Abberly Twin Hickory

Formerly The Gardens at Twin Hickory

4700 The Gardens Drive, Glen Allen, VA 23059
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Reasons to Downsize to An Apartment

Joseph Coupal - Monday, June 26, 2017

The Gardens, Glen Allen, VAWhen you reach a certain age and you are beginning to think about downsizing to an apartment in Glen Allen, VA, it is likely that you’ll have some doubts. In fact, there can be quite a few worries when thinking about downsizing.

From losing space, to having your family to stay for holiday weekends, to feeling like your home defines you, there are a lot of things to think when thinking about downsizing.

But really, you shouldn't worry - it doesn’t need to be an identity crisis.

Here is the ultimate list of why downsizing is, actually, a great idea.

If you're about to go through with it, or are in the middle of doing so, this is why you should be happy at the prospect.

You'll have less space to clean. And tidy. Does this have a downside?

It's more cost-effective. You might not have fewer bills - because you'll still, presumably, want the same services from your home - but it's likely they will be reduced, because in turn, you have reduced the size of your living accommodation.

With the size comes the added bonus of not having any space. There's no extra space for unwanted guests, and them turning up every weekend when you'd rather they weren't there. And, there is no space for unwanted junk.

Just think of the money you can save - and invest. Selling your old house could generate a whole wealth of income that you weren't expecting.

There's no expectation for you to be the host. Pained at the thought of hosting everyone and their dog during holidays? When you've downsized, you needn't worry. Someone else can do the work, and you won’t be left out of the festivities.

You have the opportunity to make your new apartment your own. Think of it as starting from the beginning: you can choose the location anew, the size, the everything.

Added to that, you can make your new home age-appropriate. Not enjoying walking up and down the stairs every day? Get an apartment on the first floor. Want a swimming pool for water aerobics without the gym fee? Check out apartment communities with those luxuries.

See, not scary at all. For more information on 2 bedroom apartments in Glen Allen, VA contact The Gardens.


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Baby Boomers Are Selling Their Homes

Joseph Coupal - Monday, June 19, 2017

The Gardens at Twin Hickory, Glen Allen, VAU.S. baby boomers are trading their suburban homes for those closer to the city. Real estate data has been showing the switch from suburban to urban living for baby boomers.

An analysis of large cities found that between 2000 and 2010, more than one million baby boomers moved from homes that were between 40 and 80 miles from city centers and a similar number moved to homes within five miles of city center. Apartments in Glen Allen, VA are the perfect solution for baby boomers who want to give up the time and expense involved in owning a home and who would prefer to live closer to the city.

They want a level living area; they're tired of stairs, and they want to be close to the city. Baby boomers looking to move say they're more attracted to cities for health and social reasons.

"The spirit on the streets, there's a kind of vitality, a regeneration," said Harold Closter, 63, who recently moved from a suburb with his wife. "We've made a lot of new friends, and we've found that it's a lot easier for our friends to get to us, because we're right near public transportation. Our adult son and his friends think this is pretty cool as well."

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


Rent vs. Buy Index Moves Closer to Renting

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Gardens, Glen Allen, VARising home prices, interest rates and slowing rent increases are making renting more attractive.

Slowing rents coupled with rising home prices and mortgage rates are pushing many housing markets in the U.S. into rent territory, according to the latest national index produced by Florida Atlantic University and Florida International University faculty.

The major drivers for this quarter's scores appear to be slowing rents relative to the costs of ownership and climbing mortgage rates. Thus, on the margin, more potential owners should favor renting and reinvesting in a portfolio of stocks and bonds as opposed to ownership. This shift should slightly lower the demand for ownership and contribute to the slowdown in housing prices.

Based on numbers from the end of the first quarter of 2017, the latest Beracha, Hardin & Johnson Buy vs. Rent (BH&J) Index follows recent S&P/Case-Shiller 20-City Home Price Index scores, which find an average annual increase in home prices of 5.78 percent, suggesting that prices, while increasing, are slowing.

Higher BH&J scores favor renting over ownership in terms of wealth accumulation. All of this upward pressure in the trade-off between renting and buying should serve, in general, to slow property price appreciation around most of the country."

The scores show 11 of 23 cities in the index remain in buy territory. Another nine cities hover around a score of zero, suggesting a tossup between buying and renting in terms of wealth accumulation. The remaining three metro areas are in unseen territory in terms of both pricing and scores.

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



Questions To Ponder When Apartment Hunting

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, June 06, 2017

The Gardens, Glen Allen, VAMoving to a new apartment can be an exciting experience; the thought of starting over again can be refreshing and sometimes nostalgic. But many blissful moments like this are ruined because the important details of the new apartment was not expected and overlooked. The move turns out to be a gloomy ordeal with lots of doubt and discontentment.

One of the unexpected situations you can encounter after a month of stay in your “dream” apartment is to realize that your friendly neighbor can get loud every time he is drunk or it can be your lovely wall paper disrupting your wifi signal or worst, your mobile phone.

Don’t lose hope though. A fast, reliable and easy to follow tips are written below in apartment and rental hunting. By simply following these tips, one may be able to find a house and apartment rental which will perfectly fit your lifestyle.

First priority should be checking the lease. Is there a security deposit? How about move-in fees? Some large houses and apartment buildings have visiting hours which limits the time of new occupants to freely roam around. The purpose is not to disrupt other residents.

How about the utilities, are they included in house or rental apartment. Are the lease terms occupant friendly? Plenty of large houses and building offer good options such as six to twelve months leases. Is the house or rental apartment rent controlled. How about the broker’s fee? Apartment fees in most cities in the US have fees for house or rental apartment.

Next are the amenities. Let us site out some possible issues. The first is: What’s the cell phone reception like? When you are house and rental apartment hunting, be sure to take out your cell phone and walk around the property to test the signal. Another one is: Is there off-street parking available? If so, how much does it cost? On-street parking is another option. This works out cheaper but be sure to check if you need to register your car or if you have to buy a resident parking sticker.

Does the apartment have extra storage? Sometimes if the closet or storage space is small, some buildings have extra storage for a fee. Is the laundry on site or in the house or rental apartment unit? Do the washing machines look new or look worn out? What kind of system do they use, a card system or coins? Does the rental apartment have air conditioning? If not, is it allowed to install air con units? Also check the kitchen. Does it have appliances like garbage disposal, a stove, a refrigerator or a dishwasher? Are they new? Are pets allowed in the building? If so, are there any fees to be paid. You may end up in a smaller apartment or rental house, and you’re going to need storage space to store your extra belongings. Some of the apartment have small or little storage; see if the management can provide a storeroom for a fee. Find out if laundry amenities are onsite or not, if washing machines are new or worn out. Also know whether the laundry system uses card or coins. Check if air conditioning is available, if not; ask the management if they allow their tenants to install air con units. Inspect the kitchen, see if the garbage disposal unit, stove, refrigerator or a dishwasher are available and in good working order. Also ask if pets are allowed inside the apartment, if so; determine if there are fees to be paid or not.

The third factor to check is the neighborhood. What is the access to public transportation like? Sometimes an ad might say that the rental apartment or house is “close to the subway/bus”, so it is better to walk it yourself to see exactly how far it is. Also check if the apartment is near grocery stores, restaurants, gym, drugstores and bars. Ads will say the apartment is “close to the subway/bus”, don’t easily believe it. Investigate the neighborhood; try taking a walk to see what the public transportation is like. Also check if the apartment is accessible to any grocery store, restaurants, gym, drugstore and bars.

You should also investigate the inhabitants living in the building where you plan to rent, know what types of people that live there. Recognize if they are students or middle class workers of a nearby establishment. Take time to visit the apartment at night to see if the noise level is tolerable. Also know how fast the landlord responds to repairs and maintenance in case you need something work done.

You might see some of these questions to be unnecessary but these should be answered to determine that the rental apartment perfectly suits you and your lifestyle.

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


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Abberly Twin Hickory

Formerly The Gardens at Twin Hickory

4700 The Gardens Drive, Glen Allen, VA 23059

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