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Downsizing (or Rightsizing) May Be Right For Your Life

Joseph Coupal - Friday, February 23, 2018

Abberly Crest, Lexington Park, MDIf you are starting to feel like you have too much stuff and too much space, ask yourself what is holding you back from making a change. Is it some outdated notion that cutting back on the quantity of your possessions or the size of your home will change how others perceive you? Could you be living with an outdated notion of what success or happiness looks like? Maybe you are ready to enjoy time visiting family and friends, traveling to new places with different experiences or spending time on a freshly discovered hobby — anything other than spending your time and money on home upkeep and maintenance.

In today’s world, what used to be called “downsizing” is rapidly being replaced with the word “rightsizing,” and for good reason. Rightsizing implies that this is a healthy and highly personalized process — one that each couple or individual may decide to undertake and then accomplish at their own pace and in their own way. That being said, no one can tell you exactly how to decide you are ready to downsize or give you a concise plan on how to make this process fit you and your needs.

As you begin to consider this idea of rightsizing, pay attention to the daily things that are most meaningful and useful to you, and ask yourself, “Does my current lifestyle and home support the things that are most meaningful to me? What fits the current ‘me’ and what no longer works for me?” If more of your daily lifestyle and environment comes out not fitting, then maybe it is truly time to rightsize your life.

Here are some lifestyle and environment questions to ask yourself:

  • Are you living in a home with more rooms that aren’t being used than ones that are?
  • Do you find yourself avoiding the thought and expense of making your old home fit your new lifestyle?
  • Do you have a two-story home and find yourself spending most of your time on one of the two floors?
  • Are you wishing the kitchen you remodeled 20 years ago had all the newest conveniences and amenities?
  • How many times in the last year have you avoided completing routine house maintenance or chose to call an outside handyman, or maybe even just let it go, when you used to always be on top of it all?
  • Has your neighborhood grown so that you can no longer easily jump in the car to grab groceries or go out to dinner?
  • Are their new hobbies or activities you would like to try but can’t find someone to go with or a place to get started?
  • Do you have children and grandchildren growing up further away than is easy for you to reach by car or easy for them to visit you?
  • Do you think about wanting more control over how your next move unfolds?

For more information on apartments in Lexington Park, MD contact Abberly Crest.

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Should You Rent or Buy?

Joseph Coupal - Friday, February 09, 2018

Abberly Crest, Lexington Park, MDMost of us grew up hearing adults tell us what a great investment owning a home is.

But is it really always a good choice to buy a home? Are there any conditions when it is better to rent instead of purchasing a home? The answer is yes, owning your own home can be a solid investment, but it is also true that purchasing a home is not always the best plan. When deciding whether to buy or rent, you should consider multiple factors, because there are pros and cons to both buying and renting.

There are several financial benefits to renting temporarily or even long-term. If you rent, you will never have to pay property taxes. You should purchase renter’s insurance, but you won’t have to buy homeowner’s insurance, which is more expensive. Also, while owning a home can be financially beneficial, it isn’t necessarily the best way to invest your money. You could choose to invest in stocks, and you might end up with more money than you would by simply owning a home for a long time.

If you do buy a home, you will have to take care of it if you want to keep your investment. You would also most likely have to hire someone to fix issues like the roof, plumbing, or other repairs. If you consider yourself handy at fixing things, then you also could choose to make the necessary changes yourself. However, if you already have a busy life or simply prefer not to tinker with household issues on your time off, then you will have to pay someone.

These are things that potential homebuyers often don’t consider: All of these issues cost money if you own your own home. If you prefer to have someone else handle most problems, escape yard care, and also avoid additional costs, you may consider long-term renting.

For more information on apartments in Lexington Park, MD, contact Abberly Crest.

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Apartment Hunting in a City You Don't Live in Yet

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, February 01, 2018

Abberly Crest, Lexington Park, MDAre you facing the prospect of renting an apartment in a city you don’t live in yet? Renting a home without physically seeing it before you move in is not ideal, but it’s not impossible either. It just requires careful planning and a willingness to trust photos. Below are some ways to stay on top of the game and not lose out on your perfect rental—even from afar.

Research the local market

Familiarize yourself with the market you’ll be renting in. The first thing that’s really important is thinking about what area you want to move to and honing in on that. Talk to people who already live in the city of your choice and ask what neighborhoods they recommend. Then figure out what the rental process looks like there. Do listings become available months in advance, or do landlords wait to release them until the last minute? What standard amenities should you expect, and what might you expect to pay a premium for?

Seek out local blogs and real estate websites for up-to-date intel on the market. And, of course, scour online listings in the areas you are considering. By understanding the lay of the land as well as pricing in specific neighborhoods, you can rule out places with asking rents above your budget.

Consider your commute

If you’re moving to a new city with a job lined up, you should consider your commute from the get-go. Ask the following questions: What will the commute time be from any given neighborhood? Beyond miles and distances, what are the traffic dynamics during rush hour?

Understand your commute expectations because knowing what you’re comfortable with can almost create the search. Map the route from various neighborhoods to your future office space using a service like Google Maps, which will take into account walking, biking, driving, and public transit options.

Find a reliable agent

If you can’t be there in person for the apartment hunt, you’ll want to make sure you have a solid real estate agent to stand in your place. Referrals are always a safe bet, but also find brokers with consistent listings in neighborhoods you’re interested in—because those will be the neighborhood experts. A neighborhood-focused agent will be on top of their game when it comes to available inventory in that area. They can also provide accurate information regarding pricing, neighborhood amenities, and commute times.

Once you’ve found an agent you feel comfortable with, make sure that they’re willing to work for a client who can’t be physically available. Be sure they are able to send photos of prospective apartments and also take you on video chat tours inside the apartment, through the building, and around the block.

Get all your documents in order

Once you’ve secured an agent, you’ll want find out what information landlords expect from prospective tenants. In competitive rental markets, that list might be long, so get these documents ready in advance and had them over to your agent as soon as you kick off your hunt. A complete renter’s profile may include pay stubs, credit checks, bank statements, and the like.

Research the building and landlord

Let’s say your broker has found a promising rental. There’s still research you can follow-up with online to make sure you’re as informed as possible. Look up details about the building, including when it was built, how many units it holds, and what amenities are included. And if the building is owned by a large management company, you can usually find online reviews about the company.

Be realistic about your apartment hunt

At the end of the day, when you can’t be present for your apartment hunt, there’s no guarantee that the search will go off without a hitch, so prepare to be flexible and willing to put a lot of trust in your agent’s judgment. And if a long-term rental solution isn’t working out, consider a short-term lease. Then once you’re in the new city, the search can begin again—in person.

This arrangement can be the safest best when you arrive without a job—and don’t yet know what your commute will be like. An interim apartment probably gives you the most flexibility. But of course moving twice isn’t fun.

For more information on apartments in Lexington Park, MD contact Abberly Crest.

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Abberly Crest Apartment Homes

46850 Abberly Crest Lane, Lexington Park, MD 20653

Call: 833-336-7118
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Opens: Monday-Friday: 9A-6P | Saturday: 10A-5P | Sunday: 12P-4P

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