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2018 Guide to 4th of July Celebrations Around Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Abberly Village, West Columbia, SCIf you live in an apartment in West Columbia, SC you are probably making plans to celebrate the Fourth of July. Below are a just a few ideas for fireworks and celebrations in the area.

Lake Murray 4th of July Boat Parade 2018

Date: Saturday, June 30, 2018
Time: noon
Location: Parade begins between 12 – 12:30 p.m. at Bomb Island heading towards the dam. Once boats have fallen in line behind the lead boat, the parade will head towards Lake Murray Dam. The parade will pass both the Lexington and Irmo parks at Lake Murray Dam. Therefore, both park sites are ideal for viewing the parade.
Cost: Free, but if watching from one of the Lake Murray Dam park sites admission is $2 per car.
Details: The theme for this year is “Cheers to 30 Years.” Call or stop by the Lake Murray Country Visitors Center to get registered (2184 North Lake Drive, Columbia, (803) 781-5940).

Lake Murray Fireworks Celebration 2018

Date: Saturday, June 30, 2018
Time: approximately 9:15 p.m. (gates at Dreher Island State Park close at 8 p.m.)
Location: Multiple – Lake Murray Dam park sites and walking path, 2068 North Lake Drive, Columbia or 1832 North Lake Drive, Lexington; Dreher Island State Park, 3677 State Park Road, Prosperity
Cost: Lake Murray Dam park sites – $3 per car/truck, $2 per motorcycle, $5 per bus; Dreher Island State Park – $2 for adults, $1.25 SC Seniors, FREE for children 15 years and younger.
Details: Beginning at dusk (approximately 9:15 p.m.) South Carolina’s largest fireworks display on beautiful Lake Murray. Fireworks will be set off from two great locations: Spence Island and Dreher Island State Park. In honor of our 30th anniversary, the fireworks show will be 30 minutes long this year. Viewers of the fireworks show will be able to tune into WTCB/B106.7 FM and WOMG/Classic Hits 98.5 for music that will be synced to the fireworks extravaganza. The best places to view the fireworks are Dreher Island State Park and both parks at the Lake Murray dam. Bring a chair or blanket, picnics are welcomed. No Alcohol Permitted at any of the locations.

31st Annual Carolina Celebration of Liberty

Date: Sunday, July 1, 2018
Time: 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (doors open 1 hour prior to each performance)
Location: First Baptist Church of Columbia, 1306 Hampton Street, Columbia
Cost: Free, but must reserve tickets in advance by calling (803) 256-4251.
Details: The Carolina Celebration of Liberty is the longest running event of its kind in our state. It has been seen in person by well over 100,000 people and on television by untold thousands. From parades to indoor fireworks, the celebration is a flag waving patriotic extravaganza that recognizes and honors those who have fought to preserve our freedom as well as those who are presently serving. With the Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra from First Baptist, the 282nd Army Victory Band, and a cast of hundreds you will thrill at the sights and sounds of America as we celebrate our freedom, our founding, and our future! Joe Pinner will once again be with us to celebrate his 31st anniversary as master of Ceremonies! Don’t miss South Carolina’s premiere patriotic event!

Star Spangled Symphonic Salute

Date: Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Time: 7 – 9 p.m. The concert will begin at 8 p.m.
Location: Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road
Cost: Concert is free with park admission ($5 fee)
Details: Celebrate Independence Day at Saluda Shoals Park with a concert featuring the Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra! The Symphony will perform a range of music from Broadway songs to patriotic music to sing-alongs! Remember to bring a picnic blanket or chair.

Blowfish Baseball & Fireworks Show

Date: Tuesday, July 3; Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Time: 7:05 p.m.; gates open at 6 p.m.
Location: Lexington County Baseball Stadium, 474 Ball Park Road, Lexington
Cost: $6 – $9
Details: Includes patriotic themed fireworks and more!

Harper Street Bike Parade

Date: Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Time: 9 a.m. – noon
Location: Corner of Harper and Hunt Streets, Newberry
Cost: Free
Details: Nobody celebrates an All-American 4th of July quite like Newberrians. On the morning of the 4th the residents of the Harper Street neighborhood celebrate Independence Day by parading down Harper Street in decorated bikes, tricycles, golf carts, and outfits of red, white, and blue, for a good hosing at the end of the road by the Newberry Fire Department!

Military Appreciation Day – July 4th

Date: Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: EdVenture, 211 Gervais Street, Columbia
Cost: Free with purchase of museum admission
Details: EdVenture with be decorated in flags as it recognizes the contributions and sacrifice that military children make alongside their military parents. The museum will offer free admission on this day to guests showing military identification. Free bag lunch for military children under 12.

Lexington County Peach Festival

Date: Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Time: 8 a.m. – 10:20 p.m.
Location: Gilbert Community Park, Rikard Circle, Gilbert
Cost: Free, but parking locations may charge. Arts and crafts, children’s rides, and great foods will be available for varying fees. Details: As the Lexington County Peach Festival celebrates its 60th year on July 4th, the Festival offers a full day of fun with the celebration of America’s birthday. Festivities include antique car show, live entertainment, patriotic parade, art & craft vendors, carnival rides, great food like BBQ & peach desserts, fireworks, and more!

Columbia Fireflies Baseball & Independence Day Celebration

Date: Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Time: 6:05 p.m.
Location: Spirit Communications Park, 1640 Freed Street, Columbia
Cost: $5 – $10; parking $3
Details: Enjoy a spectacular fireworks show and celebrate our nation’s 242nd birthday with the Fireflies!

Fourth of July Fireworks

Date: Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Time: Dark-thirty
Location: Newberry High School’s Mike Ware Field, 3419 Main Street, Newberry
Cost: Not listed, so bring cash just in case!
Details: The Newberry County Sheriff’s office invites all to their annual 4th of July Fireworks Show at Newberry High School. The evening begins with kids’ inflatables and goodies from food trucks around the Newberry High School football field. Once dusk has settled the community gathers to sing the National Anthem and watch the fireworks light up the summer night sky.

EdVenture’s Americana Day

Date: Saturday, July 7, 2018
Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: EdVenture, 211 Gervais Street, Columbia
Cost: Free with purchase of museum admission
Details: Celebrate the Red, White, and Blue with what it means to be American. Guests will have an opportunity to meet local Fireflies baseball stars and Glow with Mason, and flags will be flying in anticipation of the 242nd birthday of the USA!

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Retirees Might Want to Rethink Ownership

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Abberly Village, West Columbia, SCHome ownership has long held an honored position as an integral part of the American dream.

But when retirement time comes, rethinking that dream could be in order. Sometimes renting an apartment is the better bet both financially and in terms of the retiree’s changing lifestyle and health.

When people plan for retirement, they focus on things like how much they have saved, how much Social Security will pay, and whether they have pension. But as you get older, you also need to think about such issues as whether you can keep mowing the lawn or handling other day-to-day chores that homeownership requires. If you must hire someone to do them for you, how much will that eat into what may already be a tight monthly budget?

The truth: There’s no answer that will fit everyone’s situation. So, retirees or those approaching retirement, should weigh their personal pros and cons.

There’s a lot to think about. Should you sell the house you raised your family in and downsize to something more suitable for just the two of you? If you’re planning to move to somewhere else in the country to enjoy your retirement, is it more prudent to buy in that new location, or is leasing the way to go to give you more flexibility if it doesn’t work out?

Some things retirees should think about as they ponder the own verses rent question include:

Maintenance issues. When you own a home, every leaky faucet, electrical problem or faulty appliance is yours to handle as best you can. If you can do it yourself, great; but often, these household repairs mean calling in a professional at a sometimes-exorbitant cost. When you rent, it’s up to the landlord or the property management company to take care of the repairs.

Mobility. Selling a house can be a long and complicated process, and you never know what the market might be like when the time arrives. Whereas breaking a lease is much simpler. If your children are scattered all over the country, you may want to move closer to one of them. Also, if your health takes a turn for the worse, selling a home can be a significant burden on your family.

The inheritance. For many people, a house is the most valuable asset in their estate and they might want to leave it to their children in the will. Once again, it’s a matter of weighing the pros and cons. Having a home to pass down to the children is a noble gesture, but it is not always feasible.

Before considering whether owning or renting is the right option, it’s essential to review all the intricacies of your situation and decide based on your finances and your overall health and well-being.

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

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Buying a Home Can be a Bad Career Move

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 14, 2018

Abberly Village, West Columbia, SCAmerican dream or ball and chain? We’ve heard so many times that homes are the ultimate investment, but your job advancement and long-term salary potential could be hindered if you’re tied down.

Most of the time, the buy-vs.-rent debate revolves around which is the best financial decision. That’s for good reason: As you’ve undoubtedly heard more than once, buying a home is the biggest purchase you’ll probably ever make. Most people need to borrow hundreds of thousands of dollars to make it happen.

It’s not a decision to make lightly, and the numbers involved are something you need to take seriously — especially when the adage that buying is always better than renting is a myth, not fact.

In some cases, you shouldn’t buy a home because it’s not the financially sound choice. Taking on a large amount of debt for the long term after shelling out that much cash up front could put you in a precarious financial position.

But let’s just say the numbers do check out for you, and you want to buy a home. In that case, you still need to consider one other factor that might make buying a bad choice: your career.

The Finances Check Out, But That Still Doesn’t Mean You Should Buy

At worst, buying a home could sabotage your career opportunities. Even in a less-dramatic situation, your house could seriously limit how much you could advance in your career — and affect how much money you can make.

Owning a home reduces your flexibility to pursue jobs and opportunities that may make it easier for you to build serious wealth over your lifetime.

For many people, committing to living in a single location for years could seriously interfere with their ability to grow their career, expand their business, and earn more money.

It’s Difficult to Move to Follow Career Opportunities

It’s hard enough to move from one place to another when you rent. But moving as a renter is considerably easier than moving as an owner, because you can’t just up and leave any time you want when you own your home. As a renter, you always have the ability to break your lease if you need to.

But as a homeowner, you can’t just call up the bank or anyone else and ask them to take the house off your hands.

If you’re trying to move to chase down a career opportunity, you need the ability to be fast and flexible. Depending on what the real estate market looks like at the time you want to move, that may not be possible.

You Might Not Be Able to Afford to Move

If you bought within the last three years, you sunk a lot of cash into your home. In an average market, it’s unlikely that home prices will have risen to a point where you could break even, let alone make a profit. Unless you’re willing to lose money on the house you might have bought as an “investment,” you might be in a position where you can’t afford to move.

A Lack of Career Flexibility Could Lead to a Lack of Wealth

The inability to move to explore a new position, role or career opportunity could limit your ability to earn a higher income. Taking new jobs or calculated career risks are both great ways to potentially earn more money than to sit at your existing job and cross your fingers hoping for a raise.

When you earn more money, you get to choose how much to save for the future, which puts the power in your hands rather than at the whim of the real estate (or stock) market.

Buying a Home Limits Your Flexibility

Of course, all of this is just something else to think about when you’re making a decision on whether or not to buy. You may not need much career flexibility at all, and that’s fine. But failing to account for this could turn into a big financial mistake.

You do need to understand how buying a home can limit your career flexibility. It can limit your ability to chase down an opportunity if it arose unexpectedly. It also limits your financial flexibility and liquidity over the short term, because it requires you to put a good chunk of your liquid cash into an illiquid asset.

“Less flexibility” is a trade-off you make when you buy a home. Whether that’s acceptable or not is up to you — but the bottom line is that you must think about this factor if you want to make a fully informed, responsible decision around buying real estate.

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

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It Cost More to Own vs. Rent a Home in South Carolina

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Abberly Village, West Columbia, SCOwning 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, such as financial security and stability, tax deductions and a vehicle for retirement savings. 

While renting can't offer those long-term financial benefits, it's cheaper to rent on a month-to-month basis, the analysis found. 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. The state where the premium to own a home is lowest is Florida, where it costs a median of 33% more to own than to rent. The states with the next lowest premiums are Colorado (40%) and Arizona (41%).

In some states, the cost of owning far eclipses renting. In New Jersey, the state with the highest homeownership premium, the median monthly cost of owning is nearly double that of renting (93%). The next most expensive places to own are Rhode Island, where the median homeownership cost is 84% higher than renting, and Connecticut, where owners pay a median of 82% more than renters each month for housing.

Here's how much more it costs to own vs. rent each month in South Carolina - 43%.

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

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Abberly Village Apartment Homes

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