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Split It: How To Share Treats

By | Apartments, Drinks, Food, Renting, Roommates

Photo Cred If you’ve ever googled, “How to share a kitchen with your roommate”, you probably read articles on sharing chores. Not many of these articles talk about the most important part – treats. From sharing food, to cooking food, we’re breaking down the top three kitchen rules for roommates when it comes to food and sharing it. 1. Roommate food sharing list Photo Cred It may seem petty, but creating a roommate food sharing list is a total must. This is a list of kitchen treats that are shareable between all in the apartment. Things not included in this list are clearly off limits. If this is unclear for some reason, create a separate, “Do Not Touch” list. Place these lists on the fridge and pantry. While labeling your items help, having a “Sorry I Touched It” money jar can help you and your roommates stay accountable during times temptation takes over. 2. Roommate cooking schedule Photo Cred One chef in the kitchen is great, two chefs in the kitchen can start to feel claustrophobic and we all know what they say about threes. Scheduling or asking for meal prep/cooking time in the kitchen can help reduce many kitchen catastrophes. 3. Sharing a fridge with roommates Photo Cred This may be the most important rule of them all. Considered the holy place for all things cold and stored, the fridge. Remember these three things when it comes to sharing the fridge. If it smells foul, throw it away. If it’s…

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5 Things You Should Resolve To Do For Your Apartment in 2019

By | Apartments, Decorating, New Apartments, NYE, Renting

Photo Cred Refreshing and upgrading your life is what New Year’s resolutions are all about, but what about your apartment? While you make preparations for the new you, don’t leave your space on the back burner. Here are a five things we think you should resolve to do differently this year with your space. Resolve to tidy up more effectively and efficiently Photo Cred According to the Cleaning Institute, though most Americans spend six hours a week cleaning, many don’t know if they are cleaning enough, if they are cleaning correctly or where to focus their cleaning efforts. We recommend spot treatments and maintenance on a daily basis and deep cleaning a section of your apartment once a week–don’t forget things like dusting the ceiling fan or cleaning the baseboards! With small and consistent effort, you’ll always have a tidy place to come home to. If you’re not convinced, here are the best cleaning practices backed by scientific research. Resolve to never be late on bills again Photo Cred Adulting is hard, and worrying over rent, utilities and other bills can really dampen the mood. If you’re no stranger to late payments and skipping a bill to pay on another, we proudly declare, NEW YEAR, NEW YOU! Pro tip: Creating spreadsheets and calendar reminders can help you stay on top of all of your bills and keep you accountable. First, make a spreadsheet of your total expenses: this includes all your bills, debt, subscriptions and survival needs – ie transportation,…

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Upgrade Your Studio: Holiday Decorating

By | Apartment Locators, Apartments, Christmas, Decorating, studios, Things to do for Christmas

Photo Cred It’s the holiday season, so whoop-de-do, hickory dock and don’t forget to hang up your sock… or not. For those moving into or already living in an open floor plan studio, decorating for the holidays may seem daunting. With a lack of dedicated rooms, you may be wondering where you should put your freshly cut tree, that tray full of glittery plastic balls or your jars of fake snow. Lucky for you, we got you covered! Here are a few holiday themes to give you some ideas! Minimal Photo Cred For those who aren’t looking to do much cleaning after the holidays, a minimal approach may be the one for you. Picking only a few pieces that can hold their own regardless of the season is key. Subtle color changes can also go a long way for setting the tone. The best part is, this theme can be year round with no effort at all. Traditional Photo Cred If you like seeing ornaments hanging, holiday music blaring– a general reminder of what time of year it is, then stick that tree in the middle of your apartment because seeing is believing with this theme. Though a little more work, you can make your decor the center of attention in your studio, or you can keep it to the kitchen. Do what you need to do to set the mood. Bright Photo Cred Lights, lights and more lights. Brightening up a space with Christmas lights always works wonders. It also…

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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 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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4 Luxury Apartments Opening Summer 2018

By | Apartments, Houston, New Apartments

Houston is blazing the market with new, luxurious apartments to home thousands of residents. The Texas heat is bringing in some hot deals along with these gorgeous new properties. They range from high rises to lofts to studios. No wonder Houston is creeping up on becoming the 3rd largest city in the U.S.! The city may be blazing during Summer, but so are these four new apartment complexes that are opening soon! LATITUDE MEDICAL CENTER One of the most anticipated properties to open this summer is none other than Latitude Med Center! A modern, premier property which offers immediate proximity to the world-class Houston Medical Center, Hermann Park, and Rice University. Latitude offers a wide range of floor-plans, from personal sized units up to spacious residences. If upscale living is your style, this is the place for you! Sophisticated in so many ways, the amenities might blow you away. Enjoy friendly 24-hour concierge service, a 10th floor workout in their fitness studio, relax on the terrace, or enjoy the surrounding outdoor views at the dog walking area! Last, but not lease, don’t forget to take a dip in the breathtaking infinity edge pool! This location is more than 50% full, so the question is what are you waiting for?! ALTA WEST GRAY Ideally placed in the heart of Montrose, this eclectic community offers a new level of luxury to apartment living! Furnished and designed with sophisticated interiors, one of a kind amenities, and easy access to all things in the…

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