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Reasons to Downsize to An Apartment

Reasons to Downsize to An Apartment

Joseph Coupal - Friday, October 12, 2018

Abberly Avera, Manassas, VAWhen you reach a certain age and you are beginning to think about downsizing to an apartment in Manassas, VA, it is likely that you’ll have some doubts. In fact, there can be quite a few worries when thinking about downsizing.

From losing space, to having your family to stay for holiday weekends, to feeling like your home defines you, there are a lot of things to think when thinking about downsizing.

But really, you shouldn't worry - it doesn’t need to be an identity crisis.

Why? Here is the ultimate list of why downsizing is, actually, a great idea.

If you're about to go through with it, or are in the middle of doing so, this is why you should be happy at the prospect.

You'll have less space to clean. And tidy. Does this have a downside?

It's more cost-effective. You might not have fewer bills - because you'll still, presumably, want the same services from your home - but it's likely they will be reduced, because in turn, you have reduced the size of your living accommodation.

With the size comes the added bonus of not having any space. There's no extra space for unwanted guests, and them turning up every weekend when you'd rather they weren't there. And, there is no space for unwanted junk.

Just think of the money you can save - and invest. Selling your old house could generate a whole wealth of income that you weren't expecting.

There's no expectation for you to be the host. Pained at the thought of hosting everyone and their dog during holidays? When you've downsized, you needn't worry. Someone else can do the work, and you won’t be left out of the festivities.

You have the opportunity to make your new apartment your own. Think of it as starting from the beginning: you can choose the location anew, the size, the everything.

Added to that, you can make your new home age-appropriate. Not enjoying walking up and down the stairs every day? Get an apartment on the first floor. Want a swimming pool for water aerobics without the gym fee? Check out apartment communities with those luxuries.

See, not scary at all. For more information on 2 bedroom apartments in Manassas, VA contact Abberly Avera.


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Fall Decorating Tips for Apartments

Fall Decorating Tips for Apartments

Joseph Coupal - Friday, October 05, 2018

Abberly Avera, Manassas, VAFall is here. Although we’re sad to see summer go, we can’t wait for the aromas of pumpkin pie, the crunch of leaves under our feet and all the beautiful colors of fall. As this new season arrives, there’s no better time to be inspired by the latest seasonal apartment decorating trends. Let’s take a look at some of the most sought-after designs!

New Neutrals: Autumn is known for its bright hues of yellow, orange and red. As noted by HGTV, colors and contrast are giving way to neutrals this season. Going colorless provides the opportunity to really experiment with rich textures and fun shapes. And layering similar neutral tones on top of each other is an easy way to let your creativity flow!

Pumped About Pumpkins: Nothing says fall like pumpkin – whether it’s the mounds of pumpkins outside the stores or the pumpkin spice lattes brewing in our favorite coffee houses. But did you know pumpkins are an easy item to use for decorating? Country Living says that you can incorporate a pumpkin as a centerpiece at your next gathering. Try adding a lace doily to brighten it up or decorate it with fall foliage. The décor possibilities are endless!

Supersize It: Chunky sweaters. Cozy scarves. Big coats. Autumn is known for its oversized fashion items and the trend is also inspiring home and apartment décor. This fall you can expect to see oversized everything! Make your apartment or home feel extra cozy with chunky knit blankets and pillows, large comfy chairs and super-sized wall-art.

It’s how you live that matters and love being able to provide you with simple yet beautiful décor inspirations for your apartment in Manassas, VA. We hope these ideas will help you make the most of the season and feel more at home.


Apartment Hunting: How to Find the Perfect Place in Manassas

Apartment Hunting: How to Find the Perfect Place in Manassas

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, September 27, 2018

Abberly Avera, Manassas, VAThe rental market is hot! There are apartments all over with a variety of amenities that match a variety of budgets -- you just have to find the one that’s right for you.

Finding an apartment isn’t always easy, but we’re here to help.

Check out these four top tips to discover your perfect apartment so you can live comfortably.

1) Choose Your Top Home Priorities

Everyone has different priorities for their apartment. Figure out what your top must-haves are.

  • Do you want to live in a neighborhood that’s kid-friendly?
  • Do you want to be close to local nightlife and events?
  • Do you want to be near a park or want to feel safe going for a run around the area?

Know what you want in an apartment and an apartment complex before you even start your search. From in-unit washer-dryers to an exercise facility, you can determine the most important amenities for your search.

When you start looking around to see what meets your needs, you can eliminate options that don’t have your top criteria.

2) Figure Out What Neighborhood You Want to Live In

One of the best things about the Bluffton area is its diversity. You have plenty of options for what type of neighborhood you want to live in.

As you start looking for a new place, decide which neighborhoods meet your needs and start your search there.

For example, do you want to:

  • Find a place where you can run every morning?
  • Find a place where you can smell bakeries and restaurants?
  • Find a place in the heart of Downtown so you can walk out your door to restaurants and local events?

There are so many neighborhoods to choose from that you can narrow your search by looking in a few choice areas, and then expanding from there.

3) Do Your Research Online

Even if you think you found the apartment of your dreams, it could quickly become a living nightmare. Tenants across the world have horror stories about checked-out landlords, appliances that go weeks without repair, obnoxious neighbors, and unstoppable cockroach infestations.

A few online searches can help you uncover the true story about the place you’re considering.

See if you can find reviews from past tenants to learn about the apartment you plan to rent. You may find yourself leaning away from renting a place after you read the experiences of others who lived there.

4) Don't Forget to Build Utilities Into Your Budget

Even if you find the apartment of your dreams, you need to make sure you can afford it.

Determine what you can afford by setting aside a certain percentage of your income. While you will likely set aside more than 30% of your income for rent, you don’t want to spend more than 60-70% of your paycheck on housing.

Plus, you need to account for other expenses. Build out a budget for electricity, Internet, and other costs that come with your apartment so you’re not falling behind your budget.

Also, don't forget to budget for renters insurance. These insurance policies are fairly affordable and protect you from more than you think. A renters insurance plan protects you from costly problems like theft, fire damage, personal injuries in your home, and hurricane and flood damage.

Find Your Perfect Apartment

With a little work and a little luck, you can find a great apartment to in Manassas, VA.

Soon you can invite all your friends over for a housewarming party to check out your pad and all of its cool features.


Millennials Are Renting in Northern Virginia

Millennials Are Renting in Northern Virginia

Joseph Coupal - Friday, September 14, 2018

Abberly Avera, Manassas, VAThe so-called Millennial generation is all about bucking tradition. They’re marrying later. They’re all in favor of nap rooms and ping pong tables in the office.

And they’re renting apartments instead of buying.

That’s not to say they don’t want to purchase a single-family home eventually:

A survey report issued by the National Association of Home Builders in January of this year showed that as many as 75 percent of those young Americans born into Generation Y do want to own their own home, and most (66 percent) want to do so in the bucolic (northern Virginia) suburbs.

They just don’t want to do it yet:

Another recent report — this, from the Urban Land Institute — found that a full half of Millennials rent their homes, a figure up markedly from the 37 percent of renters surveyed just five years ago.

But why?

Why are Millennials choosing to rent, and not buy?

Purchasing a home means acquiring more debt. The most obvious reason millennials are opting to rent is the crippling debt many find themselves with in their early 20s. According to the Institute for College Access & Success, 7 in 10 college students who graduated in 2012 have student loan debt. The average amount: a staggering $29,400 – and many others graduate even deeper in the hole. The amount of student loan debt has increased an average of 6 percent per year since 2008, and there is no sign of the trend stopping.

With student debt looming, it’s no wonder millennials favor a monthly rental check over additional mortgage debt. While mortgage payments can be more affordable than rent in some cities, recent graduates likely don’t have the funds necessary to make a down payment. Beyond having money for a down payment on a home, some millennials simply don’t qualify for a mortgage. Whether they are saving up for a down payment or choose to rent as a long-term housing decision, renting allows millennials to move out quickly without the immediate financial squeeze that comes with homeownership.

Apartment life is more affordable than owning a home. In addition to the upfront cost of a down payment and a mortgage, managing a house comes with a lot of additional costs: Homeowners must pay property tax, maintenance and repairs, utilities and perhaps even association fees on top of their mortgage. An apartment requires rent and utilities, which is much more manageable for a millennial on a tight budget.

To take advantage of apartment amenities. Many apartment complexes offer amenities such as fitness centers, pools, a concierge and on-site maintenance – perks that don’t usually come with your first home purchase. Though renting an apartment in a building that has luxury amenities can come with a bigger price tag, the features cut down on other bills. Instead of paying for a gym membership and rent, renters in these buildings can pay one price and get both. In fact, the idea of having access to amenities is so appealing to some young people that they plan to rent for a while.

To enjoy city life. Many young people choose to live in urban areas because they like the atmosphere. They can walk to grocery stores, take public transportation, find night spots easily, see live concerts and access great restaurants. Millennials drawn to the energy of metropolitan areas likely can’t afford to own a home there. If city living is a priority, they’ll sacrifice homeownership to get the location, and that means renting.

To maintain flexibility and freedom. Recent college graduates want to have the freedom to move around. They’re just beginning their careers and haven’t decided when and where to settle. For this reason, renting an apartment instead of moving right into homeownership is often the smarter choice. Young people can move for a new job or to simply try out another city without being tied down to a mortgage. Rather than settling down immediately after college, millennials are focused on finding the right job, a city that fits their personality and trying new things.

For more information on apartments in Manassas, VA contact Abberly Avera.


Have Fun Celebrating Labor Day in Manassas, VA

Have Fun Celebrating Labor Day in Manassas, VA

Joseph Coupal - Friday, August 31, 2018

Abberly Avera, Manassas, VAWe can’t believe that the summer is almost over! Labor Day weekend is coming up and gives us one more great opportunity to celebrate summer in style. Residents in our apartments in Manassas, VA have access to fabulous outdoor amenities, which are perfect to use for one last hurrah of the season.

If you’re relaxing by the pool, attending a cookout, or playing outdoors – there are so many ways to celebrate the long weekend and the traditional end of summer. Here are some great ideas and ways to enjoy the long weekend in Virginia.

Whether you’re staying close to home at Abberly Avera or venturing out over the long Labor Day weekend, we hope you have fun. We believe it’s how you live that matters! Spending time with friends, neighbors and loved ones is what matters most. Happy Labor Day!


Improve Your Credit Score by Renting

Improve Your Credit Score by Renting

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, August 23, 2018

Abberly Avera, Manassas, VAOn-time payments are a solid way to build your credit score. Your payment history constitutes 35% of your credit score – the largest contributor among the five factors used in calculating your score.

Payments on most debts are reported to the three major credit bureaus (Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion) for inclusion in your credit report, and credit-scoring systems use that information to calculate your credit score. However, one regular payment for many Americans is reported to credit bureaus in a purely negative fashion. When renters are late on payments or evicted, that information is typically reported to credit bureaus – but regular, on-time payments are not.

If your credit score needs a little extra boost – or if regular rent payments are about the only good thing you have to report – rent reporting services such as Rental Kharma, RentTrack, ClearNow, and Pinch are available to supply the credit bureaus with your rental payment history, so you can reap credit-score benefits. (Obviously you'll need to make on-time payments to see those benefits).

Some property management groups are already connected with a rent-reporting service, where all you need to do is opt in. Check with your landlord to see what options are available. Otherwise, you'll have to work with one of the services directly. Abberly Avera Apartments in Manassas, VA does report rent payments to credit agencies, thus helping tenants to improve their credit scores. In fact, all HHHunt properties report on-time rental payments.

As you evaluate services, check out the following:

Bureaus – Some services are linked directly with one of the three major credit bureaus. Others report to two bureaus, and a few (RentTrack, PayYourRent, and Pinch in particular) report to all three bureaus.More reporting of positive information increases the positive effect on your credit.

Fees – Services directly linked to a property management group, like PayLease or PayYourRent, may be free to you. Other fee structures vary from monthly flat fees to fees per transaction to variable charges based on your rent amount. Rent Reporters and RentTrack, among others, offer a potential quick credit boost by the addition of up to two years of past rental payment for a one-time fee.

Payment Logistics – What options do you have for payment? Are there options for linking to a debit/checking account or credit card? Does the reporting service require that you funnel rent payments through them, and if so, what are the timing and terms?

Service-Specific Details – Do you have to opt in to the service? How long should it take for rent payments to appear on your credit report? How is your personal information protected?

Landlord Requirements – Landlords may be required to verify your payments. Make sure your landlord is open to the responsibilities and verify with the rent-reporting company how any disputes with your landlord are handled.

Even if your regular rent payments are reported to the credit bureaus and incorporated on your credit report, your credit score may not be affected in the eyes of some lenders. There are several different score variations tailored for risk factors in specific industries.

To make the most out of your reported rent payments, ask lenders whether regular rent payments are included in your score. It may not make much difference, but every little bit counts when you are trying to get credit at reasonable interest rates in a competitive market.

For more information on apartments in Manassas, VA contact Abberly Avera.


Virginia: Where Millennials Are Moving

Virginia: Where Millennials Are Moving

Joseph Coupal - Friday, August 17, 2018

Abberly Avera, Manassas, VAIt is estimated that there are around 71 million millennials in America and they are expected to surpass the number of baby boomers in 2019. That makes millennials a coveted generation for cities looking to bolster their workforce and tax base. But millennials are notorious for their quixotic preferences and figuring out where they will head to next can be difficult. It’s a worthwhile undertaking though: where millennials decide to move has enormous impact on local markets, from the cost of a mortgage to whether or not you will be able to find a good avocado toast in your neighborhood.

SmartAsset used Census Bureau data to find out where are millennials moving. To track millennials’ mobility, we looked at immigration and emigration data from the U.S. Census Bureau for 217 cities. Check out our data and methodology below to see where we got our data and how we put it together to create our final rankings.

Key Findings

  • Old Dominion is popular – Virginia takes three spots in our top 10. In particular the southeastern portion of the state makes appearances in the top 10.

  • Big Apple no more – New York took the bottom spot on this list again. In particular residents seem to be leaving the city to venture into other states. In total around 69,200 residents moved to New York from out of state while nearly 95,000 left the Big Apple for another state.

The States Where Millennials Are Moving

4. Virginia

The South makes up the rest of the states in our top 10. The no. 2 ranking state is Texas, with a net influx of nearly 34,000 millennials, followed by Virginia which gained 18,300 more millennials than it lost.

For more information apartments in Manassas, VA contact Abberly Avera.


Reasons to Move to Virginia! - Manassas, VA

Reasons to Move to Virginia! - Manassas, VA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, August 09, 2018

Abberly Avera, Manassas, VAThis is for those who don't live here. The ones who are looking for a new location, but aren’t sure. Or maybe you’re in Virginia, but your best friend lives somewhere else. Better yet, your parents have retired and you could use some family close by. Whoever you are, if any of these apply to you – or someone you know – then its time to call the moving trucks.

1. You love all 4 seasons.

Winters are cold, sure. But the snow is pretty and it’s rarely too much – this isn’t Boston after all. Summers are hot – that’s why we have so many amazing lakes, beaches and rivers. But you can have hot or cold anywhere. In Virginia, it’s spring and fall that make all it all worthwhile.

2. You want to be at the heart of it all.

Virginia is within a day’s drive of 50% of the U.S. population. So “but I’ll never see my old friends” is simply not an excuse!

3. You love the mountains.

You can reach some of the most beautiful mountains in the world within just a few hours from anywhere in Virginia.

4. But you also love the beach.

Same goes for the beach. We have some of the most amazing beaches anywhere and they’re all within a half-day’s drive, no matter where you live in the state.

5. You appreciate a good economy.

The Washington Post calls Virginia “the best state in America” when it comes to managing budgets shortfalls. We’ve managed to keep the economy on an even keel even when the rest of the world seems to be in a spin.

6. You want the best schools for your undergrads.

Virginia has 3 of the top 40 public colleges and universities in the nation: University of Virginia (#2), the College of William and Mary (#6) and Virginia Tech (#27). But that’s saying nothing of all of other amazing schools, public and private – you can’t go wrong with a Virginia education.

7. And your under-undergrads.

For your pre-college crew, rest assured that good schools abound. Wallethub, an online financial site, ranks Virginia k-12 schools #7 in the nation.

8. You’re looking for a great place to retire.

Maybe it’s time to be closer to the grandkids. Virginia is the perfect place to land when you’re ready to put your feet up. Forbes named Blacksburg one of its top places to retire in the nation thanks to a cost of living 7% below the national average, low crime and good housing. Williamsburg tops the U.S. News and World Reports list for historic places to retire.

9. You’re an entrepreneur.

Forbes has ranked Virginia as #1 for best places for business. For you big business moguls out there, 23 Fortune 500 companies are headquartered here.

10. You consider shopping a valid form of exercise.

Whether you’re looking for high-fashion shopping or just a day out antiquing, Virginia has some of the best finds on the East Coast.

11. Or you take your exercise very seriously.

For those of you with a competitive streak, Virginia hosts races of every kind – from marathons and triathlons to dress-crazy-and-jump-in the mud obstacle races. There’s something for everyone and no shortage of people to get out there and train with you.

12. Wine and cheese are two of your favorite food groups.

Virginia wine country is beyond compare. Our award-winning wines, 230+ vineyards and incredible countryside can’t be beat. Have some cheese with that wine – we have hundreds of locally made-in-Virginia cheeses available at farmers’ markets, specialty shop and nation-wide chain grocers. The only hard part will be choosing your favorite.

13. You like food in general. There’s down-home country cookin’ or fine dining within reach in just about every part of the state.

We have some of the best BBQ, biscuits and gravy, fried chicken and country ham you’ll ever have the pleasure of eating. Or try one of Virginia’s many fine dining restaurants. Our gourmet cuisine has hit the nation’s best restaurants lists more than once.

14. You don’t just like festivals. You love them.

Whether you’re looking for big city food and culture or small town celebrations, there’s a festival in just about every part of the state on any given weekend.

15. Cities or small towns – your choice.

If you want the fast track, big city life, you can have it. Northern Virginia is one of the nation’s top job growth areas and offers limitless options. But if you want a quieter speed, then take your pick of beautiful small towns where life is slower, but every bit as rich.

16. We have world-class healthcare.

Our hospitals are nationally ranked for care, including specialties like cardiology (Sentara Norfolk General) and neonatology (Inova Fairfax).

17. You like things that go fast. Both horses and cars.

Virginia horse country is not to be messed with. If you love horses, we have steeplechase, polo and countless horse shows and competitions. If NASCAR is your thing, we have the Martinsville Speedway, Richmond International Raceway and Bristol Motor Speedway. For Formula 1 and stock car racing, VIRginia International Raceway in Alton and the Virginia Motor Speedway in Jamaica, Virginia, fit the bill.

18. You support the troops.

Men and women in uniform are part of the fabric of Virginia. We were founded on a proud tradition of protecting our beliefs and today, Virginia has more than 20 military bases representing all 4 branches of the armed services, plus a strong National Guard presence.

19. Music makes you happy.

Bristol, Virginia is called the birthplace of country music for a reason. This is where some of the first commercial recordings were made with artists like Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family. We’ve taken it from there and now Virginia has a diverse and eclectic music scene with festivals for almost any genre, plus large commercial venues, small clubs and everything in between.

20. You can just be you.

Virginia is for lovers – and that means no matter who you are, what you love or how you choose to live your life, Virginia has a niche where you can belong. If you already live here, this blog hasn't told you anything you don’t know. So be sure to send this on to all of those friends and family members who you know would love living here as much as you do.

For more information on apartments in Manassas, VA contact Abberly Avera.


Apartment Hunting in Manassas, VA

Apartment Hunting in Manassas, VA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Abberly Avera, Manassas, VAIf you are looking for an apartment in Manassas, VA bordered by history and nightlife look no further than Abberly Avera Apartments. Attractive and convenient, we are minutes to shopping, dining, recreation, and in a prime location close to Washington D.C. and Maryland just off I-66 and close to I-95 and I-495. Abberly Avera Apartments is a community with thoughtfully designed floor plans, outstanding features, and a desirable location. They are the perfect choice for the family, professional, retiree, and you!

Take advantage of our spacious apartments with a community offering and numerous amenities. Living here means you can enjoy relaxing with life’s necessities close by Bristow Shopping Center, 2 Silos Brewery Company, or absorb the local charm of the area by dining local, playing outdoors, or visiting Historic Downtown Manassas.

We have 1 and 2 bedroom apartments with luxurious amenities. Our one bedroom apartments range from 613 to 1002 sq ft, and we have two bedroom apartments with a spacious 1,097 to 1,254 sq ft plans. We encourage you to make an appointment, and see what Abberly Avera and Manassas have to offer.

Considered One of the Best Small Towns in Virginia, a Great State to Live In, a Best State to Retire, and surrounded by natural beauty, Manassas, VA is home to restaurants, dynamic nightlife, historic landmarks, cultural entertainment, and recreational opportunities. We boast beautiful weather as well as local events and happenings throughout the year.

Contact us for an appointment to view our apartment homes.


Manassas: One of the Best Small Towns in Virginia

Manassas: One of the Best Small Towns in Virginia

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, July 26, 2018

Abberly Avera, Manassas, VAOne of the original states settled by the first Europeans to cross the Atlantic, Virginia has both a spectacular coastline and majestic mountains that hold some of the history of the beginning of the United States. This state has something for everyone: boutique wineries and breweries, a host of outdoor sporting activities, and charming towns filled with shopping and local restaurants that will not disappoint. Brush up on your history and take a step away from modern life in Virginia’s rural towns. Manassas is on the list of the best small towns in Virginia. It came in at #8.

For those who remember their US History courses, the Battle of Manassas was fought here nearby and was the first major battle of the Civil War. Also known as the Battle of the Bulls, there was a second battle fought there two years later. A strategic location because of the railroad crossings, Manassas was mostly held by the Union army except for those key battles.

Nowadays, people come to Manassas to retrace steps in history and see these battlegrounds, but there is also more to offer in this town. After you’ve seen the battlefield, check out the Manassas Museum or Train Station, and mull over your newfound historical expertise when drinking a cool beer at Heritage Brewing Company. The historic downtown area offers many shopping options as well.

For more information on apartments in Manassas, VA, contact Abberly Avera.


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