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Fredericksburg is One of Best Places to Live in Virginia

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Abberly at Southpoint, Fredericksburg, VAFredericksburg is among the top choices of the Best Places to Live in Virginia.

Beautiful nature landscapes and a growing economy are two of the many livability advantages in Virginia, and here is more about this fine city that made the list in The Old Dominion State:

Fredericksburg

With major employers like the University of Mary Washington and Mary Washington Healthcare, Fredericksburg is also a city with good fishing opportunities along the Rappahannock River. Central Park is a major commercial center that attracts residents and visitors, and recreational gathering places are highlighted by Alum Spring Park.

For more information on apartments in Fredericksburg, VA contact Abberly Southpoint.

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Renting vs. Buying a Home: Which is Right?

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, February 15, 2018

Abberly at Southpoint, Fredericksburg, VAOwning a home is a dream for many Americans. But as the housing market continues to move up and down, does it make more financial sense to rent a house or get a mortgage?

Ultimately, the answer depends on multiple factors, including your finances, your long-term plans and the real estate market in your area.

Renting vs. buying a home: Calculating the costs

The first consideration in deciding whether to rent or buy is often how much each will cost:

If you rent a home, your monthly costs are generally fixed. A fixed, monthly rent rate may or may not include utilities such as electric, gas, and cable or internet. Most leases require the first month’s rent, last month’s rent and a security deposit equal to one month’s rent in advance. For an apartment that costs $1,000 per month, you’d need to pay $3,000 up front.

The good news: When you’re a tenant, your landlord is responsible for paying to fix any issues with the property, whether a leaky roof, a cranky furnace or a burst pipe.

When buying a home, most mortgage lenders require a down payment of between 5 percent and 20 percent of the home’s price. Some loans may have a lower threshold, but down payments below 20 percent will mean paying for private mortgage insurance, or PMI, which is an additional monthly expense. A mortgage calculator can give you a rough estimate of your monthly payments, including your mortgage and other expenses such as property taxes and homeowners insurance.

Keep in mind, however, that your financial responsibility doesn’t end with your monthly mortgage payment. You’ll also need to pay for maintenance and repairs, whether a few bucks to fix a leaky faucet or thousands to replace your roof.

Reasons to buy a home

Buying a home can be a great investment.

Some indications that buying may be right for you:

  • You plan to stay in the same place for more than a few years.
  • You’d be willing to rent out part or all of your home, should your plans or finances change.
  • You’re eligible for a fair mortgage, with payments you can afford.
  • You’re willing to put some “sweat equity” into a fixer-upper, allowing you to buy something more affordable, whose value you can increase with improvements over time.

Reasons to rent a home

Though owning your own home can offer a sense of security, home ownership also has its drawbacks—remember the roof replacement? Getting out of a lease is also much less of an ordeal than selling a house, so if you’re not sure where you’ll be next year, renting instead of buying can save you some headaches.

Some indications that renting may be right for you:

  • You aren’t sure how long you’ll be in the home due to work, changing family circumstances or other reasons.
  • You won’t be able to afford—or don’t want to bother with—the maintenance or repairs a house may need.
  • Your finances are likely to change soon, potentially making it difficult to keep up with mortgage payments.

For more information on apartments in Fredericksburg, VA contact Abberly at Southpoint.

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Valentine's Day in Fredericksburg, VA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, February 08, 2018

Abberly at Southpoint, Fredericksburg, VAIf you live in an apartment in Fredericksburg, VA you may be looking for something to do in the area on Valentine's day. Here are a few ideas.

Whether you celebrate Valentine's Day for friendship, love or romance, there are options throughout the area.

Blue & Grey Brewing Company

Valentine's Day Beer and Wine Pairing Dinner, a five course six beer (or wine) 'Melody of Classics'. 6:30 p.m. $75 per person, plus tax and 18 percent gratuity. Reservations at 540-371-7799.

Colonial Cupcakes

Send a dozen Red Velvet cupcakes to your special someone. They will be delivered with your personal message in a special valentine box with a bow. Colonial Cupcakes delivers within 25 miles of Fredericksburg. $27

Frenchman's Corner

Vlezenbek Belgium based Neuhaus Chocolates released two new heart-shaped pralines chocolates for Valentine's Day 2013: one in dark with Szechuan pepper and the other milk with passion fruit.

Inn at the Old Silk Mill

Dinner and dancing Valentine's celebration 6 - 10 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16. $40 a person; $80 a couple. Complete details at the website. RSVP by Feb. 13.

Jay's Restaurant and Lounge

Cupid's Party Valentine's Dinner and show featuring NuCorp Band. 7 p.m. - midnight, Feb. 14. $15 to enter. Dinner packages $75 a couple. Make your reservation at 540-479-6000.

K Pearlman Photography

"Any session (maternity, family, engagement, pet, senior or couples) booked on Valentine's Day will be a two for one, two sessions for the price of one," Karen wrote on Facebook. "Both sessions may be used by the purchaser or given as a gift to a friend."

University of Mary Washington

The University of Mary Washington's Department of Theatre & Dance presents Harvey, a comedy by Mary Chase in duPont Hall's Klein Theatre; 8 p.m. Feb. 14 - 16 and Feb. 21 - 23; 2 p.m. Feb. 17 and 24; AfterWords post-performance discussion on Feb. 17; $18 general admission, $16 students and senior citizens.

The Virginia Wine Experience

Special wine, beer, chocolate and flower packages for Valentine's Day.

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Spacious 1, 2, and 3 Bedroom Apartments in Fredericksburg, VA

Joseph Coupal - Friday, February 02, 2018

Abberly at Southpoint, Fredericksburg, VALooking for a fresh perspective on apartment living? Look no further. Abberly at Southpoint has the location and distinctive design that will make for an exceptional living experience. We are located only 6 miles from the Spotsylvania VRE Station, 28 miles from Quantico just off I-95. We have 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments with open floor plans. Dining, shopping, and entertainment are all within walking distance.

  • Mocha Wood Cabinets & Brushed Nickel Hardware
  • Technology Center
  • Adrenaline Cardio & Strength Training
  • Car Care and Charging Stations
  • Valet Trash Removal
  • Wood Plank Style Flooring in Kitchens and Baths
  • Island Designed Kitchens with Black Appliances
  • Clubhouse w/ 4 Ultra Smart TVs & Demo Kitchen
  • Washer and Dryer in Every Home
  • Pool With Sun Deck & Pavillion
  • Detached Garages Available
  • Elevators & Conditioned Hallways

The wait is over. Abberly at Southpoint Apartment Homes has the location, style and features that you have been looking in an apartment home. Island designed kitchens with black appliances, wood-plank style flooring, over-sized closets and over-sized garden tubs, washer and dryer and expansive windows to capture natural light will create the ultimate living experience. You will be pampered with valet trash service, controlled access buildings with conditioned interior hallways and open floor plan options. Detached garages are available along with a car care center with car charging stations. Spend time with your four legged friend in the dog park or refresh in our invigorating pool with sun deck. Billiards or Foosball anyone? Perhaps working out in our adrenaline cardio and strength studio or clubhouse with 4 Ultra Smart TVs and demo kitchen is more your style? Commute to DC, but come home to Abberly at Southpoint.

For more information on apartments in Fredericksburg, VA contact Abberly at Southpoint.

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Apartments in Fredericksburg, VA Committed to Quality and Service

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, January 25, 2018

Abberly at Southpoint, Fredericksburg, VAA New Point of View... Abberly at Southpoint offers a fresh perspective on upscale living in the greater Fredericksburg area. This BRAND NEW, gated community offers controlled access buildings equipped with elevator access. Discover spacious 1, 2 and 3 bedroom floor plans with thoughtfully designed modern interiors, functional kitchens with granite countertops and mocha wood cabinetry and expansive windows capturing an abundance of natural light. Find time to kick back at the invigorating pool with large sundeck, visit with friends in the resident lounge with foosball and billiards area or take in a revitalizing workout at the exclusive Cardio & Strength Studio. See yourself shopping in Southpoint or nearby Cosner’s Corner or Central Park, unwinding at trendy local restaurants and cafés or exploring one of the several scenic trails by bike or hike. For those who travel throughout the DC Metro or Richmond areas for work or play, we offer superior access to Interstate 95 and Jefferson Davis Highway (Route 1), and the Spotsylvania VRE Station (Zone 9) is located just six miles away providing additional convenience.

But don’t just take our word for it, here is what some of our residents are saying:

"I love this place big units clean and quiet"

"Omg nice Luxury Apartments feels like a hotel"

"Beautiful Apartments"

"Great apartments!! The staff is great, anything you need they are on top of it. Jon the Property Manager always takes the time if you have a question. We get memos regularly sent to our email that keeps us updated on anything going on in the complex. The staff gets to know everyone pretty quick by name which makes it feel more like a community than just another complex. If you are looking for apartments in Fredericksburg choose these."

For more information on apartments in Fredericksburg, VA contact Abberly at South Point.

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3 Reasons Why You Should Not Buy a Home

Joseph Coupal - Friday, January 19, 2018
Abberly at Southpoint, Fredericksburg, VA

The Fairy Tale

We are constantly told throughout our youth that we are to follow a certain path. Grow up, go to college, graduate, get a job, get married, buy a house, have kids, live happily ever after. But we all know this isn’t a linear path and life has a funny way of throwing you curve balls when you least expect it.

Buying a home can be a good thing, but it can also be another shackle that holds you back from pursuing your dreams. Here are three reasons why you should hold off on the largest purchase of your life.

Lack of Mobility

You’re in your 20’s. Not only is this a time for excitement, it’s a time for decision-making. Do you stay in your college city? Do you move back home? Do you follow your dream of chasing the endless summer? Buying a house at this point in your life certainly does one thing - it plants your butt firmly in one location and gives you a heck of a lot of responsibility.

You may think, “But I can sell the house at any time if I choose to move.”

Well, yes. But then you have to deal with closing costs, paying a broker, etc. If you move shortly after buying your home you’ll take it on the chin with fees and expenses..

You also have to deal with maintenance, property taxes, insurance, your roof developing a leak and the kid down the street that keeps egging your house. Do yourself a favor. Keep yourself mobile and your options open.

Increased Debt Burden

You will be taking on one of the largest purchases of your life and a mountain of debt.

Debt is a shackle that will hold you back from taking flight and can impair your ability to make decisions. When you have 30 years of debt payments (i.e., a mortgage), you can’t pack up and leave for that trip-of-a-lifetime. There is also your debt-to-income ratio that is important to consider. When this ratio gets too far out of whack, it will get more difficult to obtain loans for things like a car, credit cards, etc.

The Buy Versus Rent Debate

Whether you knew it or not, there has been a long-standing debate on the financial benefits of buying a home versus renting. The recession in 2008 that sent the real estate market swooning was painful for those that owned property. But even over the long term, the benefits of owning property can be argued against.

Just to be clear, owning real estate is not a bad thing. But, the numbers don’t lie. Buying a single-family home is not as great an investment as some would have you believe.

For more information on apartments in Fredericksburg, VA, contact Abberly at Southpoint.

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Virginia: One of the Best States for the New Economy

Joseph Coupal - Friday, January 12, 2018

Abberly at Southpoint, Fredericksburg, VAA new report ranks states on how well they are equipped to benefit from the economy of the future.

As technology and entrepreneurial ingenuity increasingly drive globalization in the so-called "new economy", some states are pushing innovation while others are struggling to keep up.

But each state has a part to play, whether they are serving as business incubators, housing corporate headquarters or producing goods and services. These are the state best prepared for the new economy according to a new report.

4. Virginia

Virginia has a larger share of IT jobs in non-IT industries and more fast-growing firms than most states. The state is also experiencing strong business churn - a measure of business startups and failures that indicates "innovation and productivity growth" - and an influx of highly educated workers from other states.

For more information on apartments in Fredericksburg, VA contact Abberly Southpoint.

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Resolutions for Your Apartment in 2018

Joseph Coupal - Friday, January 05, 2018

Abberly at Southpoint, Fredericksburg, VAEvery year you vow to lose weight, save money, quit smoking, or change some other aspect of your lifestyle. But what goals have you set for your apartment in Fredericksburg, VA?

1. Streamline the stuff

One of the best and least expensive ways to feel better about your home is to clear it of clutter.

This year resolve to go room-by-room periodically clearing anything that you don't use, wear or love and donate it to charity. After that, think twice about what you bring in.

Fill your home with the things that raise your energy level and make you feel good, and get rid of the things that drain your energy or are broken.

Stash useful items such as DVDs, remotes and other small items in simple woven baskets. Clear your counters of everything you don't use on a daily basis. And get ready to breathe a little easier in your own home.

2. Make it safe and sound

Your home may be beautiful, but is it safe? There are a few things that every homeowner should do to ensure that they're not living with a potential health hazard or fire risk.

First, check your house for radon. Make sure you install a carbon monoxide detector in addition to fire detectors.

Watch out for dryer lint. We know you clean the little trap inside the door, but most people neglect to clean the vents and ducts behind the dryer. Lint may seem innocent, but it's highly combustible.

3. Shrink your bills

When people think of going green, they often think it takes solar panels or a hybrid car to make a difference.

But, the best place to start is by cutting your energy usage in your home:

  • Remember to switch off the lights when you leave a room.
  • Turn off your air conditioner when you leave the house and dial your heat down to 55 degrees at night.
  • Install compact fluorescent bulbs and low-flow showerheads.
  • Wait for the dishwasher or washing machine to be full before you run them.
  • Turn off your power strips and/or set your home computer to revert to sleep mode when not in use.
  • Give composting a try.

4. Work out a weekly system for keeping your house clean

Here are a few tips for keeping the mess under control.

Daily: Dishes go in the dishwasher every night - no excuses! Dirty clothes go in the hamper and jackets or clean clothes are hung in the closet. Bring everything back to its assigned place.

Weekly: Clean your entire apartment, using these tips:

  •  Keep all of your cleaners, as well as rubber gloves and spare cleaning cloths - in a portable carryall that moves with you from room to room.
  • Stash cleaning implements in a builder's apron that you wear when you clean. Hook your glass cleaner and all-purpose cleaning spray on the loops to keep your hands free as you work around the room clockwise, cleaning from high (cabinets) to low (floors.)
  • Focus on one type of cleaning at a time. It's faster. Wipe down fingerprints on all of the cabinets, for instance, before moving on to spraying and wiping counters. Then move on to windows and mirrors and appliances. Once that's done move on to sweeping and then mopping floors.
  • For optimum efficiency, enlist the help of your family. If you can, divide the jobs among at least three parties. You can get the whole house done in 45 minutes leaving more time on the weekends for fun stuff.

5. Get your place ready for entertaining

Each year most of us vow to spend more time with family and friends. To make you feel like inviting people in, why not give the areas you entertain in a little update?

You don't have go for broke here and invest in a new kitchen remodel. All it takes to get a fresh new look is a little bit of rearranging and a few updates.

One easy update that makes your home seem more "finished" is the addition of plants.

They bring in new energy and help clean the air, and it's a great way to decorate if you're on a budget.

Pulling out a new accent color from your existing decor can make the whole room seem fresh. Pick an underused color in the room and add more of it in the form of a new pillow or throw to update your look. A colorful rug or runner can also help anchor your space.

Lastly, take some time to rearrange your furniture so it is oriented in conversation groups and not just facing the television. These ideas might just give your apartment the new fresh look you are looking for in 2018.

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Happy New Year from Abberly Southpoint

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, December 28, 2017

Abberly at Southpoint, Fredericksburg, VAHappy New Year from Abberly Southpoint. We would like to thank our residents, friends, family, and community for allowing our business to be part of your lives in 2017. We wish all of you a wonderful and prosperous 2018!

If we have had the pleasure of being your choice in communities, we hope that we provided the highest level of customer service and met all of your needs. In the coming months if you find yourself in need of the services we offer, we hope you choose us again in 2018.

It is our sincere wish that in the New Year you are surrounded by warmth, family, and friendship and that 2018 brings you good health and prosperity. From all of us here at Abberly Southpoint we hope you have a safe and exciting New Year.

We all come home, or ought to come home, for a short holiday – the longer, the better…” ~ Charles Dickens

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Give A Free Holiday Gift in 30-Seconds or Less

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Abberly at Southpoint, Fredericksburg, VAIf a friend, relative, or valued service provider has a website, give them the gift of a business Facebook “like” this Holiday season. This act is free and will literally take you 30 seconds or less. By doing so, you help your friend or relative further establish business credibility and trust from an online standpoint.

Why do this? The reason is simple. Facebook “likes” is something that business owners can refer to promote their business popularity and interaction with their clients. It is also a widely accepted conclusion that Facebook “likes” play some role in how a website converts visitors into customers.

So if you know anyone with a website and wish them well in business, take 30-seconds and “like” their business Facebook page. Look for the Facebook logo usually located at the top or bottom of the website’s home page. Then shoot them a quick note saying, “Happy Holidays. I recently “liked” your business Facebook page and wish you continued business success in 2018 and beyond”. It would be a kind gesture and one that cost you nothing other than 30 seconds of your time.

To all our regular readers of this blog, we wish you all Happy Holidays and only the best for 2018 and beyond.

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