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Important Questions to Ask When Looking to Rent a New Place
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Important Questions to Ask When Looking to Rent a New Place

There are so many questions to ask before signing a rental agreement that many renters find the process overwhelming. Asking these important questions in the beginning can help put the renter and the landlord on the same page. These standard questions can help renters and landlords establish a clear understanding of expectations and amenities at a standard apartment or rental home. 

Questions About Rent

Renters typically pay for their apartment once a month. Rent checks are typically sent to a PO box, management office or accounting …

Tips for Utilities
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“Unlimited” vs. “All-Inclusive” or “Green Cap”

Residents with inclusive utilities should remember that although your utilities are paid by Young America, your included energy allowance is not unlimited.  You have an allowance as part of your lease.  Young America does not control utility rates or the consumption behavior of our residents..  If your utility bills for the year exceed your allowance, you will be billed for the excess

Tips for Saving Energy:

  • In the summer months, the air conditioner's thermostat should not be set any lower than 78 degrees Fahrenheit. Likewise, the settings should not be any higher than …
Our Fav. Local Restaurants for Date Night
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Our Fav. Local Restaurants for Date Night

With Valentine’s Day falling on a Tuesday this year, we are sure everyone is looking for somewhere nearby campus to spend a special night, with their special someone! Although Bloomington may not be your destination of choice for a romantic evening, there are a lot of hidden gem restaurants that many may not know about!

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If you and your date have trouble settling on a place to eat because you both are always craving …

New Year's Resolutions
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As soon as the countdown is finished, people begin spouting off how they’re going to change in the 

upcoming year. We all know the person who has about fifteen resolutions and is completely confident

that they will follow through with every single one of them. Or the person who is wise in picking just one

resolution, but has already failed at it at least once or maybe twice. And of course, there’s always the

person who claims they don’t believe in resolutions because “they are just always bettering

themselves”. Regardless, of …

The Fight Against Breast Cancer
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I was absolutely certain that my wife’s mammogram and biopsy last December would amount to nothing more than a false alarm.  Nobody gets breast cancer at age 34.  They’re just ruling it out. 

Wrong.  Some people do get breast cancer at age 34; and my wife Ashley is one of them. 

So we’ve spent the majority of this year traveling all over, learning about the disease, learning the limits of today’s available treatments, participating in a clinical study for a new drug, and undergoing surgery.  We’ve just begun her chemo treatment process, and …

Do's and Don'ts for your first apartment
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Are you ready to move into your first apartment?! Living in an apartment maybe be intimidating at first, but once you get the hang of living on your own it’s a very exciting experience. Moving in can be stressful and tiring if you are not prepared. Here are some helpful do’s and don’ts on moving into your first apartment.

Do know your move in date.

It is very important to know what day you are allowed to pick up the keys and move into your apartment. Especially if you live far away from school you don’t want to travel on …

Apartment Safety!
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Apartment Safety!

Making sure your apartment is safe and secure while you are away is extremely important. Most students will vacate their apartments for Thanksgiving break and Christmas break. While you are away, it is extremely important to remember a few key things. First, make sure to leave your heat on. We require in our lease that the heat be set on at least 55 degrees to prevent frozen pipes. We also suggest opening your sink cabinets to let the heat flow through to the pipes. Any damages that result from frozen pipes will be the financial responsibility …

3 Things to Remember About Lease Signing
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This time of year, a lot of commotion surrounds the leasing process.  ISU has an early leasing season, called open leasing, which begins October 1st this year for the general public.  Even Illinois State has cautioned students about being certain before signing a lease, which honestly, is very good advice. 

Here are specifics that Illinois State University has cautioned about:

1 ) Housing does not run out in October, so you will not be left homeless if you do not sign a lease early.

This is correct, but some buildings do lease within the first day or two …

Leasing Agents
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What is a leasing agent?

A leasing agent is a licensed individual who is responsible for leasing out a property owned by a landlord (lessor) to a tenant (lessee) and has the authority to sign on that lessor’s behalf. 

What do leasing agents do?

Leasing agents work with property owners to help find tenants for their buildings.  Leasing agents are responsible for prospecting tenants to ensure that properties are filled.  When a leasing agent meets with a prospect, they are to gather information about what the client’s living needs are.  Certain questions pertaining to the client’s budget, how many bedrooms …

Article: 5 Key Truths about Renters' Insurance and College Students
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Check out this informative article about renters insurance, by Hannah Bender, PropertyCasualty360.com :

http://www.propertycasualty360.com/2014/08/22/5-key-truths-about-renters-insurance-and-college-s