Give yourself the gift of good credit for the holidays! Check out these tips for keeping debt down this holiday season.
By Ellen Henderson Sirull
The holidays can be packed with extra spending – from trips to visit the fam to getting your best friend the jacket you know she’ll love.
There are a few ways you can try to keep the fun and giving up while keep costs down.
Here are three things you may want to pay attention to in order to keep your debt down around the holidays.
The new trend in long-term renting serves many apartment dwellers well. Check out the economics behind the phenomenon here.
If you see yourself living in your apartment for the foreseeable future, you are not alone. Chances are, you may fall into a category labeled “perma-renter.”
For perma-renters, apartment living isn’t a temporary situation; it’s a preferred way of life.
The number of perma-renters is on the rise. In the wake of the Recession, the housing bust and a stagnant job market, perma-renters have no interest in becoming homeowners. They’re content to stay put, seeing apartment life as a more convenient and affordable alternative to buying a home.
Here’s a look at some of the economic factors helping to create the current perma-renter boom.
In some cities, you’ve got to bring your best to nab your favorite apartment in a competitive market.
In some rental markets, apartment hunting can be as competitive as a job search.
In fact, modern, savvy apartment seekers often visit apartments as prepared as if they’re on a job interview.
If your apartment search lies in a highly-competitive rental market, like New York City, you may want to employ a few clever approaches to help secure your tenancy.
Here are some tactics to help you nab your first-choice apartment and seal the deal on the spot!
The data suggests an ever-changing — and somewhat surprising — story about recent moving habits.
In a recovering economy, things can change in the blink of an eye.
Just a few short months ago, the United States Census Bureau released data showing that Americans were on the move: moving to find cheaper housing and to relocate for new jobs. The data indicated a promising trend that made it seem like the housing market was in full-swing recovery.
But now it appears as if Americans aren’t quite as confident as they were even a few months ago. The latest data suggests more Americans are staying put, likely thanks to a sluggish job market.
Promising Census data
U.S. Census data from 2012 indicated that Americans were indeed on the move. It was a slight reversal from moving trends during the Recession.
Our recently-refreshed app – with improvements based on feedback from apartment seekers — suggests locations as you type a city, zip, neighborhood, college or military base name.
Maps and driving directions show you just how to get there — and you can contact properties with one click to set up an in-person visit.
At Apartment Guide, we strive to guide you to the perfect apartment. We want to help out wherever your search takes you, even on the move.
If there’s anything we know here at Apartment Guide it’s this: you do not need to buy a house in order to make a home. This is still true when your duo turns into a trio!
A lot of expecting moms and dads panic when they find out that a new baby is on the way. Their small apartment suddenly seems tinier than Barbie’s dream house. And it doesn’t help when friends and family are constantly bombarding you with the question of the year: “So… when are you moving?!”
News flash: You can raise a happy and healthy child in a small apartment. It’ll take a bit of creativity, but it can be done!
To everything, there is a season — even finding a great apartment!
Time to find an apartment?
If you have the flexibility to make a strategic decision about the time of year to search, choosing the right month could save you a few headaches and even a few dollars.
Though the ideal time to rent an apartment varies according to a number of factors, here are a few details to consider.
Check out these tips to protect your credit score before, during and after your big move!
This is a guest post by Becky Frost of Experian Consumer Services.
Whether you’re a rental rookie or a pro at moving into a new pad, you might underestimate how costly a big move can be.
Take a break from the heavy lifting and learn what it takes to make sure your credit stays intact through the bubble wrap and duct tape.
Insurance for your rental apartment can do a lot — and really add to your peace of mind!
You might think you can get away without buying renter’s insurance — and you may have plenty of excuses for why you don’t need it:
- Your landlord already has insurance.
- You don’t want another monthly expense.
- You’re not required to carry it.
But we’re betting you’d throw those excuses right out the window if you truly understood the kind of protection that renter’s insurance offers.
If you have an apartment and you don’t have this protection, there are a few things you really should know about the benefits of carrying renter’s insurance. Read on!
Short-term leases have their pluses and minuses. Check out the details here.
Feeling a bit fluid and spontaneous when it comes to your living situation? If your needs dictate, you may wish to explore lease options other than the typical 12- to 18-month rental period.
Whether you’ve taken a temporary job, plan to travel for an extended period, or simply don’t know where you’ll choose to live in the near future, you may enjoy the flexibility that a month-to-month lease offers.
It’s important to note, however, that a month-to-month rental agreement isn’t for everyone. Read on to consider your options before you commit.