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10 Ways to Spruce up Your Apartment Rental for the Holidays

It’s crazy to think that the holiday season is already upon us, yet here we are, greeted with festive lights, holiday parties, and the familiar sounds of Christmas carols at every turn.  Getting into the holiday spirit creates a positive shift all around us, but if you are living in an apartment rental, you may find that you are coming up against some challenges in regards to how to draw this spirit into your own space.  Fear not, renter…we have scoured the internet for you and come up with a list of the top ten creative ways that you can invite the holiday spirit into your home this season!

1. Decorate Your Front Door

With space often limited in an apartment rental, it’s important to make the most of each and every square inch.  Why not start from the outside?  Hanging a wreath, decorations, or even wrapping your front door in holiday paper is a great way to show your holiday spirit to your guests and passerby.  You may even inspire your neighbors to do the same!

2. Recycle Your Holiday Cards

If you don’t have lots of decorations to sprinkle about your apartment rental, don’t worry.  Surely your mailbox will be inundated with cards from friends and family and these can be used in so many ways.  Plaster the back of a door with them, hang them from the ceiling on fishing line, or make a border with them on your bathroom mirror.

3. Get Creative with Your Ornaments

If you have had a tree in the past, chances are you have lots of Christmas ornaments just waiting to be used in new and creative ways.  Add some festivity to your apartment rental by hanging ornaments in doorways or windows.

creativity for your apartment rental4. Get Creative with Your Tree

If you are celebrating Christmas, chances are the holidays won’t feel the same without a tree.  If you’re coming up against limited space in your apartment rental, consider getting creative.  Draw or paint a picture of a Christmas tree and hang it on bare wall space, or find a scaled-down version in a pot that you can place on a tabletop or in a corner.

5. Add Some Greenery

Thoughts of the holidays often conjure up images of stark, white snow against freshly cut trees.  Bring the outside into your apartment rental by hanging garland over cabinetry or existing furniture or hanging mistletoe in doorways.  Add a little extra touch by affixing colored ribbons of red, blue, silver, or gold.

6. Create a Makeshift Fireplace

If your apartment rental doesn’t come equipped with a hearth to hang your stockings, consider creating your own.  Use your artistic skills (or those of a child, family member, or friend) and make a fireplace replica that takes up a small portion of your space or can hang on the wall.

7. Re-Purpose Your Existing Belongings

A super simple way to shift the environment of your apartment rental into the holiday spirit is to use what you already have.  Rather than going out and buying a whole bunch of decorations, wrap your existing wall hangings in holiday paper and bows.  Find pillows covers that will fit over your existing throw pillows, and consider hanging your most festive, fuzzy socks rather than investing in real stockings.  These small changes add a personal, holiday touch with little to no cost to you.

8. Utilize Your Table Space

Another totally easy way to transform your apartment rental for the holidays is to get out your holiday dishes, and leave them out.  Set your dining room table up like at any moment the turkey and fixings are going to appear and the holiday guests will be arriving.  Although you may have to swap these things out at your regular meal times, you are sure to feel the festive spirit every time you see your dining area.

9. Use Scented Candles

Don’t limit yourself to the concept of visualization.  Appeal to another sense by scattering scented candles throughout your apartment rental.  Choose scents that evoke your own personal memories of the holiday, like Evergreen, Peppermint, or Balsam.

10. Get Creative with Holiday Lights

Just because you don’t necessarily have an exterior to decorate in your apartment rental, does not mean that you cannot make the best of holiday lights.  Think about framing your windows with strings of white or colored lights.  Not only does it offer a cozy ambience to the interior of the apartment, but it also sends the glow of your holiday spirit to the outside as well.

Searching for an Apartment Rental in the Hattiesburg Area?

Are you ready to give yourself the gift of the perfect apartment rental?  At Hattiesburg Apartments, we are fully committed to helping you find the apartment rental that suits all of your needs.   With over 35 years of experience in property management, we deliver an unparalleled level of quality when it comes to the apartment living experience.  Take a look at our huge database of available properties and start your search today!

10 Perks of Life in an Apartment Rental

With 2017 drawing to a close, the year has proven that more and more people are renting over buying.  In fact, according to CNBC, this past year has shown more renters than any time since 1965.  What is it that is making the idea of renting sound so much more appealing these days?  Read on to find out why living in an apartment rental may be the best choice for you.

1. Cost

Although the cost of rent has been rising due to growing interest in the rental market, the cost of living in an apartment rental may still be far more affordable than committing to a mortgage.  Without the added need of homeowner’s insurance and property upkeep, monthly expenses are less likely to fluctuate and it is easier to create a workable budget.  Additionally, many leases include utilities as a part of the monthly rental fee.  Even those that aren’t included are likely to run at a lower cost due to space.  It will take far less electricity to heat and power a smaller apartment than it would a full-size home.

2. Maintenance

Let’s face it…some of us are just NOT handy, and a lot more of us are just kind of lazy and have zero interest in maintaining a property.  A big perk of an apartment rental is the fact that there is somebody else to do those things for you.  If something breaks within the unit, you can just call the property manager.  There’s no land maintenance either.  You don’t have to worry about buying a lawnmower or keeping the garden weeded.

3. Safety

One of the biggest perks about living in an apartment rental is the factor of safety.  Most apartment complexes are equipped with security cameras or oftentimes even gated.  Additionally, the fact that there are typically at least two units per floor, will make it much more difficult for somebody to get in and out of your property unnoticed, particularly if you make a pact with neighbors to keep an eye out for one another.

apartment rental amenities4. Amenities

Living in an apartment rental gives you direct access to many of the amenities you would wind up paying extra for if you were living in a single family unit.  Most modern apartment complexes will offer their tenants access to gyms, pools, saunas, tennis courts, walking paths, and/or rec rooms.

5. Community

If you want to meet people, living in an apartment rental is a good way to do it.  Not only are you sure to mingle with different people from different walks of life, you are also given access to lots of common areas that will draw people with similar interests.

6. Less Commitment

If you are a person who finds themselves weak in the knees at the thought of a long-term commitment, living in an apartment rental may be a great choice for you.  Although most apartment leases run around 12 months, there are also many more options available these days.  Some landlords are offering 6 month leases and some are even willing to operate on a month to month basis.

7. Lifestyle

Making the choice to live in an apartment rental vastly broadens the areas you may be able to afford, which can open you up to an entirely different way of life.  You are much more liable to be in proximity to dining, shopping, nightlife, and public transportation when living in an apartment than you would be in a single family unit.

8. Cleaning

Another huge perk of apartment living is less surface area to have to worry about cleaning!  With home ownership comes the perpetual process of a weekly cleaning routine, but with apartments being smaller and more condensed, it is easier to get the job done as you go.  Think about it this way…less space means less furniture (to dust), less counter space (to disinfect), fewer bathrooms (to bleach), and a much smaller floor (to sweep, vacuum, and mop).  You’re welcome.

9. More Options

When you decide on the location you’d like to be in and narrow yourself down to an apartment complex, your choices don’t have to stop there.  Most apartment rentals offer their tenants a variety of floor plans to choose from.  With all of the different availabilities, you are sure to find something that suits your needs!

10. Less Clutter

Life in an apartment rental can also help you keep the clutter to a bare minimum.  With less space and surface area to cram up with knickknacks, apartment living can help you commit to a more minimalist lifestyle.

Searching for an Apartment Rental in the Hattiesburg Area?

If apartment living sounds like your cup of tea and you’re ready to find your next home, check out Hattiesburg Apartments.   With over 35 years of experience in property management, we deliver an unparalleled level of quality when it comes to the apartment living experience.  Take a look at our huge database of available properties and start your search today!

How to Successfully Host the Holidays at Your Apartment Rental

If the thought of hosting a big holiday dinner in your tiny apartment rental feels daunting, I assure you that you are not alone.  Since holidays began there have been apartment dwellers searching and striving for the best possible ways to accommodate a holiday dinner party.  Luckily, that means that the footwork has been done for you. Sit back, relax, and check out these tips on a how to host your own successful apartment holiday celebration.

Plan Your Guest List

Celebrations in an apartment rental can get more than a bit crowded. Get clear in your mind about how many people you can comfortably accommodate.  Make it non-negotiable! Your cousin Sally, for instance, cannot invite her new boyfriend whom she has gone on two dates with and is kind-of, sort-of, pretty sure is the one.  If he’s still around next year, maybe they can host the holiday dinner!

Maximize Floor Space

Rearrange furniture in the main living area to create a larger space to place tables and extra seating.  Consider moving any non-essential furniture temporarily into another room.  Designate a drop zone for all of your guests to shed their jackets, purses, shoes, and other personal effects.

Get Creative

There are so many fun and creative ways to turn your apartment rental into the perfect party pad.

  • Don’t limit yourself to the confines of your apartment rental. If there is outdoor space available to you, consider moving the party (or some of it anyway) outside.  Use space heaters to warm up patios and place extra seating to encourage visitors.
  • Are you hosting kids? This might be a perfect time for a super fun picnic on the floor if you are short on seating.  Designate a special space for it and spruce it up by placing out toys, crayons, and blank paper.
  • The bathtub’s ability to double as cooler is an important hack you probably learned in college. Ditch your traditional coolers, clean the tub, get lots of ice, and pour in your drinks!

Remove as Much Overwhelm as Possible

Obviously when it comes to the holidays, food is a big factor!  Cooking a holiday meal in a chef’s dream kitchen can be stressful, let alone in the limited space offered by most apartment rentals.  Alleviate some of your anxiety by incorporating a few simple tricks here as well.

  • Consider a potluck! As the host/hostess, offer to provide the main components of the meal, but invite your guests to contribute some of their holiday staples!  Not only does it allow everybody to get involved, but it also takes some of the weight off of your shoulders.  If there is limited oven space, ask your guests to please come with their dishes warmed and plan to eat shortly after your gathering begins.
  • Serve your meal buffet style. Rather than worrying about how much mashed potatoes Uncle Henry wants, set up a walk through in your kitchen or another accessible area where guests can line up and make their own plates.
  • Spread hors d’oeuvres throughout the apartment so that people can sit and chat as opposed to moving all over and giving you an anxiety attack.
  • Provide paper or plastic plates, cups, and silverware to avoid a mile-high pile of dirty dishes at the end of the evening.
  • Politely request everybody to dispose off their plates in a conveniently located trash receptacle when they are done with their meals.

Relax and Enjoy

Rather than worrying too much about it, remember that good company is the most important factor in any good gathering.  Enjoy your guests and they will enjoy you and your space.

Are You Ready to Host the Holidays at Your Own Apartment Rental?

As you can see, hosting the holidays in an apartment rental is not as terrifying as it seems.  If you are looking for the perfect apartment rental to host your next big celebration in, check out Hattiesburg Apartments to begin your search.  With our huge database of apartment rentals available in and around the Hattiesburg area, we are sure that we can help you find the space that is just right for you.  Use our expertise and you are certain to be hosting your own holiday extravaganza in no time!

 

 

How to Make Your Apartment Rental Look and Feel Bigger

If you’ve ever lived in an apartment rental, you have surely struggled with the issue of space, or should we say lack thereof.  From tiny kitchens to cramped bedrooms to multipurpose areas, finding the right way to decorate, arrange, and accent can be a tricky procedure.  Luckily, we’ve put together a few tips and tricks to help you make the most of your smaller apartment spaces so that you can enjoy the look and feel of a more spacious place to call your home.

Declutter Like it is Your Religion

remove clutter from apartment rentalIf there’s one thing that makes an apartment rental appear cramped, small, and unwelcoming, it’s a whole bunch of clutter.  Whether it be shelving littered with tiny trinkets, a kitchen counter strewn with barely-used appliances (yes, we’re referring to the bread maker you received as a housewarming gift), or an unsightly stack of old magazines, an overabundance of any type of item are sure to make a space feel enclosed.  Make it a routine practice to go through your things and discard anything that you haven’t used in the past six months.  Clear countertops to leave only the everyday items you use.  When it comes to decorating, consider storing the baubles and replacing them with larger accent items that will compliment the space without causing a lot of visual chaos.  The simple act of keeping your space organized and tidy will do wonders for improving the feel of spaciousness.

Play with Your Palette

A lot can be said for the use of color in a small apartment rental.  Stick with light or neutral color schemes on walls, as well as light or neutral furniture and accent pieces.  If you’re eager for a pop of color, paint the ceiling a bright, inviting tone (with your landlords approval, of course) to encourage the eye to move upwards, creating the illusion of a taller space.  Using different shades of the same color in a room can also add to the appearance of space.

Embrace Natural Light

Nothing will make an apartment rental appear bigger than the use of natural light.  Make the most out of windows by leaving them bare rather than installing drapes.  If you are really compelled to put up drapes, consider a sheer option that will still allow the natural light to pour through.  Don’t neglect your windows either.  Keep the glass clean by making it a part of your weekly cleaning schedule.

Furniture is Key

apartment rental furniture

It is a common misconception that having large furniture in an apartment rental is a surefire way to make the space appear smaller, but that is not always the case.  Oftentimes having one prominent larger piece in a room and other smaller pieces will make a space appear larger.  You can compound on this by creating custom shelving that you can build around this larger piece.

Make sure that couches and chairs are raised up on legs rather than resting directly on the floor, and choose tables with glass tops.  Being able to see through or beneath them creates a light, airy, and open feel.  Purchase multi-functional furniture such as pull-out couches or daybeds.  Also consider dining tables that have removable leaves so that you can adjust when you have extra company.  Find coffee tables and desks with hidden storage.  Also consider finding a floor to ceiling bookcase.  The height of the piece will again, draw the eye upwards, creating the illusion of taller ceilings.

Another key component with your furniture is not getting stuck in the trap of pushing everything up against the wall.  It can often be counterproductive to your intention.  Play with pulling your furniture a few inches away from walls or using it to create multiple spaces within one room.

Use Functional Accessories

Create visual space in your apartment rental by putting down rugs that are striped to give the impression of a floor that goes on and on.  Use decorative mirrors strategically on the walls, particularly across from windows, to reflect the light and make your space appear larger.  Find sheer shower curtains for tiny bathrooms.  Just these simple things can drastically add to the feeling of space within a small apartment.

Looking for an Apartment Rental in Hattiesburg?

Now that you know how to make the best use of the space within your apartment rental, it’s time to find the right place to put your new skills to the test.  At Hattiesburg Apartments, we are dedicated to making your next apartment rental feel like the home you deserve.  With our huge database of properties available, we are confident that we can help you find the apartment that suits all of your needs.  Search through our properties today and reach out to us to get started.

How to Deal with Roommates in Apartment Living

If you are finding yourself in search of apartments for rent, there is a good chance that you might also be looking for a quality roommate to share space and expenses with.  Roommates can be an amazing way to cut costs and responsibilities, but can also lead to big problems if you aren’t prepared to deal with each other in an appropriate manner.  It may sound like an exciting prospect to shack up with your best friend, but living with another person is sure to expose all of the flaws and differences you both have.  Here is a guide to making living in an apartment with a roommate a bearable and (dare we say) enjoyable experience.

Communication is Key

Starting the roommate relationship out correctly is imperative, so let it begin right out of the gate when the search for apartments for rent begins.  Be upfront about your pet peeves and what you expect from one another.  Agree to keep the lines of communication open throughout your roomie relationship and to acknowledge issues as they come up in a mature and friendly manner.   That being said don’t be the guy who constantly has an issue either.

Roommates in Hattiesburg Apartment LivingKnow Who is Responsible for What

When you are looking for apartments for rent, there are sure to be associated costs with the property.  Before you move in, go over these costs with your roommate to make sure that you know who is responsible for what expense.  If you are splitting certain bills, consider writing up a contract that details what day payment is expected and who will be making the actual payment.  Consider apps like Venmo or PayPal to make sharing expenses easier.

Have Your Own Life

Just because you are roommates does not mean that you have to spend every waking second together.  There is such a thing as overkill, and being constantly on top of one another is sure to lead to eventual problems.  Maintain your relationships with other friends and also, pencil in alone time.  Get clear on one another’s schedule so that you can make sure to have your apartment to yourself once in a while to unwind, destress and have a little space.

Be Willing to Compromise

Sharing apartments for rent is all about compromise.  Separate the big things from the little things and remember to leave a little wiggle room.  For example, is it really that big of a deal if your roommate puts the toilet paper roll on backward?  Think before reacting and remember that a peaceful roommate relationship is the key to happy apartment living.  There will, however, be other, larger things that are non-negotiable.

Discuss the What-if’s and the Non-Negotiables

Have this tough conversation at the beginning of your roommate relationship to avoid potentially awkward situations down the road.  If your roommate has a pet, for example, who is finding your living room rug equally as satisfying as a restroom as outside, you are likely going to have a big problem down the line.  If you are constantly following him/her around turning off lights, eventually this could also lead to an argument.  What if your roommate can’t come up with their end of the rent on time one month?  Get a game plan in effect from day one to handle any issues you fear may come up.

Share Chores

Living in apartments for rent comes with its fair share of housework.  If one of you ends up doing all of it, you are sure to create some resentment between you.  Discuss chores ahead of time and decide who will do what and how often it is expected to be done.

Be Courteous

When you decide on a roommate to share your apartment rental with, it is imperative that you be respectful to one another.  If you plan on having friends, family or a significant other over, let your roommate know ahead of time.  Don’t blast your music when they are sleeping or on an important phone call.  Clean up after yourself.  Remember that this is not solely your space and they have a right to be happy and comfortable here too.

Don’t Use What is Not Yours

We’ve now come to the cardinal rule of living in apartments for rent.  If it’s not yours, put it back!  Remember that your roommate is working just as hard as you to earn money.  Stock up your own food, toiletries, and cleaning products, or decide together what is shared property between you.

Looking for Apartments for Rent in Hattiesburg?

If you are starting your search for apartments for rent in or around the Hattiesburg area, let Hattiesburg Apartments work with you.  With our team of dedicated advisors and a huge database of properties available, we are confident that we can help you find the apartment that suits all of your needs.  Search through our properties today and reach out to us to get started.

The Secret Ways to Score the Best Apartments in Hattiesburg

With the current rental market the hottest it’s been in ages, landlords are wielding more and more power when it comes to choosing their potential tenants.  Apartments in Hattiesburg are modeling these trends, so it’s important that, as a prospective tenant, you are prepared to bring your A-game when it comes to moving through the rental process.  From starting your search to move-in day, we’ve got you covered with tips and tricks to ensure that you land the apartment of your dreams.

Fix Up Your Credit

best apartments in hattiesburgThis may seem like a given, but it’s amazing how many applicants go through the process of searching for apartments in Hattiesburg without having a clue as to what their credit score is.  Unfortunately, it’s not just a number…it’s THE number that your potential landlord is going to use to determine your eligibility to occupy their space.  Pull your credit report before you begin your search and start the process of getting it cleaned up.  If there are mistakes, work diligently to contact your creditors and have these mistakes removed from your report.  Pay off outstanding debts as well and make sure you get written documentation proving that they are settled.  This can be a time-consuming ordeal, so make sure that you give yourself at least 6-8 weeks so that creditors can have time to update your report.  If time is not an option or you are not financially able to pay off your debt, make sure that you secure a reliable co-signer.

First Impressions Are Everything

If you’ve found a property that catches your eye and you are taking the next step and meeting up for a walk through, make sure that your first impression is positive.  Dress professionally and bring a positive attitude.  Invite only prospective roommates to view the property with you, or, if you will be living alone, bring along just one friend or relative.  Your landlord wants to know who he/she is handing their keys over to.  That being said, the first impression you are receiving is important as well.

Make sure that you do a thorough walk-through of the property.  Test out fans, lights, toilets, windows, faucets and appliances to make sure that everything is in working condition.  Ask questions and request repairs where they are needed.  Don’t assume that your landlord knows everything that is going on with the property.  Remember that they weren’t the last ones living there.

Have a Paperwork Packet Ready

Apartments in Hattiesburg are a hot commodity, so show potential landlords that you are serious about their property by being prepared and organized.  Make copies of your photo ID, credit report, proof of income, and pet certifications/vaccinations to accompany your application.  It is also a great idea to write a rental cover letter introducing yourself and letting your potential landlord get some insight as to who you are as a person.  Although it may seem like overkill, it is also a great way to help you stand apart from the crowd.

Be Aware of Scams

Unfortunately, with a growing rental market, there is also an increased risk of encountering rental scams.  When searching for the best apartments in Hattiesburg, it’s important to remember that if it sounds way too good to be true, it very well may be.  Oftentimes scammers will lure potential renters in with deals that blow the competition away, gain access to their information through the application process, and even acquire money in the form of application fees, first and last month’s rent, and security deposits before the tenant is even aware that they have been scammed.  Do your research and know who you are dealing with to help you successfully navigate the process.

Be Ready to Pounce

Once you’ve seen your fair share of apartments in Hattiesburg and chosen the one that is right for you, it’s time to move fast.  Landlords don’t want to have their properties empty for lengths of time, so let them know that you are prepared to move in quickly.  Have your current apartment packed up and ready to go, as well as a moving truck secured so that you can follow through with what you tell them.  Be courteous during the move-in process, particularly if it is on a weekend.  Ask your landlord where is the best place to park your moving truck to avoid creating a traffic jam for the rest of the neighborhood.

Looking for Apartments in Hattiesburg?

If you are starting your search for apartments for rent in or around the Hattiesburg area, let Hattiesburg Apartments work with you.  With our huge database of properties available, we are confident that we can help you find the apartment that suits all of your needs.  Search through our properties today and reach out to us to get started.

8 Things Your Landlord Doesn’t Want You to Know

If this is your first search for an apartment for rent, you may not know the ins and outs of how the landlord/tenant relationship works.  It might seem as easy as finding your apartment, signing a lease, and paying your monthly rent, but what you don’t know could hurt you in the long run.  Check out this list of 8 things that you probably don’t know about renting…and that your landlord is perfectly fine keeping you in the dark about.

1. How Private is Private?

When searching for the perfect apartment for rent, privacy is something that you should probably consider.  It might seem as if your space will remain undisturbed by others throughout the term of your lease but your landlord has rights you might not be aware of.  Your landlord has an obligation to make sure that your apartment is safe, clean, and in a state of repair.  This may mean, at times, hiring outside contractors for routine maintenance or repairs, or entering into your apartment themselves. Some may give between 24 and 48 hours notice before entering the rental apartment.

2. You Could Be Paying Too Much

After finding the right apartment for rent, you might be tempted to sign on the dotted line without much thought. Stop right there!  Your landlord has likely set the price for your unit and they are under no obligation to disclose whether or not that price is fair.  Do your homework by researching comparable properties in the area that have similar amenities and square footage.  If you notice that your landlord is way above comparable rents, it might be time to jump to the next paragraph.

3. Your Lease May Be Negotiable

For many of us, particularly new renters, we see an apartment for rent that we like and we sign the lease, no questions asked.  You are not, however, necessarily obligated to accept the lease terms as they are spelled out in the original contract.  This is particularly true if you are renting from an individual owner rather than a management company.  If there are terms within your lease that are raising questions, sit down and discuss them with your landlord.

4. You Can’t Be Excluded Because of Your Family

Unfortunately in the world of rental apartments, there will always be that landlord who feels that they need to implement a no kid’s policy.  Unknown to many, a landlord does not have the power of making such a decision.  Landlords should not turn down tenants during the rental application process simply because they have children. This is according to the federal Fair Housing Act.

5. You Have the Right to Know Who You’re Renting From

As you move through the process of applying for an apartment for rent, you will probably notice that your landlord is asking you for a LOT of information.  Most landlords ask tenants to submit a credit check and a criminal background check.  It might seem as if like the scales are tipped in the landlords favor, but there are some tools you can implement to learn a bit about them too.  Ask current tenants for feedback, google your landlords name, check online apartment ratings, or search for any notices of default.

6. Not All Space is Rentable

If you’re searching for your next apartment for rent and you are shown a property that feels a little iffy, you may be onto something.  Some “apartments” are actually not legitimate rental properties at all. Landlords advertise them as such to make extra income. Contact your city’s building safety department and pull records on the property to determine how many apartments should be available.  If the complex shows 20 units and you are being shown a number 21, that’s a good indication that you are being misled.

7. You Have a Right to Livable Conditions

Signing a lease on an apartment acknowledging  that you accept it “as-is” does not mean that you are destined to live in squalor.  Of course, the conditions that determine “livable” space cannot be the same for all states, but it definitely pays to know when your apartment is being neglected.

8. There’s Power in Numbers

If you feel that a complaint has gone unresolved, reach out to other renters within your building who might be experiencing the same problem.  There are also several tenant advocacy groups throughout the state who resolve landlord-tenant related issues.  Sometimes just having others to back you up will be enough to get the ball rolling.

 

Looking for an Apartment for Rent in the Hattiesburg Area?

If you’re starting the search for your next apartment rental in the Hattiesburg area, work with the best.   At Hattiesburg Apartments, we offer the largest variety of apartment rentals in the area.  Search through our properties today!

 

 

Apartment List National Rent Report

Rents fluctuate from time to time in every city. Staying up-to-date with  these fluctuations is very critical. When you are moving for instance, you could take advantage of a short-lived decline in the average rent of a given city. Apartment List’s Rent Reports cover rental pricing data in major cities, their suburbs, and their neighborhoods. Read through the excerpt below and click on the green button to view the rest of the National Rent Report.


Methodology Updates

Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate. As part of our efforts towards that goal, we’ve recently made some changes to our methodology. Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew towards luxury apartments, introducing sample bias.  

In order to address these limitations, our estimates now start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau. These then extrapolate forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In calculating that growth rate, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach. This approach only compares those units that are available across both time periods. As a result, it provides an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions. You can read more about our new methodology here.

Welcome to the October 2017 National Apartment List Rent Report! Our national rent index is down 0.1 percent month-over-month, marking the first time since January that we’ve seen rents fall.

Read on for an analysis of the trends we’re seeing this month:

National index down 0.1 percent month-over-month

After increasing by 3.1 percent through the first eight months of the year, our national rent index fell by 0.1 percent between August and September. This is the first time that we’ve seen a rent decrease since January. Year-over-year growth is currently falling in between the levels from the two prior years.

Rents began to flatten last month, with our national index posting the smallest monthly gain since January, and now growth has actually turned negative. The fall and winter months are generally the off-season for renting when we tend to see lowered growth, but it’s rare to see rents fall, even by a small amount. Going back to January 2014, this is only the fifth time that our national index has decreased month-over-month, with the other four months of negative rent growth occurring during the slump at the end of last year.

Despite the decrease over the past month, rents are still up 2.8 percent year-over-year at the national level. Year-over-year growth is currently falling directly in the middle of the 2.2 percent rate from this time last year and the 3.4 percent growth rate from October 2015. Year-over-year rent growth continues to pace ahead of the overall rate of inflation, which stands at 1.9 percent as of the latest data release. Rents are also growing slightly faster than average hourly earnings, which have increased by 2.5 percent over the past twelve months.

Rents down month-over-month in 49 of 100 largest cities

The slight drop in rents at the national level is being mirrored in many of the nations biggest markets — the map below…

Step-By-Step Guide to Leasing Your Rental Property

There are a couple reasons why you may choose to lease out your rental property. For one, You could be the owner of several properties and decide to rent out a couple of them, instead of letting them lay idle. You could also be a struggling home owner and decide to rent out a room just to make ends meet. Either way, you need to ensure that your rental property remains safe. Everyone would want a win-win situation- income at the end of the month, and with no property damages accrued. Our friends at apartmentshattiesburg.com published an informative blog post showing you how to successfully lease out any of your rental properties. Read through the excerpt below and click the green button to read the entire post!


A Step-By-Step Guide to Leasing Your Rental Property

With renting becoming increasingly popular throughout the country, many people are turning their homes into an income-generating rental property.  Have you been considering this? If yes, it’s important to get clear on the ins and outs of becoming a landlord.  We’ve all heard the horror stories of terrible tenants so save yourself the potential trouble and do it right the first time by following these simple steps.

Know When Renting Your Property the Right Decision

leasing your apartment propertyPerhaps you are considering turning a second home into a rental property. You could also be looking to rent out your primary residence or even just a bedroom within it.  There are a few reasons why any of these would be a great decision.  Perhaps the market has taken a turn or you owe more on your property than it is worth, leaving you unable to sell.  Maybe you have a second property that is being largely unused, or you have been transferred temporarily out of town. In any case, rather than leaving your property sitting vacant, it can be a great idea to find a tenant.  A good tenant will help you to cover the expenses associated with the property. He will also deter looters, help with the upkeep, and hopefully contribute to your monthly cash flow.      

Know Your Responsibilities as a Landlord

The idea of additional income is the most common reason you might convert your property into a rental property, but being a landlord takes a lot of responsibility.  Your new role will include repairs and maintenance to the property, showcasing the property, collecting rents, screening, accepting, and potentially evicting tenants, ensuring that the tenant is following the terms of the lease and the HOA, if applicable.  Make sure that you are up to the task before you take the next steps.

Prepare the Property

Now that you’ve established your own preparedness, it’s time to get your property up to speed.  Take a look around your existing rivals (similar rental properties in the area).  Notice what amenities are being offered to potential renters.  Based on what you find, you can assess your own property and decide what repairs and upgrades need to be made.  The tough part about this is remembering not to go overboard.  You will need to take into consideration whether or not the money you sink into the property will be offset by the rental income you will be able to recoup. You may want to hire a professional cleaning company to come in once it’s all said and done to ensure that your property looks its very best for potential renters….


    

Reasons You May Choose Renting Over Buying

The thought of buying your very own home can be both intriguing and overwhelming all at once.  Maybe you’ve spent your entire life imagining all of the tiny details that your dream home will have.  Initially, deciding whether to start looking for apartments for rent or take the big step into homeownership can be mindboggling.  First off, relax…your hesitation is perfectly normal and believe it or not, even healthy.  Making the decision to move from renting to buying is a huge commitment.  We’ve often heard the benefits of homeownership. Are there any benefits tied to a rental property as well? Being well-informed ensures that you to make the decision that is best for YOU!

Money Talks

renting an apartmentWhen making the transition from apartments for rent into properties for sale, the first step is to check out your cash situation.  Homeownership is a long-term investment so being clear on your finances is extremely important.  There are a few key points you may want to consider.

 

  • Account for your up-front costs. If you are a first-time potential homebuyer, you may not be fully aware of what is expected of you before and at your closing.  Most sellers will require a good faith deposit to even consider your offer.  Combine this with the costs of your appraisal, inspection, down payment, and first-time homebuyers insurance (if required by your lender), among others, and things start to add up quickly.
  • Get familiar with your credit score. Fixing your credit can be a long and tenuous process and is an integral part of home buying.  If you don’t have a decent credit score or a co-signer, now may not be the time for you to make the transition into home ownership.  Spend some time paying off bad debts to raise your credit first.

Contemplate Your Location

One of the luxuries of searching for apartments for rent is the vast array of models and locations available to you.  With relatively short rental agreements, you won’t find yourself locked into one place very long.  Homeownership, however, is a much longer commitment.  There are a couple key questions you may want to ask yourself here.

 

  • How long do you plan on staying? If you have a job that frequently causes you to relocate or a free spirit that finds you regularly on the hunt for new scenery, homeownership may not be for you.
  • What will the costs of re-selling your property be if you do decide to relocate? This is a question that’s often overlooked.  We tend to see only the potential profit in home ownership and crunch the numbers associated with the initial purchase, but selling has many associated costs as well.

 

Consider the Future

If you’ve crunched the initial numbers and determined that you’re more likely to stay in one location than to relocate, there’s still one more avenue you should check out before leaving behind the world of apartments for rent and jumping into homeownership.  Although we have no way of being prepared for everything the future may bring, it’s important to factor in the possibilities.

 

  • There are many long-term costs associated with homeownership. The excitement of your initial purchase eventually wears off often replaced with the reality that you are now solely in charge of your property.  There will be no landlord to call if the air conditioner breaks or the appliances go on the fritz or your house floods.  There will be nobody to take care of landscape maintenance either.
  • Unexpected life changes can occur at any time. It’s important to make sure that you have a reasonable cash reserve. Set aside some cash for unforeseen events such as illnesses, job loss, and change in career.
  • Life changes and so do you. Before making this giant transition, you have to consult your future self.  What is the likelihood that he/she will be happy with your purchase decision later down the line?  Think about the changes you are going throughout the course of your homeownership. Do you have the means to make those changes reality and the patience to have it like it is currently?

Looking for Great Apartments for Rent in Hattiesburg?

So maybe you’ve read through this and there are a few things you still need to consider.  Working with a skilled rental property manager comes in quite handy.  At Hattiesburg Apartments, our team of accredited property managers is determined to make your rental experience a success. Search through our properties today!

 

 

Renters want that homey feeling, Research suggests

Everyones dream is to rent an apartment that feels like a true home. It’s usually the simple things that makes it feel that way- the smell of fresh air, the sound of a distant river or even the distant sound of playing kids to mention a few. Inasmuch as everyone likes change, we would all prefer the norm when it comes to the surroundings. A homey feeling helps you re-live some of the most treasured childhood memories with your own family. It also helps prevent distress to some extent.  Our friends at Multifamily Executive did a comprehensive post about this. Read through the excerpt below and click on the green button to read the rest of the post.


It’s no surprise that price and location are the two biggest factors for most renters in determining their next place to live. Even so, the first National Renters Index survey by Detroit-based property management company Village Green proved otherwise. Respondents indicated they want to live in a community that feels like a true home.

According to the report, which surveyed 1,000 renters nationwide (not Village Green–specific), the features renters seek most in a community are a “homey” look and feel (62%). To enumerate:

  • That it “fits my lifestyle” (60%)
  • The ability to issue a maintenance request online (52%)
  • High-end property amenities (52%), such as upgraded kitchens and bathrooms and hardwood floors.

ABOUT THE INDEX

The first Village Green National Renters Index was conducted online. 1,000 respondents were surveyed in seven markets across the country (Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Minneapolis, Phoenix, and Philadelphia). The survey was performed using SurveyMonkey and Research Now polls in February and March 2017. All participants had to be active renters in a residential property.

The Pew Research Center identifies the millennial generation as people born between 1981 and 1997. Generation X refers to people born between 1965 and 1980. The baby boomer generation includes people born between 1946 and 1964.

The homey look and feel of the community was the top response for

  • Millennials (62%)
  • Gen Xers (66%)
  • Baby boomers (61%).

“The feedback from this National Renters Index serves as a call to us all that we need to be listening to our current and prospective renters about the amenities and experiences [they’re seeking] from their next rental experience,” said Diane Batayeh, CEO of Village Green, which operates in more than 30 U.S. cities, in a statement. “To maximize resident satisfaction, we need to ensure that renters [believe they’re] getting a special experience and living in an environment filled with sought-after amenities and the feel of home.”

 

The index also asked where renters are looking for referrals and reviews as part of their search for their next home. Notably, 45% of renters said using third-party rental websites was important for their search, while 40% mentioned online review sites as key resources and influencers for their housing hunt. While reflecting on those figures, Village Green pointed to the increasing importance of effective social media strategies, both proactive and reactive.

Nearly 70% of renters research communities online at some point during the search process, according to the index…

 

10 Questions You Need to Ask During an Apartment Rental Tour

Whether you are a first-time renter or a seasoned pro, it can be difficult to remember all of the questions you want to have answered when you are on an apartment rental tour.  That being said, failure to dig a little deeper and ask the important ones can lead to renters regret later down the line.  Consider getting together a checklist to take with you as you tour potential rental properties.  To get you started, here are some commonly forgotten queries that shouldn’t be left out.

1. How do you pay your rent?

This might seem like an obvious one, but knowing the details of your apartment rental payment policy is imperative to successful renting.  It’s not just about how much rent is or when it is due, but also where it gets paid, which forms of payment are accepted and whether or not there is a grace period in case of a late payment.

Questions to ask regarding an apartment rental2. What is included in the cost of your rent?

Finding the perfect apartment rental can feel like a sigh of relief unless you enter into an agreement without a full understanding of what your rent covers.  Ask if your electric, cable, internet, and other utilities are included in your rental fee, or if these will be additional out of pocket expenses.

3. What does your security deposit cover?

There’s nothing quite as bad as getting hit with an unexpected expense, particularly at the end of your apartment rental lease when you are hoping to receive money back from your deposit.  Getting clear on your responsibilities as a renter will help to ensure that you do, indeed, get your deposit back in full.

 

4. How safe is the property?

Not all apartment rental properties are created equal when it comes to safety.  Beyond the location of the property, you should also ask about maintenance of fire alarms and proximity to local law enforcement.  Safety within your apartment rental is even more important.  Be sure to inquire under what circumstances apartment complex employees are allowed to enter your space without notice.

5. Should you get renters insurance?

Although the majority of apartment rental complexes won’t require this, some may and others yet may recommend it for your own benefit.

 

6. What are you allowed to do within the apartment space?

Imagine that you finally sign the lease for your new apartment rental, only to find out that you are stuck with the drab, white, unadorned walls.  Knowing what’s acceptable when it comes to decorating your new space can have a big effect on whether or not you will be happy there for the length of your lease.  Painting and hanging pictures are small acts that make a big difference.

7. Does the apartment complex have plans to renovate in the near future?

The potential renovation of your apartment rental complex is important for a couple of reasons.  For one thing, there will be the potential for increased noise and construction debris.  On the flip side, it could mean better amenities down the line and become further incentive to rent.

8. What is the policy on overnight guests?

This will vary from one apartment rental to another and should be clearly outlined in your lease.  Many complexes have a two-week cap on overnight guests or require long-term guests to be registered with the office.  There might also be limits on where they can park.  Getting clear on this will help to keep you from accidentally breaking the terms of your lease.

9. How are necessary repairs handled?

Things break…sometimes at the least convenient moments.  Knowing the process of reporting needed repairs to your apartment rental landlord is extremely important.  Ask about what the leasing office hours are and who you would go to in the case of something breaking.  Be sure to clarify how the process will be different if there is an emergency repair needed, perhaps in the middle of the night or the weekend.

10.  What happens when you are ready to terminate the lease?

Whether the lease has come to an end and you’ve decided not to renew, or something has happened to cause you to break the lease early, this is a critical point to get clear on.  Does the complex require a notice of non-renewal and if so, how far in advance?  What is the penalty for breaking your lease? Do you have the ability to sublet the apartment in case things change?

Looking for an amazing apartment rental in Hattiesburg?

With SVN | Southgate Realty by your side, finding an apartment rental that checks all the boxes is super-easy.  We have 17 amazing communities to show you, each featuring spacious floor plans, upgraded finishes, great location and unmatched amenities.  Contact us today to get your search started and check out all of our beautiful properties!

5 Reasons to Renew Your Rental Apartment

There are always pros and cons to renewing an apartment lease. One of the cons, at the moment, is that apartment rental rates are on the rise. However, Apartments Hattiesburg has recently published a blog post that shares five reasons why you should renew your rental apartment. Most of the reasons center around the concept of how you may be saving money, by staying where you are. One of the reasons centers around the benefits of renting from a good landlord and having good neighbors. You never really know what a new landlord or neighbors will be like! The excerpt below will give you an idea as to why you should renew your lease. If you like the excerpt, please feel free to click the button at the end of the post, to read the full article!


5 Reasons to Renew Your Rental Apartment

 Oct 24 2017  2:05PMThe cool thing about being a renter is the vast array of options available to you when it comes to your home.  For some renters, the lack of commitment to anything longer than a 12-month lease can be extremely intriguing, but for others, the thought of picking up and moving can feel like a daunting task. However, with rental apartment prices on the rise throughout the country, more and more tenants are being faced with the big decision of whether or not to renew their rental agreements.  The reasons not to renew seem glaringly obvious, but let’s take a look at a few of the perks of remaining where you are.

Location is Everything

rental apartmentWith the constantly increasing demand for a rental apartment in a good neighborhood and with prices on the rise, your location may be enough of a reason to stay put where you are.  Even when facing a rental increase, take into consideration the neighborhood characteristics which made this location so intriguing to you in the first place.  You may want to consider your proximity to work, nightlife, grocery stores, etc.  Moving even just a few miles away could offset your travel costs enough that it might make more sense to face the rent increase and stay put.  Not to mention, if you’ve fallen in love with your location, you may find that the next place just isn’t going to be comparable, no matter what the cost.

Amenities

If your rental apartment offers amenities that you find yourself using frequently, this could be another factor to determine whether or not you should stay put.  If you start each morning at the community gym and spend your weekends lounging by the community pool, these may not be comforts you are willing to give up, particularly if they are….


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How to Find an Affordable Apartment for Rent

The vast majority of Americans have been renters at one point or another.  In fact, today at least 1/3 of Americans are currently renting their homes.  This means that most of us have gone through the long and tenuous process of searching for an apartment for rent.   With rental prices on the rise, it is imperative to enter into this search with the valuable information of knowing how, when and where to find the most affordable apartment for rent in your area.  Here are 6 tips that could help you on your way.

Know Your Season

How to Find an Affordable Apartment for RentLearning the popular move times in your area is integral to making the search for an apartment to rent easy and affordable.  Hunting for your property during peak move times is sure to bring you face to face with rental prices which have been driven up due to increased demand.  Research your areas “off-season” by considering the following:

  • Are you in an area that experiences inclement weather? People tend to avoid moving during these times, which means it could be the perfect time for you to pounce on the apartment that is just right for you.
  • What is your proximity to any universities? Demand is sure to fluctuate with the school year and in fact, these areas typically experience the highest turnover rate in between semesters.  Knowing this can help you to avoid fighting with a million other people for the same property.

When you are well informed about the height of your rental season, it becomes easier to seek out properties during the “off” season, where landlords are much more likely to cut you a deal.

Consider New Construction

For some, this may seem counterproductive, but searching for new construction rentals has many perks.  For one thing, new complexes have many more apartments for rent and they are motivated to get them filled as quickly as possible.  Due to the amount of rentals, owners are also more flexible in the negotiations they are able and willing to make.  The majority of new construction complexes will typically offer the first month of rent free and oftentimes may even throw in additional bonuses such as free parking spaces or greater amenities.  Depending on your personal budget, these things may make the new construction option work well for you.

Be Flexible

When starting the search for an apartment to rent, it is easy to get caught in the trap of becoming hyper-focused on the exact details of what you are looking for.  Being flexible with your search is far more likely to produce quick and affordable results.  First, consider expanding your search area.  Just including an extra mile in each direction could offer a much higher availability of properties without greatly impacting your commute.  If you find a property that has your perfect location but needs some TLC, speak with the landlord about negotiating the rent in exchange for you making some upgrades throughout the course of your rental agreement.  Lastly, think about how valuable the amenities are to you.  If the added gym and pool contribute to the high cost of your rental, maybe it would make more sense to join a gym at a lower cost and rent a cheaper apartment.

Location Within a Complex

Each apartment for rent is not created equal, even if they are identical units within the same complex.  Factors such as view, lighting within the unit, proximity to the parking lot, floor level, and even how often the stairs leading to the apartment are used, all play a big factor in the rental price.  If you are willing to compromise on these features, you may be able to land yourself a much better deal.

Consider Roommates

If you’ve found your dream apartment for rent, but it is still just above your price range, consider finding a roommate and looking at a larger unit within the same complex.  Having a combined budget can vastly expand your search and easily knock off $200-300 worth of rent per month per person.

Demonstrate Reliability

When you have decided on your perfect apartment for rent, be a step ahead of the process by having all of your paperwork prepared.  Consider creating a “rental resume” which includes a reference letter from a previous landlord, a copy of your credit report, your last rental agreement, employment verification and any pertinent information about your pets.  Landlords are much more likely to negotiate with a tenant they feel is reliable.

Looking for a Great Apartment for Rent in Hattiesburg?

By now, you’ve seen how many factors can affect your search for an affordable apartment for rent.  Working with a skilled rental property manager can help to ensure the ease and success of your hunt.  If are seeking to either rent or invest in Hattiesburg apartment communities contact us at Hattiesburg Apartments. As the most accredited property management team in the Hattiesburg area, we are confident that we can make your rental dream a reality. Search through our properties today!

Discovering Apartments in Hattiesburg: Pine Creek Townhomes

As commercial real estate experts in the Gulf South for over 35 years we have vast experience leasing, selling and managing apartments in Hattiesburg, MS. In fact, it’s primarily what we do and want to pass all those years of collected information on to you – the tenant.

To that end we have started a new blog series called Discovering Apartments in Hattiesburg. In this series we highlight special, standout apartments in Hattiesburg that offer major benefits to their tenants. Please know that not just any apartment can be on this list. In order to be included they have to meet strict criteria, such as, affordability, a high number of amenities, be well located, and have special community features.

This week we turn our attention to Pine Creek Townhomes. These amazing townhomes are currently offering a move-in special for a limited time: when you sign a 12-month lease, your first full month of rent is free! Read on for more information about these apartments in Hattiesburg.

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Premier Apartments in Hattiesburg: Pine Creek Townhomes

apartments in hattiesburgPine Creek Townhomes makes our list of the best apartments in Hattiesburg because it’s currently offering some serious leasing incentives, is newly constructed and ideally located in the heart of everything Hattiesburg has to offer.

Community Overview

Centrally located in the Midtown area of Hattiesburg, these pet-friendly townhomes are available for rent in 2- or 3-bedroom layouts. A newly constructed community these townhomes stand out due to their ideal location in the midst of Hattiesburg’s best schools, dining, shopping, entertainment and fitness centers. Add to the fact that the community offers great amenities (at an affordable price) and is running an unheard of leasing special; it’s no wonder these townhomes are considered “premier”.

Community Amenities

Pine Creek Townhomes offers residents some great amenities at prices that won’t break the bank. Spacious living with modern design, these rentals provide residents with both physical and financial comforts.

Property Amenities: new construction townhomes, community access gates, landscaped grounds, pest control service, 24-hour emergency maintenance and on-site management.

Interior Apartment Features: large living area, eat-in kitchen, full size washer/dryer, oversized closet, and patio/private patio.

Community Location

apartments in hattiesburgOne of the main benefits living at Pine Creek Townhomes is its prime Midtown location on the edge of The University of Southern Mississippi’s campus. Perfect for students and commuters, Pine Creek Townhomes offers easy access to Highway 49, Interstate 59, and Hattiesburg’s own Hub City Transits that provides public transportation at a bus stop just one block away.

Nearby Popular Restaurants

  • C’Est La Vie
  • Patio 44
  • Crescent City Grill
  • Kobe Japanese Steakhouse
  • Tabella Italian Restaurant
  • Mahogany Grill
  • Mugshots Grill & Bar 

Nearby Shopping and Retail

  • Turtle Creek Mall
  • Corner Market
  • Eve Marie’s
  • John White Limited
  • Kitchen Table

apartments in hattiesburgThings to Do in the Area

  • Hattiesburg Zoo at Kamper Park
  • Saenger Theatre Downtown
  • Walk or Bike the Long Leaf Trace
  • The Grand Theatre 18 

Nearby Schools and Universities

  • University of Southern Mississippi
  • William Carey University
  • Hattiesburg High School
  • R. Burger Middle School
  • Grace Christian Elementary

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Current Apartments For Rent and Financial Information

apartments in hattiesburgBelow find information on current availabilities and what sorts of terms and pricing are being offered.

Available Units

Currently there are 3 apartment units available for rent.

  • 3 Bedroom/2.5 Bath | 1,200 SF | $985 per month
  • 3 Bedroom/2.5 Bath | 1,200 SF | $985 per month
  • 2 Bedroom/1.5 Bath | 1,070 SF | $835 per month

Leasing Terms

Currently Pine Creek Townhomes offers leases ranging from 6 to 12 months in length.

Financial Obligations

Below you will find a snapshot of monthly rental costs as well as upfront financial obligations.

Monthly

  • Rent Monthly: $835 – $985
    • There is a current move-in special for a limited time: when you sign a 12-month lease, your first full month of rent is free!
    • Some utilities are included
  • Pet Rent Monthly:
    • Dog: $20 (Per Pet)
    • Cat: $10 (Per Pet)

Initial Costs and Deposits

  • Application Fee: $40 (Per Applicant)
  • Deposit: $425 – $475
  • Pet Deposit/Fee: $500
    • $150 Pet Fee (Non-Refundable)
    • $350 Pet Deposit (Refundable)

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Interested in moving into Pine Creek Townhomes?

If you would like to take advantage of the current leasing special and move-in to Pine Creek Townhomes then contact us to get the process started. One of our expert leasing professionals can be reached at (601) 264-5010 or PineCreek@SouthgateRealtyLLC.com.

How to Change Apartments in the Same Community

changing apartmentsHow do you save money during a move? That’s a frequently asked question. Seriously, who doesn’t like to save a little money when they’re moving!? Apartments Hattiesburg published a new article yesterday with a great idea on how to keep your moving expenses down. We’ve included an excerpt of their article below, along with a button to read the full text.

It turns out there are a lot of advantages to moving from one unit to another unit, within the same apartment community. In this featured article you will see a list of benefits that come from making this type of move. You will also get advice on what to do and what to be mindful of. You might want to save this link, so it’s close by for your next move.

We hope you enjoy it and look forward to reading your feedback!


Anyone who has ever gone through the process of finding and leasing apartments for rent knows that it can be an arduous process. From moving to negotiating to paperwork, changing your address requires a lot of effort. Due to this we have started noticing a new trend within many apartment communities in Hattiesburg.

Tenants have discovered that changing apartments in the same community offers many benefits to a traditional move. Moving downstairs or across the hall is more convenient and cheaper than moving down the street or across town. Whether tenants have new household or financial needs, staying in the same community can get tenants the perfect apartment without the hassle.

If you are thinking of changing apartments for rent, but want to stay in your current community read below for tips and considerations to make the move a success.

How to Change Apartments Within the Same Community

In order to move from one apartment to another in your current community, without hiccups, it’s important for tenants to educate themselves on current leasing policies and availabilities.

Let the Landlord Know You Would Like to Transfer Units

First things first, if you have decided that you want to rent an apartment in the same community you need to talk to the Landlord or Property Manager. Not only does this now provide you with a dedicated resource for obtaining necessary information, it officially kick starts the process.

Learn the Current Procedures and Policies

Once you let the landlord/property manager know about your desired transfer it’s time to figure out what is required so you can properly plan your budget. Important questions to ask include:

·      Will you need sign a new apartment lease, or can you amend your current one?

·      Will you need to reapply for tenant screening?

·      Will you have to put down a new security deposit, or can you transfer the….

 

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Discovering Apartments in Hattiesburg: The Lakes at Turtle Creek

apartments in hattiesburgAs commercial real estate experts in the Gulf South for over 35 years we have vast experience leasing, selling and managing apartments in Hattiesburg, MS. In fact, it’s primarily what we do and want to pass all those years of collected information on to you – the tenant.

To that end we have started a new blog series called Discovering Apartments in Hattiesburg. In this series we will highlight special, standout apartments in Hattiesburg that offer major benefits to their tenants. Please know that not just any apartment can be on this list. In order to be included they have to meet many criteria, such as, affordability, offer a high number of amenities, be well located, and have special community features.

In the first of our series we focus on The Lakes at Turtle Creek Apartment Homes. An award-winning community, some would say these apartments are the best in Hattiesburg. Below we outline why we tend to agree.

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Premier Apartments in Hattiesburg: The Lakes at Turtle Creek

commercial real estateThe Lakes at Turtle Creek makes our list because it feels like you are living at a five-star resort…without the five-star price.

Community Overview

Located in the highly desirable Oak Grove area of Hattiesburg, these pet-friendly, premier luxury apartment homes are available in 1-, 2- or 3-bedroom layouts. The community is a standout due to the fact it is jam packed with special amenities, unique designs, spacious floor plans and located to some of Hattiesburg’s best attractions and conveniences.

Community Amenities

This is where The Lakes at Turtle Creek really stands out from the rest. Not only are some of these amenities unheard of at any other apartment in the area, but also are so great they actually won awards.

Property Amenities: theater room, 24-hour fitness center, resort style pool and hot tub, outdoor wood burning fireplace, billiards room, volleyball court, car care center, business center, playground/park, security gate, 24-hour emergency maintenance and on-site management.

Interior Apartment Features: hardwood floors, granite countertops, crown molding, walk-in closets, covered/garage parking, roman tub, outside storage and patios/private patios.

Community Location

Another incredible benefit of The Lakes at Turtle Creek is its prime location in the Oak Grove area in West Hattiesburg. Highly sought after, this location features some of our city’s finest schools, retail stores, dining, and entertainment.

Nearby Popular Restaurants

  • Chesterfield’s Bar & Grill
  • Cotton Blues
  • Crescent City Grill
  • Sake Café
  • Half Shell Oyster House
  • Mahogany Grill 

commercial real estateNearby Shopping and Retail

  • Turtle Creek Mall
  • Corner Market
  • Material Girls
  • Randy Price and Company
  • Banana Peel
  • Kitchen Table

Things to Do in the Area

  • The Hattiesburg Zoo at Kamper Park
  • The Saenger Theatre Downtown
  • Painting with a Twist
  • Healing Touch Day Spa
  • Walk or Bike the Long Leaf Trace
  • The Grand Theatre 18

Nearby Schools and Universities

  • The University of Southern Mississippi
  • William Carey University
  • Oak Grove High School
  • Oak Grove Middle School
  • Oak Grove Elementary School

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Current Apartments For Rent and Financial Information

Below find information on current availabilities and what sort of terms and pricing are being offered.

Available Units

Currently there are 8 apartment units available for rent.

  • 1 Bedroom/1 Bath | 816 SF | $925 per month
  • 1 Bedroom/1 Bath | 816 SF | $925 per month
  • 1 Bedroom/1 Bath | 816 SF | $925 per month
  • 2 Bedroom/2 Bath | 1,194 SF | $1,110 per month
  • 2 Bedroom/2 Bath | 1,194 SF | $1,110 per month
  • 3 Bedroom/2 Bath | 1,378 SF | $1,250 per month
  • 3 Bedroom/2 Bath | 1,378 SF | $1,250 per month
  • 3 Bedroom/2 Bath | 1,378 SF | $1,250 per month

Leasing Terms

Currently The Lakes at Turtle Creek offers leases ranging from 6 to 12 months in length.

Financial Obligations

Below you will find a snapshot of monthly rental costs as well as upfront financial obligations.

Monthly

  • Rent Monthly: $925 – $1250
    • Some utilities are included
  • Pet Rent Monthly:
    • Dog: $20 (Per Pet)
    • Cat: $10 (Per Pet)

Initial Costs and Deposits

  • Application Fee: $40 (Per Applicant)
  • Deposit: $400 – $900
  • Pet Deposit/Fee: $500
    • $150 Pet Fee (Non-Refundable)
    • $350 Pet Deposit (Refundable)

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Interested in The Lakes at Turtle Creek?

After reading about these luxury amenities, and seeing the affordable price we have no doubt you are now thinking of living at The Lakes at Turtle Creek. If you would like to get more information or begin the leasing process please contact us (601) 599-5253 or Info@TheLakesatTurtleCreek.com.

The Difference Between Condos and Apartments For Rent

Apartments in Hattiesburg MSMost people don’t think too much about the difference between a condo and an apartment. Both of these types of residences share very similar characteristics. However, there are some key differentiating factors to be aware of. This is especially true if you’re interested in purchasing or building a condo or apartment and renting it out.

Apartments Hattiesburg published an excellent blog post last month. It was called “The Difference Between Condos and Apartments for Rent.” The five main differences have to do with ownership, maintenance, availability, amenities and knowing which one is right for you. Please read the excerpt below. And if you find it as interesting as we do, Please read the entire article at Apartments Hattiesburg. You will find a button at the bottom of this page, which will take you directly to the original blog post.


Ownership

The largest difference between these two types of rental units comes down to ownership.

Condos

In a condo property, whether 4 units or 200, an individual owns each unit. Most owners have either purchased the property for investment purposes to rent out, or have once lived in the unit and are now renting it out. For a renter, the condo owner is your landlord and is responsible for all leasing, maintenance, repairs and tenant issues.

Apartments

An entire apartment community, whether 4 units or 200, is owned by a single entity. This is most often an individual or corporation who rents out apartment units within that community to tenants. For large apartment complexes, owners hire property management companies to handle all leasing, maintenance, repairs and tenant issues. For a renter, the property management company is your landlord and whom you go to for all related issues.

Maintenance

Another major difference between condos and apartments for rent is who takes care of the property and any tenant issues.

Condos

For any issues inside the condo unit requiring maintenance, renters will need to contact the property owner directly. Some owners are handy and will fix the issues themselves, others hire outside vendors to take care of problems.  For external issues having to do with the property structure (i.e. roof) and common areas, renters will still need to….

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Hattiesburg’s Top 11 Apartments For Rent For Students

When students start searching for apartments for rent there are two important factors that affect where and what they ultimately decide on: proximity to school and price.

Living on or near campus has many benefits for students. Not only will they be on time to classes but will also be near important campus amenities like the library, health center and student union. This all has a great impact on a student’s grades and well being.

Price is also a very important factor for students who are searching for a rental unit. Being a full- or part-time student often makes it difficult to earn a high salaried job. It may be surprising to note that living in apartments instead of the dorms is often less expensive.

With these factors in mind we have compiled the top 11 apartments for rent in Hattiesburg, MS. Why top 11, because it’s one more than 10! Hope you find this list helpful and happy hunting!

Hattiesburg, MS Top 11 Apartments For Rent

the lakes at turtle creek apartments for rentThe Lakes at Turtle Creek Apartment Homes

These pet-friendly apartments for rent are located in the Oak Grove area of Hattiesburg. Currently units are available from 816 SF to 1,368 SF.

Key amenities include fitness center, resort style pool and hot tub, and 24-hour maintenance.

Pine Creek Townhomes

These pet-friendly townhomes for rent are located in Hattiesburg’s prime Midtown location and are adjacent to the University of Southern Mississippi’s campus.  Currently units are available from 1,070 SF to 1,200 SF.

Key amenities include private patios, washer and dryer in-unit, and 24-hour maintenance.

Woodshire Duplexes and Townhomes

These pet-friendly duplexes and townhomes for rent are located near Forest General Hospital and Hattiesburg’s downtown.  Currently units are available at 1,100 SF.

Key amenities include private patios, word burning fireplace, and hot tub and swimming pool.

1 Square Apartment Homes

1 square apartments for rentThese pet-friendly apartments for rent are located in Hattiesburg’s Midtown area adjacent to the University of Southern Mississippi’s campus.  Currently units are available at 940 SF.

Key amenities include 9-foot ceilings, washer and dryer in-unit, and 24-hour maintenance.

2 Square Apartment Homes

These pet-friendly apartments for rent are located in Hattiesburg’s Midtown location on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi.  Currently units are available at 900 SF.

Key amenities include 9-foot ceilings, pest control, and 24-hour maintenance.

Hardy Manor Apartment Homes

These apartments for rent are prime located on the University of Southern Mississippi’s campus with close proximity to Hardy Street. Currently units are available at 515 SF.

Key amenities include swimming pool, assigned parking, and trash removal service.

La Maison Apartment Homes

Located directly across the street from the University of Southern Mississippi, these apartments for rent are ideal for current students. Currently units are available at 750 SF.

Key amenities include gated community, swimming pool, and on-site laundry facilities.

Longwood Crossing Apartment Homes

Longwood apartments for rentThese pet-friendly apartments for rent are centrally located in Hattiesburg near the Southern Miss campus. Currently units are available at 762 SF.

Key amenities include double vanities, pest control, and 24-hour maintenance.

Magnolia Townhomes

This beautiful townhomes for rent community is centrally located in Hattiesburg Midtown area. Currently units are available at 1,200 SF.

Key amenities include new construction with modern design, private patios, and 24-hour maintenance.

Peppertree Apartment Homes

These pet-friendly apartments for rent are ideally located in Hattiesburg’s Downtown area. Currently units are available from 665 SF to 787 SF.

Key amenities include swimming pool, oversized closets, and water/sewer included in rent.

Village Crossing Apartment Homes

village crossing apartments for rent

These highly affordable apartments for rent are located directly off Hwy 49 adjacent to the University of Southern Mississippi’s campus. Currently units are available at 665 SF.

Key amenities include water/sewer included in rent, washer and dryer in-unit, and 24-hour maintenance.

Want More Information on These Apartments, Duplexes and Townhomes?

If you are seeking the best apartments for rent near the University of Southern Mississippi, William Carey University, the Hattiesburg Public School District or the Lamar County School District then let us help! Our rental communities are pet-friendly, run by world class, 24-hour property management, and loaded with incredible amenities and features. Not only that, they are highly affordable to fit a student’s budget.

If you have questions about any of the rentals we mentioned in this article, or would like information on other apartments for rent, then give us a shout at (601) 264-4626. For more contact options, visit here.

How to Prepare Your Apartment For Natural Disasters

As Hurricane Harvey continues to drop heavy rainfall and spawn dangerous tornadoes in the Hattiesburg area we thought it perfect timing to share our best information on preparing your apartment for severe weather.

As a renter the best advice you could ever follow in a weather-related emergency situation is to be prepared. Being prepared means two things: planning carefully and knowing what to expect. In those efforts we have outlined below our best emergency preparedness information for anyone who lives in apartments for rent.

For in-depth emergency preparedness information, resources and current weather alerts in the Hattiesburg area, visit the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA).

Protecting Apartments For Rent in Advance of Severe Weather

Hurricanes, tornados and floods bring devastation that is hard for many to imagine. While there is no way to stop these natural disasters from happening, there are a few ways renters can protect their apartments for rent and the belongings contained within them.

Install Window and Entryway Protection

In the event of a hurricane it’s important to install shutters or panels on the windows and doors to your apartment. Some apartment communities or condo associations may supply these to you. It’s important to check with your landlord or property manager to see who provides them (if any), who will put them up (if any) and what restrictions are in place (if any). Give yourself ample time to gather this information so you can ensure installation before a storm hits.

Verify Property Stability

Before a storm even comes close to hitting your apartments for rent, first make sure that you are living in a stable space that can withstand high winds and intense rain. Before you even sign a lease be sure to ask your landlord or property manager when the roof was last inspected, if the windows are impact glass and to verify the structural security of your rental. Trust us, this is information that is a “need to know” before you move-in.

Choose Apartments For Rent on Top Floors

Another “before the storm” tip is to only choose apartments for rent that are located on higher floors. If there is flooding this means that all of your belongings will be spared from damage because you were not located on the ground floor. A general rule is that middle-floor apartments are the safest bet.

Avoid Flood Hazard Areasflood for apartments for rent

When choosing the location of your apartment you should be mindful of the community’s proximity to t flood hazard areas. These are areas that are more prone to rising floodwaters as they sit at lower elevations and/or are near bodies of water like lakes, rivers, oceans and waterways.

The flood hazard in Hattiesburg comes primarily from the Leaf River and its tributary Creeks including: Gordon, Mixon, Burkett and Priest, which are within the Pascagoula River Basin.  For more information and maps on Hattiesburg flooding, visit www.hattiesburgms.com/residents/flood-information/.

Have Renters Insurance

Our biggest tip for being prepared is to have renters insurance! If your rental is damaged due to a natural disaster the apartment community or owner is responsible for repairing the unit…but not replacing your personal belongings. If you live in a flood hazard area you may also want to think about getting flood insurance.  Same goes for renters located in earthquake areas who may need additional coverage. If you are unsure what rental insurance policies or coverage is available in your market, just ask a reputable insurance provider.

Protecting Yourself and Your Family During Natural Disasters

When it comes to emergencies at apartments for rent, here are some precautions that every renter should take.

Follow All Evacuation Orders

If your rental is located in an evacuation zone and you receive an order to leave, then do it! Sometimes renters want to stay in their unit and try to “wait it out”, which can oftentimes lead to serious consequences. It is always best to err on the side of caution and get out to a safe area while there’s still time.

Have an Emergency Escape Route

When you first move to a new apartment it’s important to know the community layout and location of stairwells in the event you need to make an emergency escape. Have a route planned so that if something does happen you are ready and levelheaded with an exit.

Have an Emergency Supply Kit

Natural disasters are most destructive long after the storm has passed. That is because they knock out electricity, water resources and roadways making it difficult to gain access to everyday necessities like water, food and medical care. first aid in apartments for rent

To be prepared it’s important to have an emergency supply kit at your apartment. Basic kits should have the following:

  • Water for at least three days (a gallon per day per person)
  • Non-perishable foods that don’t require heat for cooking
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • First aid supplies
  • Medications
  • Important documents (insurance papers, health records)
  • Pet supplies (food, medications)

There are probably other things you would want to include your emergency supply kit. For a full list of items that MEMA suggests including, visit here.

Make Sure Your Cell Phone Can Get Proper Alerts

From flood to tornado warnings, most cell phones are equipped to receive Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA). This nationwide text emergency alert system will send out notifications to capable phones when they are in the vicinity of impending bad weather. For more information on WEAs, visit the FEMA website.

I Have Bad Credit. Can I Still Qualify For Apartment Rentals?

Credit scores are something we are all concerned about. It can be difficult to do many things, such as qualifying apartments for rent, if your credit score is not up to par. So that’s it, you have bad credit and you are looking for a new place to live, but can you still qualify for apartment rentals? There are some extra things you can do to make your chances better. Apartments Hattiesburg has listed some of your options in a blog post below:


At some point in all of our lives we have had less than desirable credit. Maybe it’s because we are in college and don’t really have any credit history, or maybe we made a few mistakes with credit cards in our early twenties that have been chasing us ever since. No matter the reason, having bad credit makes qualifying for apartment rentals much more difficult. apartments for rent

While a low score is not a death sentence, a tenant needs to jump through a few extra hoops if they hope to get approved for a lease. Below we outline what a tenant with bad credit can do to increase their approval chances. 

For an in-depth guide to the apartment rentals process, see this recent post from our partners at Hattiesburg Apartments.

Know the Extent of the Credit Damage

First things first, you have to know your exact credit score before you even try to defend it. You may know it’s low, and it may be hard to look at, but pull off that band-aid and run a report. 

There are many resources out there to run a free and comprehensive credit report, our favorite being Credit Karma. In their detailed reports they provide credit scores and history from Equifax and TransUnion and if you find negative information…

5 Ways to Save on Apartments

When searching for apartments for rent, one of the top details is price. Most tenants are trying to get the best bang for their buck, but renting an apartment can become expensive. Rent is the only price a tenant is looking at, utilities and other bills start to add up as well. But how can you save money without your monthly budget getting out of hand? Our friends at Apartments Hattiesburg have 5 easy ways for tenants to save money each month.


There is no doubt about it; expenses associated with apartments for rent are the biggest consumer of monthly budgets. Rent, utility bills, insurance, parking…these charges add up fast and for many renters can become overwhelming and ruin financial independence.

Living paycheck to paycheck in order to reside in the housing of your choice just seems wrong, and we want you to know there is something you can do about it. Below we lay out five easy ways to budget smart that get renters the most of their apartments for rent.

Easy Ways to Save Money When Leasing Apartments For Rent

You don’t need to cut coupons to see your rental expenses go down each month. Below we lay out our five favorite, and absurdly easy, ways to save money on apartments for rent.

Seek Out Specials and Incentives

Whether the end of the year, or beginning of summer, there are always certain times of year when apartment communities begin rolling out sales incentives and rental specials. From free application fees to free months rent, no matter the “special” if you look at that from annual perspective it becomes real costs savings.

To take advantage of these deals make sure to do your research and call around. Most apartment markets are pretty competitive, so there will always be…

 

5 Ways To Negotiate an Apartment Lease Renewal Like a Pro

Finding apartments for rent is hard enough, but the lease renewal process can oftentimes be just as, if not more, stressful. When a tenant’s lease term is up its time for them to decide, “Should I stay or should I go?” If a tenant has been happy over the past 12-months they will want stay put and save the cost and hassle of finding/moving into a new apartment. While this is an obvious choice, there is sometimes a curve ball waiting around the corner in the name of “increased rent”.

Typically after the initial rental term is over most landlords/property managers will raise the rental rate leaving many tenants scrambling to figure out what to do next. That’s where we come in to help! Instead of thinking that leaving is the only option, think like an apartments for rent professional and put your negotiation hat on.

Below we outline the many ways tenants can negotiate their lease renewal to ensure affordability and another term of rental living bliss.

Apartments For Rent: How to Successfully Negotiate a Lease Renewal

Here’s something to know: tenant turnover (i.e. tenants not renewing their lease) is VERY costly for a landlord. Not only do they need to pay to market the now vacant apartments for rent, they also need to pay to get them ready for new tenants (cleaning and repairs). In addition, unless they right away find another awesome tenant the apartment will sit vacant for who-knows-how-long and the landlord will lose hundreds or thousands each month in lost rent.

We tell you this to help tenants realize that they do indeed have power to negotiate lease renewals. We talk to a lot of tenants who feel the landlord is the only one with the upper hand. While yes, landlords do have the ultimate say over final rental rates and terms, there are certain areas where tenants can score some wiggle room. This could be the rental rate (good for you!), but it also could be money savings realized through other concessions. Read below to gain back the control over your apartments for rent.

Do Your Research and Ask For a Reduction

The best negotiation advice is to always be informed. In order to arm yourself with the ability to negotiate a rent increase it’s important that you know the rental rates for comparable properties across your market. Get online, talk to other renters, property managers and leasing agents, and get a handle on the asking price for other apartments for rent.lease for apartments for rent

When you are ready to approach your landlord to ask for a reduction (i.e. back to your original rental rate) you can present your research findings: 1) the proposed rental increase is too high for the current market and 2) there are many cheaper options out there that could be receiving your rent every month instead of them.

You would be surprised how many times landlords raise rents without having an accurate handle on what the market supports. It sounds simple, but when a landlord is faced with hard cold facts, and the prospect of losing a good tenant, they will more apt to budge on a rate increase.

Offer to Extend the Lease Terms

Okay so maybe you did your research and found that the rent increase is indeed supported in your market. Or, maybe your landlord just flat out refuses to back down on the price. In this case it’s time to make it worth his/her while.

To attempt to gain a lower monthly rental rate tenants can offer to extend the terms of the lease. Instead of signing a typical 12-month lease, they can offer to sign an 18-, 24- or even 36-month lease. There are very real cost savings associated with keeping a tenant in place for a long period, and landlords know this.

Pay Early or Up Front

calendar for apartments for rentIn exchange for a rental rate reduction tenants can offer to pay monthly rent early or upfront. For many landlords having cash on hand immediately instead of spread out over a year is a very enticing offer. Negotiate to pay your first 3 month’s rent upfront, or even change your payment date before the 1st of the month.

Ask For Additional Space

Maybe you hit a wall on the reduced rent and an increase is happening no matter what. In this case it’s important for tenants to seek out other ways to realize monthly cost savings. One of those is asking for additional space.

Most apartments for rent will offer storage units at their property. While these typically are an additional monthly cost, this is something you can absolutely negotiate with your landlord. “If you are not willing to reduce the rental rate increase and want to keep me as a tenant all I ask is for you to provide me with a storage closet.” The cost of giving that to a tenant free over rental loss from a vacancy apartment is a no-brainer for most landlords.

Ask For Parking

Just like storage units we described above, private/reserved/covered parking is often an extra monthly charge at many apartments for rent. If a landlord refuses to reduce the rental increase, ask if they are willing to throw in a parking spot. If this small cost will keep you in your unit, most landlords won’t blink an eye giving it to you.

 

SVN | Southgate Realty’s Chamberlan Carothers in National Apartment Association’s Units Magazine

The National Apartment Association’s (NAA) Units Magazine is a publication centered upon news in the apartment industry. Our own, Chamberlan Carothers, CCIM, CPM, Managing Director of SVN | Southgate Realty, LLC, is being featured in the August 2017 issue. Our friends at SVN | Southgate Realty, LLC have discussed the article below.


Chamberlan Carothers, CCIM, CPM, Managing Director of SVN | Southgate Realty, LLC, is featured in the August 2017 issue of National Apartment Association’s (NAA) Units Magazine discussing how critically important LIHTC is for Mississippi’s low-income residents and continued state-wide economic development.

An important and current topic, lawmakers in Washington have begun considering the overhaul of tax codes, and LIHTC could end up on the chopping block. If this happened it would cause major negative impacts on local residents, the apartment rentals market and commercial real estate firms.

Involved in Mississippi’s apartment rentals sector his entire life, Carothers has seen first hand how…

Off-Campus Apartments: The Better Choice

Summer flew by and here we are, one week away from the start of fall semester at Southern Miss. While most students have already figured out their housing situations, there could be some latecomers who need guidance.  When it comes to student housing the first question is always: Do I live in on-campus dormitories or off-campus apartments for rent?

While there is no doubt that everyone should get the dorm experience at some point in their college careers, the benefits of living off-campus are too apparent to ignore.

5 Reasons Why Off-Campus Apartments For Rent Are the Better Choice

Below we outline the five reasons why students should seek apartments for rent over dorms. Also, be aware this information can be forwarded along to your parents in case they need some convincing!

Better Price

Let’s get this out of the way first – cost efficiency is the major benefit of living in off-campus apartments for rent. A common misconception, it usually shocks people to hear that off-campus living is oftentimes more affordable than on-campus dorms. This is especially true when students are splitting total expenses (rent, utilities, insurance) with roommates.

Also, there are only so many options of dormitories (say up to 5) compared to that of apartments for rent where you can have 100+ quality options – all competing to give you the best price. In addition to competing on price, many apartments for rent will offer lease incentives like deals on application fees or free months rent. All things that lead to major cost savings over the course of an annual lease (12 months).

Better Amenities

amenities in apartments for rent

Student housing development has changed dramatically over the years; with builders realizing that in order to stay competitive they need to offer students enhanced amenities. Many apartments for rent now offer luxurious on-site options like pools and hot tubs, saunas, gyms, study rooms, movie theaters, clubhouses, game rooms and even tanning beds. Trust us, you won’t find many of these at your on-campus dorm.

In addition, for students with four-legged roommates, on-campus living is simply not an option. In this case they would need an off-campus apartment. Today’s communities not only allows pets, but oftentimes come with their own pet-friendly amenities like dog parks and cleaning stations.

Better Roommate(s)

Many students who live in the college dorm are able to choose their roommates, but an equal amount does not. These students are rather paired up with roommates and this can either lead to a lasting friendship, or a miserable semester.

When you live in off-campus apartments for rent you most absolutely pick your roommate, whom you no doubt are compatible with, or you choose to live alone. Both options mean a better living environment and college experience.

Better Peace and Privacy

privacy in apartments for rentWhile sharing a dorm room with 1 to 3 other people is usually exciting the first couple months of your freshman year, it loses its luster pretty quick. Say goodbye to peace and privacy.

Dorms are constant fun, which sounds great but is really a double-edged sword. On one hand there is always something going on, but this is not so great when you have a test or paper the next day and can’t hear yourself think.

If you have a focus on grades (which all students do), you are better off renting an off-campus apartment where you have a private bedroom and control over your peace and quiet.

Better Real-World Experience

You can learn about something all you want, but until you put it into practice it’s just an idea. If you want to be prepared for the real world outside of college, then it’s important to live in off-campus apartments for rent.

Here you will learn the responsibility of monthly budgeting, paying rent on-time, setting up and paying for utilities, food shopping and cooking, and cleaning. Pretty much exactly what it means to be an adult living on your own. Mastering this life skill prior to graduation sets you ahead of curve and on better footing when you start your post-college life.

Seeking Apartments For Rent in Hattiesburg or Surrounding Areas?

With over 37 years in the Hattiesburg apartment sector the student housing team at SVN | Southgate Realty has you covered. Whether you are seeking apartments for rent directly across from campus or across town, we have the best options at the best value. Contact us today to discuss your needs and budget and we will help you find the apartment of your student dreams. To start searching now, click HERE.

A Complete Checklist for Your Apartment Walkthrough

So you found the perfect apartment, now what? You pack and move in, right? Wrong. You still have to do an apartment walkthrough with the landlord. This walkthrough is your chance to assess any damages which may have occurred prior to you moving in, so you cannot be held liable. But knowing what to look for can be overwhelming. The key is to take your time during the walkthrough and follow a checklist. Our friends at Apartments Hattiesburg have created a checklist which is perfect for your next apartment walkthrough.


Checklist for Your Apartment Walkthrough

The hard part is over, you have found the perfect apartment that fits your budget and is in the location you want. Before you start packing and get that moving truck, you have one last thing to take care of: the apartment walkthrough.apartments for rent

The apartment walkthrough is just as it sounds, a physical walk through of your new apartment with the landlord or representative. During this walkthrough you note any and all issues that need to be fixed or addressed prior to move in.

This step is one of the most crucial because you will want to learn about anything that is broken prior to moving in, saving yourself the pain of potentially having to move all over again to a new space. You will also want to cover your interests since any damages that are found during the walkthrough are the landlord’s responsibility. Whereas after the walk through the landlord could easily turn around and say it was you, the tenant, who caused the damage.

To avoid extraneous moving and any fees for damages that you didn’t cause, make sure that you request an apartment walkthrough prior to moving in. Below we outline what to look for in our complete apartment walkthrough checklist. Oh, and make sure you bring a camera to document!

Apartment Walkthrough: General

  • Walls: Check every wall for any scratches, marks, nails, holes or damage.  Don’t feel like you are being overly picky either, if you see something take a picture of it and document.
  • Ceilings: Pay particular attention to…

Hattiesburg Job Growth Signals Strong Apartment Rentals Market

Hattiesburg, Mississippi is once again on the economic development map as the area recently ranked top in the state for job growth, signaling strong performance for local apartment rentals markets.  This new economic data comes on the heels of Hattiesburg recently being named the top place to live in the United States for cost of living.

All of these economic growth indicators point to Hattiesburg as an attractive investment market where assets are set to perform for years to come.

Hattiesburg Ranked No. 1 in Mississippi For Job Growth

Hattiesburg leads the entire state of Mississippi in job growth by posting a 2.7% increase from May 2016 to May 2017.  The center of its metropolitan statistical area (MSA), Hattiesburg added over 1,700 new jobs earning it the number 68 spot in the nation.apartment rentals in hattiesburg ms

So why did Hattiesburg MSA job growth outperform all others in the state? Area Development Partnership (ADP) VP of Economic Development Todd Jackson points to business diversity and a strong community attitude.

He tells Hub City Spokes, “This economy is so diverse, that it’s a really good time to be in economic development. There has been growth in everything from healthcare to back office to manufacturing to retail to banking.” Adding, “Hattiesburg is such a business-friendly city…It comes from the counties to the municipalities. Everybody wants to see this community grow, wants to see this community prosper.”

Other notable Mississippi MSA’s were included in the rankings, like Jackson and the Gulf Coast. The Jackson MSA saw positive gains, posting a 0.5% growth adding 1,500 jobs. The Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula MSA didn’t fare as well, experiencing a decrease of .01% losing 200 jobs.

Overall, non-farm payroll employment growth the United States increased across 304 MSA’s, decreased in 77, and went unchanged in six.

Increased Jobs = Increased Resident Incentives = Increased Apartment Rentals Competition

So we now have a city where jobs are being created and where your dollar can stretch further than anywhere else in the entire country? Yes, we would say, “Sign us up!” too, and that is exactly what most in the economic development community also believe.apartment rentals

Increased jobs and a healthy financial environment create two things in a market, an influx of new residents and increased attention from investors. This population influx supports local businesses and encourages further area business development. On one hand this creates high-demand amongst apartment rentals, on the other hand that same demand encourages new commercial real estate development. Both outcomes are a win-win for owners and renters of multifamily properties.

Economic health also brings much-wanted attention from investors who can put money into projects that enhance and build the Hattiesburg market.  In the August 2017 issue of Units Magazine, the official publication of the National Aprtment Association (NAA), SVN | Southgate Realty Manaing Director Chamberlan Carothers, CCIM says he is “incredibly bullish” on Mississippi’s 10-year economic proespects.

“With a cost of living 16% lower than the national average, being a ‘right to work’ state and having quick access to the Gulf’s deep water ports, Mississippi stands to see an influx of manufacturing and industrial growth.”

Seeking Apartment Rentals in Hattiesburg?

Apartment rentals in Hattiesburg are already some of the most high-demand in Mississippi. From students at Southern Miss to military families, our rental market supports many high population groups in the area. If you are in need of housing in Hattiesburg, or surrounding markets, then let us use our over 37 years of area experience to your advantage. The team at SVN | Southgate Realty, LLC knows all the quality apartment rentals to meet your exact needs, even those that aren’t on market yet. To get a comprehensive list of the apartment availabilities in your desired neighborhood and budget, contact us at (601) 264-4626.

6 Things Every Student Must Have to Rent Apartments in Hattiesburg

For students moving away from home for the first time, finding housing can be a confusing process. Renting your first apartment isn’t easy, but there are actions you can take to make the process a little bit later. From having proper identification to building your credit to assure you pass your credit check, you need to have specific things to rent an apartment. Our friends at Apartments Hattiesburg have some tips for students looking for apartments for rent in Hattiesburg, MS.


Whether new to campus or ready to get the heck out of student housing, in order to qualify to rent apartments in Hattiesburg there are 5 criteria that every renter must meet. So before you even start thinking about who you want to be your roommate(s) or what part of town you want be located, ensure that you have everything on the below list.the lakes at turtle creek apartments for rent

After you meet the basic criteria, submit and subsequently qualify for an application for apartments in Hattiesburg you will then move on to signing a lease. After that, it’s move-in day and 12 months of awesome apartment living! 

You Must Have Proper Identification

A rental lease is a legally binding document and such has strict requirements to identify the individuals listed in the contract for lease. You will be required to provide government-issued identification, a valid, current drivers license or active passport.  A student ID will not replace either of these forms of identification, but most often can be used in conjunction with other government-issued identifications such as social security cards and birth certificates.

You Must Pass a Background Check

No property owner wants someone with a history of criminal or unsavory activity. Not only does this protect the current and future tenants, it also…

Top Benefits of Hiring Property Management

Top Benefits of Hiring Property Management For Your Apartment Rentals

If you own apartments for rent then you know how time consuming, and often stressful, maintaining a property and dealing with tenants can be. From tenant screening to rent collection to maintenance and repairs, owning a rental property comes with a lot of responsibility.

Most owners choose to hire a professional property manager in order to not only keep their sanity, but to also improve property value. Below we outline the most important benefits a professional property manager will have on not only your apartments for rent, but also your bottom line.

Higher Quality Tenants

Property management for apartments for rentRental properties exist to produce income for their owner, and no other factor can affect an assets revenue stream more than a bad tenant. This is why a thorough tenant screening process is so important. Experienced property managers know how to perform quick, quality and consistent screening processes that:

  • Easily spot risky tenants
  • Avoid rental scams
  • Ensure avoidance of discrimination lawsuits

Resulting in tenants who:

  • Pay their rent on time
  • Lease for longer periods of time
  • Cause less damage/wear-and-tear on your property

Shorter Vacancy Cycles

For property owners, empty apartments for rent mean empty bank accounts. A rental that sits vacant for months can lose an owner thousands in revenue potential, which is why hiring a property manager is so important. Beyond the tenant screening process, managers will perform these essential tasks that result in much shorter vacancy cycles:

  • Determining optimal rental price: Pricing for apartments for rent is crucial to consistent vacancy. Too low and you are losing money, too high and it sits empty. Managers use local market data and rate comparables to define the rental rate optimal to occupancy.
  • Using effective marketing tactics: In order to fill your vacancy with quality tenants they first need to know your rental exists! An experienced property manager knows where to list/advertise your rental and how to communicate to the type of tenant you want. From finding prospects, to closing the deal, owners who enlist the help of property management have access to larger and higher quality candidate pools. This results in getting your apartments for rent off market quicker and easier.

Maintaining Consistent Cash Flow

“Cash flow” for owners of rental properties is just another word for “rent collection”. Rent payments, and subsequent late fees, can make or break a property’s annual earnings. The only way to maintain consistent and reliable cash flow is to ensure on-time monthly rent collection.

How many times has an owner had to deal with sob story excuses as to why the rent is late, or be the bad guy and chase down tenants to pay up? Worse case scenario an owner has to deal with the eviction process. But, when an owner hires property management they put a buffer between themselves and the tenant, allowing a third party to effectively enforce the lease terms. This allows for a non-negotiable process where tenants pay on time, on a consistent basis.

Lowered Maintenance and Repair Costs

Every rental property will require regular maintenance and repairs. This keeps tenants happy (which keeps space occupied and rent coming in) and increases property value (which increases returns).property management for apartments for rent

While owners are aware of (and prepared for) these costs, they may not realize that professional property managers can significantly reduce them. Yes, property management costs owners money, but those costs are almost offset by the pricing breaks their property managers have access to. They realize these cost savings through:

  • Enacting preventive maintenance and repairs
  • In-house maintenance staff
  • A network of quality contractors and vendors
  • Volume discounts

Increased Property Value

Due to all of the benefits we’ve listed above – quality tenants, occupied units, consistent rental payment and efficient maintenance – professional property management will increase a rental property’s value.

To really understand this, owners should know how the property valuation process works. The two main factors that affect a property’s value, i.e. listing it at a higher price and making it desirable to buyers, are (i) the quality of the current tenants and the lease terms in place and (ii) the physical health of the asset. These are two things directly affected by property management, (i) tenant screening and retention and (ii) preventative maintenance.

Seeking property management in Hattiesburg or surrounding areas?

If you own apartments for rent in Hattiesburg or surrounding areas and have read this whole article then you now realize the advantages of hiring professional property management. With over 35 years experience in the Hattiesburg rental market, the team at SVN | Southgate Realty, LLC has the experience and tools to provide the most comprehensive property management services you will find in the area. To get a custom quote, or for more information, contact us today!

Hattiesburg Named Top U.S. Place to Live For Cost of Living

Better grab those apartments for rent before the line is out the door! Hattiesburg, MS has put itself on the popularity map due to a recent study that ranks the city as the 4th best place to live in the U.S. for cost of living.

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The recent study, The Best and Worst Cities to Live on Six Figures, analyzed 381 major U.S. metropolitan areas to determine where you can get the most bang for your buck. Using an estimation of a two-earner household with three individuals (two adults, one child) and an annual gross income of $100,000, MagnifyMoney ranked cities from worst to best on how much money is left at the end of each month after expenses. The expenses included in the report covered seven major areas: food, childcare, housing, transportation, student loan payments, entertainment and personal savings.

Also making the top 10 cut was Jackson, MS that ranked No. 9 on the coveted list. In all, three Mississippi metro areas were researched for the report – Hattiesburg (#4), Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula (#64), and Jackson (#9).

Hattiesburg, MA: Robust Economy with Low Cost of Living

If you want extra cash on hand at the end of each month then move to Hattiesburg!

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According to the study, a resident in Hattiesburg would have a post-tax income of $6,585 with total expenses of $4,191, which left $2,395 at the end of the month.

This means Hattiesburg residents only use 64% of their monthly income on expenses…one of the lowest rates in the entire country. By comparison, the highest rate of expenses went to Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV at a whopping 105%.

President of the Area Development Partnership, Chad Newell, reported that Hattiesburg’s overall cost of living is just 82.8% of the national average and points to the city’s affordable housing, health care and transportation as ranking factors.

He says, “Our organization has tracked 4,000 new jobs and $2 billion in capital investments over the last five years. Greater Hattiesburg leads the state among metros in the percentage of job growth. Our college town environment offers a superb quality of life at a low cost.”

Hattiesburg, MS Housing: Apartments For Rent That Don’t Break the Bank

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Not surprising to anyone who has ever paid rent or a mortgage, housing was determined as the number one budget consumer in the study. In 64 of the 381 metro areas analyzed, more than ¼ of monthly income is spent on housing expenses (owned homes, or homes/condos/apartments for rent). In 18 of the 381, more than 1/3 is spent on housing expenses.

Low housing costs is what helped Hattiesburg rank so high on the list. Local apartments for rent are some of the most affordable in the nation, with housing costs sitting at 72.1% of the national average.

Affordability seems to be a regional thing as Southern areas ranked highest in the national study. The Southeast and Southwest tied as the best region for having money leftover each month, with families only using an average of 70% of their income on expenses.

The Best and Worst Cities to Live on Six Figures

Top 10 Cities

  1. Johnson City, Tennessee
  2. Morristown, Tennessee
  3. Cleveland, Tennessee
  4. Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  5. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas
  6. Jackson, Tennessee
  7. Chattanooga, Tennessee-Georgia
  8. Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana
  9. Jackson, Mississippi
  10. Brownsville-Harlingen, Texas

Bottom 10 Cities

  1. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
  2. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut
  3. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California
  4. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, California
  5. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
  6. California-Lexington Park, Maryland
  7. Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, Hawaii
  8. Urban Honolulu, Hawaii
  9. Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Massachusetts-New Hampshire
  10. Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California

Need Help Finding Apartments For Rent in Hattiesburg?

Now that you know where your money goes the furthest, are you thinking of moving to Hattiesburg? No matter where you are at in the rental process, it always helps to have some assistance along the way.

If are seeking to rent, or even invest, in Hattiesburg apartment communities then please contact us at Hattiesburg Apartments. As the most accredited leasing and property management team in the market, our staff has the history and real-world experience to successfully serve every tenant and investment need. Search through our properties today!

3 Steps to Finding Your Perfect Apartment

Finding apartments in Hattiesburg, MS is not as easy as it may seem. There are many options within the city, which can be helpful, but how do you narrow it down? It can get complicated. There are several things you can do though to help make the process a little bit easier. From defining your specific apartment needs to assuring you’ve done all your research, there are ways to make apartment hunting much easier. Check out this post from our friends at Apartments Hattiesburg to learn the top three steps to finding your perfect apartment in Hattiesburg, MS.


The Mississippi Gulf Coast is growing by the day, and finding an apartment in Hattiesburg is not as easy as it used to be. Although options are a great thing, when searching for an apartment finding exactly what you want can quickly become a time consuming, and sometimes frustrating, project.

To help alleviate the aches and pains associated with searching for apartments in Hattiesburg, we’ve outlined the best process and tools to find that perfect new home. Below find our best apartment hunting information that will save you time, energy and dollars.

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Step 1: Define Your Apartment Needs

Every good real estate professional knows that the first rule of apartment hunting is to define your needs before you begin searching. The reason for this is often times we get excited by the things with think we want, but once that excitement wears off we are stuck in a situation that doesn’t fit our lifestyle or budget. Avoid this by answering the below.

What is your budget?

Clearly this seems obvious, but ensure you don’t just…

Renters Insurance

Everything You Need to Know About Renters Insurance

Anyone who has ever lived in apartments for rent has a general idea about renters insurance, but it seems there is often conflicting information out there. To help provide a clear and accurate picture we lay out what it is, what it covers, how much it costs and how much you need.

What is renters insurance?

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For individuals living in apartments for rent, renters insurance provides coverage for: (i) loss, damage or theft of your personal possessions, and (ii) any injuries another person may incur (deemed to be your fault) while at your rental residence.

In regards to the injury protection, an example of this would be if someone slipped and fell in your kitchen and broke their arm. Renters insurance would cover the renter in two ways: (i) It would cover any costs associated with the other persons injury, and (ii) would cover any legal fees (to a defined and set limit) if there was a lawsuit filed against you as a result of that injury.

What does it cover?

Renters insurance provides financial reimbursement in the event of loss or damage to a renters possessions due to (i) fire, (ii) theft, (iii) vandalism, (iv) water damage (caused by a leak or faulty equipment in your apartments for rent, not because of a natural disaster) and (v) storm damage. It will also cover the costs of another rental if your unit is deemed uninhabitable due to fire or storm damage.

The amount of financial reimbursement and coverage associated with a visitor being injured while at a renters premises depends completely on the circumstances of the incident and who was deemed at fault.

How much will it cost me?

One of the great things about renters insurance is that it is very affordable. The cost of coverage depends on two main factors: (i) where the renter lives, and (ii) the amount of coverage they want to carry on their policy.

On average a renter can expect to pay anywhere from $100 to $250 a year for renters insurance. According to TrustedChioce Independent Insurance Agents, the national average for renters insurance is $15 to $30 per month.

How much coverage should I have?

With any renters insurance policy you will choose dollar amounts for three types of coverage:

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Personal property: This coverage includes all of your personal belongings (minus additional riders addressed below). Most renters insurance providers require a minimum of $2500 in coverage.

Many renters get tripped up with this part of the policy because they can’t put a dollar amount on all of their belongings that have accumulated over years. A great way to get to a ballpark amount of coverage is to make an itemized list of your belongings and their corresponding replacement costs.

It’s also worth noting that the average renter has anywhere between $20,000 and $25,000 worth of personal property.

Liability: This coverage includes the payout for any liability claims as well as any legal defense costs. Renters can choose any amount, but most apartments for rent require a renter to carry a minimum of $100,000 in coverage.

Additional riders: There are some personal items that are not covered under the “personal property” coverage type and must be covered under what are called “additional riders”. These include: jewelry and outdoor recreational vehicles like snowmobiles, wave runner/jet skis or ATVs.

Seeking Apartments For Rent? Better Get that Renters Insurance!

As Mississippi apartment experts we at Hattiesburg Apartments get asked a lot about renters insurance and the first question we usually hear is, “Do I really need it? Doesn’t my landlord have insurance?” While yes, your landlord does have insurance, but it only covers damage to the actual structure of your apartments for rent…not the belongings held within it.

After over 30 years in the Hattiesburg rental market we have seen a lot of disastrous situations and there is nothing worse than a renter who loses everything and has no financial backing (aka renters insurance). If you are still unsure about renters insurance and how that fits with your apartments for rent, give us a call at (601) 264-4626 and we can help point you in the right direction.

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How to Avoid Violating Your Apartment

You may think your lease isn’t easy to break, you really have to be doing something wrong to break it. However, this is not the case. When renting apartments in Hattiesburg, you need to be aware of all aspects of your apartment lease. Most ways which you might be violating your lease are avoidable. But how do you know for sure? Our friends at Apartments Hattiesburg have listed five ways you could possibly be violating your lease.


5 Avoidable Ways You Could Violate Your Apartment

We know a thing or two about leasing apartments in Hattiesburg; after all we’ve been in the Mississippi apartment game for over 37 years! As part of that experience we’ve seen a lot, and that includes renters who miss the fine print and unintentionally break the rules of their lease agreement…without even knowing it.

While you may be saying to yourself, “I would definitely know if I was violating the rules of 

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my lease!” are you really so sure? When you first lease an apartment you sign a long, detailed lease agreement that carefully lays out the rules, regulations and responsibilities for you as a tenant. From rent payment timelines to subletting procedures, be advised that legal document contains a lot of information on what is (and isn’t) acceptable at your rental.

To help you avoid costly fines, or at worse eviction, we have outlined a few of the less obvious ways that a renter could violate their apartment lease agreement. Be sure to avoid any of these actions, either all together or before you talk to your landlord/owner/property manager.

Apartments in Hattiesburg: How to Avoid Unintentionally Violating Your Lease

I Like to Grill Out…On My Balcony

It’s summertime, so who doesn’t love a burger or dog hot off the grill? While we would never tell you to avoid this enjoyable American pastime, we are just saying don’t do it on your apartment balcony.

Most every apartment lease contains restrictions about…

Pros and Cons of Short-Term Leasing

Summertime Apartments For Rent: Pros and Cons of Short-Term Leasing

Searching for apartments for rent in the summer has its advantages and disadvantages, which is why some renters struggle with deciding on entering a short- or long-term lease. On one hand, demand is down which means a renter can likely get a better deal. On the other hand, during the summer places like Hattiesburg can become a ghost town and student renters don’t want to commit to a full-year lease prior to weighing options in the fall.apartments for rent

Some basics: a short-term lease typically means a lease that is less than six months in length. Most commonly you will see short-term leases for three months in length and also month-to-month.

While there are pro’s and con’s to short-term leasing, which we cover below, the biggest difference from long-term leasing is the flexibility. If you are trying to decide which type of lease for apartments for rent are right for you, then keep reading. Hopefully this will help you weigh your options and make the best leasing decision for your current circumstance…and bank account.

Pros of Short-Term Leasing

  • Flexibility: The largest pro of seeking apartments for rent that offer short-term leasing is the flexibility it offers. When leasing for only a three-month period, or month-to-month, a renter has options for whatever situation arises. If you need a new job, a short-term lease provides mobility to move to a new area with more employment options. If you are new to a city and want to take your time to find the right neighborhood, a short-term lease would be a perfect option.apartments for rent lease
  • Conversion: A short-term lease can provide the best of both worlds. If you begin with say a three-month term and decide you really like the place, the lease can typically be converted into a long-term situation without any monetary damages.
  • No Subletting or Paying to Break a Lease: If a situation out of your control happens and you need to change location within a month or few months, a short-term lease has you covered. If you were in a long-term lease contract you would have to either find a subletter to cover the remaining length of your 12-month term, or pay super expensive fees to break your lease. Both situations that can be painful.

Cons of Short-Term Leasing

  • Cost: The largest con of a short-term lease is that they are oftentimes more expensive than their long-term counterparts. Typically owners of apartments for rent charge more for short-term due to the turnover and the fact they need to cover their potential losses due to vacancy or damages.
  • Less Options: Due to the above mentioned risks, short-term rentals can be harder to find, meaning less options in your desired market. It costs owners money to find suitable tenants, get an apartment ready for the next tenant (Cleaning, painting, etc.) and they obviously want to maximize those costs by locking in renters for longer periods of time.
  • Instability: In general, short-term leases are unstable. The same flexibility enjoyed by a short-term tenant is also enjoyed by a landlord/owner. The fact that neither of you are committed to a long-term contract means a landlord can raise your rent frequently, and/or change the lease terms in their favor. Worst case they can decide they don’t want you to live there anymore and don’t need to give much notice.
  • Credit/Rental History: When tenants are applying for apartments for rent the one thing that is highly scrutinized is their credit score and rental history. A short-term lease may not negatively affect your credit score, but it may not help it either. Also, by choosing a short-term lease a potential landlord could view that as a negative.

Landlords of Apartments For Rent Favor Long-Term Leasing

At the end of the day a renter should always choose the leasing situation that works best for their needs, whether that is short- or long-term. But, renters will find that landlords generally prefer to have their tenants sign long-term apartment leases.

By doing so an owner/landlord/property manager ensures that their apartments for rent are covered for a full year, or longer. This means they won’t have to spend money to advertise the space, get it in move-in ready condition for the next tenant, or lose rental profits if they can’t find a good tenant.

If you are seeking apartments for rent in Hattiesburg, MS or surrounding areas and need help finding suitable options then let our experts help. Whether looking for short- or long-term options, we have a pulse on the Hattiesburg market and can get you into your dream apartment in less time. Call us at (601) 264-4626 today!

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Hattiesburg Apartments For Rent Under $700 a Month

When it comes to finding apartments for rent most people assume that cheaper prices mean less quality, and even less amenities. While there are plenty of scenarios where this is true, if you know where to look you can find some amazing apartments that won’t break the bank.

Here is what we full-heartedly believe: Just because a renter’s budget is low, it shouldn’t mean that they have to sacrifice a safe and comfortable home. That’s why at Hattiesburg Apartments we have searched high and low to find our clients quality apartments for rent at quality prices.

Below find information on the local Hattiesburg apartments for rent that offer great amenities for under $700 a month.

Apartments For Rent in Hattiesburg for $700 and Under

From assigned parking to on-site management to sparkling pools, these apartments for rent provide quality amenities at valuable prices.

1 Square Apartment Homes | Starting at $590 per Month

1 Square Apartment Homes is centrally located in Hattiesburg’s Midtown area, conveniently near The University of Southern Mississippi’s campus and providing easy access to Hwy 49 and I 59. Home to some of the city’s top schools, restaurants, shopping and entertainment, this area has something for everyone.1 square apartments for rent

1 Square offers spacious 1 & 2-bedroom apartments for rent starting at only $590 per month, and even includes some utilities in the rental cost (providing even more savings). The community also offers many amenities like 24-hour maintenance and beautiful oak cabinetry.

For full property information, including photos, current availabilities and floor plans, click here. To schedule tours, or for additional assistance, call 601-264-3374 or email concord@hattiesburgapartments.com.

Select Amenities

  • 24-Hour Emergency Maintenance
  • 6 Panel Doors*
  • 9′ Ceilings
  • Built-In Microwave
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Ceramic Tile Countertops*
  • Ceramic Tile Flooring
  • Dishwasher
  • Frost Free Refrigerator
  • Full Size Washer & Dryer Included
  • Ice Maker*
  • Landscaped Grounds
  • On-Site Management
  • Pest Control Service
  • Pet Friendly Communit

Hardy Manor Apartment Homes | Starting at $550 per Month

Hardy Manor Apartment Homes is a well-known apartment community in Hattiesburg, MS directly located near Hardy Street on the campus of The University of Southern Mississippi.

Perfect for students, these 1-bedroom/1 bath apartments for rent offer amazing amenities and allow on-campus living while avoiding student housing. The best part? Rent prices range from only $550 to $575 per month and include water and sewer. Some of the more popular features at Hardy Manor include the fabulous walk-in closets, spacious bedrooms, assigned parking…and swimming pool.

For full property information, including photos, available units and floor plans, click here. To schedule a tour, or for additional assistance, call 601-255-5474 or email

HardyManor@SouthgateRealtyLLC.com.

Select Amenities

  • 24-Hour Emergency Maintenance
  • Assigned Parking
  • Central Air and Heat
  • Dishwasher
  • Frost Free Refrigerator
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Landscaped Grounds
  • On-Site Laundry Facility
  • On-Site Management
  • Pest Control Service
  • Sparkling Swimming Pool
  • Trash Removal Service
  • Walk-In Closets
  • Water and Sewer Provided

Heathwood Apartment Homes | Starting at $630 per Month

Heathwood Apartment Homes is a centrally located apartment community in the Oak Grove area of Hattiesburg, MS that offers quick and convenient access to I 59 and Hwy 98. Offering large 928 square foot 2 bedroom/1 bathroom floor plans, these apartments for rent range from $630 to $655 a month and include water/sewer utilities.

Each apartment home comes with high-quality features such as walk-in closets, assigned parking and on-site management, which means any problem or issue you may have is solved in a snap!

For full property information, including photos, available units and floor plans, click here. To schedule a tour, or for additional assistance, call 601-264-2370 or email Heathwood@SouthgateRealtyLLC.com.

Select Amenities

  • 24-Hour Emergency Maintenance
  • Assigned Parking
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Central Air and Heat
  • Dishwasher
  • Frost Free Refrigerator
  • Full Size Washer & Dryer Included
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Landscaped Grounds
  • On-Site Management
  • Pest Control Service
  • Trash Removal Service
  • Walk-In Closets
  • Water and Sewer Provided

 

Holiday Apartment Homes | Starting at $520 per Month

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Holiday Apartment Homes is a well-located apartment community in the Oak Grove area of Hattiesburg, MS that offers quick and convenient access to I 59 and Hwy 98. Offering 754 square foot 2 bedroom/1 bathroom floor plans, these apartments for rent range from $520 to $545 per month and include water/sewer utilities.

Each apartment home comes with high-quality features such as walk-in closets, assigned parking and on-site management.

For full property information, including photos, available units and floor plans, click here. To schedule a tour, or for additional assistance, call 601-264-2370 or email

Holiday@SouthgateRealtyLLC.com.

Select Amenities

  • 24-Hour Emergency Maintenance
  • Assigned Parking
  • Central Air and Heat
  • Dishwasher
  • Frost Free Refrigerator
  • Landscaped Grounds
  • On-Site Laundry Facility
  • On-Site Management
  • Pest Control Service
  • Trash Removal Service
  • Water and Sewer Provided

La Maison Apartment Homes | Starting at $595 per Month

 

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La Maison Apartment Homes is conveniently located in the Midtown area of Hattiesburg, directly across the street from The University of Southern Mississippi, A perfect choice for students, these centrally located apartments for rent offer 750 square foot 2 bedroom/1 bathroom layouts where each bedroom is identical in size. Talk about easy sharing!

With rent prices ranging from $595 to $620 you wouldn’t expect all of the fantastic amenities like gated entrance, swimming pool and open concept living areas.

For full property information, including photos, available units and floor plans, click
here. To schedule a tour, or for additional assistance, call 601-268-8879 or email

LaMaison@SouthgateRealtyLLC.com.

Select Amenities

  • 24-Hour Emergency Maintenance
  • Assigned Parking
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Central Air and Heat
  • Community Access Gates
  • Dishwasher
  • Frost Free Refrigerator
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Gated Community Access
  • Landscaped Grounds
  • On-Site Laundry Facility
  • On-Site Management
  • Pest Control Service
  • Sparkling Swimming Pool
  • Trash Removal Service
  • Water and Sewer Provided

Peppertree Apartment Homes | Starting at $620 per Month

Peppertree Apartment Homes is one of the few affordable apartments for rent located near both The University of Southern Mississippi and Hattiesburg’s Downtown area. Offering a 750 square foot 2 bedroom/1 bathroom apartment layout and a 1,000 square foot 2 bedroom/1.5 bathroom townhome layout, rent prices range from only $620 to $675 per month and include water/sewer.

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Beyond being an inexpensive pet-friendly community, Peppertree Apartment Homes offer spacious closets, in-unit washer/dryer and gated swimming pool, just to name a few

For full property information, including photos, available units and floor plans, click here. To schedule a tour, or for additional assistance, call 601-264-5010 or email

 

Peppertree@SouthgateRealtyLLC.com.

Select Amenities

  • 24-Hour Emergency Maintenance
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Central Air and Heat
  • Dishwasher
  • Frost Free Refrigerator
  • Full Size Washer & Dryer Included
  • Landscaped Grounds
  • On-Site Management
  • Pest Control Service
  • Pet Friendly Community
  • Sparkling Swimming Pool
  • Trash Removal Service
  • Water and Sewer Provided

Robynwood Apartment Homes | Starting at $570 per Monthrobynwood apartments for rent

Robynwood Apartment Homes is conveniently located in the Midtown area of Hattiesburg, MS on The University of Southern Mississippi’s campus. Perfect for students, and those who work on-campus, these apartments for rent come in a 600 square foot 1 bedroom/1 bathroom layout that range from $570 to $590 a month and include water/sewer

Offering spacious floor plans, open concept living areas and assigned parking, this apartment community provides a quality living experience without the hefty price tag.

For full property information, including photos, available units and floor plans, click here. To schedule a tour, or for additional assistance, call 601-264-3914 or email

Robynwood@SouthgateRealtyLLC.com.

Select Amenities

  • 24-Hour Emergency Maintenance
  • Assigned Parking
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Central Air and Heat
  • Dishwasher
  • Eat-In Kitchen
  • Frost Free Refrigerator
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Landscaped Grounds
  • On-Site Laundry Facility
  • On-Site Management
  • Oversized Closets
  • Pest Control Service
  • Private Entry
  • Trash Removal Service
  • Water and Sewer Provided

Stonewood Crossing Apartment Homes | Starting at $625 per Month

Stonewood Crossing Apartment Homes are located in Hattiesburg’s Midtown area within walking distance to The University of Southern Mississippi, Forrest General Hospital, and The Hattiesburg Clinic. Offering super spacious 1,144 square foot 2 bedroom/1 bathroom floor plans, these apartments for rent range from $625 to $700 per month and include water/sewer.

Beyond its ultra-convenient location, this apartment community offers awesome amenities such as large closets, in-unit washer/dryer, and on-site property management.

For full property information, including photos, available units and floor plans, click here. To schedule a tour, or for additional assistance call 601-264-3914.

Select Amenities

  • 24-Hour Emergency Maintenance
  • 6 Panel Doors*
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Dishwasher
  • Frost Free Refrigerator
  • Full Size Washer & Dryer Included
  • Landscaped Grounds
  • Microwave
  • On-Site Management
  • Pest Control Service
  • Trash Removal Service
  • Water and Sewer Provided

Village Crossing Apartment Homes | Starting at $510 per Month

Village Crossing Apartment Homes is conveniently located directly off Hwy 49 on the edge of The University of Southern Mississippi’s campus. These affordable 2 bedroom/1 bathroom apartments for rent range from $510 to $630 per month and include water/sewer.

Featuring lovely interior finishes, Village Crossing offers in-unit washer/dryer, pest control and on-site management.

For full property information, including photos, available units and floor plans, click here. To schedule a tour, or for additional assistance call 601-336-5144.

Select Amenities

  • 24-Hour Emergency Maintenance
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Ceramic Tile Flooring
  • Dishwasher
  • Frost Free Refrigerator
  • Full Size Washer & Dryer Included
  • Landscaped Grounds
  • On-Site Management
  • Pest Control Service
  • Walking Distance to Local Shops/Restaurants

Water and Sewer Provided

Top 10 Attractions in Hattiesburg, MS

Have you recently rented an apartment in Hattiesburg, MS? Many of Hattiesburg’s best attractions are in the area of most apartments in the city. From the Hattiesburg Zoo to the Turtle Creek Mall, all the attractions in this article are within a 30 minute drive from all apartments in Hattiesburg. Check out this post from our friends at Apartments Hattiesburg to learn the top 10 attractions in Hattiesburg you need to visit!


Here at ApartmentsHattiesburg.com our business is to connect renters to apartments in Hattiesburg. As part of that duty we not only find the best rental homes, we also serve as a steward to our fair city. Whether a new or current resident, we aim to provide every resource that makes living in Hattiesburg a joyous and prosperous choice.

To that end we decided to share the top 10 activities that residents in Hattiesburg enjoy the most.

Hattiesburg’s Top 10 Attractions

Rose Garden-Hattiesburg, MS

History, culture, beautiful parks, shopping, dining and fun for the kids…there is surely something for everyone here in Hattiesburg, MS. And you don’t have to go far! All of the attractions listed below are a 30-minute drive from any and all apartments in Hattiesburg. Now hop in your car and get exploring…Hattiesburg is waiting!

All-American Rose Garden

Located on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi (USM), the All-American Rose Garden is hard to miss with its 750 hybrid-T and Grandiflora patented rosebushes. The best time view this beautiful garden is late spring and summer. With free admission, it’s a no-brainer.

Hattiesburg Zoo

At the Hattiesburg Zoo visitors can view and learn about…

How to Lower AC and Heating Bills

It’s summer time and that means in apartment rentals across the United States utility costs are skyrocketing. The energy used by an HVAC system (air conditioning and heating) can account for as much as half of a renter’s total monthly utility costs. Renters watch those bills increase quickly during the very hot and cold months of the year.

While it’s unavoidable to see a bump in costs during summer and winter, there are ways to avoid your budget getting nailed with super high bills you weren’t expecting. By being proactive and implementing a few small changes a tenant can save money without sacrificing comfort in their apartment rentals.

Below we share 5 easy ways to lower your air conditioning and heating bills that will make your bank account, and you, happy.

5 Ways to Lower an Apartment Rentals Air Conditioning and Heating Bills

Location Matters

Our first tip requires some planning ahead as it should be done during the apartment search process. When it comes to keeping an apartment hot when it’s cold, and cold when it’s hot, a renter should follow these location rules:

  • Seek apartment rentals on middle floors as they use less air conditioning and heat. Heat rises so you’ll benefit from your 1st floor neighbor, and cold air sinks so you’ll benefit from your 3rd floor neighbor.
  • Apartments that face south get hotter and apartments that face north stay colder. If you are moving somewhere that is warm through the year, opt for a unit facing north. Conversely if you live somewhere that is cold most months of the year, rent a unit that faces south to benefit from the natural heat.
  • Seek apartment rentals that have windows opposite each other. During times when the weather outside is nice, a renter can forgo AC by opening both windows and getting a strong cross breeze of fresh air.

Master Your Thermostat

A few degrees colder during the winter or hotter during the summer may not seem like a substantial change…but it can substantially reduce your utility costs. These small changes really add up, saving a renter a ton of money annually.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, setting a thermostat up (air conditioning) or down (heating) 10 to 15 degrees for 8 hours at a time can save a renter anywhere from 5-15% in utility bills each year. Since most renters are out of their apartment rentals during the workday, this is an easy change that most everyone can implement.

Change Your Filter…Regularly

An air conditioning filter has many roles. It removes dirt, allergens and dust from the air in your home, and it helps your HVAC system to run smoothly. An HVAC system that has filtered, uninterrupted airflow will help to reduce overall utility costs.Apartment Rentals Air Conditioning

It’s recommended that the filter in an HVAC system be changed once a month, especially if you are someone who suffers from allergies. It’s great if your apartment community changes the filters for you, but be advised most only do so once every 3 months. Ask your property management office what their specific protocol is and, if necessary, fill in the months that they don’t cover the filter change.

Control Temperatures with Curtains, Blinds and Drapes

It may seem like curtains, blinds and drapes will not have a large affect on your cooling and heating bills, but boy do they. In winter months leaving them open can dramatically heat up your apartment, saving your heater from doing all the work. In summer months, keeping them closed during the day will save your air conditioning from running as often.

Both of these advantages have a profound effect on your monthly utility bills. An additional bonus to installing curtains, blinds or drapes is that, when closed, they provide an extra layer of insulation that locks in desired temperatures.

Use Fans

Fan in Apartment Rentals

Everyone needs a little help now and then, and your air conditioner is no different. By using a ceiling fan to circulate more air a renter can raise their thermostat up 4 degrees without feeling any difference in temperature. This keeps an apartment rental just as cool, while reducing electricity consumption.

Remember to turn off those fans whenever you leave a room! Also, if your unit doesn’t have a ceiling fan go ahead and buy a box or table fan for under $30. You will get that money back over the course of the year.

Bills Too High and Seeking New Apartment Rentals?

Sometimes even all the tips in the world can’t save you from an old or bad HVAC system. If your air conditioning and heating bills are just too high, no matter what you do, it sounds like it’s time to find a new apartment rental. If you live in or around the Hattiesburg, MS area and are seeking apartment rentals then let us help! With over 35 years experience in the Mississippi apartment market, our team has helped thousands of tenants find the space that is perfect for their needs. Start by searching online or give us a call at (601) 264-4626 today!

Maximizing Space in a Small Apartment

5 Easy Ways to Maximize Space in a Small 1 Bedroom Apartment

The global housing market is getting larger…and smaller at the same time. While the number of apartment units continues to grow, their size is heading in the opposite direction. From micro-units in large, urban markets to a small studio or 1 bedroom apartment in rural areas, renters these days must get creative to maximize their usable living space.

While a unit’s square footage is not going to change, by simply thinking outside the (shoe) box a tenant can create a living space that feels large and open. From multipurpose storage to fooling the eye, the trick is to focus on smarter space rather than more space. Look at unexpected places, choose efficiency, throw out unused items…and ultimately enjoy the place you live.

No matter your home’s actual size, if it feels small to you then it is. Here are our 5 best tips to maximize space, making any small 1-bedroom apartment feel large and spacious.

Can’t Get More Space, So Create Smart Space

Declutter and Purge

This tip seems obvious, but it’s hands-down the number one offender of misusing space. Simply put, more stuff takes up more space and a messy home feels smaller. To create additional square footage, as well as the illusion of it, follow these rules for getting rid of unnecessary items:

  • Sort and purge items at least twice a year and donate them. (Ask yourself, “Do I really need this?”)
  • Remove anything you haven’t used in the last 12 months. (Has that exercise bike been touched lately?)
  • Get rid of duplicates. (Do you need 5 beach towels? What about those 12 wine glasses?)
  • Don’t let small piles pile up. (Throw out old magazines and stay on top of your mail.)

Create Storage Where There is None

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There is only so much closet space in a 1-bedroom apartment. Instead of going out and purchasing additional storage solutions, get creative and use what you already have. Everyone has a bed, so lift yours higher off the ground so you can store items underneath. Have floating cabinets in your kitchen? Use that space between the top of the cabinets and the ceiling to store visually pleasing items that would otherwise be inside, like cake stands or decorative platters.

Only Buy Multipurpose Furniture

Our next tip for maximizing space is to always choose furniture that is multipurpose. In today’s housing market 1 bedroom apartments are getting smaller and smaller. The good news is that retailers are following suit, creating multipurpose furniture and storage solutions made specifically for small spaces.

Instead of an item that takes up space and has one single use, try items that can do many things. Do you need an ottoman? Find one that comes with a storage area inside. Seeking side tables for your couch? Get nesting tables that can stack on themselves. Find a dining table that doubles as a desk, or a sofa that doubles as a bed. From hidden storage to simply pairing down (think 2 specialty knives instead of a whole butchers block), these changes will go a long way in creating additional square footage.

Go Vertical

As much as you may want, you can’t move the walls in your 1 bedroom apartment, but you don’t have to go out – you can go up! We tend to think of square footage from the floor extending horizontally out to the walls, but what about all the cubic space that extends vertically? By stretching the storage space upward from the floor to the ceiling, you don’t have to utilize your precious floor space.

To do so choose tall, thin shelves that reach almost to the ceiling, over shorter ones. If you already have shelving units, or storage boxes, go ahead and stack them on top of each other.

Create a Mental Illusion

Our last tip to maximize space doesn’t actually have to do with space at all, but rather the perception of it.

Paint Using Light, Solid Colors: Instead of painting your walls bright, popping colors or using a patterned wallpaper, consider using light, solid colors instead. Bright colors and patterns create visual clutter and make rooms feel smaller. An old decorator trick says to use light colors that create the illusion of openness and brightness making any room feel larger.mirror in 1 bedroom apartment

 

Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall: If you want to create the illusion of more space, put up some mirrors. These trick the eye into seeing further than it actually is, fooling your brain into thinking your 1 bedroom apartment is much larger. Mirrors are especially helpful in the living room and on closet and bathroom doors.

Need More Space Than a 1 Bedroom Apartment?

Space saving tips or not, sometimes you simply outgrow your 1 bedroom apartment and need something bigger. If you live in or around the Hattiesburg, MS area and are seeking apartments for rent then let us help! With over 35 years experience in the Mississippi apartment market, our team has helped thousands of tenants find the space that is perfect for their needs. Start by searching online or give us a call at (601) 264-4626 today!

Moving to Your Off-Campus Apartment

At some point, all students usually take a leap from living on campus and move into an off-campus apartment. This is a big step for most young students, but also a great experience. You will have new responsibilities that come with the freedom of having your own apartment, such as financial obligations. Our friends at Apartments Hattiesburg have given you some expert tips on moving into your first off-campus apartment.


Living in the dorms is fun, introduces you to new friends and affords you the quintessential college experience…but typically after Freshman year most students are ready to head off-campus.Student Housing Apartments

While dorm life does present some annoyances like curfews, shared showers and lots of rules, it doesn’t require any financial responsibility. So, when students are moving to their first off-campus apartment they aren’t always prepared for the obligations that come with apartments for rent. That’s why we are here to help.

If you are getting ready to leave the dorms for your first off-campus apartment, we have some great tips to make it an easy and seamless transition.

New Freedoms and New Responsibilities

Life is a balancing act and when you get new freedoms like living off-campus, they typically come with new responsibilities. It’s important that students are adequately prepared for the changes that come with managing life outside of the dormitory.

Since you will no longer be on-campus there are a few more things to think about and take into consideration:

  • Getting to Class: You will no longer be within walking distance so make sure to properly research how you will to and from class from your new apartment. Whether that is bus routes or driving times, get a handle on it so you aren’t chronically late.
  • Security: College campuses are some of the safest places and while most apartments for rent have security you may want to look into additional options. Be sure to ask about security measures for your exact apartment unit (security system, deadbolts, window locks, etc.) and what they also do for the community (patrolling, etc.).

Find a Roommate Before an Apartment

Nothing can damper the experience of living off-campus faster than a bad roommate. Since you will need to live with someone else to shoulder the financial obligations… 

Tips to Find Apartments

While the prospect of a new place to live is exciting, the process to find apartments for rent can be cumbersome. Quite time consuming and often frustrating, from research to site visits, there is a lot that goes into apartment hunting.

It’s more than simply looking online and driving around, to ensure an enjoyable renting experience there are some things a future renter should consider that they probably haven’t before. Below we outline our top tips, acquired from years of experience, to most effortlessly find an apartment for rent.

Create an Accurate Budget

Before you can even start thinking about where you want to live, or what you want to live in, you need to determine what you can afford. After all there is no sense in looking at apartments for rent, and getting excited about them, if they are way out of your price range.Apartments for Rent Budget

To determine your ideal rental rate you need to sit down and create an accurate monthly budget. This budget will list every one of your expenses (i.e. monthly obligations) and give you a range of how much, or how little, rent you can afford.

Items to include on this list should include:

  • Utilities (Gas, Electric, Water/Sewer, Trash)
  • Cell Phone
  • Internet
  • Cable
  • Renters Insurance
  • Car Payment
  • Car Insurance
  • Credit Card Bills
  • Gym/Wellness Memberships
  • Any financial responsibility that requires monthly payment

Think About the “When”

Most people searching apartments for rent don’t realize that the time of year has a direct impact on rental rate. It may not make sense to someone outside of the apartment industry, but there are certain times of the year when you can get a better deal.

It’s all about the law of supply and demand. During summer months and around the New Year more people are looking to move in a new apartment (demand), so prices are higher for those available units (supply).

If you can be choosey about when you move, you should search during winter months (February thru March) and those closer to the holidays (October thru December) as you will be more likely to get a deal.

Be Open to New Areas, Use a Mapping Feature

When searching for an apartment the more open you are, the more options you will get. While there are a few parameters you should absolutely define (monthly rental rate, number of bedrooms/bathrooms, if they accept pets), you should try as much as possible to be flexible. This is especially true when it comes to location.Apartments for Rent

You may have had your eye on a particular part of town, but if you expand your search criteria you could just find the deal of the century. It doesn’t take any extra search effort either.

Many apartment-search websites will allow you to search apartments for rent on a map providing you a birds-eye of other options in the area or nearby neighborhoods. Seeing all of your options plotted on map is super helpful as it shows where you are relative to the places that matter most (school, work, grocery store, etc.) helping you ultimately make the best decision.

Consider New and Old Properties

Just because you have a low rental budget, it does not automatically mean you have to live in an old, broken down building. Most people see or hear about brand new apartments for rent and think that new equals expensive. With apartment properties that is rarely the case, that is why you should always search for new and old properties.

Apartment communities that are new to market are starting at 0% vacancy and are hungry to get their units filled. This means they will be offering lots of incentives like first months free rent or dedicated parking spaces. Oftentimes these savings add up to a lot and make it an affordable option even for those with low budgets.

Seeking Apartments For Rent in Hattiesburg, MS?

If you are currently searching for apartment rentals in Hattiesburg, MS and surrounding areas and you want some help, please contact our team. With over 50 years in the market we have a few tricks up our sleeve and would love to get you into your dream apartment. Call us today at 601-264-4626!

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