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Add Value to Your Home Without Breaking the Bank

Add Value to Your Home Without Breaking the Bank

By Marilyn Pribus – Somehow this is the time of year when lots of people want to improve, brighten up, and make a change. If you’re seized by that urge, it’s always a good idea to look ahead to when you might decide to sell. Why not make improvements with an eye to attracting a […]

Buyer Demand Drives Albemarle’s Thriving Real Estate Market

Buyer Demand Drives Albemarle’s Thriving Real Estate Market

By Celeste M. Smucker – Albemarle County has everything Charlottesville area home buyers want, from gorgeous views and a wealth of outdoor activities, to easy access to all of the region’s lifestyle amenities.  And while some parts of the County have a definite urban vibe, others feature a rural setting with  privacy, acreage and even […]

Why Seniors Thrive in Central Virginia

Why Seniors Thrive in Central Virginia

By Ken Wilson – “Hardest for me is reflecting quietly on the path I’ve taken to where I have yet to go.” #healthyagingnevergetsold When Charlottesville’s 1,800-member Senior Center puts a Twitter hashtag on its front page, it’s a sure sign today’s senior citizens are not yer grandparent’s old folks. Today’s “active seniors” navigate the internet […]

Make the Most of Small Spaces

Make the Most of Small Spaces

By Marilyn Pribus – We’ve all heard great things come in small packages, but when it comes to rooms, small can be, well, small. Still, there are a number of canny ways to make a limited area seem, if not spacious, at least larger. The most effective tactic is to open up the space. Literally. […]

Booming South Side Market Energized by 5th Street Station

Booming South Side Market Energized by 5th Street Station

By Celeste M. Smucker _ One of the most exciting real estate markets in Charlottesville is the area south of downtown near the new 5th Street Station.  Until recently, this region’s popularity was hampered by residents’ concerns about the need travel to 29 North or to nearby localities like Waynesboro or Zion Crossroads to shop […]

How to Prepare for Stormy Weather

How to Prepare for Stormy Weather

By Marilyn Pribus – Remember that old song, “Don’t it always seem to go, you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone?”  It’s that way with electricity, that invisible, but essential service in today’s home. Hurricanes in summer, ice storms in winter and heavy winds any time can interrupt service. Often lines are repaired […]

Opportunities and Resources Abound for First-Time Buyers

Opportunities and Resources Abound for First-Time Buyers

By Celeste M. Smucker – Buying a first home is an exciting event and something families look forward to, sometimes for years. Today’s first timers, primarily Millennials, are no exception.  Most want to be home owners and, according to a 2017 article at Business Insider, over 66 percent of them expect to realize this dream […]

CAAR Publishes 2017 Fourth Quarter & Year-End Home Sales

CAAR Publishes 2017 Fourth Quarter & Year-End Home Sales

Greater Charlottesville Area 2017 Fourth Quarter & Year-End Highlights: Home sales increased 7.5 percent (863) compared to Q4 2016 (803), while year-end indicated a 4.0 percent gain. Greater Charlottesville median sales price rose to $300,000 (12 percent) compared to Q4 2016 ($267,842), as year-end marked a 7.4 percent improvement. The median days on the market […]

Another Exciting New Homes Market Predicted for 2018

Another Exciting New Homes Market Predicted for 2018

By Celeste M. Smucker – One of 2017’s biggest real estate stories was the emergence of a fast-growing new construction market, which continues to keep builders very busy, in many cases, well into this year.  Historically low interest rates and an upward trending stock market motivated buyers to jump into the market, seriously depleting inventories […]

Dramatic and Functional Stairway Statements

Dramatic and Functional Stairway Statements

By Marilyn Pribus – It’s an iconic movie moment—Our Heroine sweeping down the dramatic curving staircase toward Our Hero or the Supporting Cast of 1,000. Of course most of us don’t have a grand staircase or even any stairs at all. But if you do, here are some classy, functional, or just plain fun ideas […]

Winter at Wintergreen:  Snow, Slopes and Fun

Winter at Wintergreen:  Snow, Slopes and Fun

By Ken Wilson – Skiing, snowboarding, skating or tubing: on your feet or on your rear, straight or in circles, down the hill or up and over the obstacles—however you like to slide and however you like your winter sports, Wintergreen Resort in Nelson County’s Rockfish Valley has a hill, a park, a rink, and […]

Nelson County: Come Play and Stay

Nelson County: Come Play and Stay

By Ken Wilson – You can spend a day driving Route 151, the “Brew Ridge Trail,” sampling beer, wine, cider and whiskey. You can spend the night at a bed-and-breakfast and make it a weekend. You can ski down Eagles Swoop at Wintergreen, hike up Spy Rock in the George Washington National Forest, or wax […]

First Night Virginia: New Year, Old Tradition

First Night Virginia: New Year, Old Tradition

By Ken Wilson – It’s called First Night, but it’s really Last Evening meets First Morning, as we finish off the old year and greet the new one, sober but enthused, entertained and enchanted, and in the company of family and friends. The alcohol-free New Year’s Eve celebration, first held in Boston in 1975, is […]

Luxurious and Eco-savvy Bathrooms

Luxurious and Eco-savvy Bathrooms

By Marilyn Pribus – Whether you are building a new home or remodeling your old one, REALTORS® agree that a luxurious master bath is a big plus. You get to enjoy it now and when it’s time to sell, and only the kitchen is more important. REALTOR® Todd McGee, Associate Broker with Nest Realty in […]

How Not to Break the Holiday Bank

How Not to Break the Holiday Bank

By Marilyn Pribus – If you’re one of us who hasn’t quite finished shopping for this year’s holidays, and have three truly tough names on your list that you absolutely have to get something for, here’s a budget and stress-saving checklist for next year. Tuck it in your purse or copy it on your smart […]

Group Of Friends Having Dinner Party At Home Serving Food

Make the Most of  Your Home for Holiday Entertaining

By Marilyn Pribus – “During the holidays, you can entertain regardless if you have an open concept or more traditional layout,” declares REALTOR® Paul McArtor of Montague, Miller & Co. in Charlottesville. While not every place is perfect for entertaining, the good news is that you can always create a party at your home.  Make […]

Country Lifestyle:  Loving Where You Live

Country Lifestyle:  Loving Where You Live

By Ken Wilson – “How ya gonna keep ’em down on the farm (after they’ve seen Paree)?” some people still say, but they’re just showing their age. Cities have their charm (and suburbs have their convenience), but they’ve never been places to see the stars and they’re no longer where all the action is. If […]

Why Home Buyers Love The Walkable Downtown Lifestyle

Why Home Buyers Love The Walkable Downtown Lifestyle

By Celeste M. Smucker – If the idea of walking to work, eating at close-in trendy restaurants, browsing an interesting array of shops and heading out to entertainment venues near where you live appeals to you, then ask your agent about downtown Charlottesville. The lively pedestrian mall is the heart of downtown and an area […]

Belmont:  Charlottesville’s Popular, Walkable Community

Belmont: Charlottesville’s Popular, Walkable Community

By Celeste M. Smucker – Belmont home buyers love their neighborhood for many reasons, but its location near jobs, restaurants and entertainment venues is high on the list. And that includes attractions in downtown Charlottesville as well as those at Belmont Village that are even closer to home. Belmont’s short commute to downtown, UVA or […]

Mistletoe hanging isolated on white

Dreaming Of A Green Christmas

By Marilyn Pribus – As a bonus gift to yourself, your community and your planet, why not make this year truly green? Here are some easy ways.  An Artificial Tree Or a Real One? The first artificial trees were constructed in Germany in the 1800s and employed green-tinted goose feathers. In 1930, a British business […]

Spring Creek: Close-in, Gated and Loaded With Amenities

Spring Creek: Close-in, Gated and Loaded With Amenities

By Celeste M. Smucker – Louisa County’s gated community, Spring Creek at Zion Crossroads, is a popular neighborhood that draws enthusiastic buyers from all around the Charlottesville area as well as Northern Virginia and DC, the Northeast and even Florida. Golf is a big highlight and Spring Creek residents and their guests can play at […]