One of the most difficult situations roommates face is deciding who will take care of what chores. Obviously each roommate is in charge of keeping his or her bedroom and bathroom clean, but what about common areas? Who does the…
[caption id="attachment_76520" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Moving with a roommate is tricky, but follow our advice to help the process go smoothly.[/caption] Trust us: Once you find a roommate that you’re compatible with, you’ve struck gold, and you definitely don’t want to give that up. So when it’s time to find a new apartment, why not involve your roomie in the process? Deciding on a new place when you only have your own wants and needs to consider is hard enough, so multiply that by two (or more!) when you move with someone else. Compromises will have to be made, but here’s how to approach your upcoming move in a way that’ll make both you and your roommate happy.
[caption id="attachment_76264" align="aligncenter" width="607"] Creating a nice home office is one way to use a spare bedroom. Image: Columbus Station at Town Center, Virginia Beach, VA[/caption] Maybe your roommate has just moved out, or maybe you’ve decided to upgrade to a two-bedroom apartment. Either way, you suddenly find yourself with an entire spare room in your apartment – your space to do with as you please, and no one can stop you. It begs the question: What will you do with your extra bedroom? Whether you’ve got an extreme hobby or just an extreme load of stuff, here are a few ideas as to how you can put a spare room to good use.
Watch out, big cities – the suburbs are coming for you. According to Census data and other housing reports, population growth in cities is starting to shift toward the suburbs. Since a large part of a city’s residents are usually renters, this means the rental market is booming in American cities located just outside major metro areas.
Whether you’re after the warm sunshine, the dry climate or the delicious food, Tucson, Arizona, has something to offer tourists and residents alike. This Southwestern city is home to the University of Arizona, but it’s so much more than a college town.
[caption id="attachment_74810" align="aligncenter" width="605"] Source: ApartmentGuide.com[/caption] The median entry-level rent prices for the nation went up by 1.44 percent in the second quarter of 2014, according to Apartment Guide data. As of April 1, 2014, the nationwide median entry-level rent price was $765; it had increased to $776 by June 30. The data reflect a trend in rising rental rates that has been going on for several years. According to the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, rent prices went up by 4 percent nationwide between 2011 and 2012. This is well above the national inflation rate, which is 1.5 percent.
So you think you’ve found the one. The person for you who is compatible with your lifestyle, who you can see yourself having fun with every day, who likes the same things you like. In short, you’ve found the perfect roommate. (What did you think we were talking about?) The only problem is: This person isn’t your roommate yet, and you need to ask them if they want to live with you. That could be an awkward conversation. You don’t have to buy a ring or get down on one knee, but there’s still an art to the roommate proposal. Once you find someone you think would make a great roommate, here are five tips for asking him or her to live with you.
According to a study released June 26 by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, more people are renting than ever before – but the issue of affordable housing is one that continues to plague the rental market as well as the housing economy at large.