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Kiwanis Smokin’ Hot BBQ to be held at Walsingham Academy in Williamsburg, May 9, 3-7pm

Saturday, May 9 – Smokin’ Hot BBQ Fest 2015

The Williamsburg Kiwanis BBQ Fest is the springtime family-fun event. This great gathering of community, entertainment and fun is filled with yummy food, cold beer, and good friends. This year, it will be held on May 9, 2015, 3-7pm (Rain or Shine) at the Walsingham Academy. Cost will be $25 admission and will include raffle prizes, all-you-can-eat BBQ by Whiskey Hill Barbeque, 2 drink tickets, and entertainment by Herbie D and the Dangermen!

Herbie D and the Dangermen at Kiwanis Smokin' Hot BBQ Fest

Williamsburg loves all-you-can-eat charity fundraisers! All the proceeds go to the future of fundraisers and great local charities. This year the recipients are Bacon Street, Jamestown 4-H Educational Center and Erase the Need.

The door prizes and raffles are always a lot of fun, at these kind of events. There are always a long list of generous donors – with gift cards, gift baskets, etc. But, this year, the Smokin’ Hot BBQ Raffle list has added catering events and a cruise!

Raffle prizes:

Williamsburg Kiwanis four annual fundraisers:

  • Shamrock the Burg
  • Kiwanis Club Spring Concert at the Kimball Theater
  • Smokin’ Hot BBQ
  • Kiwanis Shrimp Fest

The Kiwanis Smokin’ Hot BBQ will be held at the Walsingham Academy, on Jamestown Road, in Williamsburg. There will be Corn Hole, live music, and lots of raffles. Ice Cold Beer (Legend Lager and Bud Light) or soft drinks will be part of the ticket – and wine from the Williamsburg Winery will be available for purchase. As usual, there will be games and entertainment for the children. Children’s tickets are $8 for 3-12 and under 3 get in free.

Enjoy the Smokin' Hot BBQ festival

At the Smokin’ Hot BBQ, expect the best old country, pit-smoked taste of Whisky Hill Barbecue as well as hot dogs, beans, cole slaw and all the trimmings. Of course they’ll be soft drinks, beer, and Williamsburg Winery wines. Free Parking. I am a proud member of the Williamsburg Kiwanis (and we have over 170 members)! I am proud to be part of one of the largest clubs in the Capital District because we are so active and do so much. Service is at the heart of our Kiwanis club, in Williamsburg. But, when you can combine service and a fun afternoon – everyone is ALL IN. Won’t you join us, this year?

 

Kiwanis of Williamsburg, Rolf Kramer, Real Estate Buyer's Agent

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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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Yorktown Garden Stroll: April 24-25

On Friday and Saturday, 4/24-4/25, 2015, Yorktown Village is having their Garden Stroll. Here are the details:

  • Time: 10am-4pm
  • Where: There will be five (5) private gardens open for touring. (Map to be provided)
  • Price: $10 in advance (Carrot Tree Restaurant and Gallery at York Hall) ; $12 on days of event.
  • Sale: Plant Sale at Yorktown Baptist Church. Garden plants, trees, shrubs and house plants available.
  • Food: Carrot Tree will be on site with food and beverages.
  • What else: Student art, artists, demos, refreshments at various locations around the village.

Here is this year’s poster: GardenStroll2015poster

Yorktown Garden Tour

Share this post with friends. This event helps celebrate Yorktown Village and larger crowds will encourage them to have more free events! 

 


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Should I Update My Home Before I Sell?

Should I update my home before I sell?  This is a classic home seller’s dilemma. And, like so many questions, it really depends on your specific situation. There are a number of improvements that are “no brainers”… so let’s take a look at those first. The least expensive investments with the greatest returns are undoubtedly the following:

  • Fresh paint. Choose a neutral color, and give the interior a bright, new look. You may want to consider doing some early packing, and not re-hang all your pictures (less clutter will make rooms look larger, and the new owner will  not have to fill holes).
  • Landscaping. A carefully manicured lawn and weed-free beds are an indication that the property is well cared for. Mulch and some color in the flower beds will go a long way toward creating that important curb appeal.
  • Replace carpet, if necessary. New flooring, in a neutral color, allows the buyer to feel that they are moving into a “new” home.

All three of those improvements tend to encourage a stronger offer on your property, because the prospective buyer isn’t moving in with a laundry list of “to-do’s” which are likely to be estimated at a higher cost than what you’ll pay. By doing them, in advance, you preclude a buyer for reducing his offer price by the amount he feels he’ll need to invest.

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Other additions that aid in the marketability are minor kitchen and bathroom remodeling, such as replacing dated counter tops and appliances, and refacing or replacing out-of-style cabinets. Because these improvements can be a bit more pricey than painting and landscaping, be sure to include me in the decision-making process. Not only will I be able to advise you whether or not the project makes sense, I will be able to guide you to affordable and reputable contractors to do the work.

Carefully consider any major renovations, such as room additions, garage conversions, or swimming pools, too. It is very important to make these investments to enjoy while you are living in the home, because chances are that you will not recoup but a fraction of the cost. Garage conversions, for instance, may add a great bonus room or extra bedroom, but when it comes time to sell, you’ll have to subtract the value of the garage that you no longer have. Garages are likely customary – the loss most likely will exceed the gain. 

Bottom line, let’s talk so that I can steer you away from costly changes that you won’t recoup and help direct you toward changes that will help you sell faster. Want to know what your home is worth? Click here.

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Williamsburg Active Aging Expo — for Women 55+

The Williamsburg Active Aging Expo — for Women 55+  event may be of interest to some of my readers. This free, half-day event will be held at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, in Norfolk, on Friday, April 24, from 9am-noon.

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Active Aging Expo for Women 55+

Targeting concerns of women over the age of 55, some of the featured exhibitors sound like it will be worth the drive. For instance, during the breaks, there will be free massages and needle-free acupuncture treatments, meditation exercises, yoga, and you can even have a copy of your Power Of Attorney reviewed for compliance!

Here are some of the seminars:

  • Swimming in Circles
  • Spirituality for Women’s Wiser Years
  • Healthy Habits for a Healthy Brain

RSVP by email info@SeniorAdvocateOnline.com or by calling 757-724-7001 – read the full agenda here.

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Seven Ways to Stop Losing Your Mind!

As we age, we all notice short-term memory loss – it is a natural side effect of aging. It can be increased with injury, stress, or as a side effect of drug use. The good news is that you can actually improve your memory – try these Life Hacks:

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Life Hacks to help you stop losing your mind!

 

  1. Work on Sharpening the Mind You Have.Your mind responds well to regular exercise. Stimulate it with learning how to do new things – this forms new neural pathways and grows connections to existing pathways.
  • Learn a new musical instrument
  • Take up Sudoku or Crossword puzzles (this won’t work as well if you’ve always done puzzles – it needs to be a new skill that you are learning)
  • Take a Language Class – specifically a conversational class because of number 2.
  1. Get into Relationship with People. Relationships stimulate your brain by challenging it unpredictably, in conversations and debates. This forces you to stay alert and engaged. The Harvard School of Public Health researchers found evidence that elderly people who have an active social life may have a slower rate of memory decline than those who are isolated. Not only do they have slower memory loss, they also have a slower mortality rate.
  2. Use mnemonics. Attach a word to an object. An example of mnemonics is the lines on the musical staff: Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge (E, G, B, D, F) or the order of math operations: Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally (Parentheses, Exponents, Multiply, Divide, Add, and Subtract)
  3. Laugh a lot. When you laugh, it engages multiple areas of the brain. Psychologist Daniel Goleman writes in his book Emotional Intelligence, that “laughter seems to help people think more broadly and associate more freely.”
  4. Eat Brain Food. Fish and natural foods like soybeans and flaxseed all are rich in omega-3s. Fruits and veggies have antioxidants that protect your brain cells from damage by free radicals. Limit fatty, processed foods or refined sugar. Have a glass of red wine with dinner because it contains antioxidants and resveratrol, a polyphenol that may help protect the lining of blood vessels and increase levels of good cholesterol.
  5. Exercise. Any kind of physical activity will increase blood flow to your brain and improve function. Stretch when you get up and do 30 minutes of brisk walking, cycling, or dancing, three times a week.
  6. Lastly, Get Plenty of Sleep. Your brain performs best with adequate sleep. The precise amount your body needs varies, but the important thing is to establish a similar pattern and healthy routine. This creates better rest. Shoot for seven to nine uninterrupted hours.

Do you have a mnemonic that you use, frequently?

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Williamsburg Real Estate Market Watch – February 2015

You asked for it – here is the latest Market Watch!

  • How long do Williamsburg homes take to sell? Average of 59 days
  • How many other houses are for sale? Approximately 7.2 months worth of inventory
  • How close to the Selling price are Sellers getting? 97.9%
  • What is the median Sold price? $293,000

Here is the skinny on selling homes, in Williamsburg! Have more questions about this Williamsburg Real Estate Infographic? Give me a call: 757-564-4455

Rolf Kramer, Real Estate Agent, Williamsburg, Virginia, Retiring in Williamsburg

 

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Home Staging to Sell a Home. Does it work?

Does home staging really work? “We are so convinced that having a listing professionally staged means a quicker sale and higher net proceeds for our sellers,” says Liz Moore, “that we are now going to provide an initial staging consultation to our listing clients at our expense.” According to a recent Home Gain survey, 94% of homes staged by a professional stager sold in 29 days or less, compared to an average of 145 days for a non-staged home. Even more compelling is the finding that the $724 invested in staging (the national average cost) netted the seller $2,145 more in price – a 196% return on investment (ROI).

A staging consultation is in addition to the legendary Liz Moore “No Surprises” program: a pre-listing appraisal and up-front home inspection provided to the Liz Moore sellers – all at no cost to the clients. What does a home stager do? One of Trez Robinson’s, at Stage 2 Sell, favorite mantra is that she is a de-decorator. A stager’s role to take away the personality and the style of the current owner so that the prospective purchaser can more easily visualize themselves moving in.

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There are a number of ways to De-Decorate:

  • Remove personal photos and effects.
  • De-clutter so that buyers focus on the “bones” of a house rather than the distractions of the stuff in the house.
  • Neutralize colors, so that the prospective buyers don’t object to the current owner’s personal taste, or that they will need to invest time and money in repainting before they move in (Need to neutralize? Trez recommends Sherman Williams Believable Buff).
  • Remove any “extra” furniture, so rooms look and feel more spacious.
  • Remove any “extra” things on shelves, mantles and tables – minimalize, so lookers are seeing the room, not your things.
  • Remove window treatments – let the light shine in!

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