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The Perks of Retiring in a College Town

by Desi Sowers

 

 

 

 

 

It’s the twilight of your life, but you are ready to live it to the fullest.  Why not retire in a place that brings you back to your youth? College towns are abounding with amenities for retirees, including top-notch healthcare, good public transportation, and many free or low-cost things to do. And small college towns afford you a quality life at an affordable cost. Here's a look at some perks of retiring in a college town:

Free classes. College isn't necessarily expensive when you attend as a retiree. There are many colleges and universities that allow older adults to audit classes for free. For example, at regional public colleges and universities residents age 60 and older can audit college classes for free on a space available basis.  Follow your passion to study a foreign language, philosophy, history, or any other college class. See Lifelong Learning for links on admission and tuition waivers for regular college courses at Virginia Tech, Radford, New River Community College, or Virginia Western. In addition, The Virginia Senior Citizens Higher Education Act allows Virginia residents who are 60 years of age or older to take college courses at public colleges and universities without paying tuition, subject to the admission requirements of the institution. If your federal taxable income does not exceed $23,850. per year, you may take courses for credit without paying tuition.

Good hospitals. Many colleges have affiliated teaching hospitals or clinics that provide medical services to the community that you would otherwise have to travel to a large city to get access to. "The large schools often, particularly if they teach medicine, have a really good hospital with a lot of specializations," says John Howells, author of Where to Retire: America's Best & Most Affordable Places. These hospitals may provide cutting-edge medication and treatments and allow you to enroll in clinical trials. Carilion Clinic


 

 

 

 

 

 

Speakers and concerts. College towns often attract world-class performers, speakers, artists and musicians. You can enjoy small town life and still have access to the arts and entertainment that you would find a in a large metropolitan area.  In some cases, alumni and other members of the community can also get access to the library, lectures, plays, and performances for free or at a nominal cost.

Virginia Tech Events

Radford University Events

Sports. If you are a sports fan of any kind, you are likely to be able to find a game or match to watch in a college town.  Football, basketball, soccer and volleyball are just a few of the sports that you can follow in the New River Valley region.  Discounted tickets are often available for senior citizens. 

Affordable cost-of-living. Many restaurants and local businesses cater to people living on a college student budget by offering affordable services. Also, many college towns offer bargain real estate prices compared to similar towns elsewhere. Since approximately 20 percent of the population comprises students on limited budgets and another large percent is working as beginning teachers or support staff, housing prices aren’t likely to be bid up past consumers' ability to pay. Check out some of the homes at Desi Sowers Real Estate to see what is available in the New River Valley region.

Scenic beauty. Colleges are often built in picturesque settings, and they sometimes go to great lengths to keep the campus and surrounding community looking beautiful.  One thing that cannot be denied is the splendid beauty of the New River Valley Region. Nestled in the Great Appalachian Valley, it encompasses majestic mountain and pastoral views with uncommonly clear waters that support a healthy ecosystem.

Visit New River Valley to learn more about this appealing area.

Desi Sowers Wants to Help You Turn Back Time!

by Desi Sowers

It’s that time of year again!  Crisp Fall days, colorful leaves and oh yeah…”falling back.”  Clocks shift back to Standard Time on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 2:00 AM. This shift in time moves one hour of daylight from the evening to the morning hours and gives us that treasured extra hour of sleep! With the end of Daylight Saving Time right around the corner, let’s take a look at the history of time change in our country.

Daylight Saving Time (DST) started in the USA in 1918 as a way to conserve fuel during WWI. It was not a new idea though.  Benjamin Franklin was an early proponent of changing clocks to create more daylight hours in order to save on candle use.  Time change use in the USA has changed often since 1918.  The most recent change was in 2007 when the dates were changed to the current schedule of the second Sunday in March as the beginning of DST and the first Sunday in November as the beginning of Standard Time.  One practical reason for this change was to extend DST past October 31 in order to provide more daylight for trick-or-treaters on Halloween.  Currently, 48 states observe the time change with only Arizona and Hawaii not participating.

Many people dislike DST and don’t understand the need for it.  The primary argument against it is that the time change effects sleep patterns thus causing an increase in workplace accidents and a decrease in sleep and productivity.  However, if we maintained Standard Time year round, the sun would set earlier during the spring and summer.  Retailers say that business is better when the sun shines later into the night and since more people shop in the evenings than in the mornings, DST is good for commerce. That’s part of the reason why Congress expanded DST in 2007. Since people generally do most of their free-time activities after work and not before, it makes sense to have more daylight in the evening. This begs the question, “why not keep DST year round?”.  Well, just ask farmers.  The primary defenders of Standard Time are farmers and others who must rise early. There is only so much daylight to go around and nobody enjoys having to get up when it’s dark, which is what DST does: it pushes the earlier hours into deeper darkness in exchange for more light after work.

One thing is certain. Moving our clocks in either direction changes the principal time cue - light - for setting and resetting our 24-hour natural cycle.  In doing so, our internal clock becomes out of sync with our current day/night schedule.  It can be especially challenging for young children who’s sleep patterns are disturbed by the time change.  A tip for helping children to adapt to the time change is to begin adjusting their schedules by about ten minutes at a time each night over the week prior to the time change.  Changing the clocks is also a good reminder to check your smoke detectors and to replace the batteries in them.

So, remember to “fall back” on November 6 and enjoy that extra hour of sleep!

 

If you would like to talk about buying or selling a home, give me a call 540-320-1328  or visit my website to Discover your new home.

 
 
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Move right in and enjoy all the quality updates this brick ranch has to offer. New heat pump, new roof, new windows new hot water heater, updated bathroom and hardwood floors are just a few of the perks waiting for the lucky buyer. A delicious kitchen has been prepared just for the chef in your family with a full appliance package, subway tiled backsplash, quartz countertops, ceramic tiled floors, trendy light and faucet fixtures plus an abundance of gorgeous cabinetry.  Bay window views and a toasty fireplace make this living room the ideal place for relaxing. Spacious bedrooms all with ceiling fans and a ceramic tiled bath will ensure you are rested and ready to start your day. A covered patio plus an extended patio overlook the fully fenced yard with mature trees. Full unfinished basement and a storage shed. Excellent location for strolling to Riverlawn Elementary, Shopping or a 10 min drive to Wildwood and David Bissett Park. Make 6658 Riverview Drive your home. Call today!

You don’t have to just visit; you can live here and enjoy Virginia’s growing economy and vacation-like lifestyle! With easy access to I-81 you can appreciate a prime example of why New River Valley VA is such a desired place to live and play. This Radford VA home is just steps to shopping, nightlife, VA Tech and recreational activities.

Desi Sowers has distinguished herself as a leader in the New River Valley real estate market. Desi assists buyers looking for New River Valley real estate for sale and aggressively markets New River Valley homes for sale.  

Desi brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a New River Valley home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future – Desi Sowers will help make the most of your New River Valley real estate experience. Give her a call today, 540-320-1328, and discover the difference she can make during your family's move.

 
 
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Move right in and enjoy all the quality updates this brick ranch has to offer. New heat pump, new roof, new windows new hot water heater, updated bathroom and hardwood floors are just a few of the perks waiting for the lucky buyer. A delicious kitchen has been prepared just for the chef in your family with a full appliance package, subway tiled backsplash, quartz countertops, ceramic tiled floors, trendy light and faucet fixtures plus an abundance of gorgeous cabinetry.  Bay window views and a toasty fireplace make this living room the ideal place for relaxing. Spacious bedrooms all with ceiling fans and a ceramic tiled bath will ensure you are rested and ready to start your day. A covered patio plus an extended patio overlook the fully fenced yard with mature trees. Full unfinished basement and a storage shed. Excellent location for strolling to Riverlawn Elementary, Shopping or a 10 min drive to Wildwood and David Bissett Park. Make 6658 Riverview Drive your home. Call today!

You don’t have to just visit; you can live here and enjoy Virginia’s growing economy and vacation-like lifestyle! With easy access to I-81 you can appreciate a prime example of why New River Valley VA is such a desired place to live and play. This Radford VA home is just steps to shopping, nightlife, VA Tech and recreational activities.

Desi Sowers has distinguished herself as a leader in the New River Valley real estate market. Desi assists buyers looking for New River Valley real estate for sale and aggressively markets New River Valley homes for sale.  

Desi brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a New River Valley home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future – Desi Sowers will help make the most of your New River Valley real estate experience. Give her a call today, 540-320-1328, and discover the difference she can make during your family's move.

How it all started - Costumes Pumpkins and Candy, oh my!

by Desi Sowers

Halloween conjures images of costumed children going house to house offering the question “trick or treat”? But it is so much more than that. It has become such a popular holiday that it is second only to Christmas as the top grossing holiday in America. Halloween has a rich history and hasn’t always been the holiday that it is today.

Evolving from the ancient Celtic holiday of Samhain, modern Halloween has become less about real ghosts and goblins and more about costumes and candy. The Celts used the day to mark the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter, and also believed that this transition between the seasons was a bridge to the world of the dead.  Over the past thousand years the holiday has transitioned from a somber pagan ritual to a day of merriment, costumes, parades and sweet treats for children and adults.  While trick or treaters venture out for one night on October 31st, a whole season of Halloween activities celebrate the fearful fun of Halloween.  Pumpkin patches, corn mazes, haunted houses and hayrides can all be found starting in late September and running through the first of November.

Here are a few fun facts you may not have known about Halloween:

  • The first jack o lanterns were made from turnips.
  • Fifty percent of kids prefer to receive chocolate candy for Halloween, compared with 24% who prefer non-chocolate candy and 10% who preferred gum.
  • The largest pumpkin ever measured was grown by Norm Craven, who broke the world record     in 1993 with a 836 lb. pumpkin.
  • Trick-or-treating evolved from the ancient Celtic tradition of putting out treats and food to placate spirits who roamed the streets at Samhain, a sacred festival that marked the end of the Celtic calendar year.
  • Halloween is thought to have originated around 4000 B.C., which means Halloween has been around for over 6,000 years.

Halloween Happenings in Blacksburg

Wishing you a happy and safe Halloween!

Desi Sowers Your New River Valley Realtor

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Rare Radford double lot find with a spotless, move-in ready ranch home.  A welcoming covered porch invites you to explore all the quality amenities this home is offering including hardwood floors, crown moldings, natural gas heat, built in niches, storm doors, recessed lighting, main level laundry, updated baths, gas fireplace and sunroom. A sleek kitchen comes equipped with a full complement of appliances, an abundance of solid maple cabinetry, serving bar, planning desk and a Butler’s pantry. Generously sized main level master suite plus two secondary bedrooms. Awesome finished walk out basement is the perfect place to entertain or work from home plus there is additional storage. The deck overlooks quality landscaping and HUGE lot! Pack your bags and come on over we are sure you will want to stay.

You don’t have to just visit; you can live here and enjoy Virginia’s growing economy and vacation-like lifestyle! With easy access to I-81 you can appreciate a prime example of why New River Valley VA is such a desired place to live and play. This Radford VA home is just steps to shopping, nightlife, VA Tech and recreational activities.

Desi Sowers has distinguished herself as a leader in the New River Valley real estate market. Desi assists buyers looking for New River Valley real estate for sale and aggressively markets New River Valley homes for sale.  

Desi brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a New River Valley home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future – Desi Sowers will help make the most of your New River Valley real estate experience. Give her a call today, 540-320-1328, and discover the difference she can make during your family's move.

New River Valley VA Real Estate: 111 Ingles Street Radford VA 24141

by Desi Sowers
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I can see you sitting on this sun porch and soaking up the mountain views. A covered front porch sets the scene for comfortable everyday living in this immaculate brick Radford VA bungalow. Offering hardwood floors, easy care flooring, ceiling fans, built-in’s, vinyl windows and a NEW heat pump, you don’t want to let this home slip you by. A bright open floor plan with living and dining area offers plentiful space for family and friends to gather. The sunny kitchen comes complete with range, refrigerator, dishwasher and ample cabinet space. Two main level bedrooms are sized generously and share an updated bathroom. Upper level master bedroom is ideal for a quite hideaway and there is plenty of room for a home office. Quality landscaping adorns the absolutely fabulous multi-tiered deck design for grilling and chilling! Full basement with outside access and laundry area plus a finished attic for extra storage. 111 Ingles Street is the home you have been waiting for; make your appointment today!

You don’t have to just visit; you can live here and enjoy Virginia’s growing economy and vacation-like lifestyle! With easy access to I-81 you can appreciate a prime example of why New River Valley VA is such a desired place to live and play. This Radford VA home is just steps to shopping, nightlife, VA Tech and recreational activities.

Desi Sowers has distinguished herself as a leader in the New River Valley real estate market. Desi assists buyers looking for New River Valley real estate for sale and aggressively markets New River Valley homes for sale.

Desi brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a New River Valley home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future – Desi Sowers will help make the most of your New River Valley real estate experience. Give her a call today, 540-320-1328, and discover the difference she can make during your family's move.

 

The Best Chance For Selling Your New River Valley VA Home!

by Desi Sowers

The best chance for selling your New River Valley Va home is within the first four weeks. Each year, in our area, many home sellers make the same mistakes over and over again. To help you avoid making the same mistakes, I’ve compiled a list of the main factors to ensure you sell your home faster and net more.

Pricing

It is very important to price your property at a competitive market value when you list it. Overpricing by only a few thousand dollars could mean that your house will not sell in a desired time frame.

An overpriced home:

•           Minimizes offers

•           Lowers showings

•           Lowers agent response

•           Limits financing

•           Limits qualified buyers

•           Nets less for the seller

Cleanliness

Most people are turned off by even the smallest amount of dirtiness or odor when buying a home. If your house is squeaky clean, you will be able to sell your home faster and net your desired return. Odors must be eliminated especially if you have dogs, cats, or young children in diapers or if you are a smoker. You may not notice the smell, but the buyers do!

Likewise, declutter. You are moving anyway, so get rid of that old junk now so your house will appear larger. Put items you can’t bear to part with in storage to free up space.

Easy Access

The easiest way to show a house is to have a lockbox accessible to real estate agents! Allow your home to be available during all reasonable hours. Midmorning and midafternoon are usually the best, but sometimes people will want to see your home in the evening after work. Allow your home to be available on short notice as well.

Showtime

When your home is being shown, please do the following:

•           Keep all lights on

•           Keep all drapes, shutters and blinds open

•           Keep all doors unlocked

•           Make sure the temperature is appropriate for the season

•           Leave soft music playing

•           Take a short walk with your children and pets

•           Let the buyer be at ease and let the Realtor do their job

Paint and Carpet

Paint is your best improvement investment for getting a greater return on your money. Paint makes the whole house smell clean and appear neat. If your house has chipped paint, exposed wood, or the paint looks faded, it is time to paint. If your carpet is worn, dirty, outdated, or an unusual color, you may need to seriously consider replacing it. Many houses do not sell because of this problem.

Curb Appeal

Your front yard immediately reflects the inside condition of your house to the buyer. People enjoy their yards. Make certain that the trees are trimmed so the house can be seen from the street. Has the grass been mowed, trimmed and edged? Walkways should be swept. Clean away debris. Remove parked cars. This all adds to curb appeal. If a buyer doesn't like the outside, they may not stop to see the inside.

Desi Sowers has distinguished herself as a leader in the New River Valley real estate market. Desi assists buyers looking for New River Valley real estate for sale and aggressively markets New River Valley homes for sale. 

Desi brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a New River Valley home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future – Desi Sowers will help make the most of your New River Valley real estate experience. Give her a call today, 540-320-1328, and discover the difference she can make during your family's move. Have a question send me an email!


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You will find every detail in perfect order at 435 Gold Leaf Drive; a townhome with a desirable open living floorplan. The lucky buyer will enjoy lots of natural lighting, vaulted ceilings, easy care flooring, multi panel doors, neutral colors, ceiling fans and a sweet main level master suite. An inviting living with warm gas fireplace flows effortlessly into a dining area and deck access. The bright kitchen offers ample cabinet and counter space, large pantry and full appliance package. A main level laundry room and master suite is perfect if you don’t want to climb stairs. Beautiful Juliette style staircase leads to a family room, two generously sized bedrooms with walk in closets and a lovely shared bath including an elongated vanity. Great parking plus a two car garage. Newer (4 years old) Lenox heat pump at peace of mind to this already sound investment. Dynamic Christiansburg location close to hospitals, shopping, schools, recreation center, Huckleberry Trail and quick commute to VT. Hurry this Christiansburg townhome will not last long! View The Floorplan!

You don’t have to just visit; you can live here and enjoy Virginia’s growing economy and vacation-like lifestyle! With easy access to I-81 you can appreciate a prime example of why New River Valley VA is such a desired place to live and play. This Christiansburg VA home is just steps to shopping, nightlife, VA Tech and recreational activities.

Desi Sowers has distinguished herself as a leader in the New River Valley real estate market. Desi assists buyers looking for New River Valley real estate for sale and aggressively markets New River Valley homes for sale.

Desi brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a New River Valley home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future – Desi Sowers will help make the most of your New River Valley real estate experience. Give her a call today, 540-320-1328, and discover the difference she can make during your family's move.

Columbus Day Holiday!

by Desi Sowers

The Columbus Day holiday is a New River Valley VA extravaganza for retail merchants. It is a federal holiday in the United States when typically banks, post offices and federal offices are closed. If you happen to have the day off and would like to talk about buying or selling a home, give us a call; we are open!

Here are a few fun facts about Columbus Day:

  • Columbus Day is the celebration of Christopher Columbus landing on the shores of the United States in the year 1492… you know how the song goes! “Columbus sailed the Ocean Blue in 1492; he sailed he sailed the Ocean Blue in 1492.”
  • This day of observance became a state holiday in Colorado in 1906, and in 1937 the day became a federal holiday.  Why Colorado? You ask? Well, a first-generation Italian living in Colorado at the time lobbied the governor, and the first Columbus Day of resignation was born.
  • To this day, many Italian-Americans celebrate Columbus Day in honor of their heritage.
  • Hawaii, Alaska, Oregon and the state of South Dakota do not recognize this day as a legal holiday. But, (now this is government lingo…) Hawaii and South Dakota “mark the day with an alternative holiday or observance.” Iowa and Nevada are also on this list of states that do not recognize the Columbus Day festivities.
  • In Italy, Columbus Day has been officially celebrated the “National Day of Christopher Columbus” since 2004. The Art Gallery of Como opens her doors on each October 12th, allowing visitors to view and admire the portrait of Columbus.
  • The second Monday in the month of October is deemed the official Columbus Day.
  • In Puerto Rico, Columbus Day is celebrated along with Puerto Rico Friendship Day.
  • In Virginia, Columbus Day is celebrated along with Yorktown Victory Day.
  • New York City has the largest parade to celebrate the day.

I hope you’re enjoying the day and you have off as well! Give me a call 540-320-1328 or visit my website to Discover your new home.

 

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