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5 Best Apartment-Finder Apps In 2018

Looking for a new apartment is quite a challenging task no matter what your budget or needs are. If you’re in this situation, you’re probably short on time, money, and options. All the likely apartments seem to have some hidden fatal flaw or be grabbed by other renters before you can even get a tour. If this sounds all too familiar, worry not! Like everything else in this digital age, there’s an app for that. Besides visiting this website to get a head start, you can consider these apps to find your dream apartment in no time: 1.  Zillow Rentals Zillow Rentals is a highly popular renting app that’s available for both Android and Apple phones. It’s also free of cost and gives you 400,000 plus renting spaces from all over the country. All you need to do is personalize your search to get the facilities required. On-site parking, pet policy, and laundry options are at your fingertips so you never have to take a gamble again! This app’s network contains buying as well as renting options in case you haven’t completely decided on the next step. You also get to save your searches when you exit the app. This way, you can pick up where you left off and save a lot more time. 2. Trulia Rentals This app is also available for both iOS and Android networks. It can help you streamline your requests using a single click that can instantly connect you with property managers. No need to fill out forms for each and every......
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What you need to know about service dogs & emotional support animals.

There seems to be some confusion in our industry as to the difference between a service dog versus an emotional support animal and the documentation needed. The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) defines service dogs as any guide dog, signal dog, who is trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability and a therapy dog provides healing to his or her companion or family, as well as hundreds of other people in a therapeutic setting – whether a hospital, a school or a retirement home.…Another difference between therapy and service dogs is that the latter are often picked by breed for certain characteristics.  The ADA is specific about a service “dog” and states that it must be a dog, with some exceptions for miniature horses. Since the Emotional Support Animal does not perform any specific tasks for a person, the accessibility it has is limited. The Emotional Support Animal does have a right to be kept in a “no pets” policy apartment/condo and also to ride in the cabin of an aircraft. By Federal Laws, these are the only two places that an ESA is legally allowed. For your Emotional Support animal to be legitimate you will need the following; A letter from your mental health (or other medical professionals) stating your need for the ESA. Your ESA letter must be on your mental health professional’s letterhead. The ESA letter must also include the doctor’s license number, where it was issued and the date it was issued. The letter may need to be upda......
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Examining the Next Decade’s Renter

Examining the Next Decade’s Renter
Last year alone, Americans spent a staggering $485 billion on rent, a record high. Factors such as the youngest generation of renters carrying heavy student debt and increased construction can be pointed to as obvious markers for the sharp increase, but the growing rent purse also suggests that a shift in the renter demo is currently taking place. Below, we discuss the evolving American rental demographic to inform how apartment communities across the country can prepare themselves for the continued uptick in numbers over the next decade.   The Rise of the Renter More Americans are flocking to rentals than we’ve seen in decades. With the housing crisis still in the not-so-distant rearview mirrors of millions of Americans, more U.S. households are headed by renters than at any point since 1965, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of Census Bureau housing data. While recent trend pieces point to historical data suggesting an upcoming stagnation in the apartment market, with nearly 39 million Americans (1 out of every 8) calling apartments home, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to refute the demand for apartments.   A Stagnant Income While more Americans are flocking to rentals than ever before, the median income of an apartment household has fallen by $3,000 since 1985. Couple this with an overall stagnation in income for many households, and you have a mixture worth keeping an eye on. After adjusting for inflation, wages are just 10% higher in 2017 than they were in 1973, amounting to real annual wage gro......
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Apartment Rental and Transportation

Apartment Rental Cycles Generations always differ from one another in a variety of ways – the culture in which they’re raised, their relationship with technology, their priorities, and their likes and dislikes. But there are also things they have in common. For example, in most generations, younger people tend to rent apartments and older people tend to buy houses. This fact has kept the rental market and the housing market buoyed for decades. The current generation making the decision between renting and buying is the millennial generation, generally considered to be those born between 1980 and 2000. The oldest of this generation, now in their mid-30s, should be moving toward traditional home-buying. But research indicates that’s not the case. Millennials are Defying the Trend Many millennials are choosing to continue renting. Why? Part of the reason, surprisingly, is the evolution of transportation. One of the main downsides to living in a major city is trying to find something to do with your car; frustration with lack of parking and/or exorbitant garage fees is what drives many city dwellers to seek out a driveway of their own. But now with so many options, including Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar, to mention just a few, millennials are living the dream – staying in the heart of the city, where all the action is, with transportation at the touch of a button. What this means for the Apartment Rental market What does this mean for the apartment rental market? If current trends continue, there should be plen......
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Effect of Airbnb on The Rental Market

Effect of Airbnb on The Rental Market
With a real estate market where more than 80% of home seekers are leveraging online search tools, it was only time before an application like Airbnb was launched, with a rather unique twist, to address a special market of accommodation seekers. Have you ever, at any one time, wished you could comfortably rent out part of your home to people seeking accommodation, even for just a night? If yes, then you’d definitely be pleased with Airbnb’s system, which connects individuals willing to rent out part of their homes to travelers and accommodation seekers. So far, the company is valued at more than $25.5 billion, and is increasingly growing in popularity among home owners and tourists- including business travelers seeking executive accommodation in plush homes. So, how does this affect the overall rental real estate market? Is Airbnb the realtors’ golden hen, or the prince of doom? What are its merits and demerits? To entirely analyze its effects, it’s critical to first comprehend what it is and how it actually connects all the parties involved So, What Exactly is Airbnb? According to the company’s website, Airbnb offers “a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accomodations around the world…..” Even with property listings from over 192 countries, the company is still planning to expand and establish itself in many other prime travel destinations worldwide. Apart from the fact that it helps homeowners monetize part of their homes, Airbnb is a favorite because it allows individuals to list their properties completely free of charge. T......
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Danger in the Basement? Rent It Out

Scary BasementBy Colin McCarthy, J.D., Robinson & Wood, San Jose, CA So in American Horror Story, after some certain traumatic events occur and the building's history is uncovered, the protagonists STILL don't move out of the house. The writers are nuanced enough to know that the audience will ask the question "Why do they not move out now?" So they actually attack this head on. Money problems prevent both an immediate move-out and obstruct a potential sale. So because I like to think I am still more nuanced than the newly nuanced writers, I counter with: "Why don't you just rent the place out?" Somebody could move in and you could get paid for it. Not only will you get paid rent, you will also be removed from liability for injuries to third parties entering on the premises, the thinking goes. Well, the first part would be true. The second part -- non-liability of an owner not in possession -- is not as clear. We know from our previous entries that possession and control are big factors in imposing liability. An absent landlord is not necessarily in possession, and may or may not have control. The law we know trends to basic duty of care obligations. The out-of-possession owner must act as a reasonably prudent person in similar circumstances. They have to do those things that they can do to prevent injury, such as inspect the premises as permitted by the lease or between renters. You may be relieved while out of possession if there wa......
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