[caption id="attachment_61851" align="aligncenter" width="600"] What is it that makes your apartment a place you love to call home? We asked our readers.[/caption] Love is in the air … not just for smitten couples and star-crossed lovers, but for ordinary people who have fallen head over heels for their apartments. For some, apartment living isn’t a stepping stone towards buying a home; it’s a way of life. We asked our readers to tell us exactly what they love about renting, and here’s what they had to say.
[caption id="attachment_59215" align="alignleft" width="360"] It's the age-old question: rent or buy? But what if space weren't a factor in that equation?[/caption] It’s an ongoing, popular question: should I stay in an apartment or buy a single-family house or condominium? For many renters struggling with the rent or buy debate, the answer often comes down to square footage. You may think you have to buy a house to get more space, but the rental industry is starting to focus on building larger apartments that rival the square footage of free-standing homes. It’s a trend that aims to accommodate those who enjoy the conveniences of renting, but want more space for a growing family, a budding home business… or just more room to spread out and relax.
[caption id="attachment_62084" align="aligncenter" width="880"] Youngstown Flats in Seattle, WA[/caption] If you are a business traveler or frequent vacationer, you may realize that short-term apartments are quickly becoming the new luxury hotels. They may not have room service or housekeeping service, but many of them provide luxury amenities and perks that you simply cannot find in a hotel chain. Here are three benefits of renting rather than plunking down money for a hotel: