On Earth Day, we not only celebrate the glorious provisions that the earth provides, but we also celebrate the people and companies that work to improve the environment. While politicians, activists, and non-profit groups may be at the forefront of these environmental efforts, groups of everyday people are doing their part too. For instance, apartment communities across the U.S. are making big, green changes. Check out seven apartment community green efforts that are trending across the country. Is your apartment building joining in? Read the rest of this entry »
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April 15 is a wake-up call for many of us. It is a time when we re-evaluate our finances, determining where we are spending our money and how we can save more of it. Unfortunately, for those who live in a home, the “saving money” part of the equation seems elusive. Every time they feel like they are making progress on bills and savings accounts, some new expense comes along to hamper their goals. An appliance stops working. A water pipe breaks and floods the carpet or wood flooring. The sod has to be replaced after a rough winter and pressure from the HOA.
There is an endless list of unplanned-for expenses that pile up. And these are not even the regular, monthly expenses. In addition to high utility costs, homeowners are paying mortgages, property taxes, lawn and landscaping fees, and a host of other home repair and upkeep expenses. The burden of mortgages – which are still disproportionately high after the housing bubble burst – and the other expenses is what has led many homeowners to switch to apartment living. Read the rest of this entry »
The process of finding and moving into an apartment is hard enough. Doing research shouldn’t have to be. That’s why we want to make your apartment search as easy as possible. So, what makes us different? In short, ApartmentSearch.com lets you get down to the specifics of finding the right apartment. In fact, you could say ApartmentSearch.com does all the work for you.
The new site is streamlined and easy to navigate, and once you input your desired apartment location, you can narrow down your choices based on your apartment requirements. With other apartment-finding sites, you may have to wade through listings and fine print to compile a list of potential properties, only to have to further research apartment amenities, price ranges, and leasing options. ApartmentSearch.com makes it easier by showing you all the information you need to know right up front. Check out some of the ways we’re making your apartment search simpler.
More Sorting Options
One of the ways that ApartmentSearch.com simplifies the process is by giving you tons of options to narrow down your apartment search results. After typing in your location, you can make a few selections and be on your way to finding an apartment that fits your exact specifications. Some of your search options include:
- Price range
- Number of bedrooms
- Number of bathrooms
- Types of pets allowed
- Appliances available
- Flooring types
- Recreation amenities
- Interior amenities
- Laundry facilities
- Type of community
- Other amenities
- High tech options
Save Your Searches and Favorites
One of the most frustrating things about apartment hunting is keeping track of all your options. Even when you do find that perfect listing, all it takes is one accidental click to navigate away from your search results to lose the listing forever. Logging in to ApartmentSearch.com eliminates the chances of your favorite apartment search choices getting lost in the ether. You can easily save your favorite apartment search settings so you can check back whenever you want, and save your favorite listings with personal notes to compare and map them.
View Apartment Details
Each apartment listing on ApartmentSearch.com contains the apartment’s contact information, price ranges and specials, its available features, a map of the apartment, the apartment’s Walk Score®, and information about its neighborhood. That’s everything you need to know, all in one convenient place.
Take Property Tours
Once you’ve put together a list of favorite apartments, you can create your own apartment tour with turn-by-turn navigation. Tours can help you visit multiple properties utilizing the best possible route. ApartmentSearch.com also contains mapping features that will even tell you how long it will take to commute from the property to work, school or anyplace else you choose!
Get Renter Rewards
When you use ApartmentSearch.com to find an apartment and sign a lease, you can claim a renter’s reward of $100 in CORT Bucks, plus a $100 VISA Gift Card. What better way to furnish your apartment and get a little extra cash?
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If you’re a college student thinking of moving out of the dorms this year, it’s not too early to find an apartment. If you’ll be moving into your apartment when the semester is over you’ll want to find an apartment soon, but you can wait a bit longer if you plan on living at home for the summer.
Before you find an apartment, decide if you want to live alone or with roommates. Apartment living on your own has its benefits (like always having the quiet you need to cram for that Psych 101 exam, or being able to walk around in your underwear without offending anyone) but it also can be much more expensive and at times lonely. Don’t forget about your furry roommates. If you have pets, find an apartment that allows them or you could face steep fees or even eviction. After that’s settled, set a budget that includes all of your monthly apartment expenses including rent, utilities, and insurance.
Next, find an apartment in a neighborhood that’s right for you. Living close to campus can be expensive but it saves you the time, hassle, and costs of commuting. You should also find an apartment in a neighborhood that has services you need like a bank, library, and grocery store. Unless you find an apartment with a laundry room, you’ll also want to live close to a laundromat.
Be sure to find an apartment in an area that jibes with your lifestyle. If you like to spend your nights quietly studying, living next door to frat row is probably a bad decision. Likewise, if you plan on partying it up every night, don’t move in next to an old couple that will call the police during the very first verse of “Young, Wild, & Free.”
ApartmentSearch.com can make your quest to find an apartment easier. You can find an apartment by area, price, and amenities so you (and your roomies) end up someplace that really feels like home. Plus, you don’t even have to be a finance major to appreciate the $200 Renter Rewards you can get simply by finding your apartment through ApartmentSearch.com!
Have Austin apartments been occupying your dreams since your recent trip to SXSW? You’re not alone. An average of 30,000 or more people migrate to Austin every year. They’re drawn there by good job prospects, sunny weather, and, of course, cultural offerings like the SXSW and ACL music festivals.
What should you look for in Austin apartments? Some good starting points are price, amenities, and location.
Price: Make sure you look at Austin apartments that are affordable to you by creating a budget before you start looking. Don’t forget to factor in extra costs like utilities (if they aren’t covered in your rent) and renter’s insurance.
Amenities: Amenities are also important factors when deciding between Austin apartments. Make a list of features you want and be careful to only add those that are really priorities. Granite counter tops and a balcony with skyline view might be on your wishlist but if they push you out of your budgeted range, it would be wise to reconsider.
Location: Don’t forget the number one rule of real estate when looking for Austin apartments; location, location, location. If you loved the hustle and bustle of SXSW, you might want to consider Austin apartments in downtown or even just south of the river where many of the big city events take place. East is great if you want to live someplace artsy and slightly off the beaten path. West is the place for you if you love being surrounded by rolling hills. North is good for those who want to live near shopping and highly ranked schools.
The best way to get started on your search for Austin apartments is with an online apartment locator like ApartmentSearch.com. That way you can search for apartments with your desired amenities that fall within your budget and even get a $200 reward with our Renters Rewards. You may also have luck finding Austin apartments by driving around looking for “For Rent” signs, which is a great option if you’re still in town after SXSW.
There are a lot of things to consider when looking at Austin apartments. Check out some more ways to find Austin apartments that are perfect for you, then get your search on ApartmentSearch.com started today!
Relocation can be tough on the whole family, but it’s especially stressful for pets. Whether you have a standard dog, cat, or bird or a more exotic beast, good preplanning with a moving checklist is essential. Barkley, Socks, or Crackers will be grateful for your efforts.
Before you start to pack, use our moving checklist to get your pet prepared for a move. Certain documents may be required if you are moving out of state. Ask your vet or check with the animal control agency in the state you are moving to. Some things you may need include:
- Current ID. This should be number one on your pet moving checklist. If your pet can wear a collar, make sure it has one that includes a tag with your name, phone number, new address, and the pet’s name.
- An up-to-date health certificate including a shot record. This is required for dogs in most states and may be required for cats, birds, or other pets.
- Health records. Next on your moving checklist, be sure to get your pet’s health records from your current vet. This will help when you take your pet to a new vet.
- A permit, which may be required if you have an exotic pet.
- A recent photo. Be sure to add this step to your moving checklist. Heaven forbid your pet should escape during the move, but it could happen.
- A pet carrier. Don’t overlook this important moving checklist item. Even if you plan to move your pet in your car, a sturdy and roomy carrier is still a good idea. It will keep your pet safer than being loose in your car and may help your pet feel more secure. Put a soft blanket or towel inside, and let your pet sleep in the carrier for a few days before your move.
If you take the time up front to handle the items on our moving checklist, the move will be much easier on both you and your pet.
In addition, ApartmentSearch.com has a moving checklist you can use to organize your entire move. And don’t forget that it pays to find your new place through Apartment Search—as much as $200 in Renters’ Rewards.
Seattle apartments on your mind? Without a doubt, Seattle is the epitome of Northwest cool. If you’re relocating here, smart move.
OK, Seattle apartments ain’t cheap, but you get what you pay for if you consider the gorgeous setting, the thriving economy, the unique art and entertainment scene, and the pure hipness of the Emerald City.
But when it comes to Seattle apartments, how can you know where to look? One way is to factor in your favorite activity. Here are some ideas as you hunt for the best Seattle apartments for your needs:
- If you’re a biker, there’s no limit to where you can search for Seattle apartments. A little bit of precipitation doesn’t stop bikers here. In fact, more than a third of Seattle’s half-million residents bike for fun, and from 4,000 to 8,000 are bicycle commuters. You’ll feel right at home on two wheels in Seattle.
- If boating is your bag, this is the city for you because water is never far away. You’ll have easy access to Puget Sound if you look for Seattle apartments in Queen Anne, Ballard, or West Seattle. Or consider Seattle apartments in the Central District, Madrona, and Madison Park neighborhoods. They border Lake Washington, which is great for sailing. The centrally located Lake Union is a hotspot for houseboats and kayakers.
- If you live to ski but need to live in the city, you might want to look at Seattle apartments in southeast Seattle so you can make the run up to the Summit at Snoqualmie with ease. Its four ski areas offer something for everyone from the rank novice to the thrill-seeking backcountry skier.
But you don’t have to break a sweat to have a blast in Seattle. If your idea of an exhilarating activity is hitting the latest dim sum place or shopping for vintage clothing, the city abounds with neighborhoods that will appeal to you. Check out Seattle apartments in the University District, Fremont, Belltown, Seattle Central, and Capitol Hill neighborhoods. You’ll find Seattle apartments in a variety of price ranges in these areas.
If you’re ready to take on a big city but not sure Seattle is the place for you, we’ve still got you covered. Check out our selection of awesome Austin apartments, delightful Dallas apartments, or fabulous Phoenix apartments. And when you’re ready to start putting it all in boxes, use our Moving Checklist to get organized.
So what are you waiting for? Get a move on!
When you’re on the hunt for Phoenix apartments, there’s no shortage of options to consider. From choosing a location within one of the city’s six major neighborhoods, to deciding what size and style of apartment you’ll need, the process may seem overwhelming. Luckily, ApartmentSearch.com offers our free online location service to help you narrow down your Phoenix apartment search and get rewarded for signing the lease.
Perhaps you’re a native Phoenician, or relocating to this southwestern hotbed to attend Arizona State University. Whatever the case, apartment living is ideal for many people, particularly those looking for the flexibility of renting. The convenience of Phoenix apartments is that you can live in one part of town one year, and another the next! It’s a great way to experiment with living in different areas, whether that means across town or across the country. Wherever you find yourself, ApartmentSearch.com can likely help locate a place for you to call home. We’re all about the benefits of apartment life, and helping you find an apartment that perfectly meets your requirements for location and amenities.
Notorious for its hot summers and comfortably mild winters, this state capital has much more to offer than Sonoran Desert views. Phoenix is the most populated city in Arizona, with the sixth-highest population in the entire U.S. Arizona State University is one of the largest public universities in the nation, with a secondary campus in Phoenix (Tempe is home to its main campus). Other options for higher education here include Western Governors University, the University of Phoenix and the University of Advancing Technology. All of these schools attract a diverse spread of students and academic faculty to the city.
As previously mentioned, Phoenix boasts six main neighborhoods: Downtown, West Phoenix, North/Northwest Phoenix, Southwest Phoenix, Ahwatukee and East Valley. If you’re craving an exciting urban lifestyle, one of the many smaller neighborhoods within Downtown will suit your tastes. But Phoenix apartments offer something for everyone, including suburban dwellers. Browse around ApartmentSearch.com and discover exactly what you’re looking for, whether it’s Phoenix apartments, Dallas apartments, Austin apartments, or Seattle apartments in these cool cities and many more nationwide.
If you’re looking to find an apartment to move into, it might be a good idea to act sooner rather than later. According to an article about falling vacancies on Bloomberg Businessweek, the apartment vacancy rate has declined from 8.2 percent in December 2009 to 6.6 percent in June 2010, no small figure, since this translates to an increase of 215,000 occupied apartments in the 64 largest U.S. markets. The analysts who published the study cited by Businessweek, MPF research, pointed to a cautiously improving job market as the source of this decline in vacancies.
Many of these people moving into apartments are in the coveted 20-29 age bracket, so prized by landlords because most of them looking to live alone do so by renting, not by owning. Though the recovery, as previously mentioned, has been rather slow, it’s still been enough to add an average of 147,000 jobs per month from January through June. May and June of 2010 marked the first two months where employment for the 20-29 age group has risen over the same months in the year prior since the tail end of 2007, which is a cautiously positive indicator.
Though these signs are hardly pronounced trends, the increase in employment might have been enough, the article goes on to suppose, to jump-start some young people sharing apartments to strike out on their own, renting apartments to themselves. Should this behavior continue, there is a good chance that vacancy rates will continue to fall.
Whether you’re a young whippersnapper moving for the first time or not, if you’re on the market for an apartment for rent, consider using our search tools, which will help you find an apartment just about anywhere you’re looking in the United States. “Anywhere” includes Dallas apartments, Phoenix apartments, Austin apartments, and Seattle apartments, but extends to practically the entire Union. We happen to think what our site offers is reward enough, however, we’ve sweetened the pot anyway. If you do find what you’re looking for at ApartmentSearch, you may be eligible to earn up to $200 in renter rewards. So check it out!
Choosing to move into a small apartment is a decision that can stem from many factors. If it’s your first place out of high school or college, for example, you might want a more modest area to fit your budget. Alternately, you might be moving to a large, dense city, where apartments close to the city’s center are either small or astronomically priced (or both). Of course, you might just want to live simply, and not worry about the hassles that can come with furnishing a large space.
These are all perfectly valid reasons for choosing a small apartment. Once the decision to downsize is made, however, the question becomes, how much? Studio apartment or one-bedroom apartment?
Considerations can be broken down pretty finely, but for the sake of keeping things as uncomplicated as possible, we can say that choosing between the two options simply comes down to a matter of degree. Studio apartments generally consist of one room, occasionally with dividers or a loft to compartmentalize the single space, whereas typical one-bedroom apartments come with traditionally designated rooms. Since there are more rooms in a one-bedroom apartment, there is usually more space. Thus, the question of picking between the two is usually a question of how much space you’re looking for and how much money you’re willing to spend.
However, don’t discount other factors like location and proximity to amenities. Especially in large cities, studios in a desirable location might cost just as much or more than one-bedroom apartments located in other areas. If location is important to you, it might be worth it to spring for the smaller space.
No matter what your size range, if you’re looking for an apartment for rent, consider doing it with us. We have a wide range of Dallas apartments, Phoenix apartments, Austin apartments, and Seattle apartments to peruse. However, with our apartment search tools, you can find an apartment just about anywhere you’re looking in the United States. Don’t forget: If you do find what you’re looking for at Apartment Search, you may be eligible to earn up to $200 in renter rewards. So check it out!