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Horses and Their Owners Love Central Virginia

Horses and Their Owners Love Central Virginia

By Celeste M. Smucker – From very early days, horses have been a big part of Virginia’s lifestyle and economy. The first Colonists brought their favorite Thoroughbreds from England in the early 1600s. However they weren’t the first equines in the area. Native Americans also owned horses thought to be descended from those brought by […]

Fridays After Five: A Charlottesville Tradition

Fridays After Five: A Charlottesville Tradition

By Ken Wilson – It’s free, it’s family-friendly and, lucky for us, it’s happening again. For 30 years now it’s been our favorite way to let the good times roll—and rock and rumble, moan and purr, shake and shimmy, and however else the spirit moves. Thank God it’s Fridays After Five, with live music and […]

Staging a Property to Sell

Staging a Property to Sell

By Marilyn Pribus – Shopping for a new home has certainly evolved in the last few years. Home-buyers trawl the internet for months looking at potential properties. So if you’re selling, excellent pictures are essential to make your offering stand out and you can’t have great photos unless the property is in really good shape. […]

Enjoy a Close-in Country Lifestyle for Less in Louisa

Enjoy a Close-in Country Lifestyle for Less in Louisa

By Celeste M. Smucker – If the benefits of a rural lifestyle appeal, but you also want to live close-in to enjoy the many amenities of town, then Louisa County could be the perfect choice. Known as a place where residents can see stars at night, Louisa is blessed with a vibrant economy and central […]

Save Money and Still Stay Cool This Summer

Save Money and Still Stay Cool This Summer

By Marilyn Pribus – Most of us dread our electric bill after summer’s first hot spell. You might be surprised to learn that air conditioning accounts for about five percent of all the electricity produced in our country, approaching $30 billion annually. Closer to home, air conditioning can contribute as much as 45 percent to […]

Deciphering the New Light Bulbs

Deciphering the New Light Bulbs

By Celeste Smucker – Oh for the good old days when we could walk into a store to buy bulbs and all we needed to know was the wattage and whether it was a regular bulb, a spotlight, or something decorative for a chandelier. Occasionally we may have needed something more specialized like a 3-way […]

Low-Maintenance Yards Save Time and Money

Low-Maintenance Yards Save Time and Money

By Marilyn Pribus – Many people are coming to realize that expansive lawns and exotic gardens are expensive in terms of taking up big chunks of their free time. Then they must add the cost of higher water usage, pricey and environmentally unfriendly chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides as well as care and fuel for […]

How Buyers Can Rock the 2018 Market

How Buyers Can Rock the 2018 Market

By Celeste M. Smucker – There is a lot of excitement about the 2018 real estate market and sellers are happy to see their homes move quickly from listed to sold at prices that make them smile.  For buyers this a more challenging market as dwindling inventories of homes for sale leave them with fewer […]

Spring Festivals: It’s Time for What You Love

Spring Festivals: It’s Time for What You Love

By Ken Wilson – Dogwood planting and sheep dog running, brainstorming and dining al fresco—what do you love? What would you like to discover? Whatever it is, Central Virginia probably has a festival for it. Let’s see what’s happening this spring. 7th Annual Run For Home The Haven and Virginia National Bank will hold their […]

Quick and Easy Solutions to Organize Your Home

Quick and Easy Solutions to Organize Your Home

By Marilyn Pribus – A great rainy-day activity is to look around your house and consider areas where better organization could mean better living. Here are some simple principles to help you on the way. Remember, you don’t have to do it all in one day or even one weekend, but why not resolve to […]

Agents Predict  Robust Spring Market This Year

Agents Predict  Robust Spring Market This Year

By Celeste M. Smucker – Spring is an optimistic time of year when people look forward to a new start.  It is also a time when many sellers choose to list their homes and when buyers, ready to shake off the cabin fever of winter, come out to take a look at what’s on the […]

These Four Walls

These Four Walls

By Marilyn Pribus – Just as clothing designers develop “hot” colors and accessories each season, designers for wall coverings plan ahead. Interestingly, they often check fashion statements and, as a result, the manufacturers of paint, wallpaper, and other wall coverings generally lag a year or two behind the runways when it comes to colors and […]

Commercial Real Estate Continues Its Impressive Expansion

Commercial Real Estate Continues Its Impressive Expansion

By Celeste M. Smucker – The commercial real estate market continues its remarkable growth, and local agents expect another profitable year in 2018. This assessment is consistent with findings in a recent report from the National Association of REALTORS®, Situs RERC and Deloitte predicting trends in the national market. The Report cites factors such as […]

Hardscaping Solves Landscape Problems

Hardscaping Solves Landscape Problems

By Marilyn Pribus While “landscaping” is a familiar concept, “hardscaping” may be a new term for some people.  What does it mean exactly? Hardscaping uses hard building materials and it’s generally permanent. These materials can involve natural stone, gravel, or boulders as well as manufactured products including pavers, bricks, retaining wall blocks, stepping stones, and […]

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 […]