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Retirees May Want to Rethink Home Ownership

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, October 11, 2018

Abberly at Southpoint, Fredericksburg, VAHome ownership has long held an honored position as an integral part of the American dream.

But when retirement time comes, rethinking that dream could be in order. Sometimes renting an apartment is the better bet both financially and in terms of the retiree’s changing lifestyle and health.

When people plan for retirement, they focus on things like how much they have saved, how much Social Security will pay, and whether they have pension. But as you get older, you also need to think about such issues as whether you can keep mowing the lawn or handling other day-to-day chores that homeownership requires. If you must hire someone to do them for you, how much will that eat into what may already be a tight monthly budget?

The truth: There’s no answer that will fit everyone’s situation. So, retirees or those approaching retirement, should weigh their personal pros and cons.

There’s a lot to think about. Should you sell the house you raised your family in and downsize to something more suitable for just the two of you? If you’re planning to move to somewhere else in the country to enjoy your retirement, is it more prudent to buy in that new location, or is leasing the way to go to give you more flexibility if it doesn’t work out?

Some things retirees should think about as they ponder the own verses rent question include:

Maintenance issues. When you own a home, every leaky faucet, electrical problem or faulty appliance is yours to handle as best you can. If you can do it yourself, great; but often, these household repairs mean calling in a professional at a sometimes-exorbitant cost. When you rent, it’s up to the landlord or the property management company to take care of the repairs.

Mobility. Selling a house can be a long and complicated process, and you never know what the market might be like when the time arrives. Whereas breaking a lease is much simpler. If your children are scattered all over the country, you may want to move closer to one of them. Also, if your health takes a turn for the worse, selling a home can be a significant burden on your family.

The inheritance. For many people, a house is the most valuable asset in their estate and they might want to leave it to their children in the will. Once again, it’s a matter of weighing the pros and cons. Having a home to pass down to the children is a noble gesture, but it is not always feasible.

Before considering whether owning or renting is the right option, it’s essential to review all the intricacies of your situation and decide based on your finances and your overall health and well-being.

For more information on apartments in Fredericksburg, VA contact Abberly Southpoint.

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Fredericksburg Fall Festivals

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, October 04, 2018

Abberly at Southpoint, Fredericksburg, VAIf you live in apartments in Fredericksburg, VA and are looking for some perfect ways to enjoy the fall weather, below is some information on area festivals.

Hazelwild Fall Festival

October 21st 1 - 5pm. Ages: 2-10 years. $14 per child (adults free). 1 pumpkin per child while supplies last, barrel train - obstacle course - haunted house - hayride - concessions - face painting - rock wall - moon bounce - pony rides - bake sale. Hazelwild Farm, 5325 Harrison Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22407.

Braehead Farm

Festival Weekends! Every weekend in October beginning Saturday, Sept. 30th through Sunday, October 29th, and Columbus Day from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, we will be having our Fall Harvest Festival going on in the back of the farm.

Cost: The entrance fee to the Fall Harvest Festival is $9.00 per person (plus tax), children and adults. Age 2 and under are free! (Our everyday entrance fee to the Family Play-Grounds is $5.00 per person and the added event fee for the Fall Harvest Festival is $4.00 for a total of $9.00 for admission, plus tax.) You can pay at the market and go out the back doors and join us for:

  • Hayrides!
  • Fun in the corn maze!
  • Stroll along the Sunflower walk!
  • Pumpkin decorating! Washable and permanent paints and markers, stickers and more!
  • And... you can visit with The Great Pumpkin! Bring your cameras for this photo opp! “The Great Pumpkin” will be in the pumpkin patch waiting to greet you from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and again from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm!!
  • Play and picnic in the “Family Playgrounds” with the hay barn, corn pit, swings, sand piles, slides, farm animals and more!
  • Visit the Braehead Farm Kitchen for Concessions such as Kettle Korn! Dairy fresh ice cream cones including Pumpkin ice cream! Delicious pie and ice cream! Whoopie pies! Cotton candy, pretzels, popcorn and more!

Snead’s Farm

2017 Fall Festival opens Sunday, Sept. 24 through Oct. 31. The farm will be open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends and Columbus Day.

Admission for the 2017 Snead’s Farm Fall Festival is as follows:

Weekdays (excluding Columbus Day): $5 per person 2 years old and older. Admission includes all areas of the farm.

Weekends and Columbus Day: $7 per person 2 years old and older. On these days, the farm offers hayrides at no extra charge, and a number of food vendors, as well as the Well at Snead’s Farm restaurant, will be open. (No outside food on weekends, please.)

New for 2017: They’ve been working all summer on perfecting the Snead’s Mountain Slides. These slides are embedded in the ground on the hill leading down to the creek on the property. They are also working on some fun and unique experiences for kids of all ages, like a “Unicorn Trail” designed by local artist Ed King, and improvements to their Vietnam-era helicopter. They want this to be a fall experience like no other!

Also with your admission, you can explore the entire farm, feed the chickens, see llamas, horses and the resident calf, swing in the hay barn, navigate the “Out of My Gourd” natural maze and 4 separate sunflower mazes, play by the stream, see barnyard animals on the “sheep walk,” take pictures in the sunflower fields and otherwise enjoy yourself on their family farm.

The Well at Snead’s Farm will be serving field-to-fork food at the Fall Festival. They’ll offer picnic boxes to eat out on the farm, sit-down service at the farmhouse and a “fast food” counter for popular items like $1 smoked sweet corn, hot dogs, etc.

Belle Grove Plantation Not So Wicked Witch’s Tea Party

Saturday, October 21st at 1pm

Bring along your best ghoul, goblin or other worldly creatures and enjoy the trick or treats we will have in store for you! Check our website for more information.

Belle Grove Plantation Paranormal Spooktacular

Saturday, October 28th 12pm to 12am

Special Classes from makeup to paranormal investigation. Paranormal Investigation that night with a paranormal team. Special All Hallows Eve Investigation on Halloween. Check our website for more information.

Westmoreland Berry Farm

FARMFEST starts October 14, 2017 and continues every weekend throughout October.

Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5 pm. Last ride to the pumpkin patch leaves at 4:30pm.

FARMFEST ACTIVITIES: Crazy Maze • Apple Slingshot • Hilda’s Hip-pity Hop Race • Bowling/Checkers/Tic-Tac-Toe • Slippery Slope (100 foot slide) • Goat Hoops • WBF Express (wagon ride) • Goat Petting Area

Enjoy a relaxing view of the farm nestled beside the Rappahannock River from our veranda or at Eagle’s Nest Beer and Wine Garden!!

Local Food/Snack Vendors: Donny Smooth’s Dawg House, Bright Eyes Concessions, Denson’s Grocery, Beach Fries, Sugar Shack, Wright’s Delights, Uncle Dave’s Kettle Korn, Will’s Place

Culpeper Harvest Days Farm Tour

Oct. 7 - 8: 10 am - 4 pm. Enjoy the sights, sounds, smells and taste of Culpeper County on farms in the beautiful Blue Ridge foothills. This free event provides a wonderful educational experience and includes a variety of hands on activities and demonstrations. There will be 18 farms and related businesses on this year's tour. The tour, a self-guided driving experience, can be started at the Welcome Center located at Culpeper Agricultural Enterprises on Route 29.

Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour

Oct. 6 - 8, 6 - 9 pm. Enjoy live blues and spectacular views of the Potomac River while sampling wine from 17 Virginia wineries! George Washington's Mt. Vernon, 3200 Mt. Vernon Memorial Hwy, Mount Vernon, VA 22121.

Annual Harvest Festival in Bowling Green

Oct. 21, 9am - 4pm. Live music, children’s activities include face painting, pumpkin painting, a petting zoo, and clown entertainment. Other activities include the car show and antique tractor show, antique alley, as well as food and craft vendors.

Annual Harvest Celebration @ Ingleside Vineyards

Oct 14, 11 am - 4 pm. Come help us celebrate our 37th harvest! Take a tour of Ingleside's vineyards and winery, sit in the courtyard and relax (or dance) while listening to live music and sipping wine. Hayrides and more for the kids! Includes tour, tasting, Ingleside wine glass, live music. Food available for sale or bring a picnic. 5872 Leedstown Rd., Oak Grove, VA 22443.

Fredericksburg Fall Home & Craft Festival

Oct. 21 (10 am - 6 pm) & 22 (11 am - 4 pm). At this home show and hand-made only arts & crafts festival, you will find premier creations from top-notch artisans that have traveled from all over the country to sell their wares. Also, seminars and DIY Workshops. Where: F'burg Expo Center.

Fall Harvest Family Days @ Mt. Vernon

Oct. 21 - 22, 9am - 5pm. The entire family enjoys autumn activities including wagon rides, wheat treading in the 16-sided barn, 18th-century dancing demos, a straw bale maze, farrier (blacksmithing) demonstrations, apple-roasting, corn husk dolls demonstrations and early-American games and music. Potomac River sightseeing cruises are half-price this weekend only. 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Alexandria.

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