The History of BBQ in St. Louis

There’s a smokin’ hot BBQ scene in St. Louis. The Show-Me State’s love affair with BBQ ribs began more than a century ago, when a steamboat cook named Henry Perry picked up discarded slabs of ribs from the Kansas City stockyards and used locally harvested hardwood trees to slow-smoke them. Today, St. Louis residents consume more BBQ … Continued

What Every Cyclist Should Look for When Apartment Hunting

In urban areas across the country, bike culture is more robust than ever. Roughly 870,000 people report commuting by bicycle—many of them young and urban residents—according to the U.S. Census. Countless more travel by bike to visit friends, do chores, and to get some fresh air and exercise. In fact, national bicycle ridership grew 40 percent between … Continued

How to Get Tenants to Renew Their Leases

Apartment turnover is a fact of life for landlords and property owners. However, excess turnover need not be. By establishing practices to get your tenants to renew their leases and stay in the long term, you not only cut costs: you also enhance the desirability of your community.  Reductions in turnover benefit tenants, property managers … Continued

Understanding Your Move-in Checklist

You’ve signed the lease and received the keys to your next home. You’re about to move in! But wait. One step remains: the completion of the move-in checklist. A move-in checklist helps to document the rental unit’s condition when a tenant first moves into the apartment. Put your excitement on pause long enough to fill it … Continued

The Rental Application Process: What to Expect When Applying

You’re excited, and that’s understandable: you’ve found an apartment that’s just what you were looking for. Now what? It’s time to fill out a rental application. A rental application is a form that provides the information necessary for a landlord or property owner to determine a tenant’s creditworthiness and their ability to pay their rent reliably.  … Continued

The Benefits of Renting a Two-Bedroom Apartment

When beginning an apartment search, determining what apartment size you should look for can be a difficult decision. If you are considering upgrading your space from a studio or one-bedroom apartment to a two-bedroom apartment, there are several benefits in doing so – especially for those who have a growing family, work from home, or … Continued

Apartment Reviews: How to Read Between the Lines to Find a Great Place to Live

When renters begin the search for an apartment rental, the internet is typically the first place they turn. Few individuals are willing to sign a lease without researching the building, management company, or landlord—and with good reason. However, it is all too easy to be overwhelmed by the volume of reviews on the internet, making … Continued

Credit Scores and Apartments: What You Need to Know

580. 670. 740. 800. These little three-digit numbers, known as credit scores, can have an enormous impact on your life. When you apply for a credit card or loan, your credit score is a major factor in determining whether or not your application will be approved by a credit card company or bank. The higher … Continued

Newly Married? Top Tips for Apartment Hunting

With the rush and excitement of planning a wedding and honeymoon, it is all too easy to let one of the most important elements of married life fall by the wayside: the apartment search. For some couples, their wedding day marks the first time they will live together. For others, they may want to upgrade … Continued

How Virtual Tours Can Help Find Your Next Apartment

Say you’re about to visit an apartment high-rise or a multifamily complex for the first time. What will you be looking for? In the living space, you’ll check out the floor plan. You may take a close look at the flooring, fixtures, and finishes as well. Common-area amenities may attract your attention too. With virtual … Continued