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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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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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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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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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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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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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New Semester, Same Old Roommate Problems

It’s a new year, and you’ve arrived back in town, hoping that you can overcome the roommate problems you had first semester.  Even though the number on the calendar might have changed, it’s the same old story with the same…

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Why “Heat Included” Isn’t Such a Hot Deal

For the renter who has “heat-included” in their lease, we first have an urgent plea:  Stop wearing your shorts in your apartment. Instead, put on some pants, throw on the sweater, and help us save heat and energy. Now the…

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First Time Renter

23 Things First-Time Madison Renters Need to Know

You’re ready to start the hunt for your first apartment.  You’ve never rented before, but no way you’re going to stay in the dorms another day.  It’s time to find that very cool Apartment in Madison, WI. Before you begin…

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How to Sniff Out a Sneaky Landlord in Madison

If you’re a dorm-dweller chomping at the bit to move into your own apartment, you’re not alone.  Thousands of first-time renters are about to begin the annual search for off-campus lodging, which is why we’re sending out this warning: Watch…

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How to Handle Roommate Problems

Top 10 Roommate Problems

We’re not trying to stir up any trouble here, but roommate problems are always a hot topic.  Venting can be therapeutic, so we thought it might be helpful for you to get your particular roomie problems off your chest. Here’s…

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