The year of 2012 has finally come to a close; the data has been crunched, the patterns have been examined, and the Best and Worst lists are finally out!
The housing market in the US has certainly seen its share of ups and downs in recent years. In 2012, many housing markets continued to suffer, many states continued to be hit with foreclosures left and right, and a few areas were able to drastically improve.
This past year, the Greater Boston area finally saw an increase in the number of single-family homes sold. Condo sales have improved as well. Even the country as a whole is seeing some improvements. As of November 2012, housing starts have gone up a little over 20% since last year, and between October and November 2012, the number of housing permits issued rose 3.6%.
It's looking like 2013 will bring economic growth to the housing market, but will it be enough?
Is your perfect apartment located in a sleepy town, or a bustling city? The differences between the two areas go beyond whether you can see trees or buildings from your window.
After the country’s “housing bubble” burst late last decade, homebuyers and renters seized control of the market. Prices were slashed to meet their needs, and homes were foreclosed and auctioned off to them. Real estate agents and homeowners threw incentives at the buyers to lure their business. To gain their interest, banks offered no interest. The buyers have held the power, the influence, and the ability to make the real estate market flourish or freefall.
Daisy the Jack Russell was allowed to come into the office today. She quickly found some old balloons from Katie's 30th birthday party.
We spent a few months saving our old coffee trays to build an indoor usable dog house. The house is made with all organic material and our dogs actually use it. Now we just have to figure out what to build next.
Time is beginning to run out as many of us are realizing how fast Christmas is approaching with so little time left to shop for gifts. Don’t feel bad, you’re not the only one who waited last minute to do your Christmas shopping. Just take a deep breath and start to prepare a list of people you need to shop for. Most of the time when people have no time to do shopping they go with the generic last minute gifts to give out like scratch tickets, gift cards, and ugly Christmas sweaters. Most people don’t realize how many awesome gifts are out there for the home. Buying a gift for someones apartment is very resourceful and something they can use all the time. Here are some tips on gift choices for the apartment.
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Fellow Renters, it’s time to take out the winter jackets, hats, gloves, blankets and hot cocoa for the winter season. As we all know, winter can get pretty cold and sometimes unbearable in our apartments. This makes us dependent on our furnaces and heating systems to get us through those chilly months. Renters struggle to keep their apartments warm and cozy without turning up the heat. Heating is the biggest energy expense during winter; however, there are simple solutions you can do to warm up your apartment without spending any money or catching hypothermia.
Having a roommate can be a great experience, you are interacting and meeting new people and can even make a friend out of it. But finding and choosing a roommate is a challenge in itself and it’s an important one to face. In a tough economy more and more people are on the search to find a roommate or live with other people to save or make extra money. There can be many perks to having a roommate but you can also face the harsh reality of choosing the wrong roommate and have to deal with the consequences. Some people decide to room with friend and family members or are able to find a roommate through mutual friends; but if you don't know anyone who's looking for a roommate it’s nerve-racking to go and meet a complete stranger. I have provided some guidelines to help you find and meet your potential roommate and help make the process more rewarding so you can end up with the perfect roommate.
When most people are looking at an apartment they are looking at the amenities offered with the apartment including how many bedrooms, appliances, utilities, a pool, laundry room, and tennis courts. Most people tend to forget to ask questions about safety and security when they are looking for a apartment. It is important to ask a property manager about the safety of the building, neighborhood and apartment itself. Don’t forget, you are also responsible for your own safety and what actions you take when living in an apartment. To make sure you feel secure in your place we provided some safety tips to consider when living in and apartment complex.
MyApartmentMap's office is located in Seacoast NH where Hurricane Irene made a rather close pass. Not too much damage but still pretty windy. Here is a video and a few pictures. Check it out.
Hopefully we don't lose power.