REW Writers



The Appeal of Smaller, Greener Homes

The Appeal of Smaller, Greener Homes

By Marilyn Pribus – Here’s an interesting statistic: The 2018 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends report, as researched by the National Association of Realtors®, shows about one-third of recent homebuyers are Millennials and about one-third are Baby Boomers. While these groups are at different places in their lives, it turns out they are looking […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]