Friday, June 26, 2015

Rents Continue to Rise, Despite New Construction


I was recently interviewed by KVUE for an article about rising rents in #Austin.  Rents continue to arise despite lots of #apartment construction.  In fact, 12,000 new units are expected to open in the next year.

However, since almost all the construction is in hot, trendy areas around downtown, it isn't causing a relief in prices.  If we did see more new construction outside of those areas, prices might go down.

Downtown, renters would be very lucky to find a studio apartment for $1500.  Across Austin, if anything is below $800, you'll have to be on a wait list for something to open up.

Prices do go down in the Fall and Spring, so if you can wait, you may be rewarded with lower prices.  

Need help navigating Austin's hot rental market?  Give A Plus Apartments a call today at 512-231-1400 to take advantage of our expert knowledge of vacancies, move-in specials, and amenities at all the best properties in town.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Follow Home Decor Trends Without Losing Your Style


It can be easy to get caught up in home decor trends that you see online or in home magazines and lose your own sense of style.  Realty Times has tips on how to avoid making your home look like a model home full of style, but devoid of personality.

Just because the latest and greatest in personal decor is mid-century, doesn't mean you have to throw all your stuff out and start over if you prefer an eclectic, cluttered look.  Focus on color, scale, texture, contrast, and function, but don't worry about adopting the latest fads in home decorating if it doesn't appeal to you.

Defining your home decor style is a great start to decorating your apartment.  Not sure what your style is?  Look to your wardrobe and style of dressing for inspiration, especially when it comes to color and pattern.  Feel free to mix up styles as well.

The "80/20 rule" is a great way to approach decorating.  Choose foundation pieces and on-trend items to decorate 80 percent of every room in your home and keep the other 20 percent for pieces that have meaning for you, whether they are heirlooms, remind you of a happy time or place, or because you just like the way they look.

Above all, go for fun!  When you come home after the end of a long day, you want to live in a space that makes you smile, so don't be afraid to go for filling your home with spaces that you love, even if they don't follow design trends.

Looking for an #apartment you can really make your own?  Give A Plus Apartments a call today at 512-231-1400.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Be Successful with Houseplants in an Apartment


Just because you live in an apartment doesn't meant you can't exercise your green thumb.  Or become an expert gardener if so far your thumb has been more on the brown side.  Follow About.com's tips to successfully keep plants alive in your#apartment.

Figure out what the humidity level is in your apartment and then find out what type of plant does best in that environment.  Tropical plants will do best in a humid apartment, but even if your home is more arid, you can add moisture by putting gravel in the bottom of the pot and placing the pot in a dish filled with water.  Using a water bottle to spritz leaves also can help plants who need more humidity to grow well.

Over-watering can cause the roots of your plants to rot.  Plants can also die if their roots aren't property drained on a regular basis.  You can use rocks to help keep your plant's pot from becoming too wet.  Also, let the soil dry a little before you pull the watering can out again to prevent drowning your plants.

Light is also absolutely necessary for plants to thrive.  If your apartment doesn't get a lot of natural light, you might be better off avoiding live plants.  If you do get light, look into what sorts of plants would be best and whether they require direct sunlight, partial sunlight, or shade.  Then place them accordingly.

Using the correct amount of fertilizer is important for healthy plants.  Usually, adding a water soluble fertilizer to your plant three times during the growing period will help it grow just the right amount to avoid frequent re-plantings or bugs.
If you really have trouble keeping plants alive, choose more hearty species like snake plants, African violets, and aloe.

Finally, once plants are in a location they are thriving in, don't move them!  Plants like to stay in one place and if you move them around, they may start dying.

Need help finding an apartment with lots of fantastic natural light, perfect for gardening?  Give A Plus Apartments a call today at 512-231-1400.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Central Austin Schools Losing Students


Central Austin public schools are losing students, Community Impact reports.  Beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, AISD started to see decreases in enrollment, a trend which is projected to continue until 2018.

Several factors are affecting the enrollment of central Austin schools, including charter schools, the 2007-2011 recession, which caused people to have less children, and the tendency of adults to wait longer to have children.

The average elementary school enrollment is currently 470, but by 2024, that is projected to be 368.  Families are also being pushed out to the suburbs by the high cost of housing in the core of the city, and the fact that much of the housing stock isn't geared towards what families want today.

Schools are paid per student, so decreases in enrollment makes it difficult for them to fund high quality programming and pay teachers competitive rates.  The district does not want to close any schools, since they are such an important part of neighborhoods and population and demographics could change to where the schools are needed.  Kathie Tovo, a City Council member, wants to see creative solutions like renting out unused portions of schools to banks, afterschool programs, and other compatible renters.

Need help finding an #apartment in central #Austin near a school you'll love?  Give A Plus Apartments a call today at 512-231-1400.