Tuesday, February 28, 2017

What Does Apartment Life Costs For San Antonio Renters?

If you are on the hunt for an apartment in San Antonio, then you probably have an idea of what you would like to spend on rent each month. Hard working San Antonians are working a minimum of 64 hours a month to cover a $856 rent check, according to a recent study by SmartAsset.

If you are interested in finding another city that is more budget-friendly, you’ll be surprised to find that San Antonio ranked on the low end for rent when compared to other Texas cities. SmartAsset also reported that San Antonio has a lower hourly wage, compared to other big cities, proving that local apartment dwellers must work harder and more hours in order to cover the smaller monthly rent charges.

Despite the rising rent the Alamo City is still considered an affordable rental market that provides no shortage of places to rent.  Our apartment finders at Apartments Now are familiar with the city’s apartment rental inventory and can help guide you through the entire apartment search process. Give us a call and let us help you find your next apartment home.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Small Space Inspiration for Apartment Dwellers

Whether you are renting your first apartment or wrestling with the idea of renting a smaller space due to the rising rent crisis, living in a smaller space may present challenges. Regardless of your situation, we have a few tips to help you streamline your studio in the most stylish of ways.

Challenge: Carving out a cozy bedroom in the space of a studio apartment. It will help keep the bed hidden from the sitting area on the other side of the room.

Solution: Add a long piece of furniture, low to the ground, as a room divider.
Source: Design Sponge

Solution: Float the sofa away from the bed to create the feeling of a separate living area.
Source: Apartment Therapy

When you live in a small space you must make every inch count. Our apartment finders are experts in helping San Antonio renters find the perfect studio apartment with just enough space. Contact our apartment locators at Apartments Now and let us help you find the perfect apartment for you and your budget.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

San Antonio: The Big Family-Friendly City

Americans move for various reasons and according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average Americans can expect to move 11 times in their lifetime. Whether for a new job, newly married or just in the pursuit of happiness.

In a recent study by SmartAsset, San Antonio ranked as the 11th best city in America to raise a family. They captured factors such as the impressive 88% high school graduation rate and the high percentage(29%) of young people residing in the city, to determine the best cities to raise kids.

Need to find an apartment that is perfect for every member of your family? Our apartment finders at Apartments Now work daily with families to help them secure the best home for your budget.  Contact us and let us help you find the perfect place for your family.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Single San Antonio Renters Are More Cost-Burdened

The number of renters paying more than the 30% recommended for housing is on the rise due to the rising rent rates in the Alamo City. The average woman in San Antonio earns a median income of $20,800 per year, while men make considerably more with an annual salary of $28,980.  At those income levels, single San Antonio renters are spending more than they can afford on housing and struggle to keep up with the city’s rising rental rates.

With luxury apartments driving up the average rent rate in San Antonio, those minus a plus one are being priced out. More renters and lower vacancy rates have driven up housing costs - for both men and women - but the good news is that the housing market is still very affordable in San Antonio compared to other areas in the U.S.  

With the influx of luxury apartment communities emerging all over San Antonio, it is even more important that you work with a housing expert on your next apartment hunt. Our licensed apartment locators at Apartments Now are familiar with the city’s apartment rental inventory and will help guide you through the entire process. Give us a call today!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Is Apartment Living For You?

Have you found yourself facing the ultimate renters struggle - a house versus an apartment? Here are 3 reasons that apartment living is the right choice for you.

Mowing the lawn is not your idea of Sunday funday.
Routine maintenance is usually included in your monthly apartment rent to help make life easier on you. Winning!

The less of a commitment the better.
Renting an apartment offers freedom and flexibility of moving from place to place after your lease expires. There is no long term commitment since many apartment communities provide a variety of lease options from month-to-month up to 1 year and at all different price ranges.

Extra amenities make you happy.
Apartment living comes with amenities you would not normally get if you rented a house like gyms, pools and rooftop entertaining areas. Having a gym and pool on-site will even help you save money on additional membership fees.

All of our experts are knowledgeable with the tools needed to help you find the perfect place to live in San Antonio. Give our apartment finders a call at Apartments Now can make sure your next move is the right move.

Friday, February 10, 2017

The San Antonio Apartment Market Experienced A Big Year In 2016

2016 was a big year for the multi-family market in San Antonio, with several major apartment complexes coming to life and rent rates on the upward trend. When it comes to real estate we all know - location, location, location. If you have found yourself flirting with the idea of renting in the Alamo City, we give you the 4-1-1 on the apartment market so that you can make the most of your rental dollars.

846 units were added which is way more than the 464 that were built downtown in 2015. The average rent for a one-bedroom downtown apartment rented for $1,148 which was a 1.8% drop from last year. The surplus of new downtown units being added to the market probably was the catalyst for the drop in the rent rate.

Far Northwest
A lot of new apartments were built between the booming intersection of Loop 1604 and Interstate 10 last year, bringing 711 new units to the Far Northwest area.

Far West Side
Popular because of the highly recognizable Alamo Ranch master community, the far West Side, added far more apartments than any other part of the city.  1,278 new apartments were added last year, up from the 1,238 built in 2015.  

South Side
Rent went up 8.2% last year on the South Side of town. New apartments were built near Brooks City Base, adding much needed apartment living which also drove the cost of an average one-bedroom unit to $687.

West Side
Also experiencing the soaring rent, the West Side of San Antonio costing renters an average of 8.5% more in rent for a one-bedroom apartment.

East Side
East Side was not left out in the rising rent movement. With a 7.4% increase you will now find yourself paying on average $569 for a one-bedroom apartment on the East Side of San Antonio.

North Downtown
North of downtown but south of Loop 410, the Historic Pearl,  Monte Vista, and other neighboring areas, saw rent increase by a dramatic 17.5%.  The area has become a popular luxury apartment market, and it will now cost you an average of $786 if you want to rent a one-bedroom in the area. .

With the strong growth in the economy and stable housing market, investors are attracted to the Alamo City. Just because rent is on the rise does not mean you have to pay more. Work with a housing expert to help get you the best deal for your rental dollars. Call our apartment finders at Apartments Now today!

A version of this article previously appeared on Express News.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

San Antonio Renters Wrote Larger Rent Checks Last Year

If you were part of the 92% of San Antonians that occupied apartments last year then your checkbook is definitely feeling a little lighter.

San Antonians renting an entry-level apartment complex, or Class C apartment, paid $0.89 more per square feet in rent last year. Over the past few years, Class C apartments have been subject to makeovers to keep up with the luxury rental market and to offset the cost of those improvements landlords have risen the rent.

Class C apartments were not the only types of apartments to experienced the rent hike last year. Renters in mid-level apartments saw a $1.15 per square feet rise in rent, while high-end apartments had a $1.26 per square feet increase. Even with the cry for more lower-priced rents for the working class resident, it has been predicted that rent will continue to rise at about the same rate in the upcoming year.

Apartment finders are familiar with all apartment specials and qualifications necessary to move and can save you time and money in your next apartment search. They will work to get you the best deal within your budget. Give our apartment locators at Apartments Now a call and let them work your lease to get you the best deal within your budget.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Most Popular San Antonio Neighborhoods For Renters

Several factors have influenced the San Antonio multi-family market in the past several years and a majority of San Antonio renters have driven themselves into two camps - those who want in on the city's urbanization and those who do not.

With the waves of new apartment development occurring all across the city it is almost impossible to figure out where renters want to call home and why.  According to a recent market demand report, the most in-demand submarkets in San Antonio are:

1. Downtown San Antonio
Source: Google Maps

2. Tobin Hill
Source: Google Maps

3. Uptown Loop
Source: Google Maps

4. Monte Vista
Source: Google Maps

5. Maverick
Source: Google Maps

6. King Williams
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7. Lone Star
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8. Dignowity Hill
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9. Stone Oak
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10. Alta Vista
Source: Google Maps

If the waves of new apartment development across the city have made it even more increasingly difficult to figure out where to rent, work with an expert like Apartments Now to find your next home. Our licensed apartment locators are familiar with the city's apartment rental inventory, have access to unadvertised specials, and can help guide you through the entire process - free of charge. Give us a call and let us help you find your next home!

4 Apartments Under $1,000 That Will Make You Want To Move

Found yourself having a love-hate relationship with your current apartment or is this the year you finally decided to pamper yourself with amenities? While the cost of renting a luxury apartment might seem extravagant, you might want to consider a change of scenery if your current living situation is not ideal. We’ve rounded up four apartments, under $1,000 a month in rent, that will give you the convenience and luxury to make you feel right at home.

Live In Downtown Style
Work and play have never coexisted so seamlessly. These high-end loft style living units are rich in history and modern in style. Enjoy the proximity to I-10 and I-37, along with the ever growing downtown San Antonio entertainment scene. Walking distance to the Riverwalk, historic Market Square, Lone Star District, and Hemisfair Plaza. When it’s time for class, enjoy a quick commute to the UTSA downtown campus. Luxurious floor plans in this gated community include espresso cabinets, granite counters and stainless steel appliances - all in the name of luxury.

Farmer’s Markets, Bike Trails, Art Galleries – Oh My!
The only thing to turn your gaze away from these upscale living comforts are the rooftop deck and on-site art gallery. Just minutes from San Antonio's urban core, this historical neighborhood is nestled around unlimited cuisine and entertainment options. Even though this community is walking distance to the Blue Star Arts Complex, Missions Trail, and Riverwalk, you just might find yourself not being able to pull yourself away from your gourmet kitchen, wood plank flooring, and stainless steel appliances.

Room With A View
Wake up to golf course view and unparalleled views of the city from this Northside apartment. Easy access to I-10 and Loop 1604, with front door access to the shops at La Cantera and The Shops at the Rim. When it's time for recreation you can step outside to the on-site putting green, lap pool, or tennis court.

Picture Perfect Living
Nestled in the Shavano Oaks area code, you will fall for the gourmet kitchen, granite counters, stainless steel appliances and in unit washer/dryer combo. Convenient to Loop 1604 and Hwy I-10, it's a hop, skip, and jump over to UTSA, Valero Energy, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, and La Cantera Mall.

San Antonio provides no shortage of places to rent when it comes to choosing where to live. Our apartment finders are familiar with the city's apartment rental inventory and can help guide you through the entire apartment search process. Give us a call and let us help you find the perfect home for you and your budget!