Finding an apartment can be difficult, especially when it’s your first apartment. Once you find the right one, you may also find out that the landlord runs a background check on lease applicants—and he or she wants your permission to run one on you.
But fear not! Tenant background checks are pretty standard. Landlords and property managers use them to confirm a possible renter’s identity and trustworthiness. Read the rest of this entry »
When you’re hunting for a bargain, timing can be everything. We’ve all browsed sales waiting for the right time to buy a television or car—holding off for seasonal savings such as Black Friday. But did you know there’s also a best time of year to rent an apartment?
If you know you’re going to be moving in the next couple of months, and are wondering when the best time to rent an apartment is, read on. Read the rest of this entry »
Trying to find an apartment to rent without going through a credit check is like trying to find a kid who hates candy. It’s not easy; however, with a little effort and persistence, it can be done.
Here are five things you can do to rent an apartment without a credit check. Read the rest of this entry »
If you’ve ever filled out an apartment application, you’ve probably wondered, “Did I fill it out right? Did I give the right answers? When the landlord runs my credit, what are they really looking for?” Given that one in two landlords say that the results of a credit check are among the top three factors used when deciding whether to accept a tenant’s lease application (TransUnion), it’s important that you find out! Get the inside scoop on how landlords may check your credit, what they look for, and how you can position yourself as the best possible candidate to rent the apartment you want! Read the rest of this entry »
Hunting for the perfect apartment is exhausting, and it can get a little… repetitive. Every apartment claims to be amazing, but which ones actually are? “Vintage charm” can mean outdated, broken down appliances, while “ultra modern” can mean sterile and cold. It can be hard to read between the lines! However, knowing the difference between key bits of lingo can help you narrow down the field and decide which apartment is best for you. Let’s go over the difference between two important words, kitchen and kitchenette, and learn the pros and cons of each! Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
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 »