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Making a Difference in Our Community

Making a Difference in Our Community

“Perhaps the first and biggest benefit people get from volunteering is the satisfaction of incorporating service into their lives and making a difference in their community and country,”  says the Corporation for National and Community Service. A seldom recognized bonus: In the past twenty years, studies have shown that people who volunteer reap health benefits […]

Scottsville is Thriving, Affordable, and Close-In

Scottsville is Thriving, Affordable, and Close-In

People who live in the town of Scottsville enjoy a community that is diverse, thriving and very scenic. Home of Albemarle’s first county seat, Scottsville is located on a bend of the James River at the intersection of Routes 20 and 6 where the three counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna and Buckingham come together.  Though set […]

Home Theaters Are Practical and Popular

Home Theaters Are Practical and Popular

Forget bonus rooms and basements filled with cast-off furniture and piles of kids’ stuff. Today’s home entertainment spaces are sophisticated and tech-savvy, often including home theaters that look as if they’ve been lifted straight from some Hollywood producer’s mansion. Indeed, at one time, home theaters were the purview only of the wealthy, but the increasing […]

Luxury house at sunny day in Vancouver, Canada.

How Much is Your Home Worth?

How much is your home worth? How much more would it be worth if you remodeled the kitchen or enlarged the master bedroom? How do you know what price to set when you put it on the market, so it’s neither over nor undervalued? Is that condo you’re thinking of buying worth the $8,000 more […]

Four Good Ideas to Help Sell Your House

Four Good Ideas to Help Sell Your House

When you’re sprucing up your house to sell, some renovations positively increase a home’s marketability and selling price while others never come close to recouping the expense. According to Remodeling Magazine’s “2016 Cost vs. Value Report” figures for the Richmond area—the closest market for comparison—the highest value item is the installation of attic insulation which […]

A Dozen Winter-Prep Tips

A Dozen Winter-Prep Tips

Although we still can expect plenty of warm weather in Central Virginia, days are getting shorter, evenings are getting cooler with hints of fall and—well, it’s true—winter is coming. The 2017 Old Farmer’s Almanac—traditionally about 80 percent accurate—predicts this winter will be colder than last year, but with less overall snowfall in our region. It’s […]

Taste of the Mountains: Madison Pride

Taste of the Mountains: Madison Pride

Stroll down Main Street in Madison on Saturday, September 3 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Stop by the booth manned by the volunteer fire department and try one of their famous steak sandwiches. Head over to the bandstand and hear old-time mountain music and 21st century mountain music—they call it “country”—and the marches and […]

Charlottesville Area Private Schools Offer Impressive Options

Charlottesville Area Private Schools Offer Impressive Options

Families looking for a private school education for their children will find an abundance of options in the Charlottesville area.  Each school fills a particular niche and parents can find a myriad of alternatives to choose from. We have asked each school to summarize what they offer to give you a sense of the different […]

Safe Schools: Three Things to Know

Safe Schools: Three Things to Know

As families send their youngsters off to school each morning, they want to know their children are spending the day in a safe place. They count on schools to provide this secure environment, so we checked with one of our regional school districts to learn more. Here are three things you should expect your children’s […]

Staunton Music Festival: 500 Years of Great Music

Staunton Music Festival: 500 Years of Great Music

A Ukrainian clarinetist, an Italian organist, and a Chilean-born cellist are coming to Staunton this month. So are a Hungarian violist, two Finnish violinists, a German composer and a bevy of specialists in Baroque and Renaissance music skilled on the antique instruments that music was written for. What’s attracting this international cast of more than […]

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So many choices for a spare room

So you have an extra room? Lucky you! Maybe it’s the bedroom of a now-out-in-the-world young person. Or an elderly relative has entered assisted living. Or you’ve relocated to a larger home. There are a number of choices you can make for that room, depending on your needs and interests. Home offices popular “The most […]

Seniors love Central Virginia

Seniors love Central Virginia

Looking for the perfect place to retire? How about a place with Blue Ridge Mountain beauty, college town sports and culture, and world-class health care? How about an area flush with golf courses, ski slopes and early American history sites, with wineries, breweries and an exciting restaurant scene – an area with a growing community […]

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Kitchen remodels pay off

Nick and Catherine (who prefer not to give their last name) bought the beautifully furnished model home in their subdivision 16 years ago with top-of-the-line everything and interior design by a professional. They took very good care of things and when they needed to sell because of a new job in another state, they resisted […]

Jefferson School City Center: celebrating heritage, serving the community

Jefferson School City Center: celebrating heritage, serving the community

It’s a place that makes retired librarian and community activist Teresa Price “extremely proud.” A place that from 1926 through the mid-1960s served African-American schoolchildren like her, giving them the excellent education they were denied elsewhere. Today the big two-story brick building just down the hill from Main Street on 4th Street, NW in Charlottesville […]

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Tax considerations for homeowners

–Please note this information is accurate to the best of our knowledge, but Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations are extremely complex. Consult with your tax specialist for the most up-to-the-minute rules.  The IRS publications referred to are available online at www.irs.gov.– There’s a lot of satisfaction and security in owning your own home and home […]

Home For Sale Sign in Front of Snowy New House

Tis the season to list your home

If you need to sell your home and the holidays are approaching, you may be concerned about the inconvenience or a possible lack of buyers that may make it a waste of time. If your home has been on the market and hasn’t sold, you may be tempted to take it off the market during […]

House browsing: internet tools for buyers and sellers

House browsing: internet tools for buyers and sellers

According to the National Association of REALTOR®’s 2013 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers report, potential buyers turn to the internet when looking to purchase a home. In fact, the study shows that 45 percent of potential buyers attended open houses and used a mobile app, while 42 percent used mobile search engines to find […]

Spring Creek at Zions Crossroads

Spring Creek at Zions Crossroads

A Gated Community Loaded with Amenities Spring Creek is a flourishing new home community at Zion Crossroads in Louisa County, where you can enjoy a relaxed lifestyle with convenience, affordability and 24 hour security along with all of the benefits associated with living in a gated community that is loaded with amenities.  Spring Creek is […]

Hoping for the best; preparing for the worst

Hoping for the best; preparing for the worst

A Checklist to Prepare for Winter Good old Mother Nature has announced the coming of winter with several frosty mornings and The Old Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a super-cold winter in our area. Never fear! There’s still plenty of time to prepare for potential problems. Here’s a checklist of reminders to get your home set […]

Orchard hopping: apples and peaches and family fun

Orchard hopping: apples and peaches and family fun

At summer’s end comes fall’s bounty. Yes, it’s apple season alright – and also grape, raspberry, peach and pear season, with pumpkins on the way. Add in strawberries, blueberries and cherries, plums, apricots and nectarines, and central Virginia orchards offer something healthy and delicious year ‘round. “Apples have been grown in Albemarle County since Jefferson’s […]

Yard sales: declutter your home and earn extra cash

Yard sales: declutter your home and earn extra cash

According to a recent University of California (UCLA) study, U.S. households have more possessions per home than any society in all of global history. Furthermore, the study reveals that clutter attributes to increased levels of stress in many American households. In fact, cleaning up the litter in your home not only provides additional space, but […]

Historic properties

Historic properties

What makes a home historic? Is it the age of the structure, the year it was built? Is it an historically significant architectural style, along with excellent craftsmanship that exemplifies and clarifies that style? Is it that headline-making history “was made here?” History is whatever we choose to value, but however we define it, we’re […]

Modern couch in a vintage living room

The floor: your fifth wall

A home’s floor is, in many ways, the fifth wall of any room. Many people know exactly what they want on that “wall.” Case in point: Lorraine Krebs in Nelson County who had a couple non-negotiable house-hunting items. “I wanted hardwood floors,” she declares. “If there were stairs, I wanted hardwood steps. I wanted a […]