Friday, June 24, 2016

Finding an Apartment in Austin: Learn About the Area

For most of us, moving is a big deal. Whether you are moving for career, family, or just a change, it takes time and effort to plan and execute a successful move. But sometimes it’s hard to know how to go about it, or where to start the process. Fortunately, with the advent of the digital age, you can do a lot of the necessary research and pre-planning, prior to your move. What’s more, apartment locators and realtor agents are your allies in finding the right location and home. But before you look for the right apartment, you should first do some general research of the city or areas of town that you might consider moving to. In this post, we discuss some helpful ways to start your research of learning about the different areas of town. Once you’ve gotten a general feel for the city, make sure you then contact one of our agents who can help you in the next step of finding the perfect home, in your perfect area and location!

Moving Sites
One of the great things about the internet is that anyone who has the time and the desire can offer their input and advice to those who are searching. Of course, not all advice is equal on the internet, and looking through random forums can be exhausting, at best! So, here are a couple websites run by local Austinites that are devoted to the topic of moving to this city.
First up is the very appropriately named Move to Austin site. This fairly expansive website is run by an Austin local who moved to the area some years back and who has been able to compile much of her wealth of information to share with other new-comers. The site has links to pages discussing neighborhoods, schools, and entertainment. There are also links to various places and spaces to view online. As with many things online, it comes from one person's perspective, but it’s still an excellent resource for initial research on moving to Austin!
Another site that offers a range of discussion on all things related to moving to this town, is the Austin Relocation Guide. Like the previous site, they have pages covering things to do, housing, jobs, healthcare, and getting settled. They also have an active blog that includes local headlines and information about the city as it relates to those moving here. As with the other site, the best feature they both share in common is their discussions of Austin area neighborhoods. They are able to roughly break them down, and give a brief articulation of what they are generally like.

Next, you might check out some blogs of local Austinites who write about life and the going-ons of this town. This is a good way to get a feel for the city overall, and especially the events that happen around town, as well as the downtown and party spots in particular. A good blog to start with is the official City of Austin blog which covers everything from events, to parks and recreation, to area reviews, as well as to discussing summer spots to check out! This is likely one of the best ways to get an idea of the vibe of this town, and also get a glimpse of what it looks like.
Austinite Tips describes themselves as "[a]n insider's guide to the best, wort, and weirdest in Austin" and overall, they live up to this claim by having a little something on almost everything going on in town. If you like interesting architecture, Creede Fitch collects pictures of renovated homes and houses in the area. Finally, if you’re just looking for things to do in town, and want to check the pulse of the nightlife and entertainment scene, 365 Things Austin will have you covered.

Of course, last but not least, you should get in touch with someone who not only lives and knows the area, but someone who is also able to guide you through the moving process. In this arena, there really is no substitute for a real person, and in particular, a real estate locator. And we wholeheartedly recommend our services at A Plus Apartment Locators! Not only is our service free of charge, but our agents work tirelessly to find the right fit, location, and needs, for you and/or your family. We are also very experienced with the area, market trends, and what would best suit your lifestyle, given your preferences. So once you know the general area you want to live in, call us, and we will do the rest by providing you with a complete list of possible options to get you moved, in the easiest and best way possible! Our local number is: 512-271-9662