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Alexandra Both

Alexandra Both is a senior creative writer with RentCafe. She has more than six years of real estate writing experience as a senior editor with Commercial Property Executive and Multi-Housing News. She is a seasoned journalist, who has previously worked in print, online and broadcast media. Alexandra has a B.A. in Journalism and an M.A. in Community Development.

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How Much Apartment Space Can You Rent for $1,700 in Dallas?

Apartment hunting can be exciting, but it often comes with a side of stress. That’s because striking the perfect balance between spacious digs and affordability…

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Your Ultimate First Apartment Checklist: Key Things to Review Before Signing a Lease

So, you’re about to take the exciting plunge into your first apartment rental adventure. Congratulations! It’s a thrilling time filled with newfound independence and the…

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Top Renting Sweet Spots in the U.S.: Where Your Income Goes the Furthest

Renters can get the most out of their income in Silicon Valley’s Sunnyvale, where the highest median wages in the nation make it easier to…

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How Much Apartment Space Does $1,700 Get You in Atlanta?

In the quest for the perfect apartment, deciding for a new rental often comes down to space. How much elbow room can you get for…

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How Much Apartment Space Can You Get for $1,700 in Memphis?

When it comes to renting, budget-conscious apartment hunters are always on the lookout for the best deals that offer ample apartment space without breaking the…

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Top 10 Most In-Demand Cities for Renters in the West

If you’re on the hunt for the perfect city to rent an apartment, you’re in the right place. We’ve compiled a list of the top…

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Your 2024 Guide to Renting Apartments in Omaha

Are you considering a move to Omaha, NE, in 2024? With a rich history dating back to the 19th century, Omaha offers a unique blend…

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Top 10 Most In-Demand Cities for Renters in the South

If you’re a renter eyeing a fresh start in the South, you’re in excellent hands! Cities in the South are experiencing an unprecedented surge in…

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Your 2024 Guide to Renting Apartments in Brooklyn

Welcome to the heart of urban living! As we venture into 2024, Brooklyn, NY, continues to be a beacon for renters seeking a vibrant, culturally…

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Top 10 Most In-Demand Cities for Renters in the Northeast

From the lights of Times Square to the cobblestone streets of Boston, the Northeast region is a captivating blend of cities with unique vibes. Whether…

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Top 10 Most Popular Midwest Cities for Renters

Renters searching for their next home have distinctive needs and preferences when it comes to where they want to live. The Midwest is now the…

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Bringing Nature In: 2024 Biophilic Interior Design Ideas for Apartments

Welcome to 2024, where the buzzword in apartment living is “biophilic design.” Goodbye bland beige and brutalist grey! Hello, green and blue! This always fresh…

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Rental Activity Report: Atlanta Is Top Market to Watch in 2024, Midwest Most Popular Region for Renting

Atlanta is the top city for renters to watch in 2024 after attracting the highest rental activity on RentCafe.com in the last 12 months. Kansas…

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Apartments in Grand Rapids: Your 2024 Guide to the City

If you’re on the hunt for apartments in Grand Rapids, MI, you’ve clicked on the right guide. Picture this: a city where urban energy meets…

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How to Find Affordable Apartments: A Renter’s Guide

As a renter, landing a budget-friendly yet quality apartment means strategic planning and savvy research. Or just incredible luck. Looking for ways to snag that…

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Your 2024 Guide to Renting Apartments in Minneapolis

In recent years, Minnesota’s Minneapolis has strengthened its status as one of the most popular destinations for renters in all of the Midwest. Minneapolis is…

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How to create winter décor for your apartment on a budget

You don’t have to be into Christmas to add a little winter touch to your apartment. Nor do you need a lot of space or…

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Tips for Living With a Roommate: How to Create Private Spaces in a Shared Apartment

Living with a roommate can be a great way to save on rent and make new friends. But it also means giving up some privacy…

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November Rental Activity Report: Minneapolis Is Most In-Demand City, Two California Destinations Join the List

Minneapolis took the lead for the first time after six months in our ranking of the most in-demand cities for renters. The Midwest is still…

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Best Places to Find New Houses for Rent in Florida

Known for its sunshine, beaches and leisurely lifestyle, Florida attracts many newcomers seeking to rent each year. A growing number of them are looking for…

Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner in Your Apartment? Follow These 11 Tips to Make It Easy and Fun

Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to come together and enjoy a delicious meal. But if you’re a renter living in a small…

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October Rental Activity Report: Queens Takes Top Spot, Midwest Is Most Popular Region

New York City borough Queens is October’s most sought-after location by U.S. renters in our October rental activity report. Elsewhere in the state, Buffalo, NY,…

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Where to Find the Newest Houses for Rent in Arizona

With its striking desert landscapes, 300 days of sun and thriving cities, Arizona is a great place to call home. Many newcomers are looking for…

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Indoor Things to Do on a Rainy Day: 12 Fresh Ideas to Boost Your Mood

As the sky turns grey more often and the weather cools off, we’re spending more and more time inside our homes. Sure, colder weather has…

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The Best Places to Find New Houses for Rent in Texas

If you’re looking for a new house for rent in Texas, you’re in luck. The state has seen a boom in new construction in recent…

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Wellness Design Ideas & Other Tips to Create Healthy Spaces

More than ever, health (and particularly mental health) is becoming one of the most popular topics among architects and interior designers. Live-work-play is now live-work-play-heal-learn….

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September Rental Activity Report: Arlington, VA, Takes the Lead as Most Sought-After City, Queens Secures 3rd Spot

Arlington, VA, is the most in-demand city for renters in our September rental activity report, making the list for the third consecutive month. High interest…

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Where to Buy Affordable Art for Your Rental Apartment: 8 Cool Ideas

Moving into a new rental can be exciting, but also challenging if you’re on a tight budget. One of the best ways to make your…

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August Rental Activity Report: Arlington, VA, Is Most In-Demand City, NYC Boroughs Climb Closer to the Top

Arlington, VA, is the most sought-after city by U.S. renters in our August Rental Activity Report, leading our top 30 for two consecutive months. The…

Outdoor Activities for Renters in Scottsdale, AZ

  With its mild climate, proximity to mountains and desert, and an array of trails and parks, renting an apartment in Scottsdale comes with budget-friendly…