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Electric Included or All Bills Paid Houston Apartments

Tired of high electric bills?  Check-Out some of these Houston apartments for rent that either include the electricity and/or even all the utilities!  

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Lantern Village      5815 Gulfton St, Houston, TX 77081

 

       1Bed:$745-905    2Bed:$990-1,330    3/4Bed:$1,605-2,080

Village At Piney Point      2601 Lazy Hollow Dr, Houston, TX 77063

       1Bed:$799-860    2Bed:$995-1,149     Special:$399 1st mo w/12mo


The Aubrey      2310 Crescent Park Dr, Houston, TX 77077

      
 1Bed:$760    2Bed:$800-1,110    3Bed:$1,210-1,385     Special:1mo free w/12mo

 

Spring Village      11810 Chimney Rock, Houston, TX 77035

       Eff:$745    1Bed:$860-1,050    2Bed:$1,025    3Bed:$1,080-1,225

  

Pont Alba      4301 Bissonnet, Bellaire, TX 77401

       1Bed:$1,112    2Bed:$1,295-1,522

  

Afton Gardens      4727 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77027

       1Bed:$975-1,700    2Bed:$1,250-1,950

Colonial      900 N Durham, Houston, TX 77008

       1Bed:$950    2Bed:$1,050     Special:1mo free w/13mo

 

Parkview Village      10901 Telephone, Houston, TX 77075

       1Bed:$720    2Bed:$850    3/4Bed:$960-1,099

  

Serenity At Cityside      6061 Beverly Hill, Houston, TX 77057

       1Bed:$845-885    2Bed:$1,095-1,249    3Bed:$1,475     Special:$199-$399 off 1st

Three Fountains I      2313 Fountain View Dr, Houston, TX 77057

     
  1Bed:$735-995    2Bed:$995-1,395    3Bed:$1,295-1,495

Memos: 1x1 $845 all bills pd

Westbriar      2530 Briar Ridge, Houston, TX 77057

      
 Eff:$841    1Bed:$851    2Bed:$1,216     Special:1/2 off 1st and 2nd mo w/12mo

Memos:1x1 $630 includes electric/water 640 sq.ft.

Royale      9701 Stella Link, Houston, TX 77025

       1Bed:$850    2Bed:$1,050-1,250    3Bed:$1,600


Plantation Place      7900 Bellaire, Houston, TX 77036

       1Bed:$813-933    2Bed:$935-1,100    3Bed:$1,322-1,472


Phoenician Garden      4723 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77027

       1Bed:$1,595     Special:$500 off 1st mo w/12mo


Villas At Braeburn      9600 Braes Bayou, Houston, TX 77074

       1Bed:$849    2Bed:$1,099-1,150     Special:$299 TMI w/12mo

Posted by Doug Spector on February 19th, 2020 2:23 PM
Apartments on Westheimer in Houston
Westheimer is one of Houston's longest and busiest streets in Houston, stretching east to west at about 19+ miles.  
"More than any other thoroughfare, embodies Houston's car-enamored, zoning-free ethos, a damn-near 20-mile phantasmagoria of strip malls, storage facilities, restaurants, big-box retail, office parks, apartment complexes, strip clubs, malls, supermarkets and the occasional church." --John Nova Lomax of the Houston Press said in a 2006. 
For those who want to not only be where the action is but also want to live in an apartment on Westheimer, below is a list of such complexes with current prices:


1)The Grey House4444 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77027
Eff:$1,3491Bed:$1,689-2,3782Bed:$2,870-3,0003Bed:$4,064



2)The Westheimer 2001 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098
1Bed:$1,311-2,0012Bed:$1,850-2,063


Pearl 21 Eleven 2119 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098
1Bed:$1,186-1,9582Bed:$2,065-3,1703Bed:$3,368


Marquette At Piney Point 9100 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77063
1Bed:$1,011-1,3552Bed:$1,311-1,4263Bed:$1,475-2,041

Alta City West 9233 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77063
Eff:$955-1,1021Bed:$1,039-1,3882Bed:$1,279-1,421

The Palms On Westheimer 6425 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77057
Eff:$625-6501Bed:$625-7152Bed:$800-1,024Special:$199 1st mo w/7+mo

Parkway Flats 13328 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77077
1Bed:$984-1,1252Bed:$1,354-1,5163Bed:$1,695

The Preserve Piney Point 8740 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77063
1Bed:$850-9702Bed:$1,060-1,270

Solea Cinco Ranch 25500 Westheimer Pkwy, Katy, TX 77494
1Bed:$1,156-1,8862Bed:$1,839-2,256

The Diamond Hill At Westheimer 9411 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77063
1Bed:$9202Bed:$1,068Special:$399-$499 1st mo w/12mo

The Edison 11770 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77077
Eff:$6741Bed:$793-9502Bed:$1,145-1,250

The Milo On Westheimer 13250 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77077
1Bed:$935-1,1002Bed:$1,338-1,485

Artesian On Westheimer I & II 13099 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77077
1Bed:$946-1,0732Bed:$1,110-1,3823Bed:$1,557

Bella Palazzo 13098 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77077
1Bed:$1,025-1,4852Bed:$1,210-1,4103Bed:$1,616

Carrington Court 7900 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77063
1Bed:$835-9502Bed:$950-1,3503Bed:$1,499

16)The Water Mill 6505 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77057
Eff:$7501Bed:$8252Bed:$1,080-1,180Special:$199 1st mo w/12mo


17)Avalon Square 2400 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098
1Bed:$925-1,0402Bed:$1,280-1,3303Bed:$1,600-1,650Special:1/2 off 1st Mo w/6-18mo


18)88 Twenty 8820 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77063
Eff:$949-1,0681Bed:$1,079-1,4002Bed:$1,430-1,643Special:1mo free w/ 12mo


19)The Millennium High Street 4410 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 770271Bed:$1,550-2,5752Bed:$1,695-3,000

3Bed:

$2,725

If you need any details on any of these apartments on Westheimer or would like a personal VIP Tour, call or visit us!

Posted by Doug Spector on February 11th, 2020 5:11 PM

1. Check your credit score for free at creditkarma.com or any other place you might use.  Many Houston Apartments are now factoring credit scores in their formula in qualifying potential tenants. While not necessarily a "make or break" deal, it definitely helps to have a good score and hurts with low scores.

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2.  If you have a previous broken lease, the longer it's been, the better.  The most common time frame complexes use as the marker to pass is around 3+ years.

Still some places are very strict and won't consider renting no matter how long it's been.

If you have a broken lease, you will increase your chances greatly if you contact the old complex to see what you can do to get this taken off your record.  Usually, it's just a matter of paying-off what you owe them and many times they're willing to take less once they hear you're wanting to make a deal.

Once you agree on that amount owed, pay it all if you can but if not make a monthly "payment plan" and get it in writing, signed by the manager and on their company letterhead. Then bring that agreement with you when applying at a new apartment...though it's not a guarantee for approval, it will definitely help tremendously.

If you still have problems finding an apartment that will work with your rental history, you might: 

* try getting a cosigner

* try putting the lease in the name of a roommate or whoever else might be living there with you (keep in mind that person must be able to qualify income-wise on their own) 

* offer to pay double deposit and/or pay 2 months rent up front or more 

* inform the manager of any good rental history you might have had since your broken lease...this will go a long way

* go in person (dress professionally),speak directly to the manager and put on your best charm/manners in your attempt to convince him/her why you'll be a great tenant!

* show-off your good paying and stable job...possibly have a very flattering letter from your employer bragging on you

3.  Worse than broken leases are evictions. While many complexes won't rent to someoneone who has a previous eviction, there are several that might work with that.  Once again, the older it is, the better and try some of the same tips from above regarding broken leases.

4. Usually, worse than evictions is a criminal record. Misdemeaners aren't always "Deal Breakers" but Felonies make it extremely difficult to rent an apartment but still not impossible.  Once again, the older the criminal record is, the better and the type of crime can make a difference too.

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Whatever your situation might be from those listed above, it's always a very good idea not to go at it alone.  Instead, put an expert in your corner by seeking assistance and guidance thru a reputable and licensed Houston Apartment Locator. They can help deal with the apartments on your behalf and usually at no charge! 

Posted by Mike Barbaro on February 4th, 2020 2:45 PM

Five Reasons You Should Rent an Apartment in Houston Texas
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Do you want to move to Houston, Texas? Even if you have your heart set on this vibrant, loving and wholesome community, there are still a few roadblocks – namely, finding your ideal apartment or condo. However, we feel this short blog is still helpful for those who haven’t completely decided on moving to Houston.

Although, before we jump into the abundance of apartment options that are available to rent in Houston, Texas. We felt that we needed to give you five reasons, why this is the ideal American location, for families, singles, young couples, the elderly and even students. So, without further ado, here’s our top five reasons, you should consider renting an apartment in Houston Texas.

1. Job Opportunities

Unarguably, Houston is buzzing with job opportunities, from business to retail, to manual, to scientific. Likewise, the business hub in Houston, is nearly on par with NYC, because it has the highest amount of Fortune 500 companies in the USA. Moreover, it is worth noting that Houston has extremely low unemployment rates, based on the latest stats, its 3.7%. So, it's safe to say that Houston, can provide you with the chance to enhance your career.

2. It’s the number one location….

Now, we’re not being biased, as we’re based out of Houston, the statistics speak for themselves. More and more people are selecting to relocate to Houston, due to the amazing benefits, great climate and residential options. In fact, last year Houston gained over 35,000 new residents.

3. Affordable Housing Options

Surprisingly, this rapidly growing area still has extremely affordable apartments, houses, and condos for rent in Houston. Besides the traditional buildings, which have been converted into trendy, chic apartments, there are also many modern apartments to select. So, we can confidently say that you will not have any trouble finding an apartment to rent in Houston.

4. NASA 

Well, it would be rude to miss this benefit, or should we say feature from our list! Houston is also known as the “Space City.” Besides job opportunities, it’s a great place to visit, regardless of your age!

5. Diversity

Well, our final point is just as important. Now, since Houston is constantly gaining new residents, the population is extremely diverse. In fact, Forbes awarded Houston with the title of “the coolest city in the USA” in 2012. If you’re thinking wait… that was seven years ago! Well yes, but it has been listed every year by Forbes, as part of their “top places to live.”

The Bottom Line

Houston has demonstrated why it is one of (if not) the best locations to live in the USA. Well, besides the five benefits above, Houston offers its residents with a unique balance of modernity and tradition.

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Posted by Doug Spector on October 19th, 2019 4:41 PM

4 Ways to Save Money While Renting an Apartment

If you’ve recently moved into a Houston rental apartment, whether you’re new to the area or you’ve just moved out of your parents’ house, you’re probably thinking about how to save money in your new Houston apartment rental. Life can throw unexpected expenses our way sometimes, so it can be handy to save money wherever you can. Here we offer you 4 tips for saving money on your Houston apartment rental!

1. Buy fewer things

It might seem obvious or patronizing, but the vast majority of people who are “broke” are not broke – they just spend their money on things which aren’t important. Although we all need to put a little bit of cash away for “treats” and “fun”… do you really need that brand new iPhone when you’ve just moved into your new Houston rental apartment? Probably not. Think twice before buying things which aren’t necessary for your survival, especially if they’re expensive.

2. Go to thrift stores

Larger thrift stores and charity shops tend to sell furniture and household items, much of which is just as good as new! If you’re furnishing your own apartment and you don’t have the cash to be splashing out on a bunch of new sofas, try heading down to the local thrift store and seeing what they’ve got in stock. As with any thrift store or charity shop, you’ve got to find the diamonds in all the rough, but those diamonds could serve you well and save you a pretty penny when you’re scraping together your rent money!

3. Stop buying physical entertainment

The vast majority of media can now be consumed via digital streaming services, meaning you no longer have to buy DVDs, CDs, books, and many other forms of entertainment. Although you inevitably have to pay for these services, they “pay for themselves” if you use them enough, especially if you’re binging Netflix shows for hours on end. Not only will you save money on buying all those physical discs, but you’ll also save space because you won’t have a bunch of DVDs, books, and CDs which need storing somewhere in your apartment.

4. Be mindful of your energy consumption

The best way to reduce your utility bills is to simply form good habits and stick to them! When you first move into your Houston rental apartment, you may have some bad habits such as leaving lights on (when you’re not in a room) and forgetting to turn off your A/C when you’re not home. Automation and sensible habits can go a long way, saving you lots of money in the process!

Posted by Doug Spector on October 10th, 2018 10:42 PM

Things to Consider Before Renewing Your Lease

 

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Let’s face it, moving home can be a daunting and stressful experience. Often times, staying put can be a much simpler solution. However, you want to make sure that the apartment in which you are staying is comfortable to your needs, offers fair market value, and receives necessary attention from the landlord. Here are specific things to consider before putting pen to paper and renewing your Houston, TX apartment lease:

1) Does this specific apartment still hold its appeal to you?

As a renter, you have the flexibility to decide where you live. Despite the stress, you have the freedom to decide your next move relatively easily. As such, you want to ensure that the neighborhood, facilities, and general décor are up to standard. If not, you can always attempt to negotiate with the landlord for reduced rates or better response to maintenance requests.

2) Check out competing properties in the neighborhood

If you’re open to the idea of moving, even if not convinced, a good benchmark would be searching different properties in the area. That way, you’ll be able to see exactly what’s on offer and at what price. You may be surprised to discover your rent is comparably a lot more expensive than other places of a similar standard. On the flip side, you could be enjoying significantly cheaper rent than the average. Either way, you’ll be ready to make your lease renewal decision more easily armed with hardcore facts.

3) Consider alternative options

If you are truly unsure what to do when it comes time to renew, consider asking your landlord for more flexible renewal terms. It’s not unheard of for landlords to offer month to month rental agreements, or even half year leases (opposed to a full year). These types of agreements aren’t commonplace, but from a landlord’s point of view, a longstanding resident offering a guaranteed monthly rental income is better than a vacant property!

 

Regardless of how you choose to proceed, making an early decision often saves tons of stress (and potential late fees). In addition, deciding your future earlier allows ample time for you to plan your move – if that’s your decision – which we here at Apartment Living Locators already know is a fairly daunting prospect and we’re always available to help for free. Not only that, but it also helps you to maintain a stronger relationship and rapport with your Houston, TX landlord if you decide to stay. 

Posted by Doug Spector on August 6th, 2018 2:39 PM

Noisy Neighbors?

How to deal with noisy apartment neighbors in Houston, TX

Does it sound like you are living underneath or above a herd of elephants, is it party central or just thin walls?

When it comes to renting apartments, its the luck of the draw hen it comes to neighbors, sometimes you have good luck but sometimes you can be stuck with the neighbor from hell.

It is a common occurrence, but how do you deal with it? And are there any noise laws in Texas that directly address this issue at your disposal?

The actual act confronting your neighbor can be more stressful than anticipated because you don’t know how they will react.

We are going to look at two possibilities that can help you with the noise at hand.

How to communicate with your noisy neighbors:

It seems like the simple and obvious solution right? Well not always, like we have already highlighted you cannot predict how your neighbor will respond to your complaint. Nine times out of ten you will have an empathetic and understanding neighbor, but occasionally you may have that neighbor who may take it the wrong way completely…which could be quite difficult, especially if you are in an apartment where you are bound to cross paths on a regular basis--Two completely different outcomes.

Before lashing out at your neighbors, even if the noise levels have been ridiculous, going in with a level-headed calm approach will guarantee a far better result than if you go in ‘hot’ headed…where you are more likely to receive the same unfriendly response in return, no matter how justified you may be.

So if you approach your neighbor in a calm and polite manner, you have a far better chance to get him/her to keep it quieter or at least work on a compromise.  

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If speaking to your neighbors has crashed and failed, then the next option is going to your landlord/manager directly. He/she may speak to the noisy one on your behalf, because at the end of the day it’s the apartment responsibility to keep the peace between neighboring tenants, so it is in their interest to remedy the problem.

Also, you will find in most tenancy agreements in Texas there are certain noise limitations and restrictions, particularly in apartment complexes. Your landlord/manager should be well aware of state laws as well as their own bylaws at the specific complex and deal with the issue accordingly on your behalf.

However, whether you approach your neighbor directly or inform your landlord, you should make one or both aware of the problem. Too many times, renters tend to just let it slide” as to avoid being labeled the “complaining tenant/neighbor” but you pay good rent, work hard and more than deserve peace and quiet in your own home.

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Posted by Doug Spector on May 10th, 2018 8:05 PM

Tips for Apartment Maintenance in Houston, TX

Although it’s usually your landlord’s job to look after their apartments when things go awry, there are some things you can do in order to prevent problems from occurring in your apartment in the first place. Renting an apartment in Houston, TX comes with challenges which may not exist in other cities, so it’s helpful to follow these tips and ensure that your apartment continues to run smoothly!

  1. Clean your floor regularly

    It can be easy to let your floor get dirty and dusty over time, but try not to allow this to happen! When dirt gets embedded into carpets and rugs, you can quickly begin to ruin the carpet itself. Wooden/laminate floors aren’t safe either, as dirt can easily cause scratches and discoloration in the wood, all of which tend to lend themselves to an unhappy landlord! Placing “welcome” mats around the entrance to your apartment may help to reduce dirt on your floors. Nevertheless, clean and vacuum your floors regularly, sweeping on a daily basis and mopping on a weekly basis.

  2. Look after your HVAC units

    When renting an apartment in a climate such as Houston, TX, you’re going to be encountering heat levels which might not be common in other parts of the country. As a result, it is imperative that you look after your heating and A/C units accordingly. The best way to do this, as a general rule, is to ensure that they are receiving proper airflow to all of their parts. Every now and then, it may be a good idea to vacuum your vents, as this prevents the air from getting dusty and unpleasant. If the filters need to be changed, don’t wait to do so! If you think that your HVAC units may need a professional clean/maintenance, don’t be afraid to contact your landlord.

  3. Keep your drains clear!

Keeping your drains clear of sticky debris is the easiest way to extend their lifecycle and avoid things such as leaks or blockages. Avoid pouring things into your pipes which could block them; they already have enough to deal with in terms of food debris and shower-hair! On that note, if your shower plug is clogged with hair, remove this hair before it makes its way down the drain completely. You should also ensure that your toilet is kept clear, using a plunger to remove any unsanitary clogs.


Keeping your Houston, TX apartment well-maintained is one of the easiest ways to ensure that you build a positive rapport with your landlord, so be sure to use these tips on a regular basis!

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Posted by Doug Spector on May 2nd, 2018 11:15 AM

 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.

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

Tips When Applying For An Apartment in Houston

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After asking numerous Houston apartment managers what advice they might have for anyone wanting to rent an apartment at their complex, the number one answer they gave was that the applicant be "upfront and honest."

Chances are, in this "information age", that there's a great chance that any falsified information given either verbally or written on the application, will be caught anyway. 
And if that happens, the person applying will most likely lose their application fee, admin fee and many times even their deposit.

Most managers are helpful when the applicant is upfront about any previous rental or credit problems.  They can usually tell the person right away whether their past issue(s) would prevent them from being approved at their place, thus saving time and money.  Also, managers can possibly assist by referring them to another property they might know that would work with them or refer a good reputable Houston apartment locator.

Something else potential renters should  do when applying for an apartment, is to fill-out the application as thoroughly as possible, leaving little to none of the questions blank.

" Leaving a lot of blanks sets off red flags," says Charles Bruce, manager at Tanglewood Place Apartments.  Another manager at the Whittfield Apartments, strongly advises to fill out the entire application, both current and previous information that is requested.  "We have a point system and sometimes you need the previous info to have enough points [to qualify]; having to keep calling to get info holds up the application."

Manager Charles Bruce also suggests to be "neat" on the application.  By "neat" he means, try not make mistakes when entering information... this may come back as a negative result which could delay the application approval.

He also says it's a good idea to bring 2-3 recent check stubs or financial information and current ID .  Obviously, this not only speeds up the whole process but it also impresses the leasing and property manager staff as it shows the applicant is a serious candidate and deserves quick service in return.

When the applicant tours the property and later fills-out the application to rent, whether on the same day or not, it never hurts to dress nicely.  You know...first impressions!  Applying for an apartment should be taken almost as serious as applying for a job...both could be viewed as "selling yourself."

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Posted by Doug Spector on April 18th, 2018 4:12 PM

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