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Decorate your New Digs! And Send us Pics!

August 2, 2011 by in Newdigs, Renter Tips
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What’s the best part of moving into a new place? Decorating, of course!  And then showing it off.

Apartment Design Image - living room with trees

Have fun designing for your apartment

We created a tumblr page to serve as an interactive, community-driven inspiration board for decorating your new digs. Our goal is “to create a resource for people to share ideas and inspiration on how to decorate and customize your new digs,” eventually becoming “a one-stop source for all home improvement projects”!

How does it work? If you already have a tumblr account, you can follow us by clicking here. (If you’re not on tumblr already, it’s free and easy to set up an account and you can do that by clicking here.) We want your submissions! Show us pictures of your new digs and share your tips, tricks, and resources. Know a great hardware store in your neighborhood? Tell us about it! Had a great experience working with a local designer or decorator? Let us know!

Maybe you’re not the DIY-type, and that’s fine with us! You can always reblog any visual inspiration you find on the web that you think others would be interested in! There are so many ideas out there and we want to compile them all! We want to build a community of DIYers, weekend designers, and home renovators.  Let’s make the Newdigs Tumblr page the ultimate in Rochester apartment living resources!

 

Our New Look! – updated

May 27, 2011 by in Apartment Marketing, Featured, Newdigs, Oswego, Rochester Metro Area, Search Tools, Technology
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Updated!we’ve put out a big code update. It fixes a majority of the issues on this list, and though there are a couple problems still nagging us (photo upload for listings!), a majority of things are working!

As you might’ve noticed, we’ve had a bit of a facelift at Newdigs.com.  We’ve been hard at work trying to make the site better reflect a bit of our flair, and I think we’ve got it!  That said, you’ll notice a lot of little snags, and a couple of really big ones.  Here’s a not-so-conclusive list that I’ll be editing throughout the period of our update, until they’re all gone:

  • Editing properties / listings is broken.  This should be fixed this weekend.
  • The option to create an account has been removed, and won’t go back up until the listings thing is fixed.
  • Toggling advanced search options won’t modify your search results.
  • Flagging listings (for content, whether questionable or awesome) is broken.

Those are the big issues and they’ll be fixed as soon as we possibly can, from top to bottom.  If you spot any other issues, please feel free to drop us a note using the little “chat” icon nestled on the right side of your page.

- Looking forward to hearing from you all!

Visit our booth at the 2011 Imagine RIT Festival TODAY!

May 7, 2011 by in Apartment Marketing, Events, Featured, Henrietta, Newdigs, RIT, Search Tools, Technology
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Imagine RIT in Gordon Field House

We’re excited to participate in Imagine RIT, RIT’s festival of Innovation and Creativity, for the third year in a row!  This year, we’ll be in the Gordon Field House with our peers at Venture Creations business incubator.

If you get to our booth quick enough, you’ll be able to get your hands on the first ever Newdigs Rochester Rental Market Guide!  This is a very exclusive sneak preview of the guide, which won’t be seen by the rest of the city until Friday, May 13th, when our distributor drops them off to hundreds of area coffee shops, laundromats, and college campuses.

Please be sure to tweet to us (@newdigs) when you  stop by our booth, so we can feel the love!

Should Renters Still be Allowed to Vote?

March 1, 2011 by in Politics
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Sounds like a crazy question, doesn’t it?  When our constitution was originally written, there were plenty of people still without the right to vote.  After a few centuries of amendments and public outcries for equality, we’ve finally extended the right to vote to all citizens… even if they’re too lazy to actually make it out to the polls.  Well, Judson Phillips, president of prominent Tea Party group, Tea Party Nation thinks we’ve gone too far. According to Phillips, we should reconsider our nation’s policy of allowing people to vote who do not own property.

Here’s the full quote, from Tea Party Nation Radio:

“The Founding Fathers originally said, they put certain restrictions on who gets the right to vote. It wasn’t you were just a citizen and you got to vote. Some of the restrictions, you know, you obviously would not think about today. But one of those was you had to be a property owner. And that makes a lot of sense, because if you’re a property owner you actually have a vested stake in the community. If you’re not a property owner, you know, I’m sorry but property owners have a little bit more of a vested interest in the community than non-property owners.”

You're lucky you own a house, SueLooking around my neighborhood, there are a lot of very civic minded people working to strengthen our community. When I stop to consider who among them owns property, I realize that a good portion of my neighborhood’s do-gooders are in fact renters. Given the Tea Party’s anti big-government stance, I can see how it might benefit them to have all of the nation’s recipients of social services barred from choosing their elected representatives.

On the surface this sounds like the perfect way to ensure that only older, rich, conservative people can vote. In Rochester, and around the country however, home ownership trends are shifting. With the crash in home prices signaling the end of homeowner’s equity-ATM, people are finally starting to realize that a home is not an asset by default, and are considering renting again. Many people who bought a home, raised a family and sent kids to college are realizing that shoveling the driveway and paying $500-$1000 per month in property taxes is not how they want to spend retirement. For $1,000 a month you could have a fantastic 2 bedroom apartment in the heart of one of Rochester’s cultural districts, and never worry about another leak or snow storm.  Thus, while renters are often perceived as less wealthy, or younger than land owners, that’s just not always the way things actually are.

Phillips and his tea-baggers (snicker) need to know that renters are not second class citizens. Renters cut across every demographic and socio-economic level. Otherwise, who’s renting these places? Robbing renters of their right to vote would not only be morally reprehensible, but it would undermine over 150 years of common-sense legislation, and the American belief in a representative government.  Truly, the notion is just silly, which is why I’m not terribly worried that Phillips will get his way.

5 Ways That Rochester Winters Make Us Stronger

February 23, 2011 by in Rental Market Info, Renter Tips, Rochester Metro Area
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…the byline lies, ’cause this by awesome sauce could only be by Corey Condello

The real question is…Who wouldn’t want to live here?

Snow Prius by Corey Condello

 

1. We are fearless. Years of driving through treacherous snowstorms, ice storms, snow-ice storms, etc. have trained us to take the roads by the balls no matter what the circumstance. We will never miss your birthday party Aunt X or your championship basketball game Cousin Y, because we are simply not afraid of anything.

2. When everyone else is freezing, we’re just slightly chilled. This allows us to keep our heat bills extremely low because we are able to wait until the absolute last. possible. second. to turn the heat on while only experiencing minor discomfort. It’s cold…but is it ever really that cold?

3. In addition to building up a Godlike alcohol tolerance, we ROC locals have been given ample time to perfect our gaming skills. Board games, card games, video games…We have mastered them all. What else is there to do when your car is buried under 2 feet of snow and your landlord is too cheap to plow?

4. We are always satisfied with the weather. Oh, it rained on your family reunion Jane from Wilmington, NC? Cry about it. A sunny day for an outdoor event in Rochester is simply an added bonus. We cherish that sh*t. Still, we can have just as much fun in the rain, wind, snow, etc. as we can in 78 degree, sunny weather.

5. Isn’t there some type of study that shows that shivering uncontrollably on a consistent basis throughout the majority of your life burns calories and tones muscles? If not, someone should conduct one because I’m pretty sure that I’ve woken up sore after walking the entire length of the Pittsford Wegmans parking lot in -6 degree weather. Our summer bodies will thank us.

corey from the roc

by kristin

Its just Corey and Mercury up there...

Image Courtesy of Matt Aquino Photography

We think Corey Condello‘s blog is the bee’s knees.  She’s really got it all, this kid.  We’re proud to present her as the upstanding example of citizenry that is typical of born and bred Rochesterians… and if not upstanding, certainly swaying in vrksasana, high above us on a chilly day.  Mercury must be happy for the rare company.

Good thing we’re on twitter, huh Corey?  Its such a wealth of talented ROC bloggers. Holla back whenevs!

How to Find Apartments in Rochester, NY

October 8, 2010 by in Renter Tips, Rochester Metro Area
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Finding apartments in Rochester, NY is not much different than finding a place to rent in most other mid sized cities. That is to say, it’s a pain in the butt.

Back in 2005 I quit my IT consulting job in Philadelphia, earned my NYS real estate license and bought two multi-family homes in Rochester, NY. It was a long standing dream of mine to invest in real estate, and having a Realtor for a mother it stood to reason that I’d make a great real estate agent. Within several months of receiving my license I began to get more and more interested in Rochester’s apartment market. At the time there were only a handful of agents focused on matching renters with great apartments. The act of finding someone an apartment took days or weeks versus a home sale which takes months. The fast paced nature of apartment search really appealed to me.  It was then that I decided to become a Rochester rental agent.

I began getting an influx of people who were eager to have me help them locate the perfect apartment, and with so many beautiful old homes in the city it was an exciting prospect.  Within weeks I realized why there aren’t more apartment agents in Rochester.  When a Realtor helps a buyer find a home, the first step is to search the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) which every Realtor populates with their listings.  When a buyer’s agent brings the buyer to a listing agent and a deal is done, the two agents split the typical commission of 6% of the home’s selling price. As it turns out, most Realtors don’t care to list apartments because the typical one month fee is a fraction of a sales commission.  As a result, Realtors are not routinely adding apartment listings to the MLS, and there is NO centralized source of apartment listings the way there is for homes for sale.  Sorry to break it to you, but the closet thing renters have is an endless list of repeating low quality listings on Craigslist.

That’s where Newdigs comes in.  My business partner, Daniel Mooney, and I founded Newdigs as a free listing platform which is specifically engineered for listing and searching apartments.  As of today, we have more Rochester, NY managed communities listed than Apartments.com, Rent.com, ForRent.com, ApartmentFinder.com, or even Craigslist.  We will be working tirelessly through the Fall and Winter to boost the number of single family and multifamily homes we have listed for rent as well.  Thanks to our partnership with The Housing Council, Newdigs is also the #1 online source of apartment listings accepting DHS (formerly DSS) and Section 8.

If you’re trying to locate an apartment in the South Wedge, 19th Ward, Park Avenue or Monroe Avenue neighborhoods you can also use the local website RentRochester.com, fall back on craigslist, or just revert to driving around neighborhoods you’re interested in and look for lawn signs.  While you’re out doing walk throughs, be sure to let the property manager know that they can list for free on Newdigs.com.  By spring we should be very well situated to help you find just about anything.

Happy Apartment Hunting!