Posts By Courtney Craig

downsizing is good for you

If your kids have moved out and you no longer want or need a big house, chances are you’re going to downsize at some point in your life – maybe more than once. The good news is this: Going smaller is good for you! Here are five reasons bigger isn’t always better:

1. You’ll save money

This one’s obvious: In general, smaller spaces are less expensive. Downsizing to a smaller house or apartment is good for your wallet:

moving with a roommate

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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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.

spare bedroom

spare bedroom
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.

hottest suburbs

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.

second quarter 2014 rent prices

second quarter 2014 rent prices
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.

how to ask someone to live with you

  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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