Auston Grove Apartments

1160 Auston Grove Drive, Raleigh, NC 27610
Call: 833-779-8856 Email View Map

Opens: Monday-Friday: 9A-6P | Saturday: 10A-5P | Sunday: 1P-5P


Apartments Raleigh NC Blog

One of the Best States To Retire in is North Carolina – Raleigh, NC

One of the Best States To Retire in is North Carolina – Raleigh, NC

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Auston Grove, Raleigh, NCMany of us long for a retirement that will feel like going on a permanent vacation. But before we buy that beach bungalow, box up our stuff and break out the Costco-sized wine spritzers, a reality check may be in order.

Bankrate’s latest ranking of the best and worst states to retire finds the fun-in-the-sun places often associated with retirement may have drawbacks as we face aging issues and our savings dwindle. Retiree meccas like Florida and Arizona don’t come close to cracking our top 10.

#20. North Carolina

Many do want to retire somewhere else - It’s no myth that many people dream of moving in retirement. A new Bankrate survey shows that 47% of Americans would consider relocating when they retire. Higher-earning households and younger people are more likely to say so than everyone else.

According to our poll, Americans’ priorities for a retirement haven suggest they’re giving a lot of thought to practical considerations like cost of living and health care.

How we rate the states

To rank the states according to what people say they want in retirement, we pull together data on these eight criteria:

  • Cost of living
  • Healthcare quality
  • Crime
  • Cultural vitality
  • Weather
  • Taxes
  • Senior citizens’ overall well-being
  • The prevalence of other seniors

Two of our categories are new: cultural vitality (whether residents can find fun stuff to do) and the prevalence of other seniors (whether it would be easy to find other retirees to hang out with).

We weight the factors based on the importance they were given in our survey.

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


Big Cities With the Most Affordable Rent Prices – Raleigh, NC

Big Cities With the Most Affordable Rent Prices – Raleigh, NC

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Auston Grove, Raleigh, NCLet's Face It: Rent Is Expensive

Your rent check is probably one of your biggest (and often most dreaded) expenses. And, depending on where you live, this expense can take up a sizable amount of your paycheck. But it’s an essential, so every month, we write that check.

That said, how much your budget can truly afford for rent each month is probably one of the biggest considerations you’ll make if it comes time to relocate. Well, that and if your credit is in a good enough place to even get your application approved for some new digs. (Not sure about that last part? You can take a look at two of your free credit scores, updated every 14 days, on and come fully prepared to the meeting with your real estate agent.)

And what if it’s time not just for a new apartment but for a new city altogether? Whether you’re looking to move to a new city to help further your career or simply because you’re ready for a change of scenery, affordability is a big deal. And that’s where this list of just how affordable it is to rent a one-bedroom apartment in 20 of the biggest U.S. cities can come in handy.

4. Raleigh, North Carolina
Average Rent-to-Income: 23%
Average Monthly Rent: $1,037

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


Raleigh, NC: Retire in This Great Small City

Raleigh, NC: Retire in This Great Small City

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 16, 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. Raleigh is an affordable small city you may one day want to call home.

Raleigh, North Carolina

Population: 431,700
Population 62 and over: 11.3%
Cost of living index: 92.3

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


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.


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.


Raleigh, NC: One of the Best Places to Live in North Carolina

Raleigh, NC: One of the Best Places to Live in North Carolina

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Auston Grove, Raleigh, NCKnown as the Tarheel State, North Carolina is the 10th largest state in the U.S. and had a population of over 9.7 million in 2012. It contains a diversity of geographical features and is divided into three sections. The mountains are in the west, the Piedmont is in the middle and the coastal plains are in the east. Its central location on the Atlantic Coast, mild weather and economic diversity make it a great place to call home. Also, its two largest metropolitan areas of Raleigh and Charlotte are among the top 10 fastest-growing in the country. Let’s take a look at some of the best places to live in North Carolina.


Second only to Charlotte in population, Raleigh is the capital of North Carolina. It has a lot to offer with all of the attractions of a large city, but in a more laid-back setting with plenty of natural beauty. Raleigh has historical sites, museums, live shows and is the home of NC State University. It’s also an excellent place for economic opportunities and ranked No. 1 on Forbes’ list of the Best Places for Business and Careers in 2014.

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


North Carolina is One of America’s Cheapest States to Live – Raleigh, NC

North Carolina is One of America’s Cheapest States to Live – Raleigh, NC

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Auston Grove, Raleigh, NCCNBC scored all 50 states on more than 60 measures of competitiveness, developed with input from a broad and diverse array of business and policy experts, official government sources, the CNBC Global CFO Council and the states themselves. States receive points based on their rankings in each metric. Then we separate those metrics into 10 broad categories, weighted based on how frequently each is used as a selling point in state economic development marketing materials. That way, our study ranks the states based on the criteria they use to sell themselves.

Cost of living is one of the key categories of competitiveness, worth a possible 75 points toward a state's overall Top States score.

This year some states were tied. But Virginia ranked high on the list .

#5 Virginia

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



Should You Buy or Rent in Retirement? – Raleigh, NC

Should You Buy or Rent in Retirement? – Raleigh, NC

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Auston Grove, Raleigh, NCNationwide, it usually makes more financial sense to buy a home than rent. But it's a little more complicated for those in their golden years.

Retirees also need to decide whether they want to leave an inheritance behind -- a key factor in the rent vs. buy decision.

If a retiree does not plan to pass the home on to heirs, it's nearly always cheaper to rent than to buy, according to a report from Trulia.

That's because building equity is one of the biggest factors that favors purchasing a home. But if there are no plans to leave the home behind, or buy another home, it usually makes more financial sense to rent.

The value of that equity matters a lot when making the decision. If you don't care whether that value will be around when the house is sold, it might be a better deal to rent.

Out of the 100 cities with the highest population of people 65 and older, renting made more financial sense in 98 of the cities, for those not considering leaving the home equity as inheritance.

To calculate the savings of buying versus renting in retirement, Trulia assumed buyers were in a 15% tax bracket and would stay in the home for 15 years. For more information on renting an apartment in Raleigh, NC contact Auston Grove.



4 Reasons to Rent - Raleigh, NC

4 Reasons to Rent - Raleigh, NC

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, April 13, 2017

Auston Grove, Raleigh, NCBuying a home is part of the American Dream, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's the best choice for you.

For decades, the conventional wisdom has been that buying a house makes much better financial sense than renting one. After all, you'll have to spend a large chunk of your income on housing either way, so doesn't it make more sense to invest that money in something you'll eventually own, rather than simply forking cash over to someone else?

However, a number of factors can make renting a much wiser financial decision than buying. Here are four good reasons why it may be smarter for you to rent instead of buy.

1. You're not staying in the home very long

The sooner you intend to move, the less sense it makes to buy.

If you plan to stay put for less than two years, then buying a house would be a poor investment. In such a sort amount of time, the home likely wouldn't gain enough value to make up for the costs of buying and selling it, like realtor commissions, closing fees, moving expenses, and so on. And don't forget that buying or selling a house is a huge hassle compared to switching from one rental to another.

2. You're in an inflated housing market

Some parts of the country are prohibitively expensive to live in. Coming up with a down payment for a $500,000 house is considerably harder than coming up with a down payment for a $150,000 house. But what makes certain highly desirable urban areas really problematic is that home prices in these areas can be driven steeply upward by the high demand. Not only would you have to pay an inflated price for the house, which makes it harder for you to turn around and sell it for a gain in a few years, but you'd also have to pay far more each month as a homeowner than you would as a renter for the same amount of house.

3. Your income isn't secure

If you're not confident in your job security, then now is not the time to make a huge purchase like a new house.

If you suddenly lose a major source of income, then you may need to cut your housing costs in order to get by. That's a relatively quick and painless process if you're renting; you might pay a fee to end your lease early, but you could move to a cheaper home in a matter of days. If you own your home, then a career crisis could force you to sell your house at a bad time; it may take months to find a buyer, or you might end up selling the house for less than you paid for it.

4. You have no savings

If an emergency savings account is important for a renter, it's absolutely crucial for a homeowner. As a renter, if something goes wrong with the house, you can simply call the landlord, who will have to pay to fix the problem. As a homeowner, all the expense lands squarely on your shoulders. Even if nothing expensive breaks down on you, homeowners have ongoing additional costs such as homeowner's insurance and property taxes.

If you don't budget for such expenses or run short one month, you may end up having to tap into savings to pay for them. And if you don't have a well-funded savings account, you may be forced to turn to credit cards -- and that repair bill will be made even more expensive by interest and possibly fees.

Also don't forget that ponying up a down payment will take a big bite out of your savings. You'll need to make sure you still have a solid emergency fund after you've paid out the down payment and the cost of moving. After all, what's the point of buying home if you'll be too busy fretting about expenses to enjoy it?

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

The Motley Fool

It is Cheaper to Rent than Own in Raleigh, NC

It is Cheaper to Rent than Own in Raleigh, NC

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Auston Grove, Raleigh, NCOwning a home is often considered the American dream — and it’s an expensive one. Homeowners in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., pay from 33% to 93% more for housing each month than do renters living in the same state, according to a new NerdWallet analysis.

But many homeowners reap benefits that you can’t get from renting. The equity you build can be leveraged for loans that can be used to improve the home and boost its value or be used in financial emergencies.

While renting can’t offer thosefinancial benefits, it’s cheaper to rent on a month-to-month basis. If you’re wondering how to save money for a down payment, renting can help you build that nest egg — but in extremely expensive or competitive markets, renting might be better for the long haul.

To determine the monthly homeownership premium — the additional cost of owning instead of renting, expressed as a percentage — NerdWallet compared 2015 American Community Survey data from the U.S. Census Bureau for the median gross rent and median homeownership cost in each state and Washington, D.C. Median gross rent includes the costs of monthly rent and utilities for all kinds of rental properties, and median homeownership cost includes monthly mortgage payments, real estate taxes, insurance and utilities. This comparison doesn’t include the down payment required to buy a home, which is traditionally 20% of the home price for conventional mortgages, but is lower for FHA or VA loans.

Key takeaways

  • Owning is more expensive everywhere. Across all 50 states and Washington, D.C., it costs more each month to own a home than to rent. The median cost people pay nationwide to own a home is 54% more than the median cost to rent each month.
  • The smallest difference is still a third more to own.
  • In some states, the cost of owning far eclipses renting.

State: North Carolina
Homeownership Premium: 49%
Median Monthly Cost to Own: $1234
Median Monthly Cost to Rent: $827
Difference: $407

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


Apartment Hunting Tips, Avoid a Scam - Raleigh, NC

Apartment Hunting Tips, Avoid a Scam - Raleigh, NC

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Auston Grove, Raleigh, NCApartment hunting in Raleigh, NC can be tough. The area’s growing population and demand is no match for limited housing stock. With the presence of Craigslist and other sites online, apartment hunting can be even more challenging, since there are so many scams and fake listings. Here are four tips to help you avoid being scammed and find a new apartment successfully.

If you are asked to give money before even seeing the apartment.

This is not a common practice and usually is a sign that something fishy is going on. You should never pay for something you don’t see in person. Also, don’t rely on pictures. They may be digitally edited to look better or completely fake.

You don’t need a lease.

Always, always make sure you sign a lease. Legally, you don’t need a lease but it is common practice. If the landlord doesn’t want to sign a lease, sign a month-to-month agreement. If you don’t sign a lease and pay money, you could be putting yourself in a bad situation.

You never meet anyone to see the property.

If someone asks for rent money to show you an apartment, then always cannot make an appointment, run for the hills. Anyone in the real estate industry who is professional will meet you in person before renting a property.

You need to give personal information through

Never disclose your social security number via email. That is not the professional way of doing business. You should not have to give personal information until you have met with the landlord and seen the apartment. You will need to disclose your personal information for a credit check but there usually is an official form for that.

Overall, trust your gut. If something seems off or not right, it probably isn’t. It’s better to be safe than sorry. For more information on apartments in Raleigh, NC contact Auston Grove.


In Raleigh, NC You Can Live Like Royalty for Less Than 70K

In Raleigh, NC You Can Live Like Royalty for Less Than 70K

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Auston Grove, Richmond, VAMaking a good living is one thing, living well is another. And that often boils down to where you choose to live.

The best places are likely the ones where you can find a job, earn a good salary and buy a nice home. In a 2016 report, job-hunting site Glassdoor calculated the top spots where your pay will go furthest, based on salaries and home values. To do so, the jobs site came up with a cost of living ratio — a city's median base salary divided by its median home value.

Noticeably missing are some of America's biggest cities. While you can certainly earn more in hubs like New York and San Francisco, few people can afford to buy a house or an apartment there.

We came up with the top 25 places where an average paycheck goes a very long way and the quality of life is great. (A higher ratio number is better.)

25. Raleigh, NC

Cost of living ratio: 30%
Median base salary: $62,000
Number of open jobs: 22,339

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

To see the whole article, click here.


Auston Grove Apartments

1160 Auston Grove Drive, Raleigh, NC 27610

Call: 833-779-8856
View Map

Opens: Monday-Friday: 9A-6P | Saturday: 10A-5P | Sunday: 1P-5P