Living With Roommates: 5 Expert Tips For Decorating On A Budget

Among Texas Millennials, Homeownership is Out, Renting is In

Renting is the new black, says a recent study published by Trulia. The report from February highlights the nationwide increase in renting and the subsequent decline of homeownership across multiple age groups in the last decade. Notably, older Millennials are waiting longer than ever to take the leap into homeownership, choosing rents over mortgages, unlike their parents’ generation. And while many American cities have seen impressive increases […]

The Eco-Life: How to Minimize Expenses While on Vacation

Your passports are renewed, you got the time off work approved, and your big roommate vacation is all set. Your bags are packed and you can’t get out of town fast enough. You and your roommate have gone over how to prevent burglary in the most common sense ways, and you’ll be sure to practice your everyday safety measures, too. You’ve set your vacation budget […]

The Case for Short-Term Rental Homes in Austin

It’s almost Spring Break, and that means South by Southwest is around the corner. Whether you’re heading down to Austin for the music, film or tech events, SXSW is world-famous for bringing together some of the brightest and most creative minds to the Texas capital for a week-long festival. And with 72,000 people expected to attend this year, you can assume finding affordable accommodations will […]

5 Myths You Probably Believe About Living in Texas

Texas has a reputation for many things: namely for being big, cheap and friendly. In fact, these widely-held beliefs are, in part, the reason why Texas’s major metros are the fastest growing cities in the U.S. The Lone Star State is one of the few places where the financial crisis of 2008 seemed to graze over, so it’s hardly surprising that young professionals are flocking […]

The Eco-Life: Conserving Water and Cutting Energy Costs

Who doesn’t love a long, relaxing shower after a stressful day of school, work and household chores? Well, if you’re a California resident, you’re going to have to find another way to unwind. The Golden State has been in a record-breaking drought for the last four years, putting pressure on all Californians to scale back on their water use. That doesn’t mean you have to […]

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5 Ways to Get Better Sleep in a Noisy City Apartment

Not getting enough sleep? You’re not alone. According to a recent study, more than one-quarter of the U.S. population isn’t getting enough shut-eye. Couple that statistic with the fact that the windows in your new city digs are right above the noisy street corner, and you and your roommate are probably in for some long, sleepless nights. The good news? It’s absolutely possible to take […]

The Ups, Downs and In-Betweens of Living With an Enabler

So it’s become obvious that you and your roommate are having some trouble sticking to New Year’s resolutions, which may or may not involve your dietary habits. Hey, there’s always next year, right? But what if your roommate’s influence goes beyond convincing you that stuffing your face with cream cheese Oreos at 2 a.m. on a Tuesday is a stellar idea? What if they’re more […]

5 Real Roommate Problems and How to Resolve Them

From early morning bathroom run-ins (when you’re not even in the mood to face your cat) to tiffs over paying the shared bills (do you really need HBO when GoT isn’t playing new episodes?), you have to be prepared for the everyday hiccups that bubble up when you’re sharing space (at least with apps like Roomi, you’ll have the transparency you need to prepare for […]

LA’s Urgent Repair Program and Why It Matters For Renters

One of the many benefits to renting is having a landlord to take care of maintenance issues. From the minor inconveniences to the major problems, it’s your landlord’s responsibility to fix what’s broken. But what constitutes an emergency repair, and what can renters do if a landlord isn’t willing to respect your tenants’ rights? Luckily, for Los Angeles roommates, the Urgent Repair Program (URP) has […]