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Williamsburg Kiwanis Aktion Club is stuffing Christmas Stockings for CHKD Kids!

The Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg has created a campaign for my committee, the Aktion Club (along with The Williamsburg Arc, Liz Moore Realty, and The ReStore Store), in time for Christmas. We are putting together a stocking stuffer campaign for Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters’ sick children.   Please consider helping us fill these stockings that will bring cheer to the sickest children,  Christmas 2014.

Purchase items like DVD’s, small games, wrapped candy, socks,  art supplies, or $10 gift certificates and drop donations (by December 11) at The ARC – 215-A McLaws Circle, Liz Moore  - 5350 Discovery Park Drive, or The ReStore Store – 1303 Jamestown Road. The stockings will be distributed to the children shortly thereafter. Thank you, from all of us, at The Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg!

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About Kiwanis

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time – starting right here in Williamsburg.

About The Williamsburg Kiwanis

Service is at the heart of our Kiwanis club. The thing that makes Kiwanis the best service organization in the world is its focus on children, giving us the unique opportunity to help make a better world today while building the leaders of tomorrow who will make the world better still. When you give a child the chance to learn, experience, dream, grow, succeed and thrive, great things happen. The Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg sponsors Kiwanis family clubs and programs to reach more people and have a greater service impact on our community: K-Kids and Bringing Up Grades (BUG) for primary school children; Builders Club for adolescents; Key Clubs for teens; CKI club for university students and Aktion Club for adults living with disabilities. The Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg is one of the largest in the Capital District with over 170 members. We meet on Wednesday at 12:10 pm at the Williamsburg Lodge.

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Rolf Kramer, REALTOR®, ABR, SRES, e-PRO 757-564-4455 Licensed in Virginia with Liz Moore and Associates, 5350 Discovery Park Blvd, Williamsburg, VA 23188 Williamsburg has become a Mecca for retirees over the past dozen years because of its history, charm, vacation amenities, proximity to major cities and airports, and affordable cost of living. Check out www.retiringinwilliamsburg.com for information about the Williamsburg community, lifestyles available, and search for homes for sale.


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DISCOUNTED Tickets to Busch Gardens Christmas Town ends 11/18 – buy here!

Hurry, this discounted Busch Gardens ticket sale ends Nov. 18.

This year, Christmas Town is brighter than ever with more than eight million lights. Celebrate the spirit of the season as holiday traditions come to life with heartwarming shows, delicious holiday dining and festive shopping opportunities. Experience Christmas traditions from around the world.  Of course, no visit would be complete without a stop at the North Pole to see Santa’s workshop and meet the jolly old elf-himself.

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Your Admission ticket includes access to the park and all rides. Busch Gardens’ signature hot chocolate is extra! Discover why Christmas Town is the place where Christmas shines brightest. This is a unique opportunity to experience Busch Gardens® Christmas Town - lock in one of the best deals of the season and purchase a Christmas Town™ single-day ticket for only $12. 

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*NOTE: tickets are only good Nov. 21, 22, 23, 30; Dec. 5, 7, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22 or 30

**Sale ends November 18, 2014**

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Rolf Kramer, REALTOR®, ABR, SRES, e-PRO 757-564-4455 Licensed in Virginia with Liz Moore and Associates, 5350 Discovery Park Blvd, Williamsburg, VA 23188 Williamsburg has become a Mecca for retirees over the past dozen years because of its history, charm, vacation amenities, proximity to major cities and airports, and affordable cost of living. Check out www.retiringinwilliamsburg.com for information about the Williamsburg community, lifestyles available, and search for homes for sale.


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5 Steps to Getting Past Procrastination

A 5-STEP PLAN TO GET MOTIVATED (guest blog by Jessie Kwak)

According to this post on Zen Habits, if only you can find the joy in your work and hold yourself accountable to others, you can find the motivation to tackle anything. But, what if your current project isn’t a lofty, transformative personal goal or a deadline-dependent goal? Sometimes just taking a few small steps can help shake off our lack of motivation and get us to work.

Motivation

Step 1: Organize

Sometimes we lack motivation to tackle a project because it’s so huge and amorphous we don’t actually know what we need to do. Make it a bit more manageable. For me, this step often involves a bout of cleaning, since clutter makes it hard for me to think straight. Help clear mental space for the project by clearing your desk and getting your physical space in order. Write down the list of tasks you need to complete, and batch them into categories: people to contact, emails to send, things to look up. Figure out which tasks need to come before others, and which have specific deadlines. Generally I find that once I get myself organized I realize it’s not as big a project as I feared. Plus, the path forward is a lot clearer, which makes it much less intimidating.

Step 2: Tackle something

At some point, you’ll actually need to start working. You need to keep an eye on Step 1, and recognize if you’ve crossed the line from organizing to procrastinating. Once you feel like you’re prepared, it’s time to dive in. You can do this however you like – tackle the fun stuff first or tackle the hard stuff first, whichever will be more motivating to you. Sometimes if I’m facing a long to do list, I’ll tackle all the short projects first, which can knock off 6-8 items in a half hour. My list always looks so much more doable after that!

Step 3: Measure your progress physically

A system of physical reminders can help keep you on track, and motivate you to keep moving forward. That’s why so many organizations use those fundraising thermometers – it’s so gratifying to color in the progress. For me, I love a good visual progress report. I draw squares beside each task on my paper to do list, so I can give them satisfying CHECK! whenever I complete something. I keep a calendar above my desk where I write my daily word count for a personal fiction project, and I even give myself a gold star when I hit a certain word count. I put a big red checkmark on my calendar whenever I exercise. Create a system that shows that you’re moving forward, and put it somewhere you’ll see it every day.

Step 4: Set a time limit

If you’re having a really hard time, set yourself a limit – say, twenty minutes. During that time, you can’t check Facebook, go make coffee, or answer emails. Once the time is up, reward yourself with something relaxing, like chatting with a coworker, or going for a walk. I’ll sometimes reward myself with an art project. One business owner I know rewards herself with knitting breaks to keep herself motivated to finish an onerous task. Just choose something that will hit those pleasure endorphins!

Step 5: Find ways to make it fun

Can you listen to a podcast while you file papers? Can you get together with a coworker in the break room and work on a hard task together? Can you put on some awesome tunes? Or figure out some way to turn the task into a game? This isn’t always possible – for example, if you’re having to proofread, or attend a meeting, but if you can focus on trying to find a bit of joy, it may make your dull task go by quicker.

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Rolf Kramer, REALTOR®, ABR, SRES, e-PRO 757-564-4455 Licensed in Virginia with Liz Moore and Associates, 5350 Discovery Park Blvd, Williamsburg, VA 23188 Williamsburg has become a Mecca for retirees over the past dozen years because of its history, charm, vacation amenities, proximity to major cities and airports, and affordable cost of living. Check out www.retiringinwilliamsburg.com for information about the Williamsburg community, lifestyles available, and search for homes for sale.


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Fords Colony Unveils Southern Living Showcase Home, this Friday!

The 2014 Southern Living Showcase Home in Fords Colony, of Williamsburg, Virginia opens this Friday, November 7th  at 10 am!

Inspired by the pages of Southern Living magazine, the award winning team at Wayne Harbin, Builders is building “Harrison Place,” a 3,500 square foot, fully furnished and decorated show home, outside the gate on Fords Colony Drive.  Preferred subcontractors are featuring the latest and greatest trends in home design, interior finishes, and home electronics.  Unleash your inner chef with on-site cooking demonstrations in the fabulous kitchen, discover imaginative landscaping and outdoor space ideas, and find design inspiration and style tips in every room!

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The Southern Living Showcase Home will open to the public for tours beginning November 7th, Friday through Sunday from 10-5.  Tickets are on sale now, here, for $10 in advance, or $12 at the door. Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity and Operation Welcome Home.  12 passenger shuttle buses will run every 15 minutes from the Fords Colony Country Club, where you can learn more about the community named the number one master plan in America, and touted year after year as one of the top places in the country to retire.

The 2014 Southern Living Custom Builder Program Showcase Home is on the Liz Moore and Associates’ online contest, Guess the Price.  Playing is easy! Check out our featured home and submit your guess for what you think the list price will be.  Win lunches, services, more! PLAY, now!

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Veterans can get into Colonial Williamsburg free, on Veterans Day Weekend!

Active duty military, reservists, retirees, veterans, and their direct dependents receive free Colonial Williamsburg admission for the entire Veterans Day weekend—November 7–11, 2014. Explore the Revolutionary City, hear the stirring cadences of the Fifes and Drums, join in the patriotic events, and browse the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. The entire city of Williamsburg will be honoring America’s veterans in a celebration of their patriotism and willingness to sacrifice and serve our country.

On the afternoon of November 8th and 9th, see a special performance of The U.S. Army Band Downrange, in Colonial Williamsburg’s Merchants Square (3pm – bring chairs!).  This military band has a repertoire of rock, pop, country, and R & B, while still inspiring its listeners with signature patriotic arrangements.

On November 11th, at 4pm, there will be a Veterans Day Military March. This ceremony honors America’s veterans, to include the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums, Military Programs Staff, and members of Williamsburg community veterans groups. All armed forces veterans are welcome and encouraged to participate. A commemorative service behind the Courthouse will be held after the march.’

This special weekend, honoring the American Veteran, encourages all active duty military, reservists, retirees, and all veterans to participate and march in the parade and attend Colonial Williamsburg FREE! I hope to see you there!

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Rolf Kramer, REALTOR®, ABR, SRES, e-PRO 757-564-4455 Licensed in Virginia with Liz Moore and Associates, 5350 Discovery Park Blvd, Williamsburg, VA 23188 Williamsburg has become a Mecca for retirees over the past dozen years because of its history, charm, vacation amenities, proximity to major cities and airports, and affordable cost of living. Check out www.retiringinwilliamsburg.com for information about the Williamsburg community, lifestyles available, and search for homes for sale.


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Lennar + Colonial Heritage + Rolf Kramer = Happy Buyers!

I explained earlier why I love helping my clients buy at Colonial Heritage – I have sold 6 homes there since December 2013, but why are Lennar homes so popular for this active-adult, age-restricted community? Baby Boomers – bring it! 13,000 Baby Boomers retire, daily. Where are all these just-retired people headed? To an ACTIVE-Adult Community – like Colonial Heritage!

I have been giving tours of Colonial Heritage since 2008 and I have always been impressed, but since I have become such an active buyer’s agent, at Colonial Heritage, I have learned so much about their builder, Lennar Homes. They are a quality builder that meets the expectations of the new owners. They conduct continuous research to find out what retirees want in their new home, this year. They pay attention to how desires and needs change and build accordingly. Which is why they are on introduced their 11 new floor plans in Spring of 2103, 6 of which can be seen in the 3rd Model Park! The Model Park from last year is used for the Discovery Package – a weekend to enjoy the amenities and lifestyle at Colonial Heritage – want to book a Discovery Package – click on the link, below, and give me dates and I will start the process. These Stay & Play homes are for people, like you, to discover Colonial Heritage’s many amenities.

 

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Click Here to Book a Discovery Package weekend at Colonial Heritage Golf Club

There are so many activities to do at the Colonial Heritage Golf Club – take a look at their current calendar, here. Just take a look at all the activities, at this luxury, resort adult community.

Aerobic's Class

Colonial Heritage Activities – Water Aerobics – Williamsburg, Virginia

Wood-Working Room

Colonial Heritage Activities – Wood Working – Williamsburg, Virginia

Line Dancing Class

Colonial Heritage Activities – Line Dancing – Williamsburg, Virginia

Meeting & Cards Room

Colonial Heritage Activities – Meeting Rooms – Williamsburg, Virginia

Bike Paths

Colonial Heritage Activities – Bike Riding – Williamsburg, Virginia

One of the things that my buyers appreciate, because they are on a budget, Lennar’s homes are Everything’s Included® Homes! That means that upgrades and special touches are included – and all homes have at least 2 levels of upgrades (like a walk-out basement or a loft). Buyers might upgrade the trim with something luxurious, like crown molding or tray ceilings.  But, the basics are not basic, they are everything included – appliances, fixtures, flooring, and heating & air.

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Lennar Home – Colonial Heritage Plantation Home – Williamsburg, Virginia

Lennar Home - Colonial Heritage Plantation Home - Williamsburg, Virginia

Lennar Home – Colonial Heritage Plantation Home – Williamsburg, Virginia

Lennar Home - Colonial Heritage Manor Home - Williamsburg, Virginia

Lennar Home – Colonial Heritage Manor Home – Williamsburg, Virginia

Lennar Home - Colonial Heritage Manor Home - Williamsburg, Virginia

Lennar Home – Colonial Heritage Manor Home – Williamsburg, Virginia

Lennar Home - Colonial Heritage Cottage Home - Williamsburg, Virginia

Lennar Home – Colonial Heritage Cottage Home – Williamsburg, Virginia

Lennar has surpassed the highest standards in active adult living:

That is what the awards say, but, what I hear, on a daily basis, from those families that I help buy, is that Lennar has bright, open floor plans – but on a smaller scale for 1- or 2-person families – without sacrificing grace and luxury. They are exactly what an active-lifestyle retiree is looking for: smaller? Yes. But, certainly NOT lacking in quality, style, entertainment, room, or the feeling of a true, luxury home!

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Rolf Kramer, REALTOR®, ABR, SRES, e-PRO 757-564-4455 Licensed in Virginia with Liz Moore and Associates, 5350 Discovery Park Blvd, Williamsburg, VA 23188 Williamsburg has become a Mecca for retirees over the past dozen years because of its history, charm, vacation amenities, proximity to major cities and airports, and affordable cost of living. Check out www.retiringinwilliamsburg.com for information about the Williamsburg community, lifestyles available, and search for homes for sale.

 


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Why does Colonial Heritage love Rolf Kramer?

You know that I love helping my clients buy homes, in Colonial Heritage. But, you might not know how MANY homes I sell, in Colonial Heritage. Since December 2013, I have sold 6 homes to buyers there: 2 resales and 4 new homes. AND I am always listing another. But….why do I sell so many active-lifestyle homes in Colonial Heritage?

If you take a tour of Colonial Heritage, you’d quickly see that this place is different. It isn’t just a retirement community – in fact about half of the residents either work part-time or full-time. It isn’t a neighborhood of retirement homes. It is an adult, active-living community – which basically means that children under 18 cannot live there – they can visit and even stay on property, up to 60 days a year, but they cannot live there. As a result, Colonial Heritage is an active adult, active-lifestyle community of adults. A very, very active lifestyle with lively, fun-loving, and close-knit neighbors.

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You should see the Activities Calendar, each month – it is CRAZY big. And the activities are WELL ATTENDED! The clubs don’t book empty classes or activities; they shift schedules and activities, depending on participation. And each neighborhood has their OWN group – so there are smaller groups within the larger community, which is perfect for creating friendships. Each neighborhood has a monthly luncheon or appetizer picnic. Then, there are larger activities where everyone meets at the green in front of the veranda for a concert or to attend a travel-club event, but each neighborhood is neighborly. And, every single person in this community is active: they golf, they swim, they walk, and they … play!

Aerobics Class

Wood-Working Room

Wood-Working Room

Line Dancing Class

Line Dancing Class

Meeting & Cards Room

Meetings Rooms

Special Events and Activities are planned, constantly

Special Events and Activities are planned, constantly

Golfing

Golf! Golf! And More Golf!

Resort-Style Living

Resort-Style Living!

Special Annual Events

Special Annual Events

Cards

Nightly Activities

Pool Parties

Pool Parties

Bike Paths

Miles of Bike Paths, inside the community.

Practice Green

Practice Green

Just look at this list of activities, available:

  • Golf
  • Tennis & Pickleball
  • Walking
  • Pilates & Yoga
  • Aerobics & Aquatics
  • Cribbage & Mah-jongg
  • Poker
  • Bridge

Then, look at the Social Clubs:

  • Travel Club
  • Garden Club
  • Towne Diners Club
  • Woodworking Club
  • Book Club
  • Photography Club
  • Dancing Groups
  • Musical Groups

Then, of course – the DINING!

Fabulous Food at one of two restaurants

Prosciutto wrapped Colonial Heritage Dining Room – blackberries with chocolate drizzle

Occasionally, I obtain a listing, and you can search here,  but mostly I help people find the perfect home for them, at Colonial Heritage – as their Buyer’s Agent, negotiating with the seller’s agent. Sometimes, I am the only agent, because someone has already decided they want to live at Colonial Heritage and just need me to negotiate through the buyer’s process – especially if they are moving here from outside of the area. I give them a tour, sit down with the builders and Lennar.  In fact, if you want to spend a weekend at Colonial Heritage to see what the community feels like – click below and book at Discovery Package.

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Book a Discovery Package

When I help someone buy a home in Colonial Heritage, they’re buying more than a home. They’re buying a community: a master-planned community, with an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Arthur Hills, a 25,000 square foot clubhouse with two gourmet dining rooms, dance hall, card room, billiard room, pools, tennis courts, and a 7,500 square foot athletic club. This place has everything needed for entertainment and an active life! This place is anything but retiring!

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Rolf Kramer, REALTOR®, ABR, SRES, e-PRO 757-564-4455 Licensed in Virginia with Liz Moore and Associates, 5350 Discovery Park Blvd, Williamsburg, VA 23188 Williamsburg has become a Mecca for retirees over the past dozen years because of its history, charm, vacation amenities, proximity to major cities and airports, and affordable cost of living. Check out www.retiringinwilliamsburg.com for information about the Williamsburg community, lifestyles available, and search for homes for sale.

 

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