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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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Steve Brown Apartments Dog Friendly

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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Madison Apartment

January 9th, 2013

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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December 11th, 2012

16 Most Embarrassing Apartment Maintenance Requests

We love our renters. You’re like family to us.  And the fun part of family is poking fun at other family members.  Which is why we’d like to share our 16 Most Embarrassing Apartment Maintenance Requests. We generated these after…

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December 4th, 2012

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

October 29th, 2012

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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Sniffing Dog

October 8th, 2012

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

August 27th, 2012

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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August 3rd, 2012

Six Pieces of First Apartment Advice for Parents

Move-in day is an exciting day for UW students, but it can be a depressing, difficult day for parents. While you’re excited to have your child open a new chapter is his or her life, you’re going to be going…

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