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How to Incorporate Nature Into Your Apartment

How to Incorporate Nature Into Your Apartment

Can’t get out and enjoy nature right now? Bring nature in your home. You may not own your dwelling, but you can still find ways to bring the outdoors inside. Whether your space is large or small, gardening enhances both your health and happiness. 

Living in the middle of a city, disconnected from nature, makes it all the more important to add some green in your life. You’ll find yourself feeling better and thinking more clearly. Here, we’ll go through the main benefits and the basics of incorporating more green space into your home.  

Plants Add Humidity 

indoor plants

Apartment plants are desirable because they add a bit of humidity to the air through transpiration, releasing moisture through small pores in their leaves. Lack of humidity usually leaves you with dry skin, and dry air can cause lung irritation and dry mouth. Recent studies suggest that increasing the humidity can also lower the odds of getting a cold or sore throat. Group a few of the right plants together in a couple of rooms, and you should see an increase in humidity. Some of the best plants for adding moisture to the air include: 

  • Rubber plant 
  • Peace lily 
  • English ivy 
  • Spider plant 

Plants Clean The Air

Taking deep, cleansing breaths is great for your health and you want to take in the purest air possible. Houseplants help with that. The NASA Clean Air Study (1989) started out as research on ways to clean the air in the Space Station. It found that certain plants filtered pollutants — including benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene — out of the air. While more recent research shows plants may not work as well outside of a controlled environment, scientists agree that they are removing harmful chemicals. Here are a few of the plants recommended for scrubbing the air. 

  • Elephant ear philodendron 
  • Aloe Vera 
  • Bamboo palm 
  • Barberton daisy 

Plants Boost Mental Health 

nature apartment

Houseplants may have an even bigger impact on our mental health. Working near greenery helps with concentration and memory. Flowers can boost the feeling of happiness through their appearance and scent. Keeping them in your home makes you less stressed and more relaxed. And whether you’re growing your plants out on a balcony or indoors, they need sunlight. As the plants are exposed, so are you. Sunlight increases our brain’s release of serotonin, the hormone responsible for boosting good moods and helping you feel calm and focused. 

All plants in your apartment garden have the power to positively impact your mental health, but you may want to give careful consideration to a money tree plantWhile money doesn’t grow on treeslegend has it that carefully tending to this particular green pal brings positive energy, good luck and prosperity! It’s a great way to spruce up your apartment. 

apartment flowers

Now that you know the why, let’s talk about the how. Apartment living often comes without a yard or a large space to turn into a garden. However, you can still get your hands in the dirt by bringing nature inside. 

Use Native Plants 

Even if you don’t have a green thumb, growing plants and flowers in pots is simple. Turn them into conversation pieces by choosing native plants. These flowers and shrubs have adapted to your area’s climate over many thousands of years. They typically require less water and fertilizer. Choosing native plants celebrates the heritage of the region. Not sure where to start? The National Wildlife Federation has an easy-to-use website where you simply type in your ZIP code and suggestions pop up, along with pictures. Find out which natives are best for apartment gardening from your local garden center 

Plant an Indoor Herb Garden 

herb garden

Limited indoor space practically screams for an herb garden. It’s a bit more challenging than growing potted plants, but extremely satisfying. You can grow herbs indoors year-round or put them on your terrace or patio during the warmer months. Perennial herbs, such as mint, thyme and sage, flourish when you’re able to set them outside. Growing herbs in your apartment has many benefits, among which their homey fragrance and aesthetically pleasing appearance, as well as a constant supply of herbs to season your meals. The herbs that grow best in an apartment garden include: 

  • Chives 
  • Rosemary 
  • Oregano 
  • Parsley 
  • Thyme 

Create Living Wall Art 

A distinctive way to Incorporate nature into your apartment is by adding living wall art. Also known as a vertical gardenthis assembly of wall-mounted plants is a perfect trend for smaller apartments, with plants that grow up instead of spreading out. Think “Jack and the Beanstalk,” only classier. To create your living wall, you’ll need a support structure like a trellis, chicken wire or planters secured to the wall. Vertical gardens can get heavy, so make sure your wall has enough support. Be sure to build this green wall somewhere where it can get direct sunlight.

There’s another aspect you need to consider: how you’re going to get water and nutrients to the plants. Living wall art can be made of greenery such as ivy and pothos, flowers including roses, wisteria and morning glory, and edible plants like kiwi, peas and tomatoes. 

Use a Jungle Theme 

jungle room design

Elvis Presley knew what he was doing when he created the Jungle Room at Graceland, back in the mid ’60s. That trend is still en vogue, and it’s a great way to bring nature into your apartment if plants aren’t an option. Most people don’t decorate their entire apartment in this theme but, rather, choose a room or two. Maybe a bedroom or a hallway.

You still have the option of adding a few plants, but the right patterns and materials can create the same jungle effect. Think bamboo furniture, woven floor mats and colorful jungle wallpaper, oeven a painted mural on one wall. Mix and match green with more subdued tones of tan and brown. Throw in animal ceramics like giraffes, apes or lions. Creating a jungle-themed room is different for everyone. You can go as big or as toned-down as you like. It’s a great way to bring nature into your apartment if you don’t have the time or the desire to have an apartment garden. 

 

About the author: Jayce Lambert is a graduate student in Texas who loves traveling, camping, hiking, and cycling. Her love of the outdoors is apparent in her dorm room, which she adorns with hanging plants and ferns. 

 

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Published at Tue, 31 Mar 2020 09:43:14 +0000

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6 of the Best Pet Odor Eliminators That Money Can Buy

6 of the Best Pet Odor Eliminators That Money Can Buy

The aromatics of cat pee. It’s just not pleasant. But for sommeliers, it’s an actual term used to describe and identify a solid sauvignon blanc. For cat-loving apartment dwellers, however, it’s a note that’s always sour.

Survey data by market research firm Packaged Facts reveals that 87 percent of cat owners purchase litter. But they’re not alone in their search for the best pet odor eliminator. According to petbusiness.com, the cat litter category has become more complicated than ever.

Now, it offers an increasing number of choices for pet owners. It’s about calling out those pain points that consumers are dealing with and offering easy solutions that fit the need. Musty dog beds and blankets, smelly litter boxes, even stinky Guinea pig habitats can wreak (reek!) havoc in the close quarters of an apartment.

So, we’ve done some digging for products to resolve this universal cat conundrum. We found both store-bought solutions and DIY.

Get ready to breathe fresh air again! Here are six ways to turn your pad from ammonia-fueled to fragrant with a few simple steps.

cat and pet stain

1. Eliminate icky odors and stains

Rocco & Roxie Professional Strength Stain & Odor Remover has more than 7,000 Amazon reviews and maintains a 4.5-star rating. We recommend reading this hilarious user’s take on how life changes for the better with a quality pet odor eliminator.

It’s safe for carpets, floors, furniture, clothing, litter boxes, kennels, carriers and all pet living and sleeping areas. And it doesn’t just promise to eliminate smells, but stains, too. The company offers a 100 percent refund if you’re unhappy.

Fans describe it as: “Miracle product!” “Uh May Zing!” “Money well spent!” For $20, this could be one you want to take a chance on.

2. Deodorize with a DIY recipe

Here’s an online recipe submitted to Genius Kitchen. It has nearly 50 five-star reviews at press time. You use only three ingredients: hydrogen peroxide, liquid dishwashing soap and baking soda. Fans of the inexpensive concoction claim it solved their odor issues with ease.

3. Fresh air with a simple sprinkle application

Amazon reviewers (more than 1,400 of them!) have NonScents Cat Litter Deodorizer at a star rating of 4.5. It’s made up of 99 percent zeolite. That’s a volcanic mineral touted for benefits like controlling asthma and allergies. A thin layer on top of the litter is all it takes to turn the tide on a smelly apartment.

One user (who has six cats and four ferrets!) says it has become a staple in her household, the product that has exceeded all the others she’s tried. A small investment of around $11 lets you give it a try!

cat with air freshener

4. Advanced bio-enzyme blend win-win

As of press time, Smiling Paws Pet Stain and Odor Eliminator has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon. The enzymatic formula is designed for a bunch of surfaces to help get rid of odors. These include hotspot litter boxes, hardwood floors, rugs, carriers, kennels and more.

The product’s natural enzymes dig in and activate on contact with stains and odors that consume ammonia. Odors are fully eliminated. It’s a win-win for kids and pets, too. The spray is non-toxic, the manufacturer offers a satisfaction guarantee and customers seem thrilled by the results. An Amazon shopper declares, “Don’t know how they did it, but this is my new go-to for any type of pet mess!”

5. Pet odor miracle worth believing in

Don’t let the brand’s doggy mascot lead you astray. Bubba’s Pet Stain and Odor Terminator is for kitty litter odor as much as for pup issues. With 4.5 stars on Amazon, the potent formula is safe to use around kids and pets.

It uses a natural dormant bacteria that becomes active upon hitting strong-smelling cat pee. If there are out-of-the-box issues on carpets, Bubba’s billions of enzymes destroy stains down to the carpet pad.

A satisfied user’s review: “This stuff is magic and I am so glad I found it. If you have a pet that pees in the house. Keep this on hand, always!” And another: ” The best carpet cleaner for cat pee! I had an older cat with some serious litter box aversion, and he peed all over our carpets down to the subflooring. After one use of Bubba’s, no more pee!”

6. DIY remedy: Paper and charcoal to remove stench

Here’s a DIY project for getting the cat pee stench out as fast as possible. Wrap a couple of charcoal pieces into a newspaper, advises welllivingideas.com. Next, place them in the affected areas of the house. Be sure to keep the house well ventilated as you leave them in place for a few hours. After, the odor will be much less obvious and likely even disappear.

Check your cleaning chops

Are you cleaning techniques up to par? Have you been doing all that you can to keep that pet odor to a minimum? Before trying these suggestions, make sure you’ve cleaned your apartment to the fullest extent.

Start with a thorough dusting. Allow it all to settle. Next, vacuum. Pet hair and dander are penetrative and can get deep into the carpets, wall seams and any fabric window coverings. Use a crevice tool. Repeat the process more than once.

Before your third pass with the vac, sprinkle some baking soda on the carpet. It’s a natural odor neutralizer. Let it sit a few hours. This allows those funky smells to absorb. Then vacuum again. If possible, open all the windows to let in air and light. Even if the odors aren’t completely gone, you’ve done a great job of reducing them. And of course, a few plug in air fresheners won’t hurt, either!

Published at Tue, 31 Mar 2020 14:45:12 +0000

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WE ARE MADE OF TOUGH STUFF!

WE ARE MADE OF TOUGH STUFF!

WE ARE MADE OF TOUGH STUFF!

We are made of tough stuff. Now more than ever before, we need to know that we will make it through this unprecedented COVID-19 global health emergency. As an industry multifamily will remain a strong player in the US economy. But what will be the impact of this national health crisis for apartment housing?

As we look for answers in the short term, one thing is clear, no one really knows what may and can happen.  This is the time to pull together as a country and help our residents the best way we know.  First and foremost, communication will be crucial. Some apartment communities have a broadcast text or email system to keep their residents well informed in real time. Message Assist from @CallAssist247 is a simple easy way to message your residents via phone, text or email. Remote messaging is the best way to continue to maintain physical distancing. We need to be social as isolation can lead to depression and sadness for many.

In the short term, The National Apartment Association has given guidelines for their members and has been key in trying to keep pace with an event that changes hour by hour. As rents are at an all-time high and the typical renter is spending close to half of their income on rent, April 1st there will be delinquency. NAA suggests that there is no easy cookie cutter approach for how to handle default rent, but to take each situation on a case by case scenario. Perhaps partial payments? There will be many residents who have never missed a rent payment and may need to choose between food and rent. Local governments may offer some solutions. You can be helpful and keep abreast of these local resources to help your residents. Are there local food banks or state agencies that can offer some financial assistance?

What can we expect moving forward for our industry? Again no one has a crystal ball. Shelter is a basic need. Possible recession is a distinct possibility. Historically the apartment sector overall is likely to weather a recession well. We may see mobility slow as eviction and foreclosure processes evolve. The shortage of work force housing will be exacerbated by job losses from the service sector. And perhaps as more of us are working from home, the demand for commercial real estate will lessen. (Source: Apartmentlist.com)

We survived the subprime mortgage crisis in 2008, Black Monday in 1987 and recession in 1975. Often our greatest opportunity lies in our biggest challenges. With the strength of our nation, we will make it through this unprecedented global health crisis. As we pulled together as a country during 9/11, we will make it through Covid-19 as we are made of tough stuff!

Published at Thu, 26 Mar 2020 10:48:45 +0000

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How to Build an Emergency Fund

How to Build an Emergency Fund

We all go through hard times. Whether it’s a personal problem, like losing your job or a health emergency or a national crisis, like an economic downturn or a pandemic, we are bound to encounter periods of hardship in our lives. And in times like these, it’s crucial to have a financial safety net to help you get through stormy seas as smoothly as possible. But how do you build an emergency fund? Let’s dive into the nitty-gritty of saving for the unexpected.

Build an emergency fund: Step #1 – Plan your budget   

Build an Emergency Fund

There’s no universal recipe you can follow when you want to build an emergency fund. It largely depends on your income, your savings, how much you spend every month, and what types of emergencies you need to prepare for. An often-quoted rule is to save as much as you would need to manage six months of unemployment. However, for many Americans, this goal is unrealistic. It’s something we should all strive for, of course, but you need to take your actual budget into account when preparing for a crisis. That’s why planning your budget is the first step in building an emergency fund. After all, if you don’t know how much you’re spending and how much you could be saving, you won’t be able to put money away for hard times.

Use a spreadsheet to write down how much you spend on:  

Fixed costs:   

  • Rent/mortgage payments
  • Debt payments 401(k), Roth IRA investments
  • Any ongoing medical services or medication you require
  • Utilities
  • Fuel for your car or public transportation passes
  • Insurance
  • Food
  • Household supplies (cleaning, maintenance)
  • Clothing & shoes
  • Personal care essentials (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, moisturizer, etc.)
  • If it’s the case, childcare, afterschool classes, school supplies, field trips, etc.
  • If it’s the case, pet food, vet visits

Flexible costs:   

  • Entertainment (such as cable, video & music streaming services, subscriptions to gaming platforms)
  • Dining out
  • Non-essential food & household items (snacks, drinks, beauty products, etc.)
  • Gym memberships
  • Newspapers, magazines, books
  • Vacations
  • Gifts
  • Transportation through ridesharing or cab services

You can divide these costs into additional categories, depending on what works best for you. Each of us has a different idea of what we need to survive and what we think we can do without. If you have mental health issues, some entertainment services or home deliveries can make a huge difference in managing such an illness. The same applies to chronic health problems that prevent you from going out and doing your own shopping or require you to buy specific and more expensive personal care products.

Build an emergency fund: Step #2 – Set goals based on real scenarios  

Build an Emergency Fund

Once you’ve successfully organized your daily and monthly spending, it’s time to consider how to build an emergency fund based on the crises you could face:

  • On a national level, the most likely effect of a crisis would be massive job losses and loss of resources. Economic downturns, pandemics and international or domestic conflicts can lead to these issues.  
  • On a regional level, the most common type of crisis is a natural disaster. Depending on your area, you could face hurricanes, wildfires, landslides, and more.  
  • On a personal level, you should consider job loss and health problems.

These scenarios each come with their own tricky calculations. While a pandemic will likely last a few months, downturns can go on for years and are likely to happen around once per decade. The severity of the crisis matters as well. In essence, a flu epidemic will likely have a smaller impact than a pandemic created by a new disease, such as COVID-19. At the same time, a financial crisis can be less severe, such as the early 2000s Dot-com bubble, or can ripple through the entire economy for years, such as the 2007-2009 Financial Crisis. When it comes to natural disasters, if you live in a high-risk area, the worst that can happen is not only losing your job but losing your home as well.

In the direst scenarios, building an emergency fund with enough savings for around six months would be ideal. However, if you aim for just enough to get you through a short rough patch, start with one or three months’ savings as a goal, and work your way up from there.

Keep in mind you should build an emergency fund separate from a rainy day fund. If you can, you should manage repairs to everyday items or smaller medical expenses with a rainy day fund, where you’ll keep less money on hand.

If you’re having a hard time assessing how much you can save based on your income and spending, you can get financial advice from experts for free. GreenPath Financial Wellness is a national nonprofit that helps people around the country. They can help you get out of debt, make housing decisions and manage your money.

Build an emergency fund: Step #3 – Start saving  

Buyild an Emergency Fund

You know how much you’re spending and what to prepare for. Now comes the real question: how will save the money you need to build an emergency fund? The ugly truth is you will probably need to cut back on some of your spendings and even reconsider your current living arrangement if you’re serious about saving. However, if and when the worst happens, you will be grateful to yourself for having taken these steps to secure your future.

How to cut back on spending  

The first area you will cut back on is the flexible spending section of your budget:  

  • Entertainment: cancel any subscriptions you don’t use often. For example, if you haven’t opened a streaming app for a week, you might not need it after all. When it comes to gaming, instead of purchasing digital versions of video games, go for physical copies instead so that you can resell them or exchange them for other games among online communities.
  • Dining out and ordering in: if you can cook at home, cut down on eating out and ordering in as much as possible, and go for recipes that don’t require unreasonably expensive ingredients. Plenty of food websites have excellent recipes and advice for home cooks, even on a beginner level.
  • Non-essential food items: eat fewer snacks, your bank account and your body will thank you.
  • Gym memberships: find ways to exercise outdoors or indoors, without going to the gym. If you need guidance, free online resources will help you manage your exercise routine.
  • Beauty and personal care products: try to find cheaper alternatives to the beauty products you use. Try out testers in-store to see if you can find a different brand for what you need, compare reviews online, and look for products with similar ingredients to what you’re currently using.
  • Vacations: book your holidays early to find the best possible deals.
  • Transportation: use public transit instead of ridesharing services or cabs whenever you can.

These tips are a great starting point in building an emergency fund, but you should trim down your fixed costs as well. How long has it been since you looked at cable providers and mobile phone plans? More often than not, you can probably find a better deal with some online research. Do the same for your health insurance plan. Furthermore, while buying fast fashion might seem like a budget-friendly option to dress, buying a few high-quality items that will last for years will save you a lot of money in the long run. You can also find quality clothing in thrift shops, where you can often snatch up unique pieces with minimal spending.

How to stay on top of your budget and savings  

Keeping track of all your expenses and saving goals is a time-draining and challenging task, even for the most experienced of budgeters. Luckily, there’s more than one app for that, and they’re either completely free or offer free plans.

Mint  

Mint will help you manage your budget daily and create realistic, personalized budget goals based on your spending habits. You can check how much money you’ll save by cutting back in any category, and keep an eye on how your spending will affect you short and longterm.

Albert   

Albert monitors your income and your spending in realtime and alerts you when you’re about to overspend. They also have a free automatic savings feature to help you reach your goals. Plus, if you want to invest some of your income, Albert will also create a safe, custom portfolio for you.

Goodbudget   

Goodbudget uses the envelope method, in which you put your income into “envelopes” based on spending categories so you can only spend as much as you planned. You can also track your debt payoffs and sync your budget with your entire household.

Find the app that’s best for you and get saving! As long as you keep track of your expenses, manage your budget and get serious about cutting unncessary costs, you’ll build a healthy emergency fund in less time than you’d think.

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Published at Tue, 24 Mar 2020 12:39:29 +0000

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Is Bleach or Vinegar Better to Get Rid of Mold?

Is Bleach or Vinegar Better to Get Rid of Mold?

Mold is a fungus that grows in a wet or damp environment. It reproduces and forms ugly black spots on your tile grout or your shower curtain. When left untreated, it gradually destroys the look, smell and structural integrity of your home.

Mold can cause health problems, too, such as allergic reactions and even asthma or lung infections. By keeping surfaces dry and clean, you’ll prevent damage to your home, save money and avoid potential health problems.

So, how do you kill and remove mold in your home? Clean with the right products like bleach and vinegar. They can both kill mold, so which is best?

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Bleach

Bleach is a popular cleaner because it’s powerful and leaves a surface looking clean and bright. Yet, using bleach is only effective on mold that’s growing on non-porous materials, such as tile and glass. Bleach can’t penetrate mold that’s growing on surfaces like concrete, wood, drywall and unsealed tile.

Unfortunately, using bleach on some materials kills the mold above the surface but the mold continues to grow underneath, which can cause it to return and grow faster. Another disadvantage of bleach is that it can damage the materials it’s used on as it is a harsh and toxic chemical.

For killing mold with bleach, use a ratio of one cup of bleach per gallon of water. Never mix bleach with ammonia or other household cleaners, as it will produce dangerous, toxic fumes. Wear rubber gloves and safety goggles to protect your skin and eyes. Open windows and doors to ventilate the room.

Although the active ingredient in bleach, sodium hypochlorite, is the main ingredient in many mold removal products, there’s a non-toxic alternative — vinegar.

Vinegar

Vinegar is a mild acid that’s effective for killing mold and can actually help prevent future mold growth. While not as strong as bleach, you can use vinegar to clean porous surfaces like concrete, wood, drywall and unsealed tile.

Don’t use vinegar to clean marble or granite because it can eat away at the surface and cause discoloration. To clean these fragile materials, the Organic Consumers Association suggests using rubbing alcohol or vodka with water.

To clean mold with vinegar, just spray it on the moldy surface and leave it. Repeat this every few days to prevent mold from growing back. Vinegar is a natural all-purpose solution for killing germs and removing odors. Combine it with some orange peels to make your own citrus vinegar cleaning spray and use it to clean everything in your home, from your bathroom to your kitchen counters.

Removing mold from your home

Because of its non-toxic nature, vinegar is usually the best cleaning product to use on mold. If vinegar isn’t strong enough, use bleach and heavily dilute it (about 1 part bleach to 10 parts water).

Cleaning mold with vinegar is safe and effective, but large quantities of mold should be cleaned with specialized equipment. If you have extensive mold growth, call a professional to tackle the job. If you’re renting and find mold in your apartment, contact your landlord immediately, take photos and keep records of any health problems that you encounter.

The CDC provides these suggestions for cleaning up mold in your home:

Chart outlining how to clean mold from your home.

Source: CDC

Tips for preventing mold growth

The best way to fight mold is to prevent it from growing in the first place. Keep your bathrooms, kitchen, basement, storage rooms and other areas of your home well ventilated. Humidity levels in your home should be no higher than 50 percent. Here are some things you can do to reduce the moisture and keep your home mold-free.

  • Fix leaky faucets, showers or household appliances that use water (dishwashers, refrigerators, water heaters, etc.)
  • Vent bathrooms, clothes dryers and other moisture-generating sources to the outside
  • Use air conditioners and de-humidifiers
  • Use exhaust fans whenever cooking, cleaning and bathing and run ventilation fans for at least 10 minutes after taking a shower or finishing cooking.
  • Fix leaks in your home’s roof or walls. Clean out gutters to prevent leaking.
  • Clean bathrooms and dry completely
  • Remove or replace carpets in rooms like bathrooms or basements that have a lot of moisture
  • Check windows for condensation and keep them clean and dry

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Published at Thu, 19 Mar 2020 13:39:04 +0000

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I Tried 5 Home Office Tips To Make Me More Productive—and Here’s What Worked

I Tried 5 Home Office Tips To Make Me More Productive—and Here’s What Worked

Last year, I transitioned from a full-time office job to a more flexible, work-from-home situation. And like most people, I anticipated the whole thing to be a piece of cake. You mean I can take breaks whenever I want? Have my own office? Design my own space? Yeah, I’ll be just fine, I thought to myself. And then reality set in. Turns out that working from home comes with its own set of challenges.

As much as I wanted to take on a top-to-bottom office makeover to support my new work-from-home lifestyle, it wasn’t quite as financially possible as every blogger makes it look on Instagram. I made the WFH switch to start my own business, so income was more sporadic than before. It took me months to even get around to having a desk in my office space because I was waiting on hand-me-down furniture. And while getting a desk is definitely a game changer, there have been a handful of other changes I’ve made that have been even more beneficial. Most of them are tiny changes that cost no money at all, and all of them helped me feel more productive, settled, and happy with my at-home work environment.

Let go of the idea of having the perfect office right away.

For a long time, the idea that my office wasn’t “finished” kept me from feeling settled in the space. I wanted a different desk, better lighting, a mirror. I somehow got it in my head that the space wouldn’t work for me until it was perfect. This, however, only prevented me from being as productive as possible and making the best of the space as is. One day, I know my office will be “perfect,” but in the meantime, it works for me just fine. I no longer let the imperfections distract me, and I’ve become more productive because of it. 

Buy a laptop riser, and a wireless keyboard and mouse.

I put off buying a laptop riser and wireless keyboard and mouse because I thought I didn’t need them. I didn’t want to spend the money when my laptop worked just fine. But trust me. Buy the riser if nothing else. Your neck will thank you later. 

Get a separate monitor—even if it’s your TV.

Much like the laptop riser, I resisted the idea of needing an extra monitor for my desk. But once I started using an old, small TV we had as an extra screen for my laptop, I realized what I had been missing. A separate monitor is the one big thing that made me feel less like I was just at home on my laptop, messing around and more like I was actually working from home. For some people, making your TV a computer monitor is as easy as streaming your computer’s screen to an Apple TV with AirPlay.

Find a hidden place for your printer (oh, and get a printer).

If you’re like me, then you probably used your office job as an auxiliary print shop. But you’ll need your own printing setup when you’re working from home. Once I finally bought one for my home office, though, I found that having a printer sitting on the floor or on a random table is well… not the most aesthetically pleasing thing. If you can, figure out a clever way to hide it. It will make the space feel much more streamlined. I put ours in a hutch and drilled a hole into the back to feed the power cord out the back. It was simple, and made a huge difference in the space feeling less cluttered. 

I have a much, much smaller desk now than I did when I was in an office. Eventually, I’d love to upgrade it to something bigger, but for now, it works just fine. What doesn’t work, though, is cluttering it with a bunch of office supplies, candles, and hand lotions. As much as I love to have all of those things within reach, having them on the desk just made me feel overwhelmed and cluttered. But working from home has enough distractions as is. Trust me, you don’t need any extra stuff on your desk adding to it. 

Ultimately, I think that working from home and having a home office is something entirely personal. What works for one person probably won’t work for someone else. But if you’ve just made the transition and are looking for somewhere to start, these tips certainly won’t hurt.

Published at Tue, 17 Mar 2020 12:00:00 +0000

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6 Must-Have Products to Help Your Clothes Last Longer

6 Must-Have Products to Help Your Clothes Last Longer

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We all have those favorite sweaters or jeans that are basically family at this point—been in our lives for years, there when we needed them most, fit us in all the right places. We’d pretty much be lost without them. Thankfully, we can keep them in great condition for years to come with the help of a few key products. Things like a solid drying rack, natural dryer balls, and a solid deodorizer will keep your favorite pieces looking and feeling good, so check out our six top picks and get to showing your clothes some extra love. 

AmazonBasics Gullwing Clothes Drying Rack

Odds are good you own some clothing that needs to be air dried and probably several others that would benefit from it. This drying rack gives you 40 inches of space for all your sweaters, delicates, and leggings so that they maintain their shape and texture. When you’re finished, fold the rack flat and store it out of sight until you do your next load of laundry. Want more drying rack options? We rounded up nine of our favorites to buy or DIY

Buy: AmazonBasics Gullwing Clothes Drying Rack, $32.99

2-Pack Tenrai Delicates Laundry Bags

Conair Fabric Defuzzer-Shaver

Say goodbye to sweater pilling. This little rechargeable tool removes lint, fuzz, and pilling from all your favorite fuzzy clothes in one easy move. It’s like an electric shaver for your garments—turn it on and run it over your clothes to get them back to their soft, smooth selves. Read our full review of the defuzzer

Buy: Conair Fabric Defuzzer-Shaver, $24.18

Published at Fri, 13 Mar 2020 19:45:00 +0000

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This Coffee Maker Preps Cold Brew in Just 5 Minutes — And It’s 62% Off Right Now!

This Coffee Maker Preps Cold Brew in Just 5 Minutes — And It’s 62% Off Right Now!

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We get it — waltzing into a coffee shop for fast cold brew fix is far easier than dealing with the hassle of making it yourself and waiting hours for the brew to trickle in. But what if we told you there’s a coffee maker that can deliver your chilled cup of joe within five minutes while saving you money and trips to the coffee shop? Even better? It’s backed with rave reviews (204 ratings!) and is currently 62 percent off!

And if you like your coffee stronger, just turn up the dial to choose your intensity — 10 minutes for medium or 15 minutes for dark. Plus, the sleek carafe is designed to keep your brew fresh for up to 10 days without taking up too much space in the fridge.

“This has been life-changing for me!!” says one happy reviewer. “I used to purchased cold brew bags that were expensive and took up to 24 hours to make. With this, I wait a max of 15 minutes for my cold brew!” Another reviewer adds: “Everything is customized, strength of brew, ingredients, amount, etc. The best part is, I can put the carafe right in the fridge and I’m set for up to 10 days if I make the max amount.”

So there you have it, an easy, affordable solution to delicious instant cold brew while saving a ton of money in the long run. As one reviewer sums it up: “Now I can have my cold brew anytime I want and I don’t have to go to the coffee shop daily.”

Is that the sound of money dropping into our bank accounts? Oh wait, it’s just the sound of beautiful, bold coffee filtering in.

Published at Tue, 10 Mar 2020 14:15:00 +0000

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7 Storage Coffee Tables That Are as Pretty as They Are Functional

7 Storage Coffee Tables That Are as Pretty as They Are Functional

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It happens to all of us—busy days and lazy nights lead to an overcrowded coffee table full of remotes, books, chargers, and more. An easy way to keep the clutter from taking over? Storage coffee tables. With built-in drawers and compartments, these tables ensure your stuff’s always got a place to live, and you don’t even have to walk to put it away! It’s a win-win. We found the prettiest and most functional coffee tables to help you get your space clean and clutter-free. 

Justina Blakeney Bora Coffee Table

This bohemian coffee table is stunning enough to earn a place in your living room on its own (I mean, just look at that rattan base and the delicate brass accents). Add in the two open compartments and you have a pretty much perfect coffee table. The open shelves are an ideal place to stack up your prettiest book spines and store your remote so the gorgeous rattan surface stays nice and clear. 

Buy: Justina Blakeney Bora Coffee Table, $598 from Anthropologie

Mid-Century Pop-Up Storage Coffee Table

Get all the storage and style with this mid-century wood and marble coffee table. A pop-top on the wooden half lifts up to reveal a spacious interior compartment that’s over 2 feet wide and almost 6 inches high, and the lifted part can be used as a small desk area. The marble half is hollow to make even more room for books, magazines, and remotes. Say goodbye to clutter and hello to fashionable, functional design!

Buy: Mid-Century Pop-Up Storage Coffee Table, $699 $559.20 from West Elm

Jamila Storage Coffee Table

Bring a simple, organic look and a touch of flair to your living room with this mango wood coffee table. The clean, natural exterior fits any space or style while the wavy shaped legs add some unique personality. The fact that the top lifts up for easy access to built-in storage only makes the table more attractive. 

Buy: Jamila Storage Coffee Table, $449 $349 from Urban Outfitters

Costway Lift Top Coffee Table

Storage on storage on storage—that’s what you get with this super-affordable find from Walmart. The base has three large square compartments perfect for stacking up books, blankets, decor, or even baskets. And if that’s not enough, the entire top of the table lifts up to reveal even more space perfect for keeping chargers, remotes, and notebooks handy. It’s a chunkier table, but you get plenty of function out of it. 

Buy: Costway Lift Top Coffee Table, $299.99 $144.99 from Walmart

IWELL Mid-Century Coffee Table

Get the best of both storage worlds with this modern wood table that mixes open and closed storage. A small drawer lets you tuck away things you don’t want to display while a large interior compartment keeps things airy. Both are wrapped in a simple, rustic frame that easily meshes with any space. 

Buy: IWELL Mid-Century Coffee Table, $139.99 $109.99 from Amazon

Published at Fri, 06 Mar 2020 18:00:00 +0000

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Is A Fixed Rate or ARM Mortgage Better in 2020? https://www.renthop.com/blog/2020/02/is-a-fixed-rate-or-arm-mortgages-better-in-2020/ Wed, 26 Feb 2020 17:57:18 +0000




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Here is an age old discussion that should have no correct answer. In 2020, whether you are purchasing or refinancing, do you want to lock in record low fixed rate mortgages, or go for the one of those 5/1 and 7/1 ARMs.

The Boilerplate Answers

We can give all of the usual “it depends” answers. Do you plan to live in that condo the rest of your life? Or will you move out once you start a family? Will you try your hand at becoming a landlord and keep the property long after you trade up?

How About A Real Answer?

Here is a real answer. Currently in 2020, the spread between a 30-year Fixed and a 7/1 ARM about 0.500%. That’s not a bad deal – truth is, data shows VERY few people actually keep the mortgage longer than 7 years. You will either refinance or sell the property by then, or just prepay voluntarily because your financial situation has changed.

Beware, sometimes these rates assume 1 point + origination fee, which will always make the ARM mortgages look cheaper. Try to compare with minimal closing costs.

Even if you do hit the 7 year mark, which I have on my oldest properties, your new rate might not be so horrible. They build in a nice margin over LIBOR, so unfortunately you probably won’t get anything lower than the initial 7 year teaser. But it might not be any higher.

For all the headlines about record treasury rates, honestly not a whole lot has happened in the past year, or even the past 8 years.

And if for some reason your rate skyrockets, you still banked 7 years of savings. You would need to hold the higher rate for 2-3 years before those savings vanished. The real breakeven might be 10 years on a 7/1 ARM, in nominal terms. And trust me, by then, your life situation will have changed drastically – you might not even care. In the end, it’s all about peace of mind; sometimes I wish there was no choice and everyone just offered an identical product (in theory they should, thanks to Fannie And Freddie, but some banks sneak in way too many extra fees).

When Is Fixed-Rate Better?

There were moments in the past 5 years when the Fixed vs ARM was actually equal! That sounds weird, but the yield curve was just totally flat at the time. For those who really aren’t sure about their future plans, if the 7/1 ARM and 30-year Fixed only have a spread of 0.250%, it’s probably not worth it. You can buy the peace of mind and pay more – just don’t have regrets when you refinance 3 years later! It’s a calculated gamble.

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Which Tech IPOs Will Impact Local Real Estate Prices? https://www.renthop.com/blog/2020/02/which-tech-ipos-will-impact-local-real-estate-prices/ Tue, 25 Feb 2020 15:51:26 +0000

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Yesterday we discussed some of Financial Samurai’s Reasons that year 2020 is a good time to buy real estate. One of the more complicated arguments surrounds tech IPOs.

Here’s the idea. When a successful company grows to the point of raising money through an initial public offering, it is the first time thousands of employees and investors can unlock their years of stored wealth and paper gains. Tech workers tend to be younger millennials looking to buy their first home and minimize commuting. Therefore, housing closest to the office headquarters will see a large boost shortly after the IPO.

What IPOs Will Impact Rent and Real Estate?

We are in the middle or even mid-late stages of the tech IPO wave across multiple metro areas. The SF Bay Area has already seen a tech wealth effect for years – bay area rentals are sky high, much higher than NYC rentals. That’s not even from the IPO wealth – it’s just a general trickle down effect of venture capital money driving up a talent war for all jobs.

But which IPOs could mint some new tech millionaires that will scoop up condos and houses, possibly without even visiting a mortgage broker?

Airbnb: Probably the most recognized consumer company from Y Combinator, SF-based Airbnb changes the way millions of people travel and unlocked a new avenue for almost anyone to earn spare money (or in some cases full time hosting jobs). They could have IPOed years ago, but perhaps they choose not to because they are already plenty profitable.

Stripe: Listed as #1 on the current YC Top 100 list, payment processor Stripe employees 2000+ with a heavy emphasis on engineers in the bay area. Competitor Square already IPOed half a decade ago – it’s only a matter of time.

CloudFlare (already IPOed): Based in Boston, already had their IPO late 2019, and it was very successful – full period. Add that to the timing, when so many other IPO deals had gone badly, and we should see some liquidity effect as lockups end and we near the spring buying season.

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Is 2020 A Golden Opportunity To Buy Real Estate? https://www.renthop.com/blog/2020/02/is-2020-a-golden-opportunity-to-buy-real-estate/ Mon, 24 Feb 2020 17:01:12 +0000









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One of our favorite personal finance and lifestyle blogs is Financial Samurai. Perhaps Financial Ronin would be the better name. Among many topics, probably the most heavily discussed is early retirement and financial independence. Anyway, Sam laid out his arguments for why 2020 is a great time to buy property, even in the coastal tech hubs.

Re-Election Year?

Among the many lengthy arguments, a few are particularly unique to this year. It’s an election year, and presidential candidates know it’s important to keep the economy, stock markets, and housing markets running smoothly. Almost all recent re-election failures occurred because the economy soured leading up to re-election day (George H. W. Bush, Carter, and Hoover certainly count).

 

However, isn’t that more an argument to buy stocks? And the recent 2019 and early 2020 all-time stock highs must have priced that in somewhat (alongside the nice coronavirus backdrop). Everyone knows real estate horizons SHOULD be relatively long. Flipping houses with low down payments is notoriously difficult, even during the bubble years. You always need to overcome a 10% round-trip transaction cost – doable during a powerful run, but hard any other time.

Tax Shock Over

Sam argues the market over-reacted to limitations on SALT deductions. This was part of the Trump tax cuts that helped many business owners and corporations. It also helped people with not much to deduct, because the standard deduction skyrocketed. It supposedly hurt residents of blue states – California, New York, Massachusetts: basically places with high state and local taxes, and high property taxes!

Truth is, those SALT limits are not great for homeowners, but they were much more impactful on high WAGE workers in those areas. In the end, deducting your property taxes and mortgage interest on your primary residence is not going to break the bank. For investors, as long as you become a landlord and actively manage your property 365 days of the year, the new tax treatment as minimal impact. Perhaps vacation home owners were the worst hit!

The Timing Is Right?

We go to the last big argument, that the timing is right. Prices peaked around spring 2018, but went sharply cold by July. Not all parts of the country peaked at the same time, but eventually the different geographies caught up.

 

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Real Estate Prices in Seattle and Redmond, WA

One of the markets I personally follow closely is Redmond, WA. That’s because I got my start investing in Redmond, looking at condos with ZipRealty agents when I should have been focusing on my software engineering job at Microsoft. It tends to lag California by 12-18 months. This was true during the 2003-2006 bubble run up, through the 2008-2010 crash, and ultimate recovery. Redmond peaked closer to late 2007, then bottomed later, closer to 2011. The recovery didn’t begin until late 2013 and was only fully back to pre-crash highs in 2016. You can track the pricing for any particular complex on RealtyHop..

Is Now The Time To Buy?

Back to the most important topic, is now the time? We will need to talk through a few more interesting points next time – in particular a tech hub favorite: that IPO liquidity will unlock soon and shower the lands with deep pockets. Also, what sort of capital outflows will flee back to the US as worldwide supply chains and international trade deal with coronavirus and trade war fears (and increased xenophobia)?

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Fundraising by Zip Code – Which Candidate Does Your Neighbor Support? https://www.renthop.com/studies/national/fundraising-by-zip-code-q4-2019 Tue, 18 Feb 2020 16:45:30 +0000

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After the Iowa Caucuses, the biggest question now seems to be “Mayor Pete or Bernie”. Of course, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Amy Klobuchar, and former Vice President Joe Biden still have skin in the game, and Donald Trump, after being acquitted by the Senate, also seems to have a good shot of winning again. As voters trying hard to make up their minds before the election, we at RentHop thought it’s time to look again at the number of unique donors each candidate attracted. This time around, we looked at 20 U.S. cities and each candidate’s fundraising effort by zip code. Below are our key findings:

  • Among the 20 cities in our study, Trump leads in 10 cities, including Jacksonville, Billings, Houston, Las Vegas/North Las Vegas, and Phoenix.
  • Meanwhile, voters in Los Angeles, Denver, and New York are really feeling the bern. Mr. Sanders also leads Chicago, San Jose, Detroit, and Seattle.
  • Mayor Pete leads the unique donor count in Indianapolis. He is also D.C.‘s favorite, with over 2,000 unique donors.
  • While Buttigieg takes the lead in Chicago in terms of the total number of unique donors, Sanders leads in 30 zip codes, 16 more than Buttigieg.
  • Senator Klobuchar secured her home base in Minneapolis with just over 1,200 unique donors attracted as of Q4 2019.
  • Sanders enjoys strong support in some of the most populous U.S. cities, including New York City, where he’s attracted 6,971 unique donors, Los Angeles with 5,165 unique donors, and Chicago, where 1,917 donors have shown support via donations.
  • While Biden falls behind in many cities in terms of individual donations, he currently ranks second in Miami, with a total of 604 unique donors as of Q4 2019, around 250 fewer than Trump.

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The background colors indicate which party wins the majority within each city. Blue means that the Democratic Party has attracted over 55% of the unique donors, red means that the Republican Party has attracted over 55% of the unique donors, and purple means that none of the parties has reached 55%.


Billings, MT

Which Candidate Does Your Neighbor Support?

The interactive map below highlights Billings and its zip codes. More detailed, the map shows where each zip code stands, politically, and which presidential candidate is the front-runner in each zip code. By clicking on the zip code or selecting from the drop-down menu, you will get more information on which candidate is the front-runner and which candidate raised the most money in donations in that specific zip code. For a more detailed analysis of how each candidate is doing in the same zip code, view the corresponding interactive line graph above the map.

 


Blue zip codes are zip codes where the aggregated number of unique donors of all Democratic candidates (including past and current candidates) is higher than the number of unique donors supporting Trump, Walsh, and Weld (mostly Trump), and red zip codes are areas where the Republican candidates attracted more unique donors than all Democratic candidates combined.

It is clear from the interactive graph above the map that President Donald Trump is the candidate which had the most unique donors at the end of the fourth quarter. In December, Trump had a total of 142 unique donors, while runner-up, Joe Biden had a total of 91. Coming third was Bernie Sanders with a total of 35 unique donors.

Looking at the map, the colors vary. The city of Billings only has four zip codes, so it was easy to analyze the numbers from Q4. In terms of which party held the majority of donor share (55% +), the Democratic party secured two zip codes, the Republican party one zip code, while one zip code went unclaimed by majority. President Trump secured all four zip codes in terms of unique donor count and amount raised.


Charlotte, NC

Which Candidate Does Your Neighbor Support?

The interactive map below highlights Charlotte and its zip codes. More detailed, the map shows where each zip code stands, politically, and which presidential candidate is the front-runner in each zip code. By clicking on the zip code or selecting from the drop-down menu, you will get more information on which candidate is the front-runner and which candidate raised the most money in donations in that specific zip code. For a more detailed analysis of how each candidate is doing in the same zip code, view the corresponding interactive line graph above the map.

 


Blue zip codes are zip codes where the aggregated number of unique donors of all Democratic candidates (including past and current candidates) is higher than the number of unique donors supporting Trump, Walsh, and Weld (mostly Trump), and red zip codes are areas where the Republican candidates attracted more unique donors than all Democratic candidates combined.

For the Charlotte interactive map listed above we see that the colors displayed are vastly blue. However, when we look at the corresponding interactive line graph above the map, we see that President Donald Trump has a significant lead when we look at the numbers for unique donors in December for Charlotte. For the city of Charlotte overall, Donald Trump gained 721 unique donors in December. That is 428 more unique donors compared to the runner-up, Bernie Sanders, who clocked in 293 unique donors in December. Behind Sanders, we have Joe Biden with a total of 200 unique donors in Charlotte for the fourth quarter. So when we look at the number of unique donors overall, Donald Trump is clearly in the lead. But how does the different zip codes stand, politically?

Diving deeper into Charlotte’s zip codes we see that only 3 zip codes are held by the Republican party where the Republican party held 55% + of the share of unique donors for the fourth quarter. For comparison, the Democratic party secured 23 zip codes. 5 zip codes were “neutral”, meaning neither party held 55% + of the share. Taking a closer look at which Presidential candidate made the leaderboard in terms of the most unique donors and amount raised in most zip codes, the winner was President Donald Trump. Trump managed to secure 18 zip codes in terms of most unique donors and 15 zip codes for the highest amount raised. But which zip code donated the most? Let’s break that down as well.

Unique Donors Leaderboard – Top 10 Zip Codes With the Most Unique Donors

We thought we would break down the zip codes with the most donations for the fourth quarter. You can also select the zip codes from the drop-down menu on the map to learn more.

  • Zip code 28277: Trump received 83 unique donors (179 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($29,696.38)
  • Zip code 28173: Trump received 69 unique donors (113 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($38,875.36)
  • Zip code 28226: Trump received 56 unique donors (165 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Biden ($35,598)
  • Zip code 28078: Trump received 50 unique donors (106 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($32,325.24)
  • Zip code 28211: Trump received 46 unique donors (124 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Biden ($45,395)
  • Zip code 28210: Trump received 41 unique donors (111 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Biden ($26,716)
  • Zip code 28205: Sanders received 40 unique donors (118 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Sanders ($11,571.77)
  • Zip code 28270: Trump received 38 unique donors (87 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($16,143.73)
  • Zip code 28269: Trump received 29 unique donors (72 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($11,875.44)
  • Zip code 28207: Biden received 28 unique donors (89 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Biden ($67,781)

Chicago, IL

Which Candidate Does Your Neighbor Support?

The interactive map below highlights Chicago and its zip codes. More detailed, the map shows where each zip code stands, politically, and which presidential candidate is the front-runner in each zip code. By clicking on the zip code or selecting from the drop-down menu, you will get more information on which candidate is the front-runner and which candidate raised the most money in donations in that specific zip code. For a more detailed analysis of how each candidate is doing in the same zip code, view the corresponding interactive line graph above the map.

 


Blue zip codes are zip codes where the aggregated number of unique donors of all Democratic candidates (including past and current candidates) is higher than the number of unique donors received by Trump, Walsh, and Weld (mostly Trump), and red zip codes are areas where the Republican candidates attracted more unique donors than all Democratic candidates combined.

Looking at the interactive map it looks like the map is covered mostly in blue. We also see from the corresponding interactive graph above the map that the three Presidential candidates in the lead are from the Democratic party, however not much is separating the top two. At the top, we have Peter Buttigieg, with a total of 1,967 unique donors at the end of the fourth quarter. Right behind we have Bernie Sanders, with a total of 1,917 unique donors. There was only 50 unique donors separating first and second place. Elizabeth Warren ended up with a total of 1,171 unique donors while Trump secured only 672 unique donors in Chicago.

If we look closer at who secured the total amount of zip codes in terms of Presidential candidates and political party, we see that Bernie Sanders secured the most zip codes in terms of unique donors (30 zip codes). Buttigieg came in second with 14 zip codes. When we look at which candidate raised the most money in zip codes we see the findings flip with Buttigieg raising the most in 22 zip codes and Sanders coming in second with 15 zip codes. For which political party had the majority of shares, the Democratic party ended up holding 55% + of the share in 54 zip codes.

Unique Donors Leaderboard – Top 10 Zip Codes With the Most Unique Donors

We thought we would break down the zip codes with the most unique donors for the fourth quarter. You can also select the zip codes from the drop-down menu on the map to learn more.

  • Zip code 60614: Buttigieg received 225 unique donors (675 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($265,507.58)
  • Zip code 60657: Buttigieg received 223 unique donors (589 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($232,306.71)
  • Zip code 60647: Sanders received 204 unique donors (455 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Sanders ($65,793.17)
  • Zip code 60611: Buttigieg received 168 unique donors (611 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Biden ($248,298.36)
  • Zip code 60640: Buttigieg received 154 unique donors (442 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($101,713.32)
  • Zip code 60613: Buttigieg received 134 unique donors (390 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($89,944.25)
  • Zip code 60618: Sanders received 131 unique donors (369 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($70,009.03)
  • Zip code 60610: Buttigieg received 126 unique donors (383 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($144,083.39)
  • Zip code 60622: Sanders received 104 unique donors (288 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($49,874.65)
  • Zip code 60625: Sanders received 88 unique donors (258 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($29,712.27)

Dallas, TX

Which Candidate Does Your Neighbor Support?

The interactive map below highlights Dallas and its zip codes. More detailed, the map shows where each zip code stands, politically, and which presidential candidate is the front-runner in each zip code. By clicking on the zip code or selecting from the drop-down menu, you will get more information on which candidate is the front-runner and which candidate raised the most money in donations in that specific zip code. For a more detailed analysis of how each candidate is doing in the same zip code, view the corresponding interactive line graph above the map.

 


Blue zip codes are zip codes where the aggregated number of unique donors of all Democratic candidates (including past and current candidates) is higher than the number of unique donors received by Trump, Walsh, and Weld (mostly Trump), and red zip codes are areas where the Republican candidates attracted more unique donors than all Democratic candidates combined.

As stated above, the map shows where each zip code stands politically and what we see when we look at the map is a spread out political stand for Dallas, when looking at just the colors. Taking a deeper look at Dallas, and how each candidate stand, we see that President Donald Trump is a clear front-runner, with a total of 2,392 unique donors in December. There is a big gap between the front-runner, Donald Trump, and the runner-up, Bernie Sanders. To be specific, 1,740 unique donors separate the two candidates as Bernie Sanders only had 652 unique donors in Dallas in December. Buttigieg ended up in third, with a total of 515 unique donors in Dallas for the fourth quarter.

Overall, Trump secured the most zip codes in terms of the total number of unique donors and amount raised. For unique donors, Trump took the win in 69 zip codes. For the amount raised, Trump took the lead in 68 zip codes. It’s important to note that the colors approach the data from a different angle. We can also note that in terms of zip codes held by a party, the Democratic party held 55 + of the share in 50 zip codes while the Republican party only held the majority share in 19 zip codes. There were 18 zip codes where neither party holds the majority of unique donors share.

Unique Donors Leaderboard – Top 10 Zip Codes With the Most Unique Donors

We thought we would break down the zip codes with the most unique donors for the fourth quarter. You can also select the zip codes from the drop-down menu on the map to learn more.

  • Zip code 75093: Trump received 142 unique donors (253 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($109,782.51)
  • Zip code 75225: Trump received 128 unique donors (255 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($184,134.8)
  • Zip code 75205: Trump received 96 unique donors (253 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($199,300.56)
  • Zip code 75230: Trump received 92 unique donors (245 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($80,256.02)
  • Zip code 75248: Trump received 78 unique donors (174 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($46,804.6)
  • Zip code 75219: Trump received 73 unique donors (283 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($81,293.46)
  • Zip code 75229: Trump received 56 unique donors (203 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Biden ($44,639)
  • Zip code 75214: Trump received 54 unique donors (247 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($40,198.76)
  • Zip code 75206: Trump received 39 unique donors (203 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($51,012.2)
  • Zip code 75209: Trump received 37 unique donors (168 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($62,274.28)

Denver, CO

Which Candidate Does Your Neighbor Support?

The interactive map below highlights Denver and its zip codes. More detailed, the map shows where each zip code stands, politically, and which presidential candidate is the front-runner in each zip code. By clicking on the zip code or selecting from the drop-down menu, you will get more information on which candidate is the front-runner and which candidate raised the most money in donations in that specific zip code. For a more detailed analysis of how each candidate is doing in the same zip code, view the corresponding interactive line graph above the map.

 


Blue zip codes are zip codes where the aggregated number of unique donors of all Democratic candidates (including past and current candidates) is higher than the number of unique donors received by Trump, Walsh, and Weld (mostly Trump), and red zip codes are areas where the Republican candidates attracted more unique donors than all Democratic candidates combined.

It appears the donor share % is mostly Democratic in Denver, and the race for donations appears to be between Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and President Donald Trump. Bernie Sanders received a total of 1,116 unique donors in Denver for the fourth quarter. Trump was a bit behind, with a total of 865. Coming in third is Elizabeth Warren, with a total of 552 unique donors in Denver. Now let’s break down the zip code leaders.

As we mentioned in the paragraph above, it does appear that the donor share % is mostly Democratic in Denver. In fact, the Democratic party held 55% + of the share of unique donors in 46 zip codes while the Republican party only had the majority in 3 zip codes. For the Presidential candidate that secured the most zip codes in terms of unique donors that honor went to Bernie Sanders, who took the lead in 23 zip codes. For amount raised, Donald Trump took the lead in total 18 zip codes in Denver.

Unique Donors Leaderboard – Top 10 Zip Codes With the Most Unique Donors

We thought we would break down the zip codes with the most unique donors for the fourth quarter. You can also select the zip codes from the drop-down menu on the map to learn more.

  • Zip code 80203: Sanders received 84 unique donors (177 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Sanders ($27,559.51)
  • Zip code 80206: Bennet received 69 unique donors (440 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Bennet ($68,423)
  • Zip code 80220: Bennet received 61 unique donors (332 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Bennet ($46,754.75)
  • Zip code 80211: Sanders received 57 unique donors (186 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Sanders ($23,607.25)
  • Zip code 80210: Sanders received 49 unique donors (327 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Bennet ($37,324.12)
  • Zip code 80218: Sanders received 49 unique donors (229 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Bennet ($36,265)
  • Zip code 80209: Bennet received 46 unique donors (355 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Biden ($52,042)
  • Zip code 80113: Trump received 43 unique donors (223 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Biden ($43,750)
  • Zip code 80202: Sanders received 42 unique donors (303 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Biden ($48,019.22)
  • Zip code 80111: Trump received 38 unique donors (192 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($28,000.26)

Detroit, MI

Which Candidate Does Your Neighbor Support?

The interactive map below highlights Detroit and its zip codes. More detailed, the map shows where each zip code stands, politically, and which presidential candidate is the front-runner in each zip code. By clicking on the zip code or selecting from the drop-down menu, you will get more information on which candidate is the front-runner and which candidate raised the most money in donations in that specific zip code. For a more detailed analysis of how each candidate is doing in the same zip code, view the corresponding interactive line graph above the map.

 


Blue zip codes are zip codes where the aggregated number of unique donors of all Democratic candidates (including past and current candidates) is higher than the number of unique donors received by Trump, Walsh, and Weld (mostly Trump), and red zip codes are areas where the Republican candidates attracted more unique donors than all Democratic candidates combined.

We see from the interactive map above that the majority donor share % goes to the Democratic party. To be specific, the Democratic party in Detroit held 55% + of the donor share in 37 zip codes while the Republican party only secured 4 zip codes (5 zip codes were “neutral”). Remember, that only means the aggregated number of unique donors of all the Democratic candidates is higher than the number of unique donors received by Donald Trump in those zip codes. When we break it down by the total number of unique donors, we still see a Democratic candidate in the lead, Bernie Sanders. By the end of the quarter, Sanders received a total of 337 unique donors while Donald Trump received 258.

If we break it down even further, we can see which Presidential candidate took the lead in the most unique donors and amount raised by total zip codes. Sanders was able to secure 25 zip codes in terms of having the most unique donors while President Trump only secured 13. However, for the amount raised Trump secured 13 zip codes in total while Sanders secured 10. Biden followed Sanders with 10 total zip codes for the amount raised.

Unique Donors Leaderboard – Top 10 Zip Codes With the Most Unique Donors

We thought we would break down the zip codes with the most unique donors for the fourth quarter. You can also select the zip codes from the drop-down menu on the map to learn more.

  • Zip code 48236: Trump received 63 unique donors (139 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($45,264.47)
  • Zip code 48220: Sanders received 36 unique donors (81 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Sanders ($17,294.68)
  • Zip code 48230: Trump received 32 unique donors (96 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Biden ($22,351)
  • Zip code 48239: Trump received 21 unique donors (47 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($6,630.04)
  • Zip code 48226: Sanders received 18 unique donors (37 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Biden ($12,400)
  • Zip code 48202: Sanders received 16 unique donors (45 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Biden ($10,000)
  • Zip code 48207: Sanders received 16 unique donors (42 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Biden ($4,060)
  • Zip code 48221: Sanders received 13 unique donors (43 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($8,700)
  • Zip code 48146: Trump received 13 unique donors (33 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($5,389.27)
  • Zip code 48214: Sanders & Warren received 8 unique donors each (32 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Warren ($7,110.46)

Houston, TX

Which Candidate Does Your Neighbor Support?

The interactive map below highlights Houston and its zip codes. More detailed, the map shows where each zip code stands, politically, and which presidential candidate is the front-runner in each zip code. By clicking on the zip code or selecting from the drop-down menu, you will get more information on which candidate is the front-runner and which candidate raised the most money in donations in that specific zip code. For a more detailed analysis of how each candidate is doing in the same zip code, view the corresponding interactive line graph above the map.

 


Blue zip codes are zip codes where the aggregated number of unique donors of all Democratic candidates (including past and current candidates) is higher than the number of unique donors received by Trump, Walsh, and Weld (mostly Trump), and red zip codes are areas where the Republican candidates attracted more unique donors than all Democratic candidates combined.

At first glance, without diving deep into the Houston zip codes, we see a colorful interactive map above. As we dig deeper into the zip codes, we’ll most likely see different front runners in different zip codes. However, looking just at Houston as a city we can clearly see that President Donald Trump is the front-runner in terms of unique donors since December. President Trump ended up with a total of 4,274 unique donors in Houston in December. runner-up was Biden, but the number of unique donors is significantly lower, and by lower Biden received 3,285 less unique donors than Trump in Houston for the fourth quarter. Coming in third on the list was Presidential candidate Buttigieg, with a total of 660 unique donors. So what does it look like when we dive deeper into the zip codes instead of looking at the overall city picture?

Looking at the zip code leaderboard for unique donors and for the amount raised, the overall political stand doesn’t change much in Houston. President Trump still remains on top, as he took the lead in terms of unique donors in 112 zip codes in Houston. He also took the lead in 109 Houston zip codes in terms of amount raised from donations. Considering the runners up have significantly lower numbers in terms of securing zip codes in terms of unique donors and amount raised, it’s safe to say Trump has secured Houston when looking at the findings for Q4. In terms of which party held the majority share for the number of unique donors, the Republican party held 55% + of the share in 60 zip codes while the Democratic party only held the majority in 50 zip codes. Now let’s take a closer look at which zip codes had the most unique donors.

Unique Donors Leaderboard – Top 10 Zip Codes With the Most Unique Donors

We thought we would break down the zip codes with the most unique donors for the fourth quarter. You can also select the zip codes from the drop-down menu on the map to learn more.

  • Zip code 77024: Trump received 167 unique donors (359 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($115,120.7).
  • Zip code 77379: Trump received 148 unique donors (216 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($75,996.44).
  • Zip code 77494: Trump received 138 unique donors (241 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($63,898.17).
  • Zip code 77056: Trump received 90 unique donors (207 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($95,817.5).
  • Zip code 77019: Trump received 75 unique donors (319 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Biden($46,804.6).
  • Zip code 77005: Trump received 69 unique donors (324 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($66,902.68).
  • Zip code 77027: Trump received 56 unique donors (193 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($46,871.81).
  • Zip code 77007: Buttigieg received 50 unique donors (279 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($29,950.97).
  • Zip code 77006: Warren received 49 unique donors (289 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Biden ($47,950.64).
  • Zip code 77008: Trump received 46 unique donors (274 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($26,400.59).

Indianapolis, IN

Which Candidate Does Your Neighbor Support?

The interactive map below highlights Indianapolis and its zip codes. More detailed, the map shows where each zip code stands, politically, and which presidential candidate is the front-runner in each zip code. By clicking on the zip code or selecting from the drop-down menu, you will get more information on which candidate is the front-runner and which candidate raised the most money in donations in that specific zip code. For a more detailed analysis of how each candidate is doing in the same zip code, view the corresponding interactive line graph above the map.

 


Blue zip codes are zip codes where the aggregated number of unique donors of all Democratic candidates (including past and current candidates) is higher than the number of unique donors received by Trump, Walsh, and Weld (mostly Trump), and red zip codes are areas where the Republican candidates attracted more unique donors than all Democratic candidates combined.

For the city of Indianapolis, we see that the total number of unique donors by Presidential candidate goes to Peter Buttigieg. In December, Buttigieg had received a total of 982 unique donors. That is only 119 unique donors more than the runner-up, President Donald Trump, but still enough to secure the lead in Indianapolis for the fourth quarter. President Donald Trump had a total of 863 unique donors and there was a bigger gap between Trump and Bernie Sanders, who came in third in total unique donors, with a total of 390 unique donors.

Looking at the interactive map for the city of Indianapolis, we see that color-wise the percentage of donor share is rather spread out throughout the various zip codes. Taking a deeper look at the percentages, we see that the Democratic party held a 55% + donor share in 31 zip codes throughout Indianapolis while the Republican party only secured 10 zip codes in terms of percentage donor share. There were 9 zip codes were neither party held the majority percentage donor share.

The Presidential candidate that secured the most zip codes in terms of unique donors was President Donald Trump with a total of 25 zip codes. Coming in second was Peter Buttigieg with 20 zip codes, 5 zip codes behind Trump. However, in terms of amount raised we see that Buttigieg takes the lead from Trump, securing the win in 25 zip codes while Trump only secured a total of 21 zip codes throughout Indianapolis.

Unique Donors Leaderboard – Top 10 Zip Codes With the Most Unique Donors

We thought we would break down the zip codes with the most unique donors for the fourth quarter. You can also select the zip codes from the drop-down menu on the map to learn more.

  • Zip code 46220: Buttigieg received 113 unique donors (235 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($78,538.89).
  • Zip code 46202: Buttigieg received 71 unique donors (122 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($65,036.7).
  • Zip code 46032: Buttigieg received 67 unique donors (201 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($53,650.67).
  • Zip code 46205: Buttigieg received 60 unique donors (117 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($49,625.62).
  • Zip code 46077: Buttigieg received 54 unique donors (138 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($45,957).
  • Zip code 46143: Trump received 52 unique donors (92 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($20,178.93).
  • Zip code 46240: Buttigieg received 51 unique donors (115 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($39,679.02).
  • Zip code 46260: Buttigieg received 49 unique donors (118 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($29,782.33).
  • Zip code 46037: Trump received 43 unique donors (95 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($16,286.33).
  • Zip code 46256: Buttigieg received 38 unique donors (95 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($28,078.26).

Jacksonville, FL

Which Candidate Does Your Neighbor Support?

The interactive map below highlights Jacksonville and its zip codes. More detailed, the map shows where each zip code stands, politically, and which presidential candidate is the front-runner in each zip code. By clicking on the zip code or selecting from the drop-down menu, you will get more information on which candidate is the front-runner and which candidate raised the most money in donations in that specific zip code. For a more detailed analysis of how each candidate is doing in the same zip code, view the corresponding interactive line graph above the map.

 


Blue zip codes are zip codes where the aggregated number of unique donors of all Democratic candidates (including past and current candidates) is higher than the number of unique donors received by Trump, Walsh, and Weld (mostly Trump), and red zip codes are areas where the Republican candidates attracted more unique donors than all Democratic candidates combined.

Above we see the interactive map of Jacksonville that shows where each zip code stand, politically. By giving the map a brief overlook, it does appear that most Jacksonville zip codes are politically standing with President Trump, based off of the donations numbers alone. We see that Trump received a total of 1,261 unique donors at the end of December. That is a significantly higher number than the runner-up Bernie Sanders, who clocked 215 unique donors in the same time period. That is a difference of 1,046 unique donors. Let’s dive into a deeper analysis of the Jacksonville zip codes and not just Jacksonville overall to see if anything changes.

Our findings remain the same when looking at the individual zip codes compared to Jacksonville as a whole, and that is that President Donald Trump is a clear front-runner. Out of the 41 zip codes in Jacksonville, President Trump secured 37 zip codes in terms of unique donors and 33 zip codes in terms of amount raised. The other candidates on the leaderboard were Sanders, Biden, Yang, and Buttigieg. For the party share, the Republican party secured the majority share in 27 zip codes, while the Democratic party only secured 10 zip codes. There were 5 zip codes where neither party held 55% + of the share.

Unique Donors Leaderboard – Top 10 Zip Codes With the Most Unique Donors

We thought we would break down the zip codes with the most unique donors for the fourth quarter. You can also select the zip codes from the drop-down menu on the map to learn more.

  • Zip code 32034: Trump received 135 unique donors (188 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($58,422.75).
  • Zip code 32259: Trump received 70 unique donors (127 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($31,688.51).
  • Zip code 32256: Trump received 69 unique donors (123 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($24,117.33).
  • Zip code 32250: Trump received 67 unique donors (102 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($31,387.08).
  • Zip code 32224: Trump received 65 unique donors (108 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Biden($25,224.6).
  • Zip code 32003: Trump received 61 unique donors (92 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($49,617.75).
  • Zip code 32225: Trump received 60 unique donors (95 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($36,539.3).
  • Zip code 32210: Trump received 56 unique donors (90 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($24,044.83).
  • Zip code 32207: Trump received 53 unique donors (94 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($26,912.31).
  • Zip code 32233: Trump received 45 unique donors (89 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($19,443.48).

Kansas City, MO

Which Candidate Does Your Neighbor Support?

The interactive map below highlights Kansas City and its zip codes. More detailed, the map shows where each zip code stands, politically, and which presidential candidate is the front-runner in each zip code. By clicking on the zip code or selecting from the drop-down menu, you will get more information on which candidate is the front-runner and which candidate raised the most money in donations in that specific zip code. For a more detailed analysis of how each candidate is doing in the same zip code, view the corresponding interactive line graph above the map.

 


Blue zip codes are zip codes where the aggregated number of unique donors of all Democratic candidates (including past and current candidates) is higher than the number of unique donors received by Trump, Walsh, and Weld (mostly Trump), and red zip codes are areas where the Republican candidates attracted more unique donors than all Democratic candidates combined.

In terms of where the zip codes stood politically in Kansas City, we see that 33 of the zip codes in Kansas City were zip codes where the Democratic party held 55% + of the donor share for the fourth quarter. The Republican party had 55% + donor share in 11 zip codes. There were 12 zip codes in Kansas City where neither party had the majority of the donor share.

In terms of which Presidential candidate took the lead in total unique donors, we see from the corresponding graph above the interactive map that President Donald Trump is clearly in the lead. Trump received a total of 503 unique donors by the end of Q4 while the runner-up Bernie Sanders received 344 unique donors. Coming in third is Peter Buttigieg with a total of 243 unique donors. For the Presidential candidate scoring the most zip codes in terms of unique donors and amount raised, President Donald Trump took an overwhelming lead securing 34 zip codes for unique donors and 38 zip codes for the amount raised.

Unique Donors Leaderboard – Top 10 Zip Codes With the Most Unique Donors

We thought we would break down the zip codes with the most unique donors for the fourth quarter. You can also select the zip codes from the drop-down menu on the map to learn more.

  • Zip code 64152: Trump received 45 unique donors (90 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($26,399.76).
  • Zip code 64111: Sanders received 36 unique donors (87 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Sanders ($12,930.39).
  • Zip code 64055: Trump received 30 unique donors (56 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($10,179.2).
  • Zip code 64112: Buttigieg received 28 unique donors (67 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($53,746.42).
  • Zip code 64113: Buttigieg received 26 unique donors (79 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($51,196.89).
  • Zip code 64114: Sanders received 24 unique donors (90 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($8,614.54).
  • Zip code 64068: Trump received 22 unique donors (54 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($10,681.74).
  • Zip code 64151: Trump received 21 unique donors (47 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($6,552.69).
  • Zip code 64108: Buttigieg received 19 unique donors (48 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($38,111.44).
  • Zip code 64081: Trump received 18 unique donors (49 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Sanders ($4,480.13).

Las Vegas/North Las Vegas, NV

Which Candidate Does Your Neighbor Support?

The interactive map below highlights Las Vegas and its zip codes. More detailed, the map shows where each zip code stands, politically, and which presidential candidate is the front-runner in each zip code. By clicking on the zip code or selecting from the drop-down menu, you will get more information on which candidate is the front-runner and which candidate raised the most money in donations in that specific zip code. For a more detailed analysis of how each candidate is doing in the same zip code, view the corresponding interactive line graph above the map.

 


Blue zip codes are zip codes where the aggregated number of unique donors of all Democratic candidates (including past and current candidates) is higher than the number of unique donors received by Trump, Walsh, and Weld (mostly Trump), and red zip codes are areas where the Republican candidates attracted more unique donors than all Democratic candidates combined.

While the percentage of donor share by zip code is mostly by the Democratic party, 20 zip codes to be exact, we see that President Donald Trump is the Presidential candidate with the most unique donors for the city of Las Vegas. Specifically, Trump leads the race in Las Vegas with a total of 1,192 unique donors. That is 731 more unique donors that Bernie Sanders was able to collect at the end of Q4. His total ended up being 461 unique donors. Joe Biden is right behind Sanders with a total of 367 unique donors in Las Vegas in December.

It might therefore not be surprising when we say that President Donald Trump was the candidate that secured the most zip codes in terms of unique donors, with a total of 30 zip codes. Donald Trump also took the lead in terms of the most zip codes for the amount raised, with a total of 18 zip codes. For amount raised the runner-up was Biden with a total of 14 zip codes, 4 zip codes short to take the lead.

Unique Donors Leaderboard – Top 10 Zip Codes With the Most Unique Donors

We thought we would break down the zip codes with the most unique donors for the fourth quarter. You can also select the zip codes from the drop-down menu on the map to learn more.

  • Zip code 89135: Trump received 82 unique donors (256 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Biden ($142,271.9).
  • Zip code 89117: Trump received 82 unique donors (204 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Biden ($81,451).
  • Zip code 89131: Trump received 82 unique donors (134 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($35,730.28).
  • Zip code 89134: Trump received 74 unique donors (170 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Biden ($45,621).
  • Zip code 89149: Trump received 51 unique donors (99 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($32,980.12).
  • Zip code 89129: Trump received 48 unique donors (118 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($19,111.2).
  • Zip code 89145: Trump received 46 unique donors (100 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Biden ($46,425).
  • Zip code 89128: Trump received 45 unique donors (104 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Biden ($23,844).
  • Zip code 89144: Trump received 34 unique donors (87 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Biden ($62,095).
  • Zip code 89102: Trump received 20 unique donors (81 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Biden ($15,162).

Los Angeles, CA

Which Candidate Does Your Neighbor Support?

The interactive map below highlights Los Angeles and its zip codes. More detailed, the map shows where each zip code stands, politically, and which presidential candidate is the front-runner in each zip code. By clicking on the zip code or selecting from the drop-down menu, you will get more information on which candidate is the front-runner and which candidate raised the most money in donations in that specific zip code. For a more detailed analysis of how each candidate is doing in the same zip code, view the corresponding interactive line graph above the map.

 


Blue zip codes are zip codes where the aggregated number of unique donors of all Democratic candidates (including past and current candidates) is higher than the number of unique donors received by Trump, Walsh, and Weld (mostly Trump), and red zip codes are areas where the Republican candidates attracted more unique donors than all Democratic candidates combined.

From the interactive map we can see that Los Angeles is vastly covered in blue, which indicates a high number of democratic donations. If we take a closer look at the corresponding interactive line graph above the map, we are able to see which Presidential candidate is in the lead, in Los Angeles overall and in different zip codes. Starting with Los Angeles as a whole, the Presidental candidate taking the lead in terms of unique donors as of December 2019 was Bernie Sanders, with an impressive 5,165 unique donors. That is 1,593 more unique donors than the runner-up, which in the fourth quarter was Peter Buttigieg. Coming in third was Donald Trump, 473 unique donors behind Buttigieg, with a total of 3,099 unique donors in December.

When looking more closely at the different Los Angeles zip codes we are able to see which Presidential candidate was able to secure most zip codes in terms of unique donors and amount raised. For unique donors, Bernie Sanders took the lead in 68 zip codes. President Donald Trump came in second, securing the lead in 33 zip codes. For the amount raised, however, Donald Trump was the front-runner, securing 45 zip codes. Sanders came in second taking the win in 28 zip codes while Biden secured 25 zip codes. For the party share, the Democratic party rocked the leaderboard by holding 55% + of the share in an impressive 124 zip codes. The Republican party, however, didn’t secure one zip code in terms of having 55% + of the unique donors share. There were 7 zip codes where neither party had majority.

Unique Donors Leaderboard – Top 10 Zip Codes With the Most Unique Donors

We thought we would break down the zip codes with the most unique donors for the fourth quarter. You can also select the zip codes from the drop-down menu on the map to learn more.

  • Zip code 90069: Buttigieg received 276 unique donors (576 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($297,871.34)
  • Zip code 90046: Buttigieg received 226 unique donors (690 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($261,216.35)
  • Zip code 90026: Sanders received 212 unique donors (471 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Sanders ($69,536.35)
  • Zip code 90049: Buttigieg received 201 unique donors (863 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Biden ($287,434)
  • Zip code 90027: Sanders received 188 unique donors (562 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($73,695.25)
  • Zip code 90272: Biden received 135 unique donors (622 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Biden ($263,777.5)
  • Zip code 90210: Buttigieg & Trump received 121 unique donors each (575 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($304,113.39)
  • Zip code 90402: Buttigieg received 104 unique donors (463 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Biden ($195,674)
  • Zip code 90025: Sanders received 98 unique donors (500 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Biden ($145,011)
  • Zip code 90064: Warren received 72 unique donors (481 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Biden ($114,477.96)

Memphis, TN

Which Candidate Does Your Neighbor Support?

The interactive map below highlights Memphis and its zip codes. More detailed, the map shows where each zip code stands, politically, and which presidential candidate is the front-runner in each zip code. By clicking on the zip code or selecting from the drop-down menu, you will get more information on which candidate is the front-runner and which candidate raised the most money in donations in that specific zip code. For a more detailed analysis of how each candidate is doing in the same zip code, view the corresponding interactive line graph above the map.

 


Blue zip codes are zip codes where the aggregated number of unique donors of all Democratic candidates (including past and current candidates) is higher than the number of unique donors received by Trump, Walsh, and Weld (mostly Trump), and red zip codes are areas where the Republican candidates attracted more unique donors than all Democratic candidates combined.

For the city of Memphis we see that the percentage of donor share by zip code is pretty tied by the political party. When we look at it deeper, we see that the Republican party holds the lead in terms of holding 55% + of the donor share in 15 zip codes while the Democratic party had the majority in 14 zip codes. There were 4 zip codes in Memphis where neither party had the majority of the percentage donor share.

When we break it down by Presidential candidates we see that President Donald Trump takes the lead in the fourth quarter with a total of 578 unique donors. Second place in terms of total unique donors goes to Bernie Sander; however, he only received a total of 153 unique donors. Biden was right behind Sanders with a total of 129 unique donors. Donald Trump had the most unique donors in 22 zip codes and the highest amount raised in 21 zip codes, racing past the other Presidential candidates by a lot.

Unique Donors Leaderboard – Top 10 Zip Codes With the Most Unique Donors

We thought we would break down the zip codes with the most unique donors for the fourth quarter. You can also select the zip codes from the drop-down menu on the map to learn more.

  • Zip code 38138: Trump received 59 unique donors (104 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($40,932.27).
  • Zip code 38139: Trump received 56 unique donors (92 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($33,364.79).
  • Zip code 38002: Trump received 46 unique donors (62 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($17,769.25).
  • Zip code 38120: Trump received 40 unique donors (67 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($20,296.18).
  • Zip code 38018: Trump received 34 unique donors (60 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($9,167.74).
  • Zip code 38117: Trump received 32 unique donors (74 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($15,832.17).
  • Zip code 38111: Trump received 31 unique donors (82 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Biden ($22,591).
  • Zip code 38119: Trump received 29 unique donors (55 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Biden ($14,658.1).
  • Zip code 38104: Sanders received 23 unique donors (86 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($11,187.2).
  • Zip code 38103: Biden & Trump received 12 unique donors (57 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($10,118.68).

Miami, FL

Which Candidate Does Your Neighbor Support?

The interactive map below highlights Miami and its zip codes. More detailed, the map shows where each zip code stands, politically, and which presidential candidate is the front-runner in each zip code. By clicking on the zip code or selecting from the drop-down menu, you will get more information on which candidate is the front-runner and which candidate raised the most money in donations in that specific zip code. For a more detailed analysis of how each candidate is doing in the same zip code, view the corresponding interactive line graph above the map.

 


Blue zip codes are zip codes where the aggregated number of unique donors of all Democratic candidates (including past and current candidates) is higher than the number of unique donors received by Trump, Walsh, and Weld (mostly Trump), and red zip codes are areas where the Republican candidates attracted more unique donors than all Democratic candidates combined.

From the first look at the map, we see that the findings are more scattered for Miami than other cities. The majority of zip codes does appear to have a more democratic stand than republican. However, when we look at Miami as a whole, we see that President Donald Trump managed to secure a total of 856 unique donors in Miami in December. Trump secured 252 unique donors more than the runner-up, Joe Biden. But that is just an overall of Miami. Let’s take a deeper look at the zip codes to see if the picture changes.

Looking at which Presidential candidate took the lead in which Miami zip codes, President Donald Trump took the lead in regards to securing the highest number of zip codes in terms of unique donors. Trump managed to secure 17 zip codes, while Sanders secured 8. Both Biden and Buttigieg managed to secure 6 zip codes each in terms of the highest number of unique donors. In regards to the amount raised, Biden took the lead from Trump by taking the lead in 14 zip codes for the amount raised. Trump, however, is right behind with 12 zip codes. Buttigieg secured 5 zip codes, while Sanders secured 4 and Warren secured 2. Now, what were the numbers when we look at how the parties did? In fact, the Democratic party held the majority share in 31 zip codes while the Republican party only managed to hold 55% + of the share in 3 zip codes. 3 zip codes were left without a party winner.

Unique Donors Leaderboard – Top 10 Zip Codes With the Most Unique Donors

We thought we would break down the zip codes with the most unique donors for the fourth quarter. You can also select the zip codes from the drop-down menu on the map to learn more.

  • Zip code 33139: Buttigieg received 91 unique donors (293 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($106,556.06)
  • Zip code 33133: Biden received 81 unique donors (291 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Biden ($106,035)
  • Zip code 33156: Trump received 70 unique donors (211 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Biden ($58,068.4)
  • Zip code 33134: Trump received 60 unique donors (215 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Biden ($74,405)
  • Zip code 33140: Buttigieg received 51 unique donors (177 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($81,799.29)
  • Zip code 33160: Trump received 50 unique donors (120 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($55,694.35)
  • Zip code 33131: Biden received 39 unique donors each (174 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Biden ($59,517)
  • Zip code 33143: Biden received 38 unique donors (162 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Biden ($48,228)
  • Zip code 33138: Buttigieg received 28 unique donors (123 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($19,160.35)
  • Zip code 33141: Buttigieg received 24 unique donors (98 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Biden ($37,306)

Minneapolis, MN

Which Candidate Does Your Neighbor Support?

The interactive map below highlights Minneapolis and its zip codes. More detailed, the map shows where each zip code stands, politically, and which presidential candidate is the front-runner in each zip code. By clicking on the zip code or selecting from the drop-down menu, you will get more information on which candidate is the front-runner and which candidate raised the most money in donations in that specific zip code. For a more detailed analysis of how each candidate is doing in the same zip code, view the corresponding interactive line graph above the map.

 


Blue zip codes are zip codes where the aggregated number of unique donors of all Democratic candidates (including past and current candidates) is higher than the number of unique donors received by Trump, Walsh, and Weld (mostly Trump), and red zip codes are areas where the Republican candidates attracted more unique donors than all Democratic candidates combined.

Looking at the map of Minneapolis there is no doubt where the majority of the city stands, politically, as the entire map is colored in blue. Looking at the numbers, the Democratic party held a 55% + donor share in all 34 zip codes of Minneapolis.

The Presidential candidate with the most unique donors in total was Amy Klobuchar, with a total of 1,202 unique donors in December. In second place we have Bernie Sanders with a total of 904 unique donors and in third we have Elizabeth Warren with 560 unique donors. Klobuchar secured the most zip codes in terms of unique donors, with a total of 17 zip codes. However, Bernie Sanders was right behind with 16 zip codes. For most zip codes in terms of amount raised Amy Klobuchar won by a landslide with a total of 21 out of 34 zip codes.

Unique Donors Leaderboard – Top 10 Zip Codes With the Most Unique Donors

We thought we would break down the zip codes with the most unique donors for the fourth quarter. You can also select the zip codes from the drop-down menu on the map to learn more.

  • Zip code 55419: Klobuchar received 100 unique donors (254 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Klobuchar ($55,830.5)
  • Zip code 55416: Klobuchar received 95 unique donors (281 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Klobuchar ($65,064.3)
  • Zip code 55105: Klobuchar received 89 unique donors (237 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Klobuchar ($62,304.78)
  • Zip code 55403: Klobuchar received 82 unique donors (206 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Klobuchar ($61,935.36)
  • Zip code 55405: Klobuchar received 73 unique donors (185 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Klobuchar ($75,935)
  • Zip code 55410: Klobuchar received 66 unique donors (225 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Klobuchar ($34,544.5)
  • Zip code 55104: Sanders received 64 unique donors each (220 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($25,154.21)
  • Zip code 55406: Sanders & Warren received 57 unique donors (219 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($20,268.37)
  • Zip code 55414: Klobuchar received 52 unique donors (172 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Klobuchar ($46,321.16)
  • Zip code 55408: Sanders received 50 unique donors (176 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Klobuchar ($27,455.49)

New York, NY

Which Candidate Does Your Neighbor Support?

The interactive map below highlights New York City and its zip codes. More detailed, the map shows where each zip code stands, politically, and which presidential candidate is the front-runner in each zip code. By clicking on the zip code or selecting from the drop-down menu, you will get more information on which candidate is the front-runner and which candidate raised the most money in donations in that specific zip code. For a more detailed analysis of how each candidate is doing in the same zip code, view the corresponding interactive line graph above the map.

 


Blue zip codes are zip codes where the aggregated number of unique donors of all Democratic candidates (including past and current candidates) is higher than the number of unique donors received by Trump, Walsh, and Weld (mostly Trump), and red zip codes are areas where the Republican candidates attracted more unique donors than all Democratic candidates combined.

From the interactive map above we can see that for New York City the majority of donor share is democratic, similar to the results of the previous quarter findings. When taking a closer look at the corresponding interactive line graph above the map, we see that Bernie Sanders is the candidate in the lead with 6,971 unique donors in December when looking at New York City overall. If we break down the numbers by boroughs, the findings vary among candidates. While Sanders obtained the lead in the Bronx with a total of 205 unique donors, candidate Donald Trump is right behind with 185 unique donors. Sanders also obtained the lead in Queens (984 unique donors) but again we see that Trump is not far behind (867 unique donors). For the borough of Brooklyn however, Sanders was the clear winner. Coming in at second was Elizabeth Warren but she was far behind Sanders with only 1,791 unique donors compared to Sanders’ number of 2,796 unique donors.

The boroughs of Manhattan and Staten Island had other Presidential candidates in the lead other than Sanders. For Manhattan, the clear candidate in the lead was Peter Buttigieg. In December, Buttigieg had a total of 3,928 unique donors, which was 1,141 more unique donors than Sanders (total of 2,787 unique donors in Manhattan). While Buttigieg might not have been as strong in other boroughs than Manhattan, Buttigieg had the highest number of unique donors by borough in New York City. For the borough of Staten Island, Donald Trump took a clear lead in December with a total of 388 unique donors compared to the runner-up, Sanders, with a total of 127 unique donors.

Taking a deeper look at the leaderboard for the Presidential candidates’ effort in securing the most unique donors and amount raised we see that Bernie Sanders secured 83 zip codes in terms of unique donors. Donald Trump ended up second, with a win totalling 66 zip codes. However, for the amount raised, the findings switch. Trump is now the front-runner, securing 80 zip codes in terms of the amount raised. Bernie Sanders now ranks second, with a total of 55 zip codes. We also want to take a brief look at the numbers for the two parties. Who holds the majority share in New York? Well, the Democratic party holds 55% + of the share in 182 zip codes while the Republican party only held the majority in 16 zip codes. 17 zip codes were “neutral”.

Unique donors Leaderboard – Top 10 Zip Codes With the Most Unique Donors

We thought we would break down the zip codes with the most unique donors for the fourth quarter. You can also select the zip codes from the drop-down menu on the map to learn more.

  • Zip code 10011: Buttigieg received 416 unique donors (1,251 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($638,260.45)
  • Zip code 10023: Buttigieg received 339 unique donors (1,260 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($556,375.45)
  • Zip code 10024: Buttigieg received 288 unique donors (1,395 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($432,055.12)
  • Zip code 11215: Warren received 283 unique donors (934 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Warren ($117,530.24)
  • Zip code 10025: Warren received 262 unique donors (1,221 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($224,131.18)
  • Zip code 11201: Warren received 220 unique donors (1,027 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($184,768.11)
  • Zip code 10003: Buttigieg received 210 unique donors each (912 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($369,550.15)
  • Zip code 10021: Biden received 198 unique donors (833 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($535,273.95)
  • Zip code 10128: Buttigieg received 182 unique donors (972 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($325,592.22)
  • Zip code 10028: Biden received 147 unique donors (852 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Biden ($285,872.31)

Phoenix, AZ

Which Candidate Does Your Neighbor Support?

The interactive map below highlights Phoenix and its zip codes. More detailed, the map shows where each zip code stands, politically, and which presidential candidate is the front-runner in each zip code. By clicking on the zip code or selecting from the drop-down menu, you will get more information on which candidate is the front-runner and which candidate raised the most money in donations in that specific zip code. For a more detailed analysis of how each candidate is doing in the same zip code, view the corresponding interactive line graph above the map.

 


Blue zip codes are zip codes where the aggregated number of unique donors of all Democratic candidates (including past and current candidates) is higher than the number of unique donors received by Trump, Walsh, and Weld (mostly Trump), and red zip codes are areas where the Republican candidates attracted more unique donors than all Democratic candidates combined.

From a quick look at the interactive map of Phoenix, it appears the zip codes are rather divided in terms of what their political stance is. However, looking at Phoenix overall we can see from the corresponding interactive line graph above that President Donald Trump has a big lead in the city. At the end of the fourth quarter in December, President Trump had received 2,141 unique donors, 1,312 more unique donors than Phoenix’s runner-up, Bernie Sanders. Sanders had received a total of 829 unique donors in December while Buttigieg had a total of 419 unique donors.

When we break down the party share, the Democratic party holds 55% + of the share in 29 zip codes in Phoenix. The Republican party holds the majority in 19 zip codes. There are currently 19 zip codes where neither party holds 55% + of the share. In terms of which Presidential candidate took the lead in terms of the total amount of zip codes secured in terms of unique donors and amount raised, President Donald Trump is the clear winner securing 49 zip codes for unique donors and 55 zip codes in terms of the highest amount raised from donations.

Unique Donors Leaderboard – Top 10 Zip Codes With the Most Unique Donors

We thought we would break down the zip codes with the most unique donors for the fourth quarter. You can also select the zip codes from the drop-down menu on the map to learn more.

  • Zip code 85255: Trump received 217 unique donors (372 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($178,002.83)
  • Zip code 85253: Trump received 116 unique donors (217 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($113,538.26)
  • Zip code 85383: Trump received 109 unique donors (166 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($46,279.95)
  • Zip code 85308: Trump received 87 unique donors (140 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($37,858.22)
  • Zip code 85254: Trump received 84 unique donors (173 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($41,502.21)
  • Zip code 85331: Trump received 83 unique donors (136 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($40,257.79)
  • Zip code 85251: Trump received 69 unique donors each (143 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($36,230.91)
  • Zip code 85018: Trump received 56 unique donors (164 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($54,850.98)
  • Zip code 85016: Trump received 47 unique donors (149 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($26,011.34)
  • Zip code 85282: Sanders received 45 unique donors (143 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($12,225.41)

San Jose, CA

Which Candidate Does Your Neighbor Support?

The interactive map below highlights San Jose and its zip codes. More detailed, the map shows where each zip code stands, politically, and which presidential candidate is the front-runner in each zip code. By clicking on the zip code or selecting from the drop-down menu, you will get more information on which candidate is the front-runner and which candidate raised the most money in donations in that specific zip code. For a more detailed analysis of how each candidate is doing in the same zip code, view the corresponding interactive line graph above the map.

 


Blue zip codes are zip codes where the aggregated number of unique donors of all Democratic candidates (including past and current candidates) is higher than the number of unique donors received by Trump, Walsh, and Weld (mostly Trump), and red zip codes are areas where the Republican candidates attracted more unique donors than all Democratic candidates combined.

Viewing the interactive map above the map clearly shows that the total number of unique donors are mostly Democratic donations. Looking at San Jose as a whole, the front-runner Presidential candidate is Bernie Sanders. In December, Sanders had a total of 1,160 unique donors in San Jose. However, that is only 198 unique donors more than the runner-up, which in this case was President Donald Trump, who had a total of 962 unique donors by December. Coming in at third is Presidential candidate Andrew Yang, who had a total of 615 unique donors in San Jose by December. The gap between runner-up and third is slightly bigger than for the front-runner and the runner-up, but the difference is only 347 unique donors. Note, that unique donors don’t mean amount raised so while the total number of unique donors might be higher with one candidate than another, the amount raised might be higher for another candidate and vice versa. However, the unique donor counts give an indication of which Presidential candidate the people are standing by.

By looking at the Q4 numbers, we also see that Bernie Sanders took the lead in 20 zip codes throughout San Jose in terms of unique donors. The runner-up was Trump, with a total of 13 zip codes. For the amount raised, however, the numbers change a bit. Now, we have a tie between Presidential candidate Andrew Yang and President Donald Trump in terms of holding the most zip codes for the amount raised. Both Yang and Trump secured 12 zip codes each, while Sanders secured 8, Buttigieg secured 7, and Warren secured 1. If we look at who dominated in terms of the party share, the Democratic party held 55% + of the share in 39 zip codes, while the Republican party had none. 1 zip code was “neutral”.

Unique Donors Leaderboard – Top 10 Zip Codes With the Most Unique Donors

We thought we would break down the zip codes with the most unique donors for the fourth quarter. You can also select the zip codes from the drop-down menu on the map to learn more.

  • Zip code 95014: Sanders received 75 unique donors (344 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Yang ($66,776.88)
  • Zip code 95112: Sanders received 74 unique donors (245 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($34,041.17)
  • Zip code 95070: Yang received 71 unique donors (319 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Yang ($70,494.13)
  • Zip code 95037: Sanders received 65 unique donors (173 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($56,501.09)
  • Zip code 95125: Sanders received 63 unique donors (313 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($47,570.1)
  • Zip code 95126: Sanders received 61 unique donors (209 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($31,284.56)
  • Zip code 95008: Sanders received 57 unique donors each (225 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Yang ($28,626.83)
  • Zip code 95123: Sanders received 50 unique donors (184 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($18,817.8)
  • Zip code 95124: Sanders received 47 unique donors (193 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($34,216.8)
  • Zip code 95032: Buttigieg received 40 unique donors (181 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Trump ($56,205.28)

Seattle, WA

Which Candidate Does Your Neighbor Support?

The interactive map below highlights Seattle and its zip codes. More detailed, the map shows where each zip code stands, politically, and which presidential candidate is the front-runner in each zip code. By clicking on the zip code or selecting from the drop-down menu, you will get more information on which candidate is the front-runner and which candidate raised the most money in donations in that specific zip code. For a more detailed analysis of how each candidate is doing in the same zip code, view the corresponding interactive line graph above the map.

 


Blue zip codes are zip codes where the aggregated number of unique donors of all Democratic candidates (including past and current candidates) is higher than the number of unique donors received by Trump, Walsh, and Weld (mostly Trump), and red zip codes are areas where the Republican candidates attracted more unique donors than all Democratic candidates combined.

For Seattle, the interactive map shows all of Seattle’s zip codes covered in blue. Looking at the numbers to support the colors, we see that the Democratic party had the majority donor share (55% + of the donor share) in all of Seattle’s 37 zip codes. So just from the map, it seems the residents of Seattle are mostly supporting the Democratic candidates. But which candidate is taking the lead, according to the Q4 numbers?

Breaking it down by Presidential candidates, we see that Bernie Sanders received a total of 2,382 unique donors at the end of Q4. The runner-up candidate was Elizabeth Warren, with a total of 1,850 unique donors. Coming third is Peter Buttigieg, with a total of 1,317 unique donors. President Donald Trump only received a total of 528 unique donors in Seattle for Q4. Furthermore, Sanders took the lead in a total of 23 out of 37 zip codes in terms of the highest number of unique donors while Buttigieg secured most zip codes (12 out of 37) in terms of the highest amount raised.

Unique Donors Leaderboard – Top 10 Zip Codes With the Most Unique Donors

We thought we would break down the zip codes with the most unique donors for the fourth quarter. You can also select the zip codes from the drop-down menu on the map to learn more.

  • Zip code 98103: Sanders received 220 unique donors (679 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Warren ($78,681.68)
  • Zip code 98122: Sanders received 163 unique donors (536 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($86,500.78)
  • Zip code 98115: Sanders received 150 unique donors (580 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Warren ($66,358.78)
  • Zip code 98102: Sanders received 146 unique donors (467 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($76,340.26)
  • Zip code 98118: Sanders received 117 unique donors (330 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Sanders ($51,827.97)
  • Zip code 98112: Warren received 112 unique donors (520 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($158,510.99)
  • Zip code 95008: Warren received 104 unique donors each (385 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Warren ($47,293.15)
  • Zip code 98109: Sanders received 104 unique donors (365 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($48,284)
  • Zip code 98105: Sanders received 94 unique donors (341 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($48,936.63)
  • Zip code 98119: Sanders received 78 unique donors (337 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($60,702.21)

Washington D.C.

Which Candidate Does Your Neighbor Support?

The interactive map below highlights Washington D.C. and its zip codes. More detailed, the map shows where each zip code stands, politically, and which presidential candidate is the front-runner in each zip code. By clicking on the zip code or selecting from the drop-down menu, you will get more information on which candidate is the front-runner and which candidate raised the most money in donations in that specific zip code. For a more detailed analysis of how each candidate is doing in the same zip code, view the corresponding interactive line graph above the map.

 


Blue zip codes are zip codes where the aggregated number of unique donors of all Democratic candidates (including past and current candidates) is higher than the number of unique donors received by Trump, Walsh, and Weld (mostly Trump), and red zip codes are areas where the Republican candidates attracted more unique donors than all Democratic candidates combined.

From the map, we see that Washington D.C. is following the same trend as Seattle, with all of its zip codes being covered in blue. Out of Washington D.C.’s 28 zip codes, the Democratic party held a 55% + share of the unique donors for the fourth quarter in all of the city’s zip codes. There were no zip codes throughout Washington D.C. where the Republican party and President Trump had a significant lead in terms when looking at the Q4 numbers.

For the individual Presidential candidates, the front-runner in Washington D.C. was Peter Buttigieg, with a total of 2,167 unique donors. The runner-up was Elizabeth Warren, with a total of 1,346 unique donors, 821 fewer donors than Buttigieg. Peter Buttigieg was also the front-runner in terms of securing the most zip codes when looking at the total number of unique donors and the amount raised. Buttigieg secured 16 zip codes for total unique donors and 15 zip codes for highest amount raised in Washington D.C.

Unique Donors Leaderboard – Top 10 Zip Codes With the Most Unique Donors

We thought we would break down the zip codes with the most unique donors for the fourth quarter. You can also select the zip codes from the drop-down menu on the map to learn more.

  • Zip code 20009: Buttigieg received 330 unique donors (909 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($259,174.62)
  • Zip code 20008: Buttigieg received 238 unique donors (887 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($237,568.75)
  • Zip code 20001: Buttigieg received 228 unique donors (710 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($175,379.3)
  • Zip code 20016: Buttigieg received 224 unique donors (922 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Biden ($285,302.62)
  • Zip code 20002: Buttigieg received 195 unique donors (694 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($137,965.04)
  • Zip code 20007: Buttigieg received 175 unique donors (651 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Biden ($242,692.72)
  • Zip code 20003: Buttigieg received 154 unique donors each (524 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($101,951.67)
  • Zip code 20015: Buttigieg received 120 unique donors (440 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($124,269.91)
  • Zip code 20010: Warren received 112 unique donors (345 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($57,843.85)
  • Zip code 20011: Buttigieg received 86 unique donors (389 total unique donors) / highest amount raised was for Buttigieg ($50,798.01)

Methodology

The campaign donations data was retrieved from the FEC. Note that the dataset only includes individual receipts and has yet to be categorized and coded by the FEC as of Feb 10th, 2020. It is pulled directly from each committee’s raw, electronic reports, and does not include paper filings. The city shapefiles were retrieved from the < a href="https://www.census.gov/">U.S. Census Bureau. In terms of unique donors, we deduped by names, zip codes, and committee names. We adopted 5-digit zip codes for this report as not all candidates collect 9-digit zip codes. We then grouped the zip codes by their respective cities and further analyzed the data by each candidate. People that have changed their names or moved in between donations could artificially inflate these numbers.

Frequently Asked Questions about Our Election Studies

1. Why would Trump be leading in a Blue city?

This is related to the nature of the primary. As we all know, there are currently 11 Democrats running for President in 2020, and so the support is divided among them. Meanwhile, while the Republican Party has 3 candidates running, all the support is gravitating towards Donald Trump, and therefore he alone could receive support from more unique donors than any single Democratic candidate.

2. Why should we care about unique donors?

While the dollar amount raised is important for candidates, we believe that it is more crucial to understand how many unique donors each candidate has attracted, as each unique donor potentially means one vote, and by measuring donor counts, it gives us a better idea of how many people support each candidate.

3. How is the party majority calculated?

The party majority is calculated using the aggregated unique donor count of a party and the aggregated unique donor count from Jan 1st to December 31st, 2019. For instance, if Democratic candidates attracted a total of 200 unique donors, and the total number of unique donors within a city is 500, then the Democratic share would be 40%. In terms of the color shades, purple areas are whether neither the Democratic candidates combined nor Trump has more than 55% of the donors. Light blue and light red represent zip codes where the party has 55% to 70% of the donors, and blue or red represents a majority of 70% and more.

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New Broker Fee Laws in NYC – 2020 https://www.renthop.com/blog/2020/02/new-yorks-new-broker-fee-regulations/ Wed, 12 Feb 2020 21:10:00 +0000

https://www.renthop.com/blog/2020/02/new-yorks-new-broker-fee-regulations/

 

On January 31, 2020, the New York Department of State issued guidance holding that a “landlord’s agent” may no longer collect a broker fee from a tenant. Below is an excerpt of the guidance itself:

 

Despite click-bait headlines proclaiming “No More Broker Fees,” a key point often overlooked in media reports is that the guidance only applies to landlord’s agents, meaning that an agent who represents a tenant (rather than the landlord) can still collect a broker fee from that tenant.

From a renter’s point of view, it can be difficult to tell whether they are working with a “landlord’s agent” or a “tenant’s agent” when looking for an apartment.

The clearest example of a landlord’s agent would be an agent who has an exclusivity agreement with the landlord, meaning that they are the only agent permitted to market and rent the apartment. Such an agent would almost certainly be prohibited from collecting a fee from renter under the new guidance.

However, the majority of apartments in New York City are “open listings” — meaning that no single agent has an exclusive right to advertise and rent the apartment. Open listings are generally shown by “tenant’s agents” — these are agents that don’t have a preexisting relationship with the landlord.

While a tenant’s agent is technically allowed to collect a fee from a renter even under the new rules, it’s important to note that many (if not most) open listings are “no fee” because the landlord has agreed to pay a broker fee (an “OP” — owner pays) to the first agent to bring them a viable tenant.

If an agent states that an apartment is no fee, the tenant shouldn’t be concerned about whether they’re working with a “landlord’s agent” or a “tenant’s agent” because they won’t be paying a fee regardless of the agent’s classification.

That said, some open listings may not be offering an OP to the agent, and in those cases, because the renter is working with a tenant’s agent, the tenant may be on the hook to pay the agent’s broker fee.

Given the recent guidance, agents are incentivized to be extremely clear at the outset of their relationship with a tenant that they are acting as a “tenant’s agent” and are permitted to a collect a fee from the tenant.

And from a renter’s point of view, it’s always best practice to ask your agent whether they’ll be showing you apartments that carry a fee before heading out.

All that said, the dirty little secret of NYC rentals is that apartments charging a fee are often the best deals on the market. “No fee” apartments generally carry a higher monthly rent because the landlord bakes the cost of paying the broker fee into the rent price. In many cases, apartments with fees carry lower monthly rents and can be incredibly good finds, particularly if the tenant doesn’t plan on moving for a few years and can offset the cost of the fee over several lease renewals.

On February 13, 2020, a New York State judge issued a temporary restraining order halting the enforcement of the new guidance until the court is able to adjudicate whether the Department of State applied the underlying law properly. So for at least the next month, broker fee rules will not be in effect. But if the court at its next hearing on March 13 decides to uphold the Department of State’s guidance, the distinction between a “landlord’s agent” and a “tenant’s agent” will become more important than ever.

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Where Does the Train of Rising Rents Stop in Boston (2020)? https://www.renthop.com/studies/boston/where-does-the-train-of-rising-rents-stop-in-boston-2020 Wed, 05 Feb 2020 16:00:43 +0000

https://www.renthop.com/studies/boston/where-does-the-train-of-rising-rents-stop-in-boston-2020

Boston’s T is one of the largest rapid transit systems in the nation, behind New York City and Chicago and similar in size to Washington D.C. This means hundreds of thousands of people rely on the MBTA system to get them to and from work, school, yoga classes, and whatever else they may need. It is no wonder proximity to the T is one of the first things people consider when searching for an apartment in Boston. As important as it is, RentHop’s data scientists want to give you a hand with your apartment search by mapping out median rents by each T train stop.

Our key findings this year include:
  • Overall, one-bedroom median rent in Boston went up 3.6% from 2019 to 2020.
  • Rents increased at 88 stops across all train lines and decreased at 27 stops. 6 stops experienced no change in the past year.
  • Median rent went up 14.6% at Heath Street (Green), mostly driven up by the newly launched 201 South Huntington Avenue, a high-end apartment building that’s only 0.2 miles away from the stop.
  • Median rent went up 10.0% at both Boston University East and Boston University Central, mostly owing to 839 Beacon Street. This also resulted in a 8.0% rent growth around the Fenway station.

Our Interactive T Map Displays All Stops With Respective Rents and YoY Fluctuations

 


To calculate the median rent for the map above, we used RentHop rental data for one-bedroom apartments from October 2019 to January 2020 and from October 2018 to January 2019, as well as MBTA GIS data for T stops from Mass.gov. To get accurate prices near the subway stops, we looked first at non-duplicated listings within 0.62 miles of an MBTA stop and if there were 50 unique data points we calculated the median. If not, the radius from the stop was increased to 1.2 miles and the data was resampled to ensure enough unique listings were used when calculating the median.

Ride the Train to Savings

 
Would you travel an extra stop to save a couple hundred dollars? How about for $1,200? The list below represents the largest price disparities between each stop. This could be because the stops on the edge of a neighborhood and rents dropped at one stop while prices soared at the other, or all of the above. It is also possible that the typical one-bedroom apartment near one stop is very different from an apartment just one stop away.

Greater Boston remains to be one of the most expensive rental markets in the U.S. In total, 88 stops experienced rent growth this year, 13 more than in 2019. Tufts Medical Center continued to be one of the most expensive MBTA stops, with a median rent of $3,560, 4.6% higher than last year. Most stations in Cambridge experienced price increase, except for Porter (-2.8%) and Davis (-1.3%).

These stops saw the biggest rent drops on one-bedroom apartments
  • Eliot – Green Line: $2,100, YoY -6.7%
  • Prudential – Green Line: $2,900, YoY -6.5%
  • Roxbury Crossing – Orange Line: $2,248, YoY -4.3%
  • Longwood Medical Area – Green Line: $2,250, YoY -4.3%
  • Brigham Circle – Green Line: $2,250, YoY -4.3%
These stops saw some of the biggest rent hikes
  • Heath Street – Green Line: $2,350, YoY 14.6%
  • Boston University East – Green Line: $2,750, YoY 10.0%
  • Boston University Central – Green Line: $2,750, YoY 10.0%
  • Haymarket – Green/Orange Line: $3,125, YoY 9.6%
  • Saint Pual Street – Green Line: $2,670, YoY 9.0%
Turn your commute into extra cash at these stops
  • Save $1,247  between Aquarium ($3,397) and Maverick ($2,150) – Blue Line
  • Save $1,100  between Back Bay ($3,600) and Massachusetts Ave ($2,500) – Orange Line
  • Save $900 between Broadway ($3,300) and Andrew ($2,400) – Orange Line
  • Save $649  between Kendall/MIT ($3,149) and Central ($2,500) – Red Line
  • Save $600  between Copley ($3,100) and Hynes Convention Center ($2,500) – Green Line

Love Our Map? There is a Condensed Map for Easy Sharing

 

Click on the Map For High Resolution

What Does This Mean for You?

 
Finding an apartment in Boston certainly isn’t easy. Deciding where to live and starting your search can be the most difficult step. By giving you as much information about the market as possible, RentHop wants to point you in the right direction. This map is just one of the data-backed insights we offer. All of our Boston apartment for rent are ranked using available data to ensure that renters always see the best quality apartments.

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How Not To Die: Weight Loss Edition https://www.renthop.com/blog/2020/02/how-not-to-die-weight-loss-edition/ Sat, 01 Feb 2020 21:11:00 +0000








https://www.renthop.com/blog/2020/02/how-not-to-die-weight-loss-edition/

We previously discussed how Paul Graham’s famous How Not To Die essay applies well to the world of NYC rental brokers. Now that renter paid broker fees disappearing (unless it’s overturned), it’s more important than ever to be both engaged and flexible. Some people will need to pivot their business models. Some will do fine as is. But the most important thing is not to panic and shut down.

Make Failure Public and Embarrassing

The second key point in How Not To Die is to set yourself up for embarrassing failure. Although many founders begin their ventures with dreams of “having an impact” or generating great wealth, the harsh realities of the startup world are brutally demoralizing. When the going gets tough, who are the weak hands who quickly fold, citing the “fail fast” advice?

Y Combinator discovered founders are more concerned about the high embarrassment of failure than the allure of riches. Lawrence and I experienced this many times in the early RentHop days, and we nearly gave up MANY times. Octopart had a challenging start (who doesn’t?). But Andres Morey and Sam Wurzel found themselves on the cover of Newsweek with “Meet The Next billionaires” printed on their chests. PG predicted they were sure to succeed (and years later they did).

No Excuses For Failure

When you proclaim your intent loudly and proudly, there is no turning back. When you don’t, you can quietly disappear. This second mental hack of publicly declaring your intent is more actionable and effective than the first hack (to keep dedicating efforts and reporting progress). So here goes, time to put my ego on the line…

Losing Weight

Let’s see if the trick carries over to a different venture that boasts a similar 90%-plus failure rate: weight loss. For most of my adult life, I was moderately overweight with a BMI between 28-30. When Lawrence and I tried our hand becoming NYC apartment finders, I spent hours every day walking the streets of Manhattan, climbing many walkups. I lost a lot of weight, and that’s a true story I’ve told many times.

But those first few pounds were easy to lose just by introducing some more physical activity into my life. The later portion of my weight loss wasn’t so easy. It required an actual lifestyle shift and realistic goal setting. It would eventually span 6 months and 24 pounds from 160 to 136 (the initial top weight was 170 shortly after Demo Day).

 

That was 2010 and 2011, and unfortunately 9 years later, I’m married and creeping back up at alarming rate! The goal is to drop to 145 by April 18th, the date of a planned Carnival cruise (whether we take it is another matter, given all the coronavirus quarantines). That requires 0.5 pounds per week, or an average 250 calorie deficit per day for the next 9 weeks. If that works out, another 10 weeks brings me down to 140 by July 4th weekend!

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Websites Serving The NYC Short-Term, Sublet, Rental Spectrum https://www.renthop.com/blog/2020/01/websites-serving-the-nyc-short-term-sublet-rental-spectrum/ Thu, 23 Jan 2020 15:40:37 +0000






https://www.renthop.com/blog/2020/01/websites-serving-the-nyc-short-term-sublet-rental-spectrum/

When people mention sublet websites, there are seemingly many choices in a crowded space. That’s weird, because Harvard Business School professors Peter Coles, Ben Edelman, and Mike Luca found that a strong marketplace network effect should consolidate the ecosystem into a few winners.

Why So Many Sublet Websites In New York City?

Each sublet website actually serves a different occupancy duration niche along the spectrum of sublet rentals. The key to understanding the sublet market is to break down tenants and landlords into categories by length of stay.

Vacation Stays: Airbnb / VRBO / Booking.com

The ultra short term housing sites operate more like inns and small hotels. Guests come for a week or two, sometimes only a weekend, and occasionally just one night. Airbnb is by far the largest marketplace by almost any measure, but we should mention Booking.com’s increasing inventory of short-term housing. Booking.com aggregates hotel listings and runs a much larger hotel inventory, comparable to Expedia. But they’ve got their eyes on short-term and have heavily recruited hosts to their platform.

Short-Term Housing / Serviced Apartments

There is an industry built around corporate professionals relocating to new cities, and New York City is full of them. Sometimes called corporate housing or serviced apartments, these units are designed for stays of one to three months. They are generally too short to be of interest for brokers, and too long to fall under the hotel and vacation stay category.

Unfortunately, this is one of the most fragmented of all markets. You wouldn’t want to rent one of these sight-unseen, if you can avoid it. That rules out sites that collect payment up front, such as Airbnb. But no one can grind out a living showing 1-month stays all day long; even if there were great deals, who would pay the commission?

To find serviced apartments, you will need to do most of the legwork on your own. To start, try the extended-stay sections of your favorite hotel search sites, and you can find monthly occupancy rates. Still, not many buildings can list themselves on Expedia and Priceline, so you should also scour ads on social media and Craigslist.

Lease Breaking Websites

People still call these sublets when searching on Google, but a lease break can take many forms. If a tenant needs to leave mid-lease, it’s important to loop in the landlord to find out your options. Sometimes, the landlord will want someone to assign the remainder of the lease; other times the new tenant signs an entirely new lease (potentially with a fee to the breaker). The duration of stay tends to be 3 to 9 months in the assignment case.

Sublets and For Rent By Owner Listings

Sublets are a broad term, but some of the best sublet deals come from For Rent By Owner listings. You can search on RentHop for NYC Sublets of both types – a condo owner with an exclusive for example, or a lease breaker with landlord willing to renew for 12 months.

When searching for sublets, the listings will often be interchangeable with full-fledged landlord listings for vacant apartments, or brokered exclusives looking for 12 month or longer lease. In that case, is there an advantage to having a separate section?

 

RentHop Sublet Solution: FRBO Postings, Multiple Search Categories

When catering to the For Rent By Owner crowd, our team realized they clearly have different needs than the leasing office of a large building. Safety and verification is much more important for individual owners, as they likely won’t have any online presence or reliable research the poster prior to meeting.

On the outward facing search result for consumers, we do mix the results and provide special filters and tags We tag them with a special “By Owner” tag, so you can filter for them, and we require the full address be shown on the listing. Next time we will discuss the search-engine side features we built to help you find the best sublet, leasebreak, and FRBO deals.

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Breaking Down The Stratus, REBNY, RLS, And Perchwell Claims https://www.renthop.com/blog/2020/01/breaking-down-the-stratus-rebny-rls-and-perchwell-claims/ Wed, 22 Jan 2020 14:02:03 +0000








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Yesterday we discussed the Game of Thrones level drama that has erupted between the various REBNY and RLS vendors. We obtained and read through some of the claims laid out in the Stratus Data Systems demand letter to REBNY. Here are some key arguments.

REBNY and Stratus Always Agreed On Data Ownership

Usually these API and data disputes are at the heart of who owns the data. REBNY seems to have that covered in their original contract with Stratus. No one seems to dispute that the data belongs to the brokerages, and Stratus the vendor never owned the data.

Data Schema, Software Methodology, and API Design In Dispute

However, Stratus claims the way they crafted the data schema is proprietary. Moreover, vendors using the system were prohibited from reverse-engineering or copying the software and related methods for distributing the RLS Data of New York apartment listings, and how they syndicate to NYC real estate marketplace portal websites.

 

In the NYC ecosystem, RentHop and RealtyHop are Syndication Portals.  Client Vendors include RealtyMX, Nestio, OLR, and Perchwell.  A separate company usually implements the RETS server.  (Hat tip  Wright Strategy Advisors)

Perchwell Replacement Is a URL Change To Identical System

As evidence that Perchwell is in violation of the agreement, Stratus points out REBNY alledgedly told other vendors that transitioning to Perchwell would be seamless. No methods of querying, inserting, or reading data from the RLS will require changes. The only changes would be a URL change to point to a new server, and a new set of credentials.

Of course, Perchwell and REBNY had planned further modifications, but Stratus claims the initial transition is a reverse-engineering of their proprietary systems and a violation of their agreement.

Both Systems Use Industry-Standard RETS specification and API

To make things more complicated, the Stratus system is compliant with a widely used industry standard called RETS. It is neither an API or a schema, but a data transport standard. It mandates many of the API calls that a RETS server should implement, a general way of laying out the data schema, AND a query language for inserting and selecting data.

There are many RETS implementations already out in the world, many open source. However, details of how to make a local marketplace fit into a RETS implementation is left unspecified.

That’s a good idea, because it allows the local brokers and websites to accommodate local peculiarities. For example, in some cities the property types will be “House” vs “Mobile Home” vs “Farm”. In NYC, you instead see “Condo”, “Co-op”, and “Townhouse“.

No Stolen Code, No Stolen Data, Industry-Standard API, Proprietary Implementation Of Schema

So where does that leave us? No one has stolen any code or any data! However, did they steal by reverse engineering the proprietary technology architecture? Is it proprietary when we are talking about a widely used industry standard, but with customizations tailored to the New York market?

For the geeks out there, it’s not quite like REST, which is purely a transport standard on top of HTTP. RETS clearly mandates some real estate specific endpoints, methods of querying, and an architecture built around iterating through a multiple listings service.

But it’s also not the same as a ready-to-use SQL schema where all tables, columns, and indexes are in place, and all that is left to do is drop in the data. RETS requires the implementation to think carefully about what data fields are necessary and how they might be linked. For example, is every listing part of a unit? Is every unit a part of a building? Can a unit be part of two buildings?

I am not a lawyer. I am not an expert in IP law. However, I am a data nerd, software engineer, and real estate enthusiast. We will continue the 3rd part of our analysis next time!

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Battery Park City and FiDi Rank the Most Livable Neighborhoods in NYC https://www.renthop.com/studies/nyc/nyc-neighborhood-livability-index-q1-2020 Wed, 22 Jan 2020 14:00:53 +0000

https://www.renthop.com/studies/nyc/nyc-neighborhood-livability-index-q1-2020

Finding the right apartment is never easy, especially in the City of New York.

To find the right apartment, we need to first identify the right neighborhood. But how do we do that? Well, this is where data science comes in handy. Instead of blindly recommending neighborhoods based on how “hip” they are, the Data Science team at RentHop crunched the numbers and ranked the NYC neighborhoods by livability. We all know that as people, we value different things. For some, finding an apartment in a quiet neighborhood is of the highest priority, while for others the number of subway stops in the area is just as important. We believe, by analyzing the pros and cons of each neighborhood, we can help renters make an informed decision and find the perfect apartment in less time. The findings will be released in our quarterly RentHop Neighborhood Livability Index.

Our findings this quarter include:

    • Battery Park City-Lower Manhattan ranks the best neighborhood among 150+ NYC neighborhoods. The NTA, which includes FiDi and Battery Park City, has 14 subway stops, or 20.5 per sq mi, with a renter-friendliness score of 94.4. However, it is not cheap to enjoy such convenience – the median 1BR rent is $3,749 in this neighborhood. [Neighborhood Livability Infographic]
    • Brooklyn Heights-Cobble Hill makes the second in NYC and top in Brooklyn with a high cleanliness score of 94.7, which means that the residents experience fewer poop complaints and rodent sightings. [Neighborhood Livability Map]
    • Washington Heights South suffers a low renter-friendliness score. This is mainly due to heat complaints – the neighborhood received 640.2 heat complaints/10k households from October 16, 2019, to January 15, 2020. It also received lots of housing maintenance code violations. In total, 914 violations, or 338/10k households were issued during the same time period.
    • Midtown-Midtown South, while being the healthiest neighborhood in New York City, saw the most motor vehicle collisions. From October 16, 2019, to January 15, 2020, the neighborhood saw 813 collisions, or 220 collisions/10k population.
    • Surprisingly, the popular North Side-South Side (commonly known as Williamsburg) only scored 70.6, mainly due to its poor performance in the Cleanliness and Quietness categories. While receiving no poop complaints, the neighborhood saw 56 rodent complaints, or 29.2/10k households, which brought its cleanliness score to 75.0. Meanwhile, the neighborhood received 452 noise complaints, or 235.8/10k households, therefore earning only 69.9 in the quietness category.
    • Ft. Totten-Bay Terrace-Clearview, Bayside-Bayside Hills, and Fresh Meadows-Utopia are the top three neighborhoods in Queens, scoring 79.2, 78.1, and 78.0 respectively. [Top 5 Neighborhoods in Queens]
    • The average score among neighborhoods in the Bronx is 61.7. This is mainly affected by the base score (mostly the transportation part), as well as renter friendliness. [Top 5 Neighborhoods in the Bronx]

NYC Neighborhood Livability Map

 
The map below illustrates the livability of each NYC neighborhood. The darker the shade, the higher the score. You can click on the neighborhoods to learn more about the score breakdown as well as the median 1BR rent.

Generally speaking, Manhattan neighborhoods enjoy higher base scores thanks to the comprehensive MTA subway lines. Compared to the other three boroughs, Manhattan neighborhoods also have relatively higher renter-friendliness scores (average 79.4). Neighborhoods in Queens enjoy higher cleanliness scores, averaging 91.6, with few poop complaints and rat sightings. It is also the quietest borough with the least noise complaints and DOB permits issued, averaging 86.5 in the quiet score category. The neighborhoods in the Bronx generally did not perform well in the quiet score category nor renter friendliness. Most neighborhoods suffer high heat complaints as well as housing maintenance code violations.

Here are the Top 10 Neighborhoods in New York City


How We Did It

To determine the most renter-friendly and best neighborhoods in New York City, we compared over 190 Neighborhood Tabulation Areas (NTAs) across six key categories, including (1) Neighborhood Greenness, (2) Transportation, (3) Quality of Life, (4) Renter Friendliness, and (5) Safety, using in total 13 relevant metrics.

The following metrics were used for this neighborhood livability index:

Base Score [25 points]

  • Population Density — NTA Population / Land Size (sq mi) [2.5 points]
  • Transportation — MTA Subway Stops / Land Size (sq mi) [10 points]
  • Neighborhood Greenness: Tree Data — Street Tree Count / Land Size (sq mi) [6.25 points]
  • Neighborhood Greenness: Park Coverage — Park Area / Land Size (sq mi) [6.25 points]

Cleanliness [15 points]

  • Poop Complaints — 311 Canine Violations / 10k Households [7.5 points]
  • Rodent — 311 Rat Sightings / 10k Households [7.5 points]

Quietness [20 points]

  • Noise Complaints — 311 Residential Noise Complaints / 10k Households [16 points]
  • Potential Construction Noise — DOB Permits Issued / Total Housing Units [2 points]

Renter Friendliness [30 points]

  • Landlord Level of Responsibility: Heat Season — 311 Heat Complaints / Renter-Occupied Units [9 points]
  • Landlord Level of Responsibility: HMV — Housing Maintenance Code Violations / Renter-Occupied Units [3 points]
  • Percentage of Renter-Occupied Units — Renter-Occupied Units / Total Occupied Units [3 points]
  • Evictions — Evictions / Renter-Occupied Units [15 points]

Safety [10 points]

  • Motor Vehicle Collisions — Collisions / 10k Population [10 points]

We also adjusted the curve based on rental unit availability since that it’d be easier for renters to find an apartment in a given neighborhood if it has more available units on market. The rental rates were calculated using RentHop listings from October 16, 2019, to January 15, 2020.


We will be releasing the RentHop Neighborhood Livability Index on a quarterly basis, and we’d love to hear from you! Think we missed something? Any specific 311 complaints or dataset you’d like us to include? Or, would you like to work on an urban planning project using our underlying dataset? Email us at press@renthop.com.

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