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Be the Master of Your Move

Posted On: Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Tips for a Stress-Free MoveYou’ve saved your pennies and budgeted for your rent, but have you planned for all of the details after you’ve signed your lease? Moving into an apartment is a big step, but it can be made much easier if you prioritize planning before you drive away from your former residence. If you’re considering moving into a new apartment, there are some simple solutions to mastering your move:

Make moving arrangements in advance: Are you using professionals or your friends to help you move? Whether you’re trusting your buddies or resting easy with the pros, make your arrangements several weeks ahead of time. Even if you’re moving yourself, this may mean renting a truck or using short-term storage. Some apartment communities have relationships with moving companies that offer discounts, so make sure you check with your new community office to see if this is an option.

Don’t procrastinate on your packing: Start with the trinkets and seasonal items that don’t get used very often, and save the everyday-use items for the end. If you start packing early, you’ll relieve yourself of that stress on the night before your move. (more…)

How to Ace Your First Place: A First-Time Renter’s Guide

Posted On: Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

First-time rental guideYou may be done with school, but renting your first apartment is a lot like taking an exam; a certain amount of preparation must be done to ensure that you make the grade. Knowing what to expect, and planning for the unexpected, can make all the difference when you’re out on your own for the first time.

First, and probably most important, set a budget; ideally, rent should make up no more than 30 percent of your income. Make sure to start a contingency fund to save for unexpected expenses, and be prepared to shell out a considerable amount for a security deposit (this often this equals first month’s rent), utilities and fees for any extra amenities.

Be prepared to go through the application process. Have all the relevant information easily accessible, such as proof of employment, and allow enough time for a credit and background check to process. If you cannot provide a sufficient credit report or work history, a co-signer may be required to complete the lease agreement. In addition, you should always read everything on the lease. If you don’t understand or agree with something, speak up and have the landlord explain it to you; this will save you from a lot of headaches, and possible legal battles, down the road. (more…)

Seven Must-Have Products Every Renter Should Own

Posted On: Monday, June 29th, 2015

Products for renters Any renter who has moved around enough times understands the struggle of decorating; you want to personalize your space for the duration of your stay, but all of the painting, re-wiring and hanging decorations can put you at risk of losing your security deposit when the lease is up (not to mention, it can be very time consuming). For those renters who want don’t want to live within four white walls for a year or more, this list of versatile home products courtesy of Dwell is exactly what you need.

1. Go cordless! Create atmosphere and lighten up your space with the Wald plug lamp from Feltmark. This sconce-like lamp plugs directly into an outlet and is a clever, space-saving alternative to a floor or table lamp. Bonus: It’s designed, made and hand-assembled right here in the U.S.A.

2. If you have been blessed with a large place, it can often be hard to determine what goes where. Thankfully, the Gradient bookshelf by Kutarq is not only great for housing your favorite literature, but it can also be used to separate and define space. Perfect for frequent movers, this bookshelf is lightweight and easy to assemble and disassemble. (more…)

Why Millennials Would Rather Rent Than Buy

Posted On: Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Millennials would rather rent than buy, outnumbering Baby Boom generation As the job market continues to improve, young college graduates are rapidly becoming the largest share of the American workforce. However, due to the national $1 trillion student loan debt and an increased “sharing mentality” among Millennials, this surge in the labor force has not necessarily translated into home sales.

According to a recent study by the Pew Research Center, Millennials will surpass the Baby Boom generation in size this year. This growing demographic has extensive knowledge of technology and is more likely to graduate from college, making these individuals more desirable candidates for jobs while also burdening them with never-ending student loan debts. Because of this, the option of renting is becoming more appealing and the idea of homeownership is now a distant concept for those in the 18-34 age range.

Millennials choose to rent for several reasons. For one, the majority of jobs that require the knowledge and skills many recent graduates possess are ones that happen to be available in major cities throughout the country. Therefore, Millennials are no longer looking to live in large suburban homes because they are not convenient to work or they simply cannot afford to finance a home. Many people in their 20s are also more likely to change jobs or relocate for work within five years of accepting their first jobs. So, they see no point in being tied down to a major purchase they made when they were fresh out of college. Additionally, renting does not require extensive home maintenance, which often contributes to stress that Millennials do not want, need or have time for as they are starting their careers.

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Celebrate the Red, White and Blue this Fourth of July

Posted On: Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Fourth of July celebration fireworks displayFourth of July in Connecticut is shaping up to be as explosive as ever this year, as events promise good times for all. With the best Independence Day celebrations located within minutes of our apartment communities, you’ll want to mark your calendars for the following activities; just be sure to keep an eye on the weather, as event dates and times are subject to change:

Join the town of Branford as it commemorates America’s birthday with a fireworks display on June 27. Fireworks will be shown from Branford Point at Parker Park and can also be seen from Foote Memorial Park. For more information or to make an online donation to this free event, visit the “Branford Fireworks 2015” Facebook page.

The celebrations continue in Stamford with the city’s annual Independence Day fireworks show on July 2. Held at Cummins Park, the event is free and entertainment will be provided by DJ More than Music beginning at 6 p.m. More information can be found online at the Stamford Daily Voice.

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Norwalk Summer Concert Series at Calf Pasture Beach

Posted On: Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Musician entertaining the beach crowd What could be more perfect than a sun-filled day at the beach followed by a fun-filled night of music? That’s right: an entire summer of sun, sands and bands! Get your music fix all summer long at the 2015 Norwalk Summer Concert Series. The concerts, sponsored by First County Bank, will be held at Calf Pasture Beach every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday until Sept. 2.

The Summer Concert Series is free and open to the public and will be comprised of 11 concerts featuring a number of bands that represent this year’s theme: tribute bands. Performances will appeal to a wide variety of musical tastes, including those that pay homage to John Lennon, Johnny Cash, Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, classic and contemporary covers, Motown classics and many more. There will also be entertainment for the kids with children’s shows on Wednesdays and the July 3 event celebrating Independence Day; a fireworks display and performance by Jimmy Buffet tribute band Jimmy and The Parrots are among the entertainment scheduled for the evening. (more…)

Summer Fun in Hamden

Posted On: Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Seramonte Apartments are close to all the action of Hamden/New Haven this summerHamden may be a small town in the county of New Haven, Connecticut, but this “Land of the Sleeping Giant” has plenty of events and activities to keep you and your whole family entertained all summer long! Just minutes away from all the action, our Seramonte apartments offer the perfect mix of Hamden charm with the vibrancy of nearby entertainment.

Kick off the summer at the 9th Square! Famous for art, food, music and innovation, the 9th Square District will hold entertaining events on the first Friday of every month to get you and your mind moving this summer. Visit www.on9newhaven.com for more information on how you can get involved and also to see what’s new in the Square.

Get cultured at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas. Held from June 12 through 27, 2015 in various New Haven theaters and open spaces, this 15-day event is a melting pot of modern and classical music, dance, lectures, conversations, food experiences and other interactive programs. Most events are free to the public, so be sure to visit artidea.org/festival for all of your festival needs.

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Downtown Stamford is Heating Up

Posted On: Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Artwalk in SamfordSummer is approaching as fast as a heat wave, and new experiences around Stamford are as hot as the weather.

Right down the road from our apartment communities is the life and activity of downtown Stamford: a live, work, play community that offers something for everyone. Stamford features an abundance of restaurants, bars, performing arts centers and nightlife for a quick lunch or a night out with friends. While Stamford offers a vibrant and inviting atmosphere for every season, this summer in downtown Stamford is going to be one that residents and out-of-towners will never forget.

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5 Things to Do in Branford This Summer

Posted On: Friday, May 29th, 2015

Branford may be calm and serene on most days, but this seaside town offers plenty of exciting things to do! From island cruises to outdoor concerts, Branford has you covered for summer fun. If you’re a resident of our Montoya apartments and condominiums, mark your calendars for these upcoming events: (more…)

Spacious Townhomes for Rent in Vibrant New Haven Area

Posted On: Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Master Bedroom in Hamden Apartment at SeramonteOffering the best in convenience and ample living space, Seramonte townhomes in Hamden are the ideal option for both roommates and families. These spacious, pet-friendly townhomes are located just ten minutes away from New Haven, providing easy access to the area’s local attractions, restaurants and dining at an affordable price. (more…)