It Does Make Cents to Rent in Lynchburg

Posted: October 31st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

National house prices have dipped in many of the largest metro regions, and declines in house prices are expected to continue given the million plus backlogged foreclosures. As the American economy shifts from buying to renting, with the number of renting households rising by 700,000 annually -- according to a USA Today analysis of Census data -- the number of homeowners fell by nearly 200,000 per year. Unemployment rates remain high and wages are down, which makes it more difficult for people to buy a house and prompts them to rent.

A number of studies continue to show that renting is better than owning for many Americans, with a house being a poor investment compared to renting and investing in inflation-adjusted Treasury bonds. In the paper "American Dream or American Obsession?," Wenli Li and Fang Yang from the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank concluded that the "adjusted real rate of return on housing actually falls below zero," and the national rate of return for homeownership between 1975 and 2009 was 1.35, below the 3.375% return for stocks.

Homeownership translates into less money available for investment and owning a house limits mobility should a new job opportunity arise elsewhere. Some economists have even suggested that high homeownership rates correlate to high unemployment rates. Declines in house prices could make it difficult to sell if the house is worth less than its mortgage. Not everyone should own a house, and the recession has helped eliminate some of the stigma once associated with renting, now that 70 percent of Americans now agree that renting has its advantages over owning.

Looking for a home in Virginia? Contact Walden Pond Apartments in Lynchburg, VA for more information.

Article from National Multi Housing recent release

Happy Halloween Candy Corn Recipes from The Gardens in Richmond

Posted: October 31st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Happy Halloween from The Gardens. It is candy corn season, and you will see and eat plenty of them through the remainder of the fall.
Candy corn candies are sold by the bag from the close of Labor Day weekend to the end of the fall, is a long-standing trademark of the season.
According to the National Confectioner’s Association:

  • One serving of candy corn contains only about 140 calories with each candy corn packing a walloping 3.57 calories
  • More than 35 million pounds of candy corn will be produced this year. That equates to nearly 9 billion pieces — enough to circle the moon nearly 21 times if laid end-to-end.

Well, for all of you celebrating the holiday with friends in your apartments in Richmond, VA we have a fun candy corn recipe collection for honoring this tried and true Halloween staple.

Avoid the tricksters and enjoy some teats, you deserve it!

Halloween Bark

1 1/2 cups broken small pretzels
leftover Halloween candy, broken into pieces
1/3 cup craisins
1 1/2 pounds white chocolate, broken into squares
2 cups candy corn
orange and brown sprinkles

  • Spread the pretzels and craisins and candy evenly onto a lightly greased small baking sheet.
  • Melt chocolate in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water, or in the microwave, stirring frequently until melted.
  • Drizzle chocolate with a spoon over the pretzels and candy, spreading the top flat to coat evenly.
  • Top with candy corn and sprinkles.
  • Let cool until firm.
  • Break into pieces and store in an airtight container

Candy Corn Martini


1 cup vodka
3/4 cups candy corn, plus more for garnish
1/4 cup butterscotch schnapps

  • Pour the vodka into a measuring glass or container and add the candy corn. Let infuse for about 3 hours.
  • In a shaker with ice, add 1 cup candy corn-infused vodka, 1/4 cup butterscotch schnapps, shake well.
  • Pour mixture into a martini glass with candy corn on the bottom.

A Professional Air Conditioning and Heating Inspection Can Save Your Family’s Life

Posted: October 30th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

We previously covered the subject of HVAC tuning and how a tuned system more than pays for the service fee in energy savings.  However, the safety element of a professional HVAC inspection is even more critical than the cost savings.

This is particularly true for outside HVAC systems where the compressor and heat exchanger are subject to the elements of Mother Nature.  And this is especially true for homes in coastal and tidal basins.  The reason for this is multi-causal.

First, outside units will capture and retain water (both rain and sprinkler water) for a period before evaporation vacates the water. Systems in coastal and tidal basins are subject to comparatively higher concentration of salty air.   A steady deterioration of the system’s metal will occur.  Of critical importance is the viability of your metal heat exchanger casing.  If it rusts through, then carbon monoxide will be directly injected into the systems ventilation system and distributed throughout the entire home.

So  for the safety of your family, see to it that your home heating and air conditioning system is inspected at least annually.  Safety inspections are one of the most important aspects of our “Comfort Club” HVAC preventative maintenance service program. Of course if your home heating and air conditioning system is old, inefficient, and dangerous, Tidewater Service offers a variety of the best and most affordable HVAC systems on the market today.  We carry the very best offerings from York, Carrier, and American Standard.

Finally, while you are thinking about heating and air conditioning safety, why not  go check your fire and carbon monoxide detectors. They very well could save your life.

Very Limited Time State of Virginia $1500 New HVAC System Credit Offer

Posted: October 30th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

In our 43-year history serving Hampton Road's heating and air conditioning  needs, we've NEVER witness new HVAC system cost savings of this magnitude!  The combined cash-back offers from the Federal Gov't, State Gov't, and manufacturers make this singularly the best time to replace that old, inefficient, and troublesome air conditioning and heating system.  Consider these discounts: 

Manufacturers cash rebate:  up to $1400
Virginia Natural Gas cash rebate:  $500
State of Virginia cash rebate:  $1500 (Limited fund; rebates end when the fund is exhausted so hurry!)
U.S. Federal Government tax credit: Up to $500 (Essentially "same as cash" to tax payers!)

Total:  Up to $3,900 cash and credits back to you on your new heating and air conditioning system upgrade!

IMPORTANT NOTE:  The $1500 cash rebate from the State of Virginia ends when the special fund is exhausted.  Last year, this fund expired in a matter of weeks, so you must hurry.  To learn more, visit our new "credit and rebate web page" then call (877-657-3365) or  contact us

Economic Benefits to Portable Toilets

Posted: October 28th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Portable toilets provide an important economic benefit to the construction industry and outdoor events. Portable toilets  save money on construction and other work sites because they save time and reduce labor costs.

Workers are more productive when they don’t have to leave the job site for restroom facilities.  The portable toilets can be easily relocated so they can be conveniently placed near the workers as the project progresses.
For outdoor events, portable toilets generate money for the event organizer because guests will stay longer and in turn, spend more money.

There are several models of portable toilets to choose from. We can supply you with a range from basic portable toilets to mid-priced models to flushing portable toilets as well as restroom trailers. We provide a full range of components for portable sanitation such as portable sinks and mobile showers. The difference is the quality. Contact NSC Restrooms today.