Archive for January, 2010

What You Need To Know Before You Move Out of Your Houston Montrose Apts

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Before you move out of your Houston Montrose apartment home there are a few things you will want to do before you turn your keys back into the apartment office or manager. Remember you probably put down a deposit before you moved in or if you did not you still may be responsible for any damages that were incurred while you occupied the premises.

Is Your Apartment Home Clean

Although you won’t be directly responsible for any items there have undergone normal “wear” and “tear”, you should make every effort to leave your apartment home in the shape it was in when you moved in. That means cleaning out the refrigerator, mopping the floors, vacuuming the carpets, and anything else that need to be done in order to bring the apartment home back up to its current shape.

We recommend getting the name of a cleaning service that the apartment communities use to clean the apartment homes. Its not too expensive and you can be sure that you won’t be charged a cleaning fee.

What if you damaged something.

If you stained your carpet in your Houston Montrose apartments or you accidentally damaged a window or damaged your apartment home in some other way, expect the apartment community to deduct these fees from your deposit. You may want to discuss with the maintenance crew what can be repaired (for free), and what most likely will incur a fee.

If you were able to make friends with the maintenance manager you may be able to dodge certain fees that normally would be accessed.

Leave a Forwarding Address

Make sure you leave your forwarding address so the apartment community can mail you your deposit. You should receive it within 30 days by Texas law after your lease agreement has terminated.

If you were accessed damages you will receive an itemized list of what was subtracted and why.

Please read more about Houston Montrose apartments or Cypress apartments

Popular Spring Apartments for Rent

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

The majority of Houston and its outlying areas have experienced significant growth in population and real estate growth. One such area, Spring, TX, located about 20 miles north of Houston, boasts great schools and is a place many residents are calling home today. Recently Spring and its neighbor to the north, The Woodlands, TX has seen significant apartment construction.  If you are moving into the Spring area, here are a few tidbits regarding some of the newer apartments in the area today.

Alexan Woods

Constructed in 2007 and with a Spring address, this community definitely deserves your attention if you are thinking of moving into the area. With top notch amenities and great pricing renters can get a brand new apartment home that is under $1 per square foot. And with lots of finishing touches that shows their attention to detail like, 4 inch plank flooring, ceramic tile entryways, gourmet kitchens with hardwood cabinetry and double compartment stainless steel sinks, you know you will have the latest features and advancements in your apartment home.

Community features include an Internet lounge with free WIF and a state of the art fitness center with the latest in free weights and cardiovascular machines. If your in the market for a Spring apartment home, this definitely should be on a short list.

The Landmark

This community is also one of the newest Spring apartment homes in the area today. With a location along Rayford Rd just east of Interstate 45, residents have convenient access to the Hardy Toll Road too. Residents are adjacent to The Woodlands and have access to lots of shops, restaurants, and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion.

But you may want to know what is in store for you inside the apartment homes. Black on black appliances, garden tubs, over-sized closets, intrusion alarms, air conditioning, and more. One bedrooms start at 826 square feet which can be considered very large for apartments.

Check for The Woodlands apartments deals and specials.

Popular Pearland Apartments for Rent in, TX

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

The Pearland area has become extremely popular. Job growth, location, and the great overall cost of living can be attributed to the increase in population into the area. And just minutes away from popular destinations like NASA, Clear Lake, the Kemah Boardwalk, and Downtown Houston, TX make it a great overall area to call home.

Apartment construction has accelerated over the last few years so we decided to include some of the more popular and searched apartment homes in the area. If you are contemplating on moving into the area here are a few apartments in Pearland you might want to consider.

Alexan Shadow Creek Ranch One of the newest apartment homes in the Pearland area, Alexan Shadow Creek Ranch is a Trammell Crow Development.  Meaning this community exudes luxury including large bay windows, wood plank flooring, over-sized roman tubs, and full size washer/dryers in each unit.  Other bonuses includes Alexan’s community amenities featuring a WIFI cafe,  a lap pool, a 24 hour fitness center with cardio equipment, exercise balls, and free weights. Although this community is on the higher end for apartment living in Pearland, it definitely receives our vote of one of the best in Pearland, TX today.

Stonebridge at City Park

Although these are technically located in Houston, TX we include these in our Pearland apartments list because they are so popular. Constructed in 2004 renters can lease two bedroom apt homes for $899 per month. Each apartment home contains full size washer and dryer connections, large walk-in closets, ceramic tile, crown molding, a fitness center, and more. There is nothing ultra luxurious about these apartment homes, but they are new and boast a convenient location near Highway 288.

Although we don’ t have any experience with the Residences at Pearland Town Center, they are some of the newest Pearland apartments for rent today.  They have many luxurious finishes and amenities which make this property a must to tour.  There are only 62 total apartment homes on the premises but floor-plans are expansive and should provide for a nice apartment experience.

Other popular areas for rent include Clear Lake apartments.

Best Deals on Houston Lofts

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Lofts have become an extremely popular and coveted option in Houston, TX today. Just a few years ago lofts were only available to renters in the downtown area. But as time has rolled forward more and more lofts have made their way into the greater Houston area. Not only lofts, but loft style apartment homes have also picked up in popularity.  When it comes down to getting the best deal on Houston lofts, future renters will want to look at the following categories.   The main categories renters will want to be concerned with include deposits, administrations fees, and monthly rent.

 Deposits

Deposits at public apartment communities are usually much less than renting from a private renter. Deposits will vary depending on the number of bedrooms you are searching for. One bedroom deposits  homes usually do not go for more than  $400. And renters will want to ask how much of the deposit in non-refundable.  And of course two and three bedrooms will be more. Many times apartment communities will run specials where the deposit may be cut in half. Other times Houston lofts apartment homes will offer a much smaller deposit that is non-refundable. These deposits can amount to as little as $87.50.

 Square Footage

Don’t be fooled by pricing for apartment homes. When you are quoted a rate you will always want to take into account the square footage you will be receiving for your price.  Simply take the total price per month and divide this by the square footage in the apartment home. For example if your New Bellaire apartments have 750 square feet and cost $700 dollars per month the final calculations would be 93 cents per square foot.

Other factors that can increase costs include the location of the apartment homes and what floor it is on. Please look into getting great deals on your next Katy TX apartments.

New Houston Apartments

Friday, January 15th, 2010

New Houston apartments always generate lots of web traffic and phone calls. And if you live in the Houston area or are moving here, there are always new properties opening their doors for business.  And the most popular areas for apartment living are currently inside the loop. These areas can be characterized as the Heights, Downtown, Midtown, and Upper Kirby/River Oaks sections of town. We wanted to talk about some of the newer Houston apartments for rent in these areas opening up for business.

 2121 Mid Lane

Extravagant interiors and contemporary exteriors, this is how this 4 story community can be described. But the best parts of these New Houston apartments occur inside the the community. Highlighted by gourmet kitchens and granite counters, the developers of 2121 Mid Lane apartments knew their future renters wanted to come home to the ultimate luxury. Most newer apartment homes also have club rooms today with free WIFI and flat screen televisions for viewing too. Besides 2121 Mid Lane apartment homes …

Legacy at Memorial 

Do you want new Houston apartments on the edge of downtown. The Legacy at Memorial apartment homes may offer you exactly what you have been searching for.Inspired by Japanese architecture, these apartment homes offer stunning views of the city and are accompanied by high end features that make your day to day activities all that more enjoyable. Non-carpeted flooring, walk-in showers, high ceilings, and intrusion alarms give residents everything and more. Patios can reach as much as 915 square feet which is larger than many one bedroom apartment homes in the city.

These are two of the newer apartment facilities in the inner loop. If you are looking for apartments in northwest Houston, Cypress apartments offer many new options too.

Yieldstar - From An Apartment Locator

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Yieldstar in short, helps apartments get the maximum amount of revenue for their individual apartment units each day.  It uses a variety of factors to determine what the prices of apartment homes should be on a daily, if not hourly basis.  Therefore, apartment communities will be able to achieve maximum rents depending on apartment vacancies, demand, move in date, lease terms, etc.

However, we wanted to point out that there are a few disadvantage to this system.  The other day one of our clients contacted our company requesting information for a certain apartment community. We contacted the community that morning and indicated to our client that the price of the unit in question was “x” dollars per month.  When our client arrived at the community later that day they found out that the price had increase by $20 dollars per month.

Our client was extremely upset. But who is to blame for this increase in pricing.  Yieldstar has a system that changes more than once during the day.  A good apartment locator should warn their clients that if they are going to tour a community later in the day,  that the apartment pricing may go up or down.  So if you motivate one of your customers to tour a specific Woodlands apartments home or specific apartments in Houston that are on Yieldstar, educate them that pricing may change by the time they arrive on-site.

Negotiate Better Apartment Rent

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Rent has normally been non-negotiable when it comes to renting apartment homes. Apartment managers will normally get with their leasing agents weekly or monthly,  and discuss apartment specials.  Discounts and incentives can range from free rent, free application fees, flat screen televisions, and things of that nature.

However, as occupancies have increased at many apartment homes around the city of Houston, apartment owners and management companies have been a little more flexible when it comes down to negotiating off monthly rents.

But simply going into the apartment community and demanding a reduction in rent is probably not the best method to getting an apartment deal.

Here are a few tips in regards to getting the best apartment deal today.

1) Search and tour the properties you are interested in.

Make a list of the properties you like. And remember to write down the cost and square footage for each apartment homes. If the properties are offering any additional specials be sure and write this down as well.

2) Narrow down your apartment search to the two or three that you like the most. If you are using the assistance of a Houston apartment locator, have the locator contact the communities in question.  He or she maybe able to get you an even reduced monthly rent.  Usually the inner loop will have the best deals in question, including  Houston apartments Memorial and Houston Montrose apartments.

3) If you don’t have a locator then you may have to do the negotiating yourself. This is where you will have to be reasonable and demanding at the same time. Call up one of the apartment communities you are interested in. Let them know you really like their apartments. Maybe you are stuck on renting Houston Midtown apartments. You will fill out the application and drop off the deposit but you would like _____. Be sure to give them a reason why you would like a better deal. Reasons can range from price per square foot to the location of the unit.

Many times leasing agents will have to get the go ahead from management above. But usually the newer the apartment home, the better chance of getting a better price.