Life is a crazy ride. You may think you have your five-year plan written in stone, or you might not even have a five-month plan worked out. Regardless of where you stand, you will always need a roof over your head. So, when is it best to buy furniture to fill your apartment, and when is it best to rent an apartment that’s already furnished? Let’s look at the different situations you may find yourself in and consider whether buying or renting is the smarter option. Read the rest of this entry »
Over the past few years, the motion picture industry has gone through a dynamic shift in how they portray characters on the big screen. Part of this transformation embraces the current narrative of how our society has evolved. During the Golden Age of cinema, movies portrayed common people in a completely different light. Movies were – for lack of a better term – glamorous. The people portrayed were who we wanted to be, rather than who we could identify with. The roles idealized the dreams that society held. Especially during bleak times like the Great Depression and WWII, society turned to cinema to find who or what they aspired to become. And the places that these characters called home were a direct reflection of both where people wanted to live and where the American dream would evolve. Read the rest of this entry »
Will you only be in town for the summer?
Do you have a serious case of wanderlust?
Are you searching for a new job but unsure where it might be?
Is the thought of signing a long-term contract enough to get you pulling out the Pepto?
If so, you may want to think about renting with a month-to-month lease. If you’re not ready or able to commit to a fixed-term lease, the flexibility might be exactly what you need. Read on to learn more about why you may (or may not) want to think about a different form of leasing. Read the rest of this entry »
Time. It’s both a friend and an enemy. The passage of time can put an immense amount of stress on some and create moments of awe in others. We are obsessed with time. We undertake endless quests to carve out more time in a day for both work and life. And, for the most part, we do not really miss it until it is already gone. But there are ways you can take back some of your precious time, and apartment living can be one of those methods. Here are a few ways that apartment living can lead to more time savings. How much time you ask? Well, it can add up to quite a lot! Read the rest of this entry »
Maybe your car broke down and your hard-earned savings went straight to the mechanic. Perhaps you didn’t get the hours you needed at work, and your paycheck was already lacking to begin with. Whatever the reason, sometimes life happens and you end up being late on rent. If you’re a few days behind on rent, read on to find out what to expect. More importantly, learn how you may be able to get your landlord to (hopefully) cut you a little slack. Read the rest of this entry »
We’ve all heard the cliche poem: “Roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet, and my roommate is not.” Wait, that’s not how it goes?! While love is in the air for most on Valentine’s Day, if you’ve got a bad roommate, we’re guessing that the air is heavy with sighs of frustration. Never fear though – here are some tips on dealing with a roomie that you can’t stand. Read the rest of this entry »
Every February, New York City goes to the dogs. This year marks the 141st year of the Westminster Dog Show, which calls The Big Apple and Madison Square Garden home. Nearly 3,000 dogs will compete on February 13 and 14 for the coveted title of “Best in Show.” Among them are all sorts of breeds, sizes, personalities, and lifestyles. Some of the best dogs are even perfect for apartment dwellers. So, before you head out in search of a new furry roommate, here is a handy guide to some things you should know about dogs that call apartments home. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s exciting to search for a new apartment, new neighborhood, and new favorite hangout spot, but don’t let your excitement get the best of you. While you might find the apartment of your dreams, you could also stumble upon a scam. Simply put, a scam is when a criminal tries to get money for an apartment they’re not planning on renting. Once you know how rental scams work, they’re a lot easier to spot. Read our handy dandy guide to make sure you don’t fall prey to one of today’s top tricks! Read the rest of this entry »
It didn’t take long after the conference title games for residents of both cities heading to the football championship to start arguing over which city is better. For Boston, this is just “once more unto the breach,” whereas for Atlanta, this is only the second time they’re competing in the final NFL game of the season (last time was in 1999, but they were defeated by Denver). Both are proud cities with storied traditions of sports and apartment-style living. So which city will bring home the trophy? Read the rest of this entry »
There are plenty of things that can go right when you first move into a new apartment. You’ve got a fresh start in a new place and things are looking up! However, with ups come downs, and one of those could be a bad landlord. Though you may not realize it at first, your landlord has a lot of say over what goes, including everything from repairs to living conditions. If you’re unsure of how to approach a landlord that isn’t living up to the lease, learn how to handle the situation and if needed, file an official report. Read the rest of this entry »