REW Writers



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Volunteers Serve Our Community

By Marilyn Pribus – Volunteers are always at the heart of any community from folks giving time to their church or children’s activities to those helping persons escape domestic violence to the musicians who mounted the Concert for Charlottesville last month. In fact, the catalog of local volunteer efforts is nearly endless from working with […]

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How Green Sells Homes

By Ken Wilson – “If you have two exactly identical homes side by side, and one of them makes a $1,000 worth of power a year, and the other one doesn’t, shouldn’t that thousand dollars count?” Coming from Greg Slater, Associate Broker with Nest Realty, that’s no idle question. Slater is on a mission—an educational […]

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Price Your Home to Sell

By Celeste M. Smucker – What is the best price for your home and how do you know? When all is said and done, the price is what the buyer is willing to pay and the seller is willing to accept. However, before the negotiation can begin, the home must go on the market, get […]

Burning Wood for Heat

Burning Wood for Heat

By Marilyn Pribus – There was a time when people heated with separate fireplaces or stoves in most rooms, burning wood or coal. People still appreciate such heating devices and see fireplaces with their cheery flames as very desirable.  In fact, having a fireplace gives properties an edge when they are on the market. Still, […]

Top Home Improvements to Help Sell Your Home

Top Home Improvements to Help Sell Your Home

By Ken Wilson – You’re downsizing and ready to sell your family home, or you’re looking at larger houses to accommodate your soon-to-be-larger family. Maybe you hope to move next year, or maybe you’re just thinking five to ten years down the line, but either way you’re dreaming and mulling things over. What can you […]

Foodie Town: Eating Well in Charlottesville

Foodie Town: Eating Well in Charlottesville

By Ken Wilson – Nearly 50,000 people live in Charlottesville, and the fun starts when they get hungry. There is no “bored mouth” syndrome here in “C-ville”—not with taquerias and smokehouses, bistros and sushi bars, inns and noodle counters, high-end pizza and burger joints to choose from. Not with Chinese, French, Italian, Indian, Irish, Japanese, […]

Winter’s Coming!

Winter’s Coming!

By Marilyn Pribus – Yes, we know it’s still pretty warm around here these days, but Mother Nature is dusting off her ski parka. Time to beat her to the punch by preparing your property for cold weather.  “For most people, the family home is one of their most valuable assets,” declares REALTOR® Kelly Ceppa […]

Commercial Real Estate Continues to Flourish

Commercial Real Estate Continues to Flourish

By Celeste M. Smucker– National Association of REALTORS® Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun predicts continued growth in commercial real estate thanks to an improving national economy characterized by declining unemployment and increased consumer confidence. Local REALTORS® agree describing an active commercial market with significant opportunities for business owners and investors.  The Power of Our Local Economy […]

Quality Educations And A Multitude of Opportunities Available At Area Public Schools

Quality Educations And A Multitude of Opportunities Available At Area Public Schools

By Celeste M. Smucker– Welcome to our annual public schools feature! This comprehensive article with overviews written by each of the school districts provides information about the host of educational opportunities available to students in Charlottesville City, Waynesboro and surrounding county schools. If you are planning a move to central Virginia, or have your eye […]

Choose Used

Choose Used

By Marilyn Pribus – Furniture that isn’t new goes by many names: previously-owned, second-hand, or even antique. We’ve always called it “very early heirloom”—that wobbly-legged chair from my grandmother, the many-times painted dresser from my in-laws, and the heavy, gouged round oak table from my parents’ attic. But in each case, the price of free […]

Buy Fresh, Buy Local

Buy Fresh, Buy Local

By Marilyn Pribus – “Buy fresh, buy local” is great little bumper sticker you see around these parts.  And it’s a wonderful motto.  When we shop local, we support our whole community and a great place to start is at farmers markets because the money we spend there stays right here. In fact, a Virginia […]

Save Money, Use a REALTOR®

Save Money, Use a REALTOR®

By Celeste M. Smucker– Everyone is excited about today’s real estate market, the best we’ve experienced in years. Buyers who have been on the fence are out looking in order to take advantage of  today’s prices and interest rates before they climb out of reach, while many sellers are choosing from multiple offers on their […]