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Difference Between Dorm and Apartment Living

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Abberly Village, West Columbia, SCYou have decided that you do not want to live in the dorms anymore. You are sick of dealing with RA’s, stale, repetitive dining hall food, and the general inconvenience and hassle of not being able to be truly independent.

Have you thought of the ways life will be different when living in an apartment compared to living in the dorms? Between location, the amenities, rent and deciding who to room with, the differences abound. Here are four big differences in living in a dorm compared to living in an apartment.

1. Location

Here are a couple questions you will want to ask yourself when determining the ideal location for your dream apartment.

Do you want to be around the hustle and bustle of campus town, i.e. bars, restaurants, and shops; or do you prefer the quiet and quaint setting of an apartment a mile or two away from it all? If you want some peace and quiet to yourself during the week and on weekends, the second option would be better.

Would you prefer to be as close as possible to class and minimize travel time, or away from the cluster of people and students resulting in a lengthier travel time to class? This is why it is a major difference. Dorms are usually positioned closer to the heart of campus.

2. Rent

Money, especially for college students, is a resource that needs to be maximized to its fullest extent especially for living expenses.

A $650 a month apartment with all utilities included might not necessarily be the same as a $550 a month apartment with no utilities. In addition, tuition per year needs to be well-defined to see what average living costs would come out to. This is where some reflection and projection is needed in terms of utility usage.

Would you be able to plan out your monthly allotment for non-included utilities to make sure it does not exceed a similar apartment with all utilities included? If you are a cautious person and would rather play it safe and not be on a stringent usage, search for apartments with all or most utilities included to maximize enjoyment of your apartment and to minimize stress.

3. Amenities

This is a factor when apartment hunting compared to living in the dorms that is sometimes overlooked. If you are looking for a more modernized apartment, you might be looking for an attached pool, in-unit washer and dryer, in-complex gym or rec center, modernized appliances, reserved parking, an enclosed outdoor or indoor social area, etc.

4. Roommates

The age-old question of who you want to live with can play a big role in determining whether or not to hunt for an apartment and is a big influence on all of the other factors mentioned previously. Do you enjoy the camaraderie and company of a friend or two to live with to help make a new apartment experience more enjoyable? Do you consider yourself your own best friend and prefer to keep it simple and worry about yourself?

An important note to remember is that if you decide to live in an apartment, you have more freedom in deciding where to live and who to live with. With the dorms, that freedom may not be available.

One major task nearly every college student faces is whether to live in a dorm or apartment. An apartment offers more freedoms in terms of college experience but dorms offer a more reliable, easier route. Whichever the choice, be sure to take the time to research the most well thought out decision.

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Why Renting is Often Better - West Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Abberly Village, West Columbia, SCOnce you get your career going, you may begin to think about settling down; maybe you are looking for a place to live. One of the biggest questions is whether you should rent or buy your home.

For many, buying is one of life’s biggest aspirations. But for others, buying property doesn’t really have a place in their life. It can be difficult choice, and one that’s going to have a big impact on your bank-balance. There are pros and cons to both buying and renting.

Buying a home has been traditionally been the goal for many people. Once you’ve paid off your mortgage or mortgages, your home is your own. A home also represents a large chunk of your credit security.

Fundamentally, this is how many look at it: monthly mortgage payments may be a headache when times are tough, and it may be increasingly difficult to get one but at the end of the day you’re paying into something that you’ll eventually own outright.

The same cannot be said for renting, and this is the main criticism. However, there are many benefits to renting.

Firstly, you’ll need a much smaller initial down payment to secure an apartment. Provided you treat the property right, you’ll receive your deposit back in full at the end of your lease.

Secondly, you have flexibility and freedom. You can choose to move– in a completely different region –more quickly and easily than you would be able to if you owned a home.

Thirdly, the upkeep of any rented property is the responsibility of the landlord. Homeowners will have to pay for home repairs and ensure they have insurance coverage.

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Economic Voice

Buy or Rent in West Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, May 18, 2017

Abberly Village, West Columbia, SCDespite the fact that home mortgage interest rates are near record lows, only 65.4% of Americans own homes. In fact, home ownership in the U.S. is at its lowest level since 2004, when 69% of Americans owned homes.

Of course, home ownership can eat up not only your free time, but your money as well. Is owning a home worth the hassle? To find out, let’s look at it from three angles: taxes, costs, and quality of life.

Are there still tax benefits to home ownership these days?

Back in the days of 8% mortgage interest rates, you were sure to get a generous mortgage interest deduction on your tax return. Add that to the property taxes, and you’d get a nice tax reduction. But what about today, with average national interest rates at 3.46%.

For median housing costs, you’re looking at a total standard deduction for a married couple filing jointly of less than $7,000 a year. So there’s no tax benefit here. A single person’s standard deduction is $6,100. So the net income reduction is $900. Even in a 25% tax bracket (plus 5% for state), that only saves you about $300.

Do the financial benefits outweigh renting?

The biggest consideration when deciding whether to rent or own is how much of an increase you will face in your monthly costs?

Remember that when you own a home, you also need to pay for homeowners insurance, all your utilities, as well as maintenance and repairs. Average those costs out over the year to figure out how much you will be paying a month on top of your mortgage (after paying routine bills, set aside at least $100 a month for future inevitable repairs).

How will it impact your quality of life?

Finally, we come to real meat. Truly the American dream. Or…

Do you need to devote every weekend to doing all the yard work and fixing things around the house? You could have someone cut that lawn. You still have to do the big things like trimming the growing trees and bushes, replanting the bulbs and plants, and fixing the sprinkler heads the gardener’s mower broke.

And of course, there’s the to-do list along with rising water rates. Then there is the painting and roofing to do, as the winds and erratic rains wear away layers of your paint, siding and roof. When you rent, the landlord takes care of that: You can leave for the weekend and forget about it.

Of course, when you own a home, you may have a community association’s covenants, conditions and restrictions (or CC&Rs) to deal with. You can’t paint your door that color; your Christmas decorations are too bold; your lawn needs tending; too many cars are parked out front. Things like that don’t seem to matter as much when you’re renting.

For information on renting an apartment in West Columbia, SC , contact Abberly Village.


Market Watch

What it's Like to Retire in Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, May 11, 2017

Abberly Vilage, West Columbia, SCColumbia has frequently been rated as one of the top retirement towns in the USA. CNN Money has included it in its 25 Best Places to Retire because it has the amenities of city life, Southern Hospitality, a low cost of living, outdoor recreation, and a temperate climate. Consumer Reports compared the CNN Money list with the U.S. News list of best places to retire and found only one city common to both lists - Columbia. U.S. News described it as "a colorful capital city with a riverfront esplanade". Columbia, a growing city of about 129,000, is the state capital. It is fortunate to have a number of parks including Finlay Park. The University of South Carolina has a main campus here which offers free tuition to SC residents over 60. The city was named as one of 30 of America's most livable cities.

What is special about Columbia, SC

Downtown Columbia has been the scene of ambitious and successful urban renewal projects. The historic Congaree Vista is a large district in the central business district near the Congaree river. It has many historic buildings that have been rehabilitated. The University, which is located downtown, has Innovista, a unique "innovation district" between the campus' core and the banks of the Congaree River. This project integrates public and private sector research and researchers with retail, restaurant, residential, and recreational facilities in a contemporary urban landscape. The Robert Mills House is one of the local historical attractions.

Who will like retirement in Columbia, SC

People who want to retire in the Carolinas but be near an mid-sized city with a lot to do might enjoy Columbia. The population is about 50% white, 41% African-American, and the rest mostly Hispanic.

Climate and Physical Environment

Columbia is located in the center of the state. The median January temperatures are in the mid to high 40's. The July median is in the low 80's. The city is on the Congaree River.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The Town Theatre, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has been here since 1917m and is just one of several theatres in Columbia. The South Carolina State Museum has exhibits in technology, history, and the arts. It one of the largest museums in the Southeast. The Columbia Museum of Art is here, as is the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra, Columbia's resident orchestra. The revitalized downtown has an assortment of good restaurants. The South Carolina State Fair and Riverfest Celebration are 2 of the larger festivals held in Columbia. The Koger Center of the Arts.

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Columbia, SC: Best College Towns

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Abberly Village, West Columbia, SCWhile the term "college town" may bring to mind solo cup-littered parties and riotous football games, there's far more to these youth-filled cities than tailgating and sports. It starts with education itself. An educated workforce brings in industry and employment opportunities. Successful universities are always huge employers in communities, too.

But a great town is about more than just numbers. It’s about heart. And history. It’s about being a breeding ground for culture, and a celebration of what makes our country great. There might not be a better expression of the American dream, in fact, than our next generation of youth working their way through college. That’s why our team of experts weighed in, as well—to give it our own personal touch.

3. Columbia, SC

Columbia, SC might not benefit from a behemoth university like the University of Michigan, but that’s one of the things that makes it great, and why this is its second year on our 10 Best College Towns list.

As the capital of the state, government jobs abound, along with generally high salaries and the benefits that come with them. Healthcare is also a prominent industry, boasting the two largest employers in the area, Palmetto Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina.

Along with the University of South Carolina, the state’s flagship university, the area is also host to a large number of private institutions, including Baptist, Lutheran, African Methodist Episcopal Church, and Methodist colleges. In fact, out of the seven non-technical colleges and universities in the area, six are private.

Adding to the area’s youthful feel is Fort Jackson, the largest U.S. Army Basic Combat Training installation, which employs thousands of military and civilian personnel. The installation also trains about half of all Army entrants each year; and with tens of thousands of families visiting Basic Training graduations almost every week, area restaurants and hotels (and the residents who enjoy them year round) benefit in a big way.

Columbia all offers a huge range of things to do. From outdoor activities like hunting, fishing or camping, to a surprisingly active art and music scene, residents and students have plenty of culture at their fingertips. The Columbia Museum of Art has one of the largest collections in the state, with 20,000 square feet of gallery space. And the town has no shortage of activities for history buffs, either. The South Carolina State Museum boasts an enormous collection of over 45,000 pieces.

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Abberly Village Apartment Homes

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