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Student Move-In Information for Virginia Tech

I happen to love when the students come back to Blacksburg.  It seems to wake the Town up, I think.

Bringing your VT student back to campus this year?  Here’s information related to move-in and parking:

Student Move-In Traffic and Parking Information

From August 17-20 (Wednesday-Saturday), over 9,000 students and their families will be arriving at Virginia Tech to check into the residence halls.  This will cause a significant change in parking and traffic patterns on campus. 

During the four days of check-in, streets and parking lots closest to the residence halls will be designated as “30 minute unloading zones” and reserved for resident student move-in.  These areas include the following parking lots:

•     Owens

•     Dietrick

•     Coliseum

•     Hutcheson (Ag-Quad)

•     Engel/Harper

The following streets will also be affected:

•     Old Turner

•     Kent

•     Washington

•     Ag-Quad Lane

•     South side of the Drillfield (both sides of the road) from Sandy Hall to the Library 

•     Alumni Mall

Please do not park in these areas.

ALL vehicles parked in these areas, other than for the purpose of unloading, will have to be ticketed in order to provide space for the move-in process.

Additionally, Washington Street will become a one-way road.  Traffic on Washington Street will be allowed to move from west to east (from the Coliseum toward Kent Street & Downtown Blacksburg).  We expect very slow moving traffic along this corridor and strongly recommend avoiding Washington Street during these days (August 17-20).

Faculty and Staff members should park in areas not designated for “30 minute loading.”  We recommend using C/G section of the Litton-Reaves Lot (located behind Litton-Reaves Hall, off Washington Street) or the Perry Street Lot/Prices Fork Lot (located off Prices Fork Rd).    A map of the parking lots can be found at www.parking.vt.edu. If you have questions please contact Parking Services at parking@vt.edu or 231-3200.

For directions and information from the Division of Student Affairs on new student check-in stations, unloading zones and other key points, please visithttp://www.studentprograms.vt.edu/housing/movein/.

For more information, contact Hilary West at 540-231-0235.

First issued on: Aug 8, 2011

Visit Virginia Tech – Virtually

From the “this is pretty cool” file …

You can take a look at Virginia Tech through its website, sure, but have you ever tried to navigate it on your phone?  Not so easy.

SmartCollegeVisit.com has made it a lot easier to visit campus even when you can’t actually be on campus.  They’ve created a mobile app called Visit VT, and it’s available in the iTunes App Store for FREE.

It’s pretty cool.  From their website:

The app features a campus guide, information on admission requirements, campus tours and information sessions,  on-campus and off-campus dining directories, and area accommodations as well as a turn-by-turn directions to nearly every building on campus, parking lots, athletic facilities, and residence halls.

A self-guided walking tour and Virginia Tech wallpaper backgrounds are just two of the app’s features designed to connect the visitor to the university.

Here are some screenshots I took from the app … I’m interested to try out the walking tour.  There’s an Android version on the way, Smart College Visit says.




An official – or unofficial – response to the Play Fair Tech campaign

From today's Op Ed section in the New River Valley Current:

Let's get straight about the meals tax discussion. The unfair competition argument is a red herring. No normal consumer travels to campus, hunts for an expensive parking spot and fights student crowds to avoid a few cents on a dining hall meal purchase. Even if the university could collect taxes, the collections are estimated to be about $40,000 annually. This pales in comparison to the voluntary $250,000 annual franchise fee paid to the town by VT Electric Services.

The facts are facts.  There's far more money being dumped into Montgomery County, and Town of Blacksburg coffers, by the university then just a meals tax.  And all of the New River Valley (and the region) will be benefit by having the new arts complex in our backyard.  We use their campus, we put a drain on their resources, and then we nickel and dime them on a meals. Tax.

Whether Larry Hincker is providing an official response by Virginia Tech to the Play Fair Tech campaign or not, it's an excellent commentary outlining the REAL financial benefits the university brings to our region.  

You can read the whole article here.

Buying Real Estate In A College Town

Oh hey – look, there’s a blog under all this dust.  It’s been a while – lots of stuff happening in the New River Valley real estate market lately, so apologies for being gone.  Absence makes the heart grow fonder?

The Internet is a big, big place, and it’s impossible to read it all.  So I love it when readers send in links they find that are of interest.  In this case, Stuart Mease emailed me and said “you need to post this.”  So I did it – I follow instructions.

Reuters recently mentioned that many parents are buying real estate in college towns.  The article says that parents are still buying properties as investments in college towns, and I’d say that’s still happening here in Blacksburg and Radford, as well.  Certainly, it hasn’t happened at the same pace as it has in years past, but they’re still a popular choice among parents looking for an alternative to rent, or for investors looking to take advantage of the constant turnover a college town brings.  But it’s not for everyone – if you don’t expect to own the home for more than three years, I would caution you to run the numbers with your real estate agent very, very carefully.  Not every property will produce cash flow, and if your time frame is less than three years than you need to decide if the purchase is for investment purposes or for convenience. Besides parents buying up properties in college towns for investments we are also seeing quite a few we pay cash, we buy houses company‘s buying up college town properties and renovating them and then selling for a fairly large profit.

The article notes:

  • room and board rates have increased more than 4% – Virginia Tech and Radford rates can be found here
  • the average cost for a four bedroom, two bath property in a college town is less than $250000

Average sales in Blacksburg and RadfordTo compare, I took a quick look at the average cost for four bedroom, two bath properties in both Blacksburg and Radford over the last few years, and the numbers line up with what’s reported in the article.  In Blacksburg the average price is $254000 in 2010, while in Radford it’s $156000.  Pretty close to what’s reported in the article.

Interested in investing in the Virginia Tech, or Radford University, markets?  Let’s talk – we can run a couple of different scenarios and see how the numbers bear out, whether for single or multiple properties – even apartment complexes.

We ARE Virginia Tech

The last two weeks have been nothing but all out, and I’m grateful for that.  Late nights, early mornings, and appointments stacked upon appointments.  As the first-time buyer credit winds to an end, and we enter the spring and summer markets – typically busier than normal and proving to be the same this year – it’s all out … just like I like it.

Yesterday, I finally had time to reflect that tomorrow – today – was April 16th.  Three years ago, April 16th was just another day – classes were in session, taxes had been filed the day before … just another day.  But Blacksburg changed that day.  Those of you who weren’t in the community might not have felt it quite as powerfully as those of us here, but I can tell you that definitively, it changed.  And, I would argue, it changed for the better

April 16 2007 was a horrific day.  We all have our very personal stories from that day, and none are uplifting.  But I’ve never been more proud of anyone than I was in the days that followed, as a community far and wide came together and held each other.  The loss of 32 innocent people was horrific, but out of that you heard people talking about how Blacksburg was a community.  We cried with each other.  Laughed.  Held hands.  And we remember.

Are we a perfect community?  Absolutely not.  Does the same spirit that seemed to be in all of us in the days that followed still exist?  Maybe not in such open ways, but I think it’s still there.  And nothing brings us together, as a community, more than April 16th of any year.

We ARE Virginia Tech.  neVer forgeT.  And we thank you.

Virginia Tech Graduation

jetsonsThe Jetson’s had the right idea, flying around in their little bubble.  It would be helpful in Blacksburg this weekend.

Virginia Tech graduation is here again, with events and ceremonies beginning today.  This is one of the few times a year where traffic becomes an issue in our area, and restaurants have long waits.

I guess I’m okay with that.  Congratulations to the graduates of Virginia Tech, Class of 2009!

NRVLiving.com – Your Dating Headquarters?

I’m looking for single men.  No, really, but let me tell you why.

I received an email from a friend at Virginia Tech a couple of days ago.  Someone in her department is starting a new research project, and they’re looking for single men who own a house, and who are currently single (never married, divorced or widowed).  You must live within a 50-mile radius of Blacksburg.

As far as I know, this is not a difficult research project.  You must be a male (that comes naturally, right?), you must own a home (also pretty easy to do), and be willing to be interviewed.  Fabulous gifts and prizes await!

If you’re interested, email Dr. Kathy Parrott at homes@vt.edu.

Good News For Blacksburg Real Estate Investors

More good news for Blacksburg real estate investors.

If you have questions about investing in Blacksburg real estate, whether or not investing makes sense in a college town (because it doesn't always), or want advice on property management, email me and we'll run an investment analysis for you.  The numbers don't always work, but we'll take a look with you and help you decide.

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