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Lose Weight and Burn Calories the Easy Way - With Scary Movies

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Combined with college stress, the upcoming holidays are enough to scare you about your waistline. Have no fear; a new study says you can burn off those calories just by watching a scary movie!

It sounds too good to be true, and surely your doctor would tell you to get off the couch and get to the gym, but this is a fun way to burn calories too.

According to the new study, if you put yourself through 90 minutes of adrenaline-pumping terror, you can burn as many as 113 calories, the equivalent to a chocolate bar.
 
So what movie should you be reaching for to help burn the calories?

The 1980 psychological thriller The Shining topped of the list of calorie-burners, with the average viewer using up 184 calories.
 
The research also revealed films featuring moments designed to make viewers jump in terror are the best calorie-burners, as they cause heart rates to soar.

Jaws took the runner-up spot, with viewers burning on average 161 calories, and The Exorcist came third, with 158 calories.

Get together with your friends in your apartment in Blacksburg, VA and lose weight by watching a scary movie!

Top Calorie Burning Movies:
 
The Shining: 184 calories
Jaws: 161 calories
The Exorcist: 158 calories
Alien: 152 calories
Saw: 133 calories
A Nightmare on Elm Street: 118 calories
Paranormal Activity: 111 calories
The Blair Witch Project: 105 calories
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 107 calories

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Renting is Better than Buying

Joseph Coupal - Monday, December 03, 2012

Many still think they need to achieve homeownership. While both renting and buying have their own sets of financial advantages, renting does appear to have an edge when the economy is poor. There are tremendous financial benefits to renting an apartment in Blacksburg, VA as opposed to buying a house. Here is a look at 10 reasons why renters have the better financial deal over homeowners.
 
No Maintenance Costs or Repair Bills
A definite advantage that renters have is that they have no maintenance costs or repair bills to pay off. When you rent a property, your landlord is responsible for all maintenance and repair costs. Homeowners, on the other hand, are responsible for all of their own repair, maintenance and renovation costs.
 
Access to Amenities
Another financial benefit to renting is having access to apartment amenities that would otherwise be a huge expense. Luxuries such as a pool or a fitness center come standard at many apartment communities with no additional charge to residents.

No Real Estate Taxes
An obvious benefit that renters is that they do not have to pay real estate taxes. Real estate taxes can be a hefty burden for homeowners and vary by county. Property tax generally determined based on the estimated property value of your house.

No Big Down Payment
Renters have the better financial deal upon signing. There is no huge down payment to move into a rental property.

Shaky Market Creating More Renters
While many experts claim the housing market is making a full recovery, others aren't so sure. An article written by International Business Times claims that as of yet the word 'recovery' is unwarranted. As foreclosures continue, many are scared off of buying. By renting, you are avoiding potentially owing a mortgage that is more than the house's worth.

Decreasing Property Value
Property values go up and down, and while this may affect homeowners in a big way, it does not affect renters. In a rocky housing market, renters are not as adversely affected.

Flexibility to Downsize
Today many people struggle to make ends meet. By renting, you have the option to downgrade into a more affordable living space at the end of their lease. When you are a homeowner, it is much more difficult to break free of an expensive house.

Fixed Rent Amount
Rent amounts are fixed for the span of the lease agreement. While landlords can raise the rent with notice, you are able to budget more efficiently since you know the amount of rent you are required to pay. Meanwhile, mortgages and the amount of the property tax can fluctuate.

Lower Insurance Costs
Renter's insurance is much cheaper than a homeowners policy and it covers quite a lot. The average cost of renter's insurance is just $12 per month. The average homeowner's insurance policy cost ranges between $25 to $80 per month.

Lower Utility Costs
It is often much more affordable to heat and power an apartment as opposed to a larger home. Rental properties typically have a more compact floor plan, and renters can expect lower utility costs.

The Bottom Line
For many people renting is the better option. There are plenty of examples that show how renting can save consumers a considerable amount of money. The choice of whether to rent or buy your own home is a personal one. Before making a hasty move, review the details and make the financial decision that is right for you and your family.

For information on renting a town home at Foxridge, contact us.

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College Exam Study Tips

Joseph Coupal - Monday, November 26, 2012

Our apartments in Blacksburg, Va are popular to colleges and university students and college exams are around the corner. Are you looking for some study tips to help you with your college exams?

Here are some top tips for keeping stress at a minimum:

1. Avoid stressful people.
Stress actually is contagious. During exam week, resist the urge to have a study session with a tense or stressed out friend. Their stress will add to your stress.

2. Eat healthy and exercise.
This seems like a no-brainer, but it’s a wonder how many people forget it. Skip the sugar, which will make you crash, and go for healthy snacks like granola bars, cereal or fruits and veggies which keep your blood sugar stable. If you’re studying for a long time, eat some protein too. It is definitely important to get some exercise, even a 10 minute walk will leave you calmer and more focused. When you feel the most overwhelmed is a great time to put it away and go for a short walk.

3. Just say NO.
Say no to the people who want to take up your time or who want to spend time doing the wrong things. There will be a friend who needs to talk, or a party some night when some friends are done with exams before you. Resist these urges.

4. Force yourself to take breaks.
For every hour or so that you work, take a 10 minute break. Relax for 10-15 mins, then start again. This gives your brain some rest and helps keep you focused when you are studying.

5. Visualize it all going right.
Imagine yourself taking the test and feeling confident that you know all the information. Picture getting all of the answers right, picture how relaxed you feel, picture the A on your test paper. Professional athletes and successful business people do it, you should too.

6. If you’ve studied all you can, have confidence!
Have confidence when it is time for the test. You have studied and prepared and now you are ready.  

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Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Tips

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel times of the year. Whether by plane, train or automobile, traveling can be stressful. If you are leaving your apartment in Blacksburg, VA to travel back to mom’s for dinner, here are some tips to make your trip easier.
 
Hitting the road

Load up the iPod: Download you or your kids’ favorite songs and have a sing-a-long as you drive along the road.

Plan to make stops: Before you hit the road, map it out and see what interesting sights are along the way. Why not stop and take a picture in front of the World’s Largest Ball of Twine? Or check out the great view of the mountains? This will break up the trip and let the kids have a chance to get up and run around for a little bit.

Play some games: I-Spy is a roadtrip classic, other ideas like Car Bingo, scavenger hunts or making pipe cleaner creatures are available online.

Stop by the dollar store: There are lots of great things you can find at the dollar store. Pick up coloring books and crayons and inexpensive toys for the ride. Be sure to also grab things like tissues, antibacterial wipes, band-aids and other items.

Travel overnight: If you’re okay with driving at night, you’ll avoid a lot of traffic and the kids can sleep the time away. Bring pillows and warm blankets so the little ones will be warm and comfortable. And by all means, switch off with a driving partner if you feel sleepy.

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Seasonal Decorating Ideas for Fall

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, November 14, 2012

At our apartments in Blacksburg, VA fall is here! The change in weather has us wanting to make our homes cozy and warm.  Do you want to do some fall redecorating? Here are some suggestions that will not break the bank.

Fresh paint-  For under $100 you can dramatically change any room’s appearance with paint and a few basic supplies. Pulling a vibrant color from a room’s patterned upholstery or rug and putting it on the walls can have a dramatic effect.

Throw rugs -  Throw down a rug as the seasons change. A soft area rug could really pull all the colors together in a room, and reduce echoes from hardwoods and tile.  

Add Fabrics -  Fabric can really brighten up a room.  Plain sofas can be livened up with patterned pillows. New place mats are a great way to change the presentation of a meal. Pair a contrasting color or a pattern with plain plates. Dining room chairs or bar stools can be recovered for a whole new look.

Add photos to the wall -  Use family photos and mismatched frames to fill a blank wall space in a family room or hallway. Lay them out on the floor and make a grid. Play with the design until it feels balanced and looks good. If you have trouble following the pattern, make paper bag cut-outs of the same pictures and tape them to the wall for the placement of the frames.

Window Treatments – inexpensive sheers, curtains, blinds or drapes can really change the feel of your room.

New Hand Towels - New towels and a bath mat in can give your bathroom a whole new look.

Have fun making some colorful changes in your apartment homes at Foxridge Apartments.


Relieve Stress with a Nap

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, November 07, 2012

College can be stressful, and there are other daily stressors that can make life hectic.

Our busy schedules can make us tense. Being tense can raise our blood pressure, and stress can make us generally unhealthy. An antidote is a nap. Try to nap in your apartment in Blacksburg, VA on the weekends, and if during the week that isn’t possible, take short nap at your desk at work or while studying.

In a study of 85 young and tired adults, half the subjects took a nap for up to an hour. Then all the volunteers were given a mentally stressful test. Their heart rates were monitored while they took the test and after they were done.
All the subjects experienced a rise in blood pressure and pulse, but those who had napped for at least 45 minutes had significantly less dramatic rises during the test and a quicker return to lower numbers.
 
If a nap is totally impossible in your busy day, extra sleep at night is recommended. Protecting your heart from the effects of stress could have a big reward.


How to Tie a Toga for Halloween

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, October 31, 2012

So it is Halloween at Foxridge, apartments in Blacksburg, VA. You have a party to get to, and no costume. Well, as we all know, in college, everyone needs to know how to tie a toga. If you haven’t been to a toga party yet, you will, and Halloween is the perfect time to learn how to tie one.

When you know how to tie a toga, your options are limitless. You can be a Roman, a Greek, cupid, JC, Baccus or just a lady’s man.

Watch the video, and have a great, safe Halloween.


Not Everyone is Ready to Own a Home

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, October 24, 2012

With housing prices still low many renters are feeling the pressure to finally buy their first homes. But making the transition from renting to owning is a big change, and not everyone is ready for it.

Here are some tips that will help you decide if you should rent or buy.

When Will You Break Even

Many believe that without rent, you can start building equity in your own property. But don’t expect that investment to start paying off right away. With a down payment, property taxes, insurance and your monthly mortgage payment, expect the five to ten years to put a bite on your finances.

So when does home ownership start to pay off? There are a number of factors at play here, but on average, you’re likely going to break even in 5 or 10 years. In markets with high housing prices, the break-even point can be pushed back to a decade or more.

Learning to Live With Less

Homes are an investment that could pay for itself in 5 to 10 years. However, between the property taxes and monthly mortgage payment, as well as home maintenance fees, the amount you spend on housing each month can rise dramatically, and it may cause a major lifestyle shift for new homeowners. Even with tax benefits that allow you to write off mortgage interest costs, the first several years are going to be lean -- a change that many new homeowners aren’t prepared for.

Before you make the leap, there are a few questions you should ask yourself. Are you planning on staying put for several years? Are you prepared to cut back on luxuries like vacations and eating out? Are you willing to take on the risk that housing values can decrease further?

Taking Care of the House

Making your monthly mortgage payment is only one part of the equation when it comes to owning your own place. Without a landlord to handle repairs, it’s now up to you to tackle the day-to-day maintenance issues that are sure to crop up. As a renter, you can solve most problems with a phone call, but as a homeowner, be prepared to give up a Saturday in order to clean the gutters, or to dip into your savings to hire a plumber.

Interested in renting an apartment in Blacksburg, VA, contact Foxridge Apartment Homes.

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Special Holiday Gift Campaign

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, October 17, 2012

For 24 years Foxridge residents, team members and independent contractors have been helping those less fortunate with a program called "A Special Holiday Gift"

We will start accepting donations in November and will continue through December 7th. We welcome and encourage everyone to  contribute. Any amount is appreciated. Our goal this year is $1,728 which is very achievable.

Please bring donations to the Welcome Center and check out all our great raffle items. 100% of  contributions will benefit the following organizations:

Women's Resource Center, United Way, Montgomery County Christmas Store, NRV Senior Services, The Angel Tree and The Montgomery County Humane Society. Thank you in advance for all your support!!!


Welcome to Foxridge Apartment

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Collegiate Living at its BEST  Application for Blacksburg apartments near Virginia Tech

With our clubhouses, swimming pools, basketball and tennis courts, and fun social events, you will see why Foxridge Apartment Homes were voted #1 Apartment Community in Blacksburg by readers of the Collegiate Times. Apartment homes available with washers & dryers, great recreational facilities and fields, nearby stores, banks, ATMs, restaurants! Apply for your Foxridge Apartment Home today with our online rental application form. 

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Foxridge Collegiate Apartment Homes

750 Hethwood Blvd. 100G, Blacksburg, VA 24060
Call: (888) 532-1809 (540) 951-9302
Email Usinfo@foxridgeliving.com
View Map
Opens: Monday-Friday: 9A-5:30P | Saturday: 10A-1P & 2P-5P | Sunday: 1P-5P

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