Auston Chase Apartment Homes

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Apartment Renting Checklist

Apartment Renting Checklist

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 29, 2017

Auston Chase, Ridgeland, SCMaybe you're apartment hunting for your first apartment in Ridgeland, SC, whether you are a college student, grad student, recent college grad, or baby boomer, whatever your situation there are some things to consider before you sign a 12 month lease.

Here are a few tips when renting:

Before you even start looking for a 1-bedroom apartment in Ridgeland, SC, know how much you can afford to spend. Housing is the biggest monthly expense for most people so if you miscalculate how much rent you can afford, your budget will suffer. In addition to rent, there are additional expenses like security deposit, utilities, cable, Internet, renters insurance, and one-time move-in expenses like window treatments, appliances or rugs.

Check out the neighborhood before you sign. Determine how safe you feel walking around. Come back to see if the neighborhood's character changes at night or on the weekend. Also note the proximity to parks, schools, grocery stores, public transportation and busy commuter routes.

Thoroughly inspect each potential rental:

  • Look at total useable space.
  • Use a tape measure to measure each room to determine whether your furniture will fit. Ensure there's sufficient closet, cupboard and storage space.
  • Look for safety features like deadbolts and peepholes, well-lit corridors, stairwells and parking areas, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers.
  • In multi-unit buildings, note the condition of common areas.
  • Note the condition of appliances, plumbing fixtures, floors/carpeting, electrical outlets and switches, light fixtures, walls and windows.

Once you find a suitable place, read the rental agreement carefully.

And finally, be aware that many landlords check credit reports of potential tenants. HHHunt apartments report on-time rental payments in order to help boost your credit ratings.

For more information on Auston Chase Apartments, contact us.

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South Carolina Low Country Popular with Boomers

South Carolina Low Country Popular with Boomers

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Auston Chase, Ridgeland, Bluffton, SCSouth Carolina has experienced rapid growth in the last 30 years, much of it from retirees seeking a warmer climate and lower cost of living. As more and more baby boomers begin to retire that trend is certain to continue. Retirees have been moving into all parts of the state, the area in the southwest low country, but near Hilton Head has experienced the most explosive growth.

South Carolina's population is growing. Some of that growth is coming from retirees entering the state. Obviously the housing market crash has impacted sales and prices in 55+ and active adult communities in SC, but probably less so than for the housing market in general. For the record, South Carolina has an income tax maximum rate of 7%, people over 65 get some significant exemptions.

Thanks to the great success of Hilton Head Island as a vacation and retirement spot, the entire southwestern area of the state is now a retirement hot bed. Part of the attraction is the many rivers and bays are in the area, making waterfront living possible for many people at somewhat reasonable prices. Here we will take a look at the various areas near Hilton Head.

Bluffton. This is a much nicer town, located on a bluff overlooking the May River. In this old town near the river you can discover art and antique galleries and the Riverfront Pocket Park and Garden. The area is famous for its Bluffton oysters, and in town the oldest continuous oyster-shucking facility in South Carolina is a local attraction. Bluffton also hosts a number of active adult communities, including some huge ones.

Beaufort. Just north of Hilton Head is another classic southern town, Beaufort. Horse-drawn carriages roll along streets in the town’s charming historic district that are overhung with Spanish moss. The area offers a laid back atmosphere that most people find very relaxing. Beaufort has 304 acres of the town designated as a National Historic Landmark. Many active adult communities radiate from town.

Other Towns in the region. The region is dotted with active adult communities to explore. Some of the other small towns in the Southwest Low Country include Laurel Bay, Burton, and Shell Point.

What People Like about this area of SC:

  • Mild winter climate
  • Being near the coast, bays, and rivers
  • Cachet and prestige of Hilton Head
  • Brand new,master-planned developments
  • Outstanding recreation such as golf, tennis, fishing, boating
  • Many of the towns are charming

This part of SC is definitely one of the best retirement regions in the world. For more information on apartments near Bluffton, SC contact Auston Chase.

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Retiring Around Bluffton, SC

Retiring Around Bluffton, SC

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 15, 2017

Auston Chase, Ridgeland, SCBluffton is a small town with a population of about 13,000 (but 37,000 in the area), on the coast of South Carolina just off of Hilton Head Island and near the Georgia border. The town is located on a bluff overlooking the May River in an area long known for tourism. In the old town near the river, residents will discover art and antique galleries and the Riverfront Pocket Park and Garden. The area is famous for its Bluffton oysters, and in town the oldest continuous oyster-shucking facility in South Carolina is a local attraction. Originally the town was confined to 1 square mile, but it has since then annexed over 32,000 acres for future development. The University of South Carolina Beaufort-New River campus was a welcome new addition to this area. Savannah is 18 miles away. Bluffton is located in Duval County.

What is special about Bluffton

• Charming old town on the river • Proximity to Hilton Head Island, Savannah, Beaufort and a short ride to the beautiful city of Charleston • Luxurious golf course communities • A new and rapidly developing area • Milder winters

Who will like retirement in Bluffton

Bluffton attracts a community of people who either want to live in a charming, walkable, old river town or expensive new golfing communities.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There are antique stores, art galleries, and museums in Bluffton (such as the Heyward House Historic Center). Nearby Hilton Head Island and Beaufort have cultural opportunities, as does nearby Savannah. The University of South Carolina-Beaufort offers part-time and continuing education opportunities.

Medical facilities

Hilton Head Hospital is 7 miles away and Costal Carolina is 2 miles away. Beaufort Memorial is 25 miles away and Savannah Hospital is 20 miles away. Bluffton has a new Medical Park in Bluffton also.

Transportation

Savannah/Hilton Head International airport (22 Miles); When compared to other communities, Bluffton is very walkable.

For more information on apartments near Bluffton, SC, contact Auston Chase.

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Apartment Hunting Tips For Renting Your First Apartment

Apartment Hunting Tips For Renting Your First Apartment

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 08, 2017

Auston Chase, Ridgeland, SCMoving out of your home for the first time can be a back and forth experience. On one hand, it’s a bit scary and sad at the same time. On the other hand moving out and living your own is an exciting and exhilarating prospect you can’t wait to experience. There’s a lot of emotions riding in this moment of your life.

Then comes apartment renting…

Apartment renting can take you for a spin if you don’t know what you’re doing. To help, here are some tips for the beginner apartment hunter:

First things first, look at your budget. Find out how much you can afford to pay rent every month. Apartment owners can be picky, too. Most prefer that their asking price is no more than 25% of your gross income or 33% of your net income. Depending on your other responsibilities, you might want to spend even less than 25% on rent.

Make a list of things to ask the apartment owner during the inspection. For example, if you have a pet, you might want to make it clear during the inspection if he or she allows pets inside the building. You could also ask which utilities are paid for in the rent, which aren’t. You might also want to consider waving a lease instead of a monthly payment option, but that’s something you’ll have to discuss with the apartment owner personally.

The next step is finding an apartment. Check the newspaper or search online for apartment rentals in your preferred location. Drive around the neighborhood and see if the area is a safe place to live in.

Compile a list of apartments you’re interested in, and then take a day off and call each apartment owner and ask for an inspection. During the inspection, know what to look out for, from mold formations under the sink to the sturdiness of the front door of the apartment.

Don’t casually fill out application forms especially when you’re undecided on the apartment. Some apartment owners charge an non-refundable fee, and you don’t want to pay for this unless you’re absolutely sure you want the apartment.

Reorder your list of apartment from best to worst, and make a decision from there. After all this preparation, it should be much easier decided on an apartment compared to if you haven’t prepared for anything at all.

Moving out for the first time can be a bipolar experience. Reduce the stress of apartment hunting for the first time by following this strategies and tips.

For more information on apartments in Ridgeland, SC contact Auston Chase.

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It Can be Better to Rent, Even When It's Cheaper to Buy

It Can be Better to Rent, Even When It's Cheaper to Buy

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 01, 2017

Auston Chase, Ridgeland, SCIf you're wondering whether you're better off financially renting or buying a home, you can easily find an app for that.

Mortgage calculators all let you input the relevant numbers to determine which option makes more economic sense.

But studies and numbers don't always tell the whole story, and the cheapest option in a state isn't always the cheapest option for an individual. You shouldn't buy if it doesn't fit your lifestyle. If it's really important to you to be going on exotic vacations ... it might be better to rent. Renting is also ideal for someone whose life is unsettled or a person who expects to relocate in a short time.

You don't want to buy if you don't plan to stay put for a while. In most markets, it's going to take around five years to offset the cost of buying.

In the short term, buying nearly always costs more. There's the down payment and mortgage closing costs, plus whatever money you spend to customize the house and get it ready for you. Then factor in the regular costs of homeownership, including homeowners insurance, property taxes and repair costs, and that can add up to a big chunk of change in the first few years of owning a home.

It's always more expensive in the short run to own rather than rent.

But if you crunch the numbers and they say buying a home is the right move, should you? Not always. Here are three good reasons not to buy a house, even if the all apps and calculators say you should.

You Don't Want the Responsibility

If you own a home, fixing anything that breaks is your responsibility. That could be an easy and inexpensive fix, such as calling a plumber to repair a leaky toilet, or a complicated and costly repair, such as replacement of the water and sewer lines from your home to the street.

When you buy a house, the first thing you discover is your landlord isn't going to fix the water heater when it breaks. Are you entirely ready for the requirements?

Not only do you need to have the money to make the repairs, you need to have the skill to find and negotiate with contractors and repair people. It's a lot of responsibility. Everyone should not buy a house. there are people who are emotionally not ready for it.

Your Life Plans Are in Flux

Even when buying seems cheaper than renting, you end up spending more if you sell quickly because of the costs of buying and selling. Buying a home then moving six months later to take a new job or get married can be costly.

The "in and out" costs are estimated at 10 percent of the home's value, though that varies by home and location. If appreciation is 3 percent a year, it will take you four years to break even, if you didn't spend any significant money on improvements or repairs.

The Great Recession also was a good reminder that there is no guarantee real estate will rise in value. People who bought or refinanced homes at the peak of the market in 2006 found themselves trapped in homes that were worth less, sometimes much less, than they owed on their mortgages. If they sold, they would have had to pay the lender tens of thousands of dollars.

Houses are selling quickly now in most cities and are expected to continue gaining value in 2017, but that's not always the case. If you invest in the stock market, you can sell your assets and have your cash in a few days. Real estate has a much longer time frame.

People whose lives are uncertain may not want to buy. Owning a home could make it harder to relocate for a better job, engage in long-term travel, care for aging parents out of state or unite with long-distance lover. Think hard about your current lifestyle and how it may evolve in the near future before you sign on the dotted line.

You Won't Have Any Savings After You Buy

People often forget that the down payment and closing costs are just the beginning when you buy a house or condo. Even homes in solid condition need maintenance and repair, from painting to new roofs to new appliances.

Every homeowner has a story, often multiple stories, of air conditioners and furnaces that needed replacing six months after they moved in, burst pipes that flooded the basement and washers that stopped forever in midcycle. Annual home maintenance and repairs easily can run 1 to 4 percent of the cost of the home, according to several real estate websites and Freddie Mac.

Houses are expensive and things break. You need to have a healthy emergency fund and be able to add to it.

Some lenders require homeowners to have savings as a condition of approving their mortgages. Even if your lender doesn't, you don't want to spend your last cent buying a home, especially if you'll be stretching to pay the mortgage, taxes and homeowners insurance.

You don't want to come out of the process of buying without at least three months of savings.

For more information on apartments in Ridgeland, SC, contact Auston Chase.

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Auston Chase Apartment Homes

59 Summerlake Circle, Ridgeland, SC 29936

Auston Chase Apartment Homes Phone Number Call: 833-292-0330
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$930-$1,495