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Renting Can Help Improve Your Credit Score

Joseph Coupal - Monday, September 17, 2018

Foxridge apartments, Blacksburg, VAOn-time payments are a solid way to build your credit score. Your payment history constitutes 35% of your credit score – the largest contributor among the five factors used in calculating your score.

Payments on most debts are reported to the three major credit bureaus (Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion) for inclusion in your credit report, and credit-scoring systems use that information to calculate your credit score. However, one regular payment for many Americans is reported to credit bureaus in a purely negative fashion. When renters are late on payments or evicted, that information is typically reported to credit bureaus – but regular, on-time payments are not.

If your credit score needs a little extra boost – or if regular rent payments are about the only good thing you have to report – rent reporting services such as Rental Kharma, RentTrack, ClearNow, and Pinch are available to supply the credit bureaus with your rental payment history, so you can reap credit-score benefits. (Obviously you'll need to make on-time payments to see those benefits).

Some property management groups are already connected with a rent-reporting service, where all you need to do is opt in. Check with your landlord to see what options are available. Otherwise, you'll have to work with one of the services directly. Foxridge Apartments in Blacksburg, VA does report rent payments to credit agencies, thus helping tenants to improve their credit scores. In fact, all HHHunt properties report on-time rental payments.

As you evaluate services, check out the following:

Bureaus – Some services are linked directly with one of the three major credit bureaus. Others report to two bureaus, and a few (RentTrack, PayYourRent, and Pinch in particular) report to all three bureaus.More reporting of positive information increases the positive effect on your credit.

Fees – Services directly linked to a property management group, like PayLease or PayYourRent, may be free to you. Other fee structures vary from monthly flat fees to fees per transaction to variable charges based on your rent amount. Rent Reporters and RentTrack, among others, offer a potential quick credit boost by the addition of up to two years of past rental payment for a one-time fee.

Payment Logistics – What options do you have for payment? Are there options for linking to a debit/checking account or credit card? Does the reporting service require that you funnel rent payments through them, and if so, what are the timing and terms?

Service-Specific Details – Do you have to opt in to the service? How long should it take for rent payments to appear on your credit report? How is your personal information protected?

Landlord Requirements – Landlords may be required to verify your payments. Make sure your landlord is open to the responsibilities and verify with the rent-reporting company how any disputes with your landlord are handled.

Even if your regular rent payments are reported to the credit bureaus and incorporated on your credit report, your credit score may not be affected in the eyes of some lenders. There are several different score variations tailored for risk factors in specific industries.

To make the most out of your reported rent payments, ask lenders whether regular rent payments are included in your score. It may not make much difference, but every little bit counts when you are trying to get credit at reasonable interest rates in a competitive market.

For more information on apartments in Blacksburg, VA contact Foxridge.

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Millennials Are Moving to Virginia!

Joseph Coupal - Monday, September 10, 2018

Foxridge apartments, Blacksburg, VAThere are around 71 million millennials in America and in 2019 they are expected to surpass the number of baby boomers. That makes millennials a coveted generation for cities looking to bolster their workforce and tax base. Where millennials decide to move has enormous impact on local markets, from the cost of living to the type of food offered in your neighborhood.

Census Bureau data was used to find out where millennials are moving. To track millennials’ mobility, we looked at immigration and emigration data for 217 cities.

Key Findings

  • Old Dominion is popular – Virginia takes three spots in the top 10. In particular the southeastern portion of the state makes appearances in the top 10.
  • Big Apple no more – New York took the bottom spot on this list again. In particular residents seem to be leaving the city to venture into other states. In total around 69,200 residents moved to New York from out of state while nearly 95,000 left the Big Apple for another state.

The States Where Millennials Are Moving

4. Virginia

The South makes up most of the states in the top 10. The no. 2 ranking state is Texas, with a net influx of nearly 34,000 millennials, followed by Virginia which gained 18,300 more millennials than it lost.

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Move-In Checklist for Renters

Joseph Coupal - Monday, September 03, 2018

Right now, as students, you might be in the midst of moving into your apartment in Blacksburg, VA. Below, we’ve listed some helpful tips for your big move! Now that you’ve prepared and packed all of your boxes, it’s time to consider the next step in the move in process. Check out these ideas to make your moving day less stressful and more exciting!

During Move In:

Watch the Packing Process: Even though your hired movers (or friends) may take the lead on moving your boxes, pay attention to where the boxes go in the truck. You’ll save yourself a lot of time in the long run if you oversee where boxes are placed.

Take a Walkthrough: Take one last walk-through of your vacated property to ensure nothing was left behind. Close all windows and make sure doors are locked and switches are turned off.

Organize Your Box and Furniture Placement: Make sure everything is placed in the proper room in your new apartment home. Tape each door with a descriptive label to assist your movers.

Unpack One Room at a Time: Once all of the boxes are in your new apartment, that’s when the fun really begins! Unpack one room at a time according to basic needs. Moving.com suggests starting with the kitchen first, since you’ll probably need counter space and appliances at some point during the week. Remember that you can take your time unpacking. Every box doesn’t have to be emptied on move in day!

Enjoy: Have a great first night in your new apartment! Make sure to stay hydrated, eat snacks, do a few stretches and take short breaks when needed.

We believe it’s how you live that matters and we’re so fortunate to have amazing residents who create lasting memories in our apartment communities. If you’re looking for a new apartment community, check out available apartments in Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina!

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Why We Love Blacksburg, VA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, August 27, 2018

Foxridge apartments, Blacksburg, VAWe occasionally take a look at and celebrate the communities in which we live and work. It’s an opportunity for us to highlight Blacksburg, an area that we find so special and a place we choose to be a part of.

HHHunt first began in Blacksburg and Roanoke, two beautiful cities in Southwest Virginia. Our original corporate headquarters, located in Blacksburg, is where everything started in 1966 when Harry H. Hunt III, the founder of HHHunt, saw the need for faculty and student housing at Virginia Tech. FoxRidge, apartments in Blacksburg, VA, was the very first apartment community for HHHunt.

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Blacksburg is a special place for a number of reasons. The community boast stunning scenery and natural beauty, tons of outdoor activities, great wineries, markets and boutique shops, and more. The city has eclectic and delicious food scenes and the Hotel Roanoke is a beautiful and historic hotel definitely worth a visit. And, of course, we can’t forget about Virginia Tech. The world-class university serves as the heart of Blacksburg. There’s lots of Hokie pride at Foxridge.

We are thankful to have so many awesome team members in Blacksburg and Roanoke and are excited to continue serving as an engaged community partner in this bustling and vibrant city!

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Best Affordable College Towns for Recent Grads—and Everyone

Joseph Coupal - Monday, August 20, 2018

Foxridge apartments, Blacksburg, VAIt's the classic collegiate circle of life. You prep, you study, and then you just flat-out pray you'll get into the school of your choice. Then once you're there, you reach an inflection point, somewhere between your first game of beer pong and your final midterms, when you start counting the days until you can escape—to the place where you'll start that whole adulting thing for real.

But these days more and more grads are skipping that final step and opting to stay put. And it turns out they've got plenty of company. Because you don't need to be a student or recent graduate to appreciate all that the best college towns typically offer: walkable enclaves of innovative restaurants, lively music scenes, and tons of fun, unique businesses. And most importantly, many of 'em are becoming employment hubs as companies searching for top talent open offices nearby. Home prices are usually still reasonable. And homeownership is often a smart investment as there's strong demand from both young and old buyers.

So where are the best college towns that offer the best of everything? The realtor.com data team set out to find them.

4. Blacksburg, VA

  • Number of college students: 46,722
  • Median home list price: $231,400
  • Median household income: $52,900

After receiving their diplomas, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) graduates often head to cities such as Washington, DC, or Charlotte, NC. But those who prefer the great outdoors over big-city life are choosing to stick around.

For starters, the Appalachian Trail is just a short drive out of town. Claytor Lake State Park is the go-to for fishing and boating, and New River Trail State Park is a fantastic place for horseback riding.

Blacksburg has a great quality of life. The mountains are beautiful, and the area has all the benefits of being a large university town.

Like many college centers, the biggest employers in the region are the universities themselves. But there are lots of other options, too. Dish Network employs around 1,000 here, and Moog, an aerospace and defense company, also has a large presence.

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Common Mistakes to Avoid When Moving into a New Apartment

Joseph Coupal - Monday, August 13, 2018

Foxridge apartments, Blacksburg, VARenting an apartment might seem fairly straightforward: Find a place you like, meet the landlord and move in. But things can go wrong along the way. Check out these common mistakes that renters often make when apartment-hunting.

1. Not reading the lease

Leases can be intimidating. But failing to read the lease is one of the worst mistakes that renters can make.

First, double-check that the figure for the rent is what you have agreed on. If you sign the lease with an incorrect rent amount, you could get stuck with the higher rate.

In addition, also scan the document to check names, deposits, late fees, dates for notice, renewal terms, property rules, and utility agreements (as in: who pays them).

2. Relying on an oral contract

If your landlord says they are going to do repairs after you move in, get it in writing, rather than just taking their word for it.

The same is true for anything else your landlord mentions, such as terms for renewing the lease at the end of the year or a promise not to raise the rent. You’ll have a hard time proving an oral contract in court if a resulting problem ever gets that far.

3. Assuming the landlord will fix everything

There's an issue? No problem—just call the landlord, right? Not so fast.

Unless the maintenance issue is affecting habitability or is mentioned specifically in your lease, then the landlord doesn't really have to fix it.

So while that would include addressing issues like plumbing or the HVAC system, it definitely doesn’t include changing a lightbulb.

A renter is responsible for things like basic cleaning, smoke detector batteries, lawn mowing and other minor, ongoing upkeep.

As for bigger issues, like those appliances, check the lease agreement to make sure there isn’t a clause stating that the landlord doesn’t have to fix “nonessential appliances,” like the microwave or washing machine, if they break. If that’s the case, be wary of renting a place with old appliances.

4. Renting the property sight unseen

You can find out a lot online and on Google Maps, but nothing substitutes for seeing the place with your own eyes. If you’re moving somewhere new, it can be tempting to just rent sight unseen, since it's probably temporary. However, it can lead to some unpleasant surprises.

In addition to touring the property, spend some time actually walking around the neighborhood. And unless you know your city or town as well as a local police officer, you should tour the neighborhood during the day and at night to see if things get loud or sketchy. Don’t hesitate to talk to some locals you meet on the street and see what they have to say.

5. Not documenting damage when you move in

Was that stain on the carpet or hole in the wall already there, before you moved in? You’re likely to have to prove it, but many renters don’t take the extra step of documenting the existing state of the property.

Before you move in, look for cosmetic damage, and also test all the appliances, lights and HVAC system.

You want to verify anything that might have been broken by the previous tenant for which you could be held responsible. Document any existing property damage with time-stamped photos and have your landlord sign off on all of it.

6. Skipping renters insurance

Renters insurance can be a total bargain, at a cost of less than $200 per year. Nevertheless, almost 60 percent of renters don’t have it.

Some landlords require it because of the liability coverage—check your lease—but if not, consider adding a renters insurance policy, as it will cover all your personal belongings, including electronics and clothing, should they be stolen or damaged.

For more information on new apartments in Blacksburg, VA, contact Foxridge.

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Looking for Your First Apartment: Some Things to Consider

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Foxridge apartments, Blacksburg, VAYou're at a point where you're starting to look for your first apartment. After all those years of living in a dorm room and sleeping in a twin-size bed, you're more than ready to move out. You've been dreaming about decorating, or being right near fun things to do at all times. There are some things to consider when you're looking for your first apartment. This is where the #adulting comes in.

Wouldn't it be cool if apartment hunting was like an episode of House Hunters? A realtor would bring you to three cute and trendy places around town, and you'd have to tell her your likes and dislikes.

In reality, it's not always like what you see on television. You'll likely tour a lot of apartments and lofts before you sign any contract and call that place home. Throughout the process, you'll discover what you need out of your living situation, and figure out your priorities. Taking these things into consideration will be key, when you're looking for an apartment the first time around.

1. Location

Location is the primary thing you need to consider, when you're looking for your first apartment. First thing's first: Where do you want to live?

Once you figure that part out, then you can start looking at the some other details: the neighborhood, the nearest grocery store, and recreational things you can do in the area. It may seem tedious, but location is key to making sure you're comfortable in your new home.

2. Layout

The layout of your apartment is actually more important than you may believe. You want to make sure your space makes sense, and will fit all of your belongings, too. Some complexes have a communal space for laundry, but others will have room for a washer and dryer right in your unit. Maybe your place will be two floors, with a fun spiral staircase, or have a pretty open floor plan. You need to know (and see) these things for yourself!

Before you commit to anything, be sure to take a tour. Check out the closets and room for storage, and the counter space in the kitchen. When in doubt, go with your gut and know where you're willing to compromise.

3. Cost of Rent

Rent is just part of the real world, and you have to consider your bank account before dropping any deposits. You'll want to find some easy ways to save money where you can, and don't forget the water bill.

4. Roommates

Paying rent and having your own apartment sometimes requires some roommates. You may find a studio and decide to live alone, or have the funds for your own place. Whatever your situation may be, it's important to take other people into consideration. Sometimes just having this company makes a place feel more like home.

5. Pets

Unfortunately, not every apartment allows pets. So, take that into consideration when you're apartment hunting, especially if you may want to recruit some furry roommates.

Talk to the landlord about your options. Sometimes you can have small animals. Maybe you have a furry friend who's going to make the move with you. In that case, you really need to find a place that will be comfortable for two. You may need an apartment that is dog-friendly, or spacious enough for your cat to roam freely during the day.

6. Work/school

You'll be spending most of your time away. But, after a particularly busy day, it would be nice to have an easy commute to your couch. When you're looking for your first apartment, you'll want to take transportation into consideration, and look into parking rates for your car. Is there public tansportation nearby? Could you walk or bike on a sunny Monday morning?

7. Landlord

Before snagging your first apartment, make sure that you meet your future landlord or managment team. You'll work with them when your kitchen sink has a leak, or when the air conditioning quits. Like any relationship or friendship, getting along and being able to solve problems is essential.

You want to make sure that this person has your best interests in mind, and cares about your space, too. Ask them questions about their experience, and maybe talk to other tenants who have been in the building for a bit.

8. Other Amenities

Having your own apartment is a dream come true. But, be sure to consider the amenities that come with it before signing any contract. Sometimes, you can find an apartment that's has everything you're looking for, and a pool.

At the end of the day, these sort of things make your living situation even better and could save you some money. After all, if you're using the gym in your building, you don't need a membership at that place downtown.

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Renting an Apartment Sight Unseen

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Foxridge apartments, Blacksburg, VAThere are times when you may find yourself in a situation where you are forced to rent an apartment sight unseen. Maybe you are moving across the country to a new city and can’t afford to go out and visit apartments first.

Or perhaps you are moving across the globe. Life throws us curve balls all the time and sometimes we just don’t have any other choice.

For those of you whose circumstances require you to rent an apartment sight unseen, there are a few ways of ensuring that your apartment search is as thorough a possible. Here we will break down what you should do if you need to sign a lease without first making a visit.

Research, Research, Research, and then Research Some More

If you can’t physically be in the apartment, then you need to find as much information as you can to make you feel as though you are there. This means beyond just requiring pictures—ask the landlord to give you a Skype walkthrough.

Explore Virtually

Next, get on Google maps and explore the area. Street View is going to be your new best friend. Drag that little yellow man all through those streets until you are confident you could find your way around your new neighborhood in the dark, with a blindfold on.

This is going to be important for those Saturday nights you stay out late, but also for figuring out where the nearest grocery store is, where the pharmacy is and where the nearest Chinese take-out is.

While you are on Google Street View, be sure to check out any nearby businesses that may give off a strong smell. You might think you like pizza now, but live above a pizzeria for 12 months and it is likely the mere mention of tomato sauce will make you break out in hives.

Phone a Friend

If you have any friends in the area, enlist them to be the eyes on the ground. Ask them to check out any potential apartments for you and take copious notes.

If you are moving in with roommates who you have never met to an apartment you have never been to, well, good luck. But more importantly, be sure to talk to these new living partners on the phone at least once.

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Reasons to Move to a Small City Like Blacksburg, VA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, July 23, 2018

Foxridge apartments, Blacksburg, VAHere's why choosing a small city is one you won't regret.

As bittersweet as it is to pack up and drive away one last time, remember that the world is your oyster. While some of your friends might be flocking to massive metropolises to start their post-college lives and careers, big cities aren’t the only option — and thank goodness for that!

Small cities have so much to offer every resident, but they’re especially well-suited to young people and new graduates. Here are 10 reasons moving to a small city after college is a choice you won't regret.

1. Less job competition.

Let’s start with one of the biggies: smaller cities make for less competition when it comes to lining up your dream job. This can also equate to better job security once you’ve landed the role you want. Plenty of major cities certainly have lots of career opportunities, but bustling urban centers aren't the only place to climb the ladder. In many cases, a smaller city is the ideal spot to start building your career — fewer people are vying for the same jobs, networking is easier, and there's often a general feeling of inclusivity and support in the professional community that you don't find in bigger cities.

2. More work-life balance.

When you land that dream job, you might find that a smaller city affords you more time, money and energy for a healthy work-life balance. Living in a big city with higher expenses and a culture that prizes overworking can mean tough compromises. In a smaller city, you’re a lot less likely to have to decide between making enough money for anything more than just squeaking by, and having enough downtime to pursue hobbies or spend time with friends.

3. A creative community.

Creative types thrive in small cities for a variety of reasons: cost of living is lower, it’s easier to find studio space, and the creative communities in small cities tend to be more collaborative than what you’d find in NYC, LA or Miami. Another bonus of all this creative energy? Even if you’re not drawn to creative pursuits yourself, you’ll benefit from all the coffee shops, boutiques, galleries and murals the artsy crowd brings along with them.

4. More affordable rent.

Compare your rent in a small (but still very cool!) city to the rent your friends in Manhattan are paying. Need we say more?

5. No sharing your favorite bar with a wall-to-wall crowd.

The same goes for your favorite cafe, yoga studio, or hole-in-the-wall dinner spot. Instead, you’ll be greeted by the same few regulars who know your name.

6. You can take a community leadership role.

You’re in a smaller pond in a small city. If you want to make a positive change in your community, your actions will have a bigger impact. The same goes for making a name for yourself in a local organization or city government, or even creating a whole new club or community group from scratch. Your actions have real power, and the possibilities are limitless.

7. Smaller clubs and groups.

If you want to explore a hobby (which is a great way to find new friends after college), you’ll benefit from more intimate gatherings with smaller groups. Whether your jam is a book club, a local sport or a church community, less crowded meetups will enable you to make connections faster and dive deeper into what you care about.

8. Hidden gems galore.

Quirky local joints, bizarre community traditions, and hidden gems are the hallmarks of small cities. Whether it’s a perfectly tucked-away dive bar or your neighborhood’s annual apple-bobbing contest, each discovery gives your city special character that you can’t find anywhere else.

9. New friends around every corner.

Large cities have high turnover. Transplants often stay for just a short amount of time before moving on to another metropolis, and the ones who stay are at risk of becoming jaded beyond their years. In a small city, your new friends are likely to stick around for more than a few months, which gives you a chance to build a tight-knit, enduring community for yourself. Making friends after college can be tough. Living in a small city makes it easier.

10. A more zen morning commute.

Cheers to less crowded public transit, shorter drives and more peaceful biking and walking paths.

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Blacksburg, VA: #4 Best Affordable College Town for Recent Grads – And Everyone Else

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, July 19, 2018

Foxridge apartments, Blacksburg, VAThe Town of Blacksburg was ranked the #4 Best Affordable College Town for Recent Grads (And Everyone Else) by Realtor.com. Their data team looked at 700 markets with at least 1 four-year university and 10,000 undergraduates in the area. The rankings were done considering percentage of students, unemployment rates, home appreciation, and median income.

After receiving their diplomas, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) graduates often head to cities such as Washington, DC, or Charlotte, NC.

But those who prefer the great outdoors over big-city life are choosing to stick around. For starters, the Appalachian Trail is just a short drive out of town.

For those searching for an inspiring place to live and do business, Virginia’s New River Valley provides both an eclectic small town atmosphere and an innovative, collaborative business community with a loyal, highly skilled, and educated workforce. Offering the best of all worlds – magnificent mountains, cutting-edge research, arts, entertainment, and education – it’s A NATURAL FIT.

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