of apartment life. You can live close to your friends and close to your family. You also have plenty of options for social entertainment that is included as part of your rent. Many people even find new friends, new loves and new adventures because of the opportunities provided to them thanks to living the apartment lifestyle.
No matter what you are seeking for your apartment, the team at ApartmentSearch is here to help you score a big win. Finding everything you want in your next apartment is as easy as a visit to www.apartmentsearch.com. The system is easy to use and is free. Plus, ApartmentSearch is the only national apartment locating service that pays you a reward when you let your apartment community know that you found them using ApartmentSearch. That means you score big with a terrific new apartment and bunch of rewards to help you get ready for game day.
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 19 percent of the American population had a disability, which means approximately 56.7 million people require special living arrangements. Finding the right apartment is hard enough. If you have a physical disability, locating an accessible apartment community that is affordable can be even more challenging. From wide hallways to low electrical outlets and countertops, accessible apartments feature a number of amenities that allow for more comfortable living. Read the rest of this entry »
Top Tips for International Apartment-Seekers
Finding the right apartment in the U.S. in the current rental market can be quite a challenge, especially when you are relocating from abroad. The national apartment occupancy rate is over 95 percent and rents have increased an average of five percent across the country in recent months. In certain cities, such as San Francisco and New York, that makes finding and securing the perfect apartment for you and your family tougher than ever. Several different applicants can be competing for the same apartment, as soon as it becomes available. Read the rest of this entry »
As you enter your final years of college or are returning for your post-graduate degree, the things you seek in an apartment have changed. The trappings of quad-style student housing living, overflowing with excited freshmen and sophomores – along with the parties and noise they produce – have been replaced with the desire to lead a quieter, more focused life. For you and your family members or roommates, there are numerous off-campus apartments that could be a perfect fit for you. But how do you choose the one that is right for you? Read the rest of this entry »
Q & A: Virginia Miner, senior area manager of Destination Services for ApartmentSearch
Whether you are moving to a new area because you graduated, are taking a new job, are newly retired, or for any other reason, there is so much to learn about your new destination. In the midst of all that is involved with moving to a new area, finding the best apartment for you can often seem overwhelming. Here, Virginia Miner, senior area manager of Destination Services for ApartmentSearch, explains how to find the right apartment for you.
ApartmentSearch: For those seeking a new apartment, what is the first thing they should do? Read the rest of this entry »
So you finally found the absolutely perfect apartment for rent? Before you pop that bottle of champagne and kick back to celebrate, take pause; there may be a few considerations your new property manager or owner didn’t mention. Here are the key questions to ask before you take the renting plunge.
What amenities are included?
What is the parking situation like? Where do residents wash their laundry? What appliances come standard? When moving into a new complex, it’s easy to forget that not all apartments are created equal. Some complexes may require assigned, paid parking spots or don’t have a laundry facility on-site. Asking about the amenities can help narrow down your choices. Read the rest of this entry »