Catalina Crossing Is Changing Its Name!

nearby 300x188Construction hasn’t even been completed yet on Madison’s best and latest apartments, but we’re already realizing we’re going to have to change this property’s name. Instead of Catalina Crossing, it’s going to be Catalina Close-to-everything.

OK, so we’ve got granite counter tops, custom Amish cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, walk-in pantries, walk-in closets, in unit laundry, nine-foot ceilings, attached one, two, and yes even three car garages and enough square footage to accommodate you and your pet whale, Shamu. But what difference does that make if you’re never home to enjoy your castle because you’re forever stuck in traffic?

That’s why being Catalina Close-to-everything is so important. According to Google Maps, we’re just a 20-minute drive from the Epic campus without having to go on that miserable beltline, which looks more like a parking lot. We’re just 20 minutes to downtown, the university and the capital. We’re 20 minutes to American Family Insurance on the northeast side of town.

We won’t even brag about keeping your car out of the rain, snow and ice. For that matter, you can plug in your electric car too, your garage is prewired. And your garage space is private, attached to your apartment and included in your rent. Other complexes have more add-on charges than your cell phone carrier.

Be the first to live in these brand-new Madison apartments. Call (608) 575-4377 now before we change our name again!

The New Kid on the Block – Catalina Crossing Apartments in Madison!

madison catalina crossing apartments artists renderingThis kid is going to be a real contender. One that you’ve never seen before.

Oh sure, there’s the walk-in showers. But that’s been done before – at the Mayfair Apartments in Waupun and at the new Wilson Heights Apartments in Hartford. But they’ve never been seen before in apartments in Madison, but they’re here now and it’s about time. Isn’t Madison supposed to be the progressive city?

But we said this one was a contender. So there’s got to be more. Granite countertops? Sure, Catalina’s got ‘em, but that’s still not enough.

What about battleship size square footage? Now we’re getting warmer. At 1,775 square feet, Catalina Crossing has the largest apartments around Mad town.

But here’s the knock out punch: A three car attached garage! Can this be for real? Better call (262) 785-0840 today to find out.

The Top Six Tenant Complaints

complaint department take a number 245x300Our friends at Multifamily Insiders recently ran an article identifying the Top 6 Residential Complaints . . .

I thought they would be worth reviewing, so here they are:

1. Racial Discrimination.
Obviously, if you’re going to be denied housing unfairly, that’s not going to be a happy experience. Having taught Fair Housing seminars, we’ve made sure all our associates are well trained in the topic. And yet misunderstandings can sometimes happen. Knowing how to properly intervene early when these misunderstandings occur is important too.

2. Eviction letters and notices.
Residents resent these notices when they’re done publicly. Sadly, sometimes bad things happen to good people. Our notices are sent certified mail for the privacy of our residents. Continue reading

Squeezed By High Rent

scissors cutting a budget gif 300x300We’ve been talking a lot about how rents have been increasing faster than inflation. We’ve mentioned articles in the Wall Street Journal. Now to bring it all home, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has made a similar report in a recent article Households squeezed by high rents.

The article notes that there’s large segments of the population paying 50% or more of their income for rent. That’s going to make it tough to meet other obligations like utilities, car care and food. And it’s a precarious place to be. One missed paycheck and you could be out on the street.

Time for some solutions

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Getting to Know the Criminal Next Door

crime scene do not cross 300x199Seattle recently approved an ordinance that mostly prohibits landlords from screening tenants based upon their criminal records. This is the illogical extension of recent HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) guidance instructing landlords to consider only actual convictions, not merely arrests, and to consider convictions on a case by case basis.

The HUD guidance is reasonable, but in the Seattle ordinance, a landlord may be able to deny housing to those listed on a sex offender registry, but only if the landlord can show a legitimate business reason for doing so. The standard of a “legitimate business reason,” is a wide-open invitation to litigation. In the meantime, the rest of the Seattle tenant population is immune from being denied housing based upon their criminal history.

Violations of this new law will be painful for landlords, up to $11,000 for a first offense. Continue reading

Bad Moon Rising

witch on a broomstick 300x270I see a bad moon a-rising
I see trouble on the way
I see earthquakes and lightnin’
I see bad times today
– – Creedence Clearwater Revival, 1969

OK, so now you know that I’m an old guy. But most people rate this one a classic, so you’ve probably heard it too. The thing about a classic, it always seems timely.

So the bad moon that’s rising today is your rent. Our friends at Apartment Therapy recently had this headline to share: Rent on the Rise: Prediction Says It’s Going Way Up in 40 of the 50 Biggest Cities. You can click on the headline to read the full article.

But here’s the gist of it: The good news is that job growth has come to just about every city, large and small. The bad news is that same expansion of employment brings with it increased population and increased competition for housing and in most areas, new construction has not kept up with demand. Continue reading

Tips for Living in NW Milwaukee

milwaukee skyline at night 300x171Making the move to the northwest side of Milwaukee? Whether you’re a Wisconsin native or relocating from a coastal beach, you’re in for a treat, with its diversity of residents, community groups, businesses, and neighborhood histories.

Welcome to the Neighborhood

The neighborhoods making up the northwest parts of Milwaukee include places like North Granville, Silver Spring, Havenwoods, Park Place, and Menomonee River Hills. Most residents in the area are employed in the private sector, performing administrative, social services, or sales work.

There’s plenty of attractions like museums, arts, markets and galleries for regular enjoyment. The Northwest’s neighborhoods also come with a comparatively low cost of living, so you’ll be able to funnel cost savings into having a lively after-work and weekend life. Continue reading

Living Alone For The First Time

freedom comic 300x225OK, that whole roommate thing is over. Time to strike out on your own, cut the apron strings, forge your own path. Or something like that. It’s good to know that you’ve still got that pioneer spirit, but in case the prospect of having your own four walls seems a little daunting, here’s a few tips to make the transition easier: Continue reading

Can I Smoke In My Apartment?

james dean 300x300Hey, James Dean looked so cool with that cigarette hanging out of his mouth. But here’s a news flash – James Dean has been dead for 60 plus years and smoking is just about dead too.

Of U.S. adults, only about 15% are smokers. Second hand smoke is a known health hazard. At Decker Properties, it is incumbent upon the smoker to take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that their smoking does not impair the quiet enjoyment of those around them, including air quality. And if that means that you can’t smoke in your own apartment, then so be it.

E-cigarettes are the new kid on the block, but they really make no difference. Your neighbors’ rights to clean air trumps your right to smoke, even e-cigarettes. Continue reading

To Move or Not Move, That is the Question

moving a house 300x225If the question is whether or not to move from a Decker Properties apartment, then obviously, the answer is no! But for the many folks moving to one of our wonderful homes, the question is whether you should move your stuff yourself or hire somebody.

The main issue here is money. Like many things in life, there’s often more to moving than meets the eye, so let’s take a clear look at what you’re getting into before you head off to U-Haul. Continue reading