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Roanoke Named Top 10 US Mountain Biking Destination

Roanoke was featured as one of the ten best destinations for a weekend mountain bike getaway by Ranking the Roanoke Region third on the list of weekend mountain biking getaways, the site mentions that only a truly dedicated rider could ever hit all the trails Roanoke has to offer on a 3-day trip.

The article features Carvins Cove with over 60 miles of trails, Dragon's Back and Mill Mountain's system of trails. Roanoke is once again making a name for itself in the outdoor industry. Click here to learn more about Roanoke's mountain bike offerings.

Roanoke Named One of Top Job Markets in Virginia

Roanoke ranks #7 according to ZipRecruiter's recent ranking of the 100 largest job markets in the Southern US. Three other Virginia cities appeared among the top 20: Richmond #4, Winchester #14 and Danville #17. ZipRecruiter analyzed the hiring demand trends and determined what cities have emerged as the leaders in terms of hiring demand in the first quarter of 2015.

According to ZipRecruiter, "Roanoke's location promotes a thriving transportation industry and allows the capability for overnight deliveries to most markets in the southeast, northeast and mid-atlantic. Its economy is also strongly supported by its manufacturing industry and healthcare sector."

Vacation Home Buyers Increase

The share of vacation home buyers increased in 2014 to 21% of all homes purchased nationwide, according to the NAR Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey just released.

One-third of vacation home buyers plan to use their property for vacations or as a family retreat; 19 percent plan to convert their vacation home into their primary residence in the future; 13 percent bought for potential price appreciation and 13 percent purchased because of low real estate prices. The typical price in 2014 was $150,000 for vacation buyers. 

The share of vacation buyers who paid all cash fell slightly to 30 percent last year. Click here to read more survey results.

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