Renting Versus Owning"
Quote from a happy apartment renter -
"I have a million-dollar view for the price of an apartment. I get a pool, and a gym and I don't have to pay extra, all the restaurants and shopping, dry cleaners, pet or vet services are within minutes of my apartment. Why would I want to spend all my off time mowing the grass? All the effort and energy needed to take care of a home, townhome or even a duplex, is not what I want. I'm free to move every year, spend my weekends and days off lounging around the pool, in the Internet cafe or curled up in my apartment with a book instead of maintaining a house and mowing the yard, not to mention the enormous responsibility and commitment that comes with home ownership!"
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Is Your Rent Going Up?
It's unfortunate but a rental increase could be in your future. A recent rental report shows that the Houston apartment rental market has on average residents renewing their leases at a higher rental rate than a new resident would pay. New home prices are up, home prices are up and apartment rental rates have decreased on average in the last few months $3.00 per month for a 1 bedroom and $2.00 increase in 2 bedrooms so it's not much but that's a city average. Not only are home prices up but property taxes and homeowner's insurance! Apartment rents increased dramatically from 2011 to 2017 with data from another recent report. The rents have started to stabilize with the average shown below. As of 06/2017 the average rent for a 1 bedroom is $1104 and for a 2 bedroom $1453 - city average.
In urban areas where real estate is at a premium, apartment communities are building up — not out — in high-rise buildings. Usually located in downtown areas such as the Texas Medical Center, Montrose and Museum Districts, River Oaks, Rice and Houston's renowned Galleria area - close to the hustle and bustle of metropolitan life, high-rise apartment communities offer residents many conveniences.
Perhaps the most appealing and unique attraction of high-rise apartments for rent in Houston is location. Mid-Rise apartments and luxury high-rise apartments have been recently built throughout the Houston area including Clear Lake/Seabrook, the Woodlands, City Centre/Energy Corridor and Sugarland. It is more economical to build up instead of out as in traditional, garden style apartments that are more common. Yet these modern masterpieces are so convenient to work places, art and culture, entertainment, dining and shopping. Living near a city’s hot spots is appealing to active apartment renters, although the possibility of walking to get where you want to be in Houston, is still not as easy as other major metropolitan cities. Houston is expansive - and while pubic transportation is available in may parts of the city, and the metro lite rail, a vehicle is still a necessity. Houston’s Metro Lite Rail, is perfect for city dwellers especially for employees and contractors of the Texas Medical Center, Montrose, the Museum Districts, the Heights, Midtown, Upper Kirby, Greenway Plaza, Rice Village and River Oaks as well as other locations close to or Inside Loop 610 or the Beltway. The urban high-rise apartment dwellers might be able to do without a car if the location is carefully selected. It's a major expensive to have a vehicle with repairs, maintenance, and auto insurance.
On-site retail, grocery and exclusive dining and access to sports and other entertainment venues are among the many unique attractions of urban high-rise luxury apartments.
Another feature of new luxury apartments for rent in Houston include state of the art, fully equipped fitness centers with yoga, pilates and spin rooms, soul cycles and commercial grade fitness equipment. While gyms or fitness centers are becoming standard amenities in more and more garden style apartment communities, they are truly impressive in the newer built luxury mid-rise apartment and high-rise apartments available now. Newer built, luxury apartments in a garden style setting have similar fitness centers and gyms also. Select apartments now offer an on site trainer, regularly scheduled workout sessions and classes. Apartment gyms and fitness centers in new luxury apartments are large enough to include free weights, nautilus machines, soul cycles, other cardio equipment and yoga, pilates and spin facilities.
Many luxury apartments for rent now offer extended services such as towel service, a sauna, on-site massage therapist, valet dry cleaning, parcel locker systems, indoor sports courts, indoor and outdoor pet parks with pet washing stations, rooftop lounges, rooftop fire pits and spectacular rooftop swimming pools, outdoor grilling with preparation stations, executive conference rooms, gourmet coffee bars with Wi-Fi, cinema and theatre viewing rooms, demonstration and catering kitchens with dining facilities, game rooms with flat screens throughout for entertainment while working out, grilling or entertaining in addition to a 24 hour concierge service. The trend of luxury apartment living has more perks than ever before.
These incredible amenities are offered in most of the newer apartments built in all areas of Houston, whether it's in the urban core or the suburban areas. Suburban areas can be less expensive depending on the area you're looking for.
You can still get many of the amenities listed above and avoid the hustle and bustle of living in the city, I can help you with wherever you choose.
Call me today to find out where you get the most bang for your buck!
Forget the American Dream, Many Figure It's Better to Rent an Apartment
How to Get the Best Apartment Deals
Of course I am going to find the best deals possible while staying within your price range, and with the amenities that suit your lifestyle if possible, however these are some helpful things to consider.
Chances are, rent is one of the biggest expenditures in your budgets. Finding great apartment deals or specials can sometimes put that once, out of reach apartment, right back into your budget.
How can you find the best apartment for the lowest rent? Read these tips and keep them in mind when you get your customized apartment search package from AptExpert.com
Be sure to always READ The "MEMO" sections, that is where I will put the ACTUAL PRICE, specials, lease terms, and specific notes that relate to you. If you look at the "listed prices", they are not always accurate, prices change in some cases, they can change daily. If you are unable to look immediately after you get your apartment package, the pricing and availability likely will change. Call me prior to visiting the properties for updates so you know what to expect.
Know what you want, and what you can't live without
What amenities do you really use, dry cleaning pick up, on-site massage therapists, wine tasting room, roof top pool, yoga and pilates? There may be an amenity fee that's charged as a one time fee or a monthly fee, some are the perks of the rental amount you pay each month. Most of the amenities are part of a luxury apartment, others can save you commute time and money. An on site gym, for instance, saves you membership fees elsewhere and allows you to work out any time of day or night, without having to get in your car. Almost all apartment communities have swimming pools as a part of the rental experience. Clubrooms with coffee bars are fairly standard and it's a good opportunity to meet your neighbors and make new friends, most have at least a small fitness center, parking is not always free and some properties now charge an amenity fee in addition to trash, water, gas, pest control. Community parking garages are offered in many properties, Garages at select properties are included as part of the rental but most charge additionally. If you have a pet, be sure to let me know so I can find the most "pet friendly" apartments where you and your neighbors may have something in common already.
Sometimes, apartment communities offer a bargain on rent such as a move in special or free deposit with approval and a longer term lease, but specials are only with select properties, for a limited time only, but could really help lower the price if they allow you to pro-rate that special over the lease term. Consider whether being a little further from the work or school might be beneficial in order to get a little larger floorplan or a lower monthly rental price.
New luxury apartments are offering enticing move-in deals because they feel you'll be inconvenienced with the ongoing construction but once it's finished, they will likely end. There are some that are offering specials since there's an oversupply currently in many areas of Houston.
If you would like to live in a brand new apartment, now is the time to do it. New properties are not nearly as plentiful as before. Wouldn't it be great to be the 1st resident to have ever lived in that particular unit? Rents for new communities are among the highest but it depends on the area, and what deals are being offered. I can often get amazing FREE RENT incentives at new luxury apartments for you.
Break down the deal
There are free rent deals going on, 1 to 3 months free, sometimes 1/2 off for several months or pro-rated over your lease term bringing the monthly price way down. I will spell this out for you in the "MEMO" sections of your apartment package. Don't wait until all the deals are gone! Let me find the best possible apartments to match your lifestyle, with the location and amenities you want.
Is there a better time to hunt for an apartment, like an off season?
It used to be that way, the scenario was that if you looked in the off season for an apartment such as Winter or Fall, not Spring or Summer, you could get lower rates and more specials - that has changed. For several years, 3000+ people relocated to Houston each and every month. There may be a slight difference, during late November or December but that is really not the case anymore. Rents are usually not very negotiable due to fair housing laws - and if a special is offered, it will be for a limited time only.
Come prepared with your bank statements or financial information, paycheck stubs, employment information or offer letters, driver's license, copies of recent leases, in the event that the property you are most interested in applying for requires you provide that information to avoid making an extra trip. Even letters from your Vet regarding the weight, breed and behavior for your pets can come in very handy. It’s much easier to be able to "seal the deal" with a possible "look and lease" special or incentive, if you have the documentation ready. Many apartments will offer a look and lease incentive which could save a lot of money!
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