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A growing number of homeowners are using the equity in their houses, by selling and moving into an apartment.

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More than 7 million tourists visit the Greater Richmond region each year to explore its rich American history. Patrick Henry gave his famous "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" speech in Richmond's St. John's Church and, as the former capital of the Confederacy, the metro area was at the epicenter of the Civil War. Modern-day interests can easily be found in the region as well, including world-class museums, a vibrant food scene and a wide array of entertainment options from concerts and theater performances to family-friendly festivals.

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Renting is fast becoming the preferred option for everyone from millennials to baby boomers; many cite the flexibility of not being “tied down right now” as their number one reason for sticking to a lease. Thankfully, renting doesn’t have to mean standard-issue ecru walls and sad vinyl floors, either. From quick cosmetic fixes to easy swaps, it’s never been easier to upgrade your apartment in Glen Allen, VA without forgoing your security deposit. Here, a few easy adjustments that will turn your home from fine to fab in no time. 

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An apartment is a great home option, whether you have just started a graduate job, moved to a big city, or just want to downsize your property. When making the decision to live in an apartment, it’s important to take into consideration all the pros and cons.

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Conventional wisdom suggests buying a home makes more financial sense than renting. In many cases, this is true. However, renting is sometimes a smarter approach than buying.

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Even though it feels like everyone just moved in, some apartments have already started leasing for next school year. Here are four tips about things to look for in your first or next apartment.

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Homeownership is commonly considered a sign of success, but in some cases, it can actually work against your financial goals.

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A new year means new adventures and opportunities. For some, this means graduating college, starting a new job, moving to a new city, and a multitude of other possibilities. For many, especially young adults, this involves finding a new place to live to help them navigate the next chapter in their young lives.

Between knowing where to search, what comparable prices are, cost of utilities, cost of furniture, and more, it can get overwhelming at times. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when searching for a new apartment in the new year.

1. Searching

As the new year comes, there are millions of people searching for new apartments and seemingly a million places to start looking. Where is a good place to start? Word of mouth is not bad. Ask friends and family in the area which you are thinking of living to see if they have any tips or insight into getting a friendly deal. Connections are never a bad thing to have.

Another option is to consult apartments.com and searching online. This allows the potential lessor to enter in specific parameters of their ideal apartment. In addition to that, pictures and much more detailed information are available for viewing to help make the best detailed decision possible. Good research pays off.

2. Renting Furniture

Another tip to keep in mind is renting furniture. Sometimes, the apartment you move into will have old, outdated furniture used by countless numbers of people before you. Or, you may not have any furniture to bring along. Does not sound too appealing, does it? Consider renting some new couches, end tables, chairs, stools or stands. Not only will it help the look you are trying to create, it will also replace overused, old furniture.

Furthermore, if dealing with the ordeal of moving, you are in luck. By renting furniture, the rental company more often than not will help pitch in a hand to move all of your current belongings up to your new pad.

3. Negotiating

This is a tactic that should always be utilized. If potentially subletting, negotiate a better price. If trying to speak with the leasing company directly, have a conversation about what is included in rent. You owe it to yourself to get the best price available. Just as connections matter, so does knowing how to best leverage your resources. Obviously, this may not always work but it does not hurt to try.

4. Roommates

This factor is a huge determinant in how your whole search will go. Depending on if a potential roommate or two is involved, that can potentially halve or third costs to all involved. The question is how to best manage who to consider as a potential roommate and if it will hold up.

The best advice would be to do two things: search with the thought in mind that you will not live by yourself and do some searches by yourself. No plan ever goes to a tee when it is created. Circumstances arise and you do not want to get put in a situation where you are unprepared. However, for those who have a concrete roommate situation, be sure to follow some basic tips. Visit potential places together; make sure it is within the other’s budget; find a location that works for all; allocate utility bills and so forth.

Searching for an apartment is a tough job. There are numerous avenues of searching out there and each person has their own way of going about it. However, do not let the daunting task of searching deter you from the excitement that comes along with it.

Moving somewhere new is very exciting. New experiences, memories, challenges, and friendships are without a doubt going to come along with living in an apartment in Glen Allen, VA. Be sure to make the best of it. Happy apartment hunting!

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It is once again "end-of-year" blog post reflection time.  If you are reading this blog post, you care enough about us and our business to invest a minute or two reading here.  That means a lot to us.  The primary reason for this blog is to educate and inform our readers; as an ongoing act of giving thanks for the privilege of earning your continued trust and continued professional partnerships. So we're glad you're here.

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A home purchase is a serious investment of your time and money, so if you're at all hesitant, it may be best to wait. Here are a few questions to ask yourself as you consider whether you're ready to leave your rental.
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