Apartment Mystery Shop

For those of you in the apartment industry, you never know who might be visiting you. For those unfamiliar with mystery shopping, this video is of a shopper who is not really looking for an apartment, but is observing the staff, community and other things her boss has sent her out to check out.  So if you ever wondered how does an owner know what is really going on at the site, he or she periodically sends out mystery shoppers to ensure the staff are doing their jobs effectively. 


Start Planning Your Next Move this Spring Season

So the winter season is about over and you're not happy with your current rental dwelling.  Well then it is time to start envisioning yourself in a new environment this time next year!

Sometimes we think we made wise choices when selecting a new place to live, but we later learn, usually soon after moving,  why the last residents moved out and why the rental unit or home went empty for so long.  "Was it a leaky roof?  Inadequate heating or cooling?  Was the neighbor keeping up a fuss?" we think.  Then the problems show up. 

Begin listing all the issues you have been having with your current place and what has yet to be addressed.  This way when you meet with management when you are ready to give your 30 day notice, he or she will be aware.  Do note dates and times you brought issues to managment and how long it took before your concern was addressed.  This information will come in handy in case you ever have a legal issue regarding your security deposit refund. 

Next, you will want to start planning to spend less and start saving monies toward your next apartment home.  What do you think you can afford?  An application fee will most likely be expected.  First and possibly second month's rent will be required depending on credit history.  You will also be expected to put a small amount of money to hold the apartment in some cases.  That money is typically put toward your move-in balance.

Take a look around your place.  How much room do you think you will need?  Then go outdoors, walk the property and the neighborhood.  What do you want nearby your next home and what don't you want?  Imagine what would make you most happy then pursue it by checking out guides, classfied ads, and blogs about rental locations in your area.  You will also want to check with a property management agency to see what rentals will be available soon. 

Don't expect leasing consultants and managers to be your friends while you apartment shop.  Remember, they want to sell you a suite and meet management goals.  So be sure you know what you need, what you can afford, and whatever else that will make you happy!

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Neighbor Creepy, Stalking You?

Don't bother going to your community manager in your dwelling if you have no proof that your creepy neighbor is bothering you and even if you have evidence, the manager cannot immediately evict.  Rather, contact authorities. 

Gang-stalking is real.  Victims online share their stories of how someone or a group follows them because of any number of reasons including: community activism, offensive actions, associations, or simply being at the wrong place at the wrong time.

If you feel you are being stalked, start a paper trail with your local police department.  Save email, texts, comments on blogs, snail mail sent, voicemail etc.   You can also get people who you trust involved to help you perform research and assist you in other ways.  Tell your confidantes what you have been noticing lately, but you might not want to provide too many details especially if you suspect that your home or car is bugged.  Ask your friends have they too seen similar activity near your home. 

People don't normally stalk or act strangely with others unless something was said or done that provoked them.  You may not be the guilty party but someone that you know may have caused others to target you.  It doesn't matter if what you said or did appeared harmless or meaningless. 

As we all know we live in a very strange and evil world at times.  Not everyone is acting in ways that are considerate, kind or even normal--whatever that might mean to you.  So document everything that is going on around you.  Don't leave home without your recording devices.  Talk to those you trust and don't forget to contact those in authority who can sincerely help you.  If your local law enforcement can't be trusted, seek organizations that work on behalf of the people.  There are still small as well as large groups that do have Good Samaritans who are not corrupt.  Also, if you have a faith, above all else pray.

You may have heard of gang-stalking.  If you suspect that someone or group is harassing you.  Read more about others' experiences and what they have done. 

Here are some sources you can check out:

Neighbors Gang Stalking

Gang Stalking – Ten ways to tell if gang stalkers live next door.

What to do about gang stalking?

A woman's experience being gang-stalked

Recruiting people to help gang stalk

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