Thursday, December 29, 2016

Austin Apartment Rent Increases Down

Rent in Austin increased just 1.9 percent last month, which was the smallest increase in over six years, the Austin Business Journal reports.

An increase in the supply of apartments coupled with slowed job growth led to the smaller than normal rent increase.  Rent increases will pick back up again in the new year, though, and are forecast to hit 2.9 percent for 2017.

The supply of apartments in Austin reached its peak in the latter part of 2016, although the rest of the country is expected to see its highest number of units in the middle of next year.  Austin will likely see increased demand for apartments next year, as there are projected to be 25,000 new jobs in 2017, compared to 21,000 for November 2015 through October 2016.  

Rent increased the quickest in Eastern Travis County (a 7 percent increase), far north central Austin (6 percent), far northwest Austin (4.7 percent), San Marcos (3.7 percent), and North Travis County (3.7 percent).  

The average rent in the city last month was $1,198, an increase of 1.9 percent from $1,176 in November of last year.  Nationally, average rent was $1,278, an increase of 2.4 percent from $1,248 a year ago.

Occupancy rates in Austin were 94.2 percent last month, compared to 95.1 percent a year ago.  Nationally, occupancy was at 94.6 percent compared to 94.9 percent a year ago.

Now is a great time to take advantage of the Austin rental rates slow down and get a new apartment before things increase next year!  Give A Plus Apartments a call today at 512-231-1400 to find a great new apartment for the new year.

Friday, December 16, 2016

How to Have a Clean and Organized Holiday Season

It’s just over a week to Christmas and your to-do list is probably longer than the hours in the day.  Check out Realty Times’ advice for a keeping your house clean and organized through the holiday season.

The first step is to prioritize holiday activities and events.  Plan time into your schedule to do the most important activities, which can include shopping for food and gifts, decorating your house, and cleaning the house.  There can be so many invitations this time of year, don’t be afraid to say no sometimes so you can breathe and enjoy the season.

Making an inventory of your decorations can help you make sure you have what you need.  Before you put the decorations away at the end of the year, make a list of what you need to replace because it’s broken or you’re just tired of it. Also, make a list of what you need to store everything so it will be in tip top shape for next year.

You don’t have to do it all by yourself!  Get the family involved in your holiday to-do list.  Delegate tasks to each family member from putting up the tree to making sure music is playing when guests come over.  Other tasks to outsource:  decorating the Christmas tree, decorating the rest of the house, shopping for wrapping supplies, cleaning the house, preparing dishes, putting up outdoor decorations, and sweeping the path and driveway before guests come over.  

Want to truly give yourself a holiday gift?  Hire a cleaning service to come get your house in tip-top shape while you get some shopping done.  Also, new gifts will be coming in, so this is a perfect time to go through what you have and de-clutter, especially in the kid’s rooms, before the presents start piling up.

Wrapping paper can cause a mess, so be prepared by establishing a bin to put all the wrapping, ribbon, and bows in before you start opening presents.  

Don’t forget to make time to spend with your immediate family relaxing.  Rather than watching television, curl up in front of the fire in the glow of the tree and read a book or have a game night.  

Ready to find a new home as a Christmas gift to yourself?  Give A Plus Apartments a call today at 512-231-1400 and we’ll help you find your dream apartment today!  

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Bee Cave Trail Plan

A new comprehensive trail plan was presented at the Bee Cave City Council meeting November 22nd, the Austin American Statesman reports.  

The planned trail will be along RM 620 and continues to grow as the city gets more land for the trail from retailers and developers.  Currently, they are in talks with Target, Home Depot, and A+ Federal Credit Union to get an easement for a paved or granite path in the middle of the the stores.

The Canyonside Trail, which is being built by the developers of the Canyonside subdivision, is almost finished.  The city is working to connect all the disparate trails into a network that follows the roadway.  The biggest focus is on making walkways around the Hill Country Galleria and the Shops at the Galleria.  To make the connectivity plan a reality, the city has to collaborate with commercial and residential developers to either provide easements for trails or construct the actual trail.  The goal is to build trails within floodplains and easements for city services.

There are already 75 foot buffers along highways, so that’s an easy place to develop the trail, but the City Planning Director has more trouble when negotiating with developers to place the trail within their development.  

In the next five years, the priorities include a half-mile trail in the Morningside subdivision, the south portion of the Shops of the Galleria, adding a bike lane to the Ladera subdivision, a path following Bee Cave Parkway from Ladera to Bee Cave Central Park, a trail from Falconhead Boulevard to Bee Cave Parkway, and the portion from the stores on RM 620 to the Hill Country Galleria.  

There will also be some funds to improve pedestrian crossings provided by the Economic Development Board.

If you’re looking to live near this amazing trail system, there are some great apartments nearby. Bell Hill Country was recently renovated and has one, two, and three bedroom apartment homes with ornamental white countertops, white subway tile backsplashes, full size washers and dryers, garden tubs, wood-inspired vinyl plank flooring, USB outlets in the kitchen and stunning hill country views in some units.  The community has a fitness center with classes, a resident lounge with flatscreen tv, billiards, and Starbucks coffee bar, resort-style pool with outdoor kitchen, a pet park, and available garage and covered parking.  

Madrone Apartments have one, two, and three bedroom units with attached and detached garages, private backyards available, patios with ceiling fans, washers and dryers, soaking tubs and separate showers, wood-style flooring and blinds, and spacious walk-in closets.  Amenities include Lake Travis schools, valet dry cleaning and trash pick-up, stunning views of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, a fire pit area and more.

The one, two, and three bedroom apartments in Landmark Conservancy are well-appointed with granite counters, washers and dryers, plank flooring, and elevator access.  The complex has onsite storage, a fenced dog run with dog washing station, 24 hour fitness center, billiard and shuffleboard tables, running trails, and a conference room with presentation tv.  

Ready to make your home in Bee Caves, nearby Lakeway, or anywhere else in Austin?  A Plus Apartments can help! Give us a call today at 512-231-1400 and let us help you find your dream apartment!