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Easy Ways to Lower Your Utility Bill

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Going off to college puts students in a lot of unfamiliar situations. One circumstance students are often blindsided by is paying bills for their apartment. Utility bills are usually not cheap, especially when you aren’t accustomed to being energy efficient back home. Whether you are paying the bills or your parents are helping you out, you might want to think about ways to be more energy efficient and ultimately save money.

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Experience Your New Auburn Home, Virtually.

Virtual Tours scaled Experience Your New Auburn Home, Virtually.

As a leasing company, Liberty Properties has responded to the current health crisis promptly to ensure we are keeping our staff and our prospective tenants healthy and safe during this unusual time we find ourselves in.

Liberty Properties strives to be an active and responsible member of the local Auburn community, which is why we have been working on creative and unique ways to help prospective tenants. While we are going to introduce ways that allow you to limit in-person contact, we are still dedicated to helping you find your perfect home. We are thrilled to be able to offer virtual tours of some of our properties, and photos are available of all our properties, along with online applications and leasing. 

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5 Tips on How to Motivate Yourself to Study

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Finding the motivation to do anything is a struggle, not to mention when you are trying to find motivation for something that overwhelms you or something you have limited interest in doing. If you’re anything like the typical college kid, the hardest part of school is just finding the motivation to get things done without procrastinating until the last minute. Here are five easy things to do to help you reclaim your lost motivation.

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The Topic of Renters Insurance

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College is the first taste of “the real world” many young adults get when they are just getting started. There are so many new and exciting things to think about when you move away from home but there are also a lot of less exciting things that come with the responsibility of moving out.

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Top 5 ways to de-clutter your apartment closet.

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Whether you’re moving into your first apartment or you've been in the same apartment for four years now, apartments tend to get messy, and fast. But why is that? Why is the first thing we clutter our beloved closet. If your closet is actually the cleanest part of your room and you find yourself needing to deep clean your whole college apartment you can use these tools to help you get a head start.

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How to Make A Study Spot Perfect in Your Apartment

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Studying is something that all college students are expected to spend a good amount of time on. What becomes hard, however, is finding a good place to sit down and actually focus on studying. There are great study spots outside of your home, such as coffee shops or bookstores, but sometimes you need and want to stay in and study. Here at Liberty Properties, we want to help you create the best study spot in your apartment. Here is our list to help you.

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How to make an apartment feel like home

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When a tenant moves into their new apartment, whether it be furnished or unfurnished, the apartment will most likely feel like a “blank canvas”. Most apartment complexes are decorated and painted in a uniform fashion, where each unit is basically the same. Not only will the apartment be foreign, but most of the time, the tenant will be moving into a new apartment because they are relocating to a new city as well. The process of relocating to a new city and apartment is a big adjustment for anyone. It will generally take some time before the apartment and city begin to feel like a place to call home. Most of the time, tenants will bring their own decor to personalize their apartment. Often times, apartments have decorating restrictions within their lease agreements. This limits a tenant on some of the ways they can personalize their home. For example, painting the walls a different color is usually not permitted within a lease agreement. Here at Liberty Properties, we want to offer some tips and tricks on how to personalize an apartment without breaking an apartment lease agreement and without making permanent changes.

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Uber is Returning to Auburn

Uber in AuburnThe growth of Uber has been one of the surprise business success stories of the last decade. Nobody could ever have predicted just how much Uber would change the taxi industry when it first launched way back in 2009, expanding from its home in San Francisco to become a worldwide phenomena worth almost $100 billion.

Uber hasn't always been welcome everywhere it went, especially by taxi drivers who felt that this level of private competition was unfair to their business. In 2015 city officials in Auburn created ordinance which required Uber drivers to have commercial insurance, pay licensing fees, for drivers to have background checks, and also to clearly display signage, as was required by every other taxi driver in the city.

In a surprise move Uber announced they would no longer operate in Auburn, leaving the city behind because of what they felt were regulations which flew in the face of their particular business model, making it impossible for the company, and its crowd sourced drivers, to comply with the city's requirements.

There's good news on the horizon though because Uber is returning to Auburn in the very near future now that Auburn City Council has passed new ordinance to make this possible. The new regulations identify the key differences between a traditional taxi company and a ride-sharing company like Uber, so both can now operate independently of each other, but within strict guidelines set out by city officials.

The regulations which made it impossible for Uber to operate in Auburn included commercial licensing, which has now been replaced by a requirement for Uber drivers to have primary automobile liability insurance, Uber can conduct their own background checks, but which are subject to bi-annual audits by the city, and individual signage and licensing is replaced by Uber paying a single licensing fee of $5,000 each year.

Overall the availability of Uber is good news for the citizens of Auburn for a number of reasons, including the availability of alternative forms of transport, and the simple fact that Uber can provide dozens of families in the city with a flexible, part-time way of earning extra money to cover their bills each month.

Another fringe benefit, which is often overlooked, is that Uber can also have a direct impact on the number of DUIs in any area they operate. Surveys have shown that drivers would prefer to use Uber to get themselves home after a night at the bar, rather than run the risk of getting a DUI. Auburn itself had in excess of 300 DUI arrests in 2015, with 20% of those drivers involved in a serious accident.

Are you looking forward to Uber’s return to Auburn? Let us know by posting a comment below.

Auburn, Opelika Populations Continue to Spike

Auburn rentalsThe latest data is in and it shows that Auburn and Opelika are continuing to grow at impressive rates. In fact, the Auburn-Opelika area is one of the three fastest growing metro areas in the state of Alabama.

What’s driving growth in Auburn and Opelika? Let’s take a closer look at our spiking population.

Lee County is the Third Fastest Growing County in Alabama

The latest census data from 2015 shows that Lee County is one of three counties in Alabama driving the majority of growth in our state.

Baldwin County along the Gulf, Madison County on the Tennessee border, and Lee County accounted for 49% of residential growth in Alabama between 2010 and 2015.

Lee County has added thousands of new residents in the past few years. In 2015 alone, the county gained a net total of 2,567 residents – behind only Baldwin and Madison Counties in terms of net population growth.

The next 22 counties in Alabama combined only added up to 50.9% of the state’s population growth.

The majority of that growth occurred around Lee County’s two largest cities, Auburn and Opelika.

Why are so many thousands of people coming to Auburn and Opelika? You’ll find a few reasons below.

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5 Reasons to Move Off Auburn's Campus

Auburn UniversityDuring freshman year, living on-campus is a popular choice for most students. However, as you get older, off-campus housing starts to look more and more attractive.

Should you move off campus in Auburn? Today, we’re explaining 5 reasons to consider moving off-campus.

1) Better, Cheaper, and Healthier Food

There’s a reason so many students gain the infamous “freshman 15”. It’s easy to eat a lot of unhealthy food when you’re living on campus. Some people eat at the fast-food options daily. Others don’t have a kitchen in their dorms, so all their food has to come from the various campus food options or nearby restaurants and fast food places.

Even if you do have a kitchen in your dorm, it’s not always an ideal situation. How many times have you had to wait for roommates to finish cooking? How many times is the kitchen left messy? How many times have you had to wait for your roommate to finish baking cookies for whatever club they joined in their first week?

When you live off-campus, you’ll have your own kitchen. Even if you live with one, two, or three roommates, you’re going to have a better kitchen situation than you would when living on-campus.

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