Keeping Your Apartment Safe With DIY Home Security

Did you know that a home break-in happens once every 15 seconds? And renters are 85% more likely to be burglarized than homeowners. Yikes!

While the burglary statistics sound ominous, there are easy ways to make your apartment rental safe and secure. Here’s what we recommend:

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Cell Phone Cost Comparison Timeline

The cellular phone has dramatically changed how we communicate, and it has connected us more than ever before. While cell phones are now must-have devices, they weren’t always as accessible. Previously, their high cost made them more of a status symbol than a standard, everyday tool.

So how did we get to this point? This cell phone timeline takes you on a tour of the modern cell phone, from that first call on a New York City sidewalk in 1973 to the feature-packed smartphones of today and tomorrow.

Cell Phone Cost Comparison Timeline
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Guide to Securing Your Apartment’s Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi, the wonderful technology that lets us connect to that vast World Wide Web without also being connected to the wall. Of course you want it to be fast and easy. But if you also want it to be secure, then you’ll have to make sure your system is setup properly.

Even if you’ve rented a utilities-included apartment, you’re likely setting up your Internet service yourself. So here’s a step-by-step guide to setting up secure Wi-Fi in your apartment.

How to Secure Your Apartment Wi-Fi
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Is Your Apartment in One of the Best or Worst Cell Coverage

Cell service is an important consideration when moving to a new city. We knew this back in 2014, when we first looked at how cell coverage in the U.S. affects apartment life.

But in the past three years, so much has changed because of technology and infrastructure development. The updated data continues to show that not all locations are equal when it comes to data speeds and signal range.

Is Your Apartment in One of the Best or Worst Cell Coverage Cities?
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How SSO Software Works and Why Single Sign-On Is Important

Single sign-on, or SSO, is one of the best solutions for managing account access and mitigating the problems caused by the growing number of apps and logins. When applied at an enterprise level, Avatier SSO has had a meaningful impact on businesses by reducing SaaS licensing costs by 30%, eliminating redundant processes, and streamlining workflows for onboarding and offboarding.

Let’s break down what SSO means and how it can benefit your company.

Single Sign On: How SSO Works and Why It’s Important
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7 Benefits of Hiring Property Management Company

A great property management company should make renting, owning, and investing in a property a hassle-free experience. They can add significant value to your investment property. This is why we crafted an infograph, so landlords can visually see the benefits of hiring a property management company!

7 Benefits of Hiring a Property Management Company

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Ultimate Checklist for Setting Up Utilities in Your New Apartment

When moving into a new apartment, you might be excited about the view of the park, the patio for grilling or the nice living room for entertaining. But before you can enjoy the sweet amenities of your new apartment, you’ll have to take care of the basics like getting the lights turned on and the water running.

Take note that even if you’ve rented a utilities-included apartment, you may still need to handle some utilities yourself, like Internet or cable.

Here’s our ultimate checklist for setting up the utilities in your new home.

Ultimate Checklist to Setting Up Utilities in Your New Apartment
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Productivity Hacks for Coworking Spaces

The popularity of coworking and shared office spaces is growing in part because of the changing workforce. It’s predicted that by 2020, 40% of the workforce will be freelancers, independent contractors and solopreneurs.

An independent analysis has found that coworking spaces have expanded 13 fold from just 1,130 spaces available globally in 2011 to 13,800 coworking spaces in 2017.

Tips for Getting Work Done in a Shared Office Space
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The Last Vegas Real Estate Market

Las Vegas is without doubt one of the most popular US tourist destinations in the world. Do you plan to visit the city as a tourist or invest your life savings in real estate? Explore this Las Vegas 2017 Real Estate Market Update Infograph to include housing, tourism and development information with recent info on 2020 completion projects.

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What Makes Passwords Secure?

Passwords are hacked in a variety of ways and for a variety of reasons.

Sometimes the hacker is someone you know. It could be a “frenemy” who wants to access your information. If so, he or she might be able to guess your password if you use one that’s as obvious as your dog’s name or child’s name. Also, an insider may be able to access your account if the answers to your password recovery questions are known.

If a hacker is unknown to you, a brute force attack is the most common strategy for cracking your password. In this method, a program systematically tries every password combination until it gains access. That is why the simpler your password is, the easier it is for someone to gain access.

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An Apartment Tour Through Classic Films

For some movies, the location was just as important as the actors. It established the framework for the story, anchored the film’s culture and set the atmosphere. Here’s a look at classic, Oscar-winning movies in which the location took center stage.

Movie Award-Winning Apartments

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How House Flipping Works

‘Flipping houses’ is actually a very misunderstood and often confusing term which is commonly generically applied to more than one method of buying and selling real estate. So how does House Flipping really work?

Fix & Flip

The house flipping that we see on television typically shows the buy, fix, and flip strategy of investing in residential houses. In this scenario real estate investors are picking up distressed properties at prices they believe are discounted. Then they dig in to repairing them, improving them, and sometimes even replacing them. Once they have a finished and polished product the home is unveiled to the public via an open house with the hopes of achieving a high purchase offer right away. This can be a great strategy for profiting from real estate, and can offer a valuable service to sellers, the economy, local neighborhoods, workers, and buyers.

However, this isn’t the only way to ‘flip houses’.

Fix and flip investors can vary widely on how much fixing up they do. Some prefer sticking to basic cosmetic improvements. That means looks. Great value and profits can be found simply by improving the appeal of a home. We’ve all heard about ‘curb appeal’. This might include giving the landscaping a makeover. Some will stick to basic interior and exterior painting, putting in new flooring, and changing a few fixtures.

Other investors love going all in with more serious rehabbing and renovations. They may change and modify floor plans, replace windows, tear out and make over kitchens and bathrooms. They could put in swimming pools, convert rooms, and more. This may take more money, time, and expertise, but it can be exciting.

A few investors are brave enough to take on the most daring property challenges – those with structural issues. This includes items like roofs, foundations, plumbing, electrical, and hazards such as termite infestations and mold. Properties with these problems are often discounted to account for these additional costs and risks. With less competition some investors find this a great niche. Others steer clear of the extra liability, capital requirements, and liability.

The president of Florida based Keyes Company Realtors has said there will always be an opportunity to reposition properties. Repositioning is a broad term, includes many ways for investors to increasing the appeal and value of a property for resale. This may incorporate some of the above methods, as well as enhancing the profitability of a property, its usage, and financial performance. It could mean a basic cosmetic makeover and then remarketing to a different buyer group. For instance; adding modern design elements, putting in high speed internet and promoting the property as a great choice for tech workers. It could also mean adding value by leasing more units, or replacing tenants with higher paying ones, or different types of tenants.

Source: REWW