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Rent These New River Oaks Apts

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The inner loop area of Houston is becoming a Mecca for all types of residential construction.  The inner loop is the boundaries between several freeways including Interstates 10 and 45 and the 610 Loop itself. Some inner loop areas include River Oaks, Montrose, Upper Kirby, and West University. From Townhomes for rent in Lynn Haven to single-family homes to high-end apartment communities, you will surely be able to find the type of housing you need today.  And the increase in apartment construction is definitely competing with town-homes today as these luxury apartment communities boast features compared to custom homes.  Luxury inner loop apartment homes include resort-style pools with beach entry, fitness centers with the latest in equipment and technology including on-site personal trainers, and much more. Here is a brief list of some of the new and more popular apartments in the inner loop. The Belle Meade at River OaksFirst of all The Belle Meade only contains 119 total residences.  This is really an indication of privacy as many apartment communities will include near 300 units and more. So residents will most likely have the privacy and security they desire. Square footage will start over 1000 sq ft. for one-bedroom apartment homes. Although this is not quite the size of smaller single-family homes, it is larger than type “A” apartment communities which usually start in the 600 range. But it is actually what is inside these apartment homes that counts.  Amenities like soaring 12-foot ceilings, stained hardwood flooring, gourmet island-style kitchens with granite counters, stand-up showers, and large open expansive bathrooms. And community amenities include luxury’s like climate-controlled storage units, an executive business center with WIFI, secure gated access, a sparkling blue swimming pool, and more. But as with a premiere River Oaks location, be prepared to pay new construction rates. Gables Memorial HillsAlthough apartment rates at Gables Memorial Hills are less expensive than the Belle Meade, so are the square footage.  This Gables property sits on an entirely different location near Memorial Drive and Waugh. And although you won’t be sitting right near retail including fine dining and shops, you will be situated near parks including lush trees and nature. Expect much of the higher-end amenities like hardwood flooring, granite counters, luxurious kitchens, direct access parking garages, and more. In fact, all the new apartment communities will have similar amenities. It will come down to the location most likely for you and what kind of incentives the apartment community will offer you. These are only two of the newer inner loop apartment communities for rent.  Make sure you do a thorough search so you can get the best deal for yourself. Source: Free Articles from ArticlesFactory.com

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Going Dark on Social Media

Going Dark on Social Media

Going Dark on Social Media

Weidner Apartment Homes, the 15th largest owner of apartments in the US, announced in December of 2019 that it will suspend it’s use of Facebook to better protect the privacy and data of its residents and business operations. They will be looking at new in-house options that are safe, secure and easy to use. (Source: Multifamily Press) That’s why Central Media Solution added Call Assist 24/7 to their suite of print solutions for Multifamily.

Many companies are starting to “go dark” with their Google Maps Marketing in the past few years. They believed that people would prefer using the internet versus reading a magazine. This was another example of a bold decision. Who takes the time to read any more? Lots of folks.  Print does not require another new password or leave a trail of cookies with every page that you turn. It provides a story through content and pictures.  Central Media Solution is a publisher of many targeted magazines such as Apartment Magz and  New Homes Monthly and their latest pub, The Vender Guide. People are craving for print once again. Especially our seniors who prefer print than Internet as the Boomer generation downsizes to look for an apartment home.

Fake news has been an ongoing concern and alternative facts are now accepted as commonplace. (Source: The Guardian) Facebook has suspended about 400 apps associated with developers.  Many people are returning to conventional venues for information such as newsprint, radio and TV. Weidner is looking for simple and easy to use solutions to communicate with their residents. But can we just disconnect from social media? And why are we as consumers so easily addicted to “likes” and “shares”?

Technologies improved our daily living.  It can be used to enhance our lives. Social media gives people a forum to express their opinions and connect with companies, family and friends. At first the multifamily industry was very cautious of social. Then we dipped our big toe in the Facebook ocean to see what would happen. Negative and positive reviews poured into our profile pages. These negative reviews were scary, but we learned that they are an opportunity to show how we respond to our residents and solve their issues. That’s telling a positive story. We focused on increasing our followers, post likes and linked our websites to channel our leads in-house creating SEO. Is Social media a monster to be tamed or another solution in our leasing toolbox?

Each company will have to NAVIGATE their way through the fake news and concerns of data safety. Is Weidner being a visionary by “going dark” on Facebook? Planning to look for simple, safe and easy technology is a very smart decision indeed. That’s why Central Media Solution has created Call Assist 24/7 . Its simple, easy call management platform designed with feedback from on-sites in multifamily. It has no Apps, snap photo feature and uses the native tools our cell phones to communicate in real time. And all info is easily updated and stored in the cloud. Call Assist 24/7 is a game changer for call management… just what you are looking for now!

Published at Thu, 30 Jan 2020 13:51:22 +0000

Who’s Getting App Fatigue?

Who’s Getting App Fatigue?

There’s an app for that.  There seems to be an app for almost everything these days!  Then why do so many of us feel app weary or fatigued? Are these apps adding value to our lives? Why do we need all these apps?  With Central Media Solution’s new IVR call management system, Call Assist 247, no app needed. There is snap photo or video functionality using the native tools in our smart phones. The apartment resident calls in an after-hours service request and the maintenance tech on call, requests a photo or video getting image showing water coming out of the ceiling of an apartment. Seamless communication without an app. (Source: Vanilla plus)

I am blessed to be of an age where I can recall the excitement of getting a colored television. Soon we were playing “Pong” Pong was a table tennis sports game that was one of the first video games. How exciting it was to see the little white blip bounce along the television screen. Soon Atria and ColecoVision battled it out in the 80’s to bring the arcade experience into our homes. Then……this thing called the Internet. To access the world wide web, you needed to use a dial up router through your phone system. While you were on the internet, you could not make any outgoing or receive incoming telephone calls. But no worries because we had pagers to help us be accessible 24/7.

Fast forward to cordless phones that look like a small “brick” and paired with a pager, gave us the ability to be more mobile with our information. We jumped from razor and flip phones to the first Blackberry allowing us to read email and respond immediately. We can work from anywhere now!  But the release of the first iPhone in the UK changed our world forever. Because now we have smart phones and we are so much smarter.  To stay smart, we need lots of apps to help us do stuff better than ever before.

The average person could have over 100 apps on their smart phone. I thought this seemed high, so I checked the settings on my android phone and was shocked to see that I have 91 apps. How the heck did I get so many apps and am I using them all? What the heck is eBay Attribution? It’s even scarier that if I try to remove an app, I get a message effectively saying that “removing this app may disable my data”! Now I am anxious that I could break my phone.

Call Assist 247  understands that technology needs to be intuitive and simple for every generation. Having one less app for us to download makes Call Assist 247 a smart choice for your property management answering service and call management. We were built specifically for multifamily with the goal of helping your leasing and maintenance teams communication seamlessly with your valued residents. Our system allows your residents to send a video or photo of their maintenance issue while your residents receives a photo of the maintenance technician coming to make their repair. No app to download. Out tools work on every mobile phone. So, if you are app weary, we hear you!

Published at Thu, 30 Jan 2020 13:48:14 +0000

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DIY Christmas Decorations: How to Make String Art Trees

DIY Christmas Decorations: How to Make String Art Trees

  • Don’t waste money on Christmas decorations this holiday season
  • You can easily make decorations that will look great around your apartments in Everett WA
  • These Christmas string art trees can be made with supplies you probably already have around your house

Trees of all shapes and sizes are a classic piece of winter holiday decor.

Because they’re so popular, they often end up being expensive, even for small ones.

If you’re in need of a cute, decorative tree but don’t have a big budget for one, here’s another fun DIY Christmas decoration you can make alongside your own DIY wreath — a string art tree that you can quickly make and display for the holidays.

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What you’ll need:

  • Cornstarch
  • Small pot or pan
  • Paper
  • Embroidery floss (but other string will work fine)
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Saran wrap

supplies for string art trees

Step 1: Make the starch solution

Heat 1 cup of water on high in a small pot or pan on the stove. Once it comes to a boil, stir in 1 teaspoon of cornstarch and let it boil for 30 seconds. Remove from the heat and stir periodically until the solution has cooled. As it cools, it will thicken into a starchy paste.

corn starch mixture

Step 2: Make a cone

Roll the paper into a cone. This cone will determine the size of your trees, so make it whatever size you want. Once you’ve achieved your desired size, use tape to hold the paper together.

paper cone

Trim the excess paper from the bottom of the cone so it can stand freely.

trim the paper cone so it can stand freely

Step 3: Saran wrap it

Roll out the saran wrap and cut a piece of it big enough to cover your paper cone.

covering the cone in saran wrap

Cover the cone in saran wrap. Make sure the entire cone is covered so the tree will come off easily once it’s dry.

paper cone covered in saran wrap

Step 4: Soak the string

Unravel some of the string and let it sit in the starch solution for a minute or so.

string soaking in corn starch solution

Step 5: Wrap the string

Loosely pinch the string with your fingers and run them along the string to remove the excess solution and carefully wrap the soaked string around the cone.

stringing the treestring art tree drying

Repeat for additional trees and let them dry for 24 hours.

string art trees drying

Step 6: Remove the paper cone

Once the trees are dry and feel sturdy, carefully remove the paper cone by pinching it together at the bottom and gently lifting the string tree off.

removing the saran wrap and paper

Step 7: Display and enjoy

That’s all you need to do! You can display these however you like! For a fun effect, you can put an electric tea light underneath it or even set them on top of a string of Christmas lights.

finished string art trees

O Christmas tree!

These string art trees are a great DIY Christmas decoration for the home, or you could easily give them as gifts. Enjoy!

 

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Published at Fri, 06 Dec 2019 15:20:32 +0000

What is a Pied-à-Terre?

A pied-à-terre — French for “foot on the ground” — is a city apartment that’s occupied during the workweek and is not considered one’s main residence. A pied-à-terre is usually much smaller in comparison to other rental units as it’s only occupied part-time.

Who needs a pied-à-terre?

Pied-à-terre apartments are primarily rented by business professionals who work in the heart of a large city, yet have a primary residence that’s some distance away from the city center.

A secondary group of people who may benefit from a pied-à-terre is frequent travelers who habitually visit a particular city. If one visits a city frequently enough, a pied-à-terre in that city is a worthy investment.

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What constitutes a pied-à-terre?

Pied-à-terre apartments have a few notable characteristics that distinguish them from other short-term or temporary housing.

  • Near the city center
  • Not near the primary residence
  • Typically resemble an efficiency apartment
  • Likely furnished by the property owner
  • Fully staffed

What does a pied-à-terre look like?

pied-a-terre

Photo of Pearl Marketplace at Midtown in Houston, TX

As we mentioned, a pied-à-terre usually closely resembles an efficiency apartment like the unit shown in the image above. This is because a pied-à-terre is one’s second home and renters of a pied-à-terre likely want to avoid exorbitant costs from renting an enormous unit. Pied-à-terre units are often fully furnished and offer a long list of amenities. Anyone deciding to rent an apartment for this purpose is probably doing so to improve their quality of life, which explains the prevalence of luxury amenities.

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Published at Fri, 06 Dec 2019 14:49:34 +0000

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MMT: Modern Monetary Theory, or Magical Mortgage Tease?

MMT: Modern Monetary Theory, or Magical Mortgage Tease?

Originally posted on December 03, 2019 12:47 pm

Updated on December 03, 2019 12:51 pm

For almost 10 years now, experts everywhere have called for rising mortgage rates. Shortly after the financial crisis, everyone everywhere felt bad about buying anything. But as we bounced from the March 2009 lows, slowly the financial gears began ticking again and risk appetite came back.

In the real estate world, some markets recovered much more slowly than others. California and NYC were among the first to stage a comeback, while parts of Seattle and Las Vegas continued to bottom through 2011. The entire time, experts everywhere gave all kinds of excuses why mortgage rates would rise, and very soon!

Dec 2010, NY Times

“The Mortgage Bankers’ Association, a trade group, predicts that 30-year fixed rates will inch up to 5.1 percent by the end of 2011 and reach 5.7 percent in 2012.” How has that gone? Turns out 3 years later, rates were still below 4.0% and stayed there all the way through Trump’s 2016 election.

Benchmark 30-year mortgage rates

After more false starts, does anyone expect to go back to the days where 6% mortgage rates seemed like a good deal? And what does that mean for real estate investors searching for good yields? Cap rates for Manhattan condos still average less than 3% (and that’s on the high end). Condo prices are also flat or dropping. You would get a better deal in many other asset classes, or real estate in other markets.

As we approach 2020, real estate investors seem to be taking a wait-and-see approach. The real winners are those who already own properties and have enjoyed favorable refinancing rates. For example, anyone on a 5/1 ARM set to reset soon will be delighted at the newer low interest rate levels.

As for the Federal Reserve hiking rates, Wall Street isn’t betting on it. New trade war tensions have shaken markets off their all-time highs, with the president now hinting the trade deal might not come until after the 2020 election!

Published at Tue, 03 Dec 2019 17:47:54 +0000

Craigslist, Freshness, Bait and Switch Problems

Originally posted on December 02, 2019 11:44 am

Updated on December 03, 2019 10:12 am

When Lawrence and I gave our original Demo Day pitch in the Summer 2009 Y Combinator batch, we cited Craigslist as a large part of the Beaverton apartment finder problem. Back then, you could not sort by price, location, or photo gallery. The only thing you could do was “grep for text” that suited you (like the word No Fee or Luxury Highrise). Many predicted Craigslist would not last so long, while others, including Harvard Business School professors Peter Coles and Ben Edelman argued the network effect would ensure their survival.

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But the one thing Craigslist got right was their focus on Freshness. By now allowing anyone to sort by seemingly reasonable things such as price, they mimic a real-life bulletin board. As new postings come in, they obstruct older postings. Everyone is welcome to continue browsing the older items, to a point, but savvy renters know that anything old is probably already gone – otherwise the agent would have been reposted it again.

The MOST important component in our HopScore ranking system is the Freshness. Given how quickly the market moves, and how quickly inventory can come off the market or change in price, Freshness measures how likely the listing data is still accurate. Our algorithms can see how many other renters have already inquired on a particular listing, when the agent or landlord most recently updated the listing, and whether the account has a track record of accuracy.

While designing a sorting algorithm for apartment listings, there is a counter-intuitive logic we face. We can use other factors such as Quality and Manager scores to determine whether an apartment will be popular. However, after crossing a critical threshold, the MORE people we have seen click on and inquire about a listing, the LESS likely we should recommend it to others. Either the apartment is no longer available, or there is something wrong with it after 20 renters have scheduled showings and none have taken it.

Published at Mon, 02 Dec 2019 16:44:06 +0000

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My Next Dream Kitchen

My Next Dream Kitchen

If you don’t follow Apartment 34 on Instagram, then you might have missed the exciting announcement that official This Old Victorian – aka my five-year renovation saga – is about to come its close. Domino Magazine announced its first-ever Renovation Issue and I’m thrilled to announce that the official tour of our house is included. If you want your first sneak peek into our before & afters (and they’re rather dramatic), click here.

But I think once you try your hand at renovations, you catch the bug. And so I’m already designing my fictional future dream house in my hand. And I think I already found my dream kitchen.

This epic kitchen is another product of design savant Amber Interiors. She has figured out the magic mix of California casual, old-world grandeur, and what I like to call an elevated rustic style that combines to create warm, welcoming but also dramatic spaces.

Obviously, the architecture of this space lends itself to its awesome dramatic feel, not to mention all that stunning natural light. But that is probably one of my biggest learnings from our renovation – that space’s bones are everything. If you happen upon some a home with some good architecture, jump on it! You can be confident that even the ugliest of toads can be transformed.

The use of various both refined and rustic materials offers a really beautiful juxtaposition in this kitchen. Honed Calacatta marble counters and backsplash feel sleek and fancy. But then the reclaimed French limestone looks as if you could be in a farmhouse in Burgundy. The mix and match continue with smooth plasters walls abutting a white brick pizza oven. Brass hardware offsets the custom white oak cabinetry, but the cup drawer pulls reinforce the more country, rustic feel. Finally, a rustic beam holds residence above a sophisticated Lachance range. Yet it all works.

This space would feel fitting should it be in the middle of the wine country, in Europe or in downtown LA. In fact, it resides in Malibu, CA but you certainly wouldn’t say it has a beachy feel.

I love how Amber switched the far counter’s top to a dark limestone to anchor the space and mirror the dark range across the room.

If I could get my hands on this space I might have thickened the countertops (I still love that fat look), selected more modern cabinetry hardware and swapped out the antique pendant lights for something more minimalist and refined. But that’s the fun thing with renovating. Once you get to play with the details, you just want to play more and more and more and more.

Good thing I have my yard project to keep me busy at the moment because I’d be rather tempted to start housing hunting again! Don’t tell my hubs.

design by amber interiors, photography by Tess Neustadt 

Published at Thu, 21 Nov 2019 22:29:54 +0000

Book Report: the Neutral Home

Some people say all-white design is boring. Or easy. But I beg to differ. Using white as your primary color palette actually requires the utmost expertise – so much so that there’s a beautiful new design book dedicated to working with a (nearly) all-white palette. And I, for one, am here for it.

I highly doubt you’re bored by neutral interiors either, otherwise, you wouldn’t have been able to stick around Apt34 for this long, but this new design tome, FOR THE LOVE OF WHITE: THE WHITE AND NEUTRAL HOME by Chrissie Rucker, founder of UK favorite, The White Company, captures pitch-perfect use all my favorite soothing hues.

The secret to a compelling neutral interior is contrast. And there is a stunning use of that throughout these homes for rent Panama city fl. Deeply hued hardwoods pop against beautiful white walls.

White on white works when you use dramatic proportions. I love how everything in these homes feels big and eye-catching – no bright colors required. Note to self, always add a dog that matches your interior.

Yes, I’ve hated on all-white kitchens in the past, but there is a reason why they’ll never go out of style. I do understand their classic appeal.

I love the mix of materials in this dining room. Modern, clean-lined chairs mix with a farm-style table and a stunning traditional built-in hutch. Definite display goals with that one.

A freestanding tub is also always timeless. This space is truly elegant.

But in my next dream house, I’d like a room dedicated entirely to my tub, thank you very much.

This is only one of the many gorgeous design books that have debuted this fall. I’m going to share sneak peeks of all of my faves through the month of November, just in case you have another design lover on your gift list!

Photography by Chris Everard, © The White Company.

“FOR THE LOVE OF WHITE: THE WHITE AND NEUTRAL HOME by Chrissie Rucker, founder of The White Company, is available now from HarperDesign, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. For more information, visit hc.com

Published at Wed, 13 Nov 2019 01:33:58 +0000

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How to Style your Fireplace Mantel Like the Pros

How to Style your Fireplace Mantel Like the Pros

Whether you’ve just moved into a home with a fireplace or are looking to spruce things up this winter, we’re here to help, because we know just how challenging it can be to style a mantel. We spoke with six designers and bloggers to gather their top tips, which you can implement in your own space starting now.

It turns out that styling a mantel is a lot like styling any other surface in your home, so don’t become too overwhelmed about this undertaking! “My go-to formula for styling the top of a mantel could also be applied to the top of a dresser, console or nightstand,” says home and interior blogger Alisa Bovino. “I think the key to a well-styled mantel comes down to symmetry and layering various objects of different heights, widths, and shapes.”

Kira Obermeier of Kira David Design shared her three mantel decorating essentials. First, she suggests incorporating a vertical piece, like a glass vase filled with long feathers or greenery. Then, go ahead and add something horizontal. “A simple brass tray, or a set of boxes work well to balance the height of your vertical piece,” she says. The third step, she notes, is to add an organic piece. “A grouping of glass beads or a sculptural object ties the two together.”

Un-match your mantel decor

Alyssa Kapito of Alyssa Kapito Interiors echoes many similar suggestions. “I love to add anything from lamps to vases to candlesticks to the top of my mantel,” says Kapito, who styled the mantel pictured above. “And while I love a room with symmetry, I’ll often leave my mantel a little lopsided because it feels just a touch more bohemian.” Bovino follows a similar formula, noting, “I always add an object of height on one or both sides and to keep things interesting, I won’t use matching objects on either side. For example, I’ll use a lamp on one end and a tall vase with cherry blossoms on the other. Then I work my way inward and usually add a tray, stack of books and a candle along with decorative matches (in a chic little jar) on top of the books. Since I’m all about layering, I’ll prop a smaller piece of art against the mirror or large art.”

Kapito also advocates mixing and matching styles to create a unique look. “If you have a contemporary fireplace mantel, I love to top it with some sort of antique objet, and if you happen to have an antique mantel, it is often fun to go with a modern art piece to give the room balance. A great fire screen and some interesting fireplace tools are  another way to take your styling up a notch. I particularly love vintage screens with a deco influence.”

Display sentimental favorites

Decorative objects don’t have to be expensive, though, and there are many ways to incorporate cheap or free items into your mantel display. “Displaying some favorite books is a nice idea which won’t cost you anything, because you’ll most likely already have them,” stylist and photographer Carole Poirot says. “Create a few piles of varying heights for interest starting with the highest one on the outer edge. Add some fresh flowers or a potted plant to give it some life and some candles for warmth and a ‘homey and bookish’ feel.” Alternatively, Poirot suggests, you can borrow items from other parts of the room and give them new life. “‘Shopping your home’ also has the advantage that it’s zero impact on the environment and you can discover new and creative ways of displaying old pieces,” she notes.

Shop secondhand stores for cheap finds

If you do feel like looking elsewhere, secondhand stores and websites are a great place to start. “My favorite places to find chic decor is the thrift store, on Facebook Marketplace, and on eBay,” Bovino says. “Some of the items I search for are small brass vases, used books, and smaller items of interest like a horn magnifying glass or a bone inlay box.” These resources are also excellent for sourcing artwork, says design blogger Erin Francois. “Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist are my go-to for large, but cheap art. For smaller art pieces, I often use printable art. Etsy has some amazing options you can print on your home printer for $10!”

Maddy Evennett of Hutchinson House shared the above photo of her fireplace as well as some of the key pieces she incorporates into her styling, which also happen to be budget-friendly! “Flowers, foliage, leaves or branches picked from your garden or bought from the supermarket breathe so much life into a vignette, it encourages visual movement on the eye with its organic shape and adds an element of texture,” Evennett says.

She’s also a proponent of “sentimental objects that inject personality and unique value, whether it’s a special family trinket or $2 thrifted lacquered box that you fell in love with in a vintage shop.” Pairing investment pieces with more affordable finds is also A-OK. “Invest in the big ticket items that are classic to you and you love, like an oversized mirror or artwork, and incorporate inexpensive smaller items that you can swap out to keep it looking fresh,” Evennett says, citing Target, H&M, Amazon, and Etsy as some of her favorite sources. And of course, DIYs are always encouraged! “Giving new life to a decorative piece is fun, rewarding and inexpensive,” Evennett explains. The candlesticks pictured above were originally silver, but Evennett spray painted them with a $12 black matte hue for a major makeover.

While creating the perfect mantel display should be tons of fun, it’s certainly key to keep safety top of mind when dealing with a working fireplace, as Poirot notes. “Especially if you have an open fire, you will have to be aware that anything hanging off the mantle could pose a serious fire risk,” Poirot says. “If you’re thinking of having a beautiful fir or eucalyptus garland for your festive decorations, make sure it hangs far enough to the sides so that there is no chance of it catching fire. I’d even go as far as occasionally spraying it with some water to make sure it’s not completely dried out.”

Published at Sat, 30 Nov 2019 17:00:55 +0000

Is Disaster-Proofing Your Home Decor a Thing?

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Shortly after moving into my new Everett apartment, I woke up one morning in a complete panic: What happens if there’s an earthquake? I’ve always lived on the East Coast, so natural disasters have never really been on my radar. Sure, we have hurricanes, and they’re just as devastating. But hurricanes are slightly more predictable than earthquakes, which could really just happen at any time. And the warning signs can be easy to miss.

There are plenty of resources out there about how to get you and your home disaster-ready, but what about your stuff? After all, unless you own an actual house, it’s usually up your landlord or the maintenance staff to reinforce your apartment complex’s structure, which means you potentially have no idea what kind of protection you have until something happens. So I figure it’s time to take matters into my own hands. While disaster-proofing your home decor isn’t as discussed as, say, assembling an emergency kit or an overnight bag, there are some things you can do to help ensure your home stays intact. Whether you live in a disaster-prone area or simply want to err on the side of caution, here are four easy ways to disaster-proof your home decor.

Whether you’re in the midst of a turbulent earthquake or intense winds from a hurricane, one thing’s for sure: The pieces that line your walls are at serious risk of slipping off or tipping over. If you want to protect your walls from a storm or disaster, it’s a good idea to anchor all of your wall decor—think bookshelves, television, floating shelves, and artwork—to the walls.

While wall anchors come in different shapes and sizes, they’re designed to give your walls some reinforcement to ensure they can hold all the weight you decide to hang on or place against them. And, yes, you can even use anchors on less conventional wall materials such as brick. While anchors are an effective way to secure your belongings, it’s not a one-size-fits-all situation. For a flatscreen TV, you might want to use a bracket anchor. But a shelf full of books would probably be best with some sort of nylon strapping to keep it in place.

Just because you live in a disaster-prone region doesn’t mean you can’t have a great shelfie—you just have to be a little strategic about how you place your items. A poorly assembled bookshelf can be vulnerable to breaking in the midst of a disaster, and all of your belongings will fall right down with it. In order to minimize damage, place heavier items at the bottom of your shelf. That way, in the event that your bookshelf breaks, your bulky speaker won’t crush, say, your grandmother’s vase.

Or, if you’re working with sturdy built-ins, go ahead and secure your valuables with museum putty. It’s a tacky substance that holds breakables in place and can be removed and reused, should you want to reposition anything you use it on.

Sure, cabinets might seem like a safe place to stow all your stuff, but what happens if they swing open mid-quake, allowing all your dinnerware and other items to crash on the ground?

Well, it’s time to call in some reinforcements—literally. If you’re looking for some peace of mind—especially when you’re at work or on vacation—a latch guard will ensure that your cabinet doors are closed and stay that way. Stock up on these guys and add them to any cupboard that has anything valuable in it.

Let’s be honest: Broken windows can do a lot more than cramp your space’s curb appeal. Not only can they be a pain in the neck to replace, but they can also expose that nice suede armchair or sheepskin throw to unwanted moisture. That’s where safety window film comes in. While window film won’t make your windows or glass doors shatter-resistant, users report that it can bolster your windows in the event of a disaster and make clean-up easier, should windows break. It also provides protection against flying glass in natural disasters. As a side bonus, safety film is also said to make your home a little more secure from smash-and-grab burglaries.

Lock Your Lights in Place

Sia might want to swing from a chandelier, but a flying light fixture can cause some serious damage if a disaster strikes. However, it is possible to have lighting that’s equal parts secure and stylish. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the secret is to connect your fancy fixture to the ceiling with a gauge wire. The extra support will ensure your lighting fixture stays put if your home starts to shake. That said, it’s important to understand that different types of light fixtures will require different types of gauge wires. Before you try your luck with this DIY reinforcement project, consult your nearby hardware store for the right solution for your fixtures.

These four tips have given me a plan of action for peace of mind should an earthquake occur. Am I leaving anything out? What have you done to disaster-proof your home decor?

Published at Sat, 30 Nov 2019 16:00:53 +0000

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Tips For Finding Apartments For Rent

Many apartments for rent available are in our city. The standard rent may vary from $400 per month up to $1500 for a luxury suite. This price is for a one-bedroom apartment with a fully fitted kitchen and a full bathroom.

Usually, you have to put a security/damage deposit in as well. Such a deposit normally is equal to half a month rental price. In some cases, utilities are included in the price, and in others, they are not. If paid separately utility costs vary depending on usage.

One of my sisters was very fortunate to find a nice apartment for rent in a very quiet building for only $550 per month. And it is only a few blocks away from where I live. In fact, she’s paying a bit more as there is an additional fee of $35 per month that goes for using the indoor underground parking. In her building, there are also some additional extras like cable TV, air conditioning and an indoor pool, that are available to tenants’ families.

Another popular type of apartment for rent that is widely available are the so-called bachelor apartments or studios. Their rent varies between $250 and $600 per month because they only consist of a large room with a modest kitchenette and bathroom facilities. And as you can guess they are really only suitable for a single person. Usually, the lowest range ones are in fact old damp and dark basement, and most of them are in such a condition that living there is a real danger. All the bugs and vermin they often host create such health hazards that it is not rare at all, the City to close them down and warn the public about such inhuman dwellings.

Unfortunately, there is another type of apartment for rent offered in our town that is even worse. In fact, they are not apartments at all, they are only rooms, usually situated in an old ex-boarding house. Places like these do often attract prostitutes, drug addicts and all types of underground world members. Apart from being very filthy and unsanitary, such dwellings are also extremely dangerous because of the people who stay there. Murders in such types of dwellings do happen on a regular basis.

Of course, there are great apartments for rent too – situated in the most prestigious areas of the city and are often with bigger size than some homes. They do usually offer top quality and of course feature additional facilities like saunas, spas, and gyms available for their tenants. Laundry and dry-cleaning along with concierge services are not a rarity at all. And all that comes at the corresponding price, that’s usually in the $2000+ per month range.

There are also people who do offer apartments for rent situated in their own Houses for Rent in Ocean Springs. In case the house is way too big for one family only there is nothing bad in converting it into a duplex or triplex and renting out. And many people have done so. But the most important downside of those is that being in fact one house they have very thin inner walls that allow noise to spread easily to the other units and no one actually has any privacy there.

So as expected, there is such a wide variety of apartments for rent offered in the CityPsychology Articles, that they can suit any rental range or family situation possible. Actually anybody can find one that suits him.

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High Resolution Pricing: Agents and Broker Edition

High Resolution Pricing: Agents and Broker Edition

One of our Y Combinator batch mates way back in Summer 2009 was a company called InstantQ, founded by Dana Levine and Jeff Shi. They were an early version of Groupon, allowing restaurants to fine tune pricing specific to certain customers, day of week, time of day, etc.

At the time, Paul Graham called it High Resolution Pricing. I’ll confess, I didn’t get it back then – I was just interesting in getting discounted pizza. Only later did I realize a meta-theme in PG’s philosophy on how the world was changing, even in the traditionally opaque world of fundraising. Markets CAN be more efficient when prices are allowed to adjust to match supply and demand.

In the low resolution world, restaurants have a lunch menu and dinner menu. Vegas buffets have weekend and weekday prices. Unfortunately, some hours the restaurant is jam packed with a long line, while other times many seats are empty. Hotels figured this out a long time ago – higher resolution pricing, meaning the manager can zoom in and adjust the price every single day, based on upcoming demand, events, and seasonality.


Now we apply the high resolution tweaking to finding apartments in Duluth for rent with a broker! In the low res world, landlords have all generally decided a broker will receive 1 month of OP.

Say an agents know she needs to show on average 10 apartments to close a deal (honestly, for many price points it’s MUCH more). That’s a lot of appointments, time, and money gone to previewing, sourcing, and scheduling the tours. It’s even more frustrating when each showing requires a significant amount of travel and preparation.

In a high resolution world, the same agent realizes there is an incredible deal that won’t last the day. In fact, she is confident the first reasonable, qualified client who sees the listing would jump to take it. She could easily offer to rebate $500 to the renter as a vote of confidence that the apartment is worth seeing. What she loses on this deal, she makes up for in volume of deals closed.

Rebates can also help an agent specialize efficiently. An agent is much more willing to show Mauldin apartments in a neighborhood close to where they live or already have other showings. By becoming a neighborhood expert, it’s much less hassle for an agent to batch and group multiple clients for the same area in one day, and therefore they can deliver better service at lower “cost”, hence the OP rebate to the renter.

Published at Wed, 27 Nov 2019 01:16:00 +0000

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On the route of monuments from your Valencia apartments for rent

When making arrangements for your Valencia apartments for rent, why not start your journey of discovery at the beginning in Xativa, the capital of commerce of La Costera? This fortified village has a castle set on the town’s highest point protected by a Roman and Iberian fortress that has become one over the centuries. This now protected precinct contains thirty towers with four fortified doors.

With this all around you, take a walk through the market where the San Pedro and Moncada streets cross. At this point, you can almost feel the grandeur of the court life that must have taken place here those centuries ago. The townhouses from that period still have their aristocratic shields on the entrance that is further enhanced by the Gothic fountains in this little village. As you roam around the castle hill take note of the town hall and church that are constructed in part with inscribed Roman masonry along with a number of Pensacola Houses for Rent from the Moorish era. Among the many churches and convents in the collegiate church, once a cathedral from 1414 only to be rebuilt in a Renaissance style a century later.

The next region on our itinerary is Albaida, the white city. This area with contrasting landscape due to its location between the Grossa and Creu Mountains to the north and the Mariola and Benicadell Mountains in the south forms the Albaida valley with the Clariano and Albaida Rivers running through it. Also located here besides the village of Albaida are the Ontinyent, Bocairent and Lolleria villages making up the community of the Albaida Valley.

Be sure to bring your swimming suit with you from your Valencia apartments for rent on this sojourn to Bocairent as the access road is the beginning of the Clariano River. On a hot summer day there is nothing better than a swim in the cool spring water. The area surrounding the river with its natural landscape is known as Pou Clar which is where the walls have been excavated for a cave dating back to prehistoric times. This is apropos for your entrance into the village of Bocairent with some parts carved from rock. In addition to this, there are two rivers that emanate from this area creating ravines and cliffs surrounding the city. This medieval city is a must-visit on this journey of discovery.

From your holiday lodgings, you have started on your journey of discovery covering the realm of monuments. While you are out in the countryside you will enjoy a taste of nature. This is a good time to explore the possibilities of cycling, canoeing, rappelling, horseback ridingFree Web Content, rock climbing and paragliding on offer in this rural setting.

The city of Boston is renowned for its
beautiful surroundings and both modern and classic buildings. People who are
looking to live in this area will find that they have a choice that cannot be
found in many other cities due to the fact that a lot of the older buildings
are still standing today. There are also a lot of new developments and projects
going on all the time. Here are some apartments for rent Boston area choices.

Boston has a wide diversity of cultures and influences
throughout its city and this can be seen in its variety of properties. Moving
into the central city area there is a range of contemporary high-rise luxury
apartments for rent. These are greatly suited to individuals who live a fast-paced life and are looking to stay close to the city center so they are not too
far from the nightlife and their place of work. Apartments for Rent Boston
nightlife and activities. The nightlife consists of many diverse restaurants
ranging from cultures all over the world. There are also a lot of activities to
do like going to the cinema and of course seeing some of the many large sports
teams that have a home in this city. Anyone who is looking some game time action
will be able to support their local team by visiting the Boston Celtics
arenaScience ArticlesComputer Technology Articles, the TD Garden. Here you will be able to see an NBA
championship team playing on a regular basis. If basketball is not your cup of
tea then there are the New England Patriots who are an extremely good NFL team
and the Boston Red Sox if you are into baseball. For those who want to live in a
more classic style home, there are a lot of brownstone homes which are still the
main type of property in the Back Bay area. Most of these homes have now been
converted into apartments and you’ll be able to find yourself a very nice living
quarters in a friendly neighborhood. The prices in Boston can range from $500
going all the way up to $5000 per month. It depends on the type of room that you
are looking for and obviously the area that it in. On average a contemporary
studio apartment can be found for around $700-$800 per month. This is an
extremely good rate for the area considering all of the local amenities that
are to hand. Boston is currently undergoing a lot of regeneration in many areas
and the Italian community has definitely seen a large change in the suburbs
where they live. This is attracting a lot more people to the area and is
stimulating the property market around. Before one does decide to make a move to
look for apartments for rent Boston is definitely an exciting place and should
be considered but one should do their research first. Visiting the areas that
you would like to live in is important before you put down a deposit.

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Amenity Date Ideas in Austin

Amenity Date Ideas in Austin

Done are the days of overcomplicating date night. With so
many versatile and luxurious amenity spaces just outside your door, enjoy a
night in that feels like a night out. Check out these date ideas in amenity
spaces across Austin.

The pool at Ashton Bala Cynwyd Apartments

Beat the Texas heat with a daytime date at the pool! Cozy up
under a cabana, soak up the sun side-by-side in lounge chairs, or marvel at the
expansive views of Lady Bird Lake from seven stories up. As the sun sets, grill
up a meal for two and enjoy each other’s company over dinner at the firepit.

Courtyard at Residences at the Kelly Apartments in Bala Cynwyd

With a little bit of planning and a quick trip to the store, turn the courtyard at Residences at the Domain into the most romantic dining spot in the neighborhood. Relax under a canopy of twinkling lights, enjoy a glass of wine next to the firepit, and indulge in hours of conversation with your special someone.

Greenbelt Entrance at Barton Creek Landing Apartments

What better way to spend time together than with a sunset stroll along the Barton Creek Greenbelt? Lace-up your tennis shoes, grab water and see where the trail and the conversation take you. When you make it back to your apartment, cool off with a dip in the pool and celebrate a date that went the distance.

No matter how you choose to spend your time together, the unique amenity spaces at your luxury apartment home will help make it a date to remember. Learn more about amenities offered at Ashton Austin, Residences at the Domain, Barton Creek Landing, and more here.

Published at Wed, 07 Aug 2019 16:00:00 +0000