Weidner Apartment Homes, the 15th largest owner of apartments in the US, announced in December of 2019 that it will suspend its use of Facebook to better protect the privacy and data of its residents and business operations. They will be looking at new in-house options that are safe, secure, and easy to use. (Source: Multifamily Press) That’s why Central Media Solution added Call Assist 24/7 to their suite of print solutions for Multifamily.
Many companies are starting to “go dark” with their Google Maps Marketing in the past few years. They believed that people would prefer using the internet versus reading a magazine. This was another example of a bold decision. Who takes the time to read any more? Lots of folks. Print does not require another new password or leave a trail of cookies with every page that you turn. It provides a story through content and pictures. Central Media Solution is a publisher of many targeted magazines such as Apartment Magz and New Homes Monthly and their latest pub, The Vender Guide. People are craving for print once again. Especially our seniors who prefer print than Internet as the Boomer generation downsizes to look for an apartment home.
Fake news has been an ongoing concern and alternative facts are now accepted as commonplace. (Source: The Guardian) Facebook has suspended about 400 apps associated with developers. Many people are returning to conventional venues for information such as newsprint, radio, and TV. Weidner is looking for simple and easy to use solutions to communicate with its residents. But can we just disconnect from social media? And why are we as consumers so easily addicted to “likes” and “shares”?
Technologies improved our daily living. It can be used to enhance our lives. Social media gives people a forum to express their opinions and connect with companies, family, and friends. At first the multifamily industry was very cautious of social. Then we dipped our big toe in the Facebook ocean to see what would happen. Negative and positive reviews poured into our profile pages. These negative reviews were scary, but we learned that they are an opportunity to show how we respond to our residents and solve their issues. That’s telling a positive story. We focused on increasing our followers, post likes, and linked our websites to channel our leads in-house creating SEO. Is Social media a monster to be tamed or another solution in our leasing toolbox?
Each company will have to NAVIGATE their way through the fake news and concerns about data safety. Is Weidner being a visionary by “going dark” on Facebook? Planning to look for simple, safe, and easy technology is a very smart decision indeed. That’s why Central Media Solution has created Call Assist 24/7 . Its simple, easy call management platform designed with feedback from on-sites in multifamily. It has no Apps, snap photo features, and uses the native tools our cell phones to communicate in real-time. And all info is easily updated and stored in the cloud. Call Assist 24/7 is a game-changer for call management… just what you are looking for now!
There’s an app for that. There seems to be an app for almost everything these days! Then why do so many of us feel app weary or fatigued? Are these apps adding value to our lives? Why do we need all these apps? With Central Media Solution’s new IVR call management system, Call Assist 247, no app needed. There is snap photo or video functionality using the native tools in our smart phones. The apartment resident calls in an after-hours service request and the maintenance tech on call, requests a photo or video getting image showing water coming out of the ceiling of an apartment. Seamless communication without an app. (Source: Vanilla plus)
I am blessed to be of an age where I can recall the excitement of getting a colored television. Soon we were playing “Pong” Pong was a table tennis sports game that was one of the first video games. How exciting it was to see the little white blip bounce along the television screen. Soon Atria and ColecoVision battled it out in the 80’s to bring the arcade experience into our homes. Then……this thing called the Internet. To access the world wide web, you needed to use a dial up router through your phone system. While you were on the internet, you could not make any outgoing or receive incoming telephone calls. But no worries because we had pagers to help us be accessible 24/7.
Fast forward to cordless phones that look like a small “brick” and paired with a pager, gave us the ability to be more mobile with our information. We jumped from razor and flip phones to the first Blackberry allowing us to read email and respond immediately. We can work from anywhere now! But the release of the first iPhone in the UK changed our world forever. Because now we have smart phones and we are so much smarter. To stay smart, we need lots of apps to help us do stuff better than ever before.
The average person could have over 100 apps on their smart phone. I thought this seemed high, so I checked the settings on my android phone and was shocked to see that I have 91 apps. How the heck did I get so many apps and am I using them all? What the heck is eBay Attribution? It’s even scarier that if I try to remove an app, I get a message effectively saying that “removing this app may disable my data”! Now I am anxious that I could break my phone.
Call Assist 247 understands that technology needs to be intuitive and simple for every generation. Having one less app for us to download makes Call Assist 247 a smart choice for your property management answering service and call management. We were built specifically for multifamily with the goal of helping your leasing and maintenance teams communication seamlessly with your valued residents. Our system allows your residents to send a video or photo of their maintenance issue while your residents receives a photo of the maintenance technician coming to make their repair. No app to download. Out tools work on every mobile phone. So, if you are app weary, we hear you!
When making arrangements for your Valencia apartments for rent, why not start your journey of discovery at the beginning in Xativa, the capital of commerce of La Costera? This fortified village has a castle set on the town’s highest point protected by a Roman and Iberian fortress that has become one over the centuries. This now protected precinct contains thirty towers with four fortified doors.
With this all around you, take a walk through the market where the San Pedro and Moncada streets cross. At this point, you can almost feel the grandeur of the court life that must have taken place here those centuries ago. The townhouses from that period still have their aristocratic shields on the entrance that is further enhanced by the Gothic fountains in this little village. As you roam around the castle hill take note of the town hall and church that are constructed in part with inscribed Roman masonry along with a number of houses for rent in Panama city fl from the Moorish era. Among the many churches and convents in the collegiate church, once a cathedral from 1414 only to be rebuilt in a Renaissance style a century later.
The next region on our itinerary is Albaida, the white city. This area with contrasting landscape due to its location between the Grossa and Creu Mountains to the north and the Mariola and Benicadell Mountains in the south forms the Albaida valley with the Clariano and Albaida Rivers running through it. Also located here besides the village of Albaida are the Ontinyent, Bocairent and Lolleria villages making up the community of the Albaida Valley.
Be sure to bring your swimming suit with you from your Valencia apartments for rent on this sojourn to Bocairent as the access road is the beginning of the Clariano River. On a hot summer day there is nothing better than a swim in the cool spring water. The area surrounding the river with its natural landscape is known as Pou Clar which is where the walls have been excavated for a cave dating back to prehistoric times. This is apropos for your entrance into the village of Bocairent with some parts carved from rock. In addition to this, there are two rivers that emanate from this area creating ravines and cliffs surrounding the city. This medieval city is a must-visit on this journey of discovery.
From your holiday lodgings, you have started on your journey of discovery covering the realm of monuments. While you are out in the countryside you will enjoy a taste of nature. This is a good time to explore the possibilities of cycling, canoeing, rappelling, horseback riding, rock climbing and paragliding on offer in this rural setting.
I have been waiting so long to finally get to “tour” you through This Old Victorian. However, doing said tour in blog post form is a bit more challenging than I thought. Hence it’s taken me more than a week to get this all together! Remember Instagram was barely a thing and Stories, Snapchat and TikTok didn’t exist when we bought our house in 2014 so I have ZERO videos of our reno. Seems crazy, right? Therefore, I feel an Instagram video tour series coming on! For now, I want to share the dramatic before and afters of each space, give you a bit of a behind the scenes peek at our renovation and share a few (of the million!) things I learned about tackling a renovation of this scale.
To recap for those who haven’t followed since day one, we purchased a Victorian in San Francisco – an Italianate to be exact – five years ago. It was an exhaustive two-year search but finally found a gem. It just happened to be a diamond in the rough. Its estimated build date is the 1850’s, but the exact year is unknown. The home is on the national historic register and the previous owner, who was approaching 90 years of age, had owned the home for more than 45 years.
Let’s take a tour of the first floor before we touched it, shall we? You needed a little vision to see its potential.
I knew as soon as we got the house (and looked past all the garish colors, the wall to wall carpeting and reams and reams of…stuff oh and the smell!), that I wanted to preserve the home’s amazing original historic details – original windows, crown molding, arched doorways, plaster walls, and transoms to name just a few.
I was also clear that Victorian-era design – ie small closed-off rooms, no closets, zero storage, tiny bathrooms – was not conducive to modern-day family life. I knew from the start that if we were going to create our forever home, we were going to have to make major layout changes. Enter our amazing architect Seth Brookshire. While I thought I had tons of crazy amazing ideas to optimize our space, he had much better ones – and they were also structurally sound – ha!
Renovation lesson one: surround yourself with very talented experts.
Here is a peek into how Seth proposed we rearrange the ground floor’s layout.
We actually changed very little structure at the front of the house. The entry and dining room retain all their original elements. We simply did our best to restore them. But as we moved deeper, the changes got much more substantial.
Our biggest structural change was the choice to remove two major walls to create an open concept living room and kitchen. This choice eliminated the long dark hallway and allowed the natural light from our 8′ tall windows to spill from one side of the house to the other. It also ensures that each room flows from one to the next.
Another significant architectural change was the elimination of an unnecessary back staircase. Removing the stairs allowed us to connect the house straight from the front door all the way back and made way for a large custom kitchen, adding a walk-in pantry, building out a dedicated laundry room and adding a powder room.
While it’s easy to summarize all this in writing, it certainly undersells the time, effort and insane amount of work and this reno required. Here’s a glimpse.
As the pictures above illustrate, nothing about our renovation was small. A sampling of the renovation and restoration punch list included:
Replacing all electrical
Replacing all plumbing
Insulating whole house
Repairing rot and leaks
New heating and hot water systems
Restoring staircase, four fireplaces, ceiling medallions
And then there were the actual major structural changes! We added three bathrooms, opened up the ground floor and created a kitchen from scratch. And while we had an amazing architect and builder, we did not have have a general contractor, leaving the procurement of materials, the management of schedules and the coordination of trades up to us. Having never undertaken a renovation of this scale, that was definitely a steep learning curve. And did I mention that I had a baby right in the middle of all this? I had to pick every single light fixture and outlet placement six weeks postpartum. I do not recommend this.
When it was all said and done, renovations took 20 months to get the house to a point where we could move in. But don’t mistake livable for done! We moved in with maybe 80% of the work complete. We quickly learned that the old adage is indeed true. Once you move in, the work slows down to a snail’s pace. Life gets in the way of construction.
While on the one hand, the slow down was maddening, it also gave me time to take decorating deliberately. Intentionally. And with a lot of thoughtful consideration. When we moved in I made the commitment to hold out for the right thing, not just the expedient thing. Because when you put in a placeholder, be it a sofa, dresser or even a light fixture, it’s likely to stay for years. I’m sure this has happened to you too. I did not way to fall prey to that trap. Instead, rooms sat nearly empty for months (to years!) on end while I slowly but surely figured out what both the home and we really needed.
I would like to say my patience paid off. I hope you think it did too. Here is the official after the tour of our ground floor!
A clean black and white palette greets you as the enter the front door. We had to restore the staircase, recreating a period-appropriate newel post and banister as well as recreating a historically accurate plaster ceiling medallion. The oversized pendant by WEP (which I stalked for years after seeing it in a 2012 issue of LivingEtc) offers the air of grandeur this house demands. The leaning console by Skagerak creates the perfect unobtrusive place to drop keys and mail. The arched transition is original and one of my favorite details.
The dining room really showcases some of the home’s original architectural gems that make my design-loving heart smile. The layers of the crown, the ceiling medallions, the fireplace and bank of bay windows are all built-in design elements I’m lucky enough to get to play with. I wanted to create a design aesthetic that both matched that grandeur of the house’s scale, but was also allowed for comfortable family life. I would describe my final design for this house as old-world European meets easy California living. The lines and details are refined and pared-back, but also warm, inviting and livable. The dining room really embodies the old-world European feel.
Custom credenzas by Lauren Nelson Design flank the fireplace and offer the storage and functionality I needed, with a beautiful modern design I love. It took some time, but I finally realized that the dining room’s dimensions required a custom dining table. Thanks to Instagram, I found a local woodworker with whom I worked to design a custom racetrack table in a stunning bleached oak. It took over two years of scouring 1stdibs to find the oval antique mirror that now resides over the fireplace (which we restored to a historically accurate Victorian style using a Chesney’s mantel).
This room may appear elegant and formal, but because it connects directly to the living room it is in fact fully integrated into the rest of the house and we eat dinner here nightly.
The easy California living side of my aesthetic couldn’t be more evident in our living room. While the original windows and restored fireplace are the architectural stars of the show, I finally figured out that I needed a custom seating area that allowed us to maximize the use of this room. That’s where I abutted my design limits. Thankfully, I turned to my friend, and design spirit animal Lauren Nelson to help me by designing more custom pieces that address the scale and spacing challenges of this room. She designed both the sectional and the stunning fluted coffee tables. Do you spy the brass feet on that sofa?? So much goodness.
Renovation lesson two: Don’t try to force a round peg in a square hole. Sometimes investing in a custom design that is made specifically for your home’s needs is going to last you much longer and make you much happier than any off-the-shelf option that only leaves you disappointed.
One of the best ways to help a newly decorated space feel lived in is to use vintage pieces to add patina and history. I spied this dramatic woven lounge chair on Pinterest and finally tracked it down at Amsterdam Modern. Lauren helped me get custom cushions made to mimic the chair’s original design but in a more of-the-moment nubby fabric. It’s my happy place.
Directly across from the living room sits the opening to our den. I probably had the most specific vision for this room, which is why I was able to “complete” it before many of the others. I always wanted this room to envelop you in a dark, cozy vibe with tone on tone walls and furniture. The pièce de résistance of this space, however, took nearly three years to complete.
I knew from the get-go that I wanted steel and glass french doors to enclose this room from the rest of our living spaces. This room houses our TV and so I wanted to create a separate space for movie nights and Marvelous Mrs. Maisel binge sessions with doors to buffer the sound. But I also envisioned these french doors as the perfect bookend to the black-framed windows that sit exactly opposite.
Yet the oversized opening we cut during the renovation sat vacant as we saved up the budget and I hunted endlessly for the perfect partner to design this custom piece. I finally found Bananas and Hammocks (on Instagram of course!). The husband and wife design and fabricator duo based in Ventura, CA fashioned an amazing set of custom doors with a matching transom. Even the brass inlaid hinges are one of a kind. When those doors finally went in this summer, I finally felt like my original vision for the house was realized.
Our kitchen reflects my more modern design inclinations. I wanted to create a clean, relatively clutter-free space. We have almost no upper cabinets. A single stack Houses for Rent in Ocean Springs both my oven suite from Thermador as well as our hidden refrigerator. I love incognito appliances. I couldn’t resist open shelving at the time, but as I look back now (by nearly four years) if I had to do it over again, I might even eliminate those. Sadly you can’t see my big dramatic moment in this pic, but we installed a stone wall from counter to ceiling behind the range. It offers subtle texture and movement.
A desk height “breakfast bar” connects the kitchen to the living room and offers a great spot for our son to do crafts or someday homework while I’m in the kitchen. If the counters look odd, that is because we chose to make them 39″ high. We come from a line of very tall people!
To complete the tour of our first floor, you move down the hall past the kitchen, and there you’ll find our walk-in pantry (which is quite dreamy if I do say so myself), our laundry room and a powder room. I’m happy to report that we make use of every single space on this floor every single day.
I hope this 2000 world monologue has helped shed light on our renovation at least a little. If I were to impart one point, it would be this – creating a dream home isn’t necessarily quick, cheap and easy as much as HGTV and the like would lead us to believe. While sometimes a fixer can be tackled slowly, project by project and in DIY fashion, some home’s needs are so large scale that they take on a life of their own. Our house certainly resides in that latter category. Did I make many a design mistake that likely cost us both time and budget? For sure. Would I do somethings differently if I had to do it over? You bet. Did I learn so much along the way? Absolutely.
Does our house make me smile every day? Yes. Is it a great home for my son? Most definitely. And that is really the point.
I hope you’re excited for my next 2,000 words touring our second floor! Hopefully, I’ll have that done before Christmas.
If you can’t wait for that though, be sure to check out Domino’s online feature HERE! Have you picked up Domino’s winter Renovation issue yet?? There are SO many good home tours in there.
photography by Seth smoot for domino magazine produced by kate berry styled by rosy Fridman
Many apartments for rent available are in our city. The standard rent may vary from $400 per month up to $1500 for a luxury suite. This price is for a one-bedroom apartment with a fully fitted kitchen and a full bathroom.
Usually, you have to put a security/damage deposit in as well. Such a deposit normally is equal to half a month rental price. In some cases, utilities are included in the price, and in others, they are not. If paid separately utility costs vary depending on usage.
One of my sisters was very fortunate to find a nice apartment for rent in a very quiet building for only $550 per month. And it is only a few blocks away from where I live. In fact, she’s paying a bit more as there is an additional fee of $35 per month that goes for using the indoor underground parking. In her building, there are also some additional extras like cable TV, air conditioning and an indoor pool, that are available to tenants’ families.
Another popular type of apartment for rent that is widely available are the so-called bachelor apartments or studios. Their rent varies between $250 and $600 per month because they only consist of a large room with a modest kitchenette and bathroom facilities. And as you can guess they are really only suitable for a single person. Usually, the lowest range ones are in fact old damp and dark basement, and most of them are in such a condition that living there is a real danger. All the bugs and vermin they often host create such health hazards that it is not rare at all, the City to close them down and warn the public about such inhuman dwellings.
Unfortunately, there is another type of apartment for rent offered in our town that is even worse. In fact, they are not apartments at all, they are only rooms, usually situated in an old ex-boarding house. Places like these do often attract prostitutes, drug addicts and all types of underground world members. Apart from being very filthy and unsanitary, such dwellings are also extremely dangerous because of the people who stay there. Murders in such types of dwellings do happen on a regular basis.
Of course, there are great apartments for rent too – situated in the most prestigious areas of the city and are often with bigger size than some homes. They do usually offer top quality and of course feature additional facilities like saunas, spas, and gyms available for their tenants. Laundry and dry-cleaning along with concierge services are not a rarity at all. And all that comes at the corresponding price, that’s usually in the $2000+ per month range.
There are also people who do offer apartments for rent situated in their own Pensacola Houses for Rent. In case the house is way too big for one family only there is nothing bad in converting it into a duplex or triplex and renting out. And many people have done so. But the most important downside of those is that being, in fact, one house they have very thin inner walls that allow noise to spread easily to the other units and no one actually has any privacy there.
So as expected, there is such a wide variety of apartments for rent offered in the City, that they can suit any rental range or family situation possible. Actually anybody can find one that suits him.
Rent to own is where you lease a house, but you as well be in command of the property by having the strategy to actually buy it at a later time in the course of your lease period.
The property owner is not going to sell the house available for sale,
considering the fact that he/she is legally bound by the settlement to sell the Townhomes for rent in Lynn Haven home to you at a pre-determined rate which you agree on before you decide to
move in. There are basically two parts to the contract:
The first is a regular
a lease that spells out the regular monthly rent, as well as another standard lease
The second part is a
Real Estate Option. It is actually a one-way arrangement that binds the Vendor to sell to you at an agreed selling price. The Owner will have to sell if you wish to procure (during the option period), however, you don’t need to purchase if you don’t intend to. That is the reason why it is a one-way settlement.
settles the property taxes as well as insurance during the period of the Rent
The homeowner is mainly responsible for responsibly paying the tax and home insurance. You are actually
accountable for paying the monthly rent (that remains the same way for three
years) and utilities until you finally actually carried out the acquisition.
are renting presently, just how is that different?
This is a strategy to
help you get going towards BUYING your own house. A part of your rent payment
will go straight into the purchase of the house you are in. Rather than
trashing your hard-earned money away each month on rent and getting nothing at
all to show for it towards the end of the year, with rent-to-own, every month a
a significant part of your month to month payments (typically 20%) is attributed
toward the acquisition of the house.
credit standing is not very good, will you still support me?
Sure enough, in a lot of cases most rents to own companies are able to assist. Should you qualify for a
basic rental agreement, then it’s most probably you can be prompted to start
your own rent to own arrangement given you have a minimal upfront payment. The
the nominal down payment is normally between 2-3% of the purchase price of the
house but yet may differ from company to company.
I will be able to have my legal representative take a look at the documents?
Yes, it’s a smart idea
to have legitimate representation yet somehow, if you prefer not to, that’s
okay also. You are definitely encouraged to seek advice from a reputable
licensed authorized representative despite that it does not have any
legislation which makes this necessary.
Does the total procedure operate the same as a typical sale?
Absolutely no, the procedure works significantly faster as compared to the regular bank process.
Consensus can normally be given and conveyed within a couple of days. From that
the point, everything that is necessary is for you to pay the deposit sign the
arrangement and move in — it’s as easy as that!
I will be able to refurbish my property?
Most of the time Yes. So
long as the owner is consulted before you start any significant improvements
and the effort is executed by a professional tradesperson. Besides, numerous
Rent to Own businesses do not have any trouble with it as you are enhancing the
worth of your property which is advantageous for you in terms of refinancing.
So that you can acquire
your very own home, most of the time you have to meet the following three
1. Decent Earnings
2. Less Than Perfect
3. 5% Down-payment
If perhaps you’re losing
out on one of the three above as well as you’re sick and tired of giving your
hard-earned cash away, Rent to Own could very well
be a very good option for yourself along with your family.
If you are in search of Mauldin apartments for rent Boston, then you
will probably find an apartment that will be suitable for you.However, prior to
making your final decision on a certain apartment, it is highly recommended
that you visit the apartment and inspect certain things.This will help reduce
the potential issues that may arise from renting an apartment.Here are some of
the things that you should be looking at when you inspect an apartment. The
overall cleanliness of the building Take a look at the hallways, lobby, stairs,
elevator, etc.Do they look clean and well maintained? A clean apartment
building is a good sign of an owner or management company that really care about
their renters.Luxury apartments Bostonare generally well maintained and have
cleaning and maintenance staff that are always available on site. The condition
of the apartment Check for the presence of mold, which can pose a health hazard.Inspect
the water faucet, showers and toilet to make sure that they work well.Also take
a look at the various appliances provided like the stove, fridge and the
heaters to make sure they are fully operational and working as they should.Check
for cracks along the windows and baseboards.While they are not a major problem,
it is preferable that they be sealed, as they are a point from which various
pests can enter the apartment.It is also good if a professional pest control
company has been hired by the building management to apply a preventative
treatment prior to you moving in. Make sure the locks were changed Unless the
apartment building you are moving into has an electronic door opening system
such as a magnetic card or proximity card, make sure that the locks on the
doors will be changed prior to you moving in.Otherwise, even if the landlord
has collected all the keys from the previous tenants, you really have no way of
knowing how many keys are out there and who actually has them.Also, make sure
that all doors of the apartment close completely and that the locks work well,
otherwise, ask that they be repaired or replaced before you move in. If renting
a furnished apartment, take a look at the furniture It is not uncommon to find
Apartments for Rent Boston,that are furnished.If you do decide to rent a
furnished apartment, be sure that you have inspected the provided furniture.Check
to make sure that it is clean and that everything works correctly.Also, the
mattress should include a cover which will prevent infestation of bed bugs,
which are a common nuisance in places where there is a relatively high turnover
of residents, such as in hotel establishments and in short term stay