If your instinct is that the rent is, well, “too damn high,” check out some possible reasons why!
By Steve Harper and Elizabeth Beasley, Apartment Guide contributor
Renting — while never really out of style — is trendy again!
The National Association of Home Builders predicts that a preference for renting among young people is driving the building of many more new apartment buildings in the next couple of years. The state of the housing market, among other factors, seems to be leading more people to choose renting in the near future.
Are you ready for a reality check on the state of renting?
According to a survey of 200,000 apartment residents conducted by the National Multi Housing Council and Kingsley Associates, 71% expressed interest in green considerations for apartment living. For 23% of respondents, green practices were a basic requirement in choosing an apartment community.
Apartment Guide has assembled the top cities with apartment communities which actively support green living. According to our data, more apartments in these ten cities offer a combination of apartment options with LEED Certification, energy-efficient windows, lighting and plumbing, and drought-resistant landscaping to help use water more efficiently.
If you value an apartment living experience that embraces conservation and green living, you’re sure to find a home you’ll be proud of in one of these cities!
If parking in your apartment community feels like a free-for-all, we’ve got some tips to help you think it through!
By Steve Harper and Cathy Poley, Apartment Guide contributor
Does the thought of parking in your apartment community make you wish for a chauffeured car service?
Have you ever decided not to leave your apartment because you dreaded having to find a space when you got back?
Though easy parking is an amenity some apartment dwellers take for granted, other residents face a challenge parking at or even near home. So, until you can get that anti-matter transfer device you’ve been assembling in the back room up and running, you’re stuck with the everyday nuisance of finding a spot, every day — and sometimes more than once.
Parking well is an art and a science… well, no, it’s mostly luck, but a bit of planning and forward thinking just might steady your odds. With these tips, we’ll try to stack the proverbial parking deck in your favor!
If you find apartment living a little generic, consider some of the ways you can turn that perception around.
Choose your apartment community carefully. Where you live says something about you, so selecting an apartment community is not a choice to make lightly. It’s important to do your due diligence to find the best fit for you. Ideally, you want to live in a neighborhood that reflects your values, somewhere you feel comfortable.
You may consider it worthwhile to pay a little more in rent to live in a fashionable, hip area, for instance. Perhaps easy access to your place of employment is your first priority, or maybe it’s most important to you to be able to walk to dinner most nights or meet up with friends at the local watering hole. In order for your apartment to feel like your home, a careful focus on the locale is a must.
Our recent budget survey found that a majority of people who are moving opt to do the work themselves — without hiring a moving company – and they are spending less than $1,000 on the entire move. One in three renters plan to spend more on entertainment at home in their apartments this year, however. (Maybe that’s where the moving money is going?)
On that subject, LearnVest notes that the average American spends over $900 a year on cable. You might consider a less-expensive option to get access to your favorite shows, like HuluPlus or Netflix, instead.
Here are a few easy, fairly painless ways you can get a new saving plan started in 2014!
Lose the “latte factor”
Financial expert David Bach, author of the best-selling Finish Rich books, advises everyone to determine their “latte factor.” Your personal “latte factor” refers to the small, seemingly insignificant items you purchase on a regular basis, such as a daily coffee from Starbucks. These items may have small price tags, but when purchased periodically they really add up. You could buy café lattes five days at $3.50 a pop, or you could choose to save that money — which adds up to over $900 a year — in an interest-bearing account. Saving money is the same thing as making money, so it’s a good idea to look at where you’re bleeding extra cash — such as daily coffees, cigarettes, unused gym memberships, etc. — to consider what you might be able to cut out.
Want to lend a hand this holiday season? Consider how you might add to the efforts to fight homelessness in America.
On any given night in America, more than 600,000 people experience homelessness, according to USA Today.
A recent 5-part New York Times feature places a face on the horrors of homelessness.
With the holidays approaching, you may feel moved to help the homeless in your own community. If you’re looking for community service opportunities that help provide others with affordable housing, here’s a guide to help you get started.
Homelessness in America
Homelessness is defined as living on the street for more than one year or experiencing four or more short bouts of homelessness over a recent period of time. Of the 600,000 homeless people in America, roughly a third are families. 13 percent are military veterans. 16 percent are considered “chronically homeless,” those who have been homeless over a long period and typically have a disability.