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Reducing your Summer Water Bill

Reducing your Summer Water Bill

Owning a home or renting an apartment can come with a lot of expenses that go beyond rent payments. If you own your own home, you will be responsible for water bills. If you are renting, some landlords include hot water in the monthly rent charge, but many do not and it falls on the tenants to pay. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to lower your monthly water bill. Read below for our tips! 


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realtime vacancy rate vs. realtime availability rate in Boston MA

Properly Assessing the Boston Apartment Rental Market- Through the Realtime Vacancy Rate vs. Realtime Availability Rate

Being the local leader in real time apartment data in Boston, we’ve looked at many different ways of assessing the overall health of the local rental market.  Over the years we’ve analyzed and reported on numbers such as average rent prices, average time on market, price per square foot, vacancy rates, and more.  Throughout years and years of analysis, we’ve come to find that there are two indicators that are most reliable when it comes to assessing overall rental market health:  Real-Time Vacancy Rate (RTVR) and Real Time Availability Rate (RTAR).  


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How to Get Your Apartment Application Approved

After days or weeks of searching, you finally find an apartment. It pretty much has all the amenities that you want plus it fits your budget, your lifestyle, and the proximity to your job. You waste no time filling out the application and turning it in expecting to get accepted immediately.  


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Trouble Finding Apartments in Boston? Here Are 5 Great Neighborhoods With Higher Than Average Apartment Availability Rates

For us renters in Boston, we are all familiar with how difficult it can be to find a place nowadays. With the influx of new residents over the past few years, options have been sparse to say the least, and it doesn’t appear it will get any easier.


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Top 10 Design Tricks that Make Your Small Living Space Feel Big

Top 10 Design Tricks that Make Your Small Living Space Feel Big

Can you name at least one challenge of living in a tiny apartment? Space or rather the lack of space. Sure, you’re saving money on rent since it is not as high as the one for a bigger apartment. But the tradeoff is living in a cramped space that makes it difficult to live comfortably. How can you enjoy living in your apartment when you can’t even walk around the furniture without constantly bumping into them? How can you have storage when you don’t even have enough room for shelves or drawers? You are having an interior design emergency and you’re trying to figure out how to make your living space feel big. You go through a list of possible solutions you can think of to solve this problem. That includes exchanging huge furniture for a small (or at least apartment-sized) furniture. While this solution is doable, there are other options you should consider to make your living space larger. Here are the following top 10 tricks to make your apartment look and feel nice and big.


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How to Retain Good Tenants

How to Retain Good Tenants

Being a landlord in Boston isn’t the easiest thing in the world. In many cases, it can seem as if Massachusetts law is stacked against you, especially when it comes to dealing with difficult tenants. That being said, when you do get a good tenant, it’s important you do everything in your power to retain them. So if you want your reliable tenants to stick around after their lease is up, then you need to know how to keep them happy. Here’s how you can do just that:


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Top 5 Most Expensive Apartment Rental Neighborhoods in Boston

Top 5 Most Expensive Apartment Rental Neighborhoods in Boston

It’s no secret rent prices have gotten to be outrageous in some areas of Boston.  Between the droves of new residents moving in, the endless flow of new luxury buildings being built, and the super low vacancy rates,  it’s a perfect recipe for soaring rent prices.  


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how to rent an apartment in Boston

How to Rent an Apartment in Boston?

Hi, I’m Demetrios from Bostonpads.com. Today, I am going to show you the in’s and outs of finding a great apartment in Boston. Moving to Boston, or anywhere for that matter, can be overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be. I’m here to give you the framework and tools for making the transition as smooth as possible.


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apartments vs. condo

What is the Difference Between an Apartment, Condo, and Townhouse?

What is the difference between an apartment, condo, and townhouse? You may be thinking this way while you search for the next place to live. They all seem similar as far as the physical structure is concerned, but it is imperative that you know the differences between them. The main feature that set these properties apart is ownership. For example, you don’t own an apartment, but you do own a condo or a townhouse. According to the 2017 survey noted by Price2Homes, 19.33% of Boston residents rent while 80.67% own their homes. You will learn more about the similarities and the differences between the property verbiage by reviewing our outline below.


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Real Estate Predictions 2019

Boston Real Estate Predictions 2019 – Can the Greatness of Boston Continue?

Last year we predicted a continued climb in real estate prices for 2018. Many experts said we’re in for a market correction. Many said it can’t continue, and eventually it has to reach a tipping point. We heard the loud clarion calls yet again in late 2018 from the naysayers and the risk averse real estate investors. Well, we keep hearing from some that a market correction is coming, and eventually you are going to be right; but not in 2019.


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