Thursday, October 30, 2014

What to Do After a Cold


Prepare now for those winter colds that lie ahead.  Apartment Therapy has 4 things to do after you've been sick, plus one that you don't need to.

First off, after you're finally feeling well, change your sheets.  When you're sick, your sheets get sweaty and funky.  Change them when the sickness passes so you can enjoy a long, restful sleep.

Quickly clean your house of all those discarded tissues, glasses, and everything else that winds up all over the place when you're sick.  

Clean shared household items with a disinfectant to hopefully prevent your family or roommates from getting sick.  From the tv remote to door handles, light switches, etc, take time to wipe them down so you won't pass your sickness onto others.

Odds are that your cold medicine stash has been depleted while you've been sick. Take a little time to restock your medicine cabinet so you'll be prepared should sickness strike again in the future.

As for something you don't need to do?  Replace your toothbrush.  Since you're the only one using it, and you've built up an immunity to the germs that just infected you, there's no need to replace it.

Ready to find a comfy apartment to hole up in if you get sick over the winter?  Give San Antonio Apartments Now a call today at 210-558-7377.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

An Abundance of Apartment Construction May Lead to Rent Relief


Austin's apartment market is still super hot, but with nearly 18,000 units under construction, rents could start to cool off soon.  It could also mean the return of incentives to get renters into apartments, as the Austin Business Journal reports.

The large number of apartments that will be flooding the market in the next two quarters, which are usually slow for the apartment business, will create some market competition leading to price adjustments, concessions, and locator incentives.

Market analysts are especially concerned about the 8,000 units that are going to begin construction in the next 180 days.

The most expensive sub-market in town is Austin's Central Business District with rent averaging $2.46 per square foot.  That's expected to go even higher when The Bowie opens, where rent is more than $9,100 a month for 3 bedroom units.  448 square foot studios start at $1,545 per month.

Occupancy rates are currently at 94.8 percent, down a percentage point from a year ago.  Average rent is up to $1,070, compared to $1,007 in 2013 and rental rates are $1.26 per square foot versus $1.18 last year.  

Need help navigating Austin's tight rental market?  Austin Apartments Now can help you find the perfect apartment.  Give us a call today at 512-258-8224 to take advantage of our up to the minute knowledge of vacancies, amenities, and rates at all the best complexes in town!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Signs You Don't Make Enough Money


If you constantly don't have enough money to cover your expenses, you can be overspending, or maybe you need to consider that you are not making enough money.  About.com will help you pinpoint what the root of your problem is so you can start to improve your situation.

If you find yourself having to use your credit cards to pay for things towards the end of the month, or if you are just consistently running out of money as the last day of the month nears, your income is probably not keeping up with your expenses.

If you find yourself running out of money at the beginning of the month, then you are almost definitely facing an income crisis.  If you can just cover your bills with nothing left over to pay for food, you need to earn more money.

If you find yourself having to make difficult choices about which bills to pay, then you definitely are in a very serious situation.  You have to find a solution immediately, which might mean getting a second job or trying to reduce your bills by moving to an apartment that has lower rent or selling your car.  Look at both solutions you can enact right away and ones for the future to get back on track.

If you look at your budget and find that there are no extras to cut, then you have a serious income issue.  You should never have to choose between paying the electrical bill and buying groceries.  If you find yourself having to make those tough decisions, then your income is woefully inadequate.

Also, if you have no extra money for an emergency fund, then you don't make enough money.  Constantly worrying about money is another sign that you don't make enough money.  Use that worry to fuel your plan for getting back on your feet.

Finally, if you just barely make it each month without reaching your financial goals like getting out of debt or saving for emergencies, then you need to look at ways to make more money.

Ready to find an apartment with a more affordable rent that will help you reach your goals?  Give San Antonio Apartments Now a call today at 210-558-7377.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Brightening Small, Windowless Bathrooms


Small bathrooms without windows can be a bummer for renters, however there are tricks you can use to make the room more welcoming.  Check out Apartment Therapy's suggestions for turning your apartment bathroom into a lighter, brighter space.

Even in a windowless bathroom, an air plant or shade-loving plant can work if they don't need much light.  You may need to occassionally move them around to a window to sneak a little bit of light now and then.  Another non light-dependent option is to add fresh flowers.

Usually one over the mirror light isn't going to be enough to illuminate the space.  So add sconces, wall lights, or even a hanging light to make things a lot more bright.

If you have room, a piece of furniture like a stool, chair, or small chest can really make your bathroom unique.

If painting's an option, use a bright white or other light color to imbue as much light as possible into your space.  Even if you can't paint, add mirrors to reflect whatever light is available in your space.

Use color and pattern through a bold shower curtain or temporary wall paper, to distract from the lack of mirrors.
Ready to find an apartment with a great bathroom?  Give Austin Apartments Now a call today at 512-258-8224.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Minimum Commute, Maximum Lifestyle: Where To Rent When You Work at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas



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.  This is the twentieth in a series called ‘Minimum Commute, Maximum Lifestyle’ and it focuses on Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas, Inc. (TMMTX) is a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation and manufactures and assembles the Tundra full-size pickup truck and the Tacoma mid-size pickup truck in San Antonio, Texas.  The San Antonio Express News reports that suppliers will be building new facilities near the plant to keep up with high demand for Toyota pickups.

TMMTX employs a variety of people in a variety of positions at their San Antonio plant, including Paint Engineering Specialists (Median Annual Salary $95,169 for a Process Engineering Manager), Skilled Maintenance Team Members (Median Annual Salary $37,036 for a General Maintenance Worker II), Skilled Tool and Die Maintenance Team Member (Median Annual Salary $41,779 for a Tool and Die Maker I) and many more.  All salary information from Salary.com for 78264, TMMTX's zip code.

For lunch breaks, there are many nearby options, including Bill Miller BBQ, which is popular for quick lunches of brisket and sides like potato salad and pinto beans.  For a healthier alternative, Subway is also close and serves sandwiches made to order on fresh-baked bread.

For after work drinks with coworkers, Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar has tasty wings, beer, and sports on tv so you don’t have to miss the game.  Longhorn Steakhouse has happy hour from 4-7pm Monday-Friday with great prices on drinks and select snacks and appetizers. 

Save time on your commute and live in one of the gorgeous apartment communities near Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas.
  • Costa Mirada is a sixteen minute drive from Toyota and was built in 2007.  Apartments range from one bedroom to four bedrooms and 953 to 1,530 square feet and feature full size washer and dryer connections, 9 foot ceilings, ceiling fans, walk-in closets, and private balconies or patios.  This gated community has a clubhouse with a fitness center, a pool, a computer center with internet, a community room, two playgrounds, grills and picnic tables. 
  • Bellaire Apartments are also a sixteen minute drive away and feature studio to 2 bedroom apartments ranging from 404 to 910 square feet.  This community, built in 1984, has two swimming pools, a basketball court, extra storage, a clubhouse, a playground, and is near public transportation.  Apartments feature private patios, and some have ceiling fans and fireplaces. 
  • Brooksfield Apartments are 17 minutes from Toyota Motor Manufacturing and were built in 1987.  1 to 3 bedroom apartments ranging from 500 to 990 square feet are available and feature ceiling fans, fireplaces, lighted outside storage, linen closets, monitored alarms, private patios or balconies, and spacious closets.  The community is close to shopping, restaurants, schools, and downtown, is pet friendly, has a sports court, a swimming pool, and offers six through twenty-four month leases.
  • Sereno Park Apartments are 19 minutes away and floorplans range from one to three bedrooms and 734 to 1,150 square feet.  Built in 2007, apartments have nine-foot ceilings, wood-style flooring, full size washer/dryer connections, intrusion alarms, large walk-in closets, and french doors to the private patio or balcony.  This gated community has a resident clubhouse with billiards and tv lounge, a dog park, covered parking, a picnic area with barbecue grills, and a resident business center with a coffee bar.
These are just a few of the rental options for Toyota Motor Manufacturing 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, October 15, 2014

Eating Healthy on a Tight Budget


If you've got a tight budget, eating healthy can be really difficult.  However, the Kitchn has a bunch of great tips for eating healthy without breaking the bank.

Buy produce when it's cheap and in season and freeze it for use later when it will be more expensive.  

Look for sales at your local grocery store using their weekly circular, and use that to make your weekly meal plan.

Try less expensive cuts of meat and cooking methods like the slow cooker which will make even the toughest cuts of meat tender and juicy.

Use whole grains to add bulk and flavor to meals without breaking the bank.

Plan and make your meals ahead of time, then refrigerate or freeze them to eat all week and beyond.

Seek out cuisines like Indian and Mexican food that use a lot of cheap ingredients.  Rice and beans feature heavily in the food of both cultures and are affordable and filling.

Make sure your refrigerator and pantry are organized and leftovers are well-labeled so you don't lose money by allowing food to spoil.

Use leftovers to cook an entirely new meal.  Last night's chicken can become tonight's sandwiches.  

Like to buy produce at the Farmer's Market, but don't want to pay the high prices?  Go at the end of the day when sellers are eager to unload produce so they don't have to take it home with them.

Finally, shopping at ethnic markets will save you money on a lot of ingredients, and you will find interesting ways to switch up your cooking without spending a lot.

Ready to find an apartment that saves you money so you can spend more on food?  Give Austin Apartments Now a call today at 210-558-7377.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Checking Your Fire Extinguisher


Fire Extinguishers can be a lifesaver in an emergency, but they can expire.  Use Apartment Therapy's instructions to check your fire extinguisher monthly to make sure it's in full working order.

Make sure your extinguisher is in a place that makes it easily accessible.  It makes sense to have more than one for different parts of the house.  

As for the inspection, first do a visual check of your extinguisher.  Make sure there are no dents or damage and that the hose is in good shape.  Then check the nozzle to be sure the pin is in place and that the nozzle is clean and dry.  

Check the pressure gauge.  Is it in the green range?  If not, get it serviced right away.  The fire retardant chemicals in the extinguisher can settle to the bottom if left in one place too long.  Flip the extinguisher over regularly to prevent this.

A fire extinguisher should last between 5 to 15 years, depending on the model.  If you don't know how old it is or you think it might be time to have it refreshed, take it to the hardware store, who should be able to service your extinguisher and make sure it's in top shape again.

Looking for a new apartment?  Give Apartments Now San Antonio a call today at 210-558-7377.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Minimum Commute, Maximum Lifestyle: Where to Live When You Work at 3M


This is the nineteenth in a series of articles titled ‘Minimum Commute, Maximum Lifestyle’ and will be focused on 3M Co (NYSE:MMM).  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.

The 3M Company has over 88,000 employees across the globe and makes over 55,000 products, including adhesives, abrasives, laminates, and much more.  They have operations in more than 65 countries.  Yahoo Finance recently reported that 3M isn't likely to break up into smaller companies.  

3M employs people in a variety of positions at its Austin Research and Development Center and its Austin Manufacturing Center, including Technician Senior Masters (Median Annual Salary $48,828 for a Manufacturing Technician III), Co-Generation Power Plant Controls Engineers (Median Annual Salary $127,092 for a Power Plant Operations Manager), Manufacturing Engineering Specialists (Median Salary $58,839 for a Manufacturing Engineering I), Senior Fiber Optic Engineers (Median Salary $83,381 for an Engineer III), and many more.  All salary information from Salary.com for 78726, 3M's Austin zip code.  

For lunch nearby, there are many choices, including Black Walnut Cafe, which serves American fast casual food from burgers to salad and much more.  Hunan Riverplace has great lunch specials and generous portions to keep a large group satisfied when they are looking for Korean and Chinese Food.

For drinks after work with coworkers, Z Tejas has their famous margaritas for just $5.00 for happy hour, plus other drink and food specials.  Eleven Plates and Wine also has a great happy hour with special reduced price plates and craft cocktails and beer.  

Avoid traffic by living in one of the beautiful apartment communities near 3M.
  • Riverlodge Apartments are a 3 minute drive from 3M and have 1-2 bedroom apartments available ranging from 718 to 1,239 square feet.  Built in 1999, this gated community has a leash free dog park, a playscape, walking trails nearby, a community garden, boat parking and is zoned to Leander ISD. Apartments have oversized floorplans, vaulted ceilings, full size washer/dryer connections, ceiling fans in bedrooms, kitchen pantries, garden bath tubs, treelined views, and 8 foot sliding glass doors. 
  • Hyde Park at Ribelin Ranch is also a 3 minute drive or 18 minute walk from 3M.  Built in 2008, they feature 1-2 bedroom apartments ranging from 747 to 1,501 square feet.  Apartments have black on black appliances, expresso cabinets, wood style flooring, large rooms, washer and dryer hookups, balconies, garage options and much more.  This gated community has a 24-hour fitness center, resort-inspired pool, club house and is just minutes from Lake Austin. 
  • Escape at Four Points Apartments were completed in 2013 and are just 3 minutes from 3M.  Apartments range from 1 to 3 bedrooms and 634 to 1,347 square feet and feature granite counters, stainless steel appliances, faux wood floors in select units, large pantries, walk-in closets, linen closets, 9' ceilings and patios or balconies.  This gated community has a lounge area with a coffee bar, state-of-the-art cardio and strength training equipment, a resort-style pool with in-water tanning ledges, and a social calendar with activities.  
  • Promesa Apartments are a 4 minute drive from 3M and were built in 2011.  Floor plans range from 1-3 bedrooms and 673 to 1,488 square feet and feature stained concrete floors, stainless steel appliances, 42 inch upper cabinets, rich cherry vinyl wood flooring, granite counters, and washers and dryers.  The community has a billiards room, a conference room, a fitness center, and a beautiful pool.
These are just a few of the rental options for 3M 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 512-258-8224 today to schedule your appointment or visit www.austinapartmentsnow.com for more information on our apartment locator services.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Decorating for Halloween and Beyond



Some Halloween decor can stay up through Thanksgiving.  The key is creating a more elegant environment rather than one that's cheesy and over-the-top.  Check out Zillow's suggestions and get the perfect spooky Fall vibe in your apartment.

Using nature as decor is a great way to decorate, plus it's inexpensive.  Branches, curly willow sticks, wheat sheaves, bales of hay and dried flowers are all great items you can borrow from nature to decorate your home.  If you can't find what you're looking for outside, art supply or craft stores will have what you need.

When trying to up the spooky factor, think of objects that are found in old haunted houses, like candelabras, mercury metal accessories and mirrors.  Using these will allow you to keep your display up until it's time to pull out the Christmas tree.

Pumpkins are an obvious choice, but there are a plethora of unique gourds that will bring interest to your holiday table.  For the best results, group multiple gourds or pumpkins together to really wow guests.

Use classic, vintage decorations to lend a nostalgic air to your home.  Things like painted wood boards and big tin letters that spell out Halloween words like Boo are a great choice.  

Don't be afraid to pile on the accessories, especially when it comes to your front porch.  Halloween only comes once a year, after all, and it can be such a blast to see the looks on Trick or Treater's faces when you've really transported them to another world with your decor.  Happy Haunting!

Ready to find an apartment where you can spend the fall?  Give Apartments Now San Antonio a call today at 210-558-7377.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

How to Carve a Pumpkin


Carving a Pumpkin is the perfect activity for fall.  It's fun for all ages, but if it's been a while since cut into a pumpkin, check out The Kitchn's tips on how to carve a pumpkin like a pro.

First, set up your workspace.  Outside is best, but no matter where you set up shop, cover your surface with something that that you can toss when you're done, like butcher paper, newsprint, or cut-up grocery bags.

Next, make sure you have the right tools.  A Pumpkin Carving Kit can be purchased at your local store and comes with dull, but easy to use tools that are safe for even a small child.

Use a marker to draw your design on your pumpkin before you carve so you have a guide.  Plus, set up a couple of large bowls, one for pumpkin guts and one for seeds.  

Don't throw away those seeds!  They taste delicious roasted and will be a great snack for after you're done with your hard work.

For the step-by-step instructions on pumpkin carving, be sure to visit The Kitchn and happy carving!

Looking for an apartment where you can display your gourd handiwork?  Give Austin Apartments Now a call today at 512-258-8224!