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5 Ways to Make Your Apartment Feel Like Home

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Sometimes, living in an apartment can make you feel like a stranger in your own place. This tends to be especially true in the beginning. Making your apartment feel like home is achievable; a little elbow grease, smart shopping, and these 5 easy steps! Hang some artwork If you happen to be a collector of famous paintings or sculptures then by all means adorn your walls with those. If you’re more like myself and the majority of other apartment renters, then custom, self-created art will do the trick. An excellent way to personalize your apartment is to place knick-knack pieces
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How To Have A Healthy Building For Healthy Residents

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Ever notice how most of the time that people are living healthy lifestyles, they're surrounded by an environment that promotes a healthy lifestyle? For example, if your coworker tells you about their new running regime and how great it's making them feel -- wouldn't you be more likely to follow suit? Or if your new apartment has access to a communal garden, wouldn't you be more likely to grow your own produce? Lately, more and more people are seeking more healthy lifestyles. Fitness routines, healthy eating habits, communal hobbies like yoga and gardening. As property managers, it would be wise
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Cash Is No Longer King

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Cash is no longer king in today's world, which is concerning to some but actually makes a lot of sense alongside the advancement of technology. Consumers have been increasingly using their debit and credit cards over the past 20 years. According to marketwatch.com, consumers all over the world will have spent $1.4 Trillion more in credit that they will have in cash by the end of 2016. Apparently debit card use has increased by 8% and credit by 5%. This shift towards card use has come about due to a number of reasons, but mainly because it's become much easier to make purchases online and
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Your First Apartment Checklist

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So, you've moved into a new place for the first time! Congratulations. We know how much of a struggle furnishing and stocking up on essentials can be, so we've compiled a list of all the things you'll need to fill up your place and live comfortably! There's nothing worse than buying a bottle of wine and not being able to open it because, surprise! You don't have a corkscrew. To avoid those moments of frustration we've split up each room for your convenience to download and check off using your smartphone or tablet! Just make sure you download the Adobe PDF Reader
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Top 5 Things to do in Vegas This October

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If you happen to find yourself in Vegas this month, we've come up with our top picks of things to do and see! From the adventurous foodie to the adrenaline junky, there's something for everybody. The Adrenaline Junky Monster Energy Cup at Sam Boyd Stadium on October 15th showcases the world’s top supercross riders competing for the Monster Energy Cup, with a chance to win $1M. This 10-lap race will get that adrenaline pumping. You can also enjoy a full day of entertainment in the Pit Party – which includes a DJ, rider autographs, and other events. The Show Stopper Watch
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Would You Risk Losing $27,950?

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Have you ever thought about the actual value of your belongings? How much stuff you really own? You'd be surprised at how much it all adds up to! Which is why it's important to take an inventory of your things, in case something happens. But more importantly, once you've done so - you really should get renters insurance. Imagine if, for some reason, your apartment caught fire - totally out of your control, and now all your things are gone! What would you do to replace $27,950* if you weren't insured? We've broken down the value of a one bedroom apartment (all approximations
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Top Property Managers to Follow on Instagram

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Social media plays an important role in property management. It allows you to not only define yourself as a brand, but also communicate with your tenants and build relationships. It helps connect you with other property managers, tenants, residents and potential tenants and works as a really great portfolio for your residences. We’ve rounded up our favourite property management groups (in no particular order) on Instagram to connect with, and maybe give you a little inspiration. Kiki + Hans sun tanning ☉ #KitchenerWaterWho by @jerryrugg #birdO #globalstreetart #getyerart A photo posted by Domus Student Housing ® (@domushousing) on Sep 20,
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Advice To First-Time Renters

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We asked, and you answered! We put a question out into the Facebook world to our followers: What's the best advice you would give to first-time renters? The answers we got were stellar, and very helpful for those who are setting out into the renting world for the first time. I'm sure that if we all had time machines we would make these decisions at the beginning of our renting lives, but if you're reading this and have yet to set out into the world of renting, TAKE HEED! These are little gold nuggets of wisdom, brought to you by
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The RentMoola New Apartment Checklist

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If you've ever gone apartment hunting and forgot to ask the right questions to help you make the best decision about where to live, you'll know the struggle! We've created a checklist for you to help your apartment hunt go smoothly. Print and take this list with you or download our interactive version here to use on a tablet! Happy hunting.
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How to Cut Costs as a Landlord

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As a landlord, there are a number of ways you can minimize the risk of losing money on costs and expenses. It’s all about being proactive and eliminating potential risks before it’s too late. Here are some ways to do that. Choose the Right Tenants Make sure you screen your tenants to minimize risk. You want tenants who are good tenants, meaning tenants that pay rent on time, take care of their living space and respect their neighbours. Encourage tenants to refer friends to your property if you have open units (saves you time and money). Also, chances are your (good) tenant’s
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