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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.

How You and Your Roommate Can Move Together

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Moving with a roommate is tricky, but follow our advice to help the process go smoothly.

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.

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Top 10 Fabulous Metros for Luxury Apartments

If you love the finer things in life, dahling, naturally you want the poshest apartment you can find to match your luxurious lifestyle. Granite countertops, a doorman, tons of closet space, gorgeous views – these are all things you want in your life, and you won’t settle for anything less in your home.

If this sounds like you, then you definitely belong in one of these top 10 metros with the most luxury apartments on ApartmentGuide.com. Read on to find out where you can live in the lap of luxury.

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The Tightest Rental Markets in America: Where are Apartments in Highest Demand?

Looking for an apartment in one of these metros? Good luck – you’re going to need it.

Apartment Guide has identified the top metro areas with the highest rental occupancy rates, meaning these apartments get snatched up in a hurry. So if you’re in the rental market in one of these areas, you’d better act fast.

Read on to find out where renting is all the rage.

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What to Do With a Spare Bedroom

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Creating a nice home office is one way to use a spare bedroom. Image: Columbus Station at Town Center, Virginia Beach, VA

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.

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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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