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rent prices getting cheaper

If you think the rent is too damn high, you’re in luck – if you live in a city where rent prices are actually going down. Rent prices are going up nationwide by 4 percent on average, according to the National Association of Realtors. But Apartment Guide data has revealed several areas where the rent has been getting cheaper over the past year. We compared the median of the entry-level rent prices for apartment communities across the nation from May 1, 2013, to May 1, 2014, and found several areas in which there was a decrease in rent prices:

when you gonna call 260p

We ain’t afraid of no ghosts … but we are afraid of abandoned calls and long wait times. So we looked at Apartment Guide data to find out the best times of day to call apartment communities – the hours when your wait time is likely to be short and you're least likely to hang up before someone answers the phone.


RentPath Acquires Lovely Acquisition Positions RentPath to Continue to Revolutionize the Rental Industry ATLANTA and SAN FRANCISCO (April 2, 2014) - RentPath, the premier vertical search company for apartment and home renters, announced today that it has acquired Lovely (,…

state of renting

[caption id="attachment_61950" align="alignnone" width="600"] If your instinct is that the rent is, well, "too damn high," check out some possible reasons why![/caption] 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?

rent increase

[caption id="attachment_61280" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Check out the top ten cities where rents are rising this year. Check out the top ten cities where rents are rising this year![/caption] As Americans move around the country looking for new jobs and greater quality of life, they’ll see apartment rents going up in many U.S. cities. Higher demand and lack of inventory contribute to this rental growth. If you are an apartment renter, it’s wise to keep an eye on prices. Which cities will see rent increases in 2014? These ten top the list, according to Reis Inc. and also shared by apartment industry insiders Multifamily Executive.

apartment improvements

[caption id="attachment_61061" align="aligncenter" width="880"]Updated kitchen appliances are a major factor that draw renters to an apartment, especially if they're stainless steel. Updated kitchen appliances are a major factor that draw renters to an apartment, especially if they're stainless steel.[/caption] As the housing market improves, apartment communities are looking for new ways to attract renters – which means improvements to apartments around the country could be coming soon. According to a survey of 6,800 property managers conducted by Apartment Guide, 76 percent of those polled believe they need to give their properties a facelift if they want to keep renters. And to know where best to invest their dollars, landlords are turning to residents for advice – meaning online ratings and reviews provide important feedback not just for prospective tenants, but for property managers as well.

2014 decor trends

[caption id="attachment_61074" align="aligncenter" width="880"]Park 19 Apartments in Portland, OR Park 19 Apartments in Portland, OR[/caption] Will you be settling into a new place in 2014? Congratulations! Transforming your new space into a home will surely be a priority this year. While decor trends do come and go, there are some basic ways to adorn your apartment - even on the tightest budget. Take a look at what Apartment Guide is forecasting in the coming year!