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The Nitty-Gritty of Paying the Fair Amount – Prorated Rent Explained

Article updated July 2021 After days, weeks, or even months of searching, you’ve finally found an apartment or housing rental that fits your needs and…

2018 Year-End-Report

2018 Year End Rent Report – Rents Hold Strong at Year End, Las Vegas Among the Top Most Aggressive Markets

Key takeaways: The national average apartment rent ends the year with a strong 3.1% y-o-y increase, having reached $1,419, $42 above what renters were paying this time…

Rent Continues to Climb in 93% of Cities, with Pressure Still on in the Largest Renter Hubs

Key takeaways: The national average rent registered a year-over-year increase of 3.3% ($45) in October, at $1,420 per month, according to data from Yardi Matrix….

median income

The Median Income Gives Renters Access to More Than Two Thirds of the Stock in Raleigh, San Francisco and Omaha

Key takeaways: The median income provides burden-free access to 49% of all U.S. rentals, up from 38% in 2011. Access to rental housing has improved…

pied-a-terre

What Is a Pied-à-Terre and Why Would You Want to Live in One?

If you’ve been browsing the property listings of a major city, like New York, you’re bound to come across the term pied-à-terre. It’s certainly a…

End of Rental Season Brings Renters Temporary Relief, but Demand Keeps Fueling Increases in Big Employment Hubs

Key takeaways: Rent growth came to a halt in September at national level – the $1,412 U.S.-wide average marks a 0.1 percent ($1) month over…

The most expensive ZIP codes - 2018

America’s Most Expensive ZIP Codes for Renters in 2018

Much like outside temperatures, rents usually peak toward the middle of summer, and this year it really is scorching out there. Urban areas are usually…

National Apartment Rents Hit New Milestone, Demand for Small Apartments Catches Up with Family-Sized Rentals

Key takeaways: The national average rent reached the all-time high of $1,405 in June 2018, having increased by 2.9 percent year over year, and by…

Renter-Owner Ratio Atlanta

Renting Remains the Popular Choice in Atlanta, Despite Ownership Gaining Ground in the Eastern and Northwestern Areas

As Atlanta offers some of the most affordable rents compared to cities of similar size, the renter lifestyle continues to be the logical choice for…

Atlanta Moving Companies

Here Are 10+ Professional Moving Companies Serving the Atlanta Metro Area

Moving home is the kind of decision that is hard to generalize – it may mark a long-awaited upgrade or a sudden change of plans….

best cities in the US

The Most Prosperous Cities in the U.S.

Highlights: Texas cuts into the East Coast – West Coast rivalry, claiming 6 spots of the top 20 California has the highest concentration of highly…

The Most Overrated and Underrated Tourist Attractions in Each State

The Most Overrated and Underrated Tourist Attractions in Each State

With a travel industry worth roughly $488 billion, the U.S. doesn’t lack for tourist appeal. From cultural landmarks to natural splendor, every state boasts attractions…

The Least Uptight Places in America

Whether it’s a result of student loans, the fear of retirement, or the future in general – Americans are officially stressed out. According to the…

The Most Overrated and Underrated Hobbies in Each State

The Most Overrated and Underrated Hobbies in Each State

However industrious its residents may be, every corner of the country values leisure. Some states, in fact, are virtually synonymous with certain ways of blowing…

The Most Overrated and Underrated Cities in Each State

The Most Overrated and Underrated Cities in Each State

It’s easy to associate whole states with a single metropolis: Say New York, and most folks think of the Big Apple, just as Nevada summons…

The Most Overrated and Underrated Foods in Each State

The Most Overrated and Underrated Foods in Each State

From the cheese aficionados of Wisconsin to the crab connoisseurs of Maryland, local cuisine is a point of pride in virtually every state. But if…

most gentrified cities

Downtown LA’s 90014 Heads the List of Fastest-Gentrifying ZIPs Since the Turn of the Millennium

There are a lot of things an urban area can and should aspire to excel in. This is not one of them. Yet, even if…

Los Angeles Area 2017 Year End Rent Report

Los Angeles Area 2017 Rent Retrospect

The average rent in the city of Los Angeles at the end of the year was $2,284 /month, 4.3% more than in December 2016. The…

renters vs owners

Renters vs Owners: Renters Became the Majority Population in 22 Large Cities

  Key takeaways The population of almost a quarter of the 100 largest U.S. cities has changed from homeowner- to renter-majority between 2006 and 2016….

Portland Metro Area 2017 Rent Retrospect

Portland’s average rent at the end of 2017 was $1,425/month, 1.2% less than the year-ago figure. Meanwhile, rent prices in the metro area overall posted…

Study: The Average Renter Household Needs $549 in Savings for the Holiday Shopping

Ideally, the holiday season should be all about giving. Realistically, however, it’s still all about giving, just not exclusively in the merriest sense of the…

New Jersey’s Most Expensive ZIP Codes

New Jersey’s Most Expensive ZIP Codes – Hoboken and Edgewater Rents 2.5 Times the National Average

Key takeaways: Hoboken’s 07030 is the #1 most expensive ZIP code for renters in New Jersey with an average of $3,401 At almost 52%, Jersey…

Most Expensive ZIP Codes in Virginia

Virginia’s Most Expensive ZIP Codes – It Takes Over $2.2K/Month to Rent in Arlington’s Priciest ZIP Codes

Key takeaways: Virginia’s #1 most expensive ZIP code is Arlington’s 22209 with an average of $2,348 22209 together with adjacent 22201 form a cluster of…

Michigan’s Most Expensive ZIP Codes

Michigan’s Most Expensive ZIP Codes – Supply Flatlines, But Rents Up Throughout State

Key takeaways: 48104 is the #1 most expensive ZIP code for renters in Michigan at an average of $2,021 Grand Rapids’ 49504 is the ZIP…

Maryland’s Most Expensive ZIP Codes

Maryland’s Most Expensive ZIP Codes – Chevy Chase and Potomac Town in the Lead at Over $2.3K

Key takeaways: At a monthly average of $2,392 Chevy Chase’s 20815 is the #1 most expensive ZIP code in Maryland, at more than $1K above…

Real Estate Reality Check: Can Your Favorite TV Characters Afford Their Homes?

Real Estate Realities: A Look at the Homes TV Characters Could Actually Afford

When considering buying a house or renting an apartment, financial experts recommend following the 30 percent rule. This means your monthly or annual housing costs…

Massachusetts’ Most Expensive ZIP Codes

The Most Expensive ZIP Codes in Massachusetts – 3rd Priciest City for Renters, Boston Core Cluster of Expensive Zips

   Key takeaways: Boston’s 02199 is the #1 most expensive ZIP code for Massachusetts renters at an average of $4,227 Massachusetts’ top 8 most expensive…

Oregon’s Most Expensive ZIP Codes

Oregon’s Most Expensive ZIP Codes – with $1.8K, Portland’s Pearl District, Nob Hill and the Northwest District Are Leading the Pack

Key takeaways: At $1,837, Oregon’s #1 most expensive ZIP code for renters is 97209 in Portland Portland is home to 12 of the state’s top…

Colorado’s Most Expensive ZIP Codes

Colorado’s Most Expensive ZIP Codes – Cherry Creek and Congress Park in the Lead, Englewood and Cherry Hills Village Close Behind at Nearly $2K

Key takeaways: At $1,991, Denver’s 80206 is the #1 most expensive ZIP code for Colorado renters Rents in 44 of Colorado’s most expensive ZIPs are…

The most Expensive ZIP codes for renters in Texas

The Most Expensive ZIP Codes in Texas – Central Austin in the Lead with Downtown Rents Nearing $2.5K

Key takeaways: The #1 most expensive ZIP code in Texas is 78701 in trendy Downtown Austin with an average rent of $2,475 All 50 of…