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 »
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Almost every apartment has some good and some bad to it. You might have hardwood floors on the one hand, but on the other there’s that oddly shaped closet you can’t seem to fit anything into. Or maybe you’ve got a nice patio, but the kitchen counter is barely big enough for a crockpot. Accepting these tradeoffs comes with the territory, and you learn to live with them. However, there always comes a time when you need to consider a new option. Is it that time for you? Here are a few questions to ask yourself. Read the rest of this entry »
Ever since our ancestors first decided to cohabitate in caves, there have been encounters with unique (and sometimes even irritating) neighbors. Today, the varieties of ways a neighbor can drive you insane seem endless. They may be lurking in the halls, they may be heard through the walls and they may even be peeking out the window planning their next encounter. Whatever your neighborly chance encounter might be, these are some of the people who may be cohabiting within your apartment community. Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
It’s been a while since you and your partner have been together, and things are going well. Your apartment leases are nearing an end, and you aren’t renewing your current roommate either. You spend a significant amount of time together anyway…why not just move in?
Remember, this is a bold move, but can be the perfect test to see where your relationship is going. It might even allow you to save on rent if you shop for 1 bedroom apartments. But is 1 bedroom or 2 ideal? Consider these factors when shopping for apartments with your significant other. Read the rest of this entry »
Imagine coming home to your apartment to find a piece of paper bearing those three little words every renter fears: “Notice of Eviction.” It can happen for a number of reasons, and while the prospect of eviction is scary, it’s best to know what‘s coming so you can deal with it effectively. Before you start to panic or try to find a new apartment, read up on these apartment eviction basics.
What happens first in the eviction process?
First your landlord must issue a termination notice informing you that you have violated your rental agreement. This might be because you haven’t paid your rent, have violated the terms of your lease by keeping a pet in your apartment, or have damaged the property, to name a few common reasons. If you receive an eviction notice, respond to it right away. The sooner you address the problem, the easier things may be as the process continues.
Will I have to go to court if I am evicted?
You’ll probably have to go to an eviction hearing, where you have the right to make an argument defending yourself in front of a judge.
Can I keep from getting evicted from an apartment?
You may be able to avoid eviction if you reform your behavior right away. For example, paying all your late rent in full plus all late fees can help get your eviction notice rescinded. Talk to your landlord and see if they are willing to work with you (after all, there’s no harm in asking), and consult an attorney if you think you may be able to have your notice rescinded.
Will eviction affect my credit report?
Getting evicted can affect your credit negatively, but your landlord will have to put in some effort to make it happen. Landlords have the right to notify one of the three major credit bureaus if a tenant is evicted, but the process costs time and money, and your landlord might not be willing to go to those lengths. No matter what, you should still keep an eye on your credit throughout the eviction process. Knowing your way around your credit report, especially if you’re renting with bad credit, will make it easier to find an apartment.
Disclaimer: A note to renters: Please keep in mind that this guide is not all-inclusive, and should not be taken as legal advice. Eviction laws are different in every state. If you are facing eviction and want to take legal action, consult a qualified attorney.
Months and years after the journey began; you are finally reaching the end of your college experience. The hours upon hours of studying are finally about to pay off as you walk across the stage and receive your diploma. Congratulations, you’ve done it! You have survived. Now, the next journey begins.
Nobody really wants to move back home. Does the next part of your journey bring you to a new city for work? Are you finding roommates and living in your current town? Maybe you are going to stay the course and continue into grad school. Whatever the next stage is, where you are going to live after student housing is a primary concern.
If you are continuing on in your degree, the time has come for you to move off-campus. Sure, it has been fun living in student housing, but the friendships, the parties, and the excitement don’t have to stop when you move off-campus. There are lots of great apartments within a couple of miles of campus. With all the modern amenities that are offered, your off-campus housing will be the place all your friends wish they lived.
Whether you are moving across town or across the country, your first post-college apartment awaits you. First, you have to ask yourself what is most important to you. Location? Lifestyle? Price? There is an apartment out there to fulfill the desires of any graduate.
Did your internship turn into a job offer across the country? When it comes time to relocate, your company may put you up in a furnished temporary apartment. This allows you the time to find the place that is right for you. Maybe you are staying close to home and moving in with a friend. Splitting the costs of rent, utilities, and furniture can be a great way to combine resources and save a few extra dollars. This is the flexibility that the apartment lifestyle provides.
Whatever your apartment need is after graduation, ApartmentSearch.com has the resources to help. We offer online apartment locating as well as assistance in finding furniture to rent or buy. As an added bonus, when you tell your new apartment community that ApartmentSearch.com sent you, you can qualify for $200 in rewards to help you get started.
Welcome to life after college. Wherever you are going, we can help you find the place that is right for you.
There are a plethora of Austin apartments available so choosing the right one can seem nearly impossible. Whether you’re a student, young professional, or busy parent, living close to good public transportation might be a deciding factor in your apartment search. If so, you’re in luck. The city is home to an expanding network of mass transit options.
Austin’s Capital MetroRail commuter train travels a total of 31 miles, stopping at 9 different stations between Leander and Austin all day long, Monday through Saturday. This past year, Capital Metro upgraded a large portion of their MetroBuses, and added multiple handicap-accessible bus stops. They have also created bus-only lanes on streets that have high traffic around the downtown and University of Texas campus area.
If you’re looking for a well-connected neighborhood, one of these could be just right for you:
Downtown is the place to be in Austin if you love being in the middle of everything. This area tends to be a bit pricey, but that’s the trade-off for living in the heart of the city. You’ll have unlimited access to great food, culture, boutique shopping, live music, and trendy bars any time you please. Between the various MetroBus routes and 4th St. MetroRail Station, this location is as good as it gets for reaching any part of the city on public transit.
West Campus is the answer if you are a student of the University of Texas. This area is lively and offers apartments in a range of prices. Living in West Campus is a good choice if you are a college student because you’re not only in close proximity to your classes, but you’re also right by “The Drag” (aka Guadalupe St.), which is lined with cute boutiques and restaurants. You can also easily take a number of buses downtown or to one of the MetroRail Stations around the area.
East Austin is a newly trendy area to live. In fact, the area has made it onto the Forbes’ list of Hippest Hipster Neighborhoods. By living here you’ll have complete access to a number of eclectic coffee shops, farmers’ markets, and hole-in-the-wall restaurants. Throughout East Austin you will find multiple running, walking and biking trails, as well as a large number of bus routes that can to take you wherever you need to go.
Not exactly what you were looking for? Browse Austin apartments on ApartmentSearch.com then use our Map & Commute feature to figure out your commute time by public transit and more.