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With over 50 years in the industry, we have lots of insight and experience in apartment living and hospitality in the communities and guests we serve. Find behind the scenes insight, rental property best practices, and apartment life inspiration here.
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    What is a Security Deposit for an Apartment?

    When moving into a new apartment, you’ll typically need to pay a security deposit upfront. The security deposit protects your landlord financially if you fail to pay your rent or damage the apartment at some point during your lease. But, more often than not, you can get your security deposit back at the end of […]

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    What Bills do You Pay When Renting an Apartment?

    When you rent an apartment, what do you pay for? Many people have the misconception that they’ll only need to pay rent when living in an apartment, but there are a number of other apartment expenses and bills to keep in mind.  Therefore, it’s important to figure out which bills you’ll have to pay and […]

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    What are Certified Funds?

    When making a deposit or paying rent for an apartment, you may be required to use certified funds. If this is your first apartment (and even if it’s not) you may be hearing this term for the first time. So what are certified funds, and how do they work? Let’s take a look at how […]

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    How to Budget for Rent

    Budgeting for rent is more of an art than a science. The fact is, you have to learn how to calculate what you can afford in rent, as there is no one-size-fits-all approach. How to budget for rent depends on many variables and there are plenty of expenses to consider. Since the start of the […]

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