Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The San Antonio Housing Market Is On Track

On the heels of a record 2016, the 2017 housing market in San Antonio continues to remain competitive. As the housing market continues to rise and break record numbers, it is even more important that you make an informed housing decision. As you look forward towards your home goals, we break down what 2017 has in store for the Alamo City.

The median home price in the Alamo City rose to $218,800 in July, according to SABOR, but did not break the June record of $220,000.  Despite rising costs, potential home buyers continue to take advantage of the dropping interest rates, with hopes of getting a little more home for their dollar.

Regardless of your goals, it is important that you have an expert on your side. Our agents at Apartments Now can help you find the perfect place to call home. Whether you are interested in buying or renting, call us today at (210) 558-7377.  

Friday, August 11, 2017

Renters Are Ready To Buy A Home

As a renter, a single rental fee covers your housing costs. For many non-homeowners, the time has come to switch hats from renter to homeowner. 

A new TransUnion market analysis revealed that 55% of people who actively shopped for a home mortgage from January to March 2017 were primarily renters. This number is up from 50% in 2016 and 45% in 2015. Experts agree that the millennial generation has shown more of an interest in homeownership, which reflects in the shifting upward numbers.

Whether you are in the position to rent or buy – we can help! Our apartment finders at Apartments Now can help you find the perfect place for you and your budget. Call us today (210) 802-1112.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

How To Exercise In Your Tiny Apartment

Exercise is something we all dread and the struggle to get to a gym is real. If you find it too hard to leave your apartment once you get home but want to still get your steps in here are 3 tip-toe toning moves you can do from the comfort of your apartment home.

Yoga is one of the easiest exercises to complete in a small space. It is an apartment-friendly activity that can be easily stored under your bed. It is great for improving your balance and strength.

Body weight exercises can be done with ease in any small space. They build your strength and include planks, squats, sit ups, and wall sits. Add a couple resistant bands to the mix to change it up.

Cardio does not have to involve a treadmill. Mountain climbers, lunges and even dancing to your favorite tunes will elevate your heart rate and your neighbors won’t even know you are exercising.

How do you exercise on in your apartment? We want to hear in the comments below.

It is essential to be prepared with a realistic budget when searching for an apartment. Does your list of must-haves include a fitness center? Our apartment finders at Apartments Now know the 411 on apartment community amenities in San Antonio.

We would love to help you find the perfect place to call home. Give us a call today (210) 558-7377.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Rent In San Antonio Is On The Climb

San Antonio has always been known as a big city with affordable rent prices. To help you better understand the current rental trends and how it affects your pocketbook, we broke down the mid year analysis by Abodo to what matters most for you.

No Texas cities made the list of greatest average rent growth in the first half of 2017, but San Antonio did record an increase for the past six months. With rent on the rise in over half of the nation’s states, cities like the Alamo City are not alone in experiencing a sustained increase in rent on a month-to-month basis.

A one bedroom apartment in January 2017 rented on average for $819 and for a little more in July at $858. Two bedroom apartment rents also increased at an average rate of 0.77% every month from January to July.  As development attempts to keep up with the rising demand of the “Fastest Growing Regions” it is highly unlikely that rent will significantly decrease anytime soon.

Only time will tell if rental rates will continue to climb through the rest of 2017. It is no better time than now to work with a housing expert, like Apartments Now, in your rental search. Give us a call today (210) 802-1112.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Reduce the Stress Of Apartment Hunting

Moving is one of the most stressful experiences and if you are unprepared you can also cause unnecessary anxiety.  Heading towards a fresh start in a new apartment home should be fun and exciting when you are prepared and do not procrastinate in your search. To help eliminate the stress, nail down the answers to these three questions before you start your next apartment search.

What part of town are you interested in?
Do you want to live close to work or in a part of town with better schools? Know what your needs and want are in a neighborhood.

How much can you afford in rent?
According to industry experts, rent should not exceed 30% of your paycheck. Set a budget and stick to it!

What do you actually NEED?
Create a "must-have" list. Determine how much space you need in your new apartment home. Are you moving in with a roommate or is it just you? Do you need access to a fitness gym or parking garage? These factors play a role in what size home you need and how much it is going to cost you.

So when should you start your search? Our experts suggest beginning the apartment hunt before you even put in your 30-day notice with your current landlord.  

Contact Apartments Now and let us start searching for you. Let our apartment finders can help you scoop up the perfect apartment home without hesitation or stress. Call or message us today (210) 558-7377.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

3 Warning Signs You Are Not Ready To Buy A House

It might feel like all the cool kids are doing it but like your mama said just because everyone is doing it doesn’t mean you should - or should you? To make sure you don’t jump the gun before you are ready, here are 3 warning signs to look out for before taking the leap into homeownership.

Ask yourself these four questions to reveal whether you are ready to buy a house or not.

1. Are you committed to sticking around?
Unless you are certain that you want to stay in one spot for the next five years then you might not be ready to buy. Selling a house that you lived in less than five years will likely result in a loss of money. If your job is in limbo or you are considering moving, it is a wise decision to hold off on making the leap into home ownership right now.

2. Have you considered all your out of pocket expenses?
Your first hurdle is saving for the large down payment, but you are going to need more than that. As a potential home buyer you must have additional money saved for closing cost, emergency repairs, moving costs, and to furnish and decorate the new house.

3. Do you know all your buying options?
You might think that your only option is to purchase a single-family home, but there are so many more options. Depending on what suits your needs you could purchase a duplex, condo, or even a townhouse. If you think that a single-family house is the only option then you should take the time to explore all the alternatives.

Are you ready to buy a house? Tell us why or why not in the comments below.

We all know that owning a home is part of the American Dream, but for many, it is actually much more advantageous to rent.  If you have decided to rent while you prepare to buy or have decided that renting is what makes you happy; Apartments Now is here to help you through the entire search process. Let us help make your next move a smart move! Call us today (210) 802-1112.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Create The Perfect Study Spot In Your Apartment

A dedicated study spot is a must if you are going to make Dean’s List honors this semester. 😉 As back-to-school quickly approaches here are 3 study space ideas full of color and inspiration to help organize your apartment while also reducing distractions.

Regardless of the square footage of your apartment, an awesome and affordable study space is achievable. Remember to take advantage of any and all back to school sales this month.

When planning out your space make sure to remember these 3 important elements:
  1. Multi-Furniture: Utilize pieces that have multi-use, especially for small spaces.
  2. Lighting: Add a mirror to space or task lighting to brighten up space.
  3. Organization: Utilize multi-tier systems and your wall space. Include shelves, cork boards, and containers to keep the space tidy.

Here are a few study spot ideas for your apartment:

The Living Room Study Spot

Under Bed Study Spot

Designated Room Study Spot

Let us help organize your next apartment search - FREE! Call Apartments Now today (210) 558-7377.