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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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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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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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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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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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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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How To Find Internet Deals

MyApartmentMap - Sep 20, 2011

The internet and social media have given this new found “deal in your face mentality”. Today, anywhere you look there is some kind of deal being offered. Whether it’s through a Group-On, on a Social Media Site, Print, or on your phone- “buy one get one here” ‘s are all over the place. We provide a list of the top sites to search for deals on furniture and other household amenities.

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Bad Roommates and How to Deal With Them

MyApartmentMap - Aug 23, 2011

There is nothing worse than living with a bad roommate. Nothing. Walking into your house and feeling tense or uncomfortable in your home makes you do things you wouldn’t normally do. 

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Roommate Needed but Not Wanted: Tips on Living with a Roommate

MyApartmentMap - Aug 16, 2011

So you’ve been living on your own for quite some time, huh? But, it’s starting to be super expensive and the economy is just not helping, so taking on a roommate seems like a great idea. Although you feel like this is the worst thing since your third grade school pictures, it really isn’t. There are so many benefits to having a roommate(s) that your decrease in personal space really won’t be as bad as you think. 

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Asking Questions When Renting a Place? Here are 9 Good Ones

MyApartmentMap - Aug 9, 2011

It’s always vital to ask questions about your, could be, future new home. Despite all the obvious questions such as price, payment date, late fee, and utilities to name a few, there are some other questions that are pretty important to ask as well. Landlords want to rent their place, and willingly will not give you information that will deter you from renting their apartment. 

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Need to Move Out of Your Parents House? Tips for Leaving the Homestead for Independence

MyApartmentMap - Jul 19, 2011

Freedom. The single word to describe moving out of your parents’ house. There is nothing better than the first time that you live on your own. However, with moving out of your parents’ house comes responsibilities such as cooking, cleaning, and paying for things. Living on your own is invigorating, but now you have to feign for yourself.

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See Ya Dorm, Hello Apartment: Tips on Real World Living

MyApartmentMap - Jul 12, 2011

Moving from your college pad to your new real world digs can be a challenge. Utilities, furniture, non-college student neighbors? What does that even mean? We’ve compiled a few tips and ideas about what to do when moving from your college apartment to your first “adult” pad.

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Moving out of the Concrete Jungle into the Suburbs: What Will Change?

MyApartmentMap - Jul 5, 2011

Moving from a constant traffic of people to the suburbs can be quite a change when you’re used to living in chaos. There are many good aspects moving from the city to the suburbs. 

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Pleasantville to Gotham: Novelties to Consider When Moving into the City

MyApartmentMap - Jun 28, 2011

Moving from the suburbs into a city is a big change.  It‘s possible to feel lost when making the big move, however if you go in with an idea of what to expect the culture shock won’t be as dramatic. There are a couple of things that you should consider before moving into the city including transportation, costs, safety, noise, shopping, and apartment size.  The benefits of moving into a city are immense with the amount of culture and the increase in your social life that come with the big move, however you need to make sure you’re ready to deal with the city culture before moving. Although all cities are different, we’ve compiled some “perks” to be aware of when moving into a city, including a few tips to help you out.

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Tips for living with "Old Roomies": Parents

MyApartmentMap - Jun 20, 2011

Moving back in with your mom and dad has its perks, but it also has its unfavorable moments. Let’s be serious, nothing is better than free rent and free food. However, the price to pay for the new affordable living comes with large (and strange) consequences. 

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How to Move with Pets Into A Smaller Pad: Pavlov’s Law

MyApartmentMap - May 25, 2011

Moving into an apartment can be stressful enough, throw in man’s best friend and that equals double trouble. However, that may not be the case if you have the right type of anxious- free pooch to accompany you. Who knows your pup may even turn into the best thing that happened to your new apartment since the internet. What are some puppy characteristics that will make your neighbors not hate you, you ask?

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How to Help Your Pet Acclimate to a New Apartment

MyApartmentMap - Dec 5, 2010

The moving process can be stressful – not only for you, but for your pet, as well. Just like people, animals will need some time to acclimate to a new living environment. The following seven recommendations might help both you and your pet to more quickly gain a sense of comfort in a new location and provide for a smoother transition. It’s important to remember that your pet’s reaction to a move also can affect how you acclimate to the new property.

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