REW Writers



Deck the Halls and Sell Your Home

Deck the Halls and Sell Your Home

The holidays are here and you just found the perfect job in another city, or you decided you’ve had it with winter and want to move somewhere warmer, or you visited an Open House and found the perfect new home but recognize any offer you make would have to be contingent on the sale of […]

Smart Preps for Holiday Guests

Smart Preps for Holiday Guests

Yes, we know you’ve only just put away the pumpkins and plastic bats, but we’re already hearing “Frosty the Snowman” in shops. The Big Holidays are on the horizon and it’s not too soon to be laying your plans. Are you having company this year? Will you be hosting people with disabilities? Are there children […]

The Virginia Film Festival: An Embarrassment of Riches

The Virginia Film Festival: An Embarrassment of Riches

Historic and heartwarming (Loving). Family-friendly and inspiring (The Eagle Huntress). Searching and shocking (The Promise), romantic (La La Land) and jaw dropping (Liv Ullmann, Werner Herzog and Shirley . .. that’s right, MacLaine)—if it boasts more than 125 films, and way too many admiring modifiers to choose from, it’s the 2016 Virginia Film Festival, screening […]

Welcome, Baby!

Welcome, Baby!

A baby on the way? What could be more exciting!  You’ve got to get ready, so we’ve organized some ideas for you as you prepare. Many parents-to-be visit nursery shops and check out the endless cute ideas on the Internet. But do you really want pink or blue walls with pastel dancing giraffes around for […]

Seven Oaks

Historic Homes: Central Virginia Treasures

The most historic place around is not on the market. A red brick neoclassical dream house constructed from 1769 to 1784, remodeled from 1796 through 1808, and today valued at “priceless and inestimable,” Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello is on the National Registry of Historic Places and on every history buff and architecture lover’s bucket list to […]

Add a Touch of History to Your Home

Add a Touch of History to Your Home

Antique features lend character and individuality to the newest of homes and may harken back to our region’s history. Often a particular historical element, such as a salvaged door or window, lends an extra dash of personality to the home as well. “Very true,” declares Virginia Gardner, a REALTOR® with Roy Wheeler Realty Co. in […]

Making a Difference in Our Community

Making a Difference in Our Community

“Perhaps the first and biggest benefit people get from volunteering is the satisfaction of incorporating service into their lives and making a difference in their community and country,”  says the Corporation for National and Community Service. A seldom recognized bonus: In the past twenty years, studies have shown that people who volunteer reap health benefits […]

Home Theaters Are Practical and Popular

Home Theaters Are Practical and Popular

Forget bonus rooms and basements filled with cast-off furniture and piles of kids’ stuff. Today’s home entertainment spaces are sophisticated and tech-savvy, often including home theaters that look as if they’ve been lifted straight from some Hollywood producer’s mansion. Indeed, at one time, home theaters were the purview only of the wealthy, but the increasing […]

Luxury house at sunny day in Vancouver, Canada.

How Much is Your Home Worth?

How much is your home worth? How much more would it be worth if you remodeled the kitchen or enlarged the master bedroom? How do you know what price to set when you put it on the market, so it’s neither over nor undervalued? Is that condo you’re thinking of buying worth the $8,000 more […]

Four Good Ideas to Help Sell Your House

Four Good Ideas to Help Sell Your House

When you’re sprucing up your house to sell, some renovations positively increase a home’s marketability and selling price while others never come close to recouping the expense. According to Remodeling Magazine’s “2016 Cost vs. Value Report” figures for the Richmond area—the closest market for comparison—the highest value item is the installation of attic insulation which […]