The discussion around whether or not it is better to rent a home or buy a home is one that is brought up frequently. The argument stays heated as markets fluctuate and answers may differ. The most critical factor in past discussions has always been highly dependant on one fact: Is your potential mortgage payment less than your rent payment. We would like to approach this debate from a different angle because we believe there is more to weigh than just determining which may be the cheaper option.
Everywhere you look these days you see apartment complexes popping up. It does not matter if you are in a poor neighborhood or a high-end neighborhood, multi-family rental buildings seem to be the choice for investors these days. Most of these complexes come with all the bells and whistles to attract tenants from all walks of life and all age groups, you will see them equipped with amenities such as fitness centers, yoga rooms, free breakfast, theaters, multiple pools, indoor basketball courts, VR golfing rooms, saunas, hot tubs, and the list goes on and on. These places all look too expensive to afford but when you consider having access to these increasingly extravagant amenities these places seem like a great deal.
New Yorker’s may not agree on much of anything but almost all can agree on one thing, finding a rental property in an affordable New York neighborhood with a great commute time is like finding a unicorn. Rent for a single bedroom in New York City with a decent commute time burns away roughly $3,000 every month. Any apartment for rent in a practical neighborhood in New York will be difficult to afford, but there are some overlooked neighborhoods turning up with great deals. These neighborhoods are close to a unicorn, as anyone will find.
There are many differences between the comfort of a simple dorm room space and an off-campus rental unit. The most obvious difference is responsibility. Moving to off-campus housing requires a great deal more responsibility in dealing with the month to month tasks of paying bills, cleaning the bathroom, mowing the yard (if you have one), and many others day to day tasks. With that added responsibility, however, comes independence and freedom, no more visiting hour rules and you can play music all night long if you want.
When you find an apartment you love, you must make sure it is something you can afford. There is no worse feeling than looking for an apartment, finding an amazing place and then realizing you cannot afford it.
So before you even begin your search make sure you get your finances in order and make a budget so that you know exactly what you can afford before you sign on that dotted line.
It does not matter where you live whether it be in suburban areas, a city or small town; nor does it matter if you are looking to live in a single-family house, townhome, condo, or an apartment there is always a commitment of time searching online or driving around finding the right place to call home. How do you know what to look for in a rental listing?
Few things in life are better than getting your entire security deposit back in your pocket. Okay maybe that’s stretching it a little bit, it may seem like a near-impossible task to get back the entire amount of your security deposit on a rental unit, but it can be done. That deposit cash belongs to you; it is yours so you should be able to recoup most, if not all, of that money back into your wallet.
Find a pet-friendly rental these days can be a bit of a challenge. Your pets feel like a part of your family, but there is an increasing number of property owners who are not allowing pets, and those who do are charging deposits, fees, and even pet rent. It is understandable for a landlord to want to reduce their risk of damage, nobody wants to pay to repair damages caused by a pet especially when it’s not even yours. However, we also do not want to drift towards a society where pet ownership and home ownership are mutually inclusive.
Need some tips on designing your studio space? Well, you have come to the right place. We understand designing the layout of a studio style apartment presents a very specific set of challenges. It can be hard figuring out how to separate the space available into a workable blend of function and aesthetics. Follow these tips and you will not have to sacrifice eye appeal for necessity.
We have all seen those common rental spaces with the whitewashed walls and laminate flooring. The interior of most apartments usually leaves a little bit to be desired. Fret not folks. We have you covered with some great ways to add some personal touch to your rental space look and make it look like you own it.