Renting

6 Clever Hacks for Landing Your Dream Apartment

Finding a new apartment is a time-intensive process. It typically takes an average of 2 ½ months and includes plenty of paperwork, research and calling potential landlords. In fact, according to a 2016 study, 82 percent of adults say moving is somewhat stressful or very stressful – more stressful than getting a root canal, being

Your Lease Is Up? Here Are 3 Good Reasons to Renew

If you’re approaching the end of your lease, it’s easy to think of reasons to move – new neighborhood, change of scenery, different amenities. But there are many compelling reasons why staying put might be a better choice. Take these three considerations into account before packing up and making the move. Dollars and cents From

How to Choose a Property Manager for Your Rental Home

You would never turn your home over to a stranger, so choosing a property manager shouldn’t be any different – finding one you trust is vital.  “You are entrusting probably one of the biggest investments you’ll make into the hands of someone else, so you want to make sure you feel confident that they’ll handle things

Renters: Are You Ready to Buy a Home?

For renters planning to buy a home, preliminary steps like creating a budget and saving for a down payment are obvious. Here are five more advanced steps toward moving out of your rental and into a dream home of your own. Understand the full cost of homeownership As a renter, a single rental fee covers your monthly

Renters: 5 Must-Do Tasks to Handle Before You Move

Editor’s note: For many people, spring kicks off prime moving season. Wherever you’re headed, being well prepared to relocate will help minimize the upheaval and ensure that you can get settled into your new place as painlessly as possible. Every day this week, we’ll be giving you the resources you need to get ready to move. When Barry Blanton

6 Factors to Consider When Seeking a Family-Friendly Rental

Anyone who has ever rented knows it has its advantages. You don’t have the stress of a mortgage, the landlord is on the hook for repairs, and, best of all, it’s easy to move when you desire a change in digs. The same benefits hold true for families that rent, but with so many individuals’

The Perks of Renting in the Suburbs

While more millennial homeowners live in urban areas than older generations, the Zillow Group Report on Consumer Housing Trends notes that nearly half of millennial homeowners (47 percent) are moving to suburbia – and renters are following. While city life may seem like it has everything and more, the suburbs offer plenty of those perks,

10 Ways to Get Your Security Deposit Back

Getting your security deposit back from your landlord after you move may feel like an impossible feat, but it isn’t. Remember that your security deposit is essentially your money, so not all hope is lost when it’s time to move out. “It’s the landlord’s obligation to return [the deposit] at the end of the lease,” says

10 Ways to Make Sure You Get Your Security Deposit Back

Getting your security deposit back from your landlord after you move may feel like an impossible feat, but it isn’t. Remember that your security deposit is essentially your money, so not all hope is lost when it’s time to move out. “It’s the landlord’s obligation to return [the deposit] at the end of the lease,” says

Renters Insurance Required: A Win-Win for Apartment Owners and Tenants

By Barry Bridges  In years past, an apartment-hunter might have been able to find a place with little more than the first and last month’s rent and a handshake. But today, the conditions for signing a lease might include anything from a criminal background check to a pet interview. Times have changed, and the changes