41st Annual Gopher Hill Festival in Ridgeland, SC

Posted: October 4th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

If you live in an apartment in Ridgeland, SC, then you get to enjoy a festival that is all your own. Starting today and running through Saturday, October 6 is the Gopher Hill Festival.

The 41st Annual Gopher Hill Festival is here, and Time to celebrate! This is Jasper County's centennial year, so the theme for 2012 is "Educators Through the Years".  

On Thursday, October 4 will the Pink Tub Race the Baking Contest, Gopher Idol Talent Contest, Pet Competition followed by a spectacular firework show.   

On October 5th at 6:00 pm, the fun continues with the Gopher Hill Food and Craft Market.  At 8:00 p.m. it’s time to pull out the dancing shoes as the bandstand comes alive for your entertainment with the Fabulous Expressions.  Join us for the shag contest at 10:00 p.m.
Saturday morning will showcase the 5K Run/Walk at 7:30 a.m. and the Grand Gopher Hill Parade at 10:00 a.m. The parade will be announced LIVE from the Clock, corner of Main St. and Jacob Smart Blvd.  The parade will pay tribute to our present and retired educators with floats.  Parade bicycles will be judged for the best decorated bicycle. Afterwards, the festival streets will be filled with arts and craft exhibitors showing off their creations.   There will be a variety of food vendors, rides, and all types of fun activities for the entire family.   
Also on Saturday, is the Open Car Show. Main Stage activities will start immediately after the parade with local talents entertaining during the day.
Saturday Night Entertainment begins with the street dance at 6:30 p.m on the Main Stage featuring Jason Courtney and recording artists Confederate Railroad from Nashville, Tennessee.
Information from gopherhillfestival.org

Fall Food, Football, and Fun

Posted: September 27th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

If you live in an apartment in Ridgeland, SC and you are looking for some fun way to enjoy the fall, here are some great ideas in and around Beaufort:

Panini's on the Waterfront - Bay Street/Waterfront Park
Mondays are Half Price Panini's Pizza from 5pm - close
Tuesdays are Family Dinner Night
Family of 4 gets a full course meal including dessert, salad, choice of pasta and soft drinks.
Only $35 includes tax & gratuity

Plums Restaurant - 904 Bay Street, Downtown Beaufort
Monday Night Football Special!!
35 cents each Peel n' Eat Shrimp along with your favorite game.

Guy Davis in concert at Beaufort Academy presented by ARTworks, Saturday, September 29, 7:30pm
General admission ~ $17; students & groups of 10 or more ~ $12; children under 12 ~ $7. For more information: 843-379-2787, www.artworksinbeaufort.org. Beaufort Academy is located at 240 Sams Point Road, on Lady's Island.

Should You Buy or Rent?

Posted: September 20th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Considering all of the volatility in the housing market in recent years, does it really make sense to own a home? Or is it better to rent an apartment in Ridgeland, SC?

It used to be that the American dream included owning a home. Now the pendulum seems to have swung dramatically in the other direction. Since the housing bubble burst, some are beginning to rethink the conventional wisdom that owning a home is a good investment, even though declines in home prices have made purchasing and owning one somewhat more affordable.

Home prices and interest rates are only one consideration, as many found out during the housing market bust. Home ownership is great if are going to settle in the same place for around 10 years and can continue to afford the payments. Unfortunately, these circumstances can be unpredictable.

When deciding to buy or rent a home, financial considerations are important, but lifestyle issues should also be taken into account.

Be sure to consider everything when it comes to homeownership; benefits should be tempered by other considerations. Taking on a mortgage obligates you to live up to the terms of the loan for years, and homes typically require a significant investment in maintenance and occasional improvements. And as far as an investment, there's no guarantee you will be able to sell your property for more than what you paid for it.

Renting is a realistic starting point for most. As your savings grow and your credit score rises, you might be in a position to qualify for a mortgage and make the leap to home ownership. But choosing the right time to buy is important -- you need to feel secure that your sources of income will be there for the long run.

Lifestyle considerations. Personal traits and current life circumstances are other considerations as you assess whether to buy or rent.

Homeowners should be up to the task of maintaining their own property; from lawn work to minor home repairs. It also means being able to pay for professionals to do occasional work, including plumbers, electricians and carpenters. Renters enjoy a more maintenance-free lifestyle.

Another issue is the need for mobility. Those who are quite certain they can count on their job being in the same area can feel more comfortable making the jump to home ownership, provided they can afford it. Those who expect to be on the move for a job change or educational opportunities in the next three to five years might appreciate the relative mobility they have as a renter.

What's right for you?

There is no "one-size-fits-all" answer to the question of whether you should own or rent your home. A good starting point is to honestly answer questions such as:

Are you comfortable with your current life circumstances and income stability?

Are you disciplined in managing your expenses and paying off debts on a timely basis?

Are you fairly confident you won't be required to move to another city or area in the next five years for personal, work or education purposes?

Interested in renting in Ridgeland, SC? Contact Auston Chase Apartment Homes.


Avoid Being a Bad Roommate

Posted: September 13th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

For many people, having roommates is a natural transition. It can be a great way to trim expenses and save for the future. But if you're not careful, having a roommate can also devolve into constant bickering over finances and dirty dishes.
Roommate tensions are not limited to strangers. Long-suppressed grievances can erupt if you're not careful. If you live in an apartment in Ridgeland, SC and are about to get a roommate, read on:

The key to living amicably is open communication. Everyone must be able to ask candid questions about financial situations and living preferences. Air any complaints or perceived inequities before they magnify and sour the relationship.

Try to agree on as many living arrangement details as possible before moving in together.

The lease. Whoever signs the lease is responsible for paying rent and meeting other legal obligations, so you may want to have all roommates sign the lease if possible. That way, even though you'll still be responsible for the rent if someone moves out suddenly, at least you'll have some legal recourse to recover his or her share if they baulk at paying.

You may need the landlord's permission for a new roommate to move in. The landlord may want to run a credit check and may even ask that a new lease be signed.

Rent. If one bedroom is more spacious or has a private bath, a 50/50 split may not seem fair. The same goes if assigned parking or other amenities aren't equitable. Try to calculate rent amounts together so no one feels slighted later on.

Utilities. Find out which utilities are paid by the landlord and which you'll split. Consider usage levels: Say one roommate works from home and runs the heat all day, or another never watches TV or uses the Internet.

Food. Some people are territorial about their food. Decide whether you'll go in together on groceries, cleaning supplies and other household items or each buy your own, and set rules for replacing used items.

Major purchases. If your place needs common area furniture or appliances, it may be simpler to buy pieces individually so when you move there's no question of ownership. For example, you buy the couch and your roommate buys the TV.

Keep an inventory. Inevitably, your possessions will get mixed in together. To make it easier when your household eventually disbands, make a list of who owns what.

You may want to draft a roommate agreement that establishes household rules and duties. While not necessarily legally binding, this document gives you each a chance to weigh in and may be a helpful tool if communications should later break down. In addition to the billing and cost-sharing information outlined above, also include details such as:

Housecleaning schedule and responsibilities:

Agreement about how to handle damages caused by roommates or their guests.

Move-out procedures, including how much notice is required, forwarding addresses, abandoned property and who is responsible for finding the new tenant.

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An Eating Challenge for the Week

Posted: September 6th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Many of our residents of our apartments in Ridgeland, SC are on a quest to lose some weight. Well, our brains know when we are full after our stomachs do. This tends to let us overeat. In fact, it takes 20 minutes for our stomach to send full signals to our brain. Overeating causes us to gain weight.

So one key to eating less is to eat more slowly; easier said than done.  Here are some tips to slow down when eating. Challenge yourself.

1. Eat foods in a shell. Foods that come in a shell take longer to eat and give your stomach more time to process what’s coming in. Volunteers who ate pistachios in a shell ate 41% fewer calories compared to those who consumed shelled pistachios, and they felt just as satisfied after their snack.

2. Put down your fork and knife after every bite. The key is to chew and swallow before taking the next bite. Do it enough and it will become a habit and slow your eating pace.

3. Try chopsticks. You’ll need to first cut your food into bite-size portions, but it’s worth the extra effort. Being less talented with chopsticks than with a fork, you’ll take in food more slowly.

4. Think soup. Soups take longer to eat and help us feel fuller. A study found that people eat fewer calories on the days they eat soup compared to when they eat only solid foods.

5. Practice mindful eating. Eat meals without distractions like a newspaper, television, or work, so you can focus on the taste, texture, and smell of the food. Registering the will help you eat less.

Bon apetit!

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