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Buying a Home During the Holiday Season

by Desi Sowers

The holiday season is just around the corner, and with everything that goes on this time of year, you may think that buying a house right now would be crazy!  But, really, there are a lot of reasons it makes sense to buy a house at the year’s end.  So, if you’ve been contemplating the purchase of a home, but thought you should put your search on hold for the holidays, here are some reasons why you should consider the holidays a great time to buy!

  1. THERE IS LESS COMPETITION - If you’ve been keeping up with the real estate market, you already know that right now there is a shortage of homes for sale. That means that sellers are often fielding several offers for their homes. But, since most people probably think this is a bad time of year to buy a home and move, that means there will be fewer buyers and fewer people making offers on homes.  You might actually get a great deal if a seller needs to be out of their house by the end of the year and you are the only one making an offer!
  2. MOTIVATED SELLERS - Let’s face it… nobody really wants to move during the holidays. But sometimes it can’t be helped.  It’s likely that people who are selling their home over the holidays are highly motivated to do so.  If you have a motivated seller combined with less competition from other buyers, chances are you are going to get a great deal on a home! A Home Buyer's Guide to Motivated Sellers
  3. MOTIVATED AGENTS - With less activity in the market this time of year, Realtors will be dealing with fewer clients.  This means they will have more time to devote to you and your search for the perfect home.  Also, getting a sales commission before year’s end is sure to be a motivating factor to bring your purchase to completion.
  4. LOWER INTEREST RATES - With Interest Rates Projected to Increase in 2019, now is the time to get that mortgage and save some money.  It might not seem like much, but may be surprised to discover how much you save over the life of your mortgage with just a small difference in the interest rate.
  5. LOWER PRICES - In addition to a lower interest rate, you will find that some people drop home prices when selling during the holidays.  This goes back to that “motivated seller” who really needs to move before the end of the year.  Historically, December has lower home prices than any other month.  There is no guarantee that home prices will drop, but it’s worth talking to a professional Realtor about the local market.
  6. FASTER CLOSINGS -  Generally, all the people involved in a real estate transaction want it done before year’s end.  As a buyer, you want to be settled in your new home and sellers certainly want to be moved and in their new homes as well.  Lenders want to include the loan in their current year’s books. And Realtors want to include their commissions on the current year’s income.  If you do your part and have all your paper work in order, your closing will be as quick and smooth as possible.

So, the moral of this story is…if you’re thinking of buying a house, you don’t have to wait!  Now is a great time to buy!  If you’re thinking about selling or buying a home in the New River Valley area, contact professional, experienced Realtor Desi Sowers and let her assist you with all your real estate needs. Give her a call today at 540-320-1328!

Photo Credit: realtor.com

The National Weather Service Office presents their 2018 Open House on Saturday, October 20, 2018, any time between 10:00 am until 3:000 pm.

Come out to the National Weather Service in Blacksburg, VA for a tour of the facility and learn how the weather affects our region and what tools we use to observe, forecast, and communicate the weather.

The guided tour will last roughly an hour (the last tour group will start at 3:00 pm), and while there could be some initial wait time after you arrive and sign up, there will be other activities and displays outside to keep you occupied during any wait time.

Activities include:

• Watch a Simulated Weather Balloon Launch

• Hands-On Experiments

• Child-Friendly Weather Activities and Games

• Virginia Department of Transportation Snow Plow

• Virginia Department of Emergency Management communications Trailer

• Virginia Tech Meteorology / Storm Chasers

• Learn How Radar Works

Information and photo provided by the National Weather Service

275 Clearview Drive: Charming Craftsman on a Large Double Lot!

by Desi Sowers

New River Valley VA Real Estate For Sale
275 Clearview Drive, Christiansburg, VA  24073

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Charming craftsman home perfectly situated on a large double lot totaling just over half an acre – an awesome find in the town of Christiansburg! You are sure to appreciate the many desirable features 275 Clearview Drive provides including 3 spacious bedrooms, 2 full baths, a flowing floor plan, easy care flooring, neutral colors, convenient mud room, central air and low maintenance vinyl siding…just to name a few! A large living room sets the scene for comfortable everyday living with space for everyone. Great flow to the dining area where you are sure to enjoy hosting guests. With sliding doors to the back deck, it is easy to take the party outdoors. An abundance of cabinetry, a refrigerator, microwave and range, plus durable tile flooring highlight the galley kitchen. The spacious master is located on the main floor with 2 secondary bedrooms upstairs creating privacy and room to grow. The partially fenced backyard is the perfect spot for BBQs, relaxing and plenty of room to play, plus beautiful long range views to enjoy from the deck! The detached storage shed provides you plenty of space for tools and equipment. Offering so much in location and quality, this home will not last!

You don’t have to just visit; you can live here and enjoy Virginia’s growing economy and vacation-like lifestyle! With easy access to I-81 you can appreciate a prime example of why New River Valley VA is such a desired place to live and play.

Desi Sowers has distinguished herself as a leader in the New River Valley real estate market. Desi assists buyers looking for New River Valley real estate for sale and aggressively markets New River Valley homes for sale.

Desi brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a New River Valley home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future – Desi Sowers will help make the most of your New River Valley real estate experience. Give her a call today, 540-320-1328, and discover the difference she can make during your family's move.

Radford VA Home Sales September 2018

by Desi Sowers

Why Location is Important When Purchasing a Home

by Desi Sowers

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “location, location, location!” before, but it has never meant more than when you are purchasing a home.  You can fall in love with your dream home, fix it up, renovate it; even change its structure, but if it’s in the wrong location, you likely can’t move it.  It’s attached to the land.  Identical homes can increase or decrease in value depending on their location.  Choosing the best area for living and resale value is equally as important as choosing your ideal home.  Here are a few things to be aware of when searching for the right location for your investment:

  • Top Rated School Districts

Homebuyers with children often seek homes in highly desirable school districts. They are willing to spend more for a home to enable their children to go the “best schools.”

  • Recreation & Nature

Homes on the water or near parks hold their value because people enjoy living where they can enjoy the outdoors.If you love the outdoors and being active, chances are you wouldn’t enjoy living in the middle of the city, or even in suburbs that require you to drive somewhere for outdoor recreation. Outdoors - Virginia's New River Valley

  • Scenic Views

A home with a scenic view often sells quickly. And there are plenty of breathtaking vistas to see in the New River Valley!  Mountains, golf courses, even a small glimpse of water are enough to entice buyers to purchase a home. It’s not only great for resale value, but you get to enjoy beautiful views while living there.

  • Entertainment & Shopping

While some buyers seek out scenic views, others may be looking for a home that enables them to walk to restaurants, movie theaters and boutiques.  If you prefer cultural activities to outdoor activities, then it would make sense for you to look for a home in a town or city.

  • Economically Stable Neighborhoods

Older neighborhoods that have survived economic recessions while maintaining evident pride of ownership appeal to buyers looking for long term stability.

  • Public Transportation, Healthcare & Jobs

Some buyers will be looking for convenience. They don’t want a long commute to work and want to have easy access to transportation and healthcare facilities. New River Valley Transportation Services

So, you may find your dream home but if it’s not in the right location, it might not be a dream come true. When purchasing a home remember…location, location, location!

If you’re thinking about selling or buying a home in the New River Valley area, contact professional, experienced Realtor Desi Sowers and let her assist you with all your real estate needs. Give her a call today at 540-320-1328!

Photo Credit: hosteltrends.com

The Pearisburg Merchants Association presents the 4th Annual Pearisburg Scarecrow Festival on Saturday, October 13, 2018, on Wenonah Avenue and Tazewell Streets in downtown Pearisburg, VA from 9:00 am till 5:00 pm.

Join in the fun of this family-friendly event featuring live music, vendors, food, petting zoo, car & motorcycle cruise-in, living history, dancing, and more! Featured guests are over 18 scarecrows, created by local businesses, organizations and groups, that will be displayed throughout the town.

Photo and information provided by Pearisburg Merchants Association

Christiansburg VA Home Sales September 2018

by Desi Sowers

Farm to Table Dining in the New River Valley

by Desi Sowers

Farm-to-table is a social movement which promotes serving locally produced food at restaurants and school cafeterias.  Food is acquired directly from its original sources including wineries, breweries, ranches, fisheries along with farms.  Farm-to-table often provides food traceability so that you know where your food comes from.  Participants in the movement often reject conventional agricultural practices.  They embrace sustainable agriculture, organic farming, free range animal husbandry and fair trade.  They oppose genetically modified food and animals treated with antibiotics and hormones to make them grow more quickly.

General changes in attitudes about food safety and freshness have occurred at the same time as the farm-to-table movement. People are motivated by the lack of fresh, local ingredients, the poor flavor of ingredients shipped from afar and the poor nutritional integrity of shipped ingredients.  They want to bring back small family farms and ingredients that are organic and not genetically modified.

Many people today want to eat healthier…to BE healthier. If you are interested in farm-to-table dining, there are several places in the New River Valley area that offer this fresh, healthy alternative to traditional restaurants. Here are just a few:

Preston's Restaurant in Blacksburg prides itself on offering regional and seasonal cuisine coming straight from the farms and seas of Virginia.  They use the freshest food and ingredients including Black Angus beef pasture raised on the hills surrounding Va. Tech and seafood caught in the Chesapeake Bay.  Serving up delectable dishes with a southern flare, the offer a dining experience you won’t want to miss!

The Palisades Restaurant in Eggleston, VA offers a combination of southern hospitality and sophisticated cuisine. Located in unique, country side setting of the former Pyne’s General Store, this neighborhood restaurant gets most of its pork, beef, trout and produce from right here in the New River Valley. That means you are getting the freshest of ingredients while also supporting the local economy!

The Till & Grill Food Truck’s mottos is “from our farm to your fork”.  This farm to food truck venture started in 2016 with an idea to bring sustainably grown, healthy, local food to more mainstream audiences. Their goal is to serve the best tasting, freshest food and to that they get their food right off their own sustainable farm based in Christiansburg, VA. They also source from other farms in the New River Valley. They can be hired to cater weddings and special events, and the truck can be found weekly at various locations around the New River Valley.

So, if you’re looking to start eating healthier, check out these farm-to-table establishments for wholesome, nutritional and delicious food!

If you’re thinking about selling or buying a home in the New River Valley area, contact professional, experienced Realtor Desi Sowers and let her assist you with all your real estate needs. Give her a call today at 540-320-1328!

Photo Credits: innatvirginiatech.com, tripadvisor.com, twitter.com, stacyknows.com

Come out to Sinkland Farms for the 2018 Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, October 6, 2018, at 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

Don't miss the popular autumn family tradition this fall at Sinkland Farms Pumpkin Festival, activities feature hayrides to the pumpkin fields to pick your own “great pumpkin,” a brain-twisting corn maze, farmyard animals and fantastic live music on two great stages.

Saturday, October 6th Special Events Schedule:

• All Day: Special Entertainment-Pumpkin’ Chuckin’ with TEAM CARBO and the ONAGER, from Raleigh NC!

• All Day: Creative Expressions Face Painting

• All Day: Ed’s Carved and Painted Pumpkin

• All Day: Blacksmith, Lasso, and Corn Shelling Demonstrations

• 2:00-4:00 pm: Scarecrow

• 1:30-4:30 pm: Music from Ryan Greer (Barn Stage)

• 1:30-4:30 pm: Music from David Austin (Back Porch Stage)

Information and photo from Sinkland Farms

Pulaski VA Home Sales September 2018

by Desi Sowers

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Desi Sowers, Associate Broker,
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Blacksburg VA 24060
Phone: (540) 320-1328

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