Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Apartment Hunting




Apartment hunting with a locater takes only a couple hours to half a day of searching, depending on the client. We know what we are doing, and can match you with a community that holds what you are searching for, quickly! Just another reason to use us to help you find your new home!

Monday, July 25, 2011

What Does Our Services Cost to the Renter?

Nothing! We get paid by the apartments when we bring them qualified applicants who sign a lease. So our services are free to those applicants! Come in or give us a call today so we can help you find the apartment you are looking for!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Security Deposit Deductions

When moving out of an apartment, we all want to get our security deposit back. But what can be deducted? Knowing this can get us more of the money back that we paid up front. The Texas Apartment Association gives this explanation.

Any charge specified in the lease or any charge resulting from your breaking the lease.
Charges for damages, wear and tear resulting from negligence, carelessness, accident or abuse on your part. "Normal wear and tear" items cannot be deducted.
Unpaid rent and other unpaid charges listed in your lease, such as those for late rent payment, returned checks, missing furniture or fixtures, keys you don't return to the management, etc.
The reasonable cost of cleaning if you fail to properly clean before you leave. Many rental properties have written cleaning instructions for you to follow.

Any deduction must be listed in a written description and itemization mailed to you on or before 30 days after you leave. However, there is no obligation that you be furnished this information if you have not paid all of your rent or if you have not given your forwarding address in writing.

Monday, July 18, 2011

SAAA Education

The San Antonio Apartment Association offers classes that provide education for both tenants and landlords of apartments.

Click here for the schedule.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Priced Out




Found this on the Austin Tenants Council website- some great information on disability income and renting.

Priced Out in 2010 is a study of the severe housing affordability problems of people with disabilities. The study compares the federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments of people with significant and long-term disabilities to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Fair Market Rents for modestly priced rental units.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Arboleda Apartments

Check out our new video about Arboleda Apartments

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Why are Apartment Locators and Apartment Finders Free?



So I get this question a lot: How can apartment locators work for free? Technically we don’t work for “free” (yes, we have to eat too :-), it’s more like “free to you, the client”. We provide a very valuable service for both the renter and the apartment, a service that apartments are willing to compensate us for. And here’s why...



Apartment communities have a marketing budget every month. They can spend it on newspaper, online or TV ads, all of which are considered to be blind marketing. “Blind” marketing tends to bring in a whole bunch of prospective tenants who may or may not be qualified for the specific community. Identifying which tenants are truly prospective renters for your particular property is a very time consuming (and therefor expensive) process for leasing agents.


This is where apartment locators or apartment finders come in. Work hard to keep our clients from waste ANY money on application fees at apartments they won’t qualify for. So in addition to qualifying the apartment community for our clients needs, we make every attempt to prequalify our clients for the prospective apartment based on the information the client gives us.



When reputable apartment locators and apartment finders bring their clients to a community, the leasing agent knows that the client meets the minimum qualifications, and can focus on the showing them the property. It is a win-win for the renter and the apartment because neither has to waste time or money on an apartment showing that has no chance of working out.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy July 4th!


To honor our countries Independence Day, today's blog will not be about apartments. Instead, check out these fun facts about your country from the US Census Bureau.

On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. As always, this most American of holidays will be marked by parades, fireworks and backyard barbecues across the country.

2.5 million

In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation.
Source: Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970
<http://www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/statab.html>

311.7 million

The nation's estimated population on this July Fourth.
Source: Population clock <http://www.census.gov/main/www/popclock.html>

Flags

$3.2 million

In 2010, the dollar value of U.S. imports of American flags. The vast majority of this amount ($2.8 million) was for U.S. flags made in China.
Source: Foreign Trade Statistics <http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/www/>
<http://www.usatradeonline.gov>

$486,026

Dollar value of U.S. flags exported in 2010. Mexico was the leading customer, purchasing $256,407 worth.
Source: Foreign Trade Statistics <http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/www/>
<http://www.usatradeonline.gov>

$302.7 million

Annual dollar value of shipments of fabricated flags, banners and similar emblems by the nation's manufacturers, according to the latest published economic census data.
Source: 2007 Economic Census, Series EC0731SP1, Products and Services Code 3149998231
<http://www.census.gov/econ/census07/>

Fireworks

$190.7 million

The value of fireworks imported from China in 2010, representing the bulk of all U.S. fireworks imported ($197.3 million). U.S. exports of fireworks, by comparison, came to just $37.0 million in 2010, with Japan purchasing more than any other country ($6.3 million).
Source: Foreign Trade Statistics <http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/www>
<http://www.usatradeonline.gov>

$231.8 million

The value of U.S. manufacturers' shipments of fireworks and pyrotechnics (including flares, igniters, etc.) in 2007.
Source: 2007 Economic Census, Series EC0731SP1, Products and Services Code 325998J108
<http://www.census.gov/econ/census07/>

Patriotic-Sounding Place Names

Thirty-one places have “liberty” in their names. The most populous one as of April 1, 2010, is Liberty, Mo. (29,149) Iowa, with four, has more of these places than any other state: Libertyville, New Liberty, North Liberty and West Liberty.

Thirty-five places have “eagle” in their names. The most populous one is Eagle Pass, Texas (26,248).

Eleven places have “independence” in their names. The most populous one is Independence, Mo. (116,830).

Nine places have “freedom” in their names. The most populous one is New Freedom, Pa. (4,464).

One place with “patriot” in the name. Patriot, Ind. (209).

Five places have “America” in their names. The most populous is American Fork, Utah (26,263).

Source: American FactFinder <www.census.gov>