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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.

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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.


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Where Should you Retire? Why Move to Williamsburg?

We love living and working in Williamsburg and know many good reasons why Williamsburg is a great place to retire.  But, we decided to ask our clients to share what they love about living in the Williamsburg area.  Here are just a few of them:
Why does Barbara love Love LOVE the house that Rolf Kramer helped her find, at Colonial Heritage?

Barbara is thrilled the day of move into Colonial Heritage. Here, she shakes Rolf Kramer’s, while Kevin Cere, Lennar’s construction manager, celebrates, too!

  • “Williamsburg has a mild, four season climate.”
  •  “The birding here is phenomenal.  We see great white herons, blue herons, ospreys, eagles, King Fisher and everything else imaginable.”
  • “We found new relationships with people that share our interests, and have discovered many ways to contribute to the community.”
  • “History, culture, green space, and access to health care and airports.”
  • “A constellation of attractions including the Colonial Williamsburg living history museum, the College of William & Mary, award-winning golf courses, a handful of prestigious gated-communities, close access to tidal rivers and the ocean, and a location only two and one half hours away from Washington, D.C.”
  •  “There are three airports and seven hospitals within an hour’s drive.  You can golf almost year round at on of 15 courses.”
  •  “Less than three hours to the Blue Ridge Mountains.”
  •  “As boat owners, we liked the town’s proximity to the sport-fishing waters of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, the James, Chickahominy, and York Rivers.”
  • “Residents age 60 and older can audit three courses a semester free of charge at the College of William & Mary.”
  • “Vibrant local cultural scene, including three major art museums, libraries, theater, concerts, films, and academic symposia on almost a nightly basis.”
  • “The peaceful beauty of the Colonial National Parkway has been another unexpected pleasure.  This 23-mile roadway connecting the so-called “Historic Triangle” of Yorktown, Williamsburg, and Jamestown offers frequent glimpses of osprey, bald eagles, and great blue herons.”
  •  “Colonial Williamsburg alone has 1,000 volunteers, mostly retired, serving as museum guides, gardeners, archaeological researchers, and in a myriad of other ways.”
  •  “Virginia Beach is just over an hour away and it’s less than three hours to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.”
  •  “This place is alive–you don’t come here to vegetate,” she adds, “It’s like a perpetual vacation.”
 Come Live the Good Life!
Live Your Dream, Follow Your Passion, Create New Memories

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
(800) 825-2707 Toll-free

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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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Why Hire Rolf Kramer?- Testimonials

This is my biggest accomplishment, as a real estate agent in Williamsburg – hearing the Happily-Ever-After Stories of clients that have used me as their buyer’s agent, when purchasing their retirement home, in Williamsburg. Enjoy reading them, as I did.

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Al and Gloria “It is truly a pleasure to recommend Rolf Kramer to anyone who is buying or selling a home in the Williamsburg area.  Over the past 18 months we have been dealing with Rolf and have continually been impressed with his knowledge, professionalism, patience, thoroughness and follow through in helping us to acquire our ideal home.  Rolf was really a partner in our search and deliberations.  He provided expert counsel in all aspects of our purchase and was with us at every critical step of the way.  He provided us with comprehensive research and in depth analysis during our deliberations.  He got to know our needs and desires and helped keep those things in focus for us.  Rolf’s attention to detail helped us avoid potential problems on more than one occasion. Rolf is by far the best Realtor from our point of view that we have encountered in over forty years during which time we bought and sold six homes.  He truly made us feel that he was “walking in our shoes.”  He invariably went the extra mile in seeing that we were satisfied and continued to provide help and guidance even after we had settled into our new home”

Terry and Pat “Now that we are in our home in Williamsburg we want to thank you so much for your help and guidance in making this dream a reality!  The dream was to have a home that was located in an area that was convenient to shopping, Colonial Williamsburg, restaurants, grocery stores, and all the activities that the city has to offer.  A tall order but, with your real estate knowledge, you found it for us.  We love our home in New Town and we appreciate your persistence in finding just the right place for our needs.
Through this process, you always answered our calls promptly and went out of your way to fine-tune the building process.  You helped us through the inspection phase as well, and for that, we are truly grateful!  As our Realtor, you went way beyond the call of duty.
In closing, your knowledge of the Williamsburg area, your helpful list of business referrals, and your attention to our needs helped our move tremendously.  After buying and selling homes in the past, you stand out as the most competent realtor who has ever worked with us.  Thanks for your professional expertise and for making the search for our perfect Williamsburg haven a very pleasant and fulfilling experience.”

Paul and Darla “Rolf is the Realtor of choice.  He provided the absolute best service possible — a perfect combination of personal and professional skills.  This was a very difficult move for my family and he was instrumental in minimizing stress and pain.  He is the epitome of a great employee.  I will return for all future real estate transactions.”

Joe and Andrea “I highly recommend that anyone searching for a house in the Williamsburg area to contact Rolf Kramer.  It’s perhaps the best decision I have made in years (besides the purchase of my home in Williamsburg).  Rolf really cared that I find the best house for me and my wife.  Rolf helped me formulate a game plan and to narrow my interests into a workable formula.  For months, he sent me emails with pictures and descriptions of homes.  We visited 25 homes or more during several trips to Williamsburg.  I got a good grasp of my alternatives, before finally deciding to buy a house in Colonial Heritage.  Since I bought the house, Rolf has pitched in and helped us a number of times.  My wife and I look forward to maintaining a relationship with him even though his “job” is done.  Rarely have I found someone with such capability, insight, dedication, dependability, and integrity.  You can´t go wrong if Rolf Kramer is your agent.”

Mary and Paul “Thank you so much for helping us find our dream home.  Your personal service made the search enjoyable and educational for us.  You really took the time to get to know what we were looking for, and were able to identify possible properties for us to explore our options.  Your thorough knowledge of the Williamsburg/York County area saved us a lot of time searching and helped us get settled in after closing.  We definitely recommend you as our “go-to” real estate agent.  It was our pleasure doing business with you and we wish you much success in the future.”

Carol and Bill “Mary Lou, We are indebted to you for finding us a home at the Villages of Westminster and handling so many details (as well as my irracibility) via long distance and e-mail.  You are a credit to your agency and a real “Pro”, as well as a charming person who obviously truly cares about her clients.  Our hats (if we wore them) are off to you!
Many thanks, again, and we’ll stay in touch.”

Andy “Truly outstanding – Rolf brings only the highest professionalism and integrity to being a real estate agent.  Your advocate and champion, he uses his vast knowledge, infinite patience, and wealth of experience and contacts to make the often-troublesome process of finding and buying a home both pleasant and uneventful.  I would recommend him wholeheartedly to anyone, without hesitation or reservation.”

Kit and John “Rolf is one of the greatest Real Estate Agents we could have possibly asked for.  We really knew little of the Williamsburg area and instead of jumping from one community to another; he showed us properties in such a manor that we knew where we were at all times.  He also stayed within the price range that we told him in the beginning, which is rare in agents today.  After our first day with him, we decided that evening that he had been honest with us throughout the process and we knew that he was the agent for us.  We were very lucky to find him.”

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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Are you headed to Grand Illumination?

Don’t miss this very special holiday event. Each year, the first Sunday of December. Mid afternoon through early evening. Lots of Christmassy activities and ends in Fireworks. It will make all the packing and unpacking worth it. You are going to LOVE Williamsburg.

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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.


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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.