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Finding the Ideal Place to Retire

Joseph Coupal - Friday, June 23, 2017

Abberly Crest, Lexington Park, MDOnce you retire, you're free to head to the beach or golf course. In some cases, you can even dramatically reduce your cost of living or improve your quality of life with a single move. But you want to make sure that a retirement spot will continue to meet your needs as you age. Here are 10 tips for finding your ideal retirement spot:

Seek lower costs. If you can sell your house in an expensive city and move to a place where housing costs significantly less, you can use that influx of cash to help fund your retirement years. If the cost of living is lower, it can certainly let your retirement nest egg last a little longer.

Look for great amenities. Think about how you want to spend your retirement years, and make sure your retirement spot has the resources to allow you to do that. Look for golf courses, pools, fitness centers, parks or other amenities you would like to use. If you want to be pursuing your education, you might be looking for a college or other learning venues. If there are travel options you want to pursue, you are going to need to be near an airport or a train station.

Health care options are essential. Make sure any community you are considering has adequate medical facilities and doctors that are taking on new patients. If you have any ongoing medical condition, or propensity for a specific illness runs in your family, it can be useful to retire near medical professionals who specialize in treating it.

Calculate the tax impact. Taxes vary considerably by state, and you can often reduce your costs considerably by moving to a low-tax place. Take a look at how the state taxes pensions, Social Security and earned income, and also consider the sales tax, property tax and any special tax perks available for senior citizens. It's also important to realize that taxes pay for services, and there may be less help available to senior citizens in low-tax areas.

Aim for proximity to family and friends. Many people want to retire near their children and grandchildren. Family and friends can enrich your life in retirement and provide significant (and often free) help when you need it most. "If somebody has lived in the same place their whole life and that's where their social network is and where the people they depend on are, then it's much harder to pick up and build a new network of support where you don't know anybody and you have to start from scratch. If you do move to a new community away from your support system, you will need to create a new circle of friends. An activity like golf or bridge will get [you] into another social network.

Job opportunities. Americans are increasingly planning to work during the traditional retirement years. If a retirement career is part of your plan, you may want to line up a job opportunity before you make a move. A place that will enable you to do what you want to do with your post-retirement work career is very important. Some people have very portable skills where they could practice anywhere, while some people are more place-dependent.

Transportation options. Many seniors reach a point when they can't or no longer want to drive. Some cities have public transportation systems that give discounts or are even free for senior citizens, or low-cost van or cab services that will help seniors get to doctor's appointments.

Better weather. Some people seek retirement spots with warm weather so they can avoid winter, but you might find that you miss the change of seasons or that warm weather comes with its own challenges.

Test it out first. One way to be more certain that a retirement spot will be a good fit is to test it out by renting. When you first move to a place, it might seem wonderful, but once you have tried living in it, you might find that it doesn't really suit your needs. There's nothing like actually living in a place to know all its little eccentricities and ins and outs.

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Tips for Renting Without Going Broke

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 15, 2017
Abberly Crest, Lexington Park, MDPersonal finance experts suggest you keep your rent under 30 percent of your income. But for many young professionals in cities these days, that's a big ask.

From having gone through the process of finding an apartment on a budget, here are my top tips:

1. Know your deal breakers

You're probably not going to have your own one-bedroom apartment. But being on a budget doesn't mean you have to compromise your quality of life. Take a minute and brainstorm what you would like and what you couldn't stand.

Here is a recommended list of things to consider:

  • Your commute time
  • Whether the apartment is smoking or non-smoking
  • How you feel about pets
  • Distance to the nearest subway or bus stop
  • If you want a quiet or lively place to live
  • If you need a stove, oven, dishwasher, elevator or on-site laundry
  • What you're looking for in a roommate
  • How you feel about overnight guests

Additionally, think about whether or not you can afford to use a real estate broker.

If you're on a tight budget, chances are you won't be able to. Brokers in major cities generally charge 10 to 15 percent of the annual rental fee. For a $1,200 apartment, that's between $1,440 and $2,160. If you can't afford a broker, use keywords such as "no broker" or "no fee" when looking at listings.

2. Download real estate apps

To stay up to date on the listings, download apps like Craigslist, StreetEasy, Trulia and Zillow. Checking them daily is a convenient way to cast a wide net, since you'll find unique listings on each. If the app offers certain benefits to people who create an account, such as the ability to save your searches or keep track of your favorite listings, take advantage of them. Your search will be a lot easier.

In addition, enable notifications. You'll be pinged every time a new listing that matches your criteria is added. When thousands of other people are searching for places, responding even minutes earlier than others can make a huge difference.

3. Save yourself time and stop looking for a studio

Finding an affordable studio apartment in a city like New York is extremely difficult, if not impossible.

On the off chance that you do find one, it almost always has some sort of major catch: It will be the size of a closet or it won't have its own bathroom. If you have roommates to share an apartment with, you really open up your options.

4. Join Facebook housing groups

There are dozens of Facebook groups out there where people post apartment listings. It makes searching for an apartment more personal, since you can check out the lister's social media profile and put a face to the name.

Look up your city name along with "apartments" "listings" or "housing" and you're sure to find a bunch of groups. Request to join them.

5. Post a roommate ad

The more you broadcast your search, the more responses you'll get. So post what you're looking for on your Facebook profile and tell your friends. If you don't want to share your exact price point, you can always give a range or use terms like "on a budget."

In these posts, include your budget, ideal neighborhoods, a bit about yourself and what you're looking for in a roommate.

To stay safe while doing this, don't respond to anyone who asks for money or personal information — those are red flags.

Ask for multiple social media account links from the person to verify that he or she is real. You could also arrange a video call before meeting up.

6. Draft a post you can use to reply to apartment listings

Responding to dozens of listings can be exhausting. To avoid apartment-hunting burn-out, draft a general email response that you can copy and paste, with minor tweaks, to each listing that interests you.

The response should include a bit about yourself, your ideal move in date, what you're looking for and any questions you have about that listing.

7. Stay safe

Never send money, your social security number or any other personal information to strangers, no matter what they say. Seriously, there's a huge market out there of people trying to scam you.

Don't sign any documents or turn over any cash until you do some of your own investigative research. Search the person's name and company with the word "fraud," "scam" and "lawsuit" to see if anything comes up.

THE MORE YOU BROADCAST YOUR SEARCH, THE MORE RESPONSES YOU'LL GET.

When going to view an apartment, always meet in a public place and tell a friend where you're headed. If you have any doubts, do more digging or just hold off. There will be more listings tomorrow.

8. Look into new areas

Finding an affordable apartment in the posh parts of any city is extremely difficult, even if you're planning to share the space. Many young professionals are moving to the less gentrified areas for this reason.

If you look at less trendy but still vibrant neighborhoods you'll find more listings at competitive prices. The commute might not even be that much worse, and the local food might be far better.

Find out where young professionals in your area are moving and do some research. Look into where the laundromats, parks and grocery stores are, what the crime rate is and where the nearest subways or bus stops are. Visit. You might just find a good fit.

9. Don't make impulse buys

Looking for an affordable apartment is very stressful. Remember to take your time and relax. After you see an apartment, walk around the neighborhood. Do you like it? Could you see yourself living there?

If the answer is "Yes," follow up as soon as you can, as apartments go quickly. If the answer is "Maybe," think about it more. Don't allow yourself to get swept up by the panic.

Here's to finding a good place on a budget.

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Apartment Hunting? Questions to Ask Yourself

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 08, 2017

Abberly Crest, Lexington Park, MDHunting for an apartment is stressful work. It doesn’t seem like it, sure, but finding the right apartment that suits your lifestyle and fits your budget is a lot harder than it looks. The economy has been on a downward spiral since a couple years ago. What these means for people looking to live on their own in an apartment is that landlords are getting more desperate for tenants, promising anything and everything just to get someone to sign a lease contract. So… are you ready to go apartment hunting?

Apartment hunting will stress you out, and it will test your patience unless you know you’re ready for the hard work that’s waiting for you up ahead. Some apartments offer just the right amount of living space, but they’re going to be way out of your budget. Others are priced just right, but the apartment itself leaves much to be desired.

How do you know if you’re ready to go apartment hunting? Ask yourself these critical questions:

What kind of apartment do you want? You need to have a clear picture of the kind of apartment you want before you set out to start looking. For example, how many bedrooms and bathrooms do you need? Are you going to be living alone, sharing with a boarder, a relative? Do you need a large closet space or it doesn’t really matter? Do you need an apartment with a parking space for your car? How far is it from work or the nearest school?

Do you get discouraged easily? You’re going to talk to a lot of landlords and you’ll be inspecting dozens of apartments, and only about half of them are really going to be worth considering. Some apartment hunters look at two or three apartments and then give up. Truth is, you’re never going to find that “dream apartment” if you give up that easily. Don’t be discouraged after just a couple of disappointments. Never lose hope. Your dream apartment might be waiting just around the corner, literally.

Are your goals realistic? Do you flip burgers by day and look for penthouse-type of apartments by night? You’ve got to be realistic. Sit down for a couple hours and figure out how much you could afford to shell out in a month for rent, plus utilities.

Are you organized? Looking for an apartment isn’t rocket science, but you need to be organized all the same especially with the information you get from talking with landlords. Things like…

  • Address of the apartment
  • Number of bathrooms and bedrooms
  • What you liked and didn’t like during the inspection
  • Contact info of the apartment owner
  • Promises you were given during the inspection
  • Other miscellaneous information

The most important question: are you ready to go apartment hunting? Go through the above four questions and you should be able to answer that last one. Good luck on your little project and here’s hoping you discover that dream apartment of yours soon.

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Are You Really Ready to Buy a House?

Joseph Coupal - Friday, June 02, 2017

Abberly Crest, Lexington Park, MDLet's say you're a veteran renter and you're thinking you want to start building value in a home of your own and the thought of buying a house is becoming more and more tempting.

Should you do it?

It depends. Homeownership isn't a sure path to building wealth if you're using a mortgage like most homebuyers do. The truth is: You'll be paying a lot and not getting anything in return in the form of mortgage interest, mortgage insurance, property taxes, property insurance, homeowners association fees and home maintenance. All of that money simply vanishes – the only part that actually builds wealth for you is the tiny fraction of your mortgage payment that goes toward your balance.

There are actually many financial and life situations where renting is by far the better deal, just as there are many financial and life situations where buying is the better deal.

One great step to take is to use a "rent versus buy" calculator. It's a spectacular tool for helping you run the numbers and figure out if you're ready to buy a home on paper. But on paper is just part of the story. Are you really ready for homeownership? Do the realities of your life make you ready?

Ask yourself these questions before deciding to buy a house.

Q: Are you planning to live in the area long term?

During the first few years of a mortgage, homeowners build very little equity in their home. The portion of their mortgage payment that actually goes toward the principal of their mortgage is tiny, meaning that after a few years, you still only own a tiny fraction of your home.

Thus, if you're only planning on living in the area for a short while, at least 5 years, you're almost always better off renting. The value of home ownership doesn't reveal itself until you've lived there for a while.

Q: Am I able to save a significant amount each month for a down payment?

Homeownership comes with many more costs than does renting. As a renter, virtually your only bills for your living space include rent, utilities and renters insurance. If you're a homeowner, you're contending with your mortgage bill, mortgage insurance, property taxes, homeowners insurance, homeowners association fees and all of the maintenance costs that come with a home.

If, as a renter, your financial state is so tight that you're unable to save much each month for a down payment, then the costs of homeownership would likely stretch your budget substantially beyond what you can afford. The ability to save a significant amount each month for a down payment is a great litmus test as to whether your finances are ready to deal with the costs of homeownership.

Q: How will my commuting costs change?

Quite often, you'll find people who are renting properties that are fairly close to where they work, but then buy a home that's far from work.

If buying a home means you'll no longer be able to walk or bike to work, your commuting costs are about to skyrocket. Even if you can take mass transit from your new location, you're still going to be footing the bill. Your reliance on a car may now go up, if your move puts you farther from grocery stores and other necessary amenities.

Include the cost of transportation changes in your calculations or else you may find yourself in a very rough spot.

Q: Am I overreaching?

Even after thinking through these questions, people still often fall in love with a home that's simply beyond their budget. If they dive in, they may find themselves walking the tightrope for many years as they deal with the burden of an enormous mortgage and high additional expenses.

Yes, this can pay off if everything goes perfectly, but when is life perfect? If you're buying for the first time, you're far better off in a reasonably priced home that will still grow in value while giving you some financial breathing room as you learn the ins and outs of being a homeowner. You can certainly jump to the "dream home" later, but don't make it your first move after renting.

Q: Do I have the time?

If you constantly find yourself pressed for time as a renter, it's not going to get better when you move into a house that has maintenance and lawn care needs, which you'll be solely responsible for.

Does your current schedule afford you the time to deal with tackling home repairs, mowing the lawn and tending to the greenery? If not, you should be very careful when you consider moving into a home, particularly one that belongs to a homeowners association.

Homeownership can be a very expensive proposition and it's easy to make big missteps early on by jumping in before you're financially ready. Take the time to make the right choice when it comes to the biggest financial decision of your life.

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Advantages Of Renting Apartments in Lexington Park, MD

Joseph Coupal - Friday, May 26, 2017

Abberly Crest, Lexington Park, MDAdvantages Of Renting

While there are clearly benefits to buying a home, renting has some advantages that you should consider before you make a final decision to become a homeowner as a single parent.

Investment risk

While real estate is generally considered a good investment, there's no guaranteed profit. The value of your home depends on forces that you can’t control, like the job market, the supply of houses and zoning changes.

You can improve the worth of your home by taking care of it, and can increase your equity by paying down the mortgage balance, but if your home drops in value, you could lose money when you need to sell.

Maintenance

Renters benefit from the fact that the landlord is responsible for maintenance and repairs – both the cost and the hassle of hiring someone to take care of the property.

Buyers sometimes forget to budget for the inevitable cost of home repairs.

Flexibility to relocate

One of the biggest reasons to continue renting is the possibility that you may want to change jobs or transfer to a new location.

Or you may want to escape some awful new neighbors or decide you hate your commute.

Renters can more easily end a lease, while buyers need to sell their home or rent it out and become landlords themselves.

Fewer financial obligations

Of course, renters must pay rent, renter’s insurance and sometimes utility bills.

However, homeowners pay mortgage principal and interest, property taxes, homeowner’s insurance and utilities. There may also be homeowner’s association (HOA) fees and mortgage insurance.

In addition, single parent homeowners should budget about one percent of the property value each year for maintenance and repairs, or purchase a home warranty.

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Questions to Ask Yourself Before Thinking About Buying – Lexington Park, MD

Joseph Coupal - Friday, May 19, 2017

Abberly Crest, Lexington Park, MDWe make small decisions every day, like what to wear to work or to a night on the town. Bigger decisions usually take more time to sort through, such as when it's the right time for you to buy a home. While you probably don't need help choosing an outfit every day, you can get help with your home-buying decision.

Am I staying put? If you think you might move somewhere else soon, it's probably a better bet to rent for now. Buying and selling a home in such a short period can be time consuming and often doesn't make financial sense.

Where do I want to live? Do you like the neighborhood that you live in? Or are there other areas of town that you could explore?

Do I have enough money for a down payment? Most conventional loans require a down payment. Many home buyers place a down payment of 10% to 20% of the purchase price. For a $150,000 home, that's $15,000 to $30,000 in cash. Having enough money for a down payment usually means better loan terms and a lower interest rate on your mortgage loan.

Can I afford the cost of owning a home? There's more to owning a home than paying a mortgage. You'll want to consider property taxes, maintenance costs, renovations and possibly even new furnishings. The cost of home maintenance and repairs is usually one of the biggest surprises for new homeowners, who may be used to a landlord fixing issues.

When you're creating your home buying budget, include the cost of regular home maintenance and unanticipated problems. One way you can become acclimated with these costs is to test out a homeowner's budget while you're still renting. Then, assess how those potential costs affect your budget.

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Why Retire in Lexington Park, MD

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, May 11, 2017

Abberly Crest, Lexington Park, MDNearly 100 years ago, a reporter for National Geographic nicknamed Maryland “America in Miniature” because of its varied landscape, and to this day the name has stuck. You can ski in the mountains in the west, sail on the Atlantic Ocean in the east and hike through lush, creek-lined rolling hills in the middle of the state. One of the big pluses of retiring here is that geographically it is a very diverse state.

Though Maryland is one of the smallest states in the nation, those seeking to retire near water have more options here than in many other states.

Maryland touches three major bodies of water—the Chesapeake Bay, the Potomac River estuary and Atlantic Ocean—and the state boasts roughly 4,000 miles of shoreline, 400 lakes and dozens of rivers and creeks. For retirees, this means easy access to activities ranging from fly-fishing and boating to kayaking and canoeing.

The weather tends to be mild and the cultural opportunities, abundant. Baltimore, which is undergoing substantial revitalization, has an opera, symphony and local theater; Annapolis, the state capital, is home to more 18th-century brick buildings than any other city in the nation as well as myriad museums; and many residents of the state are just a short drive or train ride from Washington, D.C.

Living in Maryland, however, can be expensive. It's not a cheap tax state. Sales taxes tend to be higher than average, estate taxes are high, and Maryland’s General Assembly recently raised the gas tax.

On the flip side, Maryland residents tend to be able to afford it: The state boasts one of the highest median incomes in the nation, and Potomac, near Washington, D.C., has the highest median income of any community in the nation.

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The Benefits of Living in Apartments with Kids – Lexington Park, MD

Joseph Coupal - Friday, May 05, 2017

Abberly Crest, Lexington Park, MDHere are a collection of perspectives from renters with families on their experiences with the benefits to living in an apartment. This is what apartment dwellers with children do to make it work for them.

Family Time Abounds

There are several advantages to living in an apartment with school age kids. The biggest one was the fact that without the upkeep of a house, there is so much more extra time to spend quality and quantity time with the kids. Also, because there is no space to stash a lot of items, so you spend less money. If you don’t pay for a storage space, you must always consider where an item would fit before a purchase. Finally, the complex can have several amenities, including a pool, a playground, and an exercise facility. Therefore, there is easy access to free entertainment, which is something that every parent of a young child appreciates.

More Resources for Children

Cities often have wonderful resources for children that are not so easy to find in a small town. Search out the city's library. It will most likely have wonderful programs for children, such as "story times." This also gives the parent a chance to meet other parents who have young children and to make new friends.

A Quick Call to Maintenance

With young kids you can really appreciated the security of living in an apartment complex. If there was a plumbing problem or a broken appliance, a phone call took care of everything. You develop relationships with the management and maintenance staff, as well as our neighbors.

The Benefits of Cultural Diversity

There are a lot of advantages to city apartment dwelling.

  • No lawn care or housing repair costs
  • Extensive public transportation with no real need for a vehicle
  • Cheap and free cultural activities abound.
  • Cities tend to attract colleges, which mean free or cheap college events, babysitters, and adult evening classes.
  • In a city situation, you have neighborhoods. Visiting them is a great way to experience new foods and cultures without going far.

Ethnic neighborhoods sprout ethnic groceries as well, which tend to be cheaper on certain items.

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The Benefits of Renting May be Underrated – Lexington Park, MD

Joseph Coupal - Friday, April 28, 2017

Abberly Crest, Lexington Park, MDFor years people have believed that it is better to own a home rather than rent one due to financial benefits, but it turns out that the benefits of renting a home may be underrated.

According to recent research the prospect of no longer having to pay rent, known as imputed rent, is often cited as a major incentive to owning a home. But buyers overlook costs included in their rent, such as building insurance and property maintenance and this failure to properly account for these outgoings can cause householders to overestimate the financial benefits of owning versus renting.

Individual circumstances and market conditions play a big part in determining whether it is smarter to rent or buy, but this research should help households, financial planners and policy-makers make an informed choice.

The study offers a step-by-step explanation of how households can objectively compare the costs of renting versus buying a home, while taking their own personal circumstances and macro-economic conditions into account.

In reviewing transaction costs, imputed rental yields, opportunity costs, inflation and the length of time owning a home, the study also shows that — during periods of deflation or zero inflation — people who rent are financially better-off than those who own their home.

Even when economic conditions are favorable, households may need to own their home for between five and 10 years before returns from the rent they are no longer paying are sufficient to compensate for the high transaction costs of buying. However, increases in inflation and imputed rent, tip the balance in favor of ownership.

It is often thought that buying a house makes more financial sense in the long run: however, renting is frequently more worthwhile than buying for financially-constrained households, as well as households likely to relocate within 10 years.

As well as a reduced ability to recover transaction costs, households relocating within a few years face a higher risk that medium-term prices will move against them, thus reducing or eliminating their equity, while financially-constrained households face much higher mortgage costs.

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Should I Rent or Buy? Questions to Ask – Lexington Park, MD

Joseph Coupal - Friday, April 21, 2017

Abberly Crest, Lexington Park, MD“Should I buy a house?” This life-changing question is not something you casually ask the magic eight ball and get hit with a vague answer like, “Concentrate and ask again.” Instead, there is an empirical way to find out if you should buy a house or rent an apartment in Waldorf, MD. Ask yourself these questions below.

Question No. 1: Can I afford a home?

The first step is to find out whether you can buy a house given your current financial situation. A calculator will help you figure out just how much house you can afford. However, a rule of thumb is that you should spend no more than 33% of your income on housing.

Question No. 2: Is it better for me to rent or buy?

The whole “rent or buy?” question depends on which housing market you’re in, because inventory can make a huge difference.

Question No. 3: How long can I stay put?

Generally the longer you live in a home, the smarter it is to buy rather than rent. Short-term stays? Renting might make more sense. The reason: When you buy a home, you’ll pay closing costs that can total thousands of dollars, plus most of your early mortgage payments go toward interest rather than whittling down the principal (the actual amount you owe on your home). As a result, as a rule of thumb, home buyers should plan to stay put at least five years. If you might move before that point, you should stick with renting instead.

Question No. 4: Are my retirement savings on track?

We know, retirement seems a long way off. Still, it’s crucial to start storing those nuts early. So if you’re neglecting your 401(k) to funnel all your funds toward a home purchase that may not be the best allocation of resources (particularly if your employer matches funds, which is free money). Another reason: Setting aside money in a retirement account must be done the year you earn that income; you can’t go back later with a wad of cash and hope to squeeze it in.

When in doubt on what to do, consult a financial adviser who can help you strike a balance between saving for a house and your future simultaneously.

Question No. 5: Am I ready for the responsibility?

With rentals, you can just call your landlord to fix that leaky faucet. With a home you own, it’s all on you. So ask yourself if you’re willing to forgo weekend bar crawls with friends in lieu of mowing the lawn or patching the roof.

Ask yourself the following: “Do I have the time, resources, and desire to take on home maintenance and repairs as well as yard maintenance?” For more information on apartments in Waldorf, MD contact Abberly Square.

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