How to Get Rid of Roaches in your Apartment

Nasty roaches – they eat your food and crawl everywhere in your apartment, and it seems impossible to get rid of them. The consumer grade bait traps just do not work. Raid, Combat, Hot Shot – they claim it will work, but roaches just get used to these products and after a short while it does not affect them anymore.

Roach in the Kitchen

Truth be told – I grew up in an apartment in Moscow, and we had serious roach problem. My building was made of concrete panels, so naturally there were many cracks. Also roaches came up through ventilation ducts. Basically we tried every over the counter solution there was – traps, sprays,┬átablets – nothing works. These bastards kept coming back!

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11 Reasons why I HATE Living in an Apartment

Wall-mounted DeskI currently live in an apartment (condo) in a very SAFE and EXPENSIVE town – Brookline, MA (rated #1 in US by Niche and Money Magazine in 2015). I love Brookline and my location. I can get on the T (train) and be in downtown Boston in 30 minutes – no need for a car. Brookline has some of the best schools in MA, and since we have kids, it’s a huge bonus. We have restaurants and cafes and food shopping, and a movie theater, as well as all other necessary amenities within a 15 minutes walk. My not so big apartment is 100 ft from Beacon St – the Boston Marathon route. It’s so well located that renting our place on AirBnB (for $250 / night) is super easy.

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7 Affordable Remodels to Increase Your Apartment Resale Value

Modern Living Room in an small apartmentAre you getting ready to put your apartment up for sale?

Probably the biggest question on your mind is how to get top dollar for your property.

It turns out that by investing into the right remodels right before you sell, you can transform your apartment into a highly attractive property  to a wide range of buyers.

And no we are not talking about dropping thousands of dollars on a complete kitchen remodel, or another expensive and labor intensive project!

Instead, consider these 7 quick and affordable remodels that are known to bring in a consistently high ROI at resale.

What Buyers Are Looking For?

While market trends and apartment preferences differ across the US,

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Clever ways to make extra cash on AirBnB

AirBnB does not need an introduction – it’s one of top 10 startups in the world, and is well-known. But many people who live in an apartment (own or rent) can make some extra money, and don’t even know it. Here are some clever ways you can make money with your apartment, while still living there full-time.

airbnb Although I’ve used AirBnB (link gives you $25 travel credit) for a couple of years now (to rent a place when we traveled) I never thought of renting out our place – it just never crossed my mind. Enlightenment came recently, when my neighbor rented his apartment (same as ours) for 10 days for $2300 – whaaat? Yes!

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Avoiding the Pitfalls of your First Apartment

Finding your very first apartment is a momentous occasion. It’s a rite of passage that proves that you really are an adult now. You have your own space. You don’t have to sneak friends and “more-than-friends” in and out. The place is yours to do with as you please (as long as your lease allows it!)

Getting caught up the excitement, though, causes many to get themselves in a mess. There are some very important factors to consider before and immediately after you sign your name on the lease. Be sure to avoid these common pitfalls in your first apartment.

Documents, Damages and Domestic Partners

When you rent, you live and die by your lease agreement.

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Energy Audits Can Help You Save Money and Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

My husband and I had recently purchased a new home. Though we debated for a long time over whether to purchase a newly renovated home, or an older home, I eventually won the fight and we went with an older home purchase. What can I say; I’m a sucker for crown moldings, hardwood floors, and the overall aesthetics of an older home. Anyway, we’ve been slowly transitioning into our new home. As I become more aware of my personal finances and carbon footprint we leave on the earth, I’ve been trying to be more conscious of ways to save money and help the environment.

Needless to say, after only three months of living in our new home, I realized that we were spending entirely too much on electricity.

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Top 10 reasons why you should invest in a property in London SE1


One of London’s hot property spots, London SE1 has seen some spectacular luxury homes coming on the market in recent months.

One such stunning example is the 4,600 sq ft of accommodation which is the Penthouse at Benbow House. The largest of its type in the area, the apartment currently graces three floors and is available to view through Pastor Real Estate.

Apart from the fact you happen to be in the heart of one of the most exciting and culturally-significant cities in the world, why else would you look to invest in some classy bricks and mortar in this area of London which stretches from the south bank of the River Thames right through Waterloo and further on from Tower Bridge?

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Keeping Your Stuff and Yourself Safe When You Live in an Apartment

As a homeowner, your home security is totally up to you. You can install security systems, put up flood and motion detecting lights, set up video surveillance, anything you want! You can do as much or as little as feels comfortable. When you live in an apartment, though…not so much.

Apartment dwellers, you can’t rip out their windows and install security glass. You can’t wire in alarms or change the lighting (much). You definitely can’t set up video surveillance in the hallway. It can often feel like you are totally at the mercy of your landlord’s whims. In some ways, you are. But just because you can’t put in any complicated monitoring systems or alarms doesn’t mean you can’t still take steps to keep yourself and your stuff as safe as possible!

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Apartments, Condominiums, and Reverse Mortgages

If you have been watching television at any point within the last five years, you have probably seen advertisements for reverse mortgages. If you own your apartment or condo, you might also be wondering what reverse mortgages are, and whether or not you would qualify.

What is a Reverse Mortgage?

A reverse mortgage is a home loan that allows you to cash out a portion of your home’s equity. However, instead of paying part of the loan back each month, the bank pays you out of the equity for as long as you live in your home. Another option is for you to cash out the equity in one lump sum, in which case you would not have to pay back any of the loan as long as you live in your home.

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