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North Carolina: Retire like a Vanderbilt for Less

North Carolina: Retire like a Vanderbilt for Less

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Auston Grove, Raleigh, NCBack in 1895, the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains, a comfortable climate and low land prices inspired the Vanderbilts to buy up 125,000 acres of North Carolina wilderness and build the Biltmore House, the largest estate in the U.S. The same factors that attracted this wealthy family continue to make North Carolina popular among retirees and second-home buyers today.

But the Tar Heel State offers a little bit of everything, geographically and culturally. Retirees who prefer to live by the sea can find 300 miles of barrier island beaches, two national seashores and idyllic villages in the state’s eastern region.

North Carolina also has some great college towns, including Chapel Hill, Davidson, and Durham. And dynamic city living can be found in fast-growing Charlotte, which has been undergoing a restaurant renaissance, and the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill-Cary vicinity, dubbed the “Research Triangle” due to its high density of high tech companies.

For anyone on a fixed budget, living costs in North Carolina can be fairly friendly. Overall, the state is 3.7% cheaper than the national average. State income taxes are also to 5.8% flat tax.

For more information on retiring in apartments in Raleigh, NC contact Auston Grove.

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Should You Rent or Own in Retirement? Probably Rent

Should You Rent or Own in Retirement? Probably Rent

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, August 10, 2017

Auston Grove, Raleigh, NCThere are lots of good reasons to own a home, both as a working adult and as a retiree.

But despite these perks, a growing number of older Americans are choosing to forgo homeownership in favor of renting instead. A recent study by Credit Sesame found that 33% of baby boomers and 46% of seniors 65 and over are making a conscious decision to rent, even though they can afford the latter option. It therefore raises the question: Is homeownership later in life such a good idea after all?

Renting in retirement has its benefits

The motivation to rent in retirement when you can otherwise afford to buy typically boils down to one thing: locking in your costs. Most retirees live off a fixed income, so it stands to reason that the more fixed costs they're able to work with, the better. And while many retirement expenses come with their fair share of variables, there's perhaps no more volatile a budget-buster than owned property.

While it's true that your mortgage payment can't go up in retirement (assuming, of course, that you have a fixed loan, and not a variable one), that's just one piece of the homeownership puzzle -- and it's your peripheral costs that are likely to climb. Take property taxes, which, in some parts of the country, can equal or even exceed one's mortgage payment itself. Even during periods when home values drop, property taxes still have a tendency to rise. In 2000, U.S. homeowners paid an estimated $247 billion in real estate taxes, but by 2010, that figure climbed $476 billion. Of course, the housing market had by no means recovered by 2010, but that didn't matter -- homeowners were still on the hook for higher taxes.

Then there's maintenance to consider. The average homeowner spends anywhere from 1% to 4% of his or her home's value on annual upkeep. Now if you happen to buy a new home in retirement, you can probably keep your maintenance costs to the lower end of that range. But if you're hanging onto a house you've been living in for years, chances are you'll be facing the higher end. For a $400,000 property, that's $16,000 a year on maintenance alone.

Regular upkeep aside, when you own a home, there's always the possibility of a major appliance going bad, or a significant repair popping up when you least expect it. If you're on a tight budget, which many retirees are, and you're suddenly forced to shell out $10,000 to replace a faulty roof, the financial impact could be downright catastrophic.

That's why in many cases, you're better off renting in retirement than owning. Yes, you will have to accept the fact that your rent will probably go up year after year, but if you sign a multi-year lease, you can mitigate this risk. And if your rent does go up to the point where you no longer feel it's affordable, there's always the option to pick up and move. Will that be easy? No. But it's an option nonetheless -- whereas ignoring a capsizing roof is not.

Again, there are benefits to owning a home in retirement that make it a viable option as well. On top of the aforementioned tax breaks, your home can serve as a source of equity, whether via a loan or a reverse mortgage . But if your savings are limited and you're worried about money, renting a home may be the better choice for your senior years. This way, you'll get a roof over your head, without the financial obligation to be the one to fix it.

For more information on renting an apartment in Raleigh, NC during retirement, contact Auston Grove.

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Retire to This Great Small City: Raleigh, NC

Retire to This Great Small City: Raleigh, NC

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Auston Grove, Raleigh, NCDoes the thought of retiring to a sleepy beach town or country hamlet bore you silly? Spending your post-work years in a city has plenty of perks, including easy access to the arts, cutting-edge health care, and a diverse set of neighbors. That said, the cons of urban living (like cost) can be daunting. There is a happy medium. We set out to find places that won’t ding your nest egg with high taxes and nosebleed prices, yet still have great attractions and plenty of your peers. Read on for five affordable small cities (populations of 150,000 to 500,000) you may one day want to call home.

Raleigh, North Carolina

  • Population: 431,700
  • Population 62 and over: 11.3%
  • Median home price: $210,000
  • Cost of living index: 92.3

TAXES

Like all the states in this story, North ­Carolina does not tax Social Security benefits. The state has no inheritance or estate tax.

  • Income tax: 5.8% flat
  • Sales tax: 6.75% (combined state and local)
  • Median property tax: $1,800

WHY IT STANDS OUT

This state capital’s thriving economy and proximity to top universities have long made it a prime relocation destination. And ­recently more of those new ­faces have had a few wrinkles: from 2000 to 2010 the city’s population of 55- to 64-year-olds shot up by 97%, according to the Brookings Institution. It’s not hard to see the draw: Raleigh provides a big-city feel with a low cost of living; mild, four-season weather; and, thanks to all those medical schools, world-class health care.

WHAT TO DO

  • Food: The city has a diverse restaurant scene, with everything from Afghan cuisine to Southern barbecue.
  • Music: The 5,000-seat Red Hat Amphitheater hosts the big acts, while the opera and symphony perform at the Duke Energy ­Center for the Performing Arts. Art: A range of work is on display in galleries, public spaces, and parks. Or take in the 30 Rodin sculptures at the North Carolina Museum of Art.
  • Education: North Carolina State University’s lifelong-learning program offers affordable courses and study trips on topics including American poetry, digital photography skills and Civil War history.

For more information on apartments in Raleigh, NC contact Auston Grove.

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It’s Cheaper to Rent in Raleigh, North Carolina

It’s Cheaper to Rent in Raleigh, North Carolina

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Auston Grove, Raleigh, NCTraditionally, owning a home is touted as a smarter financial move than renting one. But with demand increasing and the supply of houses for sale falling, home prices have been rising nationally, according to real estate marketplace Zillow. So, you might be wondering: Is it better to rent or buy a home?

To find out where it makes more sense to rent or buy a home, GOBankingRates surveyed the cost of renting versus owning a home in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Since conducting a similar survey in 2016, we found that the number of places where it’s more expensive to own than rent has increased from nine to 11 — this includes a few states where the price difference is minimal.

For this year's study, we looked at the estimated rent price for all homes listed on Zillow. We also calculated the estimated monthly mortgage to own a home in each state, based on the median list price of homes listed on Zillow, a 20 percent down payment and a 30-year fixed-rate loan.

8. North Carolina

Buying vs. Renting a Home in North Carolina

  • Monthly rent in North Carolina: $1,157
  • Monthly mortgage in North Carolina: $1,233
  • Should you rent or buy: Rent

In 2016, it was more expensive to rent than own a home in North Carolina. But now, it costs $76 more to own than rent, likely due to a sharp rise in home prices. The median home list price jumped from $226,750 in May 2016 to $249,000 in May 2017, according to Zillow data.

For more information on apartments in Raleigh, NC, contact Auston Grove.

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Buying a Home May Not Be for You

Buying a Home May Not Be for You

Joseph Coupal - Friday, July 21, 2017

Auston Grove, Raleigh, NCThe reality is that home ownership isn’t for everyone. Even if it’s right for you eventually, it might not be right for you right now. There are a few factors that should serve as a warning against taking the leap into homeownership.

Don’t buy a home if…

You aren’t planning to stay

Whether your job situation is a bit uncertain, you’re in a relationship you’re not sure will last, or you’re longing to make a move to another city sometime soon, renting is your best bet. That’s because home values tend to fluctuate throughout the year and from year to year. If you are forced to move out in the near future, you may suffer a loss on the sale of your home. Most experts recommend that unless you can stay put for at least five years, you’re better off renting. It’ll take at least that long to make up the costs associated with a home purchase.

You don’t have a down payment

It’s not a good idea to buy a home without a downpayment. The simplest reason is that foregoing a down payment costs you a lot more over the life of the loan. The more money you borrow to buy your house, the more interest you pay. Having a down payment protects you from going underwater on your loan, or owing more than the house is worth. This can happen when you buy without a down payment and then home values drop.

You aren’t a saver

If you find saving for a down payment challenging, that may be a sign that you aren’t ready to own your own home. When you’re a renter, all you have to worry about is covering your rent. Once you’ve done that, the rest is up to your landlord.

When you own your home, the responsibility is all yours. So, if you get a leaky roof or a broken water pipe, you will have to pay to fix it. If you have a hard time saving, you’ll lack the cash to take care of all the expensive repairs you will face as a homeowner. If you’re already living paycheck to paycheck, the ongoing financial responsibility of owning a home is likely to land you in debt.

For more information on renting an apartment in Raleigh, NC, contact Auston Grove Apartments.

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Reasons To Move To Raleigh, NC

Reasons To Move To Raleigh, NC

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, July 13, 2017

Auston Grove, Raleigh, NCThose who live in North Carolina know it is the best place in the world to live! From our stunning natural beauty to our incredible man-made wonders, we’re lucky to call the Tar Heel State ‘home.’ While some prefer to live in one of the state’s picturesque small towns, others love the vibe of a bigger city. If you like an urban atmosphere that offers plenty of green space and a lot of opportunity, you should drop everything and move to Raleigh. Here’s why.

1. Our capital city is a pretty fabulous place to live.

With around 450,000 residents, it's just the right size - large enough to offer all the many amenities of a big city, but small enough to maintain a low crime rate, plenty of green space and more of a "hometown" feeling than a city with millions.

2. Raleigh is the third best city in the country for young families.

We think it's actually the BEST city for young families, but the site Value Penguin ranked us third in the nation based on 16 criteria. Raleigh is a great place when it comes to outdoor recreation, housing, safety and the availability of healthcare.

3. Raleigh is a top moving destination.

United Van Lines ranked Raleigh fifth in the nation for the number of moves into the city. With neighborhoods like this, it's easy to see why people want to move here.

4. Did we mention Raleigh's undeniable beauty?

We might be biased, but we can't help but think that Raleigh easily qualifies as one of the prettiest cities anywhere.

5. Indeed.com says that Raleigh is the second easiest city in the country to find a job.

If you need a job, Raleigh is your place! Our city came in second in the nation, right behind San Jose, CA. That ranking was based on the number of available job listings.

6. Looking for a tech job? Raleigh is the perfect place.

The New York Times notes that the number of tech jobs in Raleigh increased over 38 percent between 2010 and 2015. It's the second-highest increase in the country, right after San Francisco. Coders and techies are happy here indeed.

7. We have some of the coolest museums, hands down.

Sure, lots of cities have a Natural Science Museum, but does theirs look this awesome?

8. Money Magazine named Raleigh the "Best Big City in the Southeast."

Raleigh made the list because of its parks and green spaces, housing, low crime and excellent schools. Money Magazine also pointed out that the many transportation options in the city make it easy to get from here to there.

9. Forbes ranks Raleigh 3rd in the nation for young professionals.

If you're just getting your career started, Raleigh is perfect. You'll enjoy low unemployment, good pay and excellent growth opportunities here. And, you'll find a thriving social scene with lots of other people your age who are starting their careers, too.

10. If you've served our country, Raleigh is one of your best choices.

WalletHub.com pulled data from 100 U.S. cities to find out which are the best for veterans, and Raleigh ranked 8th. Factors included access to medical care, number of jobs related to military skills, economic wellness and educational opportunities for those returning from deployment. Raleigh loves our veterans, and is proud to offer plenty of opportunities for them when they return from overseas.

These are just 10 reasons to love living in Raleigh – we’re sure you can come up with more! For more information on apartments in Raleigh, NC contact Auston Grove.

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Is Owning or Renting Better for Your Wallet?

Is Owning or Renting Better for Your Wallet?

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, July 06, 2017

Auston Grove, Raleigh, NCPart of being smart with your money means managing how much you buy. And while that might be as simple as not buying goods you don’t need, it might also mean considering alternatives to buying — like renting or leasing — to save money.

Opting to rent something has its own set of benefits. For example, you rarely have to make a large upfront payment the way you would with a purchase and you likely won’t need to worry about the ongoing cost of maintenance. However, rental costs can add up to more than you’d ever pay for an item in the first place, so it’s important to consider whether renting truly saves you money.

To help, we talked to the experts to find out when renting is the better option and when it’s better to buy.

Home vs. apartment

The decision to rent or buy a home usually isn’t purely financial. You might also crave the stability and pride of owning or the freedom to renovate and landscape how you want. But there are a few factors that make renting the better financial choice — namely, location.

Renting usually makes sense unless you are pretty sure you will stay in one home for at least five years. This is because there are several thousand dollars of transaction costs that come with buying, financing and, eventually, selling a home.

For more information on apartments in Raleigh, NC contact Auston Grove.

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Raleigh, NC: City With Cheap Rent and Good Jobs for New College Grads

Raleigh, NC: City With Cheap Rent and Good Jobs for New College Grads

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Auston Grove, Raleigh, NCThere are certain things that as a new college graduate you have little control over, such as when you're forced to join the real world. If you happened to graduate in 2008 — when the economy was hemorrhaging jobs while the stock and housing markets were collapsing — you were somewhat out of luck. Still, there were things you could have done to improve your financial odds even in the Great Recession, such as picking a city with the best odds of finding a good-paying job and an affordable place to live.

Which begs the question: Where are those cities for young grads today?

The real estate site Trulia and the careers site Indeed have teamed up to look at which cities provide the best combination of affordable rental properties and the types of jobs that typically employ new grads.

Their conclusion: Finding the ideal place to work and live is tricky, because the market in which you might find the best-paying jobs may also happen to be too pricey for a 22-year-old to afford rent.

There are parts of the country that have the highest percentage of jobs that were amenable to those right out of college. Almost a third of all postings in San Jose were "grad-friendly," and recent grads could expect to earn around $3,333 a month.

Trouble is, all of that economic activity has dramatically driven up demand and prices for homes and apartments. In the San Jose market, new grads can only afford 2.5% of the available rental listings in the area.

Do new grads have to choose between a paycheck in their pocket or a roof over their head? To an extent, yes.

Yet the researchers note that there are some "sweet spots" that offer the best of both worlds.

MONEY took the data from the survey and organized it a bit differently.

We eliminated any location where less than than 10% of the housing market was accessible to new grads, and then looked at the top job markets among the remaining towns on the list. We found the Top 50 of those markets, Raleigh, NC is number 15.

15. Raleigh, NC
Monthly Income: $2,581
Percentage of Listings Affordable to Recent College Grad: 9.8%.
Percentage of Grad-Friendly Job Postings: 19.3%

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What it's Like to Retire in Raleigh, NC

What it's Like to Retire in Raleigh, NC

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Auston Grove, Raleigh, NCRaleigh, the capitol of North Carolina, is a fast-growing city in the middle of the state. Raleigh has a diversified economy and is home to several colleges including NC State at Raleigh. This city is one of three in the so-called Research Triangle, the others being Durham and Chapel Hill.

There have been a number of successful projects to bring condominiums, shops, and restaurants to the downtown area. The city has several historic districts including the Fayetteville Historic District.

What is special about Raleigh

Raleigh is the fast growing NC capital named to several "10 Best" lists. Not all retirees will appreciate the notice from the Wall St. Journal - Raleigh was named one of the top 10 cities emerging as the “hottest, hippest destinations” for educated workers in their 20s when the U.S. economy gets moving again.

The Journal cited low cost of living, expanding Ft. Bragg, and highly educated population. There are 8,100 acres of parks, multiple community centers, 112 tennis courts, 8 acquatic centers, and many bike trails and lanes.

Who will like retirement in Raleigh

Folks who are looking for life in a fast-paced, middle-sized city in the south, will like it in Raleigh. It offers a more moderate climate and there is plenty to do.

Local economy is driven by

Banking/ financial services, healthcare, universities, and many corporations.

Climate and Physical Environment

Raleigh is in the middle of the state, part of the Research Triangle region. Average January temperature is about 40 (F.). The mountains are not far away.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

As the state capital Raleigh has a number of significant cultural institutions. Those include African American Cultural Complex, Contemporary Art Museum, Gregg Museum of Art & Design at NCSU, Haywood Hall House & Gardens, North Carolina Museum of Art, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and the North Carolina Museum of History. The Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion hosts major concert acts. The Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts hosts plays, concerts, ballet, opera, and symphony concerts. The Meymandi Theatre at the Murphey School is one of many theater venues.

Crime

The crime rate is very close to the national average.

Medical facilities

Raleigh is home to many hospitals including the Dorothea Dix Hospital.

Transportation

The Raleigh-Durham Airport offers convenient service. Amtrak stops in Raleigh. Capital Area Transit System provides bus service through the region. Raleigh is considered below average in walkability when compared to other cities.

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Apartment Hunting Tips

Apartment Hunting Tips

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Auston Grove, Raleigh, NCFirst and foremost, is it your first time moving out of the house into your own apartment? That means you don’t have experience apartment hunting, and it can be a problem. Are you working on a limited budget and need a roommate to share the apartment and rental fees with? Do you go to work and is restricted to finding an apartment near the office?

All these play a considerable part when choosing the right apartment for you. Just to make sure you don’t commit a mistake, here are some tips to help you find the perfect apartment:

Choose the right neighborhood

Sometimes the neighborhood is more important than the apartment itself. A nice apartment in a dangerous part of the city is a no-no. But a modest apartment that’s located in a crime-free neighborhood, that’s the perfect place to set up your home.

The apartment should have the right facilities

An apartment is only as good as the quality of its facilities. Sometimes you’ll find an apartment located on the 8th floor and there’s no elevator! It’s important to ask these questions to the apartment owner before you fill out an application form, since some of these require a small fee that’s non-refundable.

Other facilities to watch out for include the size of the kitchen. Some apartment kitchens can fit a wide range of appliances, while others can barely fit a small oven and sink.

Hire the services of an apartment rental company

Hiring an apartment rental company will make the entire process much easier for you, for a fee.

Follow these tips and you should be able to find the perfect apartment for your needs.

For more information on apartments in Raleigh, NC, contact Auston Grove.

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Auston Grove Apartments

1160 Auston Grove Drive, Raleigh, NC 27610

Call: 866-220-3907
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Opens: Monday-Friday: 9A-6P | Saturday: 10A-5P | Sunday: 1P-5P

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