Posted on October 26th, 2014
Finding an apartment in a new city can be an intimidating process. Figuring out what neighborhood to live in, how much a new place will cost you, whether or not you’ll need a roommate, and everything else can be overwhelming. Here are some useful resources to get yourself into an apartment you’ll love.
Apartment Finding Tools
There are a variety of websites out there to help apartment-seekers find the place they’re looking for. Here are a couple of good ones:
Maybe the best-known real estate website, Zillow.com, is a great place to start your apartment search. They have an effective, easy-to-use search feature that allows the user to search for just apartments in a given area, like a city or zip code. You can then narrow your search by things like number of bedrooms and price range. Zillow was founded in 2005 and has a database of over 110 million U.S. homes. It’s a great place to start you apartment search.
Posted on October 18th, 2014
Get Rid of Things
Before you even start packing, you want to narrow the amount of things you have to pack. 6 weeks or more before the move, go through the house and eliminate things you aren’t taking with you. Try to get rid of anything you don’t use. Throw out old clothes, books you haven’t read in ages, anything that’s been sitting around and is only going to continue sitting around in your new place.
Even if you need time to plan a garage sale or find somewhere to donate these items, set them aside as you start packing so that you don’t waste time and space packing them.
Gather Your Supplies
Collect all of the packing supplies you will need ahead of time. The last thing you need is to be running to the store for something else every other day while you’re trying to organize a move, so collect boxes of every size, padding supplies, wrapping supplies, tape, scissors, labels, and markers, so that you can wrap, pack, and label everything all at once.
Getting some boxes from local liquor stores that have dividers in them can be helpful – they are great for transporting kitchen liquids such as oil or vinegar, as well as alcohol. Using boxes that are designated for certain items, such as wardrobe boxes, can be helpful as well.
Posted on October 11th, 2014
For anyone looking to move into the Oklahoma City area, there are many surrounding suburbs that are great options, if the city itself isn’t quite for you. Here’s a list of the more prominent suburbs in the area, as well as a description of each one.
Edmond, Oklahoma is located on the northern border of Oklahoma City. In the 2010 census, Edmond had a population of over 81,000, making it the sixth largest city in Oklahoma. It is connected to Oklahoma City by two major highways: Route 77 and Interstate 35. There is public transportation available into Oklahoma City via Citylink Edmond bus service.
Edmond is bordered on the east by Arcadia Lake, which is a popular fishing spot containing bluegill, channel catfish, blue catfish, and largemouth bass. Twin Bridges Lake is also located in the Edmond area.
Edmond’s motto is “A Great Place To Grow,” and it made #1 on CNBC’s list of “10 Perfect Suburbs in 2011. It was also listed as one of the “Top 100 Places to Live” by Relocate America. The State Chamber of Commerce and State Industrial Development Department both deemed Edmond the most outstanding community in its class for five years running.
Top employers in the area include Edmond Public Schools and the University of Central Oklahoma. The city is home to Herbert W. Armstrong College, Oklahoma Christian University, and the University of Central Oklahoma.
Posted on October 11th, 2014
Real estate throughout the country has been hard to predict and very sporadic over the past several years. Between the housing bubble and the Great Recession, markets have been all over the place. Oklahoma City seems to be making a comeback, if it ever lost ground at all. Experts say that Oklahoma City housing reached its peak in 2009, and has only lost 1% of its value since then. Considering it is still gaining value, it seems that Oklahoma City is in extremely good shape right now.
The current median home value in Oklahoma City is $119,500. The median home value in the U.S. is 174,800. The median listing price is $169,900 (compared to a national of $215,000), and the median sale price is $159,800 (compared to a national of $217,800). The median rent price in Oklahoma City is $855, while the national average is $1,500. The current foreclosure rates in Oklahoma City sit at about the national average, with 4.6 of every 10,000 homes being foreclosed (the national average is 4.4 per 10,000).