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All about Houston apartment life, our blog is an ongoing series of informational posts and resources with a variety of topics from Houston apartment news, tips and trends, decorating and lifestyle, to popular events and happenings around Houston, Texas and beyond.           

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How to Pack - Moving Tips From Make A Space Blog

February 16, 2019

More to come in the future. We will be adding more outdoor activities, and entertainment venues for you and your families to enjoy.   

Apartment Specials 

Important Facts/Tips To Narrow Your Apartment Search

Price - If you compare the total rental price over the course of the lease term, for example, one apartment community may have a higher monthly rent but if they're offering a free rent special of 1 or 2 months free, that can lower the total price significantly over a 12 to 15 month lease term. Not all properties will allow you to prorate the free rent special, but you can do it yourself, call me and I'll explain.

Laundry facilities - You know you’ll be spending time doing laundry, so you might favor the complex that provides you with a washer and dryer in the apartment, over those which provide shared laundry facilities on site. If one apartment comes with a connection and another comes with a washer and dryer already installed, you might factor in the cost of renting or buying new units before you make your decision. Washer/dryer rental can run $40 to $50 monthly.

Lease Length or Terms 

Lease Terms - Keep in mind that specials offered rarely apply to anything less than a 12 month or 13 month lease term. While 6 month leases are still offered at many apartment communities, it will almost increase rental rate.  Short term leases, 3 to 5 months for example are not always offered. Additionally a short term lease can significantly increase the rate and factor in majority of management companies use dynamic pricing software to set rental prices. 

I'll help you find the best properties to suit your needs however if it's a short term lease you need, it may be a corporate style apartment. Corporate rentals include rent, furniture, utility allowances, cable, internet, and housewares, maid service is an additional fee but they come at a premium rental price as they're set up as move -in ready. They are slightly less than extended stay hotels and  offer lifestyle amenities and conveniences that a typical hotel may not including being pet friendly.  

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Apartment Utilities 

Water, sewer, trash, gas, and pest control are additional fees paid separately by the renter. There are only a handful of properties that don't charge these fees additionally - the vast majority do. There are some properties that charge a community or amenity fee and some charge for parking, gate cards, and gym keys.

All bills paid or utilities included apartments - there are a handful of apartments available in various areas throughout Houston. They are older built communities with interior and amenity upgrades and are at a higher price. Contact me for more information. There are some all bills paid properties in  Clear Lake and Spring Branch, near the Galleria in uptown Houston and a few other neighborhoods. 

Area or Location 

Location, Location, Location - One apartment may be closer to work, ensuring a shorter commute. Another may be within walking distance of a grocery store, and shopping. Still another may be close to school, public transportation, a dog park or even a favorite pub or restaurant to meet up with your friends and colleagues. It's always a good idea to put in the apartment’s address into Google Maps to measure the time to travel to important daily destinations. My free apartment search package comes with maps, directions, amenities and all the detailed information you'll need to be able to decide which property is the right one for you. Please visit our Areas page to see the different areas and locations covers, we can help you with all Houston neighborhoods and beyond! 

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A Guide to Houston's Parks 

October 14, 2017

A Guide to Houston's Parks shared from the Houston Chronicle 

There's never a lack of attractions or outdoor activities for the Houston, Texas metroplex. Check out the guide to Houston's parks at the link above. 

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Credit Score Hurdle Harder To Clear For Apartment Renters

December 12, 2017 

Credit Score Hurdle Harder To Clear For Apartment Renters

By Jared Schenke (See Houston Business Journal December 12, 2017 Article for reference)

If you're looking for an apartment to rent in the Clear Lake City, League City, Webster, or Greater Houston area, contact Kathy Curtis today via  Credit plays a significant role in your apartment rental application approval however I may be able to help you find apartments that can work with a credit issue on a case by case basis.     

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Houston Attractions, Parks and Recreation 

Discovery Green launches $12 million renovation

By Molly Glentzer Updated 1:44 pm CST, Thursday, February 7, 2019     

Houston has many attractions including Discovery Green! Officials have begun work on some impressive upgrades from playground to lighting, expected completion is about 7 months. Check it out by clicking on the image. 

Top Reasons To Rent A Houston Apartment 

The Top Reasons to rent an apartment versus buying a home or renting a house:

1) Flexibility and Less Risk- it's less costly and much easier to buy out of an apartment lease, and you don't have to sell your house first; no minimum 10% property tax or insurance increases year over year; less of a problem if you need to move due to job transfer or move quickly for a variety of reasons from health to family emergency.

2) More Bang For Your Buck- You can enjoy custom interior finishes and features for a fraction of the cost that come with a home purchase from granite countertops and kitchen islands to tray ceilings and crown molding, wood style flooring, contemporary fixtures or a built in computer niche to wine refrigerators at select properties. Views - you can have a million dollar view for the price of an apartment even if it's from the rooftop pool! Communities inside the loop or in Uptown Houston can offer stunning citviews or select suburban properties located on the lake can offer serene lakes and waterviews.

3) Location, location, location - skip that traffic! Your apartment could be close enough to work that you can walk or have a short trip, or have access to Metro or Lite Rail and skip driving to work all together! Some new luxury communities offer bicycle storage, loaner bicycles, even bike repair techs. Popular dining and hot entertainment venues can be minutes from your apartment; say goodbye to gym membership fees with state of the art fitness facilities for a better and healthier you;

4) Lifestyle - apartment life is social! Make new friends or entertain and impress your old friends with amenities such as rooftop social lounges, cozy firepits, billiards and arcade game rooms, sports rooms and resort style pools; feel less guilty about having to leave your pet home all day when you can shuffle over to the bark park where you both can extend your social life. The amenities vary by property but most offer a clubrom and swimming pool at the very least.

5) Save money - less money upfront for renting with lower deposits than renting a home and no huge down payment; save money on apartment rent specials; select Houston apartments offer from 1 month free to other incentives, deals and discounts!

6) Enjoy your days off! No mowing grass, doing plumbing repairs or performing preventative maintenance that comes with home ownership! There's no way around it, you either have to pay someone to do it or do it yourself. 

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