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How to Find Apartment Rentals in Houston

Well, it would be an understatement to say that Houston, Texas is a huge area. Seriously, there’s over 6 million people living in the metro area alone. So, when it comes to looking for Houston rental apartments it can seem like a challenge. Even if you already live in Houston, and you’re looking for an apartment change or you’re moving across town for work, knowing the area doesn’t necessarily make house hunting any easier.

However, this is the main reason for the blog. We want to give you three easy ways to help you find Houston rental apartments. Undoubtedly, you’re making a great choice if you’re looking to move to Houston, or you’re moving across town. Houston has gradually built a great reputation for its a city, and it is primarily popular for millennials.

Now, this popularity is due to these four main reasons:

  • Great cost of living
  • Known for good annual salaries
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime rates

And, of course, number five: excellent rental apartment opportunities in Houston.

So, how do we find these excellent rental apartments in Houston?

1. Think about your lifestyle

As noted, Houston is a vast location, so you need to begin by narrowing your apartment search down – first, by thinking about your lifestyle and habits. Actually, you have nearly 600 square miles to select the perfect area for you. For instance, if you’re a family, you might want to look for areas that have a good/excellent school district.

This factor can help you find the best location based on your lifestyle and family needs. Whereas, if you’re a young person, with no kids you might be interested in dining, nightlife and shopping options. Depending what you’re using to search for your apartment rental in Houston, you should be able to find a neighborhood that ticks all of your boxes, and possibly more.

2. Use Apps or Online Sites

Following on from the last point, there are some great options that can help you find your ideal rental apartment in Houston. Besides, most of these sites or apps offer tick boxes, where you can tailor your search to your lifestyle. Not only that, you are more likely to find reputable landlords, who come with glowing (sometimes online) reviews.

3. Shop around

If you have the luxury of time and location (depending on your work), then we recommend shopping around for your perfect Houston rental apartment. Rather than settling on the first search, look around and if you can take, your time, to ensure you have a rental that’s within budget and ticks all of your boxes or better yet, to save time, money and avoid the stress, contact a reputable free apartment locating company.

Posted by Doug Spector on June 1st, 2019 10:07 PM

 4 Tips for Personalizing Your Rental Apartment in Houston, TX

Although some landlords are strict with their policies, others allow you to personalize your apartment to a certain degree, as long as you don’t make any major changes to their furniture and amenities. When you rent an apartment in Houston, TX, you need to make sure what your landlord’s rules are before you make any modifications. However, with that said, here are some tips for making your rental apartment in Houston, TX, feel a little more personal and homely! 

1. Buy practical items

Some apartments in Houston can be small, especially if you’re renting a studio apartment. In this case, you should consider buying some furniture which has dual purposes. For example, if you’re looking for more storage space and also require a coffee table, why not buy a coffee table which has built-in storage space included? Many European furniture makers, such as IKEA, sell furniture and items which have built-in storage space and smart designs which could be helpful in smaller apartments. At least in Houston, you probably don’t need to store any bulky winter coats or blankets!

2. Put mirrors up

Mirrors can help to make a small rental apartment look much bigger than it actually is, and this is a trick which is frequently used by interior designers and decorators. Having a lot of mirrors on your walls in Houston also encourages more light to enter your apartment, meaning that the sunlight streaming through your windows illuminates your apartment more easily. 

3. Keep things tidy

It’s no secret that some Houston rental apartments can be small, so its best to organize your belongings and keep your apartment from getting cluttered. If you don’t need something, then throw it away! If you don’t wear an item of clothing for more than 1 year, throw it away! When you have limited apartment space, you can’t afford to be a hoarder. Keeping things tidy also makes your apartment appear larger!

4. Use light colors

Although you may not be able to repaint a rental apartment in Houston, try your best to find one which embraces a color scheme with lighter colors! There’s a reason that so many Spanish and Italian towns are covered in white paint – it helps to reflect heat and keep you cool. Although Houston isn’t the Italian Riviera, it no doubt receives just as much heat, if not more.

Doug Spector/broker


Posted by Doug Spector on April 25th, 2018 11:41 AM

Most Houston Apartment Complexes these days are requiring that your total monthly gross income (before taxes) to be anywhere between 3 to 4 times more than the monthly rent of the apartment unit you're applying for. (With the most typically being 3.5 times). 
As an example:  If the apartment in Houston is asking for 3.5 x income and the unit you want to rent is $900 per month, then to qualify financially, your gross income (from all sources combined) must be at least $3,150 per month.

The main reason why apartments require this is simply because they want to make sure their tenants can afford to pay rent comfortably each month.  They use this formula to account for other common expenses tenants might have such as car payments, insurance,gas,food,entertainment, etc... The last thing anyone wants to see is someone get in over their head, can't pay rent and thus turns into their breaking the lease or worse, an eviction (neither of which is good for future home leasing).  

*Note*  Always remember to include all sources of income (primary job,2nd job,alimony,child support,pensions,tips,oil well royalties...etc.)

On occasion, complexes might make exceptions if you were to fall slightly short by asking for a higher deposit, paying two months rent up front or possibly getting a cosigner. Never hurts to ask if they fail to offer.

If you're not sure if you'll qualify, call a good apartment locator in Houston

In my next blog post for Qualifying For Renting A Houston Apartment, I'll discuss credit scores and previous rental history.

Stay tuned.....

Doug Spector
Broker at
Apartment Living Locators  

Posted by Doug Spector on February 20th, 2017 12:13 PM

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