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Raleigh is on 2017 List of Best Places to Live

Raleigh is on 2017 List of Best Places to Live

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Auston Grove Apartments in Raleigh, NCU.S. News & World Report, the global authority in rankings and consumer advice, unveiled the 2017 Best Places to Live in the United States. The new list ranks the country's 100 largest metropolitan areas based on affordability, job prospects and quality of life.

When considering a move people are concerned about finding a job in their field, earning enough to afford a home, sending their kids to good schools and feeling like a part of their community. The Best Places to Live ranking takes all of that into account – the metro areas that do well are the ones with strong job markets and high quality of life.

The 2017 Best Places to Live were determined in part by a public survey of thousands of individuals across the U.S. to find out what qualities they consider important in a home town. The methodology also factors in data from the United States Census Bureau, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as well as U.S. News rankings of the Best High Schools and Best Hospitals.

#7 in Best Places to Live - Raleigh & Durham, NC

Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill are known for their research/technology roots and collegiate rivalries. This tri-city region (known as the Triangle) is luring nearly 80 new residents a day with strong job growth and a high quality of life.

Many people who call the Raleigh and Durham metro areas home are young, friendly, diverse and educated. They enjoy dining out in local restaurants – many of which have earned national accolades – and gathering over craft beers in one of the region's many microbreweries. A strong sense of community is evident, as strangers are quick to provide a friendly conversation when standing in line at the supermarket.

Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill also encompass beautiful green spaces, family-friendly museums and a growing art and music scene defined by monthly gallery walks, summer concerts and music festivals like Hopscotch.

Rankings

U.S. News analyzed 100 metro areas in the United States to find the best places to live based on quality of life and the job market in each metro area, as well as the value of living there and people's desire to live there.

Raleigh & Durham ranks as # with an overall score of 7.2 out of 10.

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Moving To and Living In Raleigh, NC Area

Moving To and Living In Raleigh, NC Area

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Auston Grove, Raleigh, NCRaleigh’s Magnetic Southern Feel Vibrates from the Coast to the Plains. Thinking about moving to Raleigh Durham?

Living In and Around the Raleigh Durham Area

The Raleigh-Durham metro area is located smack-dab in the center of North Carolina. Its largest and most prominent cities are Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. Also called the Research Triangle, the Raleigh-Durham area is known for its diverse and well-educated population, and it's also home to some of the South's biggest colleges and universities. Raleigh-Durham is also one of the most important financial centers on the entire East Coast, making this a great place to live if you're a student or a young professional.

What’s the Cost of Living in Raleigh Durham Area?

If you're moving to Raleigh-Durham, you'll be happy to know that this region has a surprisingly low cost of living. When combined with average incomes that are several thousand dollars more than in the rest of the United States, living in the Raleigh-Durham area becomes even more advantageous. Just be aware that housing is relatively expensive, especially when you're living in Raleigh's more popular neighborhoods. Expect to spend at least $1,000 a month for a one-bedroom apartment and at least $1,200 for a two-bedroom apartment. Public transportation is sufficient for getting around if you live in Raleigh or Durham, and you can use the GoTriangle bus and rail system to go to most places. But if you're in one of the region's smaller towns, you'll probably want to keep a car.

Living in the Raleigh-Durham Metro Area

Since it's become such a prominent center for various industries, the Raleigh-Durham metro area has been growing every year. This region has also become a cultural mecca, complete with nationally acclaimed restaurants, numerous microbreweries and a burgeoning art scene. All of this combines to make Raleigh-Durham a wonderful place to live in. In fact, U.S News has even ranked Raleigh-Durham the #7 best place to live in the country in 2017. Whether you're moving to Raleigh, Durham or Chapel Hill, you'll be able to enjoy numerous parks, museums, art exhibits and music festivals without going very far at all.

Jobs & Employment in the Raleigh-Durham Metro Area

Recently, the Raleigh-Durham region has been thriving. The unemployment rate is less than 5 percent, which is slightly below the U.S. average. Plus, many employers have been flocking here in recent years, and the biggest industries are related to management, sales and administration. This region also has a relatively high amount of jobs relating to the computer and mathematical industries. So if you're moving to Raleigh to find a job, you'll be able to look into a vast array of various industries.

About Raleigh

Raleigh is one of the most prosperous cities in the country. This isn't only a great place to find work; it's also filled with fun things to do. While this urban metropolis has numerous attractions that you can visit all the time, it also hosts numerous festivals throughout the year. If you love seeing huge art exhibits, check out Artsplosure in the spring and Sparkcon in the fall. You can also get tickets for Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival or MerleFest if you're a fan of live music.

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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.

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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.

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Auston Grove Apartments

1160 Auston Grove Drive, Raleigh, NC 27610

Call: 833-779-8856
Email UsAustonGrove.PropertySite.HHHunt@aptleasing.info
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Opens: Monday-Friday: 9A-6P | Saturday: 10A-5P | Sunday: 1P-5P

$800-$1250