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Best State to Retire: Virginia is on the List

Best State to Retire: Virginia is on the List

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, August 31, 2017

Honeywood Apartment Homes in Roanoke 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 Roanoke, VA, contact Honeywood.

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Finding an Affordable College Apartment

Finding an Affordable College Apartment

Joseph Coupal - Friday, August 25, 2017

Honeywood, Roanoke, 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 Roanoke, VA contact Honeywood.

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Roanoke, VA is a Great Area for Retirement

Roanoke, VA is a Great Area for Retirement

Joseph Coupal - Friday, August 18, 2017

Honeywood Apartment Homes, Roanoke, VAWhen the time comes to pick a place to retire, you want to make it a good one. After all, retirement is the prize at the end of a lot of long years of hard work. So what are the factors that go into picking that magical place?

The perfect place will be a little different for everyone depending on finances, family and, of course, preferences. But for the most common factors – cost of living, safety, healthcare, activities and climate – Virginia comes out on top time and again.

BankRate.com, a financial analysis website, recently published their list of the 10 Best States for Retire, ranking Virginia as #5 in the nation. We did a little more digging to find out what particular cities and towns have been recognized as top spots…and here’s what we found. Keep in mind, these aren’t in any particular order as they have all been recognized by various organizations and publications, but not analyzed side-by-side.

Roanoke

For retirees looking for the best of the city and the country, Roanoke offers the perfect solution. Located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia, Roanoke has been recognized by MarketWatch for its retirement amenities including outdoor activities, cultural offerings and ample neighborhood associations and retirement communities.

Whether you’re looking to be closer to the grandkids or just want a certain lifestyle, Virginia has more than enough options. If you’re retired, or thinking about retiring soon, and would like more information on apartments in Roanoke, VA contact Honeywood.

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Tips for Finding Student Apartments

Tips for Finding Student Apartments

Joseph Coupal - Friday, August 11, 2017

Honeywood, Roanoke, 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.

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Tips for Finding the Right Roommate

Tips for Finding the Right Roommate

Joseph Coupal - Friday, August 04, 2017

Honeywood, Roanoke, VAFound your dream apartment? Congratulations! Now it’s time to find your dream roommate. Roommates can make or break your living situation so here is some very good advice to help with your search.

1) Make sure you have a similar budget

Having a roommate is a great way to save some big bucks, but before you sign a lease make sure you and your roommate having similar price expectations. If you’re looking to rent a cheaper apartment to save money for a downpayment (or your next trip to Mexico), you shouldn’t move in with your BFF who wants to live in a penthouse and spend her days eating caviar while overlooking the skyline. Before signing a lease make sure your roommate has the savings and income to pay for your rent and deposit. You don’t want to be stuck paying the full rent if your roommate bails!

And remember, rent is just part of your apartment budget. Don’t forget to discuss other costs such as utilities and furniture with your roommate. If you and your future roomie are going to split the costs of furnishing your apartment, you’ll need to agree on a realistic budget and determine where you’ll be shopping – whether that’s Pottery Barn, Ikea or Goodwill.

2) Find a roommate that meets your cleanliness standards

Cleanliness is one scenario where opposites definitely don’t attract! We’ve all had that messy roommate, and it sucks. They leave the sink full of dishes, spilled makeup on the bathroom counters, and clothes all over the living room. If you are someone who prefers a clean, neat apartment avoid a messy roommate (unless you’re willing to devote yourself to cleaning for two).

If you are planning on living with multiple roommates discussing cleanliness is even more important. More roommates equal more potential for mess and more opportunities to avoid chores.

If you’re the messy roommate, find another messy roommate so you don’t have a neat roommate constantly nagging you – and maybe consider adding a cleaning service to your budget.

3) Discuss schedules and lifestyle before signing the lease

If you love to spend weeknights listening to acoustic music and reading a good book, don’t move in with a roommate who likes to throw parties on Tuesdays. On the other hand, if you like to host parties and have friends over make sure that’s something your future roommate is comfortable with.

Don’t forget to ask your roommate if they are a morning or night person. If you’re a morning person and a light sleeper, you probably don’t want a roommate who has band practice every night. Make sure you have an agreement on appropriate noise levels before moving in together, especially if you plan to be asleep while they are awake (or vice versa).

It’s also important to discuss how often you plan to have out of town visitors and overnight guests. If you have friends visiting constantly to party all week, you need to have a roommate that’s comfortable with that. And for those of you in relationships, make an agreement with your roommate about how often your significant other can stay over before signing the lease. If your boyfriend or girlfriend is going to be like a third roommate, you better make sure they get along with your real roomie.

4) Living with your BFF

Let’s just start by saying it’s not always the best idea to move in with your best friend. Yes, it can be super fun, but it also has the potential to destroy your friendship. Just because you love spending every weekend playing basketball or drinking Moscow Mules with your BFF does not mean you are compatible to live together.

It might get awkward if your friend asks you to move in, but if you don’t think you’ll be happy living together just say no. Don’t risk losing your friendship over fights about chores or noise. If you have a friend you are compatible with, go ahead and move in together and enjoy getting to spend every day with your BFF.

Living with strangers might sound scary, but as long as you have a good understanding of each other’s lifestyle it can be a great experience. It’s even possible you’ll gain a new friend, and once you’ve successfully lived together you’ve probably gained a lifelong friendship. As for how to find out if a stranger (or your friend) would make a good roommate, your best source of information is their previous roommate – don’t be afraid to ask.

5) Split household responsibilities and costs

So you’ve found a roommate and decided to sign the lease, congrats! Before moving don’t forget to discuss logistics of living together. How are you going to set up and pay for utilities? Are you going to buy your own cleaning supplies and food or will you share? How will chores be divided? Are you each bringing half the furniture or will you shop together? Answering these questions beforehand will prevent fights down the line, and ensure you have electricity and water when you move in (always a plus).

Sharing food can be a great way to save money and prevent food from going bad, but make sure the costs are split in a way you are both happy with. If you decide not to share, ask permission before taking your roommate’s food. No one likes the roomie who’s constantly mooching condiments or stealing all their cookies. If any problems arise as you live together, make sure to bring them up because a passive aggressive roommate is literally the worst.

Conclusion

It’s safe to say we’ve all had some great roommates and some not so great ones, but you live and you learn. If you put some time into finding a great roommate, you will be rewarded with a fantastic living situation. And don’t forget to be a good roommate – it takes two to tango (and live together successfully).

For more information on apartments in Roanoke, VA, contact Honeywood.

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Honeywood Apartment Homes

3101-H Honeywood Lane, Roanoke, VA 24018

Call: 855-719-4045
Email UsHoneywood007@myLTSMail.com
View Map

Opens: Monday-Friday: 9:30A-5:30P | Saturday: 10A-5P | Sunday: Closed

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