The science of apartment hunting

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Erin Lipinsky
Oct 13, 2020

Looking for an apartment can seem like a vast task. Where do you want to live? How much do you want to pay? Do the answers to those two questions even align? Okay, back to the drawing board. Would getting a roommate help? Are there any apartments that will allow your pitbull? Why is the price so much higher today than it was yesterday? We get it – the questions can seem endless and everything feels like a game-changer!

Here’s the tea: Unless you make finding your next apartment your full-time focus, there are lots of opportunities to get played. That’s why there’s a need for apartment experts like us! Finding an apartment that meets all your needs while navigating a market that fluctuates daily is exhausting if you’re doing it all on your own. 

Apartment locating is this niche sector of real estate that solely focuses on finding clients their next apartment. No private rentals, no residential real estate, no subletting; we’re zeroed in on the apartment market in particular and man, do we have it down to a science. We’re here to break it all down so that anyone reading this knows how to leverage a free apartment locator and gain insight as to how the apartment market works!

Correcting inaccurate hypotheses

Let’s do some myth-busting on assumptions renters make about apartments that, in all fairness, seem legit.

“I’m going to wait for the price to go down.” – False. Apartment pricing doesn’t work like retail. It fluctuates daily based on occupancy vs. vacancy rates throughout the entire market.

“I’ll apply for this unit in a few days.” – Negative, ghost rider. Because pricing and availability could change tomorrow (literally), renters should be prepared to search/tour with the intent to apply asap in order to lock down whatever it is that works in regards to that particular unit.

“My rent won’t change if I just renew my current lease.” – Unfortunately, that’s not a guarantee! Remember, the market fluctuates to stay competitive with properties surrounding it. So, before you renew your lease, make sure you’ve taken a look around so you’re confident in your decision.

Now that we’ve covered three of the most common assumptions our clients and many renters, in general, make throughout their apartment hunt, let’s move on to how you can get the results you want!

Methods and results of using a free apartment locator from Smart City

We already started on this “science” theme so we’re going to roll with it. At the end of the day, you (probably) wouldn’t purchase a home without using a Realtor, right? It’s a big decision- you’re spending a lot of money and entering binding contracts- why wouldn’t you want an expert to guide you along the way? 

The same opportunity is available when it comes to finding an apartment. Instead of spending hours scouring the internet, asking your friends what they pay, messing with online list generators, and touring properties you were never going to vibe with in the first place, just use a Smart City apartment locator!

-Our service is always free to our clients, point-blank.

-Clients can reach out as early as 5 months from when they’re looking to move. As the market fluctuates, your agent will be able to keep tabs on properties that would be a great fit for your unique needs.

-Pricing is most accurate up to 90 days out from a move date so that’s when your agent will get you a list of properties, floor plans, and pricing that’s going to showcase solid touring options. (Even if you choose not to use an apartment locator, this is the rule of thumb you should go by.)

-If you’re in need of an immediate move within the next 30 days, no problem. We can help get you touring and applying asap!

-Smart City has an entire team dedicated to negotiating exclusive pricing for our clients that no one else in the market has access to.

-We’ve helped place more than 56,000 renters company-wide, so rest assured that we know the game and how it’s played.

-We offer a concierge service that assists clients with utilities and moving services for their next lease. We gather competitive bundle and pricing information, then all you have to do is call to set it up!

Conclusion

If we’re in your city, use us. To confidently lease an apartment that’s the best fit for you, the science of it all is truly that simple! Hit us up in the city you’re looking to move in/to and we’ll take care of the rest.

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