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Checklist for Moving- Don't Forget to Buy

MyApartmentMap - Jan 10, 2014

Moving into your very first apartment is exciting. The idea of finally being on your own, with no parents or RA is one of the greatest feelings. However, what do you bring on you with this new chapter of your life? We have written a series of blogs recently from moving out of your parents’ house and moving out of your dorm and what to expect. We’ve told you what to expect from moving, however we have yet to mention what to take with you on your move.

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Check Out the MyApartmentMap Apps

MyApartmentMap - Jan 9, 2014

On a mobile device conducting your apartment search? Did you know MyApartmentMap was one of the first apartment search engines to release their mobile apps?

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How to Get a Return of Your Security Deposit

MyApartmentMap - Jan 2, 2014

You move into a new place and as soon as you move in they ask for your first months rent, plus a security deposit. That’s a lot of money to fork over at first, but with the right amount of care and precautions it’s possible to get all of your security deposit back. Through cleanliness, knowing your rights, and taking precautions from the beginning will definitely ensure you receive your full security deposit and a great letter of recommendation.

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Daisy Chasing Balloons

MyApartmentMap - Dec 9, 2013

Daisy the Jack Russell was allowed to come into the office today.  She quickly found some old balloons from Katie's 30th birthday party. 

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How to Find the Perfect Roommate

MyApartmentMap - Dec 4, 2013

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.

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Research shows landlords have control in NYC

MyApartmentMap - Nov 20, 2013

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.

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Happy 2013 - The Numbers Are In!

Eileen Neary - Jan 11, 2013

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.

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Is It Too Soon for Housing Economy Optimism?

Eileen Neary - Dec 21, 2012

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?

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Comparing the Rural & Urban Rental Markets

MyApartmentMap - Jun 22, 2012

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.

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Coffee House? Dog House? Coffee Dog House

MyApartmentMap - Feb 21, 2012

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.

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Last Minute Holiday Gifts for the Apartment

MyApartmentMap - Dec 22, 2011

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.
Items they are missing

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How to stay warm this winter without turning up the heat

MyApartmentMap - Dec 16, 2011

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.

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Tips and Guidelines on Christmas Decorations for your Apartment

MyApartmentMap - Dec 6, 2011

 

Once December hits, the clock starts ticking for the countdown to 25 days until Christmas. The first thing on people’s minds is decorating their apartment for the holiday season. It’s what jump starts the Christmas season and for all you renters out there it’s a time to bring out your fun side and transform your apartment.  For all you renters, decorations are important to bringing your place to life for the holidays, even with a small space. Here are a few decorating ideas that can transform your apartment using some holiday spirit.

 

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A Memorable Thanksgiving Party in your Apartment

MyApartmentMap - Nov 18, 2011

 

Our favorite time of the year has come. Thanksgiving is just around the corner, a time where many of us will be celebrating with friends and family. Thanksgiving is a wonderful tradition that brings loved ones together to enjoy food, fun, laughter, and for my family, naps and football! One stressful situation about Thanksgiving is deciding whose house to attend or if you are throwing the Thanksgiving dinner party at your place. You’re not alone in wanting to make your Thanksgiving dinner turn out perfectly and have a memorable day no one forgets. It becomes much trickier to create an elaborate dinner party in your apartment. Below, we provided a few easy steps to make your Thanksgiving Day as easy and stress free as possible so you can unwind and enjoy the festivities in the process of preparing your Thanksgiving dinner.

 

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Apartment friendly for Halloween

MyApartmentMap - Oct 25, 2011

 

One of the greatest holidays is approaching and it’s imperative that your apartment is ready for the festivities that come with all hallows eve. The tricks and treats that come with Halloween are all too fun to pass up once year.  We have listed some great ways to Halloween proof your house and make sure that your friends and the neighbors will be talking about what you did to make your house the scariest place to enter.

 

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How to feel safe and secure in your apartment

MyApartmentMap - Oct 21, 2011

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.

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How to Cook on a Budget

MyApartmentMap - Oct 11, 2011

You need to eat. That’s no surprise. But when you’re on a budget, sometimes food is the last item on your budget. You can find ways to cook economically so your food will last a long time and you won’t go hungry. I have compiled some tips and recipes on how to eat cheaply, but deliciously and still fill your stomach.

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Living in a Studio Apartment

MyApartmentMap - Oct 11, 2011

 

You’re finally living on your own. It’s just you and your personal belongings in a cozy one room apartment. Yes, you live in a studio apartment. Though living in a studio may seem small, it is possible to make the space larger and even section off parts of your apartment.  Living in a studio is nice because it keeps your entire belongings close by, just as long as you know how to set up your apartment this could be your favorite place you’ve ever lived.

 

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How to Entertain on a Budget: Quick and Easy Decorations and Recipes

MyApartmentMap - Sep 26, 2011

You’re broke. You have an awesome place. And you want to throw a fun dinner party. Ok, maybe your place isn’t even that cool, but you want to throw a party. This is always a dilemma that doesn’t have to be a dilemma. Here are a few tips I have learned along the way about entertaining on a budget that will make your friends question if you’re being paid too much.

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Frugal Apartment Face Lift

MyApartmentMap - Sep 20, 2011

Living on a (small) budget can be difficult, however, it can also be really fun if you know how to do it right. Finding deals and making your own furniture is always a great way to save on some extra cash. Also, frugal cooking habits are always important as well and will let you use that money towards a night out from time to time. Watch out Rach and Martha, there’s going to be a new group of frugal livers on the street.

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