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Courtney Craig is an editor and writer for the Apartment Guide Blog. She rented apartments for 12 years in 4 cities before buying her first house in Atlanta. Find Courtney on Google.

Which Suburbs are Drawing the Most Renters?

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.

So we wondered: To which suburbs are the most renters flocking? Although they’re often eclipsed by the big cities they’re near, these smaller cities are some of the most often searched on ApartmentGuide.com.

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Tucson’s Top 10: Neighborhoods Renters Love Most

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 – it’s a cultural haven for art lovers, a destination for outdoor thrill seekers and a scenic wonderland for anyone who loves blue skies and the prickly spires of a Saguaro cactus.

With a population of nearly a million, Tucson is the second most populous city in Arizona. There are plenty of reasons to look for an apartment here, but which neighborhood will be right for you? Apartment Guide ranks the most-searched neighborhoods on the site within Tucson from Jan. 1 through June 20, 2014. Which of these is your favorite place to enjoy a margarita and soak up the sun?

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Rent Prices Inch Up in 2nd Quarter Nationwide

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Source: ApartmentGuide.com

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.

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How to Pop the Question to a Potential Roommate

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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.

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How Much Does it Cost to Hire Movers?

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Sure, you’ll save money by packing and hauling your own stuff when it’s time to move to a new apartment. But let’s be honest: Moving is hard, time-consuming work, and sometimes it’s worth paying someone else to do the heavy lifting – literally.

If you’ve decided to hire professional movers, they can do some or all of these tasks: Pack your stuff, haul it to the truck, drive it to your new place and unload the truck for you. The only thing you need to worry about is the cost.

It would be nice to tell you one figure that you can expect to pay when you hire movers. But it’s not that simple. The amount you pay depends on a lot of things – how much stuff you have, how far away you’re moving and how much you want the movers to do for you.

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Study: Renting is Hot, but Affordability Concerns Loom

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Image credit: Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, The State of the Nation’s Housing 2014

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.

The annual State of the Nation’s Housing Report pulls data from several sources to assess the state of the housing market in the United States, identifying the economic and demographic trends that affect where we live.

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Renter Hotspots: Where are There More Renters than Homeowners?

In the United States, it’s a fact that most people own their homes. But there are few areas in which renting is king. These are the areas where residents embrace the freedom from mortgage payments and yardwork, where they can pick up and move easily, and they don’t have to come up with a down payment.

So where does renting rule? Read on to find out where renting is hotter than a sidewalk in July.

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Join a Community Garden: Dos and Don’ts

Community gardens: When to hoe your row and when to slow your roll!

If you’re a green-thumbed apartment renter, you probably don’t have a patch of yard to call your own. That can be frustrating for people who want to grow their own plants outside, but don’t worry! There’s an easy solution that’s probably not too far away: Join a community garden.

A community garden is a communal piece of land on which many people plant vegetables or flowers in divided plots. It’s a way to beautify a community, improve your diet, get some exercise, connect to the environment and save money on grocery bills, all at the same time.

If there’s a community garden near you that you’re interested in joining, go for it! But there are a few things you should know before you get your hands dirty. Read on for our dos and don’ts of community gardening.

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Free Downloadable Chore Wheel: Divide and Conquer Your Apartment Cleaning

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Download and assemble our free chore wheel to keep track of which roommate takes care of which cleaning tasks every week.

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 dishes and who vacuums?

Before you and your roommate resort to fisticuffs over who will take out the trash, consider an easier, more peaceful solution: A chore wheel. This simple DIY project will take you less than 10 minutes to create, and when it’s done, you’ll have an easy way to divide up household chores. You and your roommate(s) will trade off tasks so everyone does their part and no one is stuck with the chore they hate for very long.

Ready to pitch the pigsty? Download and assemble our free chore wheel to restore order to your apartment.

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How to Vacuum Refrigerator Coils and Keep Your Cool

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Vacuum your refrigerator coils twice a year to keep your fridge running efficiently.

Let’s face it: In the summertime, your refrigerator is your best friend. There’s nothing like the first sip of a cold beverage to cool you off when temperatures are sweltering, and you don’t even want to think about where you’d be without the freezer. A summer without ice is not a summer you’ll enjoy.

Since so much is riding on this relationship, this month’s green tip focuses on keeping your favorite appliance running smoothly. Regular refrigerator maintenance involves vacuuming the condenser coils on the back or the bottom to clear out the dust and gunk about twice a year. Removing this debris will ensure the fridge doesn’t have to work too hard to keep the insides cold.

Even better, the less the refrigerator has to work, the less energy it consumes – which translates to lower energy bills for you. Now that’s cool.

So how do you go about vacuuming those coils? We’ve got the process laid out for you, step by step.

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