Thursday, December 29, 2016

3 Tips For Decorating An Unattractive Rental

We understand that not every apartment you tour is going to be picture perfect, but when you finally do find one where all the positives outweigh the cosmetic negatives, then you must find the most creative ways to help hide the uninspiring interior. Here are a couple apartment-friendly decorating ideas to help fix up your space and not scare you away from renting what could be the perfect apartment.

Add layers
If your apartment has the basic wall-to-wall carpeting or outdated linoleum flooring, give your floors a quick makeover by adding a decorative rug to the room. Rugs are not only a great room accessory, but also an important foundation. Do not be afraid to play with rug colors, patterns or shapes. Rugs come in all sizes, leaving you sure to find one that meets your needs. 

Nothing is more of a turn off than apartment walls that you just cannot work with. If possible, add some paint for a pop of color. Otherwise, if painting the apartment walls is simply not an option, try installing a temporary product.

Peel and stick products, such as temporary wallpaper, work wonders on kitchen counters, bathroom backsplashes and bedroom accent walls. It is amazing how easy and fast they go on and off, not to mention how much of a difference they transform a space without the risk of damaging your apartment walls. Do not be afraid to hang things on your apartment walls, but remember you must return the walls back to their original state upon move out.

You do not have to own your home to make it your own space, nor does not take a full-scale renovation to transform your apartment. There are plenty of inexpensive products and simple ways to tailor your rental space into your own decor taste.

One of the best ways to streamline your apartment search is to work with a licensed apartment finder in your area. They can help make the process of deciding where to live easier on you while helping you find the apartment that fits your lifestyle, all in your budget. Give us a call, we can help you find that perfect apartment that you love to call home at the end of the day.  

*A version of this article previously appeared on Angie's List

Thursday, December 15, 2016

3 Ways To Celebrate New Year's Eve In An Apartment

New Year’s traditions vary all around the world. If you are looking for a new tradition to start in your new home, here are 3 ways to help you say goodbye to the old and hello to the new.

Complete a questionnaire
This is a great activity for anyone, including kids. Write down several fun facts - favorite food, best memory - and then reflect on them each year. Remember to save them in a binder that you add to it every New Years.

Commit to new resolutions
Create new resolutions or a family bucket list and give yourself something to work towards in the new year. Take a photo of yourself that night and put your resolutions in writing, you want to remember this moment!

Reflect on predictions
Every New Year’s Eve look up a famous astrologer’s prediction for the following year. Better yet, complete your own predictions and then revisit them the following year.

New Year’s and celebrating seem to go hand in hand. Tell us in the comments section below what some of your favorite traditions are!

Ready to welcome the New Year in a new apartment? It is not too late, so give Apartments Now a call today. Our apartment finders are equipped with the right tools to help you find the perfect place to call home in 2017!

San Antonio Home Sales Skyrocket

For many San Antonians, living the American dream means buying a house, but before you make the jump from renter to homeowner it is important that you do all of your homework.

Last month, 2,115 home were sold in the Alamo City, a record high, according to SABOR. With the growing population and record home sales, even despite the rising rent and home prices, it is almost guaranteed that the Alamo City will surpass last year’s record number. Median home sales prices in San Antonio have also increased 8.8%, since this time last year, making it the fastest growth rate for sales prices in more than a year.

We understand that homeownership might not be for everyone, and strongly feel that you should do what makes financial sense for you. Whether you need help finding an apartment to rent or a home to buy, our agents can help you. All of our agents are equipped with the right tools to help you find the perfect place to live in San Antonio! Contact us today!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

More Renters Are Attracted To San Antonio

All you have to do is jump in a car and drive around to see what type of housing is being built in San Antonio. Multifamily housing, such as apartment communities, accounts for nearly a third of San Antonio’s housing. Of course we know that San Antonio is a great place to live, due to the rising job market and low cost of living, but it is now clear that others has taken notice, even the multifamily developers. As the city continues to attracts more and more renters each year, apartments in San Antonio continue to remain at higher occupancy, driving a sharp rise in rental prices.

Over the past five years the Alamo City has seen an influx in renters driving housing costs at a much faster rate than the state average. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, rent in San Antonio has risen 14% since 2006 and continues to climb. Even though median rental prices all across Texas have risen, they have not risen as rapidly as we have experienced in the Alamo City. The good news is that although rent checks have gotten bigger, San Antonio continues to remain more affordable than larger cities in Texas.

Despite the rapid rise in rent, San Antonio is still has an affordable housing market and provides no shortage of places to rent. Working with a knowledgeable apartment finder can help save you money while guiding you through the entire search process. Give our apartment locators a call and let them help find your next home - for FREE!

Friday, December 9, 2016

What You Need To Know About Short-Term Apartment Leases

We are all familiar with the traditional apartment lease, but what might come to a surprise is that many apartment communities offer shorter leases, month-to-month up to 6-months, than the typical 12-month lease. Finding the right apartment can be a process all on its own, but for those who do not plan to stay in a place long enough to sign a typical lease finding a short term rental has gotten even more challenging. To help make the apartment search process a little simpler here are several benefits and drawbacks to short-term leases, so that you choose the best lease term for your needs.

You Have Options
A huge benefit to a short-term lease is more mobility. Many renters are drawn to renting short-term because of the flexibility to move to another apartment that better suits their needs, after the agreement’s duration, without the penalty of breaking a lease. So whether you have taken a temporary job or are new to a city and want the freedom to explore different neighborhoods, a short-term lease is a very attractive option.

Live The Way You Want
While many renters do not want to worry about moving, many need the reassurance of moving on short notice. One perk to renting month-to-month is the flexibility to either pick up and move, or springboard into a year long lease if you decide to stay put.

Even in a short-term lease you will still need to provide proper notice to your landlord should you decide to move out. A shorter leases term will provide more flexibility, but it is not without regulations and requirements.

Provides Minimal Stability
Signing a short-term lease, such as a month-to-month, can have a negative impact on your rental history.  If you are jumping from one month-to-month lease to another it can make you look like a risky credit investment to your next landlord. Too many credit inquiries can tank your credit score, and changing address frequently will leave a bad impression.

Your Rent Can Fluctuate
The freedom to move as you want will come at a higher cost. Landlords prefer long-term residents and the more affordable lease options are those spread out over 12 months or more. Apartment communities will set the rent rate as they see fit in a short-term lease because of the higher turnover in a unit. Most will even charge you more in monthly rent on a short-term lease to help cover the cost of repairs and cleaning after move-out.

A landlord can also change the terms of your short-term lease, after it has expired, which can leave you vulnerable to an increase in rent without enough time to search for other housing options. Short-term leases can sound like a great alternative for those always on the move, but they are not for everybody.

Many apartment communities consider short-term leases risky and not cost-effective, therefore you will have to do some searching to find one. In markets like San Antonio where demand is high your short-term lease options may be reduced. Renting an apartment on a short-term lease might limit your search, but if it important for you then working with a licensed apartment locator in your area who is knowledgeable would be most beneficial.

*A previous version of this article appeared on Angie's List.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Make The Most Of Your Apartment Space

If you float the furniture in your apartment, like most experts recommend, then you have probably found yourself wondering what to do with the awkward space. Since the space sometimes behind the sofa is just to big to ignore, here are four ways sure to help you bring your space together.

Add illusion (and space) with a mirror.
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Make a statement with a gallery.
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Back it up to a console table.
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Float a shelf.
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Making your apartment feel more like a home does not have to be a challenge, nor does finding a place to call home. Contact our apartment finders to schedule a FREE, quick, same-day appointment so we can help you find the perfect apartment for you and your budget.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

3 Ways To Organize Your Kitchen

Kitchens are often the heart of the home and therefore they are also a magnet to clutter. To help you manage your kitchen organization, here are 3 tips sure to help you streamline your space at home.

1. Go digital
Donate any recipe books and toss out the recipe box with all those index cards you never touch. Scan recipes or pin them to your pinterest account and go paperless. It will help you cut down on the paper clutter.

2. Minimize cookware and appliances
Do you have a lot of pots and pans or huge dinner sets that you never really use? Don't use that juicer or bread maker? You do not have to keep sets together that you don’t use. Feel good donating cookware pieces you do not use.

3. Keep cleaning simple
You do not need to clutter your kitchen with multiple cleaning solutions.  All it takes is one multi-purpose cleaning agent to keep your entire kitchen sparkling.  

Just because you are limited on kitchen space does not mean your home can’t be organized. Our apartment finders are experts in working with renters who are looking for more space, but do not want to pay more.  Give us a call and let us help find you the perfect sized apartment for your budget.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Questions To Ask On Your Apartment Tour

When you are searching for a new place to call home touring of your new digs is just as important as understanding the lease agreement you sign. Touring an apartment community is not only a great opportunity to check out the property, but also a great time those important questions while you have your landlord’s undivided attention. To make sure you land the perfect place here are 3 questions you should never forget to ask during an apartment tour.

  1. What are your apartment amenities hours? (pool, fitness area, common area)
  2. Can rent be paid online?
  3. Ask about any online reviews you have read and clear up any questions.

If you must rent an apartment sight unseen, an apartment finder can be a huge asset. Apartment finders are equipped with all the right questions to ask and know what to look out for during an apartment walkthrough.  When renting an apartment don’t let yourself fall into an ugly trap, give our apartment finders a call and let them help find you the perfect place for you and your budget!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Stylish Holiday Table Settings For Every Apartment Dweller

Living in a space where your decorating options are limited by rental rules can be sometimes challenging during the holidays. Whether you’re hosting the entire fam or just just a few friends here’s some inspiration to help you celebrate in your space!

We feel that every apartment, no matter the size, is worth decorating! Our apartment finders are experts in helping renters find the perfect place to rent with just enough space for entertaining. Contact an Apartments Now apartment finder and let us help you find the perfect apartment for you and your budget.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Holiday Decorating Ideas For Small Spaces

Just because you live in a small space does not mean you can’t go big when it comes to decorating for the holidays. To help you spread the cheer throughout your apartment here’s 3 simple tips to help jazz up your small space.

Dress Up The Chair

Light Up Your Space

Focus On The Scent

When you live in a small space, it is important to make each inch count! Our apartment finders are experts in helping renters find the perfect apartment to decorate with just enough space. Contact us and let us help you find the perfect apartment for you and your budget!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

3 Tricks For Entertaining In A Small Apartment

Just because you live in a small apartment does not mean you have to be a party pooper. Apartment dwellers can still find plenty of creative ways to make the most of their space when it comes to entertaining. For maximum style and fun at your next social event, utilize these top 3 tips to help you get your party started!
Tip 1:  Set up multiple drink and food tables
Help eliminate everyone trying to squeeze into your already cramp kitchen by arranging several tables throughout your apartment for the food and drinks.  This will also encourage guests to mingle.
Tip 2: Use all your space
Use the vertical space in your apartment wisely. For example organize food or dishes using tiered stands.  Create a layout where people can easily navigate around and make more space in your living room.  Prepare your space for your guest and do not forget to designate a place for your guest to put down their belongings such as hats, coats, and bags.
Tip 3:  Create an additional seating area
Get creative and repurpose items you already own.  Need more places to sit, arrange some sofa toss pillows on the floor around your coffee table.

Our apartment finders work daily with renters who are interested in renting an apartment with just enough space to host friends and family.  Contact us today and let our experts help find you the perfect place to call home!

Tips For Finding A Good Deal On A San Antonio Apartment

With the upward rent trend in San Antonio, we understand how important it is that you feel like you are getting a good deal on your next apartment. To help you save money in your apartment hunt, here are 3 tips to help you get a great deal and ensure a seamless process in your search.

Be prepared
Most apartment communities will offer a look and lease special, which means you only have 24-48 hours to apply and take advantage of the great deal. You should come prepared to your appointment with your ID, move-in date, and pocketbook.  Remember to have your co-signer on stand by if you need one to secure your rental.
Flexibility is key   
Apartment communities are popping up all over the place so come with an open mind and willingness to move to a different part of town, not just here your heart is set on.  By broadening your search you might find yourself a better (and cheaper) apartment.

Utilize an apartment finder in your search
Apartment finders knows the challenges of searching for an apartment in a larger city like San Antonio and the strain it puts on your time and wallet.  They will work to save you time and money in your apartment search without compromising your criteria. Apartment finders have access to many unadvertised specials, knowledge of current pricing and inventory, as well as the qualifications necessary to move. They will work to get you the best deal for your dollar and their services are free to you!

If you are looking for an apartment in San Antonio, give us a call and let us put our knowledge to work for you!  At Apartments Now, we know how important it is to remain on budget when searching for your next home. Our apartment finders are familiar with the city’s apartment inventory and will help guide you through the entire search process.

Let us help guide you through your next move!  

Friday, November 4, 2016

Google Fiber Will Continue Expansion In San Antonio

Google Fiber's recent announcement left many clenching onto their computers. The internet provider, that not long ago entered the San Antonio market, dropped some pretty big national news that took us all by surprise - they were losing a CEO,  laying off employees, and halting expansion efforts

Google Fiber began offering services in San Antonio, the largest city they have taken on, during Spring 2015. Although the Fiber footprint is not complete in San Antonio, Google has committed to not abandon the project. Confident they will stick around in San Antonio and complete its first fiber backbone, which is currently only 80% complete, Google recently publicly reaffirmed its commitment to San Antonio. 

When it comes to choosing a place to live, San Antonio provides you no shortage of places to rent. If living in an area where Google Fiber is operating is a priority, our apartment finders are familiar with which apartment communities in San Antonio are in the Google Fibers service area. Give us a call, tweet, or send us a message.

Let us help guide you through your next move!   

Thursday, November 3, 2016

The Rental Rate Growth In San Antonio

The average apartment rent in San Antonio has climbed by 6% in just the past year, according to a recent National Rent Report.  Even with the rising rent rates, San Antonio by far still has one of the most affordable apartment metros in the state.  

While San Antonio rent rates have steadily increased, apartments in the city still remain relatively affordable compared to the national average. If you want to rent a one-bedroom in the Alamo City, on average it would cost you approximately $920 a month, up from $870, with two-bedrooms rates rising up to $1,180 on average. 

One of the best ways to streamline your apartment search is to work with a licensed apartment locator, like Apartments Now.  They are knowledgeable of the apartment inventory in San Antonio, and have access to many unadvertised specials.  Give us a call or send us a Facebook message to schedule an appointment today!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

What It's Like To Live In San Antonio

With a population of over 1 million residents and growing, San Antonio is a big city with a small town feel. Moving to any city can be nerve wrecking and frightening all at the same time, on top of having to find and commit to a place to live. Luckily, in today’s world we have access to sites such as Yelp, Google, and Facebook. Settling into a city such as San Antonio is easy with all the big-city amenities and relaxed atmosphere that it has to offer.  

Beautiful Scenery
San Antonio is filled with some of the best city parks and even better is that they are available year-round. Parks are a great place to mingle and meet people, if you are new to the city, while also getting your fit on. On a beautiful day you will catch plenty of San Antonians going for a run, bike ride, or just out on a stroll with their children and dogs.

Viva Festivals
San Antonio has over 50 major events and festivals and there is something to do everyday of the week. One thing is for sure, San Antonians not only know how to party but they also know how to throw one. Fiesta, the city’s well known annual festival, is just one of the many opportunity to socialize and meet others.

Home to Military City USA
San Antonio is home to 3 joint Air Force bases including one of four military training facilities, Lackland AFB. It housing the oldest VFW post and embraces the hundreds of military graduates. San Antonio is military friendly, highly patriotic, and welcoming to all new residents.

Devoted Fans
San Antonio fans unite for their hometown team, the San Antonio Spurs. The city is filled with an abundance of loyal Spurs fans and games at the AT&T Center are a great place sport your black and silver while meeting other locals.

There's A Neighborhood For All
Even though San Antonio is the 7th largest city in the country, it still has a small town feel and is really like a bunch of small towns - Alamo Heights, Windcrest, Castle Hills. The housing market is still affordable, compared to other large cities, even with the record high occupancy rates. With all the growth in the multifamily market, leveraging the knowledge of an apartment locator is key to saving time and money in your apartment hunt.

When it comes to choosing a place to live San Antonio provides no shortage of places to rent. Moving can be a very stressful time, but with the help of our apartment locators it does not have to be a challenge. Our apartment finders are familiar with the city’s apartment inventory and can guide you through the entire search process. Give us a call, tweet, or message and let us help you with your move.