Where to live

Yes, moving can be a hassle, but it can also be exhilarating. You suddenly have a new space to decorate, a new neighborhood to explore and new neighbors to meet. Even if you’ve never dreamed of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, there is adventure in finding a new home. Here are a few factors to consider when rating your rental options:

Type of structure

Are you looking for a backyard for the kids to play in, an urban loft where you can access your inner artist, or a townhouse or duplex with enough space to roam, but no yard work included?

It helps to know what kind of property search you’re on. If you have small children, you may not want a third-story walk up. If you don’t have time for yard upkeep, your focus should probably be on a property that includes a gardening service. The point is to determine the type of property you’re comfortable with and narrow your search or relay that information to your real estate professional.


A person looking for an active night life is going to want his new rental in an area that may not appeal to a young family. Consider how close you want to be to local spots such professional ball parks, museums and nightclubs. Generally, the more these activity hubs mean to you, the closer you want to be to the heart of a city.

Quality of life

Even the hippest, renovated condo is not going to be very enjoyable if you’re in an unsafe area. You want to be able to walk outside your door in comfort and looking forward to spending every night in your new rental. No matter how drawn you feel to a particular property, ask yourself if it’s in a safe area.

Locate an apartment or house for rent today. If you’re ready to shop for a house to buy, find a local realty expert who can help or search our real estate listings.