Tailgating Recipes

Posted: September 28th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
Our apartments in Roanoke, VA are located near major colleges and universities and the fall semester has begun. This means you get to enjoy tailgating at home with the NFL, and tailgating in the lot with our college teams.

No game is complete without a little tailgating. Whether you are tailgating indoors or out, chill the beer, put on your game day jersey and check out these football-friendly foods. And don’t forget, on game day, minimize the need for utensils and keep the food as handheld as possible.

While this may sound a bit superfluous and excessive, we must keep in mind that tailgating can never be overdone.

Breakfast- After getting to the stadium early, one must immediately toss a tender rib-eye steak on the grill and prepare to sizzle several double-sized eggs over the top of the meat in preparation of a feast.

Once breakfast is finished, lunch time seems to be quickly approaching.

A selection of sweet and spicy sausages, grilled with oily, and crispy onions and tri-colored peppers.

Easy - For cooking enthusiasts, there is no better method than using the crockpot, as preparation time is limited and waiting time is endless.

On the Friday before the game, combine brown sugar, pepper, onion powder, paprika, salt, garlic powder and cayenne with the pork before refrigerating the mixture for at least eight hours.
When ready to cook, rub the pork concoction together with apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and vegetable oil. Then place in the crockpot for up to 10 hours, after which we separate the pork with a fork.
All it will take is 30-40 minutes of reheat time on Sunday, with buns warm and ready to go.

Best burgers - 32 ounces of sirloin, 12 strips of bacon, four large eggs, eight slices of preferred cheese and four Kaiser buns are the ingredients to a heavenly, and life-threatening burger.

After grilling the eggs and bacon in the same pan, toss the succulent (already-grilled) burger on the plate and cover it.

When both buns are thoroughly buttered, toss the burger, cheese-covered eggs, bacon, lettuce, tomato and onion on them.

Chili - Essentially the easiest dish on this list.

After chopping the meat of choice into cubes and slicing the onions, peppers and cilantro, the chef must toss all the accoutrement into a large pot.

While the canned. strained beans and wide array of spices are expected, there's one ingredient that makes this the luscious production the best ever. Adding a dark beer of choice, such as a porter or stout, will make this one memorable delicacy.

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Sometimes It Makes Sense to Rent

Posted: September 21st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

From cars and apartments in Roanoke to clothing and furniture, huge numbers of the "Recession Generation" (20- to 34-year-olds) are choosing to rent their possessions, according to Bloomberg.

It's understandable -- in the wake of the Great Recession, the jobless rate has topped 8% for three years, student-loan debt totals $1 trillion, and among those able to get jobs right out of school, the median starting salary is a measly $27,000. All while the real costs of many everyday goods have risen.

Does it make sense to rent long term, rather than buy?

Rent vs. Buy: A Home

Many say buying makes more sense than renting. Except when it doesn't.

First, you have to qualify for a mortgage, which may not be easy for those drowning in student loans or who racked up credit card debt during their college years (or years searching for a job). When you rent apartments with HHHunt apartment homes, we report your timely rent payments to credit agencies to help you build your credit score.

You'll also need to have a down payment, which, for most, is the difficult part. As Trulia's chief economist explains, "It may be cheaper to buy than to rent in a particular city, but it takes more than 8 years to save enough for a down payment."

So while buying a home is what many expect, it may not be a feasible choice if your finances are in turmoil -- or if you want the ability to easily move.

For information on renting an apartment in Roanoke, VA contact Honeywood Apartment Homes.

Daily Finance

Rent or Own?

Posted: September 14th, 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 Roanoke, VA?

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 Roanoke, VA? Contact Honeywood Apartment Homes.


Rent If You Plan on Moving Within 5 Years

Posted: August 31st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

If you're planning on moving in the next five years, rent

If you think you want to buy a home, you should first consider how long you plan to stay in the area. If you think you might move again in the next few years, it's a better plan financially to simply rent an apartment in Roanoke, VA, as the first five years are the hardest for building up equity.

Why is that? There are several reasons.

First, the first five years of the mortgage are the worst years for building equity. The large majority of each mortgage payment goes straight toward interest. On a thirty year mortgage, you build approximately 5% of your home’s value in equity during the first five years of the mortgage.

Second, much of that small amount that you do build in equity will be eaten by realtors when you sell. The FSBO route has challenges and expenses involved as well.

Third, the equity that isn’t devoured by the realtors will be devoured by the bank. Closing costs can add up to be a large portion of your mortgage, particularly when you’re really only concerned about the small amount of equity you’d build during that time.

Finally, the housing market isn’t the same as it was seven or eight years ago. At best, home prices are stable. In many areas, they’re still drifting downward. You’re not going to make a mint by buying a house and then flipping it.

If you are interested in renting in Roanoke, contact Honeywood Apartment Homes.

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An Apartment Home with All the Amenities in Roanoke

Posted: August 22nd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

If you haven’t been to the cutting edge fitness center at Honeywood Apartments then you’re missing out!

Cutting edge means our fitness center has everything you will ever need to get in shape and stay healthy: ellipticals, treadmills, stationary bikes, weight machines, and free-weights. You can watch TV on the flat screens, and get in- and stay in the best shape while having fun.

Don’t forget to visit the clubhouse. This is where you can meet your neighbors and socialize with friends. Challenge friends to a game of tennis on the lighted tennis courts or a game of hoops on your regulation basketball court.

Football season is upon us, enjoy it our fully equipped clubhouse with a full kitchen, or enjoy it in your spacious apartment with over-sized private patio or balcony. These apartment amenities are here for you, our residents. Enjoy the pool, outdoor grilling and entertainment area and even let your pet make friends in the pet play area.

Do you want more information on our apartments in Roanoke, VA? Contact us.