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Living in the Suburbs of Washington D.C.

Joseph Coupal - Friday, December 08, 2017

Abberly Square, Waldorf, MDIt would be an understatement to say that the nation’s capital is a unique place. The centrally located National Mall is an urban planning gem, with excellent open spaces, walking paths, and major monuments in a classic architectural style. Lining the mall is the Smithsonian museum complex, probably the best set of museums in the world in a single location. In reality, the whole mall setup is a museum in and of itself and a major destination for locals and visitors alike. Numerous government offices and first class hospitality venues surround the mall.

For most prospective residents, the real story of the D.C. area is the array of residential and commercial corridors surrounding the city on all sides.

The super-suburbs are all very large and mostly new residential suburbs with extensive commercial, residential, and corporate developments. Employment in the greater DC area is strong in general and particularly strong in this zone. Many do commute to the DC area proper but more often commute to other places in the suburbs.

The dominance of the U.S. Government and its impact on the local economy and culture cannot be overstated. Not surprisingly, the area has a high percentage of well-educated citizens. Arts, entertainment and cultural assets in total are among the best. The Cost of Living Index is high but not exorbitant for this type of area. Housing options and costs have escalated in recent years, but there are signs of softening. Public transportation works well.

Bottom line - Washington, D.C. and its Virginia suburbs stand alone as a U.S. city and metro area with unique beauty, plenty to see and do, an active and intellectually stimulating lifestyle, and a wide variety of employment and living options. The D.C. area isn’t for everyone, but most who live there are glad they do.

Washington lies at the western edge of the mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain, about 50 miles east of the Blue Ridge Mountains and 35 miles west of Chesapeake Bay. The immediate area is flat with rolling hills starting just outside the city to the northwest and southwest. The climate is coastal continental with a subtropical influence. Summers are warm and humid with occasional hot, sticky spells and thunderstorms. Because of the inland location, summer heat and humidity aren’t offset by sea breezes. Winters are cold but not severe. Precipitation is uniformly distributed throughout the year. Potomac floods can result from heavy rains, sometimes augmented by snowmelt and high tides.

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One Bedroom Apartments in Maryland With the Perfect Lifestyle

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, November 30, 2017

Abberly Square, Waldorf, MDWaldorf, MD is an attractive place to live. In fact, the area boasts a mild climate and loads of things to do for both the outdoor enthusiast and for those who enjoy more traditional excursions. Located minutes from dining, shopping and national landmarks, the area is bursting with fun, history, and charm. You will be happy with your decision to move to an apartment in Waldorf, MD.

If you are looking for a one bedroom apartment in Waldorf, MD look no further than Abberly Square. These apartment homes have distinctive architecture and exclusive amenities. We have seven different styles of one bedroom apartments, ranging from 715 to 1016 sq ft. It all depends on what you need and what you are looking for.

Located just 28 miles from Washington D.C., Convenient but not congested, in a scenic setting just off Route 301 with quick access to major thoroughfares, schools, ample shopping and dining, a neighborhood medical center and all the necessities. Because it's How You Live that matters.

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Happy Thanksgiving from Abberly Square Apartments

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Abberly Square, Waldorf, MDIt’s Thanksgiving week and a time each year when we reflect upon the blessing within our lives. Today, our warmest Thanksgiving wishes go out to all of you, our residents, friends, and neighbors. Along with this note of thanks to you, this week we offer a special Thanksgiving “shout-out” to one of the more unsung Thanksgiving heroes, Sarah Hale. Historians credit Sara Hale as the originator of the Thanksgiving federal holiday.

Sara Hale undertook a 17-year letter writing campaign to make Thanksgiving a national holiday observed in all states. Before Hale, Thanksgiving was not a fixed holiday but rather an informal tradition. Presidents would select a day and make it known that it would be a day of thanksgiving and community. Hale lobbied five separate presidents for a set date until finally her request was granted by president Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln congratulated her tenacity and immortalized the holiday as part of American culture.

So thanks, Sara, for your 17 years of letter writing, for securing our Day of Thanks on Thursday, and for your part in creating one of the most warm and celebrated day within our American culture!


Questions You Should Ask Before Renting an Apartment

Joseph Coupal - Friday, November 17, 2017

Abberly Square, Waldorf, MDWe’ve all heard the standard apartment-renting advice: Test all the faucets, windows, and appliances. Visit the neighborhood multiple times over several days, at different times of day, so you can gauge the noise level. Hang out in the lobby and ask current tenants if they like living there.

A lot of that advice is unrealistic. I’ve rented eight different apartments over the past ten years, including one that I rented sight-unseen, and none of the rental processes included enough time for me to return to the neighborhood over a period of days, much less sit in the lobby and interview tenants. In many cases, I had to decide whether I wanted the apartment after a five-minute showing—if I didn’t say yes right then, they’d rent it to the next person who did.

So here is a list of questions to ask during that 5-minute showing to get all of the answers you would be looking for during a longer visit. These questions are designed to get the landlords/property managers to share all kinds of information about tenants, maintenance, bugs, and more.

How long have you been managing this building?

This is a great opening question for two reasons:

It gives you and the landlord/property manager something to talk about on the walk from the leasing office (or apartment front door) to the unit. If you remain silent when the landlord/property manager finishes talking, they will likely start talking again to fill the space—and what they say might be very interesting. (“This unit’s been empty for a while because...”)

Consider this question the equivalent of a job interview’s “tell me about yourself”—except this time, you’re the interviewer. Like the “tell me about yourself” question, you can learn a lot from the way the other person responds: are they enthusiastic? Pessimistic? Critical? Evasive?

Are most tenants here long-term?

This question is less about the amount of turnover the apartment gets than the types of people who live in the apartment. Are they mostly students? Young professionals? Families? Senior citizens?

This is also another good way to gauge the landlord’s personality. “We’ve got some great tenants who’ve been here for years” is very different from “Some people, I think they’ll never leave!”

This is a pet-friendly building, right?

This is another open-ended question that’ll give you a lot of information if you just listen. A property manager may tell you that some tenants’ pets are noisy, for example, or may complain about people who don’t pick up after their dogs. Maybe your landlord will talk about the one tenant who lets their cat run up and down the hallways. Whatever they say about pets, make sure it’s okay with you.

Which utilities am I responsible for, and how much do they usually cost per month?

Nearly all landlords will be able to tell you which utilities are their responsibility and which ones are yours. Not all landlords will know how much their tenants are paying out of pocket for their electric bills, though—and that’s a potential red flag.

A good landlord/property manager will understand that you want to know the true cost of living in an apartment, and have utility cost ranges at the ready. If your potential landlord doesn’t have that information—or worse, says something like “I never thought about it”—you’ll know that this person doesn’t spend a lot of time considering their tenants’ day-to-day experiences.

Let’s say the sink starts dripping. How does maintenance work?

You can turn the faucets on and off all you want, but what you really want to know is what happens when the faucets stop working.

All landlords/property managers will have some kind of maintenance setup, but there’s a big difference between “We’ve got this guy named Bob, call him and he’ll get back to you” and “We like to get most problems fixed within 24 hours. Call this number/fill out this online form and we’ll have someone on our maintenance staff take a look right away.”

I know we’re in a [wooded area] [old building]. What kinds of insects should I be aware of?

We all know that communal living occasionally comes with bugs, but you don’t want to ask, “So... does this place have a roach problem?”

Framing the question by acknowledging that you understand that apartments sometimes have insects is a good way to build empathy with a landlord/property manager, who will in turn be more open about the insects the apartment may or may not have.

How do trash and recycling work? What about compost?

Some apartment complexes make it very easy for you to dispose of your trash and recyclables. Others make it very difficult. Are the dumpsters, recycling bins and compost bins located near your building, or will you be carrying your trash bags to another part of the apartment complex?

How does parking work?

This is like the trash/recycling question. You’re trying to figure out whether you’ll have to park half a mile from the building, or whether you’ll be parking close by. (Bonus points if the landlord takes the time to show you where tenants park. Most don’t.)

What happens when tenants receive packages in the mail?

If you’re the kind of person who orders a lot of stuff online, you want to make sure that your packages are both secure and accessible. Are you going to have to pick up your packages from an office that is only open during business hours? Do all packages get left in a big pile under the mailboxes for tenants to sort through? There’s no perfect solution to the package situation, but make sure you’re happy with the solution that’s presented.

If you have additional questions that are important to your apartment hunt, add them to your must-ask list. Try to frame them as open-ended questions, and give the landlord the opportunity to keep talking. That way, you’ll find out everything you need to know.

For more information on apartments in Waldorf, MD contact Abberly Square.


Honorably Discharged Veterans will Soon Shop Tax-Free in Waldorf, MD

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, November 09, 2017

Abberly Square, Waldorf, MDHey veterans, you can soon shop tax free.

Starting later this year, all honorably discharged veterans, no matter their branch of service, will be eligible to shop tax-free online at the Army & Air Force Exchange Service with the same discounts they enjoyed on base while in the military. It’s the latest way in which the organization is trying to keep its customers as the armed forces shrink and airmen and soldiers buy more for delivery.

Adding 13 million potential new customers will give extra ammunition to the group that runs the stores on U.S. Army and Air Force bases worldwide as it fights Amazon and other retailers for veterans’ online shopping dollars.

Since hiring its first civilian CEO five years ago, the Exchange has upgraded the brands at base stores to include items like Disney toys, Michael Kors fashions and other top names. Like private stores, it’s also imposed tighter cost controls, reduced the number of employees and improved people’s experience on the website.

“The intent is to really beat Amazon at their game because we have locations literally on the installations,” said CEO Tom Shull. “We’re leaning toward not just ship-from-store but pick-up-from-store and eventually deliver-from-store.”

The Exchange is adding shipping centers within its stores to allow it to send products directly from those locations more cheaply and quickly. Twenty-six stores now ship orders, and that will expand to 55 by the end of the year.

Within the next three years, Shull said the goal is to deliver something on base within two hours of when it is ordered. That’s possible partly because the Exchanges are already on base, cleared by security.

The Exchange delivers most orders on the second day now. Shull said shipping from stores will make a big difference in regions around bases, which are often in more rural areas.

Expanding online shopping to all honorably discharged veterans is expected to add about $200 million annually within three years to the $8.3 billion in sales the Exchanges generated last year.

Adding those shoppers, what Shull called “the foundation of our growth,” is critical to help offset the 13 percent decline in the number of active-duty Army and Air Force soldiers since 2011 when the Exchange generated $10.3 billion revenue.

“It’s a modest benefit, but it can save you thousands of dollars a year,” said Shull, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy who served in the Army for a decade before starting a retail career at chains including Macy’s.

Former Marine Forrest Cornelius was among the first to sign up at the verification website when it launched in June, and got a chance to start shopping early to test it out. The 51-year-old was impressed by the site and a deal he found on Ray-Ban sunglasses.

“The biggest thing is price. They’re always going to be a little bit cheaper,” said Cornelius, who lives in Dallas.

But competing on price in today’s retail environment is increasingly difficult, said Edward Jones analyst Brian Yarbrough. Just look at how much trouble Walmart has competing with Amazon, he said, because Walmart has the fixed costs associated with its stores.

“To think you’re going to compete on price, you’re going to have a hard time there,” he said.

Under Shull’s leadership, the Exchange stores have traded their industrial feel and reliance on off-brand merchandise for a more modern look featuring well-known labels.

Two-thirds of the main Exchange store at Offutt Air Force Base resembles any department store, with prominent displays of name-brand makeup, Nike fitness gear and Carter’s clothes for kids. The rest is filled with the kind of electronics, appliances, housewares and toys found at Walmart or Sears, with major brands in every section.

The Exchanges don’t pay rent for their military base locations, and the government transports some of their supplies and goods to far-flung locations, but otherwise they operate mostly like an independent retailer. Roughly two-thirds of the employees are family members of soldiers or airmen.

The Exchange, which is part of the Defense Department, reported earnings of $384 million last year. That’s a sharp contrast from five years ago when Shull arrived to projections of $180 million in losses.

Of last year’s profit, $225 million was returned to the defense department to help pay for quality-of-life programs on bases like child development and fitness centers. Besides the main stores, the Exchanges also operate more than 70 movie theaters and bring in franchise restaurants and other vendors for the shopping malls it operates on bases.

Shull feels those are good reasons for the new online shopping privileges to draw veterans to do their shopping there.

“Veterans value the cost savings and what they can do to support the military,” he said.


The Unexpected Costs of Homeownership

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, November 02, 2017

Abberly Square, Waldorf, MDThe expense isn't limited to the mortgage payment.

When evaluating whether it makes sense to buy a house or rent your home, you need to look at all the expenses that go into both choices.

When renting, the monthly rent check you write each month is pretty much the extent of your cost. It's different when you own a home.

Real estate marketplace Zillow has broken down the costs and estimates homeowners spend an average of $9,080 a year in extra expenses that go into owning and maintaining a home. However, a large portion of that goes into taxes and insurance, which are usually paid as part of the monthly mortgage payment.

The analysis shows homeowners pay $6,059 a year to cover taxes, insurance, and utilities. Most renters, however, also pay utilities separate from the monthly rent.

That leaves us with the money homeowners spend each year to maintain and improve their homes. The most common expenses are carpet cleaning, yard work, gutter cleaning, HVAC maintenance, house cleaning and pressure washing.

Regional labor costs

How much all of that costs will depend on labor costs where you live. Zillow found Seattle homeowners might have to pay as much as $4,052 a year on average to complete those six projects, but homeowners in San Antonio pay just $1,962 on average.

Determining how much a home will ultimately cost you each year and what you can afford is one of the most challenging aspects of home buying, especially for first-time buyers.

That's why the extra costs need to be factored into any homebuying decision. It's one thing to have enough cash to make the down payment, it's another to keep up and maintain the property.

And unless you are a skilled do-it-yourselfer, many home improvements are best left to professionals. Unless they are done properly, and to local building codes, they may not add the value to your home that you think they will.

For more information on apartments in Waldorf, MD, contact Abberly Square.


Maryland is on the List of Best States for Education

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Abberly Square, Waldorf, MDWhen it comes to educating students, state governments play a vital role - from the allocation of funding to passing laws on school choice and basic curriculum.

Among the Best States For Education, the Eastern Seaboard stands out, claiming the top 5 spots. This education ranking was determined by performance in Pre K-12 and higher education.

Metrics considered include the percentage of the population that is college educated - with an Associate's degree or higher - and average undergraduates tuition and fees for in-state students at public institutions.

#5 on the list: Maryland

College Educated: 45%
Average undergraduate tuition and fees: $8,482
Public High School Graduation Rate: 86.4%
Best Overall Rank: 8

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Looking for Apartment Homes in Waldorf, MD?

Joseph Coupal - Friday, October 20, 2017

Abberly Square, Waldorf, MDIf you are looking for an apartment in Waldorf, MD bordered by history and nightlife look no further than Abberly Square Apartments. Attractive and convenient, we are minutes to shopping, dining, recreation, and very close to D.C. Abberly Square Apartments is a community which offers expansive floor plans and luxurious amenities. The perfect choice for the family, professional, retiree, and you!

Take advantage of our spacious apartments with a community offering and numerous amenities. Living here means you can enjoy all of hidden treasures around Waldorf, and the town’s best dining and entertainment venues , historic sites, and outdoor recreational activities.

We have various apartment floor plans with luxurious apartment amenities. Our one-bedroom apartments range from 715 to 1016 sq ft, and we have three-bedroom apartments with a spacious 1,454 sq ft plan. We encourage you to make an appointment, and see what Abberly Square and Waldorf have to offer.

Considered a bedroom community to D.C. and surrounded by natural beauty, Waldorf is home to restaurants, dynamic nightlife, historic landmarks, cultural entertainment, and recreational opportunities. We boast beautiful weather as well as local events and happenings throughout the year.

Contact us for an appointment to view our apartment homes.


When You are Better Off Renting

Joseph Coupal - Friday, October 13, 2017

Abberly Square, Waldorf, MDYou're better off renting an apartment in Waldorf, MD if:

You are indecisive. Buying a home is a big decision. It will likely be the biggest purchase you ever make. And before you spend that kind of money, it's good to know what you want. But if you find yourself singing the praises of hardwood floors one week and then talking up the benefits of wall-to-wall carpet the next, you might not be ready. Is a dishwasher a must? What about a second bathroom? Before you hand over a large down payment, you should be able to prioritize and have a good idea of what will make you happy.

You want to phone it in. For repairs and maintenance of any kind, sometimes it's nice to be able to phone a a landlord. Of course, when you own a home, you can phone an expert to fix a problem, but you have to pay them. When you rent, the majority of that responsibility falls to your landlord.

You like to keep your options open. Whether you want to be able to move down the block or across the country, it's nice to know you can. Living through the recent recession, many people weren't able to find buyers for their homes when they were transferred to new locations or when they simply couldn't afford to pay the mortgage. If you want the flexibility to switch careers and/or coasts, renting may be the better option for you.

You want your cash elsewhere. Maybe you want to invest in the stock market, start a business or have some cash on hand for an emergency. You may not feel like tying up your money in a home. Buying a home usually requires a large sum upfront and then a percentage of your money for the life of your mortgage. If you want the flexibility to choose where your money goes, buying a home might not be right for you.

You don't understand (or you don't want to). Owning a home can feel like it has its own language. Between mortgages and taxes, there's lots to learn. There are resources to help it all make sense. But if you want to remain blissfully ignorant, you can keep renting. You might even be a renter for life. If you are interested in renting an apartment in Waldorf, MD, contact Abberly Square.


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Questions to Ask When Deciding To Rent or Buy

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Abberly Square, Waldorf, MDWith interest rates dropping again, it is tempting to consider buying a house. But deciding whether to buy or rent can be complicated, and potential homebuyers have a lot to consider. Here are some key questions to help you make wise financial choices when considering buying a home.

1. How much can you afford to put down? Can you afford the monthly payment?

A mortgage down payment of 5 to 20% of the selling price is typical. The size of the down payment will impact the monthly cost. Assess your financial health and consider if you can then afford the monthly cost.

2. What other debt do you have?

Consider all of your current and expected financial obligations and ensure you are able to make all the payments. Your monthly bills, including a mortgage payment should be less than 35 to 40% of your monthly income. If you can’t keep payments below that, you may be better off renting.

3. What is my credit score? Can I qualify for a good interest rate?

A high credit score qualifies you for better interest rates on a mortgage. If your credit score is low, you may want to rent and take steps to raise your score. Our apartments in Waldorf, MA reports on-time rent payments. Renting at Abberly Square or from any HHHunt apartment home can raise your credit score.

4. How much will taxes, monthly maintenance or other fees cost?

Owning a home means you will have to pay real estate taxes and other costs like insurance and maintenance. Remember to factor in these costs. Renters have no additional monthly costs beyond rental payments.

5. How many years will I stay here?

Generally, if you are not going to stay in one city for at least 5 years, it makes sense to rent. Renters have greater flexibility to move.

For more information on apartments in Waldorf, MD, contact Abberly Square.



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