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- Who Are We?
We are Apartment Selector®, a free apartment locating service. For over
40 years we have offered our personalized service to renters, helping
over 2 million customers just like you find their new apartment home. We
are active members of local, state, and national apartment associations,
and are recognized within the industry for our experience, integrity,
- What We Do.
We are a free apartment locating service finding rental vacancies for
our customers. We have successfully placed over 2 million renters in
cities across the United States. Our job is to save you time, money, and
hassle by doing the searching for you. We stay with you until we help
you find the apartment that meets your needs.
- How We Do It.
Through an interview process with you we determine your wants and needs.
You tell us what your preferences are regarding location, price, number
of bedrooms, and amenities. Then we call the apartment communities that
meet your requirements to get information on vacancies, exact pricing,
and any move-in specials being offered. We then communicate that
information to you by phone, fax, mail, internet, or in person. We will
escort you on a showing of the apartment communities you are interested
in by appointment.
- Why Are We Free?
Our service is free to you because our referral fee is paid by the
apartment community you move into. Importantly, our free service does
not effect what you pay in rent, deposits, etc. We only ask that you let
the apartment communities know on the application and guest card that
Apartment Selector referred you.
- What Should You Do?
Contact us right away by phone or email. You may first want to check out
our Apartment Photo Gallery to view apartments that are representative
of those in the city you are moving to. Or complete our information
request form so that one of our licensed, knowledgable agents can get
started. Let us hear from you. We are ready to help.
- Basic Information regarding Pittsburgh's leasing trends include area designations, security deposits, pets and fees, short term and furnished availability.
Area designations- North, South, East and West Suburbs are dominated by typical mall shopping, cinemas and office parks. Typical residential rental housing includes garden style apartments of no more than four floors. The most modern buildings are found in the suburbs. Urban and university area apartments may more typically be older housing stock with heat included and sometimes air conditioning.
Security Deposits in the region are typically one month's rent as damage security deposit. Sometimes a suburban property my run a special or maintain lower deposits to attract customers. In the Central area of town a full month is required and a year's lease. No "last month's rent" is collected. Pet deposits are usually an additional full month's rent.
Regarding pets, there has been some increase in acceptability of pets, multiple pets and larger dogs in the last two renting seasons. Usual apartment rentals charge a non-refundable fee, an extra deposit and sometimes a monthly fee for pets. Very few properties accept larger dogs.
Short Term leases range at a minimum of three month's rent, due to the increased demand on rental units, and able to be found only suburban. Month to month leasing is quite uncommon in today's Pittsburgh's rental properties. Stronger properties accept only a 12 month lease but typically will offer a "lease buy out", if asked, for employment transfer or home buying. This would include notice and penalty fee.
Furnished apartments are provided for in one of three ways; a corporate furnished provider that includes every necessity and premium price, on-property furnished rentals managed through the rental offices as a convenience at a moderate price and do-it-yourself furnished plus utility payments using furniture rental companies.