Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Host A Fabulous Oscars Party In Your Apartment

Millions of viewers will tune in to the Oscars, a glamorous event, in just a few weeks. You too can join in the celebration by hosting your own Oscar-worthy party in your apartment. If you are planning on watching the award ceremony with friends, here are a few ways to dress up your party.

Just add glitz and glam
Dress up, your apartment. Incorporate colors into your decor that are inspired by the Oscars, such as gold and black.

Create a specialized menu
Create a buffet-style centerpiece in your kitchen with themed snack-size bites your friends can feast on before the awards. Remember that food makes every party better.

Play it up
Create a fun game to play with your friends before the award ceremony begins and end your night with your own award ceremony.

Check out all our Oscar party ideas on our Pinterest. It is your show, so add your own touch. These simple ideas will help create a memorable night for all to enjoy.

At Apartments Now we are committed to making sure that renters in San Antonio have all the information they need when it comes to finding an apartment to call home. Want help finding the perfect place for you and your budget, give our apartment finders a call today!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Throwing A Game Day Party At Your Apartment

Love catching the game on the big screen in the comfort of your own home? Don’t let the fact that you are renting an apartment keep you from hosting a game day party for the biggest sporting event in the U.S., the Super Bowl, with these simple organization tips.

The smaller the size, the bigger the fun.
Be realistic when inviting friends over to your apartment, especially the loud ones. Apartments have a limit as to how many fit comfortably, keeping it small will help also help you keep costs down.

Let friends contribute.
Just because you are hosting the party does not mean you have to do it all! Ask your guests to bring a favorite side or dessert dish with them, and let yourself focus on serving up a stellar main dish. Set up a bar cart on your patio/balcony and self-serve station in your kitchen, allowing your guests to feast when they are ready.

Check out all our favorite game day dishes on Pinterest.

Enjoy the game!
The Super Bowl only happens once a year, so enjoy yourself.

Finding an apartment to rent in San Antonio does not have to be a challenge. Our apartment finders have access to many unadvertised specials and will work with to find the perfect place for you and your budget. Contact us today!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Make A Tiny Apartment Feel Larger

Ready to live large on a small budget? You can visually expand the square footage in your apartment with these surprisingly simple tips.

Add versatile seating to maximize seating.

Define your space with rugs.

Scale down the size of your furniture.

No matter the size of the space, every apartment is worth decorating. Our apartment finders work daily with renters who are interested in living in a small apartment that they can maximize. Contact us today and let our experts find you the perfect place to call home.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

3 Reasons You Should Never Rent An Apartment Without An Agent

Get a gym membership - check! Sign a lease for a new apartment. Now we are talking. If you’re resolution this year included starting fresh in a new apartment, here are 3 reasons you should not go at it without the help of an apartment finder.

1. They have loads of expertise.
Security deposit. Application fee. Pet fee. Pet deposit. There are numerous terms associated with renting an apartment, and an apartment finder speaks the language. They know the legal jargon, important rental fees and due dates.  An apartment finder will help guide you through the entire search process free of charge and save you money in wasted application fees.

2. They are connected.
An apartment finder might not know everything (surprising, huh?), but they do make it their mission to know everyone in the local apartment community. Apartment finders work daily to obtain a list of unadvertised specials from property managers and know what is going on in your local neighborhood.

3. They are your housing expert/data analyst/personal shopper - all in one!
An apartment finder wears many hats. They work for you not only from 9am-5pm, but all hours of the day. They are either driving around town previewing different up-and-coming apartment communities or networking with property managers. They will work to get you the best deal for your budget. Apartment finders understand that where you live is a huge personal and financial decision and they don’t take it lightly.

Apartment searches are time-sensitive and can be overwhelming, but you do not have to do it alone. Working with a licensed apartment finder can help you avoid making a bad move. They are knowledgeable and armed with the right questions to help guide your search, while also helping save you time and money in the process.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Tips For Decorating Your First Apartment

So you’ve signed your first lease and you are now ready to move into your first apartment. Finally time to look back at all those boards you pinned on Pinterest, and begin arranging  your dream apartment. Before you jump into the decorating game, here several tips for creating the right space for you without overspending.

Set your style.
Bohemian. Shabby Chic. Traditional. Eclectic. There are numerous styles that you can include in your rental, but before you start filling up your basket spend some time budgeting and planning out your collection. Nail down a primary style (and budget) for your space before you begin to fill it!

Start with function.
It always fun to shop for decorative accessories, but before you blow your budget on throw blankets and decorative pillows you should commit to the functional pieces you need first. Space is a premium in apartments, so choose items that serve a purpose and are multifunctional. Once you have the essentials, begin to layer the room with color.

Renting an apartment for the first-time can be overwhelming, especially if you are not familiar with the time-sensitive process. Our apartment finders can help make the process easier on you. They work daily with first-time renters to help them secure the best apartment for their style and budget. Call us today!

Friday, January 6, 2017

San Antonio Rent Is The Cheapest (of the four major metros in Texas)

Everything around us seems to be on the rise today, especially Real Estate. As we close the books on 2016 it is evident that the housing demand has kept rent on the rise, even in the Alamo City.

According to the experts at Zumper, a one bedroom in the Alamo City rose from $800 in December 2015 to $890 last month. The 11% rise in rent was larger than expected, but not much of a surprise when all you see around is developers catering to market demands. Renting a two bedroom apartment in San Antonio went up 13% to $1,150. Only enforcing that the cost of rent rose in San Antonio at a much faster rate than it has in previous years.

San Antonio remains affordable compared to other markets and was ranked 49th out of 100 U.S. largest city markets in the cost of renting a one bedroom apartments. San Antonio also reigned as the cheapest in the top 4 metros in Texas.

Just because rent is on the rise does not mean you have to pay more. Our apartment finders work daily to secure the best deals for your dollar! Give us a call and let us help you find the perfect apartment for you and your budget!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Affordable Decor Ideas For Renters

So you've moved into an apartment and you now realize that you must decorate your apartment, but also have other things to spend your money on like the RENT. These 3 budget-friendly DIY decor projects are sure to help transform your space, even when your decorating budget is slim.

Brighten Up Your Space
Color decorative tape, such as washi tape, is temporary and easy to remove. 
Hide Imperfections
Hide the ugly with pretty plates. Buy a few small plates or frames from a decor store and glue a magnet to the back of the plate. 

Glam It Up
A plain bookshelf can get a glam look with a simple wrap. Temporary wall paper is adhesive and super easy to adorn to the back of a bookshelf - new look guaranteed!  

Decorating an apartment does not have to be a challenge, and neither does finding a place to live in San Antonio. Contact our apartment finders and let them help find you the perfect place to live for you and your budget!