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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– There’s a lot of satisfaction and security in owning your own home and home […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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The anatomy of a good offer

At the heart of every real estate transaction is the contract, the agreement between two parties for the purchase of a home.  The contract reflects hours of work on the part of the buyers, sellers and their agents to craft an agreement that works for both parties.  Whether or not it is a “good offer” […]

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Staging a house to sell

“It can be hard for homeowners to really see their own dwelling,” declares Liz Blankenship, co-owner of Charlottesville’s Stage to Sell. “They are emotionally and financially invested in their home, so it’s hard to view it as a ‘product’ competing with other houses for sale.” While staging may not increase the ultimate selling price of […]

Homeowners associations keep property values high

Homeowners associations keep property values high

The primary purpose of a Homeowners Association (HOA) is to preserve a subdivision’s property values so owners can enjoy a consistent quality of neighborhood and lifestyle. One way they do this is by enforcing standards for the external appearance of homes and yards as defined in the neighborhood’s restrictions and covenants.  Another is by maintaining […]

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Moving tips: make moving easier and less stressful

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, more than 35 million Americans move each year. And, although most movers are reputable companies, the number of complaints is on the rise. Moving into a new home is an exciting event, but the reality is that it’s often stressful for the entire family. That is why […]

Luxury House

Curb appeal

Be the envy of the neighborhood and tempt buyers at the same time. Seems like there is always one home in a neighborhood that’s just nicer than all the others. It’s cheerful by day and has nice lighting at night. It looks attractive. It looks cared for. It looks loved. While it’s not always easy […]

Education dollar

Affording college

Almost every day you hear discouraging stories of the ever-higher costs of higher education, but it is usually a wise investment. The U.S. Census Bureau says males with a college degree earn 80 percent more than male high school grads and female college graduates earn more than twice as much as women with only a […]

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Hiking in Central Virginia

“It is a great art to saunter” – Henry David Thoreau, Journal, April 26, 1841.  What a great place to take a walk! Blessed with an abundance of natural beauty, Central Virginia is flush with parks, trails and wilderness areas that beckon fitness buffs and nature lovers of all ages and experience levels, from families […]

Raising your home’s resale value

Raising your home’s resale value

Home owners preparing to sell their house often ask what repairs they should do to make it more saleable without spending more than they will get back at closing.  Several variables such as the seller’s motivation, budget and time frame impact this decision.  However, there are some general guidelines that apply to most situations. The […]

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Choosing siding for your home

Few things make a bigger impact on your home’s appearance—whether new construction or remodeling—than the siding you choose. Not only can the right siding make your place look great, it protects from damage from wind, weather, humidity, and insects. Unlike the Three Little Pigs, few people in Central Virginia make their homes of straw or […]

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What you need to know about bids and estimates

New construction or remodeling projects can be exciting, but also intimidating. What to build? What permits are required? How much will it cost?  How can I protect myself? How can I find a contractor I can trust? The Virginia Department of Occupation and Professional Regulation is a particularly useful resource in this area. Their detailed […]

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Get in the swim with an above-ground pool

Being able to jump into a back-yard pool during the summer is a wonderful perk for many people, especially if you have children on summer vacation and family and friends who come for the occasional cook-out. In-ground pools can be lovely additions, however they are expensive to install and maintain and they are definitely permanent. […]

Charlottesville: top ten mountain town

Charlottesville: top ten mountain town

Last year, Travel & Leisure included Charlottesville as #9 on its list of America’s Top Ten Mountain Towns. Not surprising. Most of us feel that subtle gravitational tug of the Blue Ridge to our west, relishing that blue mountain horizon visible for miles. Many of us succumb to the call of the mountains for recreation, […]

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Factors that determine your home value

The goal of any seller is getting top dollar for their property. However, many homeowners have an inflated idea of what their homes are actually worth. Anne Burroughs, of Montague Miller & Co. (, tells sellers that “once you put your house on the market, it’s no longer your home – it’s a commodity.”  And, […]