Thursday, October 29, 2015

Common Misconceptions About Working With An Apartment Locator

Like everything in life people have opinions, but it is up to you to distinguish between what is fact and what is fiction. Here are 3 common misconceptions, and their truths, about working with a licensed apartment locator.
Misconception #1:Apartment locators only work with the apartment communities that pay the highest commissions.
Multi-family housing is such a large industry. Many people are not properly educated about using an apartment locator, and therefore they can sometimes get a bad rap. A reputable apartment locator, like any other real estate agent, will always work to get their potential renter the best deal within their budget no matter where the apartment is located or what commission is paid.
Misconception #2: A legitimate apartment locator will always ask you for money up front.
Working as an apartment locator is hard work, but if you are using a trustworthy apartment locator they will never ask you for any money up front. Apartment locators will work for the buyer/renter free of charge - always!
Misconception #3: Apartment locators do not like to work with individuals who have no credit history.
A good credit history is fundamentally important when renting an apartment, but it is not the only factor that is taken into consideration. Apartment locators are experts in working with potential renters who have no credit history. It may be difficult, but there is an approach to the situation. You might be asked to pay a larger security deposit, or have a cosigner on your lease to show you are serious about being a responsible renter. A licensed apartment locator will help guide you forward as a rental candidate.
Misconception #4: My rent will be higher if I use an apartment locator because their service fee is added on to my monthly rent.
An apartment locator will work for you free of charge! They receive payment when you sign your lease from the apartment community. Most apartment complexes have advertising budgets, and it is out of these budgets that an apartment locator is paid. Utilizing an apartment locator will almost always get you a better promotion because they have knowledge of all the current pricing and specials going on in the area - advertised and unadvertised.

Have you heard any other misconceptions about working with an apartment locator? If so we’d love to discuss with them with you. Contact us and let us share our knowledge about working with a reputable apartment locator.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Lighting Tips That Will Brighten Up Your Apartment

Lighting often sets the ambiance in a home and having good lighting will not only help you to see better, but it also creates a sense of comfort and security. Here are some of our top tips on how to brighten up your apartment so that you are not left in the dark.

Mix up different lighting sources. Make sure your apartment has multiple lighting sources. One overhead ceiling light just isn’t enough in a room no matter what the square footage. It is simple and inexpensive, and can aide in supplementing the interior decorating of your apartment. Just add a table lamp, string of lights, or several candles to a room in your apartment. Remember that it is just as important where you place the secondary lighting source, so make sure to arrange it around a focal point in your apartment. Add some drama to a room and focus the light on things you’d like to highlight. You will especially see how important secondary lighting sources are as the days get shorter and the windows in your apartment can no longer provide additional late evening lighting.

Utilize mirrors to bounce light off. Hang up your mirror so it is across from natural lighting sources. The reflection will add more light to the room. Make sure to strategically place mirrors in your apartment to help brighten up the room.

Always use energy efficient bulbs. They provide more light, save you money, and will last you longer. Save the earth while saving money!

Color can play a major role on how light bounces off your apartment walls. If you have neutral color walls in your apartment then thank your landlord. Light color walls help reflect light much better than darker colors therefore, helping to brighten up a room. 

Eliminate curtains and opt for blinds. Most curtains will omit natural light and blinds are often a better choice. Blinds are an easy way to add natural light in a room while still providing privacy. 

Just as lighting should complement your lifestyle, we feel that an apartment should also match your lifestyle.  Contact San Antonio Apartments Now and let a licensed apartment locator guide you towards the right apartment that suits your needs and is designed to meet your lifestyle!   

Thursday, October 22, 2015

In A Apartment Far Far Away....

It has been a long time since we have seen a movie generate some much hype and as we have seen in the past couple months with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The film has not been released yet, and stores have already stocked their shelves with Star Wars merchandise. Whether you have a Jedi in training or just always secretly wished you had a Star Wars themed room in your apartment, check out these five simple renter-friendly decorating tips that are sure to put your design skills into hyperdrive!

Wall Art: You do not need to paint your apartment walls to create a Star Wars inspired room. You also do not need to spend a lot of money on frames or artwork. Hang up a old movie poster, use wall decals, or use other Star Wars inspired art prints. Remember to get creative in your decorating!

Floor Rugs: As a renter you have no control on the flooring in your apartment, but that doesn’t mean you can’t change the look and feel of your apartment to go with your Star Wars theme. Take your living room into another galaxy with a simple Star Wars inspired rug. Picking the right rug can make all the difference in your apartment. Go simple or extravagant as you’d like. Check out our Pinterest page for area rug ideas that really inspired us. 

Display Collections: If you collect Star Wars memorabilia then now is the perfect time to pull them out of storage. Display your collection as a group in your apartment on a shelf or end table. Remember to display fragile and small pieces in shadow boxes and place them up high to avoid damage. Every piece in a collection reveals something about the collector, and that alone will make for a great conversation piece. Displaying your memorabilia will add to your Star Wars themed room and make for some great, personal, apartment decor. 

DIY: Pinterest is pouring over with great ideas from the novice to the expert DIYer. Check out our Pinterest page for more Star Wars apartment decorating ideas and create something original to your themed apartment. 

Other Ideas: With Star Wars:The Force Awakens due out at Christmas, Star Wars merchandise is endless right now. Capitalize on that and create your perfect inspired apartment! It can be as subtle as tossing a couple Star Wars themed accent pillow on your sofa or a throw blanket over the foot of a bed. It does not need to be big, bold, and expensive to make a statement. Remember that your decor should always suit your lifestyle!

There are so many fun and appealing Star Wars themed decorating ideas on Pinterest that we just could not mention them all. Check out our Pinteret Star Wars Themed Apartment Decor Board for tons more ideas. Make sure to follow us on Pinterest and get inspired to decorate your apartment!

Don’t waste your time looking for your next apartment. Let a licensed apartment locator save you time and money in the rental process, leaving you with more time to plan out your perfect Star Wars themed apartment. 

May the Force Be In Your Room!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Why Buy When You Can Rent

Buying is NOT always better than renting!

Home ownership is a personal choice and it is not for everyone. Buying a home is a huge commitment, and therefore we often struggle with the rent-or-own argument. If you are unsure which option is best for you, here is some information to help you in the decision-making process. While making your choice, it is important that you know all the advantages to renting your next apartment home!

Advantages of Renting:
  • Renting can cost you less money than buying a home, ultimately leaving you with more flexibility to invest your money in other areas. If working on your long-term savings plan is an immediately goal of yours then renting is something you should consider.
  •  There is limited responsibility in renting! You are not responsible for some of those big financial repairs such as the roof or cooling/heating system. When you rent the landlord picks up the taxes, insurance, repairs, and sometime some of the utilities. There is definitely a benefit to renting and having a landlord.
  •  Location! Location! Location! You have the mobility as a renter to move as much as you’d like without the responsibility of trying to sell your home. Renters have the flexibility to move as they please and with ease. If you like living in the newest hip spot or need relocation flexibility due to work, then renting will best suit your needs. 

Financial Considerations:
  • Down Payment versus Security Deposit. If you are going to buy, you must be ready to financially secure your home. The down payment of buying a home is going to be substantially larger than a security deposit on your apartment rental. 
  • No landlord! If a pipe burst or the air conditioner gives out then you will be the one responsible for the entire repair cost. You must be ready for the maintenance expenses that come with purchasing a home such as the property taxes, homeowners insurance, and lawn care services. 

We all know that owning a home is part of the american dream, but in many situations it is actually much more advantageous to rent. If you have decided to rent while you prepare to buy or have just decided that renting is what makes you happy; San Antonio Apartments Now is here to help you with your rental search process. We can help you make sure your next move is a smart move!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

How To Organize Your Next Apartment Search

When you approach your apartment search do it like you would a job search. Be prepared, organized, and serious about what you are looking for in your next home. It will let your landlord know you are the best candidate for the apartment and help you secure it. These 4 highly effective tips can help you get organized, focused, and keep your search smart.

Make A List
Know exactly what you want in your next apartment rental. Making a list of priorities will help you keep a focus on your apartment search. The list should include items such as your preferred location, number of bedrooms, and how much you can afford to pay monthly. Create a wishlist that includes special features you envision in your future apartment such as covered parking or an in-house gym. Do not head out to preview apartments until you have completed your list.

Be Prepared
Have information that your potential landlord might ask for such as pay stubs, references, or a guarantor readily available. You should also have your checkbook ready to pay any deposits at the time you submit your application. If you like an apartment you see, then do whatever it takes to show your next landlord you are a serious renter. Being prepared will make it that much easier to secure that perfect apartment!

Take Notes
Create a filing system and take notes of the apartments you preview. Creating a mental picture of the units you see is great, but if you snap a picture you have something to refer back to later. After your fourth or fifth apartment preview you might feel like you are on information overload. Good notes will help you in your final decision making process.

Make A Comparison Checklist
There is only one way to eliminate apartments, and that is to keep a running list of positive and negatives of every apartment you see. Use a comparison checklist to help you eliminate apartments that you do not want to consider. The apartment search involves a lot of paperwork and legwork, so keep yourself as organized as possible through the entire process. It will be all worth it in the end when you secure the perfect home!

The first step in organizing your apartment search should be to schedule an appointment with a licensed apartment locator. Working with an apartment locator can make the process of deciding where to move easier on you. Let a licensed apartment locator help you keep the information overload to a minimum!