Category Archives: Spring 2016


Lexington-Davidson County Association of REALTORS

Lexington-Davidson County Association of REALTORS®

Do you recognize anyone in the photo above? They are your local realtors. They are also your friends and neighbors, colleagues, the people you see at church, the grocery store, at lunch, and at ballgames. Their kids and grand kids go to school with your kids and grand kids. They are an integral part of the community and give back to their small town in big ways.

So when it comes to buying or selling a home, why do we look for help elsewhere? If you think local, independent realtors can’t take care of your home buying/selling needs like a large, national name-brand chain, you should think again. Real estate is all about location, location, location. And you need an expert who knows not only the proverbial “lay of the land,” but can offer their exclusive insights and vast knowledge on not only zoning restrictions and tax bases, but also school systems, daycares, and commute times. Local realtors have their finger on the pulse of their home-town real estate market, which is advantageous when making one of the most important purchases in your life. They will also have knowledge of buyers who may be looking for a home like yours or sellers who haven’t put their home on the market yet. These professionals can offer a fresh perspective and unique outlook to the ever-changing landscape of real estate.

I’m sure you’ve heard the “Shop Local” mantra, designed to help small businesses grow the local economy by keeping retail dollars within the community. Each dollar spent at an independent business returns three times more money to the local economy than one spent at a chain. Local businesses are owned by people who live in the community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s future. When you use local realtors, the return is far-reaching. In turn, they will recommend local attorneys, lenders, builders, inspectors, surveyors and interior designers, generating a lasting impact on local entrepreneurs.

So if you’re in the market to buy or sell your home or property, call a local. By choosing an independent real estate professional, not only will you enjoy a more distinctive, personalized experience, but you’re also helping to strengthen the economic base of your community. These realtors are one-of-a-kind, and help make our community unique, which ultimately attracts visitors who turn into neighbors. Give them an opportunity to show how they can help you.

For more information, call the Lexington-Davidson County Association of REALTORS®. They can be reached by phone at 336.249.1742 or email at



Red Hat Awareness

A Bright Red Reminder – Heart Health for Newborns

A Bright Red Reminder About Heart Health for Newborns and Their Parents

The bright red hat sat atop the tiny head of one-day-old Julianna Rachana Chea.

The hat was lovingly crocheted by Lexington resident Rachel Simerson and just one of the 25 baby hats she donated to Wake Forest Baptist Health – Lexington Medical Center in honor of American Heart Month.

Baby Julianna wore hers while nestled in the arms of her mom, Ratanak Rik.

“I love this hat,’’ Rik said. “It’s so cute.’’

The idea to crochet the hats came to Simerson because of her own story involving Lexington Medical Center.

Last October, orthopaedic surgeon Jasper Riggan, M.D., performed a total knee replacement on Simerson. During her recovery, she said, she was looking for activities to keep her busy.

Her friends in the Women of Hope ministry at her church, Tyro United Methodist Church in Lexington, told her about the need for hats to keep babies’ heads warm.  They brought her the red yarn.

“So I made them a little bit, about one a night, while I was sitting and watching television,’’ said Simerson, 80, who has been crocheting for some 65 years.

“I just love to crochet,’’ she said. “I can’t put it down once I get started.’’

Melodie McDade, manager of Patient and Family Relations at Lexington Medical Center, said the donation speaks volumes.

“That’s community supporting the hospital—wow!” said McDade, herself a member of Tyro United Methodist.

Sreymao Keo, R.N., nurse manager for Lexington Medical Center Labor and Delivery, said the hats come in handy. For one thing, they are heavier than the typical hats at the medical center and work well in the colder winter months, she said.

The medical center, and especially Labor and Delivery, receives many donations from community organizations and residents, including blankets, quilts and clothing, Keo noted.

The hats crocheted by Simerson were donated for American Heart Month. Their bright red color is intended to raise awareness about heart disease, even for younger people such as Rik and her husband, Soknang Chea.

Rik affixed a small ribbon to the front of her daughter’s red cap as a feminine touch.

Julianna’s big brother, Richard, 3, was excited about the attention. As visitors crowded the room, he pushed Julianna’s cart around, showing off his new sister in her bright red hat.