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March 13th, 2014

How to Sublet Your Room and Not Burn Your Roommates

It’s time we focused on those left behind when you’re subletting your room: Your poor, deserted roommate. Generally, these situations work out fine, but here are some steps to ensure the new roommate arrangement works – for the benefit of…

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February 19th, 2014

5 Free Ways to Find a Subletter for Your Apartment

Subletting your Madison Apartment is no easy task, as competition for those prized subletters can be fierce. You’re going to need to put your marketing hat on to rise above the crowd, and if you’re a typical student, you have…

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January 22nd, 2014

16 Ways to Keep Warm in a Madison Apartment

Okay, folks, we’re into the frozen days of Wisconsin winters.  January and February are usually our most frigid months, and they may require some changes of habits and a few extra layers to keep warm. Here are 16 tips for…

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December 11th, 2013

7 Ways to Deal With At-Home Weirdness Over Winter Break

If it’s your first year away from home, you’re probably looking forward to winter break.  Be forewarned, many first-year students find returning home to be uncomfortable and difficult.  Here are some tips to help you make the transition less awkward.…

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August 12th, 2013

15 Things People Forget During Madison’s Big Move-In Week

It’s upon us.  Move-in week.  On August 15, Madison gets turned upside down as renters move en masse.  We know you’re busy packing, cleaning, and perhaps weeping, so we’ve compiled a quick checklist of things people always forget during move-In…

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July 31st, 2013

An Over-Supply of Madison Apartments…Or Not?

Madison is poised to experience an unprecedented influx of new apartment units in 2013 and 2014. According to Michael Dean, President of the Dean Realty Group, Inc., the glut of new apartments won’t cause seismic changes such as plummeting rents…

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June 26th, 2013

How Do You Handle a Problem Subletter?

If you’ve already subletted your place, hopefully everything is going smoothly.  But what if you get a call from the landlord, saying neighbors are complaining about your subletter? It may come as a surprise to you, but that subletter isn’t your…

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May 22nd, 2013

9 Ways to Avoid Apartment Rental Scams

As free services like Craigslist make life easier for renting your apartment, they also make it easier for criminals to pull off apartment rental scams.  The scams are relatively easy to spot, provided you know some of the telltale signs…

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May 1st, 2013

Graduated and Moving to Madison, WI – But Where to Rent?

You’ve landed your first job and you’re moving to Madison, WI.  Before you start celebrating, there’s one little detail:  You need to find an apartment.  Have no fear, we’re here to help you understand the Madison apartment scene. Let’s start…

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April 24th, 2013

How Do You Get a Nightmare Neighbor Evicted?

There’s nothing quite worse than a Nightmare Neighbor.   From being too noisy to engaging in illegal activity like dealing drugs, the Nightmare Neighbor makes life miserable for fellow renters. So how do you get them evicted and restore your sanity?…

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April 17th, 2013

How to Find a Pet-Friendly Rental in Madison

Pet ownership is at an all-time high. According to the American Pet Products Association’s 2011-2012 Pet Owners Survey, 64% of U.S. households have pets.  Admittedly, this doesn’t necessarily make it easier to find a pet-friendly rental in Madison: we property…

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March 20th, 2013

How to Meet People at Your New Apartment

It’s not just neighborhoods that are a factor in deciding where to rent.  It’s the neighbors – especially the people in your building.  Whether you’re looking to meet new people, or if you just want to make sure your neighbors…

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