Friday, December 8, 2017

Home Sales In San Antonio Continue To Grow At A Steady Pace

The San Antonio housing market is setting records!

As of October 2016, over 2,500 homes were sold which is a 4.5 percent increase from this time last year.  The housing market in San Antonio is showing no signs of cooling down, and it is evident in the rising home prices that sellers have leverage over buyers. The median price of a home is up 2.4 percent from the median of $202,300 in 2016 and prices are predicted to continue to surge due to interest rates remaining low. 

We understand that homeownership might not be for everyone, and feel strongly that you should do what make financial sense for you.  Whether you need help finding an apartment to rent or a home to buy, our agents can help! Give us a call today at (210) 802-1112, 7 days a week!

Simple Festive Decorating Ideas

Do you look forward to dressing up your home for the holidays, but always find yourself short on space? Get your home holiday ready, no giant tree required, with these simple DIY decor ideas.

Just Add Cozy Bedding
Adding flannel sheets or a plaid blanket will turn your bedroom into a cozy winter wonderland.

Tabletop Trees Make Everything Better
Decorate a mini potted tree and bring a natural element to your home.

Set Up A Holiday Drink Cart
A tray stocked with your favorite holiday beverages are sure to be a big hit in any home.

Photo: Margaret Write Photography

We feel even the smallest of spaces is worth decorating for the holidays. Contact our apartment locators and let us help you find the perfect apartment space where you can feel comfortable creating your own winter wonderland.

Friday, October 27, 2017

San Antonio Ranks As The 52nd Most Expensive Rental Market

San Antonio has stepped up their multi-family game. Rent in September rent rose higher than previous months, but in October it continued to climb. Although 2017 is almost over, there is no better time than now to take a look into the rental trends for one of the country’s fastest growing cities.

San Antonio has experienced rapid growth over the past year, even prior to the much anticipated new construction apartment boom. Rent slightly rose 1.49%, from July 2017 to September 2017, pricing the average one bedroom at $881 and two bedroom at $1,094.

Remember! Just because rent is on the rise does not mean you have to pay more. Our apartment finders in San Antonio can help save you both time and money in your rental search. Give us a call today at (210) 802-1112, we answer our phones 7 days a week from 9am-9pm.

Friday, September 1, 2017

San Antonio Rent Is Affordable For Every Generation

If you have searched for an apartment in the past several years you know that rent is on the rise and not just in Central Texas but nationwide.

Today, a whopping 35% of American households are renters and about half of those renters are cost burdened and spending more than 30% of their income on housing. Since renting is no longer just for the younger generation, Abodo recently surveyed renters to better understand which generation is the most cost burdened.

Almost two-third of Millennials rent and 46% of them are cost burdened paying a median gross rent of $980 per month.  Although a lower percentage of boomers rent, almost half of them are cost burdened paying a median rent of $890 per month. Over 44% of Generation X  renters are cost burdened because of their expensive taste in apartments and paying $1,050 per month.

Lucky for San Antonio renters, most cities in Texas seem to fall below the national figures. Regardless of your generation, it is important that you have an expert on your side. Our agents at Apartments Now can help you find the perfect place to call home. Call us today at (210) 558-7377.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

San Antonio Renters Are On The Move

A big perk of renting an apartment is flexibility and mobility.  More affordable homes, a better job, and lifestyle changes are all reasons that warrant a move out of the city or across state lines, according to many apartment dwellers.  

According to a recent survey by Apartment List, 55% of San Antonio renters revealed that they do plan on moving to a different city. The recent survey showed that renters would prefer to move to Houston if they were staying in Texas, or Colorado Springs if they were crossing state lines. For now San Antonians are satisfied with the rent rate and economic conditions in San Antonio and were not feeling the immediate urge to pack it all up and leave the city.  

Our licensed apartment locators are familiar with the city’s apartment rental inventory and can help save you time and money in your search. Give Apartments Now a call (210) 802-1112 and let us help you find the perfect apartment to call home!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The San Antonio Housing Market Is On Track

On the heels of a record 2016, the 2017 housing market in San Antonio continues to remain competitive. As the housing market continues to rise and break record numbers, it is even more important that you make an informed housing decision. As you look forward towards your home goals, we break down what 2017 has in store for the Alamo City.

The median home price in the Alamo City rose to $218,800 in July, according to SABOR, but did not break the June record of $220,000.  Despite rising costs, potential home buyers continue to take advantage of the dropping interest rates, with hopes of getting a little more home for their dollar.

Regardless of your goals, it is important that you have an expert on your side. Our agents at Apartments Now can help you find the perfect place to call home. Whether you are interested in buying or renting, call us today at (210) 558-7377.  

Friday, August 11, 2017

Renters Are Ready To Buy A Home

As a renter, a single rental fee covers your housing costs. For many non-homeowners, the time has come to switch hats from renter to homeowner. 

A new TransUnion market analysis revealed that 55% of people who actively shopped for a home mortgage from January to March 2017 were primarily renters. This number is up from 50% in 2016 and 45% in 2015. Experts agree that the millennial generation has shown more of an interest in homeownership, which reflects in the shifting upward numbers.

Whether you are in the position to rent or buy – we can help! Our apartment finders at Apartments Now can help you find the perfect place for you and your budget. Call us today (210) 802-1112.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

How To Exercise In Your Tiny Apartment

Exercise is something we all dread and the struggle to get to a gym is real. If you find it too hard to leave your apartment once you get home but want to still get your steps in here are 3 tip-toe toning moves you can do from the comfort of your apartment home.

Yoga is one of the easiest exercises to complete in a small space. It is an apartment-friendly activity that can be easily stored under your bed. It is great for improving your balance and strength.

Body weight exercises can be done with ease in any small space. They build your strength and include planks, squats, sit ups, and wall sits. Add a couple resistant bands to the mix to change it up.

Cardio does not have to involve a treadmill. Mountain climbers, lunges and even dancing to your favorite tunes will elevate your heart rate and your neighbors won’t even know you are exercising.

How do you exercise on in your apartment? We want to hear in the comments below.

It is essential to be prepared with a realistic budget when searching for an apartment. Does your list of must-haves include a fitness center? Our apartment finders at Apartments Now know the 411 on apartment community amenities in San Antonio.

We would love to help you find the perfect place to call home. Give us a call today (210) 558-7377.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Rent In San Antonio Is On The Climb

San Antonio has always been known as a big city with affordable rent prices. To help you better understand the current rental trends and how it affects your pocketbook, we broke down the mid year analysis by Abodo to what matters most for you.

No Texas cities made the list of greatest average rent growth in the first half of 2017, but San Antonio did record an increase for the past six months. With rent on the rise in over half of the nation’s states, cities like the Alamo City are not alone in experiencing a sustained increase in rent on a month-to-month basis.

A one bedroom apartment in January 2017 rented on average for $819 and for a little more in July at $858. Two bedroom apartment rents also increased at an average rate of 0.77% every month from January to July.  As development attempts to keep up with the rising demand of the “Fastest Growing Regions” it is highly unlikely that rent will significantly decrease anytime soon.

Only time will tell if rental rates will continue to climb through the rest of 2017. It is no better time than now to work with a housing expert, like Apartments Now, in your rental search. Give us a call today (210) 802-1112.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Reduce the Stress Of Apartment Hunting

Moving is one of the most stressful experiences and if you are unprepared you can also cause unnecessary anxiety.  Heading towards a fresh start in a new apartment home should be fun and exciting when you are prepared and do not procrastinate in your search. To help eliminate the stress, nail down the answers to these three questions before you start your next apartment search.

What part of town are you interested in?
Do you want to live close to work or in a part of town with better schools? Know what your needs and want are in a neighborhood.

How much can you afford in rent?
According to industry experts, rent should not exceed 30% of your paycheck. Set a budget and stick to it!

What do you actually NEED?
Create a "must-have" list. Determine how much space you need in your new apartment home. Are you moving in with a roommate or is it just you? Do you need access to a fitness gym or parking garage? These factors play a role in what size home you need and how much it is going to cost you.

So when should you start your search? Our experts suggest beginning the apartment hunt before you even put in your 30-day notice with your current landlord.  

Contact Apartments Now and let us start searching for you. Let our apartment finders can help you scoop up the perfect apartment home without hesitation or stress. Call or message us today (210) 558-7377.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

3 Warning Signs You Are Not Ready To Buy A House

It might feel like all the cool kids are doing it but like your mama said just because everyone is doing it doesn’t mean you should - or should you? To make sure you don’t jump the gun before you are ready, here are 3 warning signs to look out for before taking the leap into homeownership.

Ask yourself these four questions to reveal whether you are ready to buy a house or not.

1. Are you committed to sticking around?
Unless you are certain that you want to stay in one spot for the next five years then you might not be ready to buy. Selling a house that you lived in less than five years will likely result in a loss of money. If your job is in limbo or you are considering moving, it is a wise decision to hold off on making the leap into home ownership right now.

2. Have you considered all your out of pocket expenses?
Your first hurdle is saving for the large down payment, but you are going to need more than that. As a potential home buyer you must have additional money saved for closing cost, emergency repairs, moving costs, and to furnish and decorate the new house.

3. Do you know all your buying options?
You might think that your only option is to purchase a single-family home, but there are so many more options. Depending on what suits your needs you could purchase a duplex, condo, or even a townhouse. If you think that a single-family house is the only option then you should take the time to explore all the alternatives.

Are you ready to buy a house? Tell us why or why not in the comments below.

We all know that owning a home is part of the American Dream, but for many, it is actually much more advantageous to rent.  If you have decided to rent while you prepare to buy or have decided that renting is what makes you happy; Apartments Now is here to help you through the entire search process. Let us help make your next move a smart move! Call us today (210) 802-1112.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Create The Perfect Study Spot In Your Apartment

A dedicated study spot is a must if you are going to make Dean’s List honors this semester. 😉 As back-to-school quickly approaches here are 3 study space ideas full of color and inspiration to help organize your apartment while also reducing distractions.

Regardless of the square footage of your apartment, an awesome and affordable study space is achievable. Remember to take advantage of any and all back to school sales this month.

When planning out your space make sure to remember these 3 important elements:
  1. Multi-Furniture: Utilize pieces that have multi-use, especially for small spaces.
  2. Lighting: Add a mirror to space or task lighting to brighten up space.
  3. Organization: Utilize multi-tier systems and your wall space. Include shelves, cork boards, and containers to keep the space tidy.

Here are a few study spot ideas for your apartment:

The Living Room Study Spot

Under Bed Study Spot

Designated Room Study Spot

Let us help organize your next apartment search - FREE! Call Apartments Now today (210) 558-7377.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Central Texas Is Still Hot

Real estate has always been centered around location, location, location. Forbes scoured the housing markets to determine the most overvalued housing markets in the country to help Americans, like you, make better-informed decisions.  

To determine the top overvalued housing markets in the country (from the 50 largest metro areas) Forbes analyzed five metrics: unemployment, nominal income growth, population growth, change in rental prices and home price growth. It comes to no surprise that the most overhauled markets can be found right here in the Lone Star State and that San Antonio outpaced all the other markets at a higher rate.

So what does that mean for you?  In an overhauled housing market sellers typically benefit, buyers face hotter home prices, and homeowners prepare for increasing property taxes.  As the momentum gains, the rental trends of Americans choosing to rent versus buy will also likely continue to increase. Let’s face it, nobody wants to pay more. The housing and rental trends go hand in hand.

Do you feel that the San Antonio housing market is overvalued? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.  

Our apartment finders at Apartments Now are experts in the San Antonio real estate market. They work daily with buyers, sellers, and renters who want to live in an overhauled housing market like the Alamo City. Give us a call today (210) 558-7377 and let us help you find the perfect place to call home.

3 Organizing Ideas for your Drawers

Itty bitty living spaces call for phenomenal organizational powers. Get your disorganized drawers under control with these 3 simple de-cluttering tips.

Create inserts.
Cut up a shoe box you have lying around and create custom drawer dividers. Decorate the cardboard with washi tape to add some fun color.

Source:The Homes I Have Made

Rethink the way you fold.
Instead of stacking shirts on top of each other try a different method that makes it easier to see all of your clothes at once.  

Source: Tesco Living

Get handy with PVC.

Try a smart and easily removable hack. Cut PVC pipes to fit in your drawer and arrange them however your heart desires.

Source: Better Homes and Garden
Do you have any organizational tips? Share them in the comments and help fellow apartment dwellers.

Let us help organize your next apartment search - FREE! Call Apartments Now today (210) 802-1112.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

U.S. Apartment Inventory Is Nearly Full


The number of renters is nearing a record, as 95% of units nationwide are now occupied, according to data from RealPage. High home prices fueled by high demand has pushed more America into apartment homes, leading to the lowest gross vacancy rate since 2000.

Construction is falling behind the demand for apartment living, but that has not halted the rise in rental rates.  Monthly rent now averages $1,339 in the U.S.

Despite the rising rent you do not have to feel burdened by the cost of rising rent in San Antonio. Our apartment finders are knowledgeable of the city's apartment inventory and can help guide you through the entire process.

Contact us and let our licensed apartment locators help find you the best apartment for your budget!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Squeeze a Little More Into Your Apartment Closet

Renting a small apartment can have a lot of benefits, but small closets aren’t one of them. Read on for three clever ways to squeeze out a little extra storage out of your small closet.

Image Credit: Indecent Order

Just Add Hooks.
Do you see any wall space that is not covered by clothing? Put a hook on it. Hang your belts, bags, and even luggage.  

Image Credit: Amazon

Hang An Extender Rod
Double your hanging space by adding an extender rod to your closet.
Image Credit: Ikea

Stack Your Storage
Organize your floor space with multi-story shoe storage or a rolling cart and make the most of your space.

When you live in a small space you must make every inch count. Our apartment finders are experts in helping renters find the perfect apartment with just enough space.

Call us and let our apartment locators find the perfect apartment for you and your budget.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Throwing A Fourth of July Party

You do not have to travel far to find a festive 4th of July bash. If you’ve decided to throw your own red, white, and blue shindig at your apartment, here are a few tips to help you pull off the celebration in style.
Know all the rules.  If you are utilizing the apartment community grill, common area, or patio then make sure you know the do's and don't. Do not forget that fireworks are also illegal and breaking the law can get you a hefty fine.
Mark the holiday and use the red, white, and blue motif to your heart’s desire. Check out our Pinterest board for a few fun menu items that you can incorporate into your gathering.
ENJOY! Preparing what you can ahead of time ensures you have everything your guest needs so that you can enjoy the celebration with them!
Looking for an apartment in San Antonio? Our apartment finders are experts in the multi-housing industry and can guide you through the dozen of available apartments.

Contact us today to get started!

Best Buy Cities

Every homebuyer wants to make sure that they are making a smart financial investment. So whether you are looking for a place to live or a property to rent out, it is reassuring to know you are buying in the right place.
San Antonio is one of America’s most populated cities and as it continues to grow so does the need for more housing. Forbes recently teamed up with Local Market Monitor to determine where the population, jobs, and home prices are growing the most. San Antonio made the 2017 best cities to invest in real estate list at number 20.  

Home prices in Texas are increasing and the Alamo City is no exception. With median home prices at $210,000 and a population expected to grow by 6.5% in the next three years, it is clear why Forbes predicts home prices to grow by at least 17% by 2020.
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 a house, our team of agents can help! Contact us today!