Friday, August 26, 2016

First-Time Renter: Splurge Versus Save

Moving into your first apartment on your own can be a very exciting moment, but the thought of furnishing the entire place can get a little overwhelming. The good news is that it is all doable with a little patience and a budget. If you are unsure about which items to splurge or save on, no problem. Here are a few tips to help you create your perfect apartment without emptying your checkbook!

A dedicated space for meals.
It does not have to be expensive or even designer, just something appropriate for your space. Think versatility when buying your table so that you can use if for eating, work, crafting or meetings. A kitchen table does not just have to be for meals.

A cozy bed.
Gone are the pre-college days of air mattresses and mattress pads. Celebrate your adulthood by splurging on a comfortable bed. After juggling long hours at work or in classes, a place to sleep is much welcomed. Besides you need all the beauty rest you can if you are going to keep up with that social calendar!

A beautiful set of glasses.
Hopefully, gone are the days of boxed wine and red plastic cups! When you are adulting you need to have a full set of drinking glasses.  Remember, you will need something to hold when you cheer’s yourself for moving in successfully!

Furnishing a new apartment on your own does not have to be an impossible task nor should it feel overwhelming. Our apartment finders are experts in working with first-time renters. Contact Apartments Now and let us make your first experience an easy and memorable one!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Can Renters Afford To Buy A Home?

For many living the “American dream” often includes buying a home, but according to a recent report by our friends over at Zillow many San Antonian’s struggle to make the jump from renter to homeowner.

San Antonio was ranked 15th on a list of markets with the lowest share of renters qualified to buy a home. As the median price of homes in San Antonio remains around $150,000, only 10% of renters meet the requirements, income and credit score, to qualify for homeownership. For the Alamo city that means that only approximately 60% of residents own their homes.

See the stats on other Texas cities and how San Antonio matches up to cities such as Houston and Austin.

We understand that homeownership is not for everyone, and strongly believe that you should do what makes financial sense for you. Whether you are interested in renting an apartment or need help buying house, our office can help you!  All of our experts are knowledgeable with the tools necessary to help you find the perfect place to live in San Antonio. Contact us today!

Friday, August 19, 2016

San Antonio Ranks High In Apartment Construction

It is not that much of surprise that far Northwest San Antonio was recently ranked by multifamily real estate analyst group, MPF Research, as the 9th busiest submarkets in the nation for apartment construction. Driving around the city it is evident that San Antonio is growing and therefore so is new apartment development, especially in far Northwest San Antonio. New apartment projects have sprouted all over far Northwest San Antonio, such as The Frankel Family Trust and Legacy Alliances’ Luxe Villas at The Rim, and many are still in the pipeline or preparing to launch soon.  

In the past five years the far Northwest area of San Antonio has added more than 4,000 units, and over 2,000 are planned for the end of this year’s first quarter. Apartments also rent for much more in the 9th busiest submarket in the nation. An apartment in far Northwest San Antonio averages $1,200 a month, which is substantially higher than the city’s average of $900 a month, but these higher than average rent rates do not keep tenants away. Occupancy remains high with over 90% of units occupied, even as rents continue to climb by more than 3% in the first quarter alone.

So where's the best part of town to rent in? Well it all depends on who you ask. Still confused? Give us a call! Our apartment finders know the real scoop of what's going on in the city when it comes to new and existing apartment developments and are experts in the apartment inventory in San Antonio!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Simple Cleaning Hacks To Make Your Life Easier

Do you ever feel that your chores are never ending?  We understand that nobody likes to spend time cleaning here so here are 3 cleaning hacks that are sure to make cleaning your apartment easier and it sparkling in no time!

Buy plenty of plastic wrap.
For easy clean up, line shelves in your apartment with plastic wrap - pantry and refrigerator. When things get really gross, or it is time to clean out the fridge just rip out the plastic and toss! Doesn’t get any easier than that!

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Make friends with dryer sheets.
These little cloths are pure magic!  They can keep unwanted smells out of your apartment by lining your trashcans or air-vent with a dryer sheet.  Never light a candle again to ward off unwanted smells. They can also tackle water spots in your bathroom or fight off dust on your baseboards. Keep them stocked!  
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Keep costs to a minimal.
The costs of cleaning products can really add up. You need one product to help you clean up microwave explosions, another to clean your dishes, and the list goes on. Whether your microwave needs a good cleaning from all those microwave explosions you keep experiencing, or it is time to clean the dishwasher you just need one cleaner - vinegar!   A little vinegar and water can go a long way when it comes to cleaning your apartment appliances. Try it!


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Finding the right apartment in San Antonio for you and your budget does not have to be a challenge. Our apartment finders are experts in working with renters who want an affordable apartment but with all the amenities. Give us a call today! 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

What You Should Know About Utilities-Included Apartments

One of the many factors to consider when renting an apartment is the cost of your utilities. It can be difficult to gauge the monthly cost of utilities in a rental because they fluctuate for many reasons, including usage. With the rising costs in today’s economy it is always important to find ways to save money. Renting an apartment where utilities are included may sound especially appealing, but before you limit your search weigh the pros and cons so that you understand what it actually means to you as a renter.
When you lease a utilities included, or all bills paid, apartment you are agreeing to pay a monthly payment to your landlord that includes your rent plus a flat fee for basic utilities. Your landlord is responsible for paying the basic utility costs for your apartment directly to the local utility company. Heat, water, garbage, and electricity are often included, but every landlord will define basic utilities differently. It is important that you reference your lease agreement for a clear definition of which bills are covered.  
One of the most satisfying benefits to renting an all bills paid apartment is that there is only one monthly bill. You will pay the same amount for rent each month to your landlord, minus the multiple bills to several utility providers on different due dates. Budgeting your monthly housing expenses will also get a whole lot easier. Renting an apartment where utilities are included can also save you money in extra move-in fees. Not having the responsibility to connect services will eliminate paying any activation fees or additional deposits. It can also be beneficial to you if you have any unresolved issues with your local utility company or a poor credit history.

While renting a utilities included apartment can sound very appealing to a renter on a budget, there are also several disadvantages to consider. Traditionally it is the older apartment communities that offer the convenience of an all bills paid service. They also have become very scarce and therefore limited in inventory.  Making it is very difficult to locate availability in one based on a time sensitive move in date.

In major metropolitan areas like San Antonio, these types of properties are very rare.  Often times they are also not advertised. If you are looking for an all bills paid apartment, working with an experienced apartment finder at Apartments Now who is familiar with the apartment inventory in the area is your best option.

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

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Renter-Friendly Shoe Organizing Tips

No matter where you rent one thing is certain, rentals often lack storage and once you move-in you wonder where all the space went. As a renter we understand that you need clever storage ideas that do not require any permanent alterations. Here are a few of our top shoe storage solutions that are inexpensive, versatile, and will transition easily with you when you move-out.

Keep shoes off the floor.  Your closet will hold more shoes if you add a tier shoe rack or stack plastic shoe boxes.

Add a shoe caddy to the room.  Add a shoe caddy to your entry way or bedroom.

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Use under bed boxes.  Put your off-season shoes away under the bed.

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Repurpose your furniture.  Store your shoes for all to see.

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Hang anything you can on the wall.  I love how versatile shelves can be. Put your shoes up for display.

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Put your shoes on wheels.  Stow shoes away in a cart so that you can move them from room to room as needed. Makes for easy pick up too!

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Finding the perfect apartment in San Antonio does not have to be a challenge. Our #ApartmentFinders are experts in working with renters who need just enough space - even for all their shoes. Give us a call and let Apartments Now help find you the perfect sized apartment for you and your budget.