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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 […]

Projects Reflect Confidence in Cville’s Commercial Real Estate Market

Projects Reflect Confidence in Cville’s Commercial Real Estate Market

News about commercial real estate both nationally and locally continues to be positive.  The Urban Land Institute’s 2014 annual report entitled Emerging Trends in Real Estate (based on interviews with 1,000 experts in the field) states that respondents “expect growth to be sufficient to generate consistent and growing demand for commercial real estate across all […]

Charlottesville’s Golf Course Communities

Charlottesville’s Golf Course Communities

If you love golf and want to live near your favorite course, our area offers a lot of options. Home buyers seeking a golf course community with a country club atmosphere can pick from neighborhoods such as Glenmore or the Estates at Keswick Hall where a newly designed course will open soon.  Public courses are […]

Charlottesville Named #2 Friendly Small City in USA

Charlottesville Named #2 Friendly Small City in USA

MOVOTO.com’s blog—which dubs itself “the lighter side of real estate”—recently named Charlottesville as the #2 Friendly Small City in the nation. What exactly makes a city friendly? “When we decided to tackle this question,” the blog says, “we realized that we’d need to look at it in some unique ways,” They decided some measures such […]

Organic Lawn Care is Good for Your Family and Your Community

Organic Lawn Care is Good for Your Family and Your Community

For those who are environmentally conscious, we want to offer some “green” tips on how to keep your lawn healthy and be a good steward of our environment at the same time. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that as much as 80 percent of the water falling on lawns—from rain or sprinklers—doesn’t stay there.  Instead […]

Joel Sartore’s “Photo Ark,” featuring endangered wildlife, is this year’s “TREES” exhibition on the Downtown Mall.

LOOK3: Photography in Charlottesville

Look up in the trees when you’re having coffee on the Downtown Mall this June. Note the Budgett’s Frog facing off with the Green Tree Python, mouths agape, outside of the Nook. Check out the Indian Rhinoceros, the Golden snub-nosed monkey, the Sulawesi Crested Macaque and the Matchie’s Kangaroo. The larger-than-life animal images on the […]

Crozet: A Vibrant Community Surrounded by Natural  Beauty

Crozet: A Vibrant Community Surrounded by Natural Beauty

Drive twelve miles west from Charlottesville and you’ll find Crozet, a quaint village and a popular residential area surrounded by gorgeous mountain scenery.  One of Albemarle County’s fastest growing areas,  Crozet  features the walking community of Old Trail and a growing number of other subdivisions where residents can experience a relaxed country lifestyle  and still […]

Farmers Markets: Buy Fresh, Buy Local

Farmers Markets: Buy Fresh, Buy Local

Every season, more people are becoming fans of farmers markets, counting them as genuine quality-of-life enhancements in their communities.  In fact, Virginia has nearly 250 across the commonwealth and quite a few of them are in the seven-county area around Charlottesville. “I’m really proud of our City Market,” says Charlottesville REALTOR ® Cynthia Viejo, an […]

Charlottesville Area Real Estate Professionals Give Back

Volunteers are a valued part of our society and our economy. In 2012, the Corporation for National and Community Service reported that 64.5 million Americans volunteered a total of 7.9 billion hours, which had an estimated economic value of $175 billion. In Charlottesville, an online survey conducted by CAAR (Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS) found […]

Madison County Schools

Pride. In all, Madison is known not so much by “schools” as by educational families – students surrounded by caring, thoughtful parents and community members who expect graduates to have earned a top-notch education. Our students attend Virginia and the nation’s top schools and enter the workforce exceptionally well prepared. This great feat is accomplished […]

How Green Is Your Garden?

How Green Is Your Garden?

It’s easier than you think to create a healthier yard. Homeowners are realizing the cost of expansive lawns in terms of water usage as well as expensive and environmentally unfriendly chemical fertilizer, pesticides and herbicides. Plus the human time expenditure and fuel for lawn mowers, weed whackers, and leaf blowers.  People are also becoming more […]

Charlottesville Real Estate News – Week of May 15, 2014

Charlottesville Real Estate News – Week of May 15, 2014

Real Estate News Local Fire Fighters, Nurses, Police Officers and Teachers Have More Home Purchasing Power through CAAR Workforce Housing Fund Changes to Workforce Housing Fund Guidelines Result in Six New Home Ownership Success Stories CAAR, the voice of real estate in the Central Virginia region, has announced changes to the guidelines for its signature […]

Virginia Wine: Right Century, Right Season

Virginia Wine: Right Century, Right Season

What the Founding Fathers foundered at, 21st century Virginians are perfecting. Thomas Jefferson tried for 36 years to grow grapes suitable for winemaking. George Washington kept at it for 11. Virginia had the “soil, aspect, and climate of the best wine countries,” Jefferson contended. “We could, in the United States, make as great a variety […]

Horse Properties: You don’t even need a horse

Horse Properties: You don’t even need a horse

This spring’s Foxfield Races are slated for Saturday, April 26th, continuing an outstanding tradition that has been highly popular in Charlottesville for more than 30 years. The beautiful and challenging Foxfield course attracts Thoroughbred owners, trainers, and jockeys from several states to a full day of racing near the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Foxfield Races […]

Greene County Public Schools

Greene County Public Schools

We are pleased and honored that parents consider Greene County Public Schools as an educational option for their students.  We are proud of our entire school community and the high quality services, staff, and educational experience that we provide.  Not only are our facilities, programs, and staff top notch, but the Greene County community is […]

Real Estate News – Week of April 24

Real Estate News – Week of April 24

Real Estate News Jodi Mills Joins Roy Wheeler Jodi Dean Mills has joined Roy Wheeler Realty Company. She brings over 20 years of experience in Sales, Management, Marketing and Training to Roy Wheeler Realty, 17 of these exclusively in Real Estate. She has extensive experience working with first time homebuyers, relocation buyers, move-up buyers, and […]

Making Memories in the Garden: Historic Garden Week 2014

Making Memories in the Garden: Historic Garden Week 2014

Oh to be in Charlottesville, now that spring is here – and now that it’s Historic Garden Week! We might not realize it as we tour elaborate gardens of grand estates in all their April glory, but we have generations of garden club members to thank for their preservation. “I’d always tended to think of […]

Home Buying for First Time Buyers

Home Buying for First Time Buyers

When anticipating the purchase of their first home, buyers may feel a bit apprehensive and overwhelmed as they balance the excitement of finally making this commitment with the risks and benefits of such a major undertaking. However, while it is a major decision, buying a home doesn’t need to be a scary experience, but rather […]

Give Your Home An Energy Makeover

Give Your Home An Energy Makeover

Spring has finally sprung in central Virginia, and we’re excited to move on after the last few snowy months. But, a prolonged school year isn’t our only headache from our the winter-that-wouldn’t-quit. Many folks will be dealing with the hangover of high energy bills for months to come, which makes this the perfect time to […]

Real Estate News – Week of April 10

Real Estate News – Week of April 10

What’s Happening Around Town? EarthCraft Virginia Announces Winners of the 5th Annual Sustainable Leadership Awards Regional leaders in the advancement of sustainable design and construction were honored on Tuesday as winners of EarthCraft Virginia’s Annual Sustainable Leadership Awards. Winners were announced at the organization’s 5th annual awards ceremony on April 1st at The SunTrust Building […]

Buy a Waterfront Property for a Year Round Vacation

Buy a Waterfront Property for a Year Round Vacation

Buy a Waterfront Property for a Year Round Vacation What draws us to the water?  For some it is a reminder of childhood when they lived near a lake or enjoyed vacationing at the beach.  For others it is a source of fun, whether that means boating, water skiing, swimming or just relaxing on a […]

BRHBA’S Home and Garden Festival

BRHBA’S Home and Garden Festival

The Blue Ridge Home Builders Association’s (BRHBA) 41st Home & Garden Festival, April 4-6, makes the Main Street Arena on the Downtown Mall the place to dream and plan and plot, to chat with local home and garden professionals, pick up a few ideas, and figure out how to make them happen. With 80 booths […]

Fluvanna County Public Schools

Fluvanna County Public Schools

Fluvanna County Public Schools The Fluvanna County Public School system is comprised of five schools: Carysbrook Elementary, West Central Primary, Central Elementary, Fluvanna Middle School, and Fluvanna County High School. All of Fluvanna’s schools are fully accredited. Fluvanna County Public Schools will: • Provide a quality education to all students. • Build a culture that […]

Real Estate News – Week of March 27

Real Estate News – Week of March 27

Real Estate Related News Tommy Brannock joins Loring Woodriff Real Estate Associates Loring Woodriff Real Estate Associates is thrilled to welcome Tommy Brannock. A Charlottesville native and UVA grad, Tommy is well known in our community for his years of success in real estate sales as well as for his commitment to giving back to […]