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3 Things to Note When Looking at a Top Floor Apartment

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A top floor apartment is normally a hot commodity. Between the absence of noise from upstairs neighbors and desirable amenities like balconies and great views, a top floor apartment can be worth the extra money you pay. In fact, the cost to rent an apartment on the top floor is often times significantly more than […] read more

Finding Apartments: Guide to Handicap-Friendly Features

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All too often, when you read a guide to apartments, it doesn’t address handicap-friendly features. If you, your spouse or a child has a handicap, that’s your primary concern. A regular apartment won’t have the space, equipment or accessibility that you need to accomplish routine tasks and get through the day. When you conduct an […] read more

Choosing From 3 Chicago Neighborhoods

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Chicago suburbs have a number of pros such as less traffic and congestion and more bang for your buck when it comes to home prices and apartment rental rates. Unfortunately, with the exception of suburbs such as Evanston, Skokie and Oak Park, most Chicago suburbs are located too far from Chicago’s most popular points of interest. […] read more

Pros and Cons of an Efficiency Apartment

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An efficiency apartment may be all you can afford or it may be all that you desire for your living arrangements. While many people think of an efficiency apartment as a “bare bones” apartment, they can actually be quite comfortable and upscale as well as completely serve all of a tenant’s needs. Below are a […] read more

Why Do Apartments in the Same Complex Have Different Prices?

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When apartment hunting, finding that different apartments in a complex have sometimes radically different prices can be puzzling. You won’t understand exactly why some apartments cost more than others despite being in the same location until you look at the different features. Apartment Size Perhaps the most obvious reason why different apartments in a complex […] read more

Utility Costs: Which Floor Saves the Most?

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If you are concerned about utility costs, then the floor you choose to reside on can indeed have a bearing on how much you can end up paying with respect to your utilities, primarily your heating and cooling. Therefore, before you sign a lease and choose an apartment, make sure you are located where you […] read more

Why Do Some Management Companies Pay for Certain Utilities but Not Others?

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Anyone who has ever shopped for an apartment has noticed that different management companies pay for certain utilities and not others. It’s common to see thing listed like “water, trash and sewage provided” or “heat included in rent” in apartment listings—or “no utilities included!” What is provided varies from management company to management company, and […] read more

The Best Time to Negotiate a Lease

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Whether you are preparing to move to a new community, or considering an extension of your current lease, plan ahead and you may find better value or savings by timing the opportune moment to negotiate a lease. Most businesses, including rental communities, have a slow season and may be effected by other variables that will make the timing […] read more

The Basics of Broker Fees

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Broker fees serve as the main form of payment for those who show homes for rent or sale. Leasing agents or real estate brokers rarely make salaries or receive hourly pay, so the fees are their compensation much in the same way commission is for many types of salesmen. In the case of renting apartments, […] read more