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Should You Move in With Your Significant Other? When?

Wednesday April 16, 2014

If you're in a serious relationship but you're currently living alone, you might be wondering if it's time to move in together. Rent.com sought insight into this common situation by surveying 1,000 co-habitating renters about when is the right time to move in with a significant other.

According to the survey, 27% of respondents said they moved in with their partner after dating for less than six months, although only 7% actually recommend such quick action.

While 18% of respondents didn't think couples should move in together until after marriage, many renters noted benefits of doing so. Nearly half of renters (49%) said that the greatest benefit to moving in together was the opportunity to spend more time together, while 32% of respondents credited co-habitation with discovering if their significant other was "the one."

What advice would you give to renters who are considering moving in with their significant other?

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What Type of Person Makes the Best Roommate?

Tuesday April 15, 2014

Who makes the best roommate candidates? Is rooming with a close friend best? What about a co-worker, or a stranger?

Your current relationship with a roommate candidate may make a successful roommate relationship with that person more -- or less -- likely.

Here's a handy guide to which types of current relationships are most likely to make for good roommate relationships, and which ones may be more challenging.

Got a story to tell on how you went about finding the right roommate? Share it here!

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Should You Rent Alone?

Monday April 14, 2014

No matter what a well meaning friend or relative might tell you, there's no one right answer to the question of whether it's better to live with a roommate or live alone. That's an important question that each individual apartment hunter must answer, based on his or her current needs and circumstances.

To help you decide if renting with a roommate is the right choice for you, take a moment to consider the pros and cons.

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The Most Expensive Places in the World to Rent Apartments

Wednesday April 9, 2014

According to Global Property Guide, the most expensive place in the world to rent an apartment is Monaco. The average monthly rental there for an apartment that's roughly 1,292 square feet fetches $10,099 per month. Rounding out the top five are London, Hong Kong Island, Singapore, and Moscow.

Check out the full list of Global Property Guide's "world's most expensive cities," which is updated regularly.

Apartment Vacancy Rate Drop Shows Strong Rental Demand

Wednesday April 9, 2014

The apartment vacancy rate dropped from 4.4% to 4% in the first quarter of 2014, nearly matching the 3.9% rate in the third quarter of 2001, according to new data released by real estate research firm Reis Inc. Falling off a peak of 8% in the fourth quarter of 2009, the low vacancy rate shows that rentals remain popular as the economy climbs out of a recession.

Effective rents climbed .6% in the third quarter, up 3.2% from a year ago.

If you've been looking for an apartment to rent, have you had trouble finding availabilities in your area?

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Where to Rent After College?

Wednesday April 9, 2014

If you're looking forward to getting your college diploma next month but you're still trying to decide where to live, there's a new list worth consulting.

ApartmentGuide.com has teamed up with Indeed.com to announce a list of the "Top Cities for College Grads," which is the result of their research into the best metro areas for entry-level jobs while considering average one-bedroom and two-bedroom rents.

Washington, D.C., topped the list, followed by New York, Houston, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Austin, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Phoenix.

For more information about the results, including a helpful infographic ("2014 Top 10 Cities & Occupations for College Grads"), check out the ApartmentGuide.com blog post.

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How to Avoid Dangerous Apartment Living Situations

Thursday April 3, 2014

Every apartment building has potential safety risks. But fortunately, you can avoid, or at least minimize, your risk of facing danger by proactively learning how you can spot common hazards and what you can do to steer clear of trouble.

Here's some help with identifying and taking action to avoid 10 common dangerous apartment situations.

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How to Fix Unpleasant Apartment Situations

Thursday April 3, 2014

As an apartment dweller, you're bound to encounter unpleasant situations from time to time that may interfere with your apartment living experience. Fortunately, there's often some action you can take to address these situations and remove an annoyance or difficulty from your life.

Check out this list of common unpleasant apartment situations and how to fix them.

How to Get Out of Tricky Apartment Living Situations

Thursday April 3, 2014

Sometimes apartment living problems arise that seem too complicated to resolve. If you're stuck not knowing what to do, the issue can soon get more serious, only adding to your anxiety level.

Fortunately, situations that are novel and tricky for you have probably happened to countless renters in the past, and gaining a better understanding of a tricky situation can help you move past it.

Check out some common tricky apartment living situations and what you can do about them.

What to Do When an Apartment Doesn't Offer Everything You Thought You Wanted

Sunday March 30, 2014

You no doubt have a wish list in mind or on paper when you start an apartment search. But what if you find a rental that's very attractive but doesn't quite offer you everything on your list?

When you're drawn to a particular apartment but discover it doesn't have everything you envisioned for your next home, you might have a difficult decision to make. At the least, you'll want to know that your next apartment will fulfill your needs before you can proceed.

To make this determination, take a moment to identify what you want versus what you need -- here's how you can do this effectively.

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