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.