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Is Your City Rodent Infested?
Updated 1 month ago
President Donald Trump's recent tweets put a spotlight on Baltimore. While the President probably doesn't mean that Baltimore is, literally, rat and rodent-infested, we at RentHop thought it'd be perfect to revisit the rodent crisis and include the Mobtown in our annual rat study, and see if…
New Graduates, Here’s Where to Move to Make the Most Money
Updated 2 months ago
Best Metro for Each Job   Congratulations, all new graduates! If you are one of those who just graduated from college or will be, these are exciting times! You no longer have tons of papers to finish, reading material to complete, waking up at the crack of dawn to attend a lecture, and most…
Best Time of Year to Rent
Updated 4 months ago
What is the best time of year to rent an apartment? Conventional wisdom would suggest that apartment hunting during the winter is superior to hunting during the summer. First, new graduates (or current students) tend to move during the summer, prior to commencing work or school. These new…
Can Your Job Impact Where You Should Live?
Updated 12 months ago
Finding an apartment for rent that's affordable, in a good area, while being in good shape is not an easy task. Especially if you're looking to rent in a big city. The task gets even more daunting when you are trying to find an apartment in a city that you're not familiar with, which is often…
2018 U.S. Market Trends
Updated 19 months ago
2017 was a fruitful year for the U.S. Despite the political climate and three hurricanes, our economy has been growing at a steady pace. Interest rates and jobs are on the rise, and so is minimum wage. The stock market had a phenomenal year, and let us not forget this -- after rounds of…
Are you (or your apartment) ready for a pet?
Updated 20 months ago
According to ASPCA (2015-2016), approximately 44% of all households in the US have a dog and 35% have a cat. Having a pet is a big responsibility. Adding a pet to the equation when living in a big metropolitan area, makes it even more of a responsibility. Not only do most big cities not offer a…
Here's Why Rents are So High
Updated 20 months ago
Lack of Construction Driving High Rents Across the U.S. The U.S. economy has been growing at a steady pace, with GDP going up and the unemployment rate falling to 4.1 percent, lowest since January 2007. However, even as headline inflation increased by only 12 percent nationally between 2010 and…
Looking To Save Money On Rent? (Get a Roommate)
Updated 22 months ago
Would You Get a Roommate to Save 40% Off Your Rent? One of the most common, although not necessarily the easiest, ways to lower your rent is to move out of that one-bedroom apartment, get a roommate, and move in to a two-bedroom apartment. It's probably best if it's not that boyfriend or…
U.S. Census Bureau Released Residential Vacancies Stats for Q2 2017
Updated 23 months ago
Data Highlights The overall rental vacancy rate in the U.S. is 7.3%, compared to 6.7% in the second quarter 2016, and the homeowner vacancy rate is 1.5%, compared to 1.7% in the second quarter 2016. The rental vacancy rate inside metropolitan areas is 7.2%, 0.9 percentage points higher than the…
9 Ways to Save Money on Rent
Updated 24 months ago
  There's an old rule of thumb that says you should look to spend only 30 percent of your pre-tax income on rent every month. According to federal guidelines, people who spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing are considered cost burdened and if you spend more than 50 percent…
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