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Virginia is a "Best State to Retire"

Virginia is a "Best State to Retire"

Joseph Coupal - Monday, August 28, 2017

Walden Pond, Lynchburg, VAYou’re really going to do it. You worked your last day, you ate the cake and you decided to move to the best retirement spot in America. Next question: Where is that?

Bankrate looked at costs, weather, health care, crime, taxes, cultural amenities and a few other things important to seniors and have determined the best 10 places to retire.

Before you start packing, find out if you’ll need snowsuits or swimming suits.

Virginia is for lovers of affordable prices, communities where you can feel safe and relatively pleasant weather year-round. The fall foliage in the Shenandoah Valley is an annual treat, spring brings cherry blossoms, and in summer you can hit the state’s Atlantic beaches.

#6 Virginia Scores highest for:

  • Cost of living
  • Relatively low crime rates
  • Weather

For more information on apartments in Lynchburg, VA, contact Walden Pond.

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Finding an Affordable College Apartment

Finding an Affordable College Apartment

Joseph Coupal - Monday, August 21, 2017

Walden Pond, Lynchburg, VAYour kid doesn’t want to stay in the dorms, so now what? In today’s real estate market, finding a place to live can cost a fortune. Real estate experts share some ways to save on your kids’ off-campus apartment.

How to Get Started

Where is the best place to look for off-campus housing? Check with your campus housing office first. They will have information for nearby landlords that are looking for college students to rent out their units. Most schools will display postings for apartments for rent and recommendations from past students on the best places to live in the campus housing office.

Use websites to conduct additional research. It is critical to use the ‘alerts’ function for these online resources because most often they provide a text or email whenever there is a new post meeting your criteria.

Location, Location, Location

When determining where to look, familiarize yourself with the market rental rates in specific pockets close the campus, as even a three to four block difference can save you a few hundred dollars per month. Look at proximity to campus. Is there a campus shuttle, local bus or is it an easy bike ride or walk? Does the campus security patrol the area? Are there free rides from campus to your apartment late at night? Or, if you have a car, ask if a parking space is included.

Consider a new development. These buildings might offer more incentives – free rent, gift card upon lease execution, etc. than other buildings, as they are looking to pull tenants in.

Do some local reconnaissance, if logistically possible. Even though most rentals will be listed on the major services, it’s not true of every rental. Stop by grocery stores, community centers, and other places where small landlords post openings. This can be time-intensive, but also can be where most of the ‘deals’ are found. Tell everyone you know that you are looking. Maybe there is an available apartment next door to a friend and it has not been listed yet.

Don’t Go at it Alone

Not only will they be able to show you a plethora of places, but they can also help you negotiate rent with the landlord – they want to lease the apartment just as bad as you do!

You will pay a fee when using a broker, but sometimes that fee can be negotiated. When negotiating with a listing broker charging a 15% fee, show them how qualified you are by discussing the financials of your guarantor and then request a reduction in the broker’s fee. If you can assure them a quick, easy deal they may go for it.

Compare Short Term vs. Long Term Rates

Stay away from short-term rentals, as they tend to be more expensive. Even if you are in school only for the fall and spring semester, it may be cheaper to rent an apartment for a full twelve months. If your landlord lets you sublease the months you are not there, all the better.

Another money-saving trick is to pay upfront — if you can afford it. Try to pay for the entire year of rent upfront…this is a very good tactic to give you leverage when negotiating the rent!

Ask the Right Questions

When you meet with the broker or landlord, arm yourself with a list of questions that will help you find the place that is right for you. Ask whether it’s furnished, if Wi-Fi, trash collection and utilities are included, etc. Finding a furnished apartment and having utilities included may be a little more on a monthly basis, but comparing this to buying furniture and putting deposits with utility companies to establish service needs to be considered when comparing total move-in and monthly costs.

Make a Good Impression

Because competition can be stiff and apartments can go quickly, make sure you stand out as a solid candidate. Also, be prepared to commit on the spot if you find the place that’s right for you. You should have a way to put the deposit down immediately-whether by check. Additionally, you should pull your own credit report and have a copy available. Great credit will open doors. If your credit is not perfect, be prepared to offer more in terms of a security deposit. Write a short statement about why you would make a great tenant, highlighting your strengths and even including references from former landlords, coaches or professors.

Refer a Friend

If you are looking at an apartment in a large housing complex, inquire about referral bonuses for bringing in tenants for the following school year. Big student apartment complexes usually have some sort of promotion to bring in new tenants. For example, the apartment buildings will sometimes offer the first month’s rent free as a signing bonus, or might have a referral program you could join where you and a friend can get discounts off of rent for signing a lease.

Timing Is Everything

Most college students are looking for apartments towards the end of summer for the fall semester. If you happen to be looking mid-year or well in advance of the school year, this could be to your advantage. For those looking to increase negotiating power, try to get off the summer search cycle. Look for an apartment in late September or October, after living somewhere temporarily for the first couple of months.

Time to Move

When you’re working out your budget, don’t forget to factor in moving costs. Many people underestimate the cost to move and the sticker shock can be overwhelming. It could be thousands of dollars with the moving truck handling and travel fees, packing services, and mover’s insurance.

Plan Ahead for Next Year

As soon as you get the sense that your student may want to live elsewhere next year, look now. Many locations are pre-leasing up to one year in advance. This will save time and money and it will give you the best chance at your desired locations.

For more information on apartments in Lynchburg, VA contact Walden Pond.

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Lynchburg, VA is A Great Small City for Retirment

Lynchburg, VA is A Great Small City for Retirment

Joseph Coupal - Monday, August 14, 2017

Walden Pond, Lynchurg, VAFor retirees looking to stay active, this city has lots of scenic trails ideal for hiking or biking.

Healthy highlight: More than 18 miles of trails on a 300-acre greenway running through the city

Lynchburg's natural beauty makes it easy for retirees to stay active. Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and overlooking the James River, the City of Seven Hills has more than 18 miles of urban trails for hiking, running and biking. Blackwater Creek Trail, for instance, hugs a creek and passes a waterfall and a historic train tunnel on its way through the city. Lynchburg was named the outstanding runner-friendly community by the Road Runners Club of America.

Just steps away from the Blackwater trail is Lynchburg's historic downtown, where 120-year-old warehouses are being renovated into everything from artist studios and lofts (two-bedroom units rent for about $1,000 a month) to galleries and restaurants. The Lynchburg Community Market is open five days a week and features a bustling farmers market and live music every Saturday morning. The Lynchburg Is for Locavores program spotlights fresh food from local farms. Lynchburg is also home to several theater groups, a symphony and an opera company, and it hosts a series of riverfront concerts and arts festivals. The community has raised more than $16.6 million to restore the historic Academy Theatre on Main Street, which will be the marquee building for a busy arts center.

With five colleges in town and several more nearby, opportunities for cultural, educational and athletic events abound.

Kids and grand kids can have hours of fun at the Amazement Square children’s museum, a block from the river in a renovated Civil War–era building. And the whole family can enjoy the Lynchburg Hillcats, a minor-league baseball affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. Smith Mountain Lake, Wintergreen ski resort and the Appalachian Trail are all within an hour's drive, and Amtrak gets you to Washington, D.C., in 3 1/2 hours.

Health care centers around Centra Health, a nationally recognized health care system. Its flagship hospital specializes in cardiology, emergency medicine, orthopedics, neurology and neurosurgery.

Virginia doesn't tax Social Security benefits, but it does tax residents on their incomes, including federal and military pensions, at rates up to 5.75%. Residents 65 and older can deduct up to $12,000 per person, depending on their income.

For more information on retiring in apartments in Lynchburg, VA contact Walden Pond.

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Tips for Finding Student Apartments

Tips for Finding Student Apartments

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Walden Pond, Lychburg, VALooking for student apartments? Here are some tips to finding the best place:

1) Start searching early. The earlier you start, the wider a choice you’ll have. If you leave it too late, the best value accommodation options could be booked up.

2) Never put money down, either for a deposit or rent, without meeting the landlord or agency first. There are online scams and frauds you need to be vigilant of. Meeting people in person and seeing the inside of the property before you hand over any money reduces the risk of fraud. Also try to pay electronically by bank transfers as cash isn’t traceable. If you have to pay in cash, make sure you get a receipt.

3) Make sure you fill out an inventory list and take pictures of any damages before you move in, so that anything that was already broken, chipped, peeled or damaged doesn’t get taken out of your deposit as a penalty.

4) Make sure the contract you sign is for the period you intend to stay in the accommodation. Bear in mind if you are planning on going away or moving back home for the summer you should only sign a contract, or agree with your landlord (in writing) that your stay is as long as the college term, or you could be charged for the whole year’s rent or risk losing your deposit.

5) Draw up a cleaning rotation where every housemate has a different job every week, so that it keeps the place tidy and everyone does an equal share of the housework.

6) If possible, try to live with people who have similar lifestyles to you, or who will be respectful of quieter lifestyles. If you’re living with someone loud, messy or who has bad housemate etiquette, it can cause tension.

For more information on apartments in Lynchburg, VA, contact Walden Pond.

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