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Colonial Heritage – an Active Adult Community, in Williamsburg

Colonial Heritage is an active adult community ideally located minutes from Colonial Williamsburg. This gated community has much to offer. Amenities include an elegant clubhouse featuring a grand ballroom, fine and casual dining, grille room, card room, and billiard room. The well-appointed library with computer stations, woodworking shop, and arts and crafts room make the clubhouse a great gathering place. Other amenities are an athletic club with fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, aerobics room, pro shop, tennis, and miles of walking and biking trails.  If golf is your passion, the Arthur Hills designed 18-hole championship golf course is both challenging and a delight for players of all abilities. Whether you are looking to make a lifestyle change or continue living the active life you currently live, Colonial Heritage is an excellent choice.  Choose from the Executive Collection, the Garden Collection, the Carriage Homes, or The Villas.  The base price of the Aspen model starts in the mid $200’s and the Tigerlilly II in the mid $400’s.

Line Dancing Class - Rolf Kramer Real Estate

Colonial Heritage Activities – Line Dancing – Williamsburg, Virginia

rolf kramer, real estate, Williamsburg, VARolf 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 Trust Rolf Kramer to help you when you Retire to Williamsburg?

Buying a home is one of the largest financial investments most people make in their lifetime. That is why it is essential for you to have the utmost confidence in your real estate professionals. You can have confidence in me as a member of the National Association of REALTORS® I subscribe and adhere to the association’s Code of Ethics and Standard of Practices.

Rolf Kramer, Real Estate - licensed agent in Virginia

Rolf Kramer, Real Estate – licensed agent in Virginia, 757-564-4455

I have over 10 years of residential real estate experience and hold the Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) designation, conferred by the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council (REBAC), confirming mastery of buyer representation and a demonstrated performance in closed transactions. I have also earned the Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) designation, conferred by Senior Advantage Real Estate Services, demonstrating my commitment to and interest in senior housing issues; and the E-Pro certification. As an Internet Professional, I received training in effectively communicating with the online consumer.

Through education and experience, I am committed to provide you with accurate information to help you make ‘Good Real Estate Decisions.’  I will impart up to the minute information about Williamsburg real estate regarding such things as current market conditions, neighborhood property values, comparable sales, tax assessment information, and other facts that may be relevant to your purchase. Identifying potential problems with a property and negotiating the best price on your behalf are two key elements to my representation.

As your trusted advisor, my priority is helping you realize your dream.  I will customize my service to meet your personal needs and provide the exceptional real estate service you deserve.

rolf kramer, real estate, Williamsburg, VARolf 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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Ready to Buy? Let Rolf Kramer Real Estate Agent Specializing in Retiring in Williamsburg HELP!

You probably have experience buying and selling real estate.  However, if it has been a long time since the last real estate transaction, you may need to learn about some of the things that have changed since your last transaction.  For example, disclosure laws, buyer representation, and reverse mortgage financing are all relatively new for buyers and sellers.  For those of you that may need a refresher, we can provide you with complete information about today’s home buying process.  Here is a great home buying guide to help you understand the current home buying process: “The Perfect Fit, Home Buying Guide“. You can also check out our Buyer ReportsFrequently Asked Questions, and Real Estate Glossary. Buyers no longer need to represent themselves during the home search and purchase, while all agents represent the seller. Smart home buyers today can receive undivided confidential representation by choosing a “Buyer’s Agent.”  Find out more about Buyer’s Agents and how we can represent you and protect your interests during your home purchasing process.

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Financing Your Home

The first step has not changed much.  You need to know how much you want to spend. Will you get the money from the resale of your current home? How much can you afford or qualify for?  In today’s financing process it is critical to check your credit report to know your credit worthiness.  Clear up problems, if any, before going to a lender.  A good credit rating will result in you receiving lower interest rates.  Your credit rating will also affect the rates for the property insurance on your new home.  Read more about the New Reality of Property Insurance.

Get pre-approved for a mortgage from a mortgage broker or lender, with a commitment to fund your mortgage in writing.  Ask about the various types of mortgages to find the one that may be right for you.  There are many more options than there were even five years ago.  Once pre-approved for a loan, you will know your price range to begin shopping for real estate.

Finding the Right Lifestyle, Neighborhood and Home

Check out the various lifestyles that Williamsburg has to offer.  Whether you choose an active adult community, a golf course or country club community, waterfront living, urban condominium, suburban single family, or if continuing care is needed, you will find them here.

Determine the type of neighborhood you are looking for.  Do you prefer a neighborhood with lots of trees, one in the middle of town or out in the country?  Would you like to have easy access to a highway?  Do you prefer a community with a Home Owners Association or one without?

Make a wish list of all the specifications you want in your home.  Prioritize the list based on your wants and needs.  Next, mark out those aspects that you are willing to compromise on, in case you need to.  Then start searching for your home. You can search the Williamsburg MLS right from our website, or you can have us do it for you.
Review the property listings that meet your needs.  Select properties to see in person and then tour them with us, your Buyer’s Agent.  Once you have selected the property that best meets your needs, we will generate a Comparative Market Analysis to determine the market value of the property.  We will then write and negotiate an offer to purchase the property.

Closing the Deal

Once the contract is ratified we will continue to represent you and assist you throughout the post-contract procedures.  This will include participating in a professional home inspection, selecting your settlement attorney, obtaining property insurance, contacting utility companies, conducting the pre-settlement walk-through, and the Settlement at your attorney’s office.

rolf kramer, real estate, Williamsburg, VARolf 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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About Rolf Kramer – who am ?

You know you are ready to retire. You know you want to live in Williamsburg, and you found this blog. But, why should you hire Rolf Kramer to represent you when you are searching for your home and negotiate a home purchase in Williamsburg?
 Rolf Kramer, Real Estate - licensed agent in Virginia
Rolf Kramer
REALTOR ®
ABR, SRES, e-PRO
Williamsburg Office
rolfkramer@lizmoore.com
(757) 564-4455 Cell
(757) 240-2584 Direct Fax
(757) 645-4106 Office
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I provide my clients with state of the art technology, sophisticated marketing techniques, up-to-the-minute information, and the expertise demanded by today’s rapidly changing market. My services are backed by Liz Moore and Associates, devoted advocates for the consumer! Every home Liz Moore and Associates markets will have a professional and independent property inspection by an NAHI-certified home inspector, a market evaluation by a licensed appraiser, and a complete termite and moisture inspection by a bonded exterminator. Best of all, this is done at our expense. An innovation pioneered by Liz Moore and Associates, this process provides advantages for both buyer and seller. It allows our agents to accurately pinpoint true market value, ensures that you are advised of value and potential repair issues up front, before negotiating price and committing to terms, and avoids eleventh hour discoveries that can derail a sale. Liz Moore and Associates takes the surprise, and a lot of the stress, out of home buying and selling.

When I work for my clients they can always be assured that I will be truthful, do my very best for them and get the job done right. I learned this from building a 30 year professional consulting career. That career was based on a tradition of listening to clients and then delivering expert knowledge, advice, and determined hard work to help my clients fulfill their needs. That is what I do for my real estate clients.

As a Realtor, I have come to realize that I don´t buy and sell real estate. What I really do is help people change their lives. When people move from one home to another, it changes where their kids go to school, where their family worships, and their sphere of friends. It dramatically changes their lives. I have a big part in making that happen and I take that very seriously.

Making this family life change a successful change is what puts a smile on my face and in my heart. I really get a kick out of having my clients come back to me and thank me for the helping them get what they wanted, where they wanted to go, when they wanted to go, and without undue stress.

I am in the business to make money because my most important job every day is to create security, stability, and a future for my family. I build that business by working with people like you and taking excellent care of them and their real estate needs.

As a Buyer’s Agent: I employ detailed interviews to identify a client’s needs and review every available property through extensive resources, including several Multiple Listing Services, online newspaper classifieds, and For Sale by Owner web sites. Clients are immediately notified via email about any new properties that fit their needs. Clients are provided with their own internet portal where they can sort their properties into favorites, possibilities, and rejects. As a real estate professional and long time resident of Williamsburg, I offer my clients an insider’s perspective on the local real estate market.

As a Seller’s Agent: I use a variety of advanced marketing tools. Clients are provided enhanced Internet listings on http://www.realtor.com, http://www.point2nls.com, http://www.craigslist.com, http://www.backpage.com, http://www.rolfkramer.net, http://www.retiringinwilliamsburg.com, http://www.yahoo.com, http://www.googlebase.com, http://www.zillow.com, and http://www.trulia.com, which present their property to millions of online buyers actively looking to purchase. Buyers can directly access the property´s details, multiple pictures, and panoramic and 360° Virtual Tours. Properties are listed in two local Multiple Listing Services (MLS) and lock boxes are provided for easy access by more Realtors. I use traditional marketing techniques that still help sell a house in today´s market: For sale sign and a box with flyers on the lawn for drive-bys; open house for the public; broker open house; advertising in newspapers and magazines, and ‘Just Listed’ postcards to neighbors. I maximize the market exposure of my client’s property to include all sources of first contact for home buyers.

rolf kramer, real estate, Williamsburg, VARolf 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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Searching for an Active-Lifestyle Retirement Community in Williamsburg?

Here are some Retirement Lifestyles that my clients are looking for, in Williamsburg, Virginia

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Active Adult Communities

The Williamsburg area has become a Mecca for retirees who are young-at-heart.  Baby Boomers are rediscovering what the early settlers discovered over 400 years ago – that it is a great place to live.  Age-restricted active-adult communities offer a range of services, social events, amenities, and activities to attract and serve residents.  After all, 55 is the new 35.

Gated Communities

Developers have recognized the desire of Buyers for security and prestige.  In response, gated communities have become a popular phenomenon worldwide. Gated communities typically include controlled entrances and usually offer amenities such as country clubs, golf courses, fitness centers, and club activities.

Golf Course/Country Club

Is golf your obsession?  Do you want to step out your back door and onto the course?  On the other hand, do you simply enjoy the beauty of manicured fairways and greens?  Whatever your tastes, the Williamsburg area offers numerous golf communities with golf to suit any ability amid extraordinary natural beauty.  Test your skill on some of the world’s finest courses designed by legendary architects such as Robert Trent Jones, Rees Jones, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio, and Pete Dye.

Suburban Living

According to a survey done by the National Association of Realtors, more and more Boomers want to retire in a suburban setting, motivated by quality health care and cultural activities.  Because Boomers are staying in the work force longer than previous generations, they may want or need somewhat larger dwellings that include one or two home offices.  Williamsburg has a wide variety of subdivisions, within minutes of Colonial Williamsburg, that will meet these needs and wants.

Urban Living

For those looking for slow-paced urban living, Williamsburg presents a range of prospects.  Mixed-use developments, an intelligent combination of land use, offer residential living and commercial properties, including office space.  New Town and High Street are great examples of mixed-use communities.  They offer sophisticated apartment, townhouse, and condominium homes overlooking beautiful park settings.  Take a nostalgic trip down memory lane to your childhood years when the family enjoyed going downtown.  You can leave your car at home and walk to nearby shopping, dine at neighborhood restaurants, workout at a nearby fitness center, and enjoy multi-screen cinemas.

Waterfront Communities

Whether you have your own boat or simply want to enjoy breathtaking sunsets over the James, the Williamsburg area provides easy access to area rivers as well as lakes and ponds.  Williamsburg is located on a peninsula with the York River to the northeast and James River to the southwest.  Do not overlook the beautiful Chickahominy River, which flows into the James River.  Both the York and James rivers lead to the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean.  Some of the area’s most prestigious neighborhoods offer marina facilities, while others have river access and most have lakes or ponds.

Independent/Assisted Living and Continuing Care Residential Communities

Should you or your loved ones need independent/assisted living or a continuing care facility, Williamsburg boasts a minimum of five such facilities.  Levels of living offered include independent living, assisted living, supportive living, memory-impairment, and skilled nursing facilities.  The emphasis is on nurturing and enhancing quality of life through planned programs designed for mental and physical stimulation.

rolf kramer, real estate, Williamsburg, VARolf 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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Retiring. Golfing. The Good Life in Williamsburg

Braemar Creek at Greensprings Plantation is a condominium community in a beautiful lake and golf course setting.  A number of the buildings line holes on Williamsburg National’s newest course, the Yorktown.  The course is a traditional design by Tom Clark with no gimmicks.  The Jamestown course is an award winning Jack Nicklaus group design.  It was named “One of the 10 best courses you can play in Virginia” by Golf Digest Magazine.  Prices start in the low $200’s and amenities include a clubhouse featuring a workout room, kitchen, lounge, huge porch overlooking the pool.  They also offer tennis courts and playground.

A bad day of golf - Rolf Kramer Real Estate Agent

Brickshire may just be the perfect blend of relaxing countryside living, exciting recreational and cultural opportunities all in one location.  Located midway between Richmond and Williamsburg, the Curtis Strange signature golf course is “player friendly” and contains replicas of some of his favorite holes from around the world.  The community covers 1,135 acres of rolling hills and woodlands.  Amenities include an owner’s clubhouse, swimming complex, tennis courts, fitness center, two nature trails, and walking trails.  Developer’s lots have sold out.  However, resale home sites are available and start around $100,000.  The Sanctuary offers builder spec homes starting in the mid $300’s.  The Preserve and Kings Pond neighborhoods feature custom homes starting in the $500’s.  Luxury patio homes featured in the BelGreen section start in the $300’s.

Ford’s Colony was voted the Number One Master Plan in Continental U.S. by the American Resort Development Association.  A golf and country club lifestyle awaits you within its gates.  Three Dan Maples designed golf courses were built with an appreciation for all levels of play.  You will find homes rich in architectural tradition.  Styles include Colonial, Greek Revival, Georgian, and Federal providing every modern convenience and amenity you desire.  If your preference is low maintenance living, the courtyard homes located on the golf course start at $499,000. Luxury town homes begin at $300,000. Or, if you prefer, select a homesite and build the home of your dreams. Choose from homesites on the golf course, next to the wildlife preserve, overlooking a lake or nestled in a wooded setting. Homesites range from 1/4-acre to over an acre in size and are priced from $125,000 to $1,250,000.  Resale homes start at $345,000 for a single family attached home to spectacular homes over $2 million.

Colonial Heritage is “THE” destination for active adults 55+ years of age and better.  Enjoy life to the fullest in an ideally located community with great amenities combined with small town charm and city conveniences all creating an unsurpassed lifestyle.  At Colonial Heritage, you will enjoy the comfortable pace of small town living enhanced with a wealth of recreational, educational, and cultural opportunities.  This 695-acre, 1500 homesite, 24-hour manned gated community with miles of walking and biking paths, world class amenities and affordable living for an active adult lifestyle is a place you will call home. Amenities include a 25,000 square foot Heritage Club featuring casual dining, ballroom with stage, cards and billiards, woodworking, arts & crafts, and library with computer stations.  The 8,500 square feet Athletic Club features a  heated indoor pool with a spa, an outdoor pool with expansive terrace, state of the art fitness center, golf pro shop, and snack bar.  For the tennis enthusiast there are outdoor tennis courts. Colonial Heritage is home to an Arthur Hills designed 18-hole Championship Golf Course with a putting green and driving range.  Golfers are invited to hone their skills at the sprawling practice range and short game facility. The driving range offers golfers the luxury of natural grass tee boxes to enrich your learning and practice experience. Sharpen your short game proficiency at the large arched chipping green which features two bunkers and putting green.

Governor’s Land At Two Rivers is described as, a warm and welcoming community where interesting people of all ages, professions and backgrounds come together to enjoy a unique lifestyle.  Located along a pristine stretch of unspoiled waterfront along the shores of the James and Chickahominy Rivers.  Governor’s Land is a luxury residential community offering all of the advantages of country club living.  The Tom Fazio designed, Two Rivers Golf Course is the only private community golf club in Williamsburg.  The community boasts a premier marina nestled in a protected private harbor providing a safe haven or boats up to 50-feet in length.  Easy boat ramp access to the beautiful James River will lead you to adventures on the Chickahominy River and the Chesapeake Bay.  Homes start in the high $500’s up to well over $2 million.  Land is available starting in the high $160’s going as high as $1.5 million.  Once you experienced a sunset from the terrace of the clubhouse, you won’t settle for anything less.

Greensprings Plantation is a wooded subdivision of 175 homes on lots that are larger than the average size found in subdivisions around Williamsburg.  Some of the properties back to Williamsburg National’s Jamestown golf course.  The community amenities include a clubhouse, pool, playground and tennis courts.  Home prices start in the mid $400’s.
Greensprings West is a 365 home master planned community wrapped around Williamsburg National’s Yorktown golf course.  The Tom Clark design is a 7,000 yard championship course of traditional design with no gimmicks.  The subdivision has an active HOA (home owners association) and offers a clubhouse, pool, tennis, lakes and community events.  Resale home prices start in the high $300’s.  Homesites are available starting in the mid $130’s to the mid $230’s with 14 builders to choose from.
Kingsmill on the James is a gated community located on the banks of the James River near historic Williamsburg.  Golf until your heart is content on a trio of 18-hole golf courses and a 9-hole par 3 course.  The community’s crown jewel is The River Course the site of the Michelob Ultra Open, an LPGA Tour event.  While it is exciting to play these prestigious golf courses, having one right outside your back door is priceless.  The community offers a variety of exclusive neighborhoods including resale resort condominiums ($170,000-$500,000), resale single family homes ($350,000-$3.5 million), resale patio homes adjacent to golf course ($400,000-$550,000), new homes (starting at $600,000), luxury riverfront townhomes ($775,000-$1.5 million), and River Bluffs luxury condominiums ($775,000-$1.5 million).  If boating is your passion, check out the marina.

Stonehouse/Stonehouse Glen is located just minutes west of Williamsburg.  It’s close proximity to I-64 gives it easy access to Richmond and Newport News.  This planned community is surrounded by the prestegious Tradition Golf Club at Stonehouse winding over 6,962 yards of steep forested hills, wide plateaus, and abrupt ravines.  Gentle rolling hills and wooded lots showcase beautiful homes.  The Orchard Hill neighborhood features smaller lots with single family homes ranging from the mid to upper $300’s.  Other neighborhoods feature mid-level and custom homes from the high $300’s to near $1 million.  Neighborhood amenitites include a clubhouse, tennis, playground, pool, RV parking and neighborhood garden.  Stonehouse Glen is a new phase being developed featuring new home construction with base prices from the high $300’s to the mid $520’s.  Future plans include a clubhouse and pool.

rolf kramer, real estate, Williamsburg, VARolf 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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Beat the Heat of Summer, in Williamsburg!

Summer’s heating up, in Williamsburg – even as we are winding down to August. If you’re looking for ways to cool down and still have a great time with family and friends, here are a few suggestions.

— River —

York River, Rolf Kramer Real Estate Agent

There may be nothing better than a cool dip in a small river – and we’ve got two big ones!  Think day-long floats, canoeing, boating, fishing, and kayaking.

— Water Park —

Great Wolf Lodge Indoor Waterpark, Rolf Kramer Real Estate Agent

There is a few splash pads at our amusement parks for the children (and the adults who like to get splashed — I am one of them!) And lots of slides and lazy rivers

— Museums —

What do museums have? Consistent temperature. Museums are a little warmer than subterranean 50-something-degrees, and they’re beautiful, creative places to chill out … and maybe learn something new.

— Pool —

There isn’t a community that I sell in that doesn’t have a community pool. Some of them are works of  art and the perfect place to meet the neighbors and chill out!

Why does Barbara love Love LOVE the house that Rolf Kramer helped her find, at Colonial Heritage?

The resort-like pool at Colonial Heritage is a pool party, waiting to happen.

Fords Colony Pool, Rolf Kramer Real Estate

Fords Colony Pool

Patriots Colony pool, Rolk Kramer Real Estate Agent

Patriots Colony pool

Kingsmill Lazy River, Rolf Kramer Real Estate Agent

The Lazy River at the Kingsmill Resort (as part of Kingsmill on the James community)

Where do you like to cool off during the summer?

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rolf kramer, real estate, Williamsburg, VARolf 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.