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Orange county offers a friendly country lifestyle

Orange county offers a friendly country lifestyle

Picture a beautiful rural setting with mountain views. Add some of our area’s finest wineries and some interesting historic sites and the result could very well be Orange County. Orange got its start in 1734 when settlers made it a legal entity, separating it from what was then Spotsylvania County and naming it for England’s […]

Decorating for the season

Decorating for the season

When fall came, Grandmother used to take down the lace curtains that drifted in the breeze from her oscillating fan when the summer breezes failed. In their place, she brought the heavy winter drapes out of storage and hung them once again to deflect winter drafts. The bright floral slipcover came off the sofa, revealing […]

Ten mortgage mistakes to avoid

Ten mortgage mistakes to avoid

Buying a home and going through the mortgage process can be stressful and have long-term negative consequences if you don’t avoid some of these common pitfalls. (1) Not getting a fixed rate loan Fixed-rate loans are no longer priced at record lows, so you might be tempted to grab an adjustable-rate mortgage. But unless you’re […]

The Virginia Film Festival: entertaining and engaging

The Virginia Film Festival: entertaining and engaging

To “educate and engage audiences on the art of film.” To “promote discussions between artists, students, academics, and audiences about the films and how they relate to the world in which we live.” And, not to forget, to “support the films and filmmakers of the Commonwealth of Virginia.” At the Virginia Film Festival, watching Oscar […]

Chimney safety starts with a clean sweep

Chimney safety starts with a clean sweep

From two Albemarle County Fire Rescue Press Releases: At 0839 hours on January 31, 2014, units responded to the report of a wall in flames inside a residence. The cause is classified as a chimney fire. The Fire Marshal’s office estimates the loss from this fire at $100,000. At 0047 hrs on March 4, 2014, […]

Buy a home with history

Buy a home with history

Our region’s strong connection to a long and distinguished past is one of many reasons it is a popular and special place to live. There are many historic sites just in the city of Charlottesville, which was formed in 1762 by an Act of the Virginia General Assembly that set aside 50 acres of land […]

Home Equity Loans can be a source of cash

Home Equity Loans can be a source of cash

Home equity loans can provide beneficial cash resource for homeowners considering home improvements such as additions, remodeling, modifications for a disabled person, or major appliance replacements. Other big-ticket items might be education expenses, paying closing costs to refinance a mortgage, or consolidating existing high-interest-rate loans such as credit card debts. Paying off expensive debts with […]

Fall getaways in Virginia

Fall getaways in Virginia

Every year, don’t you say to yourself THIS is the year I’m going to get out and enjoy the incomparable beauty that is autumn in Virginia? And well you should. After all, who better than you deserves an enjoyable scenic drive through the foliage, the opportunity to splurge on local food and beverage, and a […]

Eco-savvy bathrooms add luxury and value to home

Eco-savvy bathrooms add luxury and value to home

Whether you are building your dream house or remodeling an existing bathroom, here are some tips on how to be ecologically smart and have a smart-looking result as well. Since bathrooms can be one of the most expensive rooms to renovate, being up to date can have a real impact on a home’s resale value. […]

Blue Ridge Home Builders 51st Annual Parade of Homes

Blue Ridge Home Builders 51st Annual Parade of Homes

Every year Charlottesville’s Blue Ridge Home Builders Association (BRHBA) sponsors the Parade of Homes giving local builders an opportunity to show off the very best in new construction. The 51st Parade is no exception. Consumers who attend will have a chance to view a wide range of home styles, prices and locations.  All the best […]

Louisa County – close in with lots of amenities

Louisa County – close in with lots of amenities

Travel a short distance east of Charlottesville and you will be in Louisa County, situated north of Interstate 64 and east of the Albemarle line.  Louisa was once part of Hanover County, splitting off in 1742 when sufficient population justified a courthouse.   The new county was named after Princess Louisa, the youngest daughter of […]

Cville TimeBank members swap time for services

Cville TimeBank members swap time for services

“Charlottesville scores as one of the top places to live, over and over,” declares REALTOR® Kelly Ceppa, an associate broker at Nest Realty. “We are one of the few small cities in the nation that has big-city cultural amenities like art, theater, and education. We also have small-town features like ‘community.’ One fairly new community […]

What is your home worth?

What is your home worth?

Determining a home’s value is key to a successful listing and sale.  Sellers who insist on over pricing their home will find that when it doesn’t compare favorably with others in the same price range buyers won’t make an offer.  Meanwhile, buyers looking at lower priced homes who may be good prospects won’t see it […]

Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival

Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival

Classical music fans in Central Virginia love September. So do some of the finest classical musicians in the world. For fifteen years now, Charlottesville natives Timothy Summers and Raphael Bell have brought the two together for the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival, two weeks’ worth of stimulating concerts of classical music for small ensembles. The eight […]

Saving for a down payment

Saving for a down payment

These days it is not unusual for lenders to require a down payment of as 20 percent on the purchase price of a home. This makes a lot of sense from the lender’s point of view for several reasons. First, buyers who can save that 20 percent show they handle their finances well. Second, with […]

Commercial real estate market remains positive

Commercial real estate market remains positive

Nationally the commercial market continues to recover, according to Lawrence Yun, the National Association of REALTORS® Chief Economist.  Yun predicts an improving commercial market, with the multi-family sector leading the way based on what he expects will be an expanding GDP, an easing in commercial lending and continued job growth. The Charlottesville Market Hock Hockensmith, […]

Staunton Music Festival: celebrating a living tradition

Staunton Music Festival: celebrating a living tradition

Staunton hasn’t heard about “the death of classical music.” The little Shenandoah Valley city with the handsome, historic downtown and the rich reputation for the performing arts celebrates a living tradition each summer with the Staunton Music Festival, drawing larger crowds each year for dynamic and innovative chamber music concerts. The 2014 event, August 15-24, […]

Retiring early? Mind the gap!

Retiring early? Mind the gap!

According to a recent Gallup poll, the average American retires at age 61.1 That’s at least five years away from collecting full Social Security retirement benefits, not to mention pensions, which typically begin at age 65, when available. Collectively, these programs can account for a significant share of retirement income. According to the Social Security […]

Central Virginia private schools

Central Virginia private schools

Each summer we highlight the many outstanding private schools in our seven-county readership area. We are pleased to enable these schools to shine a light on their extraordinary accomplishments, helping readers to get a flavor of the type of private school opportunities available to their children throughout central Virginia. Here are the schools that replied […]

Inexpensive home energy makeover

Inexpensive home energy makeover

Energy-saving upgrades such as weather stripping compact fluorescent light bulbs, low-flow faucets and showerheads, and lifetime air conditioning filters can save you up to 25 percent annually on your utility bills. Here are some energy-saving tips you can apply to your home. And these don’t cost a lot of money, either. Immediate insulation A good […]

Looking for real estate online takes off

Looking for real estate online takes off

Once upon a time prospective homebuyers asked their agents to search the local MLS and find the listings they thought their clients would like best. Back then only REALTORS® had access to MLS information, and buyers who wanted to be more independent had to rely on print ads, open houses or just driving through neighborhoods […]

Louisa County Public Schools

Louisa County Public Schools

At Louisa County Public Schools, we know that each student is capable of learning, achieving, and succeeding. We know that graduates need to be prepared for the workforce as well as the classroom. We know that a child is much more than a score on a standardized test. Through innovation, compassion, and hard work, Louisa […]

Charlottesville named Walkable City

Charlottesville named Walkable City

Several years ago Walk Score.com named Charlottesville the Most Walkable City in the Commonwealth of Virginia. What exactly does that mean? “A Walk Score,” explains REALTOR ® Jim Duncan of Nest Realty, “is a ranking algorithm for a home and it depends on pretty much everything people want to walk to—grocery stores, entertainment, schools, restaurants, […]

Do fences make good neighbors?

Do fences make good neighbors?

No, we’re not going to quote Robert Frost here, but we are going to talk about fences. For homeowners seeking a little more privacy or to keep children and animals in (or out), we’ll discuss when you can and cannot put up a fence and the best materials to use for your construction.   ”There’s […]

Amazonas: the 2014 Wintergreen Summer Music Festival

Amazonas: the 2014 Wintergreen Summer Music Festival

Ask orchestra conductor Larry Alan Smith about the continent to the south of us, and he’ll tell you about rhythm and color. South American music can be “mournful and soulful,” Smith says, but by and large “it’s very perky, very bright, very sunny.” Smith’s frequent conducting stints in Brazil in the 80s and 90s engendered […]

A primer on closing costs

A primer on closing costs

Negotiating and agreeing on the price for a new home may seem like the final step of a long process. In fact, it’s just the beginning of maneuvering through the long list of closing costs. These costs and payments are typically organized by a settlement company and paid to lenders and other third parties involved […]