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Downsizing to an Apartment

Joseph Coupal - Friday, November 17, 2017

Auston Woods Apartments in CharlotteIf you’re a retiree or empty nester looking for a new home, you may be considering an apartment in Charlotte, NC. How do you know when it’s time to downsize and how do you do it the right way?

Retirees looking to downsize should consider the following:

1. Crunch the Numbers

The most important thing to consider when you’re deciding to rent is the cost. A smaller home often means smaller monthly payments or smaller maintenance costs.

2. Consider Your Lifestyle

If you’re retiring or an empty nester, you should ask yourself these questions – “What do I want to do?” “What do I enjoy doing in my free time? Golf, tennis, biking, and other outdoor activities?” “Do I prefer life in the city, with restaurants, theater, shopping, and cultural activities all within walking distance?” The answers may encourage you to find an apartment near the lifestyle you most want to enjoy.

3. Take Family into Account

Many people often choose to move or downsize because they want to be closer to family. If your family plays a big part in your daily lives it’s only fitting that you consider including them in your decision making process.

4. Simplify Your Stuff

Lastly, if you are seriously considering rightsizing, start going through your things now and declutter! This can be difficult, both emotionally and physically, especially if you’ve accumulated a lot of things over several years. It will help give you a better idea of what you need for space and storage in your next home. If you’re not sure how you’ll do in a smaller space, consider renting for a year or two to see how you like living in smaller quarters.

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Honorably Discharged Veterans will Soon Shop Tax-Free in Charlotte, NC

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Auston Woods Apartments in Charlotte, NCHey veterans, you can soon shop tax free.

Starting later this year, all honorably discharged veterans, no matter their branch of service, will be eligible to shop tax-free online at the Army & Air Force Exchange Service with the same discounts they enjoyed on base while in the military. It’s the latest way in which the organization is trying to keep its customers as the armed forces shrink and airmen and soldiers buy more for delivery.

Adding 13 million potential new customers will give extra ammunition to the group that runs the stores on U.S. Army and Air Force bases worldwide as it fights Amazon and other retailers for veterans’ online shopping dollars.

Since hiring its first civilian CEO five years ago, the Exchange has upgraded the brands at base stores to include items like Disney toys, Michael Kors fashions and other top names. Like private stores, it’s also imposed tighter cost controls, reduced the number of employees and improved people’s experience on the website.

“The intent is to really beat Amazon at their game because we have locations literally on the installations,” said CEO Tom Shull. “We’re leaning toward not just ship-from-store but pick-up-from-store and eventually deliver-from-store.”

The Exchange is adding shipping centers within its stores to allow it to send products directly from those locations more cheaply and quickly. Twenty-six stores now ship orders, and that will expand to 55 by the end of the year.

Within the next three years, Shull said the goal is to deliver something on base within two hours of when it is ordered. That’s possible partly because the Exchanges are already on base, cleared by security.

The Exchange delivers most orders on the second day now. Shull said shipping from stores will make a big difference in regions around bases, which are often in more rural areas.

Expanding online shopping to all honorably discharged veterans is expected to add about $200 million annually within three years to the $8.3 billion in sales the Exchanges generated last year.

Adding those shoppers, what Shull called “the foundation of our growth,” is critical to help offset the 13 percent decline in the number of active-duty Army and Air Force soldiers since 2011 when the Exchange generated $10.3 billion revenue.

“It’s a modest benefit, but it can save you thousands of dollars a year,” said Shull, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy who served in the Army for a decade before starting a retail career at chains including Macy’s.

Former Marine Forrest Cornelius was among the first to sign up at the verification website when it launched in June, and got a chance to start shopping early to test it out. The 51-year-old was impressed by the site and a deal he found on Ray-Ban sunglasses.

“The biggest thing is price. They’re always going to be a little bit cheaper,” said Cornelius, who lives in Dallas.

But competing on price in today’s retail environment is increasingly difficult, said Edward Jones analyst Brian Yarbrough. Just look at how much trouble Walmart has competing with Amazon, he said, because Walmart has the fixed costs associated with its stores.

“To think you’re going to compete on price, you’re going to have a hard time there,” he said.

Under Shull’s leadership, the Exchange stores have traded their industrial feel and reliance on off-brand merchandise for a more modern look featuring well-known labels.

Two-thirds of the main Exchange store at Offutt Air Force Base resembles any department store, with prominent displays of name-brand makeup, Nike fitness gear and Carter’s clothes for kids. The rest is filled with the kind of electronics, appliances, housewares and toys found at Walmart or Sears, with major brands in every section.

The Exchanges don’t pay rent for their military base locations, and the government transports some of their supplies and goods to far-flung locations, but otherwise they operate mostly like an independent retailer. Roughly two-thirds of the employees are family members of soldiers or airmen.

The Exchange, which is part of the Defense Department, reported earnings of $384 million last year. That’s a sharp contrast from five years ago when Shull arrived to projections of $180 million in losses.

Of last year’s profit, $225 million was returned to the defense department to help pay for quality-of-life programs on bases like child development and fitness centers. Besides the main stores, the Exchanges also operate more than 70 movie theaters and bring in franchise restaurants and other vendors for the shopping malls it operates on bases.

Shull feels those are good reasons for the new online shopping privileges to draw veterans to do their shopping there.

“Veterans value the cost savings and what they can do to support the military,” he said.


Off-Leash Pup-Friendly Parks in Charlotte, NC

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Auston Woods Apartments in Charlotte, NCIf you live in an apartment in Charlotte, NC with your dog, you know that every pup needs a place he can feel the wind in his fur. Luckily, Charlotte’s area dog parks—many of which are off-leash and fenced in—offer you dog plenty of room to roam. Here are three favorite off-leash dog parks around town.

Davie Dog Park
4635 Pineville-Matthews Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28226

The largest is Davie Dog Park in South Park’s William R. Davie District Park. The 5-acre, fenced-in space divides large and small dogs into separate areas so no one gets trampled. Owners relax on benches seated beneath tall trees while their pooches roam freely.

Barkingham Park
2900 Rocky River Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28215

A bit busier location is Barkingham Park in Reedy Creek Park. The 4-acre, University City site draws active breeds of all shapes and sizes. Like Davie, Barkingham divides them into fenced-in spaces based on weight class. Toys, plastic swimming pools and water stations are available, but here camaraderie is king and every hour is social hour.

Ray’s Fetching Meadow
8711 Monroe Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28212

If you want to keep things low key, stick to smaller space. Ray’s Fetching Meadow in South Park is a 1-acre dog park in McAlpine Creek Park. Also off leash and fenced in, Ray’s will give your mutt a little leg room before you hit the walking trails—just be sure to leash up for that portion of the outing.

Dog parks are open from 7:30 a.m. to sunset seven days a week. For more info, visit

Charlotte is One of the Best Places for Business and Careers

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Auston Woods Apartments in Charlotte , NCCharlotte is #7 on the Forbes list of Best Places for Business and Careers. The ranking compares the business climates of the 200 largest metro areas by population in the U.S. They were rated on 14 metrics related to job growth, costs (business and living), income growth, quality of life and the education of the labor force.

Charlotte has become a major U.S. financial center, and is now the second largest banking center in the United States. Charlotte is home to the NFL Carolina Panthers, the NBA Charlotte Bobcats, the NHL Carolina Hurricanes, the NASCAR Hall of Fame and the U.S. National Whitewater Center. A number of notable universities and colleges are based in Charlotte. Forbes created a list of the

Some other awards for Charlotte on the Forbes list include:

#7 Best Places for Business and Careers
#51 in Cost of Doing Business
#21 in Job Growth
#60 in Education

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Charlotte, NC is a Great Place to Live and Work

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, October 19, 2017

Auston Woods Apartments in CharlotteCharlotte has become a major U.S. financial center, and is now the second largest banking center in the United States after New York City. Nicknamed the Queen City, Charlotte and its resident county are named in honor of Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the queen consort of British King George III during the time of the city's founding. Charlotte is home to the Carolina Panthers of the NFL, the Charlotte Bobcats of the NBA, the NASCAR Hall of Fame and the U.S. National Whitewater Center. A number of notable universities and colleges are based in Charlotte such as Johnson & Wales University, Queens University of Charlotte, Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte School of Law, York Technical College, Clinton Junior College, Winthrop University and University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Forbes Lists

  • #19 Best Places for Business and Careers
  • #65 in Cost of Doing Business
  • #23 in Job Growth
  • #62 in Education

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Apartments in Charlotte, NC Offer Luxury and Location

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, October 12, 2017

Auston Woods Apartments in Charlotte, NCIf you are looking for a one-bedroom, two-bedroom, or three- bedroom apartment in Charlotte, NC, stop your search at Auston Woods Apartments.

Located in the popular Northlake area of Charlotte, NC, Auston Woods Apartment Homes provides quality residences and incomparable service. With numerous floor plan options and a range of indoor and outdoor amenities, you will find what you need to make your life more convenient and more comfortable. Conveniently located,  Auston Woods is situated near Uptown Charlotte and minutes to I-77 and all the shopping, dining and entertainment Northlake has to offer. Call Auston Woods home.

You can choose from a number of innovatively designed floor plans in our prestigious community. Our spacious apartments in Charlotte, NC are the perfect choice. Surrounded by delightful landscapes and things to do, you will find an apartment to reflect your lifestyle.

At Auston Woods we have apartments designed for your lifestyle. In addition to the community we offer, our location is premier because of its quick access to downtown Charlotte and major highways.

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Charlotte Fall Festivals and Fairs and Things to Do

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Auston Woods, Charlotte, NCLocal festivals add spice to the fall season. Fried turkey legs, funnel cakes, and a fried snicker bar make great memories of perfect fall nights at the fair. Thankfully, we get to enjoy these delicacies year after year. If you live in an apartment in Charlotte, NC be sure to enjoy one of these festivals or fairs this fall season.

Carolina Renaissance Festival
Sept. 30-Nov. 19
This annual festival is full of attractions, entertainment, games and rides, live performances, jousting, authentic food such as turkey legs and fish and chips, shopping, and costumed cast members.
Location/Cost: 16445 Poplar Tent Road, Huntersville. $14+.
Hours: Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-5pm.

Hola Charlotte
Oct. 7
This free uptown street festival spotlights Latin American culture in Charlotte with food, music, folkloric dances, and more. Location/Cost: Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. 7th St. Free.

UNC Charlotte International Festival
Oct. 14
Experience the sights, sounds, dances, food and cultures of the world.
Location/Cost: Barnhardt Student Activity Center, 9201 University City Blvd. Free.

Carolina BalloonFest
Oct. 20-22
Enjoy a weekend of hot air balloon events include two balloon launches a day where 50 balloons take flight, plus tethered balloon rides and a walk-in balloon. There are several non-balloon activities, including beer and wine tastings, live music and artist booths, plus a Kids' Zone filled with inflatables, a climbing wall and a bungee jump. There are also magicians on hand to keep the little ones entertained.
Location/Cost: Statesville Regional Airport, 260 Hangar Drive, Statesville $5-$30.
Hours: Friday, 3-8:30pm; Saturday, 7am-8:30pm; and Sunday, 7am-6pm.

Day of the Dead/Dia de Muertos Festival
Oct. 29
This free family festival celebrates the traditional Mexican holiday with altars, music and dance performances, sugar skull workshops, arts and crafts, and more.
Location/Cost: Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. 7th St. Free.
Hours: Noon-4pm.


Luxurious Apartments in Charlotte, NC

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Auston Woods Apartments in Charlotte, NCNorth Carolina is a very popular area to visit and to live. Regularly receiving accolades as a wonderful place to work, one of the “Best Places to Live,” packed with wonderful small towns, where your money can go farther, where jobs are surging, and filled with beautiful scenery. In fact, North Carolina has a mild climate, four gorgeous seasons, and so much to do. Charlotte is a beautiful and classy growing city with art, theater, and restaurants galore. Some of the best food and BBQ at your fingertips and overflowing with charm, people from all over love their decision to move here.

If you are looking for an one bedroom apartment in Charlotte, NC  look no further than Auston Woods. These luxury apartment homes have a community environment and exclusive amenities. We offer four styles of one-bedroom apartments along with luxury apartment community amenities.

Auston Woods sits in an exclusive retail and business community. Get a taste of the south, art, booming city living, and comfort along with a built-in community. This is a distinctive apartment community environment made for those seeking apartment amenities, spacious and inviting floor plans, and the dedication of a committed management team.

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Why Should YOU Move to Charlotte, NC?

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Auston Woods, Charlotte, NCHere’s what a rich variety of Charlotte residents would likely share with you:

Relocating families might tell you that they love the growing job market, low cost of living and four-season climate, or the range of neighborhoods from urban to rural, good public and private schools and universities.

Members of Charlotte’s burgeoning creative class may tell you that they love the funky in-town neighborhoods like No-Da, live music venues like the Music Factory, Neighborhood Theater and the Double Door, our proximity to mountains and beaches and access to all types of amazing outdoor activities.

Retirees might mention our abundant churches, the highly-respected health care system, Charlotte’s many museums and cultural opportunities, as well as one of the nation’s best airports so their grandchildren can come for a visit.

Business owners would probably mention Charlotte’s well-educated, productive workforce, the resilient, diversified economy, good transportation system, and our active Chamber of Commerce that helps integrate businesses into the Charlotte business scene.

These are all great reasons to be sure. But most love Charlotte for its people. The area was first settled by forward-thinking, hard-working and welcoming folk of Scots-Irish and German extraction. Moral and highly independent people with a charitable bent shaped this town and region. Their fingerprints remain on our collective souls.

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Should You Downsize in Retirement?

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, September 14, 2017

Auston Woods, Charlotte, NCOne method for freeing home equity for other uses is to downsize your home as a part of moving. Downsizing could mean either moving to a smaller home, or moving into a similar-sized home in a less expensive community.

The arithmetic is fairly basic. If you’ve paid off your mortgage and live in a $300,000 home, and then sell it and move into a $200,000 home, then $100,000 of your home equity has been freed for other uses.

Another possibility is simply to sell your home and then rent an apartment in Charlotte, NC. Renting frees up home equity and provides more optionality and flexibility to make more frequent moves before settling down.

When analyzing the decision to rent or buy, you’ll need to consider factors such as the loss of build-up in home equity and its subsequent growth (or loss) and savings on property taxes and other types of home maintenance.

As a part of downsizing, you could consider moving to an apartment community which may be less expensive because of the amenities offered and provide organized activities and social support.

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