All About Garden Apartement

This residential apartment is located on landscaped property that is at ground level. This term loosely describes any apartment on the first floor. It also includes a basement apartment or one in a high rise. If it is a real garden apartment, there will be no household, or apartment, above it. They are spread out horizontally in an open courtyard. You can find these apartments worldwide.

Such an apartment will have one or two bedrooms but you can find some that have three or more bedrooms, especially if they are used as a vacation apartment. The more bedrooms there are the more people they can accommodate when on vacation and renting the apartment. If it is an apartment that is rented out long term it is generally not furnished. If the apartment is rented out on a weekly or monthly basis for vacations, it will be furnished. Garden apartments may also have one or two stories. The common area can include outdoor amenities like a swimming pool, tennis or basketball courts, a spa or clubhouse. The entrance to the apartment could be off the courtyard or the street.

The owners of the garden apartments are responsible for the outdoor area being kept up with the lawn mowed, any outdoor equipment cleaned, clean swimming pool without leaves and other debris, etc. Many owners will plant the area with well cared for trees and floors. If it is an apartment complex and you have a pet you need to find out if there is a special area for the dogs. Make sure that you clean up after your dog once it has finished its business. Your garden apartment may have a small yard or patio. If your garden apartment has either of these two amenities, it would be a good place to have friends and family over for a barbeque.

Each garden apartment is a separate household unit but all of the tenants share any amenities, such as a swimming pool or exercise room and the main outside grounds. The apartments have their own controls for the heat and air conditioning and bathroom and kitchen facilities. In some places, it may be called a walk-up garden apartment because it has an outdoor staircase. With garden apartment complexes that offer premium services like a weight and exercise room or sauna may be charged an extra monthly fee to help with the upkeep and have a key to let them into these facilities. By having a key, it prevents those that choose not to pay the extra fee from using these premium facilities. Some may even have a laundry room for the residents. The rent for a garden apartment would be much the same as a regular apartment but it depends on the location and amenities.

 

Tips To Get Suitable Student Apartment

Searching for student apartments require more effort than usual. This is because, students have special requirements like proximity to college, libraries and other frequently visited places based on their needs. As students have special requirements, they have some additional ways to search an apartment than others. They can search an apartment in two ways- on campus and off campus apartment search, which includes both online and offline searches.

On Campus Apartment Search: On campus apartment search is the basic way of searching a student apartment.

o It is easy to get information regarding a vacant apartment from your seniors, friends or classmates.

o Check whether your college/school has any magazine, so that you can find or give any advertisement or classified about a vacant apartment.

o Check through the various student clubs like alumni, where you may find information about any vacant apartment.

If you could not find a suitable apartment through these methods, you can search for an apartment through agents. Check for the agents who can give information about vacant apartments in the neighborhood of your school/college. Look specifically for the services run by or for students which may also have a tie-up with your school/college. Also find out if there are any websites run for the students that may help you.

Off Campus Apartment Search: Off campus apartment search is an effective way of searching an apartment as you have better sources.

o Check the advertisements in the local news papers and tabloids for the apartments.

o Approach agents who can reduce your effort of searching an apartment. Go for the one who has experience in finding student apartments.

o Check for the websites that have listings of vacant apartments in the localities you are looking for. Through online apartment search you can instantly access number of apartments rather than offline.

o Look specifically for specialists in student apartments. They will have advertisements or classifieds regarding vacant apartments and some asking to share an apartment, which is more helpful if you are searching for a roommate also.

o Some apartment search websites allows you to post an advertisement free of cost, where you can give your details like the requirements, budgets, locality etc.

Some of these websites also provide ratings to the apartments given by the past and current residents of the particular apartment. These ratings are very much helpful in selecting the suitable apartment.

 

How To Get Apartment in New York City

Searching for an apartment in the biggest City in the country is a daunting task; whether you are new to NYC or a 12 year veteran like me, you will need thick skin to navigate this concrete jungle! Let me start with my personal experience.

I am originally from Portland, OR, I moved to the Big Apple back in 1998. My first 5 months living in New York were spent living out of a hotel because I had a hard time finding a place. My original intentions were to stay at my hotel for 2 weeks, but I had to extend my stay since I grossly underestimated the difficulty of finding a decent apartment in New York. Now after 12 years and 7 moves I consider myself an expert in New York City apartment hunting and now I will share the knowledge I have accumulated over the years of searching for apartments by myself or using a broker.

This article is a guide that will help make the process of finding an apartment in this “crazy city” easier, more efficient and less confusing (it might even save you a couple of dollars in the process). It is all laid out in an easy to follow 6-step process.

Step 1: Figure Out What Neighborhood You Want To Live In!

This may seem like the easy part because you obviously want to be in an area that is convenient, trendy and safe, however you will soon figure out nothing is that easy in New York City. You need to determine what neighborhood fits your personality/life style and at the same time determine what kind of space/amenities you will need. For example you may work in the East Village and love the energy there but are you willing to pay the steep price tag for a “shoe box”(and by “shoe box” I mean a tiny apartment) in a run down building that is a 4th floor walk-up. Do you feel comfortable living in an area where it’s a constant party scene every night?

A book that is an amazing source of info for the ins & outs of every neighborhood is the NFT (Not For Tourist) guide of New York City. You can buy this in any Barns & Noble and make sure it is the most up to date version because there is a new version every year. Another great way of getting to know a neighborhood is by Googling it. With an endless source of information in cyber space why not take advantage of it. If you prefer doing it the old fashion way, taking a stroll through the neighborhood, go for it! But make sure you have your trusty NFT guide with you so you can spot the important things.

Step 2: Determine What You Are Willing To Sacrifice

In your apartment search you are going to have to sacrifice something whether it be size, location or amenities. You are going to have to prepare yourself mentally and emotionally because the grim reality is the perfect apartment doesn’t exist (unless you have an unlimited budget) The general rule of thumb in New York is the further uptown you go the bigger and cheaper the apartments will be. The further downtown you go the smaller and more expensive it will be.

You need to determine what is most important to you within your unique budget and find that middle ground. My advice, is if you find an apartment that is 70-80% ideal, take it, because the pickier you are the harder the search will be! I learned this the hard way a longtime ago and you do not want to get stuck chasing around that “magical apartment”. Yes, it is possible you might get lucky and find that perfect apartment but so is hitting the jackpot in the lottery!

Step 3: Determine What You Can Afford And If Your Budget Is Realistic

Once you have an idea of which neighborhoods you prefer to live in, now you have to determine if your a budget is realistic. Determine what is the average price for an apartment for those neighborhoods. How? I recommend going to a website called apartmenthero.com. This website will provide current market averages for every size apartment rental in every neighborhood in the city. Results are usually pretty accurate but sometimes they can be a little off, about plus or minus $300. When you first enter the site you will be prompted to enter information to compare your current apartment to the current market rate. If you’re a “newbie” and do not have an apartment yet, go to the right column of the website, click on “average rents in Manhattan”. Another great way is to do your own research on nytimes.com. I find that nytimes.com rental listings are much more accurate and up to date, as opposed to Craigslist and other sites where there are tons of bait & switch scams.

Next, determine what you can afford, landlord’s make this part easy because to qualify for most apartments in the Big Apple, you need to have a good credit standing (650 or above), earn a yearly household income of 40-50 times your monthly rent and if you don’t, then you need a guarantor. He or she needs to earn 80-100 times the monthly rent. For example the average one bedroom apartment in East Village is about $2,300 -$2,600 per month; you will need annual household income of $92,000 to qualify and a guarantor, would need a yearly income of $184,000 minimum.

Step 4: Timing Is EVERYTHING

I have a good friend whose ex-wife worked as a real estate agent for eight years. When they were still together, I had the unique opportunity of getting some great tips on how to look for an apartment in New York. The most impacting tip she gave me was that timing is everything. New York is unlike any city in the country when it comes to this, in most cities you generally start your apartment search two or sometimes three months before your move out date. In New York the market moves so fast that most landlords want to sign leases immediately after your application is accepted. At the very most, you have a month to search, the best deals generally come out the first week of the month or the third week of the month. Approximately 70% of the listings in the first week of the month are for movers moving on the 15th, 30% are meant for movers moving at the beginning of the next month.

Make sure you secure an apartment at least 1 1/2 week prior to when you want keys! My advice is you only need 5 days (sometimes less) to find an apartment. The first 2 days should be getting to know what’s out there, the 3rd and 4th day should be narrowing down your search and 5th day should be getting your paperwork together & submitting your application. With every rule there are exceptions, if you find an amazing place that is 95% ideal on your 3rd or 2nd day do not hesitate, take it! What is great to you is more then likely great to most apartment hunters. The vacancy rate in Manhattan is usually around 1-2% so there will be always more people looking for apartments then there are availabilities.

Step 5: Determine What Strategy You Will Use To Find Your “New Home”

This decision can make or break you depending on your situation. There are two ways to go about finding an apartment in New York City, you can do it the easy/expensive way and hire a broker to find you a place or you can do it the hard/affordable way by doing it yourself. I personally have done it both ways and it all depends on what you are looking for and what is your situation. Here are the benefits of both methods:

Benefits of doing it yourself

1) You will save MONEY!!!

-Broker fees are expensive; they range from 1-month rent to 15% of the annual rent. If the broker has an exclusive on the listing, you will likely have to pay 15%

2) You avoid shady money hungry brokers

-Lets face it in every industry there are bad apples and the real estate industry is no exception.

3) You will learn the City

-With all the walking you will be doing you will get to know the city better then you ever have before.

4) You’ll be in better shape when your done

-You will be in better cardiovascular shape because you will be walking a ton! So you better have on some comfortable sneakers.

Benefits of using a Broker

1) Faster and more efficient

-Your apartment search will be less time consuming and more efficient because brokers have access to thousands of listings you will never have access to and can show you a bunch in one shot.

2) Avoid outdated listings

-Websites like Craigslist, Renthop.com & Apartments.com are flawed and poorly regulated and most of their listings are barely updated. Brokers listings are updated daily because they have direct contact with the landlord

3) Brokers know what a landlord wants

-Each landlord in the city has their own preferences and application requirements. Brokers know what each landlord is looking for in a tenant; this can save you time, heartache and expensive application fees.

4) You will have access to more Apartments

-Approximately 41% of available listings in New York are only accessible through brokers. These types of listings are called “broker protected listings”, the land lord will only take applications represented by a broker.

Step 6: Here Are Some Great Tips

1) Talk to a Doorman

-If you do decide to try doing it yourself talking to doormen is a great way to find an apartment. Doormen not only have info to the building they are working in but to other buildings the landlord may own.

2) More is not always better

-If you do decide to use a broker, more than one broker at a time is not always better. Brokers have almost all the same listings because most listing are open. For example if you call ten brokers and give them your detailed description of what you are looking for there is a distinct possibility you will be shown the same apartments. At the same time you should not limit yourself and work with one broker, you might be missing out, because some brokers have exclusive listings. My advice is, you should only use three brokers and if you find one that you feel is competent and trustworthy, stick with him/her.

3) Use NakedApartments.com

-This website gives you the ability to not only look for rental listings while discreetly contacting brokers/landlords but you can give them a review if you had a bad or good experience. You can also look at the reviews of other brokers or landlords before you decide to contact them.

4) Don’t be afraid to negotiate a broker fee

-Most brokers would rather negotiate and get the deal done then risk having the next broker showing the apartment and rent it before him/her. Do not get carried away, no broker will take less then a month. Remember if the apartment is an exclusive listing you will have no leverage for negotiations.

 

Understanding Real Estate

What They Are, How to Acquire Them & Everything Else a Realtor Needs to Know

No matter which line of work it is that you are in, you naturally would want to stay on top of things. This means having all the tools and information that you need at your disposal. The same thing applies when it comes to the real estate business. Whether you’re a Realtor who’s flying solo or if you’re part of a real estate firm with a team of colleagues all working together – you need to stay informed so that you can be on top of your game.

Real Estate Leads: The Basics

One of the most important aspects of being a Realtor that you need to acquire skills for is generating leads. Lead generation is a marketing term which refers to the creation or generation of a prospective customer’s interest, inquiry and eventual consumption of a particular product or service. This means that acquiring leads is all about generating interest from a prospective buyer or seller of a real estate property.

If you’re a Realtor who is working from home, you can perform lead generation steps for the purposes of list building, acquiring a list for a newsletter or simply winning over existing and prospective customers who will take advantage of the real estate services that you are offering.

Learning How to Recognize Quality Leads from Junk Leads

Next, let us delve a bit deeper into how agents can acquire good leads. The first thing that you need to do is learn how to recognize high-quality real estate leads from ones which can be considered as ‘junk leads’.

Take a look at a few tips on how you can recognize quality leads from the junk sales leads:

– Make sure that the seller who you will get in touch with is motivated.

This is one of the challenges that most agents face on a daily basis: home sellers changing their minds at the last minute. If you want to generate quality real estate leads, make sure to only follow up on those who you think are the real, motivated sellers.

– Know what junk sellers leads exactly are.

More often than not, most agents will stumble upon junk sellers leads – a mere collection of names, outdated contact information and property listings. Junk leads are considered such because the homeowners have either no intention or no urgency in selling their property.

Top 5 Tips on How to Generate Real Estate Leads

Now that you already have an idea about how the basic information regarding real estate leads and how you can recognize the real, high-quality ones from the junk leads, what other tips should you keep in mind when going about this task?

Here are the top tips that you need to keep in mind if you would like to learn how to generate or acquire quality real estate leads:

1. Get referrals from past clients and remember to network everywhere you go.

The traditional way of generating real estate leads is by getting referrals from your past clients. They might know of somebody whose property is for sale, or they might have a friend or a relative who is looking for a new home. Another thing that you need to remember is that you can expand your network as an agent wherever you go. Always carry around your business card, strike up a conversation with people and build your network.

When attending weddings, social gatherings or organizing a party yourself – these are the other instances that you can use to your advantage to increase your network.

2. Go for the other traditional ways of generating real estate leads.

Sending out mailers and distributing or posting fliers are the other traditional ways that you can use to generate real estate leads.

3. Subscribe to a lead generation website or take advantage of a good lead generation system.

When you go online, you will see that there are a lot of lead generation tools that you can use. These can come in the form of web-based services, websites or software brands. To help you choose which brand and type of lead generation system is the best one to use, here’s a quick question guide that you can refer to:

– Does the lead generation system offer an online MLS or Multiple Listing Service search?
– Can the lead generation system send fresh leads which can be instantly sent to the customer’s e-mail address?
– Can the lead generation system allow you to offer clients a free CMA or Comparative Market Analysis of their property?
– Can the lead generation system create a free, customized list of the available properties in their area?

If the lead generation system can do all of these, then it’s definitely a great tool to use and help you grow your business.

4. Learn how to recognize quality real estate leads from the junk leads.

As mentioned earlier, it is a must for real estate agents to learn how to recognize good quality real estate leads, set them apart from the junk ones – and naturally only follow up on the good leads that you have.

5. Make sure that your own website as an agent is developed in such a way that it will attract a lot of traffic and can easily generate real estate leads for you.

Finally, remember that your own website is a powerful marketing tool for your business. Make sure to perform steps for SEO or search engine optimization. This way, when an online user searches for agents in your area, they can easily visit your webpage if it shows up on top of the results page.

Whether the site is still in the development stage or if it was already launched, you can still modify it in such a way that it will be able to easily generate leads for you.

Summing It All Up: A Final Word about Generating Real Estate Leads

All in all, there really are no new tricks to learn when it comes to lead generation

. The best thing that you can do is make the most out of all the tools that you already have.

Also, you need to go where your clients are. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, almost 90% of homebuyers go online to conduct property research like finding listings and possible buyers for their homes. As such, it would pay to establish your own website and develop it in such a way that it is able to generate real estate leads.

By following these tips, you can get more good quality leads, follow them up, close more sales and generate more profit for your business as a whole.