Five dogs sitting on the floor looking at the camera. From left to right: mastiff, cavalier spaniel, shiba inu, Yorkshire terrier, and a pekingese. If you’re a dog lover in the city, chances are you’re not going to buy a high-energy Golden Retriever. But that doesn’t mean that you’re immune to the charms of our furry friends. Who doesn’t want a little dog to go on walks with you, to greet you after a long day at work, and to help you ward off stress? Still, you don’t want to confine a dog that needs a lot of room to roam to your tiny apartment. Luckily, there are several breeds that are well-suited to apartment dwelling. Here are five types of dogs who would love to come live with you.

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Just because you don’t own your apartment doesn’t mean you can’t decorate. With a few nice touches you can turn your small rental into a welcoming home. Here are just a few tips for converting your apartment into your own:

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Prior to renting an apartment, no matter how great the space is or ideal the location, it’s worthwhile to check its safety and security. Here are a few things to check, starting with the door.

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Woman in suit holding up an orange hard hat on her shoulder.When making an offer to buy a home or condo, you typically have an “inspection contingency.” Within a few days of an accepted offer, you pay a professional or general contractor to inspect the house. If there are issues, you can back out of the deal, free and clear…  minus the $200 – $1,000+ you paid the inspector. Or you go back to the seller and renegotiate.

When renting, when signing a lease and committing to live in an apartment for 12-24 months, there’s no such thing as in inspection contingency. You see an apartment, pay application fees and a deposit, and while you can do a final walk through before signing the lease, many renters skip it. Instead, your left doing your own walk-through, typically when you first view the apartment. So throw on your hard hat, put on your contractor-game-face, fire up our evaluation guide, and get ready to inspect. If you’re working with a broker, have them help you.

 

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Cat dog in apartment kitchen sitting on a spilled trash can, giving each other a high-five.

 

So, you have a roommate and that roommate comes with baggage. Not just any baggage, like bulky furniture, or a propensity to leave dishes in the sink, or a plethora of knitting materials. No, it’s something a lot more lively and furry, and it might chew up your shoes.

Now, if it’s a fish or lizard, you probably won’t be coming into contact with the pet too much. But if it’s a cat or dog, whether you’re an animal lover or not, sometimes a furry friend can come between you and your roommate.

Here are 5 ways to deal with your roommate’s pet:

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Cost is a major concern among renters in New York City, especially as it becomes a more and more expensive place to live. Many people are working hard to find ways of ensuring that their living situation is sustainable. Despite the fact that around 50% of all apartments in the city are rent stabilized, finding one of them can be difficult, as those who live in them understandably don’t want to give them up.

Here are some tips for finding rent stabilized apartments in New York City:

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New York City is always pushing the boundaries, and its residential buildings are no exception. Whether it’s a 9 foot wide house, apartments over 1000 feet in the sky, or a mansion full of ghosts, New York has it all.

Here are four of New York’s most notorious residences:

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Naked Apartments on the Apple Watch

We’ve updated The Naked Apartments App to support the Apple Watch.

Apartment hunting is a multi-device sport. You want every possible advantage to land the best apartments faster and easier than ever.

Naked Apartments on your watch helps you keep track of viewings, keep track of messages and gain that competitive edge.

Download the app today and happy hunting!

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Two female roommates sitting on a floor in an empty room, embracing while one holds up their keys to their new apartment.

 

As a recent article in The New York Times pointed out, more and more adults are choosing to live with roommates, despite having the financial means to afford their own apartments. For some, the high cost of living alone in New York is just not worth it, and they prefer to save their money by not pouring it all into their rent. For others, the choice of living with roommates is more about the built-in social connection of sharing space with others. New York is not an easy place to live in, and it’s easy to become overwhelmed and isolated by your surroundings. We often take for granted that roommates provide vital social interaction, mostly as an ear for venting.

Here are a few other reasons why living with roommates is beneficial and could be right for you. Read more »

Aerial view of a furnished floor plan of a 1 bedroom apartment.

A few years ago National Geographic did the math and realized that if everyone in the world stood shoulder to shoulder, we would all fit in Los Angeles.

Granted, this isn’t the most useful of thought experiments, but it illustrates something shockingly obvious that we’re all constantly overlooking – there’s plenty of space to go around.

Take NYC, for example. This is a city where getting an apartment even remotely close to what you wanted is a cause for celebration. But if you’re anything like 69% of most New Yorkers, you’ll spend countless years moving up a few hundred square feet at a time in your search for the “perfect place.”

But the perfect place can be any place, really, as long as you’re creative. Here are 7 ways to totally rethink your apartment and rediscover all the square feet you’ve been overlooking.

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