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Fredericksburg, VA is One of the Best Places to Raise a Family

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, March 29, 2018

Abberly at Southpoint, Fredericksburg, VAScience and data was used to determine which cities in Virginia have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

If you’re looking for the perfect place for your family, Fredericksburg, VA could be the place. But you have a strict criteria; the city has to be safe, affordable, and stimulating. Basically, the place you move – or even visit – has to be outright perfect.

According to the United States Census, the number of American families who move is trending downwards Why is that? Perhaps it has to do with the ‘safety net’ factor: We get comfortable where we live, and we’re afraid to try a new move. What if the schools are bad? What if it’s dangerous?

Well, we can pretty much guarantee that if you choose the cities we’re mentioning below, you won’t lose any sleep whatsoever.

So, where are the best cities for families in Virginia? We’ve got the answers here.

These are the best cities to raise a family in the Old Dominion:

  1. Williamsburg
  2. Leesburg
  3. Martinsville
  4. Culpeper
  5. Falls Church
  6. Vienna
  7. Fredericksburg
  8. Alexandria
  9. Winchester
  10. Manassas Park

If you’re thinking of making a move to Virginia, and want a family-friendly place, we’ve got you covered.

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

Great Reasons to Stay in Your Apartment

Joseph Coupal - Friday, March 23, 2018

Abberly at Southpoint, Fredericksburg, VADo you love your apartment in Fredericksburg, VA? Have you found the community that truly feels like home to you? Below there are a few reasons why people fall in love with their apartment homes. If you are looking for an apartment, consider these qualities.

Convenient location

In real estate, location is king. If your current apartment is located near work or school and offers easy access to highways and many of your favorite haunts, you know just how true that old adage is. A convenient location can make an apartment home feel like a real treasure.

Great neighborhood

The qualities of a neighborhood can also be enough to make you stay in an apartment, long-term. Consider walkability, diversity and the “cool factor.” Do you enjoy the character of your current neighborhood? Would you miss its unique quirks or cultural offerings?

Amazing amenities

Apartment amenities are another point of persuasion. Some apartment communities offer a wide variety of amenities like a pool, outdoor space for play or barbeques, dog runs, a gym or concierge, and laundry services. Take a moment to think about the apartment amenities that make your life easier. When all other factors in an apartment search are equal, amenities can really tip the scale toward “love.”

The people

Good relationships with your neighbors can also factor strongly in a decision to stay in an apartment. Many apartments offer residents a real sense of community. If you enjoy knowing your neighbors and find yourself in an environment where folks are friendly and fun, you may have all the evidence you need to stay put.

Consider your relationship with property managers and staff, as well. Personable, attentive staff who make themselves available to their residents and respond quickly to maintenance issues or other needs are a true asset. If you feel your apartment community staff really takes care of you, consider that a good reason to stay in your current place.

Financial factors

These are just some of the reasons that might convince you to stay in an apartment. There are financial reasons, too. If you enjoy a reasonable rent rate, that can be a very compelling reason to stay put.

And don’t forget that even a short, in-town move comes at a cost. Even if you do everything yourself, moving will still be an expense — on top of all the start-up expenses you’re responsible for to secure a new lease and set up utilities at a new place.

Sure, maybe you’ve daydreamed about moving? We all get an itch to try something new every once in a while, but moving isn’t necessarily something to do on a whim. Consider the reasons above, and you may decide you want to stay put right where you are!

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


Why You Should Not Buy A House When You Are Military

Joseph Coupal - Friday, March 16, 2018

Abberly at Southpoint, Fredericksburg, VARenting can be less expensive outright: Depending on the market trends on your area, you might be able to find a great rental for significantly less than a mortgage payment.

Houses cost more than they seem: Sure, there is the purchase price of the house -- and you're probably smart enough to calculate insurance and taxes into the total mortgage price. What is hard to calculate are all the other costs: window coverings, and extra insulation, grass seed, new furnaces, decorations, and all the other expenses that come with owning a home. You can say that you'll skip all that stuff, but you won't.

Things break, and housing won't come fix them: Keeping up with broken stuff can be tiring and expensive. And it is the last thing you need when dealing with extra stressors like deployments.

Orders are never written in stone: You know it's true. Those three year orders that actually last six months - not an urban myth. You never, ever know how long you are going to live somewhere. And knowing how long you will live somewhere is an important part of knowing whether a home purchase makes financial sense.

Sometimes houses don't rent or sell, even when they should: It is true that you can always find someone to rent or buy your house if the price is low enough. However, usually you are hoping that the price is at least enough to cover your costs. There are no guarantees, even for the most perfect house in the best school district around.

House prices don't always go up: Most have probably figured that out after the last few years. However, it can still be surprising for a generation who has experienced amazing increases in real estate values. Having an underwater house is a nightmare - you can't sell it because you owe more than it is worth, and you are stuck. Stuck is bad.

It is no fun to pay for a house in which you don't even get to live: There are more than a few people paying for empty houses back in the States. Their budgets are not fun. There's no eating out, no traveling, no souvenir shopping.

Tenants don't care for your house the way that you would: First, there is the economic side to this. Messed up houses cost money to fix. Then, there are the emotions. If you've gotten attached to a house, it can be physically painful to see that someone has not cared for it. And, the truth is, a tenant is almost never going to take as good care of a house as you would.

You can't always get leave to go deal with problems, and even if you can, who wants to use their leave dealing with a house? Flying 3,000 miles to go sell a house is not a good vacation. Neither is flying 3,000 miles to put in a new kitchen floor. In theory, a good property manager will make owning a rental property easy. The reality is that sometimes stuff is going to happen and it is going to need your personal attention.

Economic issues are the number one cause of marital problems: Maintaining a marriage in the military is hard enough. Who needs the stress of financial problems, too. Marriage is more important than owning a house.

Security clearances are affected by financial issues: While the security clearance folks have been stressing that a single real-estate related issue should not be enough to affect your security clearance, it sure doesn't help. If your job in the military requires a security clearance, you have extra incentive to make sure that your financial records stay neat and tidy.

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


So Many Great Reasons to Move to Virginia

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Abberly at Southpoint, Fredericksburg, VAWith wide open spaces and big city living, the Commonwealth offers plenty of reasons to make a move.

The home of more presidents than any other state, Virginia’s history is long and rich – and residents are continuing to grow the state by attracting top jobs and high-quality education while celebrating the past. Whether you’re looking for metropolitan excitement or country leisure, Virginia is a top place to live. Here are eight reasons to consider relocating.

City Living, Country Relaxing

No matter where you live in Virginia, you can have the best of both worlds. Major cities such as Richmond, Virginia Beach and Charlottesville offer thriving art scenes, public transportation, diverse culinary offerings and other city amenities. Right outside city limits, you can find the Atlantic Ocean, the Appalachian Mountains or even just wide open country.

Blast to the Past

As one of the original 13 colonies, Virginia’s history is long and rich. Odes to the past can be found all over the state with George Washington’s home Mount Vernon, the Arlington National Cemetery and Historic Williamsburg – just to name a few. Want even more history? Northern Virginia borders Washington D.C., so there’s even more ways to get in touch with America’s roots.

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Looking for new job opportunities? Virginia’s job growth lends itself the ideal environment for starting or switching your career easily, with unemployment below the national average at 3.8 percent. Leading job sectors in the state include farming, military, service and business. In fact, Northern Virginia is home to six of the 20 highest income counties in the United States.

Quality Health Care

A top hospital is never far away in Virginia, with 89 hospitals throughout the state. Inova Fairfax Hospital is the largest hospital in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, and the University of Virginia Medical Center is highly ranked in endocrinology. Virginia also has a ratio of 127 primary care physicians per 10,000 residents, which is the 16th highest ratio nationally.

Earn a Degree

Virginia’s school system consistently ranks in the top 10 on the National Assessment of Educational Progress for school quality and student performance. In fact, Virginia has a high school graduation rate of 85 percent. And after high school, students have 176 colleges and universities in the state to choose from – many of which are nationally ranked.

Discover Things to Do in Virginia

The Old Dominion is also rich in arts and culture, with publicly funded museums across the state, as well as theaters found in cities and suburbs. The Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Vienna is the only national park designed for us as a performing arts center. The Virginia Opera and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra lead the state’s fine arts, and with Washington D.C. to the north, the Smithsonian museum system is also in reach.

Family-Friendly Fun

Looking for family fun? Head to one of the state’s seasonal festivals for some quirky fun and to explore your new home. At the end of July, don’t miss the annual Pony Swim & Auction, where wild Chincoteague ponies take a swim in the bay. In September, Bay Days celebrates Chesapeake Bay’s 400 year history, featuring live music and historical events, or there’s the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival in May that hosts parades and bluegrass concerts.

Happy Neighbors

Virginia cities are often ranked as some of the happiest in the country, with Charlottesville most recently named the happiest city in America by the US National Bureau of Economic Research. And with high job prospects, nationally ranked schools and plenty to do across the state, how could Virginians not be happy?

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