Posts Tagged ‘housing’

Throughout St. Louis, there is a sense of division throughout the various neighborhoods. This is a reflection of the struggles that the city has had dealing with race and the merging of various cultures. Yet within the city itself, there are examples of strong communities, where families and a strong commitment to...

As we head into the winter of 2015, there are some sweet spots to be aware of within the housing market. One of the most important of note for renters is that the demand for rental housing is not decreasing. In fact, Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies and Enterprise Community Partners noted renters...

Denver is a haven for those who love the outdoors. Yet the original settling of the Denver area was focused on mining the mountains for their wealth. As a result, Lower Downtown was an industrial mecca, filled with commercial buildings and warehouses. The original settlement was completely destroyed by fire in 1863,...

For many of us, when we are creating a limit to how much rent we can afford, rarely do we factor in the utilities to that amount. But utilities themselves can easily be an additional $200 or more a month, depending on what the landlord includes within the rent itself. Therefore, it is important to do your homework and...

The capital of Indiana is a true reflection of the best of the Midwest. Within the borders of Indianapolis, a resident can find an outlet for any interest. From sports to the arts, Indianapolis offers it all. A wonderful example is the six cultural districts, specifically Fountain Square. This area was first settled...

While the number of foreclosures and delinquencies has been on a downward slide, particularly compared to a year ago, affordability in the housing market remains elusive. Home prices have been on the rise. In areas of high demand, these increases are quickly removing the affordability component for both renters and...

The most recent housing market data seems to support the position that renters should stay renters. While the sale of foreclosures has continued to drop, pending sales and rates overall have remained flat. Still, the overall growth has improved since 2014, in small but measurable increments. But what could be holding...

Next generation renters are a contradictory bunch. After all, some of them want the joys of ownership but not necessarily all the expenses and financial outlay that comes with it. Here are just a few of the unique facts of the next generation to join the rental community. Next generation likes renting when they are...

As the global stock markets continue their bumpy ride of the past few weeks, those in the housing industry wonder what it all means in terms of a housing market that is just now showing signs of stability and recovery. The Wall Street downturn has shown that China’s economic engine has its own weaknesses and as with...

The world continues its relentless march toward the online world and the rental housing industry is no exception. While apartment searching has migrated into the online forum, the leasing process has lagged behind. Taking applications or signing leases was limited to the leasing office hours, lacking flexibility for...

In the past, a vast majority of potential renters would open a local newspaper or hope to observe a for-rent sign in a window to find their next home. After plenty of phone calls and appointment for tours, a rental would finally be located. Today, renters can simply open their browser and access dedicated apartment...

Within the housing industry, the rental market has become white-hot in many areas of the country. Home prices are also climbing toward pre-recession numbers. Yet, the statistics appear to be missing one key demographic: millennials. In fact, millennials have remained consistently in the renter’s column or are delaying...

Renting on a low income is difficult. Landlords in general need to know you can pay your rent on time all the time, your choice of rental property is lessened, and you may need support in finding a rental place. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provides help and assistance for low income renters....

I can answer it very simply and you probably won’t like the answer: yes, you will experience rent increase every year. No need to panic yet.  There are two ways you can rent the apartment; either you sign a lease or you sign a rental agreement. Lease is typically for one year or more, while the rental agreement is...