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Why You Should Never Allow Yourself to be Evicted (Hint, we Never Accept Past Evictions)

Let’s face it, many renters clearly do not realize just how terrible it is for your future housing prospects to force your manager to evict you.  We see it all the time, the threat of eviction is brushed off as...
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10 New Year’s Resolutions for Tenants

Have you recovered from your New Year bash? Now that the festivities are over many people start to think about what 2018 will bring. It is a time of New Year’s resolutions. Are you vowing to go to the gym?...
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Featured Rental Community – Renaissance Park, Raleigh, North Carolina

If you are looking to move to Raleigh, then no doubt you are interested in learning about the neighborhoods, boroughs and suburbs. This information will help you choose just the right place for you and your family. This week in...
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How to Recognize a Natural Gas Leak in Your Rental Home

We want to keep our tenants safe. We also want to keep the building you rent in the best possible condition. Since you are in the unit much more than we are, we depend on you to keep us appraised...
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5 Ways to Get Stains Out of Your Rental

Life happens and evidence of those happenings are all around us. There is that wine stain on the cream Berber carpet. There is your grandson’s crayon marks on the living room wall. Do not forget about your husband’s oil stain...
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How to Get Pet Stains Out of the Carpet

We love our pets. We love the idea that our landlord lets us have our pets. We do not love, however, when our pets make a mess in the house. What is more, we know that if we cannot get...
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What to Do If Water Leaks into Your Home?

There are few things that are more damaging to a home than water. Just take a look at the pictures of the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and the damage it did to those homes in Texas. But hurricanes and storms...
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How to Install an Apartment Security System

As a valued tenant, we want you to feel secure in one of our apartments. While we have taken measures to make your unit and the building secure, perhaps you would like to beef up the security in your apartment....
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How to Deal with a Noisy Neighbor

It never fails, you get a day off to kick back and watch movies and your neighbor decides to use his power saw all day long. Or perhaps you have a toddler who needs to go to bed early and...
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10 Tips on How to Identify a Rental Scam

Not everyone out there is as honest as we are. There are a lot of unscrupulous people out there that are hoping to take advantage of prospective tenants. Here are 10 tips on how to identify a rental scam. Apartment...
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5 House Rules for Tenants

House rules. You moved out to get away from those, right? Well, we promise to never set a curfew or require you to call your mom if you are running late. But there are a few things that we ask...
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If You Want to Get Rich, Rent DON’T BUY? Or At Least Don’t Assume You Have To Without Doing the Math…

There is a common misconception that if you want to get rich then you need to buy a house. Well, we are going to show you the evidence that this is a big fat lie! If you want to get...
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What Should a Tenant / Renter Do with a Water Leak?

Our life depends on water. We use it every day. We would be dead without it. But, when water is spraying all over the place or dripping from the ceiling above us, we don’t want that kind of water. We...
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3 Tips to Get Your Rental Application Approved!

Tenants, have you found the perfect apartment? Do you need to move like yesterday and this is the place? Here are some tips on what you can do to win over the heart of the landlord or their property management...
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Can I Have a Service Animal in My Apartment?

  Many landlords do not allow tenants to have pets in their rentals. That is their right since it is their building. But what if you own a service or support animal? Are they allowed? Is there a difference between...
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Spring is finally here and it is time to get out of the house and do something fun. We did a little checking and here are some of the top things to do in Raleigh during April, 2017. Theatre Aida Presented by the St. Thomas More Academy Theater Department Dates: March 30 – April 8 Time: Thursday, Friday and Saturday 7 pm Location: St. Thomas More Academy, 3109 Spring Forest Rd Admission: Students $6 and Adults $8 The Mousetrap A classic Agatha Christie murder mystery with plenty of twists and tricks. Directed by Tim Wiest. Date: March 31 – April 9 Time: Thursday – Saturday 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 3 pm Location: Cary Arts Center, Cary Admission: Adults $20, Seniors/Students: $18 Concerts All-4-One Remember the group when you were a kid? They sang the popular songs “So Much in Love,” “I Swear,” and “I Can Love You Like That.” Date: April 28 Time: 7:30 pm Location: Holly Springs Cultural Center Admission: Adults $43; Seniors $37; Students $16 Balsam Range Straight out of Haywood, NC, this bluegrass and acoustic group won the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainer of the Year award. Date: April 21 Time: 7:30 pm Location: Cary Arts Center Admission: Adults $26; Seniors (55+) $24; Friends and Family 4-Pack $88 Big Sean A live performance by rapper Big Sean as part of his “I Decided” tour. Date: April 16 Time: 8 pm Location: The Ritz Admission: $45 Red Hot Chili Peppers Date: April 15 Time: 8 pm Location: PNC Arena, N.C. State University Admission: $49 – $99 Poison Date: April 28 Time: 7:30 pm Location: Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek Admission: $25 – $75 There are over 228 events scheduled in the Raleigh area during the month of April. If you want to see the whole list – including restaurants that offer live entertainment – then make sure you click on this link. Sports NHL Carolina Hurricanes Check out this link for the dates and teams that will be playing this month. Time: Starts 7 – 7:30 pm Location: PNC Arena, NC State University Admission: $25 to $290 Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Marathon Come and watch, or better yet, participate in Raleigh’s award-winning marathon and half marathon. There are two days of activities to choose from. Date: April 1 – 2 Time: Saturday 8 am – Noon; Sunday 7 am – Noon Location: Downtown Raleigh Admission: 5K $45; Half Marathon $89; Full Marathon $99 Events LCINC Presents Evening of Hope Gala The Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina is hosting their 10th annual Evening of Hope Gala. Attendees are encouraged to dress in 1920’s attire. The event includes dinner, drinks, silent and live auctions, and live music from the Carolina Moondogs. Black tie optional. Date: April 1 Time: 5:30 – 11 pm Location: North Ridge Country Club Admission: $125; Free for lung cancer survivors Beer & Bacon Fest 10 Bacons from all over the USA, 15 Restaurants and 75 Craft Beers Date: April 8 Time: 12 pm – 6 pm Location: Koka Booth Amphitheatre Admission: $49 In Advance; $79 Day of the Event Family Children’s Day Festival of Cary Bring the kids and enjoy dance, music, and crafts as you celebrate the diversity of children. Date: April 22 Times: 11 am – 5 pm Location: Sertoma Amphitheatre Admission: Free Science Saturday: A Journey through the Universe Explore the history of the universe with presenter Savan Kharel of Yale University. Date: Time: 1 – 2 pm Location: Downtown Raleigh Admission: Free There is so much going on in Raleigh that we could never include it all. These are just the highlights. We didn’t even touch the number of bands and music performances that will be held in a variety of different restaurants and pubs. If you would like a complete list, check out VisitRaleigh.com. Share this:

Google Fiber Has Gone Live in the Greater Raleigh Area! Are You Ready to Cut the Time Warner Cord Like We Are?

If you have been waiting anxiously for Google Fiber to come to Raleigh, the wait just got a little shorter. The Triangle will be Google’s new fiberhood - an area that has been grouped first for the city. Google Fiber...
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Top 5 Ways to Intelligently Use Your Tax Refund

April 15th is an annual dark day in the lives of many Americans – unless you are getting a tax refund from the IRS! Based on a 2015 IRS report, almost 40 million tax refunds were issued with the average refund...
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Tax Deductions for Renters

It seems like homeowners get all the tax write-offs. For some, this is one of the major factors that encourage renters to buy. Well, we have scoured the IRS guidelines and have found some tax deductions for renters. While not...
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Apartment Upgrades Tenants Can Make in the Bathroom

While some tenants may be satisfied to live in whatever, wherever; there are some tenants who are willing to make some cosmetic changes to their rental so that it feels more like their personal home. In a previous article here,...
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Kitchen Upgrades Tenants Can Make in their Apartment

There comes a point when you just want to make this rented house or apartment into your home. The problem is that it isn’t your home. But there are some kitchen upgrades you can make that can completely change the look and...
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What if I Cannot Pay the Rent?

Are you afraid that you cannot pay the rent this month? There can be a lot of different situations that come up that could make it hard to pay the rent. Here are some different scenarios and what you can do...
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Wilmington NC Residents & Travelers, Are You Ready for the Biggest Event of the Year? Azalea Festival Has the Town Buzzing

Wilmington NC Residents & Travelers, Are You Ready for the Biggest Event of the Year? Azalea Festival Has the Town Buzzing

For the past 69 years, the North Carolina Azalea Festival has been a main event of pageantry  full of music, galas and family fun. Every April, Wilmington comes alive with charm surrounded by the beautifully blooming azaleas for which the festival...
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What to Do in Raleigh, NC during April 2017

Spring is finally here and it is time to get out of the house and do something fun. We did a little checking and here are some of the top things to do in Raleigh during April, 2017. Theatre Aida...
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What are the Best Public Schools in Raleigh, Apex and Cary, North Carolina?

As a parent, no doubt you are concerned with your children’s future. One way you can help them prepare for the future is by making sure they have the best education possible. Knowing what are the best public schools in...
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The Dirty Little Secret about Rent to Own (Lease Options) that All Tenants, Renters, and Potential Buyers Should Know

So you are sick and tired of renting. You want to own your own home, but you do not have much of a down payment. No doubt you have heard of “the perfect solution” – rent to own. But is...
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What Are My Options if I Can’t Pay My Rent on Time?

What Are My Options as a Tenant if I Cannot Pay My Rent on Time?

So you know that you don’t have enough money to pay your rent this month. Now what? What are your options if you cannot pay your rent on time? Here are some suggestions: Call Your Landlord Right Away If someone...
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What to Do in Raleigh, NC during March 2017

Just because you live in Raleigh doesn’t mean you can’t have fun like a tourist. There are plenty of activities and events that you can enjoy during this month. We have scoured the sites and come up with a list...
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Featured Rental Community: Boylan Heights, Raleigh, North Carolina

If you are looking to move to Raleigh, then no doubt you are interested in learning about the neighborhoods, boroughs and suburbs. This information will help you choose just the right place for you and your family. This week in...
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Oak Court Apartments of Wilmington Near Randall Parkway and Walking Distance to UNCW - 245 S Kerr Avenue, Wilmington, NC 28403

Mid Town Wilmington Around Randall Pkwy can be a Busy Place, but not if you Know Where to Look…

Tucked into a wooded area behind South Kerr Plaza, Oak Court Apartments is an ideal location for those commuting to the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Right off of Randall Parkway and within a mile from UNCW, this 2.5 acre...
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How to Protect Your Home in a Flood

Protect Your Home in a Flood If the home is in a flood prone area, there are some renovation ideas that can protect your home in a flood. Make sure all electrical systems including plugs and wiring are at least 1...
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How to Keep Your Home Safe during Winter

Winter can be a hazardous season. Many home fires are during the wintertime. Falls and injuries can also increase. What can you do to protect you, your family and your rental during the winter? Here are 4 tips to keep your...
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Pay the Rent – 5 Tips on How to Never be Late

Does it seem like it is always time to pay the rent. Does the first of the month comes around faster and faster each month? Why is it that finances are always tight that week? As the holiday approaches, being...
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5 Repairs a Tenant Can Do to Make Their Life Easier – Part 2

Last week we discussed a few easy repairs a tenant can do that will help them quickly get on with the more important things in life – rather than twiddling your thumbs waiting for the landlord’s repairman to show up. This...
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5 Repairs a Tenant Can Do to Make Their Life Easier – Part 1

Maintenance. Repairs. To-do lists. These are all your landlord’s, or the property manager’s, responsibility. In your lease agreement, you will find a section dedicated to explaining this. In addition, there will be contact information of who to get a hold...
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What Are Your Tenant Rights?

The North Carolina Department of Justice values landlord and tenant rights and has enacted laws to protect them. Here at Victory Real Estate, we too value your rights – but do you know what rights you have when it comes...
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21 Tips for a Seamless Move

So, you’re about to move and with every box you begin to pack, it feels like there are a hundred more you have to pack. After working with people moving for 10+ years, we’ve acquired a few tips of our...
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