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Making Living Off-Campus Less Expensive – Roanoke, VA

Making Living Off-Campus Less Expensive – Roanoke, VA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Pebble Creek, Roanoke, VAWhen we move into off-campus housing, we expect a lot of changes to take place. We are officially done with dorm life, can rely on roommates for the good and for the bad, and have the luxury of decorating our very own house/apartment.

Living off campus can get to be expensive if you are careless, so you should make it cheaper by sticking to certain rules. This way, you can enjoy all of the benefits while also saving money. It is basically a win-win.

1. Rent furniture.

When you move off-campus, that means that you at one point lived in a dorm. So you were used to its small living quarters, little to no furniture provided given the lack of space, and a forced roommate. Oh the joys and fond memories that exist.

In your own apartment you can save money on furniture by thrifting, splitting it, or renting it. Thrifting is great because you are purchasing mainly used, usually decent looking pieces. You can then split it up financially between all of your roommates. If you call the coffee table, then they get the love seat. It is only fair. It also is not a huge loss on your part if you decide you do not want certain items when you end up moving out.

However, when you rent furniture, you can simply pay a monthly fee, or purchase a package for the amount of time that you will need it. Just make sure that you try not to destroy or stain the items because that charge is not a good time. Most packages come with the necessities, like the bedroom space, living room and dining room. Plus, with renting you do not have to worry about moving it out at the end of your lease and finding a means to transport it to your new house.

2. Find roommates.

Living with roommates is not always perfect, as we all know, but it can definitely be helpful. Especially when it comes to saving money, which is always our motive. Living alone in a studio is pretty expensive, so throw in that it is in a college town and you are practically asking for high prices.

By having roommates, you can split a lot of the living costs. Obviously this entails rent and electric, but also groceries, furniture, and the miscellaneous items. Another pro is that if a few of you have cars, then you can share rides to campus, the grocery store, or anywhere really. It saves you both gas money and mileage on your car.

When living with roomies, it can be less expensive than living on-campus because you are also not paying for the benefits of your university’s amenities. This means the gym, food services, and obviously the dorm. Good news is that your tuition is still somewhat going toward these things so you can still use them without paying for all of it. In other words, you are saving money by not living on the school’s premises and using their address.

3. Cook at home.

Living on-campus usually translates into not having a kitchen of your own. You most likely had a floor kitchen if one at all, and then used the campus dining halls as your main source for food. When you leave your parents’ cooking, you tend to rely on someone else to feed you. We have all been there, guys.

However, now that you have your own kitchen, you can literally cook every meal at home. Okay, maybe not every single meal, but definitely more of them. Plus, it is nice to actually be able to cook again and not have to eat pizza every single day because that is all cafeterias know how to make. Sorry college food courts everywhere.

This saves everyone money because you can split your food with the roommates, plan and prep ahead of time (in theory of course), and not only eat out 24/7. You can also store your leftovers somewhere when you do happen to go out to eat, which is completely necessary. And cooking at home can create roomie bonding experiences, as well as helping you actually know how to survive on your own cooking. It can also cause a pretty big mess so make certain that you clean up after yourself. No one likes a dirty kitchen.

Moving off-campus is exciting for various reasons, but an imperative factor is because of the money that you individually save. You should rent your furniture, have roomies for cheaper rent (and all around bills), and — because you can and should — cook at home.

The goal is to save money and to better your finances, so with these hints, you should be well on your way to a large savings account.

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What it's Like to Retire in Roanoke, VA

What it's Like to Retire in Roanoke, VA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Pebble Creek, Roanoke, VARoanoke is a city of just under 100,000 in southwestern Virginia. It is the hub of that part of the state, as well as for southern West Virginia. Although the city itself is not growing, the metro area is, thanks to many retirees moving to the area. Roanoke has long had a very aggressive urban renewal focus that has brought renewed life to the traditional downtown. There are many cultural events, museums and festivals that bring people to the center of town. In 2013 The Huffington Post listed Roanoke as the #2 Most Affordable City to retire, citing its low sales and income taxes, plus lower than average cost of living.

What is special about Roanoke

Roanoke's successful commitment to urban renewal makes it a special place for retirement. Its Center in the Square offers important cultural attractions. Residents will find a downtown that is interesting to go to with many festivals and museums. Hollins University and Virginia Western Community College offer college town life attractions to some degree.

Who will like retirement in Roanoke

Retirees who want a college town with a low cost of living, and want to experience all four seasons would like it here.

Climate and Physical Environment

Roanoke has four distinct but mild seasons. The average January temperature is 37 degrees, and the average July temperature is 77 degrees.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Roanoke's cultural attractions include the Science Museum of Western Virginia, the History Museum of Western Virginia, Taubman Museum of Art, Mill Mountain Theatre, Virginia Railroad Museum, and Shaftman Performing Arts Hall.

Crime

Crime rate in Roanoke is well above average.

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Roanoke, VA is One of the Most Affordable Cities in Virginia

Roanoke, VA is One of the Most Affordable Cities in Virginia

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Pebble Creek, Roanoke, VAModest housing costs in Virginia’s biggest and best cities make the Commonwealth especially attractive to prospective residents

The Commonwealth of Virginia is nicknamed the "Mother of Presidents" as eight U.S. presidents have been born there, more than any other state. And though the state may be relatively small—it’s the thirty-fifth largest and twelfth most populous—it features five distinct geographic regions, giving the state broad appeal across a wide range of demographics. In other words, whether you want to live in a big city or rural area, or prefer the beach or the mountains, there’s something for everyone in Virginia.

The most affordable cities are not necessarily the cheapest cities in Virginia, but are carefully chosen based upon budget-friendly and quality-of-life data points, in order to offer residents the best possible combination of livability and affordability.

5. Roanoke

Nicknamed “The Star City of the South,” Roanoke has developed a reputation as a great place to live among both young and old alike. There are more than 20 colleges and universities within a 60-mile radius of the city, and countless graduates choose to settle here, which explains why the largest segment of the population is between 25 and 29 years old. The well-educated workforce makes the city an attractive place to do business, and unemployment has remained well below the national average for at least five years running.

But affordable housing is arguably the biggest drawing card. Combine that with a temperate climate (the average annual temperature is 57 degrees) and a plethora of things to do (especially if you’re a lover of the great outdoors), and it’s no wonder that Livability recently named Roanoke one of the 10 best places to retire.

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Virginia is One of the Cheapest States to Live! - Roanoke, VA

Virginia is One of the Cheapest States to Live! - Roanoke, VA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Pebble Creek, Roanoke, VACNBC scored all 50 states on more than 60 measures of competitiveness, developed with input from a broad and diverse array of business and policy experts, official government sources, the CNBC Global CFO Council and the states themselves. States receive points based on their rankings in each metric. Then we separate those metrics into 10 broad categories, weighted based on how frequently each is used as a selling point in state economic development marketing materials. That way, our study ranks the states based on the criteria they use to sell themselves.

Cost of living is one of the key categories of competitiveness, worth a possible 75 points toward a state's overall Top States score.

This year some states were tied. But Virginia ranked high on the list .

#13 Virginia

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Roanoke is the Best City in Virginia for Retirement

Roanoke is the Best City in Virginia for Retirement

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Pebble Creek, Roanoke, VAPicking the best place to retire isn't easy. Retirement desires run the gamut, from beach villas to big-city condos, from lakeside cabins to wine-country retreats. In a bid to offer something for everyone, we picked 50 great places to retire—one per state—to ensure a diverse mix of choices.

In selecting a great place to retire in each state, we weighed several factors. Some were financial, such as typical living costs for retirees—health care costs in particular—and taxes. Others involved lifestyle, from the availability of things to do to the number of retirement-age people close by to do things with. We also considered safety and access to quality health care.

Roanoke, VA:

Cost of living for retirees: 8.7% below U.S. average
Share of population 65+: 14.3%
Virginia 's tax rating for retirees: Mixed
Lifetime health care costs for a retired couple: Below average at $388,548

Take a hike. Really. Retiring in Roanoke, between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains, provides outdoorsy types with more than 600 miles of nearby trails. For the less actively inclined, you can still enjoy the views with a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Or sample tastes from the wide selection of local breweries and wineries.

Retiree living costs look just as good, falling below average in every category. Housing-related expenses for retired residents typically run 11.7% below the national average. Across all ages, the median home value in the city is $134,700, far less than the $244,600 median for the state.

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Apartment Hunting: Tips to Make it Easier - Roanoke, VA

Apartment Hunting: Tips to Make it Easier - Roanoke, VA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Pebble Creek, Roanoke, VAApartment Hunting can be a bit stressful unless you already know where you want to live and it’s available, then this most likely won’t apply to you. Right now, many students are doing their fair share of apartment hunting in Roanoke, VA. Looking for an apartment can be easy when you follow these tips:

1. Set a budget: You should set a budget for how low and how high you’re willing to pay for rent, also factor in bills ( Light, Cable, Wifi etc.)

2. What amenities can you live with and without: do you want your apartment to have a gym, be pet-friendly, in-unit washer and dryer, balcony, fireplace etc. figure out what you can live with and live without too narrow down your choices.

3. Pick an area: Do you want to live Uptown, Downtown, gated community, near your school, near your job, near your favorite shopping center etc. you should feel comfortable in the area you choose to live.

4. Take an in-person tour of the apartment: don’t just trust and go off the floor plan, get a feel for how much space you’ll have to work with. Bonus: visit the apartment during the night as well to get a feel for parking and night activity.

5. Ask about leasing options, security deposit, what they require of you before you sign a lease.

6. Figure out if you want a roommate: if yes make sure the person is trustworthy and that you all mesh well together.

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Virginia is One of the Best States To Retire – Roanoke, VA

Virginia is One of the Best States To Retire – Roanoke, VA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Pebble Creek, Roanoke, VAMany of us long for a retirement that will feel like going on a permanent vacation. But before we buy that beach bungalow, box up our stuff and break out the Costco-sized wine spritzers, a reality check may be in order.

Bankrate’s latest ranking of the best and worst states to retire finds the fun-in-the-sun places often associated with retirement may have drawbacks as we face aging issues and our savings dwindle. Retiree meccas like Florida and Arizona don’t come close to cracking our top 10.

#6. Virginia

Many do want to retire somewhere else - It’s no myth that many people dream of moving in retirement. A new Bankrate survey shows that 47% of Americans would consider relocating when they retire. Higher-earning households and younger people are more likely to say so than everyone else.

According to our poll, Americans’ priorities for a retirement haven suggest they’re giving a lot of thought to practical considerations like cost of living and health care.

How we rate the states

To rank the states according to what people say they want in retirement, we pull together data on these eight criteria:

  • Cost of living
  • Healthcare quality
  • Crime
  • Cultural vitality
  • Weather
  • Taxes
  • Senior citizens’ overall well-being
  • The prevalence of other seniors

Two of our categories are new: cultural vitality (whether residents can find fun stuff to do) and the prevalence of other seniors (whether it would be easy to find other retirees to hang out with).

We weight the factors based on the importance they were given in our survey.

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Roanoke, VA is a Cheap Place Where You Will Want to Retire

Roanoke, VA is a Cheap Place Where You Will Want to Retire

Joseph Coupal - Monday, March 27, 2017

Pebble Creek, Roanoke, VAYou've probably been dreaming about retirement since the day you started working. But will your budget allow you to make those dreams a reality? It has a better chance if you pick an affordable retirement destination.

To identify some of the cheapest places in the U.S. where you will actually want to retire, we started by selecting a great place to retire in each state. We based our analysis on factors critical to retirees including lifestyle, safety, taxes, quality of health care and, of course, cost of living. Then, from that list of 50 picks we weeded out the places that, while otherwise promising, sport living costs for retirees that are above the national average. We were left with 23 appealing places that are particularly cheap for retirement.

# 23 Roanoke, Virginia

Cost of living for retirees: 8.7% below U.S. average
Share of population 65+: 14.3%
Virginia 's tax rating for retirees: Mixed
Lifetime health care costs for a retired couple: Below average at $388,548

Take a hike. Really. Retiring in Roanoke, between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains, provides outdoorsy types with more than 600 miles of nearby trails. For the less actively inclined, you can still enjoy the views with a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Or sample tastes from the wide selection of local breweries and wineries.

Retiree living costs look just as good, falling below average in every category. Housing-related expenses for retired residents typically run 11.7% below the national average. Across all ages, the median home value in the city is $134,700, far less than the $244,600 median for the state.

For more information on renting an apartment in Roanoke, VA during retirement, contact Pebble Creek.

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Best States to Do Business: Virginia is High on the List - Roanoke, VA

Best States to Do Business: Virginia is High on the List - Roanoke, VA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Pebble Creek, Roanoke, VAWe score all 50 states on more than 60 measures of competitiveness, developed with input from a broad and diverse array of business and policy experts, official government sources, the CNBC Global CFO Council and the states themselves. States receive points based on their rankings in each metric. Then we separate those metrics into 10 broad categories, weighted based on how frequently each is used as a selling point in state economic development marketing materials. That way, our study ranks the states based on the criteria they use to sell themselves.

Our study is not an opinion survey. We rely on tangible numbers to gauge each state's performance, scoring all 50 states on more than 60 measures of competitiveness, using publicly available data.

Here are our categories and this year's weightings.

Workforce - We rate states based on the education level of their workforce, the numbers of available employees, and the states' demonstrated abilities to retain college-educated workers. We measure workforce productivity based on each state's economic output per job. We look at the relative success of each state's worker training programs in placing their participants in jobs. We also consider union membership and the states' right-to-work laws.

Cost of Doing Business - We look at the competitiveness of each state's tax climate, as well as state-sponsored incentives that can lower the cost of doing business. Utility costs can add up to a huge expense for business, and they vary widely by state. We also consider the cost of wages, as well as rental costs for office and industrial space.

Infrastructure - We measure the vitality of each state's transportation system by the value of goods shipped by air, waterways, roads and rail. We look at the availability of air travel in each state, the quality of the roads and bridges, and the time it takes to commute to work.

Economy - We look at economic growth, job creation, consumer spending, and the health of the residential real estate market. We measure each state's fiscal health by looking at its credit ratings and outlook, as well as its overall budget picture. We also consider the number of major corporations headquartered in each state.

Quality of Life - We score the states on livability, including several factors, such as the crime rate; inclusiveness, such as antidiscrimination protections; the quality of health care; the level of health insurance coverage and the overall health of the population. We evaluate local attractions, parks and recreation, as well as environmental quality.

Technology & Innovation - We evaluate the states on their support for innovation, the number of patents issued to their residents and the record of high-tech business formation. We also consider federal health, science and agricultural research grants to the states.

Education - Higher-education institutions offer companies a source to recruit new talent, as well as a partner in research and development. We consider the number of higher-education institutions in each state, as well as long-term funding trends for higher education. We look at several measures of K–12 education, including test scores, class size and spending. We also look digital and lifelong learning opportunities in each state.

Business Friendliness - But we grade the states on the freedom their legal and regulatory frameworks provide for business.

Cost of Living- The cost of living helps drive the cost of doing business. From housing to food and energy, wages go further when the cost of living is low.

Access to Capital - We look at venture capital investments by state, as well as small-business lending on a relative basis.

Virginia is #13 on the list of America's Top States for Business.

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Most Successful States, Roanoke, VA

Most Successful States, Roanoke, VA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Pebble Creek Apartments, Roanoke, VAZippia did a breakdown of what the most successful states might be. Might they be states containing the most successful cities? Are these states doing something better than yours is? And is good ice cream a key to their success?

The answers? No, Probably, and most definitely. But we’ll get to methodology in a moment (ice cream was not one of our criteria…) First, here are the 10 most successful states:

  1. New Hampshire
  2. Maryland
  3. Minnesota
  4. North Dakota
  5. Hawaii
  6. Wyoming
  7. Alaska
  8. Virginia
  9. Utah
  10. Massachusetts

Virginia:

Of all the states we looked at (which would be… all of them…) Virginia had the eighth highest median income. Residents here were also the ninth least impoverished, overall, and the 14th least likely to be unemployed. Congrats, Old Dominion!

How We Determined the Most Successful States in America

The first thing that comes to most capitalist minds in terms of success is—money. After all, rich people must be successful, right?

Meh. Maybe. But we think there’s a bit more that goes into it than that. So we looked at this set of criteria from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how wealthy a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. And finally, if more people are employed, the brighter (and more successful) that place’s future looks.

After we collected the data for all 50 states, we ranked each from 1 to 50 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the most successful.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “Success Score” with the state having the lowest overall Success Score crowned the “Most Successful State in America.”

As you saw, Virginia came in number 8. For information on apartments in Roanoke, VA contact Pebble Creek Apartments.

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