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Virginia: Best State to Prepare for Retirement

New research from LPL Financial ranked U.S. states on their attractiveness for pre-retirees as they save and prepare for retirement. Virginia was ranked as the top state for pre-retirees and New York was ranked as the worst state.

The states were ranked on six main categoires: (1) financial; (2) healthcare; (3) housing; (4) community quality of life; (5) employment and education; and (6) wellness. 

Virginia Named Most Patriotic State

Which states bleed red, white and blue the most? While patriotism comes in many forms, the site WalletHub used eight key metrics to identify the most patriotic states. Virginia ranked number one, followed by Washington, Colorado, Idaho and Alaska. (North Carolina ranked #7.)

The metrics used to develop the rankings included military engagement, voting habits, civil education requirements and volunteerism.

Housing On Track for Best Year Since 2006

The residential real estate market is on track for its best year since the peak of the housing bubble in 2006, notes® Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke. But as Smoke is quick to point out, this time it's not a housing bubble. That's because job growth is fueling the most recent climb in demand for homes.

As job growth increases, demand has followed. Homes are selling more quickly and median home prices are rising nationwide.

The Roanoke Valley MLS recently released its May home sales statistics, which reflect 456 homes closed in May -- the highest number of May closings since May, 2006. Click here for the May home sales statistics, including a four-year comparison.

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