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Apartment Hunting Mistakes – West Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, November 17, 2016

When apartment hunting, we assume we know what we want, and strongly believe that we know how to find it. However, this is not always the case.

There are various mistakes that we can make while apartment hunting in West Columbia, SC, including the wrong area, monthly price, and the roommate situation.

1. Wrong location

Apartment location is huge, especially when you plan on settling down for a few years and having the same address for longer than two semesters. To decide an area in which you want to live in, there is no better way than physically visiting the place.

A location is vital for obvious reasons, but also because we want to be close to certain things, such as campus, grocery stores, and gas stations.

2. Bad pricing

Pricing is everything. Make sure that you are looking in a bracket you can afford and are willing to pay. Nothing is worse than finding the perfect place and realizing that it is way over your budget.

It is always a solid idea to plan accordingly and to have money saved. In this case, better to have money saved than no money.

3. Relying on opinions

As we search for apartments, we have a habit of asking others for their opinions. If they have heard about the apartment complex before, if friends have lived there, or been there, etc. It is good to ask around in search of separate perspectives, special insight, or first apartment advice in general.

But, don’t make decisions solely based on what others say. Basically, this rule applies to any and everything in life. You should always be willing to listen, but not always willing to agree.

4. Unstable roommates

Finding an apartment also means that you most likely will have roommates. Whether they are random or not, they are still your roomies. And this means that you should attempt to find stable ones that are able to pay their portion of rent, electric, and water every month: the necessities. Plus, stability means being able to feed yourself.

Searching for a place to live also means that everyone is on board with living there and that down the road, they will not be blaming you for signing the lease. There is nothing like an argument revolving around the lease. Say hello to awkwardness and potential end of friendship.

5. Narrow choices

Apartment searching does not mean that you plan on locating your dream house, but also does not mean that you should be settling just because. You want to go into the hunt with a general idea of what you want, but then also not limit yourself.

Having too narrow of choices can make it extremely difficult to find an apartment, as well as putting unnecessary pressure on yourself.

6. No amenities

This is vital because who wants to pay $200 more a month just because there is a community pool? If anything, the apartment should come with a lot more than just that.

Common amenities include a gym, washer and dryer, visitor parking, pets accepted, and of course a pool is always nice. Try not to limit yourself once again, though. You may be missing out on really nice apartments just because they do not come with a deluxe gym (think about what you need versus what you want).

Looking for the very perfect apartment is not only difficult, but pretty much rare. You are not always going to be completely pleased with your results, but you can definitely be happy for the extent of the lease.

Attempt to steer clear of the common mistakes which include location, pricing, advice, choices, roomies, and amenities. Plus you may find the perfect apartment in an area you never thought twice about.

For more information on apartments in West Columbia, SC, contact Abberly Village.


Students Have a Better Experience When They Live in Off-Campus Apartments in West Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 08, 2016
College is often called a bubble by its students — and rightly so. Often, most students live on campus in some form of dorm housing. Other times, few students bring a car to campus and the typical student can go days without leaving the perimeter of campus. There are those, however, who live off campus and can have entirely different experiences as matriculated students.

There are a variety of reasons why a student may choose to live off campus. Some may live in their family homes in reasonable proximity to campus, while others have chosen to rent apartments in West Columbia, SC and the surrounding towns. Other students choose to live in larger cities and commute back and forth.

Those living in town often take all of their classes at one of the nearby colleges and easily travel on and off campus. Often students live in an apartment when they feel they have outgrown the dorms.

Living off campus does not mean you have to adjust any obligations at college and students can just commute, usually driving to campus in the mornings and staying for the day, studying between classes and heading back home after dinner.

Some students find that living off-campus actually find it easier to manage their classes.

“I’m more focused since I have to manage my time better with the transit from campus to home … I study both at school and off campus — at my apartment.”

Many find their social life more active when moving off campus. Living off campus certainly does remove one from the bubble, for better or for worse. While it can be refreshing to have the freedom to move to and from college campus, some students who live off campus can miss some aspects of the experience.

Some miss the student life on campus, but like the freedom to just be able to walk out of their apartment and be in a city.

For more information on apartments in West Columbia, SC contact Abberly Village.


Why Buying a Home is Not an Investment – West Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Should you keep renting, or buy a home?

It's an age-old dilemma nearly every American adult wrestles with at some point. They wonder about paying rent when they could be investing in a home that will grow in value and potentially provide a nice return one day.

If that line of thinking sounds familiar, stop right there.

A number of crucial factors go into the rent-versus-buy equation — myriad calculators exist for just this purpose — but a house's potential return on investment shouldn't be your focus. In fact, you shouldn't think of it as an investment at all.

People get caught up in this notion of 'Oh, if I buy a house it's an investment, so I can do it at any time,' but it's not.

Housing is a consumption decision, not an investment decision. The amount you pay for housing should comport with your needs, goals, and budget, regardless of housing market trends and potential growth in home value.

If what you're spending each month on housing jumps when you move from renting to owning, that's not necessarily a wise financial move just because you're getting equity. You need to make sure the additional space and amenities you're consuming are worthwhile expenditures on their own merits, not for the theoretical payout they might afford later.

If you spend twice as much on a house, you're not making twice as big an investment, you're spending twice as much on housing. That's a mistaken way to approach it.

Let's say you time your local market correctly and home prices rise after you buy. If you decide to sell that home, you'll still need a place to live, and you're buying in that same market with expensive home prices unless you go back to renting.

Moreover, the process of buying and selling a house is expensive. The taxes, fees, and closing costs you'll pay when you buy and sell that home eat into any profits you reap.

Buying that house cheap and selling it once it's gotten expensive is an expensive way to make money, because the round trip cost to you is about 10%, so you take a huge hit.

If you want to make an investment in housing, you're better off doing it in the markets — such as buying shares in a real estate investment trust or an exchange-traded fund.

For buying your own home, just ensure it will match your needs for many years to come, independent of what happens in the markets.

For more information on apartments in West Columbia, SC contact Abberly Village.

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