Thursday, July 31, 2014

What is a Landlord's Lien?


A Landlord's Lien, outlined in Texas Property Code, is when a landlord takes belongings from a tenant's apartment as payment for rent owed.  The landlord's lien clause has to be written in the lease, in bold print or underlined, to be legal.  The belongings have to be in either the tenant's residence or in a storage room, including an attached garage or shed, for the landlord to take it.  The Austin Tenant's Council outlines the complex laws in Texas governing a Landlord's Lien.

First, the landlord can only take the property when the tenant isn't at home.  After taking the items, they must leave a notice that they entered and an itemized list of everything they took in an obvious place inside the apartment.  The notice must include the amount of overdue rent and the name, address, and telephone number of the person the tenant should contact about the amount owed.  It also must say that that the belongings will be returned once rent is paid in full.  

There are certain things that a landlord cannot seize, which are exempted under Texas law.  Clothes, tools and books of a trade or profession, school books, a family library, family pictures, one couch, two living room chairs, and a dining table and chairs, beds and bedding, kitchen furniture, utensils, and appliances, food, medicine and medical supplies, one car and one truck, agricultural implements, children's toys, items the landlord knows are owned by a non-tenant, and items that the landlord knows are used for the tenant's work are all exempt from being seized.

Other items can be seized, and are on the "non-exempt" list.  If items are used for the tenant's work, they cannot be taken, even if they are listed on the seizeable list.  Tv's, stereos, cd players, vcrs, records, tapes, cds and videotapes, answering machines, telephones, sewing machines, calculators, books and paintings, all furniture except for the above-mentioned exempt pieces, personal computers, printers, and typewriters, musical instruments, cameras, radios, clocks and all sports equipment all can be seized under the law. 

The Tenant can get back their belongings at any time before the landlord sells it by paying all the delinquent rent owed.  If the landlord brings suit against the tenant for rent owed, the tenant can still recover their belongings before a judgement is rendered.  The tenant has to post a bond for the amount the court approves.  If the landlord wins the case, the judgement and court fees will be paid from the bond before any money is returned to the tenant.

The landlord can put the items up for sale, but only after they have given the tenant 30 days notice of the sale.  The notice must be mailed by certified mail, return receipt requested, and state the date, time and place of the sale, an itemized account of the money owed, and the name, address and phone number of the person the tenant can get in touch with about the sale.  

If the tenant doesn't pay the rent, then the landlord can sell the property to the highest bidder.  Any proceeds from the sale must be applied to the rent, then any sale costs.  Any money that remains has to be mailed to the tenant.  The tenant can request a written account of the proceeds by mailing a written request to the landlord via certified mail and the landlord must provide the account within 30 days.

If a tenant thinks the landlord violated the law when they seized their belongings, contact your local housing authority or an attorney for help recovering your property and/or sale proceeds.

Need help finding an apartment that fits your budget?  Give San Antonio Apartments Now a call today at 210-558-7377. 

Make Moving Easier on Your Pet


Moving's stressful for you, but just imagine how difficult it is on your dog.  Your pet's anxiety is made worse by the fact that they don't comprehend what is happening.  Zillow.com has a list of helpful ways you can make sure Fido's travel to their new home is as smooth as possible.

Make sure you have a dog crate that your pooch can comfortably stand up and lie down in so your dog will have a safe place to be whether in the car or in a hotel room.  This keeps them from causing any trouble while you're travelling.  You also need a leash and collar to safely allow your pet to take a walk and go to the bathroom on the road without having to worry about him running into traffic.  Frequent stops will quiet his anxiety.  Make sure you've brought doggie bags so you can be a responsible pet owner and pick up your dog's waste.

Accidents are more likely in a new place, so bring along some dog wipes to clean up just in case.  Discuss with your dog's vet whether it would be a good idea to give your dog tranquilizers on the trip, especially if you have a particularly nervous dog.  

Be sure to have food and water, along with bowls for each, easily accessible.  That way you'll be sure that your pet doesn't get dehydrated and will be well-fed, especially since it can be difficult to find your dog's food along the road.  Along with that, pack some of your dog's favorite treats and some toys so he can get some playtime in.

If your new destination will be cold, be sure to bring a dog sweater and booties to protect your pup from the elements.  A further step to ensure your dog's safety is to pack your dog's vet's contact information and vet records.  That way, if your dog gets sick along the way and you have to stop at an unfamiliar vet, you can give the veterinarian your dog's information.

Need help finding a new apartment that's pet friendly?  Give Apartments Now a call today at 512-258-8224!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Minimum Commute, Maximum Lifestyle: Where to Rent When You Work at Valero


This is the tenth in a series of articles titled ‘Minimum Commute, Maximum Lifestyle’ and will be focused on Valero Energy Corporation(NYSE:VLO) .  This series focuses on area employers and rental options located nearby so employees can reduce their commutes to work.

San Antonio is number 20 on Forbes' annual top 20 fastest-growing American cities with 1.83 percent population growth for 2013 and that translates into increased traffic, which is the number one complaint we hear.  The majority of the renters we see are hoping to find an apartment that fits their lifestyle and allows for a reasonable commute to their place of work.  With that in mind, we wanted to give some insight into San Antonio's largest employers and the rental options that surround them.

Valero Energy Corporation has its headquarters in San Antonio and and manufactures and markets transportation fuels, other petrochemical products and power.   Created in 1980 as a spinoff of Coastal States Gas Corporation, The New York Times reports that Valero saw a 28 percent decrease in their net income for the first quarter of 2014 due to a harsh winter that decreased demand for gasoline.

Valero workers have many lunch options nearby, including Applebee’s, a chain restaurant serving American fare that is adjacent to One Valero Way.  The Cheesecake Factory is also nearby and is known for their home-cooked style favorites in large portions. 

For after work drinks with coworkers, The Yardhouse has half-priced appetizers and pizzas, slider specials, and specials on cocktails, beer and wine for happy hour Monday through Friday from 3pm to 6pm.  Kona Grill has happy hour Monday through Friday from 3pm to 7pm and has half-price sushi rolls and other appetizers, and specials on Margaritas, sake', beer, and wine.

Avoid the commute and live in one of the beautiful, amenity-filled apartments close to Valero.
  • Broadstone Ranch Apartments were built in 2005, and are just three minutes from Valero by car.  Apartments range from 1-3 bedrooms and 568 to 1,301 square feet.  Apartments have spacious living areas, plush carpeting, private balconies, nine foot ceilings and washer/dryer connections.  This gated community has video access for guest entry, free poolside and clubhouse wifi, a computer lab, and a fitness center. 
  • The San Miguel Apartments are five minutes from Valero and were built in 2004. Apartments range from 1-3 bedrooms and 645 to 1,429 square feet and feature oval garden tubs, upgraded designer black appliances, large terraces, nine foot ceilings with crown molding, and full-size washer and dryer connections.  The community has a car care center, conference room, fitness studio, pool cabana with wireless internet, pet park and BBQ area. 
  • Avana at the Rim Apartments are six minutes away and feature 1-3 bedroom apartments ranging in size from 678 to 1,292 square feet.  Built in 2009, this gated community features an outdoor gourmet kitchen, an on-site tanning center, a children's play park, a sand volleyball court, valet trash pickup and a resort inspired pool with a cabana and heated spa.  Apartments have full-size washer and dryers, garden tubs, granite countertops, walk-in closets, ceiling fans, wood plank flooring, and private balconies or sunrooms.   
  • Mira Vista Apartments are a 4 minute drive from Valero and were built in 1998.  Floorplans range from 1-2 bedrooms and 650 to 960 square feet and feature faux wood floors, large floor plans, washer/dryer connections, and are cable ready.  This gated community has a dog park, playground, is close to bus routes and has 24-hour emergency maintenance.  
  • The Palomino Apartments, built in 2009, are six minutes away and have 1-2 bedroom apartments ranging from 637 to 1,277 square feet. Units have private patios, stain resistant carpet, over-sized garden tubs, ceiling fans, private patios, 9 foot ceilings, and double-paned windows.  The community has a resident entertainment room with a kitchen, billiards table, and multiple flat-screen televisions, an internet cafe with coffee bar, outdoor cabana kitchens, and covered and detached garage parking.  
  • West Oaks Apartments are seven minutes from Valero and have one and two bedroom apartments ranging from 504 to 1,174 square feet.  Apartments feature granite counters, wood-style flooring, include washers and dryers, 2 inch faux wood blinds, patio/balcony storage, ceramic tile backsplashes, and nine foot ceilings with crown molding.  Built in 2012, this gated community has a lounging pool with wifi, 24 hour fitness center, detached garage and covered parking, an enclosed dog park with a doggy pool, picnic areas, and fire pits.  
These are just a few of the rental options for Valero employees.  Our database features the most accurate and up-to-date pricing and availability for thousands of apartments across the city.  Finding the perfect balance of minimal commute and maximum lifestyle for your budget can be challenging.  As apartment locators, it is our job to provide you valuable insight into each of your rental options so you choose the best apartment the first time.  Our service is free to our clients and can save you valuable days looking for a rental.  Call 210-558-7377  today to schedule your appointment or visit www.sanantonioapartmentsnow.com for more information on our apartment locator services.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Minimum Commute, Maximum Lifestyle: Where To Rent When You Work at National Instruments


This is the ninth in a series of articles titled ‘Minimum Commute, Maximum Lifestyle’ and will be focused on National Instruments Corp (NASDAQ:NATI).  This series focuses on area employers and rental options located nearby so employees can reduce their commutes to work.

Thousands of people move to Austin or relocate within Austin every year because of job changes.  In a city growing by 110 people per day, the complaint we hear most often centers around traffic.  The majority of the renters we see are hoping to find an apartment that fits their lifestyle and allows for a reasonable commute to their place of work.  With that in mind, we wanted to give some insight into Austin’s largest employers and the rental options that surround them.

National Instruments is headquartered in Austin and produces automated test equipment and virtual instrumentation software.  Founded in 1976, the company employs about 7,100 employees worldwide. According to the Austin American Statesman, National Instruments plans to invest $80 million and add 1,000 local jobs over the next 10 years. 

National Instruments employs people in a variety of positions at their Austin headquarters, including Sales Training and Development Managers (median annual salary $89,123 for a Sales Training Manager), Accounts Receivable Associates (median salary $71,937 for an Accounts Receivable Manager), Business Analyst Managers (median salary $90,503 for a Business Systems Analyst IV), Compliance Engineers (median salary $89,802 for a Compliance Manager), and more.  All salary information from Salary.com for 78759, National Instrument's zip code.   

Employees have a lot of lunch choices near National Instruments, including Tacodeli, which is beloved for its unique tacos full of fresh ingredients and Whole Foods, which in addition to being a grocery store, has a large variety of food stands, from sandwiches to tacos and more.  

For after work drinks with coworkers, McCormick & Schmick's has an incredible happy hour menu, including $6 cocktails and a cheeseburger and fries for just $3.99.  Jasper's has a great happy hour menu Monday through Saturday from 4pm to 7pm featuring $6 pizzas, brisket tacos, sliders and more, and $6 specialty cocktails, plus wine and beer specials. 

Live in one of the gorgeous apartment communities near National Instruments and avoid traffic.
  • The Estate on Quarry Lake was built in 1995 and is just nine minutes from National Instruments.  Apartments range from 1-2 bedrooms and 621 to 1,177 square feet and feature outdoor decks, spacious bedrooms, and gourmet kitchens.  This beautiful lakeside community has two sparkling swimming pools, picnic and grilling areas, and a running and bike trail.    
  • The Riata Apartment Community is 11 minutes from National Instruments and has a variety of apartments to choose from, most built in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. 1 bedroom to 3 bedroom apartments, ranging in size from 656 square feet to 1,554 square feet are available.  Apartment amenities include stone or hardwood flooring, granite counters, ceiling fans, and fireplaces available in some units.  Community amenities include a staffed athletic club with fitness classes, nine sparkling pools with fire pits, 3 jacuzzis, 3 miles of jogging trails, 2 dog parks, and a pet grooming center.  
  • Residences at the Domain are a fifteen minute walk or 5 minute car trip away from National Instruments and feature studio to two bedroom apartments ranging in size from 611 to 1721 square feet.  Built in 2007, the complex has package receiving, high-speed internet, covered parking, and short term leases are available.  Apartments feature garages, private courtyard spaces, garden tubs, and additional storage. 
  • Villages at the Domain are less than a mile away in the heart of the Domain and were built in 2009.  Apartments range from 507 square feet for a one bedroom to 1,618 square feet for a 3 bedroom and feature plank or hardwood flooring in the kitchen, 10-12 foot ceilings, garden tubs, and brushed nickel hardware.  The community has onsite FXfit trainers with CrossFit, Yoga, and FX Classes, private luxurious courtyards and fountains, and covered parking.
  • The Barrington at Park Place Apartments were built in 1985 and are a 3 minute drive or 16 minute walk from National Instruments.  Efficiency to two bedroom apartments ranging in size from 375 to 946 square feet are available.  Units feature granite countertops, brand new cabinetry, wood plank flooring, washers and dryers, and patios or balconies.  The complex has a heated spa, swimming pool, and is surrounded by a 7 mile hike and bike trail.  
These communities are just a few of the rental choices available to National Instruments employees.  Our database features the most accurate and up-to-date pricing and availability for thousands of apartments across the city.  We know that finding an apartment that allows for a short commute to work, has the amenities you want, and fits into your budget can be difficult.  Our job as apartment locators is to provide valuable insight into each of your rental options so you can choose the best apartment the first time.  Our services are free for our clients and can save you valuable time when you are searching for a rental.  Call 512-258-8224 today to schedule your appointment or visit www.austinapartmentsnow.com to find out more about our apartment locator services.  

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

How Apartment Locators Work


Potential clients often ask us how apartment locators can work for free.  While our service is free to you, the potential renter, we get a finder's fee from the apartment complexes when you sign a lease with them.  Apartment Complexes have to advertise to get potential renters.  However, radio, television, internet and print adds are very expensive and they offer no guarantee that a potential renter who comes to them from these sources is qualified to lease an apartment in their community. 

When we meet with you, we are not only vetting apartments for the client, but we are also vetting the client for the apartment complex.  When you visit our office, we discuss what your needs in an apartment are.  We also discuss any roadblocks, such as a low credit score or a past broken lease, that you may have and will only take you to complexes that will work with you on these limitations.  When you walk into an apartment complex with an apartment locator, the leasing agent at the complex knows that you at least meet their minimum qualifying guidelines to lease an apartment.  You have already seen pictures, know the amenities offered at the complex and basically you have narrowed this down to a stop on your list.  So the leasing agent can focus on really showing you around, and showing the amenities of their community.

An apartment locator can narrow down the choices to what works for you and will only show you San Antonio apartments that have units that meet your criteria.  If you want wood floors and a garden tub, you may waste two days worth of gas and time going to 15 apartment complexes that have wood floors, but they don't all have garden tubs.  With an apartment locator, we can rule out complexes that don't fit your criteria right in our office and spend our time only visiting in person those complexes that have what you want.  We also know which complexes have vacancies, so we won't waste your time showing you apartments where there's not an available unit that meets your needs.

Ready to work with an apartment locator to find your next apartment?  Give Apartments Now San Antonio a call today at 210-558-7377!

Minimum Commute, Maximum Lifestyle: Apple


This is the seventh in a series of articles titled ‘Minimum Commute, Maximum Lifestyle’ and will be focused on Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL).  This series focuses on area employers and rental options located nearby so employees can reduce their commutes to work.

Thousands of people move to Austin or relocate within Austin every year because of job changes.  In a city growing by 110 people per day, the complaint we hear most often centers around traffic.  The majority of the renters we see are hoping to find an apartment that fits their lifestyle and allows for a reasonable commute to their place of work.  With that in mind, we wanted to give some insight into Austin’s largest employers and the rental options that surround them.

Apple Inc. was founded in 1976 to make personal computers and today it is most famous for the iPhone, iPod, the IPad, and the Mac line of desktops and laptops.  Apple employs about 4,000 people in Austin and is expanding its offices to add at least 3,600 employees in town.  According to Time Magazine, Apple's next big innovation could be in virtual wallets, which are smartphone apps that replace credit cards and cash.

Apple employs people in a variety of positions at its Austin office, including Senior CAD Engineers (Median Annual Salary $83,074 for an Engineer III), Finance Managers (Median Salary $161,094 for a Finance Director), Business Analysts (Median Salary $52,647 for a Business Systems Analyst I), and more.  All Salary figures are from salary.com and are for 78727, Apple's zip code.  

For lunch with coworkers, there are many restaurants nearby, including Thai Cuisine, which has great-tasting Thai food in generous portions at affordable prices.  Catfish Parlour is another popular lunch spot for its fried fish, hushpuppies, and sides.  

For after work cocktails, McCormick & Schmick's has an incredible happy hour menu, including $6 cocktails and a cheeseburger and fries for just $3.99.  Chuy's has happy hour from 4-7pm with reduced price nachos, $3.95 house margaritas, $7.50 Texas Martinis and $2.75 domestic beers.

Live in one of the gorgeous apartment communities near Apple and avoid traffic.
  •  The Riata Apartment Community is less than a mile from Apple using surface streets and has a variety of apartments to choose from, most built in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. 1 bedroom to 3 bedroom apartments, ranging in size from 656 square feet to 1,554 square feet are available.  Apartment amenities include stone or hardwood flooring, granite counters, ceiling fans, and fireplaces available in some units.  Community amenities include a staffed athletic club with fitness classes, nine sparkling pools with fire pits, 3 jacuzzis, 3 miles of jogging trails, 2 dog parks, and a pet grooming center.  
  • The Monterra Apartments are a 2 minute drive from Apple via surface streets and offer 1-3 bedroom units ranging in size from 592 to 1,238 square feet.  Built in 2013, these nearly brand-new apartments feature garages with electronic openers, intrusion alarms, 9' ceilings, gourmet kitchens, and spacious walk-in closets.  This gated community has complete concierge services, an indoor half-court basketball and sports court, a virtual golf simulator, a car wash station, and a social lounge with coffee bar.  
  • The Melrose Place Apartments are just five minutes from Apple using surface streets.  Built in 1984, 900 and 1000 square foot two bedroom apartments are available.  Units feature tiled hearth fireplaces, washer/dryer connections, patios and balconies, ceiling fans, and garages are available.  This pet friendly community welcomes large pets, has a picnic area with grills and tracks to Round Rock Schools.
  • Madison at Stone Creek Apartments are a quick five minute drive from Apple and you never even have to get on the freeway.  Built in 1995, floorplans range from 602 to 1,352 square feet and 1 to 3 bedrooms.  Apartments have walk-in closets, crown molding, oversized garden tubs, 9 foot or vaulted ceilings and private balconies or patios.  This gated community has a pet park, hot tub, disability access, indoor sauna, and an iPad Lounge with wireless printing.
These communities are just a few of the rental choices available to Apple employees.  Our database features the most accurate and up-to-date pricing and availability for thousands of apartments across the city.  We know that finding an apartment that allows for a short commute to work, has the amenities you want, and fits into your budget can be difficult.  Our job as apartment locators is to provide valuable insight into each of your rental options so you can choose the best apartment the first time.  Our services are free for our clients and can save you valuable time when you are searching for a rental.  Call 512-258-8224 today to schedule your appointment or visit www.austinapartmentsnow.com to find out more about our apartment locator services. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

How Sure Deposits Work


A Sure Deposit is different from a traditional deposit.  In a traditional deposit, you pay a certain amount, set by the apartment complex, based on the size of your apartment.  For example, let's say you pay $200 for a one bedroom, $500 for a two bedroom, etc.  But what happens if you don't have enough money saved up to pay that deposit?  That's where Sure Deposit comes in.  

In today's economy, many people don't have the savings to pay for a deposit on a new apartment.  With a Sure Deposit, you pay a fee to the company Sure Deposit, $87.50 for a one bedroom, $131.25 for a two bedroom, etc.  At the end of the lease, you do not get that fee back, but if you know that you are going to leave that apartment in the best possible condition, just like you found it, then the Sure Deposit is a great option for you.

You will write a check out to Sure Deposit, Inc. for the fee and then at the end of your lease term, if your apartment is in tip top shape, everything is fine.  But if you do leave that apartment damaged or you incur any type of penalty from the apartment complex, the Sure Deposit is going to pay the apartment community for up to $500 for those damages, but they're still going to come after you for the payment for those damages.

A Sure Deposit might be really good for those who can take impeccable care of their apartment, but would not be the best option for someone who thinks they might have any damages at the end of the lease term. 

Need help finding an apartment with low security deposits or that takes Sure Deposits?  Give Apartments Now San Antonio a call today at 210-558-7377!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Taking Your Landlord to Small Claims Court


Taking someone to court is best used only as a method of last resort.  If you are suing your landlord, contact the Austin Tenant's Council for help first.  They may be able to resolve your disagreement through mediation rather than going to court.  But if all else fails, theAustin Tenant's Council outlines how Small Claims Court works.  Be advised, this is only an outline and if you have legal questions, you should contact a lawyer.

Small Claims Court is for civil cases that involve money of $10,000 or less.  The only thing small claims court can do is give you money you are owed.  To bring suit against someone in small claims court, you have to sign a sworn statement called a petition or a complaint with the justice of the peace.  The plaintiff brings the suit and the defendant is the person being sued.  Before you take someone to court, make sure that they have the financial means to pay you back.  If they have neither the money nor the property to cover the judgement against them, you're better off just moving on because you aren't going to be paid back.  Also, before you file suit, be sure that the other person can't bring a counter-suit against you and be sure that the statute of limitations hasn't run out on your complaint.

Your claim should be filed in the court of the precinct that is in the area where the defendant lives.  You can find the numbers and addresses for the court in the phone book.  The civil clerk in the small claims court will give you a petition.  This is where you say why you want to bring suit against the defendant.  You turn this form, along with a fee, into the clerk.  If you have no money for the fee, you can file a pauper's affidavit.

Usually you will bring your case before a judge, but either side can request a jury trial.  This request must be made at least one day before the trial and costs $5.  When you file your claim, be sure you have the exact name and address of the person(s) you are bringing suit against.  Otherwise, your complaint cannot be delivered.

In ten to fourteen days, you should contact the court to find out when the defendant was served.  From the date the defendant is served, they have ten days to answer the charge.  If the defendant does not answer in the time period, the plaintiff can ask to get a judgement by default against the defendant.  

If the defendant does answer, find out from the court when your trial date is.  On the date of your trial, be on time and bring any corroborating evidence or witnesses you want to present to the judge.  The judge will only consider evidence you bring with you, so make sure you have everything to give yourself the best chance of winning.  Also, it's best to carefully outline what you plan to say and practice it with a friend.  Never interrupt the judge, always address the judge and/or jury, not the defendant, and be sure to say "your honor" to the judge.  Small claims court is set up so that you can argue your case yourself, but you can hire an attorney if that is what you prefer.

There are several other steps in the process from there, so be sure to read the entire article for details on appeals, counter-suits, and collecting on the judgement.

Looking for an apartment with great management?  Austin Apartments Now can help!  Give us a call today at 512-258-8224.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Minimum Commute, Maximum Lifestyle: USAA


San Antonio is number 20 on Forbes' annual top 20 fastest-growing American cities with 1.83 percent population growth for 2013 and that translates into increased traffic, which is the number one complaint we hear.  The majority of the renters we see are hoping to find an apartment that fits their lifestyle and allows for a reasonable commute to their place of work.  With that in mind, we wanted to give some insight into San Antonio's largest employers and the rental options that surround them.  The series is called ‘Minimum Commute, Maximum Lifestyle’ and this week it focuses on USAA.

The United Services Automobile Association (USAA) has its headquarters in San Antonio where it employs 17,000 people.  USAA provides banking and insurance services to past and present members of the Armed Forces and their immediate families.  USAA awarded their employees an 18.7% bonus in January, according to mysa.com.

Positions available at USAA include:  Administrative Support (median annual salary $35,141 for an Administrative Assistant I), Customer Service Representatives (median salary $29,490 for a Customer Service Representative I), Business Analysts (median salary $51,281 for a Business Systems Analyst I), Financial Services (median salary $59,741 for a Financial Analyst II), Human Resources (median salary $47,111 for a Human Resources Generalist I), Information Technology (median salary $80,134 for an IT Project Coordinator), Attorneys (median salary $76,795 for an Attorney I), Marketing (median salary $82,028 for a Public Relations Manager), and more.  All salary figures are from www.salary.com and are for 78228, USAA's zip code.

There are many lunch options in the area for USAA employees, including Mama Margie’s, which serves Tex-Mex 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Yellowfish Sushi is a Sushi restaurant that puts a Mexican spin on traditional sushi.

For a happy hour with coworkers, Wurzbach Ice House has daily happy hour specials until 8pm.  Pericos Mexican Grill has televisions so you can catch the game and a generous happy hour with reduced price drinks and appetizers. 

You won't have to commute far to your new job at USAA if you choose one of the numerous amenity-filled apartments in the area.
  • Bent Tree Apartments, built in 1984, are just 3 minutes from USAA via surface streets, and have 1-3 bedroom apartments ranging from 680 to 1,073 square feet and featuring private balconies and patios, wood burning fireplaces, detached garages, large walk-in closets, and cathedral ceilings.  The community has racquetball, sand volleyball, lighted tennis courts, a wading pool, and an enclosed dog park.  
  • Broadstone Colonnade Apartments are just 4 minutes away by car and were built in 2005.  Featuring 1-3 bedroom apartments from 568 to 1,311 square feet, units have spacious living areas, designer track lighting in kitchen and dining rooms, two-tone paint with accent walls, and nine and ten foot ceilings.  The community has a sparkling swimming pool with fountains and wi-fi, a cyber lounge, an outdoor logia with televisions by the pool, and a basketball court.  
  • Signature Ridge Apartments are just seven minutes from USAA, were built in 2000, and feature 1 to 3 bedroom apartments ranging from 635 to 1,342 square feet.  Apartments have individual alarm systems, crown molding, ceramic tile entries, full-size washer and dryers, large walk-in closets, separate pantries, and nine foot ceilings.  This gated community features a playground and sports court, planned resident functions, valet trash service, detached garages and was the 2013 Apartment Ratings Top Rated Award Recipient.
  • Abbey at Grande Oaks was built in 2008 and is 8 minutes from USAA by car via surface streets.  Abbey at Grande Oaks has 1-2 bedroom apartment homes from 872 to 1,384 square feet with granite counters, custom designed cabinets, private patios and balconies, garden tubs, and oversized closets.  The community features an elevator, parking garage, access gates, fitness center with towel service, and pet stations throughout the community.  
  • Arden Park was constructed in 2013 and is six minutes from USAA without ever getting on the freeway.  Their 1-3 bedroom apartments range from 503 to 1,350 square feet and feature jetted garden tubs, hardwood style flooring, and granite countertops. The community has fitness classes, a wi-fi cafe, a resort-style pool, a private tanning suite and easy access to the medical center and all major highways.  
  • Boardwalk Med Center, built in 2011, is 8 minutes away and has 1-2 bedroom apartments ranging from 655 to 1,235 square feet.  Apartments feature faux wood flooring, washers and dryers, custom kitchens with granite countertops, and built-in computer desks.  The community has covered parking, a car care center, garages, a fitness studio, a dog park, and a resort-style pool with wi-fi. 
  • Boulder Creek Apartments are just a quick 6 minute drive from USAA and were built in  2010.  Apartments range from 1-3 bedrooms and feature balconies and patios, faux wood flooring, washer and dryers, crown molding, and garden tubs.  Community amenities include a swimming pool with in-pool seating, a scenic walking trail, additional storage, and a dog park.  
These are just a few of the rental options for USAA employees.  Our database features the most accurate and up-to-date pricing and availability for thousands of apartments across the city.  Finding the perfect balance of minimal commute and maximum lifestyle for your budget can be challenging.  As apartment locators, it is our job to provide you valuable insight into each of your rental options so you choose the best apartment the first time.  Our service is free to our clients and can save you valuable days looking for a rental.  Call 210-558-7377  today to schedule your appointment or visit www.sanantonioapartmentsnow.com for more information on our apartment locator services.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

What are Restrictive Breeds of Dogs?


Restrictive breeds are dogs that apartment complexes classify as aggressive breeds.  Every property has their own list and it varies, but often includes dogs such as German Shepherds, Pit Bulls, Dobermans, and Chows.  Some properties are also beginning to include large breed dogs that are not classified as aggressive, such as Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers.  This is because even if you move in with a puppy that is one of these larger breeds and it is under the weight limit, before your lease term is up, that dog is going to be over the weight limit.

What does this mean for you?  It means it is very important that you tell your apartment locator not only what breed your dog is, but how much it weighs or, if it's a puppy, how much it is expected to weigh when fully grown.  Weights are also important because some apartment complexes charge different deposits depending on your dog's weight.  For example, if you have a dog that weighs under 30 pounds, you will have to pay a smaller pet deposit than someone with a dog that weighs over 30 pounds.

If you do have a dog on the restricted breeds list, every property has different documentation they require you to submit to consider making an exception.  Many properties require documentation even if your dog is not on the list.  Some ask for vet records, some require a puppy interview, and still others require a puppy interview, vet records, and a picture of your dog.  

This may seem overwhelming, especially if you have a dog you suspect may be a restricted breed, but your apartment locator knows what breeds and weights each complex accepts, and what requirements they have for documentation and deposits.  As long as you let us know your dog's breed and weight, we can work with you to find a great place for you and your four-legged friend.

Ready to find a new apartment for you and your furry best friend?  Give Austin Apartments Now a call today at 512-258-8227.