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How to Know if You Should Rent or Buy - Glen Allen, VA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 30, 2017

The  Gardens at Twin Hickory, Glen Allen, VAWhile everyone needs a place to live, it may be better to rent as opposed to buying in some situations. How do you determine whether your money is better spent making a rent payment or making a mortgage payment?

Pros and Cons of Buying a House

If you are looking to put roots down in the community, it is worth your money to buy a home. This is because you will have a reason to spend $1,000 or more every month for the next 10, 15 or 30 years.

The home will also appreciate in value, which means it can be a great way to grow your wealth as time passes. Another benefit is that you can sell when you are ready as opposed to being forced out of a home because your lease is up.

Some downsides to buying a home include the cost of mortgage interest and insurance. You also have to pay property taxes as well as set aside money for maintenance and furnishing your home.

Pros and Cons of Renting

The biggest benefit to renting is that you are typically only obligated to live there for a year. In some cases, you may be able to sign a short-term lease or find a landlord willing to rent to you on a monthly basis. This means that you would be free to leave by giving 30 days’ notice.

The biggest downside to renting is that in most jurisdictions, there are not tax breaks for those who pay rent like there are for those who pay a mortgage.

Renting a home is ideal for those who are not ready to commit to the community or aren’t sure about their long-term financial situation.

For more information on renting apartments in Glen Allen, VA, contact The Gardens at Twin Hickory.

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Advantages of Living in an Apartment – Glen Allen, VA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 23, 2017

The Gardens, Glen Allen, VAAn apartment is a great home option, whether you have just started a graduate job, moved to a big city, or just want to downsize your property. When making the decision to live in an apartment, it’s important to take into consideration all the pros and cons.

It may be that your lifestyle and situation point clearly to the best option in terms of a house or apartment. Sometimes the decision isn’t that easy, so if you are still trying to work out which option is best consider these advantages of living in an apartment:

Location

If you don’t have a car then the location of your home could be crucial. If you are starting a new job or need to be in the city center, then an apartment is likely to suit you better than a house.

It’s much easier for an apartment complex to afford to be in a desirable city location, whereas houses are much more expensive. Living in an apartment can be very beneficial if you want to walk to work, and is great if you want to experience a city’s nightlife just a short way from your home.

Amenities

Many people would love to have a home with a swimming pool, gym, and tennis court, but the reality is most wouldn’t be able to afford it. The great thing about an apartment complex, especially a big one, is that they often come with all these things.

Owners of large apartment complexes will often reinvest some of their rent money into creating these luxury apartment amenities, in order to retain existing clients and attract new ones.

Security

When moving into a new property it is important to feel secure. One big advantage of living in a flat or apartment is the availability of several layers of added security, especially in a gated complex.

There is a usually a code to get into the building, CCTV cameras around the entrance, and apartments off the ground floor. Most houses just have an alarm and a lock on the front door.

Commitment

If you are just starting your career or moving to a new city, you may not know exactly where you want to live. The great thing about apartments is that you can usually get relatively short-term contracts.

Many landlords offer yearly contracts, and once they are up you can sometimes ask to keep them rolling – this gives you the freedom to move out with just one month’s notice if you want to change location.

Costs

There are usually less costs involved when living in a flat. You don’t have to worry about the structure of the building, as the owner of the complex is responsible for that, and many other repairs are usually not up to you to pay for, especially if you are renting.

The rent of an apartment is usually cheaper than the mortgage in a house too, and if the square footage is smaller you will have cheaper living costs, such as gas, water, and electricity.

For more information on apartments in Glen Allen, VA, contact The Gardens.

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When Renting Can Be a Right Decision – Glen Allen, VA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Gardens at Twin Hickory, Glen Allen, VAConventional wisdom suggests buying a home makes more financial sense than renting. In many cases, this is true. However, renting is sometimes a smarter approach than buying.

As with any financial decision, all of the options and circumstances need to be weighed before jumping in. Making a major purchase requires doing some homework. The following are some reasons why renting can be more beneficial than buying.

Youth

The typical first-time home buyer is 31-years-old. People who are younger than that and uncertain about their futures should not feel pressured into buying simply because it is presumed to be the “adult” thing to do. Renting and feeling your financial way, which can include seeing how a job pans out or where one’s budget lies after paying off debts, might make more financial sense than buying.

High price-to-rent ratio

Buying may seem like a wise idea, but it could be causing people to spend more than necessary, particularly if they check the price-to-rent ratio and find homes in their area are not fairly priced.

Figuring a P/R ratio includes finding two similar houses (or condos or apartments) where one is for sale and the other is for rent. Divide the sale price of the first place by the annual rent for the second. The end result is the P/R ratio.

The higher the P/R ratio, the more sense it makes to rent instead of buy.

Home prices continue to rise

Some people find themselves being priced out of certain neighborhoods or cities. While the typical worker’s earnings increased a meager 0.3 percent during the study period, median house prices were up by 17 percent. Wages have not recovered from the Great Recession as quickly as home prices have, and some people may need to rent out of necessity.

A market shortage makes it harder to find an affordable home. The number of homes available for sale in many areas of the country has fallen below the number that is required for the market to be in balance. Therefore, even when a home becomes available, demand drives the price up to where it may not be affordable or fiscally smart to purchase. In such instances, renting may be the best option.

One doesn’t meet the buying criteria

Individuals should not buy a home based on market conditions or pressure from others. Instead, they should buy when they’re financially ready. This means being out of debt; having between three and six months of expenses in an emergency fund; enough cash for a 10 to 20 percent down payment on a fixed mortgage; and when their mortgage payment will be no more than 25 percent of their monthly take-home pay.

Renting can be a smart move in many instances. Only when individuals are financially and emotionally ready to buy should they begin searching for their first homes.

For more information on apartments in Glen Allen, VA, contact The Gardens.

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Tips for Apartment Hunting - Glen Allen, VA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 09, 2017

The Gardens at Twin Hickory Apartments, Glen Allen, VAEven though it feels like everyone just moved in, some apartments have already started leasing for next school year. Here are four tips about things to look for in your first or next apartment.

Price

There is a wide range of apartment prices throughout Glen Allen. You need to make sure you will be able to afford the apartment month after month.

Parking

Free resident parking and visitor parking is a very big deal to some college students. Some apartments make you pay an extra fee to have your own space and it can be hard for your guests to find a space without getting a ticket or towed.

Proximity to Campus

Although being close to campus is nice, it can come with a big price tag. The farther away from campus usually makes for a cheaper place and there is always public transportation to get you where you need to go.

Amenities

Pool, gym and pet friendly; All very important things when you are looking. It's nice to not have to go all the way to campus to work out at a gym or pool. Pet friendly is also a must for some students and they can be tricky to find.

There are many apartment options with a wide variety of different aspects and hopefully this advice can help you pick out what you really want in an apartment. For more information on apartments in Glen Allen, VA contact The Gardens.

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How to Decide Whether to Rent or Buy Your Home – Glen Allen, VA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, January 04, 2017

The Gardens at Twin Hickory, Glen Allen, VAHomeownership is commonly considered a sign of success, but in some cases, it can actually work against your financial goals.

While buying and renting can both be good options under the right circumstances, I tend to believe people underestimate the hassle of owning and the benefits of renting because they are hardwired to do so.

Let's face it: most of us have a deep-rooted feeling that homeownership equals success and buying equals progress. Renting, on the other hand, is often seen as a form of failure—or even "settling." If you can't afford to buy, you just rent because you need a place to live, right?

I think this line of thinking is dangerous, and I share this opinion with my clients often.

Before you commit to buying, it's important to note why you're doing it in the first place. If you're considering a home purchase to appear successful, you're setting yourself up for failure. If you're shopping for a home because you feel like it's a natural next step, you're making a mistake.

The Case for Renting

Renting may not feel like progress, but that doesn't mean it's not the right move for you. The fact is, renting comes with a ton of huge benefits, including:

1. Flexibility. 

Maybe you prefer to move around, seeing new neighborhoods and cities. No matter what, it's hard to put a dollar value on that experience and enjoyment. In addition, if you anticipate a career or job change, renting might suit you better, as buying a home can hinder your flexibility to pick up and move.

2. Avoiding homeownership costs. 

Homeowners are painfully familiar with unforeseen and often hefty costs such as furnishing, decorating, leaky pipes, landscaping, general maintenance—you name it. As a tenant, you enjoy the perks of your home without the worrisome financial burden.

3. Liquidity.

Generally, you can't turn a house into cash overnight. Many people invest their life savings into a home, putting the bulk of their net worth into an illiquid asset. Risk comes with tying up a large portion of your wealth in such an asset. Renting allows you flexibility and other investment options.

4. Building credit. 

As consumers, we need a healthy credit score for pretty much everything we do, from getting a new cell phone plan to buying a car. While renting doesn't boost your credit rating like owning a home might, creating a history of on-time rental payments can, in some cases, help build your credit to qualify for a mortgage down the road. This history begins when (and if) your landlord reports your payment data to credit agencies. Third-party services can help you report this information on your behalf.

For more information on apartments Glen Allen, VA, contact The Gardens.

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