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April 1, 2014 – 9:48 am

Some Straightforward Apartment Tips for A Newbie Renter

March 6, 2014 – 11:11 am
As a newbie renter, it can often take a large amount of preparation and comparison in order to locate an apartment which will suit your needs at a price that you are willing to pay. Too many first time renters make the mistake of choosing to rent an apartment that is simply not the right fit. Through learning how to utilize some simple apartment tips, finding an apartment which is within your budget, appeals to your lifestyle and matches your personal living needs should be achievable right away. Set Your Budget Well Ahead of Time Whether you will be living with a roommate or on your own, budgeting well ahead of time is essential for avoiding potential financial problems. Before you even think about signing a lease, you should have at least half the amount of rent needed to pay off the lease saved up from the get go. According to MSN Real ...

Some Apartment Tips for Those in College

February 12, 2014 – 7:50 pm
Living in an apartment is a common experience for those going to college. However, selecting the right apartment for your needs can often be a challenge, especially when it comes to agreeing on the right place with other roommates who will be signing the lease. Through learning how to utilize some relatively straightforward apartment tips, finding the right apartment to live in during college should be possible. Start Your Search Early Attractive apartments close to college campus are often fiercely competed for by other college students, especially if they have certain perks such as free utilities or a month to month agreement. According to Campus Talk Blog, "You will not be the only student in search of an apartment close to campus so you will have keen competition for all available units. The best time to start searching is the summer (or semester before you will begin) to leave yourself plenty of ...

Finding your first Apartment

January 20, 2014 – 7:26 pm
Living on your own in your very first apartment is an exciting time of life. However, it can be stressful to hunt for an apartment and hard to know the best options for your life-style and budget. These tips may help you sort it out to make this important step into adulthood easier. Calculate your budget for rent and utilities. It is commonly held that housing costs should be no more than 30% of your income. However, depending on the rental market you want to live in, you may need to spend more. Some ways to save on rent are: finding a compatible roommate, renting a studio apartment or a room in a house, and living more on the edges of a metropolitan area. Once you know how much you can afford for rent, you can begin your search. Websites that specialize in listing apartments available for rent and apartment communities, are a good starting ...

How to Use Rental Information as A Landlord to Pick A Desirable Tenant

January 20, 2014 – 7:23 pm
Every landlord has nightmares about a horrible and irresponsible tenant. A bad tenant can reduce profits, cause permanent damage to your home and make it challenging to find a new tenant in time to pay the bills. By learning how to take advantage of the rental information that exists for tenants who are applying, picking the right tenant should be a breeze. A Credit Check is Essential A credit check will quickly reveal how up responsible someone has been in the past concerning the state of their financial obligations. Although almost no applicants credit history is going to be perfect, a credit check is important because it will reveal the quality of the relationship the tenant had with their previous landlord. Be wary of applicants that have no available credit history. For such candidates, extra precautions such as requiring payment of the first and last months expenses up front is necessary. Part of ...

Study Says Consumers Evaluate Rental Information Differently Based on How Soon They’re Moving

December 27, 2013 – 10:19 am
When you’re checking out rental information, your moving date may determine whether you pay more attention to your thinking or your feelings. A recent survey found that consumers tend to make more emotional decisions when they are faced with moving into a new home in the immediate future. Researchers conducted an experiment where college students were asked to imagine a certain graduation date and given two choices for a new apartment. They could follow their feelings and opt for a smaller and prettier place with a scenic view or pick an objectively better apartment with more room and a more convenient location. Those who imagined they were graduating and moving within a month went with the prettier apartment. Those who imagined they would not be graduating and moving until a year from now chose the more practical address. The study was conducted by Hannah H. Chang of Singapore Management University and Michel Tuan ...

Apartment Tips For Small Spaces

December 27, 2013 – 10:15 am
Living in a small space can be challenging! Where do you put everything, and how do you make it look great at the same time? These apartment tips for small spaces will help you get more room for your buck! Corner shelves are a must-have for small spaces. They make use of an area that you aren't going to need for walking around or daily activities. Plus, they come in a range of styles and colors, such as metal corner shelves for that modern look or bamboo corner shelves for that artsy vibe! Remember, the taller the corner shelf, the more you will maximize the corner space! Hanging door organizers on your bathroom, bedroom, and even some closet doors are like creating an extra closet! There are numerous types of hanging door organizers, from cloth shoe to plastic sweater organizers. If you find a great organizer, remember that you can place anything ...

Rental Information That Can Save You From Losing Your Security Deposit

October 28, 2013 – 9:18 am
When you find an apartment that satisfies all of your needs and wants, there a few steps you will have to take before you are permitted to rent the property. You will most likely be asked to submit references from previous landlords or details on where you have lived for the past 3 years. The landlord may also run a credit check, ask for information about you current job, and request details regarding your bank. Once they have received and approved all of the above information, you will probably be required to pay a security deposit, which is usually 1 to 2 months worth of rent. Your landlord will hold your deposit for the duration of your occupancy. Landlords use deposits as a safeguard against damage done to the property by the renter. While a landlord uses a security deposit as a safety measure, you should also perform certain actions to ensure you ...

10 THINGS – BLACK LABS & BUSINESS

October 25, 2013 – 9:37 am
by Mike Branam Here are 10 things that my black labrador retriever has taught me about business and management: 1. Even if it is far away, keep chasing, you will get there 2. When opportunity knocks at the door, be excited and welcome it in 3. Routine is not boring if you enjoy what you are doing and the team you are doing it with 4. Be excited when the day starts 5. Greet people with enthusiasm 6. Sometimes you just know when a person is not a fit, do not force it 7. Be loyal and know that patience and persistence can co-exist 8. Protecting what you care about is a good thing 9. Live in the now, enjoy every moment 10. A little grey hair does preclude you from doing any of the above

Check Your Credit Report Before Joining the Rental Market

October 16, 2013 – 1:05 pm
Renting an apartment takes more than a job that pays enough money for you to avoid the monthly payment. Landlords want to make sure you can meet your rental obligation over time especially when you sign a lease. They make their decision by examining your credit report. You want to get a headstart on this process by looking at your own report, preferably many months to a year in advance, so you can fix any potential problems. While many companies offer to give you this report for a fee, you're actually entitled to one free report from each of the major credit bureaus: Equifax, TransUnion and Experian. The easiest way to obtain it, with no obligation and without having to sign up for credit protection, is to go to CreditKharma.com. CreditKharma allows you to view your credit score for free. One you have the document, look for any inaccurate statements or incorrect charges. ...

Questions to Ask Before You Start Looking For an Apartment

October 7, 2013 – 4:06 pm
Hunting for your ideal apartment can hold a number of frustrating obstacles that cause you to settle with a space you are not entirely satisfied with. However, if you organize your needs and make a list of attributes you would like your apartment to have, finding a place that suits you will be much easier. Asking and answering the following questions will help you find the right place to rent. What is your budget for rent? Knowing how much you can afford before stepping into your first apartment can save you from disappointment. Nothing stings more than falling in love with a place only to realize your monthly budget can't handle the rent. How close would you like to live to your work or school? Establishing the importance of distance to your work or school helps you narrow your search perimeter. If you are looking to save money, finding an apartment that allows you to walk ...

Apartment Hunting Tips for the Eco-Conscious Consumer

September 5, 2013 – 10:33 am
When most people think of green living, they conjure up images of solar-paneled homesteads with working water wheels (or windmills) and organic vegetable gardens.  It's harder to imagine living an eco-friendly life when you're one of the millions of Americans who, by necessity, must live in an apartment. Just because you have an apartment number instead of a house number doesn't mean you can't do your part to help the environment.  The United States Environmental Protection Agency offers a checklist for renters wanting to reduce their impact on the environment. Here are a couple of easy apartment tips eco-conscious consumers can keep in mind when renting: Consider the location.  Choosing an apartment that is walking or biking distance from your office can help reduce transportation emissions.  You can also ensure that your place is near public transit lines and conveniently located to shops, schools, parks, and other important facilities. Check your space.  Look for opportunities ...

RE/MAX Files for $100MM IPO

August 19, 2013 – 9:43 am
RE/MAX has filed to go public. According to their S1, RE/MAX has over 90,000 agents and over 6,300 offices in over 90 countries. They did $140.2MM, $138.3MM and $143.7MM in Revenue for 2010, 2011, and 2012 respectively. Revenue streams as % of total 2012 Revenue.  

How To Remove Mold Odors

August 19, 2013 – 9:27 am
One problem that can arise when you move into a new apartment is unwanted odors.  The cause of these, more times than not, is because of mold or water damage.  While there are a few ways to go that involve having a professional getting involved, these few Do It Yourself strategies may be your best bet! Baking Soda Once you find the source of the smell, using baking soda to eliminate the mold is a generally effective strategy.  You first lay down a thick layer of the baking soda, and let it sit for a few minutes.  Then you pat it down into the carpet and add another layer.  Let it sit for a day then vacuum the area and see if the odor still exists.  If it does but seems to have died down a bit, repeat the process until the odor is completely gone.  If not, you may need to move ...

The Low-Down on Rental Insurance

May 20, 2013 – 10:05 am
Most apartment complexes have insurance to cover the cost of apartments in case of fire, natural disasters or any other disaster. Many tenants never think to get insurance for their safety because it will take away from paying their rent and utilities or it never crossed their minds. Having renters insurance is a must for renters because in case of fire, floods and disasters it can protect your personal belongings from being a total loss. Get the low-down on renters insurance by soaking in the following rental information. Each policy is made for each kind of rental property. There's one for renters, condo owners, and so on. Each policy covers many kinds of disasters ranging from fires and snow to explosions and theft to accidental damage and damages caused by someone else. What they don't tell you is that flood and earthquakes is not a part of ...

We made a mistake… and why you should too.

May 10, 2013 – 3:48 pm
Mistakes are a beautiful thing…if we learn from them.     During a sales meeting, our VP of Sales and Operations, Mike Branam once started the conversation with this, “we need to make more mistakes!” As he tells it, “the looks I received when i said that were very similar to the time I told my parents that my friend and I wanted to go on tour with Jimmy Buffett…when I was 16 years old.”  Like Mike’s parents at the time, our sales team must have thought he slipped on ice and stayed down for a while. But Mike went on to explain that the team really needed to get out there more and take some risks.  He knew we were not learning enough about our product from our customers perspective. Mike did not believe we were asking the hard questions.  You know, the type of questions that we may not want the ...

3 Steps to discovering your WHY

May 3, 2013 – 2:47 pm
  Chances are you know what you do in your business. But have you ever tried to answer WHY it is you do what you do?  It’s HARD! A few weeks ago we stumbled across this Ted Talk from Simon Sinek. We watched and then experienced a moment of pure panic. No one on the team could answer with clarity why it is we do what we do at rentbits.  So, a week later we shut ourselves in a room and after two hours, a few beers, frantic write-board brainstorming, watching a few oldschool Apple commercials, and staring at a poster of the Wright brothers( you’ll understand when you watch the Ted Talk) - we emerged with our WHY. We’ll share what we came out with in a moment, but first, a little bit about how we got there and how you can too. 3 Steps to Discover Your WHY 1. Watch this TED ...

3 Things To Learn From Extraordinary Rental Industry Pro’s

April 17, 2013 – 12:25 pm
Hello friends, This month marks our seventh birthday. After we gorged ourselves on birthday cupcakes, our glasses clinked as we celebrated seven incredible years, over 8500 customers, more than 2,000,000 rental leads generated, being honored on Inc's 500 fastest growing companies, and even having a Margarita named after us (it’s true, take a peek here) . It's been a pretty amazing ride  and we have a lot to celebrate, but would you like to know the one thing we're most proud of? You! So pour yourself a glass of bubbly and join us in a cheers as we share the most extraordinary lessons we've learned from your success over the years. Don't just set goals – create a vision Jim Cathcart, a noted professional speaker, once said, “Most people aim at nothing in life and hit it with amazing accuracy.” If we don't know and can't clearly describe exactly what it is we want, there ...

Reputation Management for Apartments - Right Vs Wrong

April 5, 2013 – 10:37 am
 In the most recent onsite insites magazine, they wrote an article on the Right VS Wrong when dealing with Reputation Management and Reviews for apartments. Here is what they said: Right  Take the time to respond to every review Count to 10 before firing back a response Invite the reviewer to take the conversation offline by providing your contact info What happens onsite could end up online - give residents something good to talk about Wrong Only responding to reviews from current residents Responding to a review from an emotional point of view. Closing out the review as "The Manager" and not providing your name nor any contact information Thinking a resident complaint will go no further than a phone call or letter in the dropbox

Searching for Property Managers

March 18, 2013 – 11:32 am
In the United States, approximately 22% of all of the single family home rental properties are managed by professional properties managers. At rentbits, we wanted to make it easy for owners of rental properties to search for qualified property managers. We are excited to announce the launch of PropertyManagers.co, a new place to search for property managers within the single family home rental industry.

Top Five Things To Check Before You Rent

February 28, 2013 – 1:51 pm
Moving can be an exciting time in your life, but it can also be a stressful one. Whether you are moving because of a new job, because you are recently married or even recently retired, locating the right apartment means doing some research. First, you must determine how much space you need - how many bedrooms or baths. You also need to set a cost range for rental expenses that fits into your budget. Whichever city you plan to call home, there will be some excellent apartment communities in choice areas. But how do you decide, which one is right for you? In addition to size, location and rental cost, there are some other considerations to take into account when deciding where to rent. Think about what you require in an apartment - which amenities or features mean the most to you? Here are five apartment search tips to think about before you sign ...

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February 14, 2013 – 1:05 pm

Decorating Ideas To Make Low Ceilings Look Higher

February 14, 2013 – 11:48 am
Sometimes basement apartments and other units in modern buildings have ceilings so low that they make you feel cramped. These are apartment tips for decorating that appear to raise the roof. Buy a rug: Picking up a bold and colorful rug that will keep your attention on the floor is the easiest way to cope. Non rectangular rugs and those with carvings or a variety of fibers also help to hold the eye. Stick to verticals: Emphasize clean vertical lines everywhere. That includes upholstery, wallpaper, window treatments, and even your art and furniture. Hang everything high: Consider installing ceiling to floor curtains even if you have small windows or none at all. The long lines will create height. Position art pieces up high in a row or in orderly clusters. Keep your furniture low: You want furniture that sits close to the ground. Asian themes are one good option. Point the lights up. Steer clear ...

Resident Buddy Featured on Fox News Denver

January 31, 2013 – 5:29 pm
We are very excited that our newest product, Resident Buddy, was mentioned on Fox News Denver. Our mission is to simplify the renters life.

Finding Rental Information For An Apartment

January 31, 2013 – 4:12 pm
A prospective renter's most powerful tool is information. Learning information about an apartment such as the safety of the local area, applicable policies/regulations and availability of services is essential. By learning how to collect and examine rental information, finding the right apartment complex neighborhood should be achievable. Take the time to check out the local neighborhood and talk to some of the residents. Look out for any obvious signs of crime. It is generally a good idea to visit the same neighborhood during different times of the day, especially at night. Search online or visit your local police department to determine the incidence of crime and police reports filed in the complex. Safety is especially an issue if you have kids living with you. Be sure to talk with the leasing agent about any concerns that you may have. According to the Texas Apartment Association, "Ask the leasing agent or the ...

Introducing Resident Buddy – Rental Life Simplified

January 14, 2013 – 5:45 pm
We are very excited to announce the launch of our newest product called Resident Buddy, a communication tool designed to simplify the rental life.  Apartment dwellers, Resident Buddy was designed from the ground up, just for you! The Resident Buddy team spent countless hours, finished way too many red bulls, and survived more than a few nerf wars to bring you a communication tool where every single detail was designed to simplify and improve your life. So here’s how it works! Resident-Buddy-Demo from rentbits.com on Vimeo. With Resident Buddy you can take care of the day-to-day business of being a renter 24/7 on any device with the Pay Rent and Maintenance request feature (how nice is that!?), because we know how nice it is to take care of business – quickly and with zero hassle. But the best part of Resident Buddy is that you finally have a simple, easy way to meet and ...

9 Colorful Alternatives to Painting Your Apartment Walls

January 9, 2013 – 7:25 pm
One of the challenges of apartment living is making your space feel like home without painting the walls. Maybe you want a purple accent wall, but your apartment is all vanilla and you’ve signed a lease that won’t let you change it. These are 9 apartment tips for alternative ways to add color. Painted furniture. A purple kitchen table or headboard may take your mind off the walls. If you’re unsure of your technique, hire a professional or practice on garage sale finds. It’s not that difficult to get great results as long as you clean and sand the surfaces thoroughly and invest in good quality brushes. Area rugs: The floor is a big part of any room. Pick a design you love and use a rug pad to keep it looking good for years. Drapes and Curtains: Window treatments are not just for windows. Use a curtain as a closet door. Install ...

Making the Most of Your Apartment’s Kitchen

January 7, 2013 – 5:24 pm
The magazines may be full of dream kitchens the size of a small convenience store, but here in the real world you can still make good food for friends and family no matter what the size or shape of your kitchen. Here are some tips for using your apartment's kitchen to the full. First, think about what kind of a cook you are. Do you like preparing big, elaborate meals with many courses, or are you a one-pot sort of person? Are you attracted to recipes with an ingredient list the size of your arm, or are 3 and 4-ingredient recipes more your style? Do you love to bake and hear the word "roasted", or do you prefer stay on top of the range? Figure out what is important to you, then plan your kitchen set up around your needs. Storage can be a problem in a small kitchen, but be creative. Shop around ...

Apartment Tips To Maximize Your Search On A Minimal Budget

December 26, 2012 – 11:52 am
You're in the market for a new apartment. There are so many choices out there, but you're finding that many of them are out of your price range. In a recovering economy, many landlords are feeling the effects of less income and are responding by raising prices. However, if you're looking in the right places, and by taking these apartment tips to heart, you can still find an apartment that offers you what you need at a price you can afford to pay. Consider Going Smaller How much room do you really need? If you're new to apartment hunting, you might have a misconstrued idea of square footage. Most tenants assume that bigger means better. However, considering that bigger also means more money paid out in utility bills, it's safe to say that you should do some research to find out how much space you can ...

Conquering The Rental Market As A First Time Renter

December 11, 2012 – 11:05 am
Conquering the rental market as a renter can often be especially challenging, especially if you have never rented before. With how competitive the rental market has become as fewer people opt for home ownership, finding a great deal on a home or apartment rental can be hit or miss. By utilizing specific strategies and concepts, conquering the rental market should be accomplishable in no time at all. The factor of competition is making it more challenging for renters to feel secure. According to BBC News, "With the possibility of eviction with just two months' notice, and constant worries about when the next rent rise will hit, the current rental market is not giving people - particularly families - the stability they need to put down roots. With a generation priced out of home ownership, renting is the only choice for growing numbers of people," said Shelter chief executive Campbell Robb. If you ...