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 About Renters Guide

The Capital District Region’s preferred local apartment rental guide for over 25 years!

Renters Guide has continually evolved over the years to provide apartment-hunters a rich resource to find the apartment that meets their needs – a new place to call home. Our relationship with property owners enables us to provide a wealth of information, discounts and exclusive deals you will not find anywhere else.

Remember when you rent to tell them you found it on Renters Guide!

 Bill Petersen publisher of the Renters Guide

Bill Petersen

President, Renters Guide and 55 Plus Living Guide

A Capital Region native, Bill is a graduate of CBA in Albany and Manhattan College  in NYC. He moved to Arizona in 1983, working  in Real Estate and investment over the next five years.

Bill developed several close relationships with Regional Managers of large property management companies, from which he gained in-depth knowledge of how apartment communities were successfully marketed locally in print.
In 1989, upon his return ‘home’, Bill recognized a need for an alternative way to market apartment communities. For over 25 years The Renters Guide has provided a very cost effective marketing tool for owners and managers of apartment communities, by providing a great resource for anyone moving into or around the Upstate Capital District Area to find their next apartment home.

When taking time away from  entrepreneurial pursuits, Bill is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys time with family and friends.

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 Alison Michael

Alison Michael

Vice President of Sales & Marketing for The Renters Guide and 55+ Living Guide

Alison received her degree in Marketing & Textile Technology from The Fashion Institute of Technology, after which she spent the early years of her  career representing Italian & German woven textile mills in NYC.

After meeting her husband, Alison moved from New York City to the Capital Region where she was offered a position in Marketing with a major real estate development firm. She has since worked in several establishments, and now finds herself in a place she calls home – The Renters Guide and 55+ Living Guide.

A self-admitted workaholic & driven spirit, Alison balances her professional career with time to relax and being active with her family; husband Chris, son Luke and beloved Labrador Retriever, Kenya. Alison loves cooking, entertaining, music and to travel.

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The Renters Guide is Proud to be a Member of the Following Organizations

  • Albany County Convention Center and Visitors Bureau (ACCCVB)
  • Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce
  • Colonie Chamber of Commerce
  • Guilderland Chamber of Commerce
  • Local First
  • NY Capital Region Apartment Association (NYCRAA)
  • Rensselaer Chamber of Commerce
  • Schenectady Chamber of Commerce
  • Southern Saratoga Chamber of Commerce