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Live Well in Richmond, VA on a Modest Income

Joseph Coupal - Monday, October 30, 2017

The Gardens, Glen Allen, VAThe average monthly Social Security payment was $1341 in January 2016. That's enough income for a married couple each receiving this amount to cover basic expenses such as housing, food, transportation, health care and utilities in some parts of the country, according to a U.S. News analysis of census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics data. The analysis also factored in crime rates, access to health care and recreation opportunities. Consider Richmond, VA where two Social Security checks are likely to pay for basic retirement costs.

While norther Virginia has very high housing costs that aren't likely to be covered by social security alone, costs drop significantly a little farther south in Richmond. The median retiree homeowners pay $1,282 per month with a mortgage which drops to $465 among older residents who have paid off their homes. The median rent for senior citizens is $905 monthly. Virginia's capital city is divided by the James river, which has whitewater rapids running through town. The area also has several well regarded hospitals, including the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center.

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Virginia is on the List for Best States for Education

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Gardens at Twin Hickory Apartments, Glen Allen, VA When it comes to educating students, state governments play a vital role - from the allocation of funding to passing laws on school choice and basic curriculum. Among the Best States For Education, the Eastern Seaboard stands out, claiming the top 5 spots. This education ranking was determined by performance in PreK-12 and higher education.

Metrics considered the percentage of the population that is college educated - with an Associate's degree or higher - and average undergraduates tuition and fees for in-state students at public institutions.

#10 on the list: Virginia

College Educated: 45%
Average undergraduate tuition and fees: $11.057
Public High School Graduation Rate: 85.3%
Best Overall Rank: 11

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Reasons to Live in Richmond, VA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Gardens at Twin Hickory Apartment, Glen Allen, VAAmericans spend about a third of every food dollar on food services, and they spend more on restaurants than at grocery stores. WalletHub recently ranked the 150 most populated U.S. cities as the best and worst cities for foodies. The cities were ranked using 21 metrics that considered affordability, diversity, accessibility and quality, and only the city proper was considered.Richmond, VA made the top of the list.

What other accolades has Richmond been awarded?

  • Richmond ranked in the top Best Places to Live in the USA.
  • The Veil Brewing Co. was named No.3 Best New Brewery in the World out of the 6,5000 new producers worldwide.
  • Richmond named one of 25 Most Romantic Cities.
  • Richmond is a Top 10 City for Global Trade in the United States.
  • Richmond named one of 20 best places in America to start a business.
  • Richmond named among America's 50 best running cities.
  • Richmond named a top city for creatives.
  • Richmond number 7 on Travel + Leisure’s 'America’s Favorite Places' survey.
  • Richmond was named "the modern cultural capital of the South".

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Should You Rent or Buy?

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Gardens at Twin Hickory, Glen Allen, VAMost of us grew up hearing adults tell us what a great investment owning a home is.

But is it really always a good choice to buy a home? Are there any conditions when it is better to rent instead of purchasing a home? The answer is yes, owning your own home can be a solid investment, but it is also true that purchasing a home is not always the best plan. When deciding whether to buy or rent, you should consider multiple factors, because there are pros and cons to both buying and renting.

There are several financial benefits to renting temporarily or even long-term. If you rent, you will never have to pay property taxes. You should purchase renter’s insurance, but you won’t have to buy homeowner’s insurance, which is more expensive. Also, while owning a home can be financially beneficial, it isn’t necessarily the best way to invest your money. You could choose to invest in stocks, and you might end up with more money than you would by simply owning a home for a long time.

If you do buy a home, you will have to take care of it if you want to keep your investment. You would also most likely have to hire someone to fix issues like the roof, plumbing, or other repairs. If you consider yourself handy at fixing things, then you also could choose to make the necessary changes yourself. However, if you already have a busy life or simply prefer not to tinker with household issues on your time off, then you will have to pay someone.

These are things that potential homebuyers often don’t consider: All of these issues cost money if you own your own home. If you prefer to have someone else handle most problems, escape yard care, and also avoid additional costs, you may consider long-term renting.

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College Towns are Great Places to Live

Joseph Coupal - Friday, October 06, 2017

The Gardens at Twin Hickory Apartment Homes, Glen Allen, VAFor some, it’s the roar of the crowd as the home team scores a touchdown on Saturdays. For others, it’s the quiet, tree-lined sidewalks on the quad or the ability to meet new people at different events at any hour of the day.

Even if it’s not home to your own alma mater, college towns and cities throughout the U.S. offer a high concentration of opportunities packed into a small area. Whether it’s the academics, food options, theater or business opportunities, life in a college town is not just great for the students, it's beneficial for full-time residents as well.

The attention college town areas receive, combined with the regular influx of new students and faculty from other parts of the country, contribute to the appeal to potential residents who may or may not be associated with the school itself.

There is a global perspective, and this intellectual base and diversity that the average small town wouldn’t get otherwise.

But some of the most loved college towns for residents and students alike have factors outside the academic institution that contribute to the economy and cultural variety of the area.

The metro area usually hosts large companies which serve as major local employers and also attract related businesses to the region.

Colleges don’t necessarily bring in the restaurants and all the activities, but they help support all the restaurants and activities.

When college towns flourish outside campus grounds, the community gets even stronger, as students find work after graduating and become locals themselves.

A lot of times, students graduate and end up staying. Their families come and visit them for the four years while they’re in school, and a lot of parents of students who end up packing up their lives and relocating later because college towns are great towns for so many other reasons.

Whether you’re moving to a new town or city for the proximity to its school or other reasons, here are a few tips to help you navigate real estate in a college town.

Expect a tight real estate market. Because a portion of residential real estate in college towns is often taken up by off-campus student housing, there will likely be a lower inventory of homes than it may seem at first. Real estate markets across the country are experiencing low inventory for single-family home sales, and this is even more likely near a college.

Inquire about the atmosphere during all seasons. Many college towns based exclusively around the local college or university will see a big drop in population once summer hits, leaving what may seem like a ghost town until fall classes begin.

But not all college towns are the same. Boulder’s proximity to the Rocky Mountains and other outdoor attractions bring a whole new group of people to the city during the summer months while the majority of students are gone.

What happens in the summertime is the students go home but the tourists come in.

Before you relocate to a college town, ask locals how the city is influenced by the academic calendar.

Prepare for Welcome Week. Even if the town doesn’t experience a significant decrease in activity during the summer, be ready for the influx of students, parents and siblings for those few weeks when students are moving in at the start of the fall classes.

Whether it means avoiding your local Target or Bed Bath & Beyond for a couple weeks in the early fall or taking your summer vacation to coincide with the nearby college's start date, preparation is key to avoiding any potential downsides to the newly refreshed student population. It's also worth keeping graduation weekend and homecoming in mind as busier times in the community.

Learn to love the school. To make life in a college town easier, it might help to let yourself become a fan – though that may be easier said than done if you’re a diehard University of Michigan fan living in Columbus, Ohio, home of the Ohio State University Buckeyes.

Even if you’re not supporting the sports teams, accepting the student population itself can make you dread three-quarters of the year a little less.

Local residents should follow the school's events calendar to take advantage of activities open to the public, from student theater productions to cultural food expositions.

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