Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Housing Market Moving Toward Rentals


Because the housing market has been down, and lenders have been more strict with mortgages, the market is leaning in the direction of apartments and rentals. This means more apartment and condo building in many cities across America. In an economic downfall, many people do not want to assume the risk of home ownership. Because more people are renting then buying, rental properties have become fantastic investments.

Information provided by USA Today article; Condo Nation: Why so few Americans are buying homes.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Apartment Resident or Occupant

There is often the question what is the difference between an apartment resident and an apartment occupant. The distinction is easy to explain. A resident has signed the lease and is legally obligated to pay the rent and follow the terms of the lease. An occupant is someone living in an apartment without signing or being added to the lease. An occupant is not responsible for making lease payments or keeping the terms of the lease. This is the reason anyone living in an apartment over the age of 18 should be on the lease.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Fun Stuff for Fall!

The weather has been so nice out and so today's blog isn't about apartments. There are lots of fun things to do during the fall in Austin. Below is a list of a few from About.com.

Pumpkin Hunt

Where: Evergreen Farms Christmas Trees in Elgin
When: October 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31. Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sundays from 1-5 p.m.
What: Activities will be ongoing each day, including a petting zoo, beanbag toss, wagon rides, pumpkin decorating (after selecting and purchasing a pumpkin). For $2 each, you can do other activities such as the pumpkin maze and pumpkin slide. Pumpkins will also be available for purchase. Half of all ticket sales for the day go to the Dell Children's Medical Center in Austin

Harvest of Fall Fun

Where: Sweet Berry Farm in Marble Falls
When: Now through November 14 on Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat from 8:30am to 5:30pm, Sundays 1-5 p.m. Closed Wednesdays.
What: Hay rides, kiddie mazes, stuffing scarecrows, pick your own flowers, eat pumpkin-flavored ice cream, and pet horses and goats. If you come on the weekend, you can also ride horses, have your face painted, and enjoy grilled corn. Picnic tables available.

Halloween Ghost Story Train

Where: Austin Steam Train
When: October 31 at 2:00 p.m.
What: There will be readings of kid-friendly ghost stories, a costume contest with prizes, Halloween treats, and several surprises.
Admission: $12 for child 3-13, $14 for senior 62 and up, $17 for adult.

Boo at the Zoo

Where: Austin Zoo
When: October 16, 17, 23, 24, 29, 30 & 31 from 6-9 p.m.
What: Come enjoy the zoo after-hours. Come in costume and bring a flashlight so you can see the animals at night. You will see the nocturnal creatures out and about. Take a ride on the Haunted Train Ride (ride the earliest departure when it’s still light out if your kids are afraid of the dark).
Admission: $15 per person (children under 2 are free)

The Austin Symphony's Halloween Children's Concert

Where: The Long Center's Dell Hall
When: Oct. 25 at 2 p.m.
What: A concert with spooky music from the likes of "Ghostbusters," "Harry Potter, "Scooby-Doo," and some "boo-tiful" classical music with special effects. There is also an educational aspect; children will be introduced to instruments and learn about the music. Kids and their families are welcomed to wear costumes!
Admission: $8 per child, $12 per adult