Author Archives: Alecia Pirulis

About Alecia Pirulis

As Digital Content Manager at NCI, I spend my days writing, editing, and blogging. I enjoy traveling and spending time with my husband, our two sons, and our small-but-mighty chihuahua and sweet-but-dopey pug.
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"Under the Tropical Sun: Finding Apartments in Lakeland

Under the Tropical Sun: Finding Apartments in Lakeland

Royal swans glide gracefully across dozens of lakes under full sun, palm trees waving along the banks. Some of the country’s most beautiful architecture is visible from a nearby college campus, while the lakefront downtown offers a stunning skyline of … Read More

"Apartment Finder Participates in the ALS Challenge with a Splash!

Apartment Finder Participates in the ALS Challenge with a Splash!

So far, the Ice Bucket Challenge has raised over $30 million for ALS. The list of those participating in the challenge ranges from college students to athletes to politicians to movie and rock stars, and it is a phenomenon that … Read More

"Decorating Your Apartment for Fall

Decorating Your Apartment for Fall

As the kids head back to school and Labor Day approaches, you may be thinking about warming up your apartment for those not-too-far-off chilly evenings. Cozy throw blankets, fluffy pillows, a new rug for the living room, warm curtains – … Read More

"Why You Should Respond to Online Reviews

Why You Should Respond to Online Reviews

Imagine the following scenario: You conduct a search for your apartment community online. The first thing that jumps off the search results page is a negative review from an unhappy resident. Do you: (A) Respond immediately! (B) Take some time … Read More

"How to Furnish an Awkward Living Space

How to Furnish an Awkward Living Space

You finally found an apartment that you love – quirks and all! That’s great. But if one of those quirks happens to be an awkwardly-designed living area, you may find yourself bumping into furniture or wondering why the couch looks … Read More

"Perfectly Small Cities: Beeville, Texas

Perfectly Small Cities: Beeville, Texas

Imagine a tiny town that resembles the movie set of an old Western: a snug row of false-front buildings with tall windows and curved cornices, hitching posts, and jaunty overhangs. Wide sidewalks, ideal for strolls on sunny afternoons, line the … Read More

"Why Instagram?

Why Instagram?

Are you active on Facebook? What about Twitter? If you are posting and tweeting daily, you may think you have all of the social media bases covered. But wait – what about Instagram? You may be thinking, “Why Instagram?” And at … Read More

"Apartment Finder Releases Survey Results

Apartment Finder Releases Survey Results

Apartment Finder recently conducted a survey involving 5,000 apartment shoppers across the country. The goal was to learn more about what entices those seeking apartments to sign the lease, and the results were surprising: Of those surveyed, 63 percent said … Read More

"Customer Service vs. Service Recovery

Customer Service vs. Service Recovery

Sometimes, customer service is like the old adage, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” It is the ability to turn a negative into a positive. Service recovery is taking the lemons and whipping up a lemon meringue pie: taking … Read More

"Texas-Style Cool: Find Your Apartment in San Antonio

Texas-Style Cool: Find Your Apartment in San Antonio

Usually, when “best” lists are published, they resemble high-school superlatives – a round-up of the usual suspects with very few surprises. But Forbes recently published a list of “America’s Coolest Cities 2014″ and while the heavy-hitters are there, a few … Read More

"What Renters Want in Green Apartments

What Renters Want in Green Apartments

According to a recent study by J Turner Research and Multifamily Executive magazine, apartment shoppers are increasingly considering green features as must-haves when searching for apartments. This is especially true for Millennials – those currently between the ages of 18-33. … Read More

"What Your Child Really Needs for Back-to-School

What Your Child Really Needs for Back-to-School

Whether your child is heading off to kindergarten or college, this time of year can be summed up in one word for everyone: expensive! Before you rush off to the stores with your back-to-school list and eager kid in tow, … Read More

"Gruene Hall – A New Braunfels Treasure

Gruene Hall – A New Braunfels Treasure

It’s time to put on your dancing shoes – or perhaps your dancing boots. Gruene Hall was recently named one of the world’s top 20 bars. That’s right – one of the best bars in the world. Of all the … Read More

"Live in the City That Loves You Back

Live in the City That Loves You Back

Quick: what city is this? Let’s see if any of these clues (ahem!) ring a bell: cheesesteak … soft pretzels … Rocky running up a flight of stairs. If you’re still not sure, here are a few more: Independence Hall … Read More

"Apartment Living Tips for Families

Apartment Living Tips for Families

Quick quiz: What does the typical apartment renter look like? Is it: (A) Single adults who want to experience life in the city, (B) College students striking out on their own for the first time, or (C) Retired couples who … Read More

"Team AF at the Aimco Cares Charity Golf Classic!

Team AF at the Aimco Cares Charity Golf Classic!

The Aimco Cares Charity Golf Classic took place last week, and Apartment Finder was honored to participate in the event again this year as a Platinum Sponsor. This was the 11th year for the tournament, which benefits three charities: TAPS, … Read More

"How to Shop at the Farmer’s Market

How to Shop at the Farmer’s Market

Sure, all of those tents lining the downtown street can be a little overwhelming. Bins of fruits and vegetables — all looking quite different from the shiny, perfect fruits and veggies at the supermarket — and things you’ve never seen … Read More

"Beauty, Beaches, and Beer: Why Grand Rapids Apartments Are Hot

Beauty, Beaches, and Beer: Why Grand Rapids Apartments Are Hot

So, what destination could possibly top Lana’i, Hawaii, the stunning Central California Coast, and Yosemite National Park as a top 2014 travel destination? That would be Grand Rapids, Michigan. That’s right – Grand Rapids topped the list of Lonely Planet’s … Read More

"Texas: Where the Stars (and Stripes!) Are Big and Bright

Texas: Where the Stars (and Stripes!) Are Big and Bright

Just in time for the Fourth of July, MyLife.com released its list of the 10 Most Patriotic Cities. The state of Texas had the most cities on the list, with San Antonio ranking second, Austin as the third most patriotic … Read More

"Your Place in the Sun: Discovering Yuma Apartments

Your Place in the Sun: Discovering Yuma Apartments

Sand dunes resembling the dips and peaks of an alien landscape … rugged mountains against an azure sky … a wild and raging river snaking through the valley … combine all three, and you have the amazing landscape of Yuma, … Read More