Smart Looks Good On You — Why You Should Use A Smart City Agent To Find Your Next Houston Apartment

By | Apartment Locators, Apartments, Houston

Looking for an apartment can be stressful. Where do I look? What’s important to me? Can I afford washer/dryer and hardwood floors?! Lucky for you, we’re here to help but, why should you use a Smart City locator? Read on and you’ll find the answers. First, we’re real people! You aren’t getting some computer generated list of generic options–instead you’re talking to a real person who lives, works and plays in Houston! That means the more you tell us about yourself, your life and your priorities, the better your search will go! That way we’re able to create a unique list that is completely personalized and tailored to YOU! Our goal is to crush your wish list and get you more of what you’re REALLY looking for! Photo Cred One more time for the people in the back!! We WANT to know what’s most important to you! Have a pet? (send pics pls). Want to be close to your job or your favorite hang out spot? Are amenities like a pool and a 24-hr fitness center a must? All of these details come into play when creating YOUR list! Photo Cred Most importantly, WE CARE. Seriously, we do. All of our agents are real, Houston locals who know the city like the back of their hands, who care about connecting people with the space to be themselves! As a company, our goals are first and foremost focused on the number of spaces we’re able to connect to incredible, unique, well deserving people…

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The Ultimate Guide To Renting

By | Apartments, Renting, Ultimate Guide to Renting

When do I start my apartment search? What questions should I be asking? What exactly qualifies as a good deal? These are legit questions concerning apartment hunting. There’s so much that goes into finding a place to call home (at least for a year) and sometimes those little things can slip through the cracks and come back to bite you in the butt later. Whether you’re a first time renter or an all time pro, renting can be tedious, overwhelming and just plain annoying, but we’re here to help! Our Ultimate Guide to Renting is broken down into easy to read sections, especially for the skimmers (you know who you are), and covers everything from pre-search prep to move in day! So, sit back, grab a snack and let’s kick some rental ass! 01. Prep Work Before you deep dive into the abyss of internet apartment searches and start scheduling tours, you need to figure a few things out first: Your budget: What can you comfortably afford with your current income? Apartment complexes typically require that you (or the combined household) make an annual income of 3x the monthly rent. But we gotta go a little further and ask that even if you qualify, would spending $1600 on rent every month starve you to death? …we’re not into that. The size of the apartment: One, two, three bedrooms? Figuring out what size apartment to rent depends greatly on your needs, your lifestyle and how many people will be living there. Roommates:…

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The Top Seven Things Covered in Nov. 7th Q and A

By | Apartment Locators, Apartments, Houston

On November the 7th, Smart City Apartment Locating’s Houston Office held a live Q&A via Instagram, answering the questions of its followers. Incase you missed it, here’s a quick recap! 1.What is apartment locating, why do I need a locator and how much does this service cost? Apartment locating is when a person searches for apartments for you. Instead of spending hours online or on the phone with countless properties, you can have a locator do all the dirty work for you. A locator conducts searches 40+ hours a week to find the best prices the market has to offer. It’s their job and it’s FREE. Like a fiduciary, locators are supposed to search for apartments that fit your needs and wants. The only thing you have to do is write the locating company and name of the locator that helped you find the apartment when you lease! 2.Why did Cassie start Smart City Apartment Locating and how is it different from other apartment locating services? Cassie started Smart City Apartment Locating when she posted a deal on Instagram that was so outrageous, it seemed to be a mistake. From that moment, Smart City was born. She and her team of locators dedicate their time to finding you the best prices in desirable areas through hyper-personalized searches. Along with that, one of Smart City’s core values is integrity. They believe that if they wouldn’t recommend an apartment to their  family or friends, they shouldn’t recommend it to you. 3.What is the…

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Upgrade Your Studio: The Kitchen Of Endless Possibilities

By | Apartments, studios

Studios are great! You can find great options in prime locations, but the open layout can leave one confused as far as decor and product placement goes. On this edition of upgrade your studio, here are 5 great ways to maximize your studio kitchen! 1.Vertical or hanging garden Photo Cred Greenery is in, free food is never out. Hanging herb gardens and vertical vine fruits can be a great touch to your kitchen and can save you big bucks. 2. Multi-functional kitchen furniture Photo Cred It’s a total mouthful, but getting furniture that has more than one use is essential for studios. Dress up sturdy wooden boxes into bar stools. That’s storage and seating all in one. 3. Turn corner of your kitchen into a work station Photo Cred If you’re like the vast growing part of America, you work from home time to time. If your studio comes with an island, a bar, or a nice enclave, you can make that section work as an extended office. Through a Keurig in the corner and call it coffee shop. 4. Shelves or mirrors Photo Cred Adding shelves maximizes storage options and adding mirrors makes your space look bigger. You can check yourself out while grabbing something from your shelf. 5. Containers Photo Cred Mason jars, glass jars, box containers, cups, bottles, the list goes on. Containers add uniqueness and can house ingredients and utensils. Get containers with cool patterns or colors the fit your style! Every studio has the potential to feel…

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The Ultimate Moving Checklist

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No one likes moving, but sometimes an opportunity that you just can’t pass up presents itself, and the only way you can take advantage of it is to move. The Houston area is one of the fastest growing cities in the state of Texas, which means more people are moving there every day. In case Houston is on your list of cities to consider, we’ve put together the ultimate “Moving to Houston” checklist to help make your move a little less stressful. Step One: Find an Apartment You want to have somewhere to live when you get to Houston so that you don’t have to spend days or weeks in a hotel while you search for a new house or apartment. Start by figuring out your living expenses — establish a baseline using your city’s median rental rates. In Houston, the median rental rate as of October of 2018 is $1,082 per month, but that cost can vary dramatically depending on your needs. For instance, a studio apartment will cost you around $784 a month while a three-bedroom home will cost an average of $1,434 a month. Make sure you aren’t budgeting more than 30 percent of your income for housing costs. If you’re moving to the city for a new job, try to negotiate a relocation package with your new boss. Once you’ve found a potential rental, take some time to research the neighborhood — things like walkability, public transportation, shopping, restaurants and nightlife can all help you determine…

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7 Signs You’re Ready To Live On Your Own

By | Houston, Roommates

There comes a time in one’s life when the urge to have your own place fills your every waking thought–like, after your roommate leaves their dishes in the sink AGAIN! The luxuries of going solo are pretty sweet. No more mysteriously vanishing food or the unsolicited “borrowing” of your favorite jacket, and definitely no need to wear pants (praise be). While living on your own has major perks, it also comes with some serious responsibilities. Wanting your own place and being ready for your own place aren’t exactly the same phase of life. So, before you lock in that lease, consider these seven things a diploma on the readiness to live by yourself. 1. You can afford it. Photo Cred This sounds harsh, but evictions aren’t sexy and definitely don’t boost your dating profile. Calculate your expenses. Figure out how much you spend monthly vs. how much you make monthly. This is a good way to gauge how much spending power you have when looking for your own place. 2. You aren’t scared to sacrifice. Photo Cred You may have an idea of the ideal unit for you, but you aren’t afraid to sacrifice granite counter tops for an easier commute to work at a reasonable price. For you, it’s all about the bigger picture and getting the best bang for your buck. 3. You have a furniture/home goods plan. Photo Cred We all have that friend that moved out and slept on an air mattress for six months, and…

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Featured Neighborhood: Midtown

By | Houston, Midtown

Are you the life of the party? Do you like being the friend with the great food and drink recommendations? Are you a walking Yelp review for the best bars within a five-mile radius? Then you deserve to live in a neighborhood that fits your lifestyle. Well, look no further — Midtown was made for you! This featured neighborhood is the hub of trendy AF bars, Insta-worthy brunches, and latte art so pretty, you tag your snap #nofilter. Welcome to Midtown! Why Midtown? Photo Cred You may be looking to mix it up a bit and switch HTX neighborhoods, or perhaps you aren’t even from Houston at all, and you’re sitting here wondering, “What’s so great about Midtown? Why do I keep hearing about it? Why am I talking to myself and this random blog post is quoting it verbatim?”  Well, let us tell you a little something: Midtown whispers to those who belong, no matter how far they may be. Every time you sit with friends at an okay-joint, and speak up about a great new gastropub around the corner, that’s the chic foodie in you. Every cocktail you snap for the Gram with a glitter gif, that’s the social butterfly in you. Every time you and the bestie take turn snapping pics, that’s the good friend in you. This neighborhood is for those that never want to be too far away from a good afternoon that turns into a great night. But in all seriousness, this neighborhood isn’t…

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The Best Apartment Pools In Houston

By | apartment pools, Apartments, Houston, summer, texas heat

Welcome to Houston, Texas where it is HOT, sometimes too HOT you don’t ever want to leave your apartment. We get it, so we are bringing you some of our favorite complexes that literally have everything. Meaning you don’t have to leave your apartment unless its to the pool! The Sovereign At Regent Square Views and pool-side cabanas? Yes, please. Located in River Oaks, this property’s amenities spell out luxury. Rough day at work? Lay out by the pool or take advantage of their on sight massages. You’ll feel right home with your 24-hour concierge service, you’ll never have to leave or deal with the heat again. Photo Cred Eighteen 25 When you say you want it all, we deliver! In the middle of Downtown, this property is so extra they even have a concierge service and bark park! But it doesn’t stop there, grab your friends or even a good read and head on over to the rooftop pool over looking straight into Downtown! Not about that pool life and rather eat (#FoodIsLife) walk on over to their barbecue area and enjoy a nice snack while relaxing in their canopy swings! Photo Cred Jefferson Heights This property is located near Downtown Houston and has everything you could want out of a luxury, urban apartment! Your home comes equipped with stained concrete or hardwood style flooring, gourmet kitchens, stainless steel appliances, and over-sized soaking tubs. But the rooftop pool and the views are ultimate vibe! The pool deck comes with a…

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Fresh Grads: Do You Really Need A Roommate?

By | Apartments, Houston, Roommates

If you’re a fresh grad looking for a new place in Houston (or anywhere, really), you’re probably chatting with friends, wondering if you should take that next step and become roomies! It’s a valid question and we’ve all been there before! On one hand, you could have an amazing relationship with your roomie. What’s better than having a built-in going out buddy? Well…there’s also the chance they down your kombucha when you’re at work or commandeer the freezer with frozen meals they never actually make. It could go either way, which makes you a bit nervous about signing a lease with someone. Before you go running into a lease with the girl who complimented your shoes in the coffee shop last week or running for the hills to live alone in the woods, Thoreau-style, take a step back and think to yourself: Do I need a roommate? Cred ROOMIES: Who Needs ‘Em? Well, a good amount of people actually. In Houston, the average starting salary for a Bachelor’s Degree holdin’ graduate is about $29-33k annually. If we were to go with the higher end of that range, that would come to around $2,750 a month before taxes. Now, virtually all properties want you to make at least 3 times your rent each month. Meaning, that brings your budget, using the average starting salary, to around $900 a month. But let’s say that you find a roomie…now your rent budget goes up to at least $1,800 for a two bedroom. The options that open up…

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6 Places To Celebrate Good Ol’ Dad

By | Drinks, Food, Happy Father's Day, Houston

With June upon us, we start seeing those Amazon advertisements and store emails reminding us that Father’s Day is coming up.  Once you find the perfect gift for dad, the next step to celebrate is figuring out what to do! As we all know, Houston is a bustlin’ city, and Father’s Day is no exception.  Check out these ideas on how and where to celebrate the holiday with the OG Pops himself, complete with dad-puns and a cold one! 1) Saint Arnolds Brewery Photo Cred Okay, you don’t really need a reason to go to a brewery, but Father’s Day makes a good beer in your hand an essential! This Texas staple is located just north of Downtown Houston and is closed on Sundays, but feel free to grab dad for a Friday or Saturday treat! Try their Amber Ale Bratwurst paired with their Amber Ale (obviously). Top off the meal with a Rootbeer float flight (uhm?! Three please!); you and dad are in for a great time! 2) Buffalo Bayou Brewery Photo Cred Another great brewery to try out is Buffalo Bayou Brewery over in Washington Corridor. Bonus fact about this one is it’s open on Sundays! Perfect if you want to go to a few different hot spots throughout the weekend. For only $15, you get three beer tokens and a souvenir! What’s better than beer, a gift, and a good deal? Not much! Finish it off with good eatin’ with an on-site food truck and you’re set for a…

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