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7 Easy Ways to Improve Your Credit Score

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Most people experience a bad credit score at some point in their lives. Maybe it wasn’t your fault. Maybe medical bills wiped you out or the recession took a significant chunk of your money. On the other hand, maybe it was your fault. Maybe you were just young and careless with your spending. Regardless of […] read more

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Making the Most of High Ceilings

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Almost every home comes with a set of design challenges. Sparse kitchen cabinets, tiny windows, creaky steps — unless you design it yourself, creativity is key to making it all work. While low ceilings are typically only a problem in basement or attic rooms, high ceilings are more prominent in converted warehouse/industrial spaces and houses […] read more

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Creative Ways to Accommodate Overnight Guests

Whether it’s an old college bud or a cousin who thinks you’re best friends, someone is eventually going to want to spend the night at your apartment. But even if you have a so-called “extra” room in your humble abode, it’s probably not outfitted with guest room essentials like a bed and a nightstand. read more

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What Does a Tenant Background Check Cover?

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Tenant background checks make up a perfectly normal part of the rental process. Whether you’re signing a long-term lease or just a month-to-month agreement, most landlords will want to know if you’re trustworthy, financially stable, and free of a criminal past before agreeing to take you in. read more

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Scary Halloween Decorations for Small Spaces

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Jack o’lanterns are really good for scaring toddlers, but if Halloween ranks right up there with December holidays for you, a hollowed-out gourd with a candle inside probably isn’t going make the grade. After all, you want to strike fear into the hearts of sassy teenagers and adults who are just there to chaperone their […] read more

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5 Recipes to Help Ring in the Fall

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It’s no wonder fall is so many people’s favorite season. The temperatures are mild and just chilly enough to remind us that winter is ahead, the leaves change into vibrant colors of red, yellow, and orange, and every now and then you get a whiff of oak burning in someone’s fireplace. It’s also the season […] read more

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What to Do if You’re the Victim of an Apartment Rental Scam

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Getting scammed is embarrassing. Whether it’s an auction site purchase, an allegedly “free” vacation, or an apartment rental, you usually feel stupid in hindsight when all those big red flags suddenly become visible to you. Don’t be too hard on yourself, though read more

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Back to School: College Apartment Checklist

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Moving into your first apartment is one of the biggest rites of passage for a young adult. Just as moving into a dorm room from your family home was a landmark occasion, this transition is also exciting, a little scary, and most of all, challenging. read more

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What is a No-Fee Apartment?

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Apartment hunting is all about getting the best place for the lowest price. But with rental rates being the highest in US history, the hunting process is now more like a safari, with home seekers going head-to-head, making grandiose promises to landlords, and describing themselves as saintly entities just to pay too much money for […] read more