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Renting is Cheaper! – Garner, NC

Joseph Coupal - Friday, September 23, 2016

Despite historic-low mortgage rates, it's still cheaper to rent than own in most major U.S. cities. Low inventory, foreign investors and flippers are keeping home prices up.

With interest rates hovering near historic lows, it might seem like the ideal time for renters to jump into the homeownership market and perhaps spend less money each month to own a home than they do to rent one. But a new report shows that scenario may be more fantasy than reality - at least in the country's biggest markets.

The average monthly cost of owning a home is 28% higher than renting in major U.S. markets.

Of 28 U.S. markets surveyed, only four showed it was cheaper to own a home than rent one.

Home prices have gotten close to what we saw at the peak of the market. The magnitude of home price increases has been higher than rental increases.

The study focused on four- and five-star properties in the rental and homeownership markets to ensure an apples-to-apples comparison and to address the surging demand for housing in major cities.

Younger generations just don't want to commute like past generations have - they want to live in cities, near restaurants and bars, where they can work and play in the same area. While there's a lot of affordable housing in the suburbs, that's just not where people necessarily want to live.

So, the study compared the average monthly rent of a high-end apartment with the monthly cost of owning a one-bedroom condo in that city or a three-bedroom single-family home in a low-crime suburban area. The monthly cost of homeownership assumed a 15% down payment on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage, and included taxes, home insurance and PMI.

However, the other 24 markets were more costly to own than rent, with 15 of them being at least 20% more expensive.

Los Angeles showed the biggest dichotomy, with the average cost of owning a home being 39% higher than the average monthly rent. This was followed by Austin, Seattle, Nashville, San Francisco, San Jose, New York/New Jersey/Connecticut, Dallas/Fort Worth, Charlotte, Houston and Orange County, where the monthly cost of owning was more than 30% higher than renting.

On the surface, the report's results seem odd, given the country's 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.5% in the week that ended Sept 15, and has remained under 4% for much of the past year.

However, housing prices have been rising at a far sharper clip than rents. Average home prices climbed 5.3% in July 2016 from a year earlier and surged 42.6% from the sector's trough in 2011.

A number of factors are driving the spike in home prices: Low mortgage rates, the country's attractive 4.9% unemployment rate, foreign investors snapping up U.S. single-family homes and condos as safe havens for investment, and - most importantly - a surge in "flippers," which are investors who buy homes and sell them within a year for a quick profit.

Inventory also plays a role. Most construction in recent years has been in building multifamily units - condos and rental apartments. There's a ton of supply coming into the apartment world, which is keeping rents low enough that they're not infringing on homeownership costs.

Whereas, housing inventory has declined.

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One of America’s Best Cities for Dating: Garner, Raleigh, NC

Joseph Coupal - Friday, September 16, 2016

Hooking that hottie is hard enough without the odds stacked against you, so the city researchers at Sperling’s Best Places have identified for you "America’s Best Cities for Dating."

The study is based on criteria that includes percentage of singles ages 18-24, population density, and dating venues per capita such as concerts, coffee shops, bars, bowling alleys, etc., and includes 80 metro areas in America. They teamed up with a company which specializes in the dating game to find out which city is revered as the D.C. (Dating Capital) of the U.S. Raleigh, NC is number 4!

Best Cities for Dating

  1. Austin, TX
  2. Colorado Springs, CO
  3. San Diego, CA
  4. Raleigh/Durham, NC
  5. Seattle, WA
  6. Charleston, SC
  7. Norfolk, VA
  8. Ann Arbor, MI
  9. Springfield, MA
  10. Honolulu, HI

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Living Near a College is Great, Even if You're Not a Student - Garner, NC

Joseph Coupal - Friday, September 09, 2016

For 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.

Durham, North Carolina, is home to Duke University, one of the anchors of the “Research Triangle,” a hub for health and tech companies that benefit from close proximity to Duke, the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University in nearby Raleigh. While the surrounding universities contribute to the the area's overall prosperity, Durham and its neighboring cities also benefit from many entrepreneurs outside the institutions.

“Duke hasn’t brought in the restaurants and all the activities, but Duke has helped support all the new restaurants and activities,” Austin says.

The college hasn’t brought in the restaurants and all the activities, but the college has helped support all the new 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.

Off-campus student housing absorbs some of the stuff that would be sold to young families.

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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The 20 Best Places to Live in the U.S. – Raleigh, Garner NC

Joseph Coupal - Friday, September 02, 2016

Americans will move across the country for just about anything - be it a job, to be closer to a loved one, or just to get a little more sun. While the initial reason for a move to a new city will vary from person to person, the location's job market, affordability and overall quality of life are a few of the characteristics to consider before the movers are called. The 2016 U.S. News Best Places to Live rankings examine ta variety of factors, from job market to quality of life, that ultimately determine which of the country’s largest metro areas would be more suitable for more people.

#4 Raleigh-Durham

Thanks to the likes of Duke University's nationally and regionally ranked health system, the Raleigh-Durham metro area has exceptional health care quality and availability. In addition to Duke, North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and more than a dozen other colleges in the area make it a hub for academics and college-age residents, helping earn the area its title as the Research Triangle. Raleigh-Durham also has the second highest population growth from net migration of those cities in the top 10.

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Questions to Ask When Considering Renting or Buying – Garner, NC

Joseph Coupal - Friday, August 26, 2016

The decision to buy a home is one of the biggest financial investments you’ll ever make.

While many consumers believe buying a home is a good decision, it’s not always easy to know when the time is right to take the leap.

Choosing to become a homeowner takes not only a financial commitment but also the emotional maturity; it needs to suits your lifestyle and your budget.

1. How Do Home Prices and Rents Compare in Your Community?

While it’s easy to compare rental prices, when you look at the cost of buying a home you need to include not only your mortgage principal and interest payments, but also homeowners insurance, property taxes and possibly a condominium or homeowner association fee.

2. Are You Emotionally Ready To Buy A Home?

One of the benefits of renting an apartment is that you typically only commit to a lease for one year. If you’re buying a home, you’ll need to choose a neighborhood and a home where you want to live for the next several years while you recoup the cost of buying and build equity.

3. Do You Have a Five-Year Plan?

While no one knows with absolute certainty what will happen over the next five or 10 years, if your plans include switching careers or moving out of state, you’re probably better off renting. If you plan to start a family in the next few years, you should take that into consideration when developing a budget.

4. Are You Ready to Take Care of a Home?

Along with the joy of decorating your home and changing it to meet your needs, you need to budget at least 1 to 3 percent of the home price each year for repairs. Whether you can handle work yourself or need to hire contractors, you should be prepared for the time and expense of maintaining your property so that it can keep its value and avoid more costly repairs in the future.

5. Do You Have Any Savings?

While there are loan programs available to some borrowers with a down payment of 3.5% and sometimes less, you’ll need some cash for a deposit, a down payment, closing costs and an emergency fund when you buy a home.

6. What Does Your Credit Profile Look Like?

Request your free credit report. For a small fee you can get your credit score. Lenders typically require a minimum credit score of 620 or 640 and higher for government-insured loan programs, but for the lowest mortgage rates you need a credit score of 740 or above.

7. What Can You Comfortably Afford to Spend on a Home?

You can have a free consultation with a mortgage lender to find out how much you can borrow to buy a home, but you should develop your own budget to determine how much you can spend on your housing payment while still being able to pay your other bills and save for the future.

Your answers to these questions can help you make the right choice and determine if you’re ready to buy now or need to wait a little longer.

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Median Home Prices in Raleigh High than Nation - Garner, NC

Joseph Coupal - Friday, August 19, 2016

The Triangle's median home prices experienced increases from last year, beating the nation's median home prices, which reached a new all-time high in June 2016, according to new data.

The United States' median home prices are 1 percent above the previous peak in July 2005, following 52 consecutive months of increases, according to the data released by ATTOM Data Solutions, the new parent company of RealtyTrac. Single-family homes and condos across the nation sold for a median price of $231,000 in June 2016, up 6 percent from May and 9 percent from a year ago.

Raleigh had median home prices higher than the national median price in June, at $240,000, up 4 percent from $230,000 from last year. In Durham and Chapel Hill, the median home sales price was even higher at $307,000, with 277 counted sales.

Daren Blomquist, senior vice president of ATTOM Data Solutions, said the all-time high home prices nationwide are being enabled by historically low mortgage rates. “It is likely that some of the most interest rate sensitive local markets will see home price appreciation knocked down when the low rate rug is finally pulled out from under the housing recovery,” he said. “We are seeing signs of weakening appreciation in many bellwether markets already in spite of the rock-bottom rates.”

Raleigh home sellers experienced gains in June 2016, with average seller gains of $41,915 in June 2016, up 35.6 percent from $27,000 in June 2015. Homeowners in Durham and Chapel Hill also made profit as the average seller gain was $31,000 in June 2016, up 138.5 percent from $13,000 in June 2015.

According to CoreLogic, a California-based corporation providing financial, property and consumer information, cash sales accounted for 32 percent of all home sales in April 2016, down 2.8 percentage points year-over-year. Prior to the housing crisis, cash sales share of total home sales averaged approximately 25 percent. CoreLogic predicts that if the cash sales share continues to fall at the same rate it did in April 2016, the share will hit 25 percent by the middle of 2018.

Cash sales in Raleigh were up for the month of April, with a 1 percentage point increase compared to April 2015 and higher than the national rate. In North Carolina, cash sales were 23 percent of total sales.

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Benefits of Downsizing - Apartments in Garner, NC

Joseph Coupal - Friday, August 12, 2016

Have you noticed that there is a new push for simplifying the way we live?

Homeowners are realizing that “living large” doesn’t always mean bigger is better. In fact, there are many benefits to downsizing to a smaller home. Rest assured there is a benefit to decreasing your home size.

If you love saving money, energy, resources and enjoy saving time on upkeep, these are just a few of the benefits of living a “cozy life”.

Save money on frivolous living

Let’s face it, the more space you have, the more you feel like you need to fill every corner.

One of the beauties of downsizing your home is the ability to stop wasting money on furniture, electronics, appliances and home items that are used to fill space rather than to fulfill a function.

Downsizing into a smaller home will you help you to prioritize your life and only bring what is necessary in your new home.

Save energy when downsizing to a smaller home

From heating and cooling costs to water use, it costs a lot to run a large home.

A smaller home will give you the added benefit of reducing your family’s carbon footprint. Meanwhile, you will enjoy a lower energy bill in the warmer and cooler months.

Enjoy the benefits of smaller living

Many homeowners agree that living in a larger home leads to greater stress.

There’s general cleaning, maintenance, furnishing, outdoor upkeep, energy costs and land tax — all of these factors can add stress.

Downsizing your home can be the first step to a minimal and streamlined life. You will be surprised how reducing your daily chores and maintenance by living in an apartment in Garner, NC will free up your time for leisure activities, spending time with your family, getting more rest, and loving your home more.

Downsizing can free up your lifestyle for traveling

From ensuring security systems doors and windows are properly monitored to monitoring exterior lighting and keeping your grounds up, traveling can often be a burden when you have a large home.

If you decide to downsize, traveling can be less of a hassle, especially if you downsize to an apartment from a stand-alone house.

For many homeowners, downsizing their home can be a new chapter. It can represent a way to start a new life.

Consider opting for an apartment that could have less upkeep and can handle maintenance of the grounds and other amenities, leaving you with more spare time.

Downsizing your home will you get rid of the clutter and will help you organize only what is essential.

For more information on 1 and 2 bedroom apartments in Garner, NC contact Abberly Place.

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Raleigh, NC is #14 Most Charming Capital City - Garner, NC

Joseph Coupal - Friday, August 05, 2016

There is little that is more charming than the feeling of the history of the past and the excitement of history in the making. For these reasons, our state capitals always have a special appeal that draws in the attention and pride of their entire state.

While every state capital has its share of charm, we were curious which one was the most charming. Using our Charm Index, we analyzed the charm scores of the capital cities of every continental state and threw Washington D.C. onto the list for good measure.

The Charm Index scores how charming streets and neighborhoods are using data on:

  • •The affordability of local businesses
  • •The ratings of nearby businesses
  • •Are they locally-owned? - are they corporate chains or local boutiques?
  • •How active the residence is and the density of nearby gyms, bike tracks, parks, etc.
  • •Crime statistics

The Charm Index stems from the belief that a charming neighborhood is created from flourishing local business combined with a residence that feels safe, is active, and has many opportunities to interact with other residents. Local shops such as bookstores, theatres, and restaurants that receive high ratings by residents tend to create very charming atmospheres, call us crazy. Meanwhile, neighborhoods that are not as charming have a higher percentage of chain stores, pawn shops, strip clubs, credit loan stores, crime, and do not have access to community institutions such as parks, town halls and flea markets.

Using the charm scores of every street for every capital, we found the overall charm score for each. Those that ranked highest received high charm scores across their entire city while those that ranked lowest had much fewer charming pockets. However, every city has its own pockets of charm, so we included information on which street and neighborhood is the most charming in each city.

How did your state capital fare?

#14: Raleigh, NC with a charm index of 72.82. The most charming street is Halifax Street.

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Questions Millennials Need to Ask When Considering Rent or Buy – Garner, NC

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, July 28, 2016

Realizing or deciding it’s time to move to a new home is the easy part. From there, comes the choice to buy a home or to rent. This is where it gets difficult.

Basically, everyone has their own unique set of pros and cons to consider.

Ask the following six questions to help you in deciding whether to rent or buy.

1. How much money do you have saved up?

Start with an evaluation of your financial health. Figure out how much money you have for a down payment or deposit on a rental. Down payments are typically 5% to 20% of the price of the home.

Security deposits on rentals are usually about one month of rent and more if you have a pet. But be sure to keep enough in savings for an emergency. It’s a good idea to have three to six months of living expenses to cover unexpected costs.

2. How much debt do you have?

Consider all of your current and expected financial obligations like your car payment and insurance, credit card debt and student loans.

Make sure you will be able to make all the payments in addition to the cost of a new home. Aim to keep total rent or mortgage payments plus utilities to less than 25% to 30% of your gross monthly income. Recent regulatory changes limit debt to income (DTI) ratio on most mortgage loans to 43%.

3. How long will you stay?

Generally, the longer you plan to live someplace, the more it makes sense to buy.

Over time, you can build equity in your home. On the other hand, renters have greater flexibility to move and fewer maintenance costs.

Carefully consider your current life and work situation and think about how long you want to stay.

4. What is your credit score?

A high credit score indicates strong creditworthiness. Both renters and home buyers can expect to have their credit history examined.

A low credit score can keep you from qualifying for the rental you want or a low interest rate on your mortgage loan. If your credit score is low, you may want to delay moving into a new home and take steps to raise your score.

5. Have you factored in all the costs?

Create a hypothetical budget for your new home.

Find the average cost of utilities in your area, factor in gas, electricity, water and cable. Find out if you will have to pay for parking or trash pickup.

Consider the cost of yard maintenance and other basic maintenance costs like replacing the air filter every three months.

If you are planning to buy a home, factor in real estate taxes, mortgage insurance and possibly a homeowner association fee. Renters should consider the cost of rental insurance.

6. Location

That’s the adage most familiar to those interested in home buying, but renters also need to factor transportation costs into choosing where to live.

Studies suggest for every dollar a family saves on housing in an area that is more affordable, they spend 77 cents more in transportation.

Think carefully about your commute and how much household income will be required to meet both housing and transportation costs.

For more information on renting apartments in Garner, NC, contact Abberly Place.

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Youth Prefer to Rent Apartments in Garner, NC

Joseph Coupal - Friday, July 22, 2016

As the apartment industry looks forward to the next decade, one thing is clear: The younger generations are taking over.

As Generation X ages (the oldest Gen-Xers are 50 years old now; the youngest are 33), the more populous millennials (ages 15-32) have become the focus of most demographic studies. It is this age group that is driving the housing industry – and will continue to do so for the next 10-15 years.

Apartment markets are benefiting from the millennial invasion, as their preferred lifestyle and financial situation combine to make renting more attractive than owning.

This age group of confident, connected, tech-savvy, multitasking high achievers and were tightly scheduled as children and want some sort of activity during all waking hours.

Studies have shown they want instant gratification and prefer to work hard and play hard. They’re not the workaholics the previous two generations were, but give 100%-plus during working hours and can juggle many tasks at once.

And they don’t want to waste their time commuting. That’s why millennials prefer a “work-live-play” environment that promotes the Class A, urban-core apartment properties that have been growing along skylines across America.

Millennials are not driven to own their own homes. The homeownership rate for the ages 25-34 age cohort was 40.4% in 2014, compared to the 20-year low overall rate of 64.5%. As more millennials graduate from college and join the workforce, the cohort’s homeownership rate is forecast to fall below 40% through 2017, then rise to 41.7% in 2020 – still more than 300 basis points below the long-term average.

As has been well-documented, this group, comprising the oldest millennials and very youngest Gen-Xers, are starting families later, still must repay college loans and face stricter mortgage-underwriting guidelines.

The 25-34 group also is more mobile and less eager to be tied down. The time they spend inside their residence is meager.

Finally, they’re skeptical about owning, and they might be the first generation to believe that homeownership is not the American dream any more. They might have seen their parents, older siblings or friends’ parents lose their homes to foreclosure when the housing bubble burst and might not see housing as an investment.

These factors contribute largely to Axiometrics’ forecast that apartment occupancy will remain close to 95% through 2020, while effective rent growth averages just less than 4%.

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