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Mountain views in a peaceful country setting await the lucky buyer of this Belspring cottage. Neat, clean and move in ready with fresh paint, new carpet, trendy light fixtures plus many additional improvements. Nestled on fenced acre lot with a covered front porch setting the scene for relaxing everyday living. Inviting living room with big window views is the perfect place to entertain. The kitchen flows easily into the living area and offers a French door refrigerator, electric range, dishwasher, an abundance of cabinet space plus a serving bar. Comfortable main level living with a master suite, bedroom two, second bath and a laundry room. Additional large bedroom upstairs overlooks this picturesque setting. Keep your outdoor toys out of the elements with unfinished basement space, a garage and storage building. Convenient access to schools, shopping and dining. Pack your bags, this one is a winner and ready for you. View The Floor Plan

 

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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.

Hosting a Fun-Filled Game Day Party

by Desi Sowers

Football season is here and for some that means party time!  Gathering with friends and family to watch your favorite team will be all the more fun with these game-day party tips!

GUEST LIST: Make sure to invite people well in advance so that you know how many to plan for.  If you are a die-hard football fan, you may want to consider only inviting other die-hard fans, but if you are just using the game as an excuse to have a party, invite anyone and everyone you enjoy socializing with. The more the merrier!  You also might want to make it an adult only affair. A day of watching tv and eating junk food might not be the best idea for little ones, especially if there isn’t a lot of space for them to run around and burn off energy. 

PARTY LOCATION: If you live in a tiny apartment with one small couch, you are going to want to either limit how many people you invite to just a few or you might want to totally steer clear of hosting a party at your home.  The optimal setting for a football watching party is a large room with lots of seating and a casual atmosphere.  Oh…and don’t forget…a BIG television!

WHAT TO SERVE: Now, for the most important aspect of a game day party…THE FOOD!  Creating a game day menu is one time when you can be a junk food junkie and feel good about it!  Think finger foods that are easily consumed while sitting on a couch watching the game. You can’t go wrong with chips, dips and nachos, but if you want something a little more substantial, great options are wings, ribs and chili.  You want to stick with foods that can be prepared ahead of time and served up easily so that you don’t have to miss any of the game.  Have some SWEETS on hand for dessert. They should be portable and easy to eat - like cake pops, cupcakes and brownies.  If you really want to impress your guests, make some Football Shaped Food.  Whether you keep it simple, or go all out in terms of presentation, just make sure you have enough for everyone!

USE TEAM COLORS FOR YOUR THEME: Make things festive by adding decorations in your favorite team’s colors.  Think streamers, paper plates, napkins, and cups. Decorating can be the difference between a gathering and a true PARTY!

If you love to host parties and relish the idea of going all out, then go for it!  But if you just want to kick back with people to watch the game, keep it simple and don’t stress.  Most importantly, enjoy the time spent with friends and family!

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!

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Fabulous Fall Foliage in the New River Valley

by Desi Sowers

With autumn approaching, many of us are ready for cooler temperatures, pumpkin spice everything, and the majestic colors of fall foliage.  Living in the New River Valley means that you are lucky enough to be in a prime location to enjoy the bold, colorful display that others drive for hours to experience.  Peak fall color for the Blue Ridge Mountains usually occurs between mid-October and early-November, and while you may be able to walk right out your front door to see it, there are some spots that are known for being the best places to go to see the colors.  Check out this list and make plans for a fall foliage excursion today!

Cahas Knob Overlook - Blue Ridge Parkway - Milepost 139

At an elevation of 3,013 feet, Cahas Knob Overlook provides a breathtaking view of the surrounding valley and mountains, including Cahas Mountain.  Bring a blanket and picnic basket for a lovely day on the plateau and green space.

Carvins Cove - If you want to stay active while reveling in the reds, golds, and oranges of the fall season, then Carvins Cove is the perfect place for you. This 12,700 acre natural reserve provides countless opportunities for outdoor recreation such as mountain biking, hiking, fishing, and boating.

Mabry Mill - Blue Ridge Parkway - Milepost 176.1

Long regarded as one of the most iconic spots on the Blue Ridge Parkway, this scenic area is beautiful year ‘round, but especially in the fall. It’s the perfect place to take photos of fall colors and while you’re there don’t miss out on the yummy buckwheat pancakes at their onsite restaurant.

Roanoke Mountain - Blue Ridge Parkway - Milepost 120.4

If you don’t have time to venture too far from the city, the four-mile loop at Roanoke Mountain off the Blue Ridge Parkway is a wonderful option.  You will still experience wonderful views even though you are only a few miles from the city.  Want to take a short hike? Try the Summit Trail and delight in some spectacular perspectives.

Roaring Run Trail - Enjoy an easy hike while taking in the fall colors at the Roaring Run Trail.  While you’re there, stop to see one of the most historic spots in the region - The Roaring Run Furnace.  This 19th century iron furnace is on the National Register of Historic Places. Savor the beauty of cascading water along the trail, including the beautiful Roaring Run Falls.

Whether you step right outside your door or take a weekend excursion, the New River Valley is the perfect place to revel in the gorgeous blanket of fall colors!

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!

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New River Valley VA Real Estate: 1413 Grove Drive Pulaski VA 24301

by Desi Sowers
 
A little lipstick and rouge spackle and paint will make this solid brick home sweet home. Perfect for the energetic buyer or a flip house for an investor. Offering spacious rooms including a sunroom, home office, large bedrooms and a finished basement. An Inviting living room with picture window views and crackling fireplace is ideal for family gatherings. Great kitchen space offers electric range, refrigerator, dishwasher, tile backsplash and easy access to the outdoors. A master bedroom plus and additional bedroom and full bath on the main level. Upstairs has two additional bedrooms plus a full bath. Family room on the lower is ideal for a recreation room. Beautiful lot with fenced yard and mature trees. Come over bring your tool kit and make this your home today! View The Floor Plan

 

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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.

Preparing to Sell - 5 Things You Must Fix Before Listing Your Home

by Desi Sowers

If you want the best price for your house, you may have to do some repairs before selling it. Potential buyers will be willing to spend more for a home that doesn’t need a lot of work.  Here are 5 important things to fix before selling:

     - Exterior - When was the last time the exterior of your house was painted?  Is the paint faded and chipping?  Is wood rotting around the windows?  Is your front door dingy?  First Impressions matter when it comes to selling your home and buyers will get their first impression when they see the outside of your house whether in pictures or in person.  Don’t forget the landscaping.  A well-kept lawn and simple, but clean flower beds will go a long way toward creating an enticing aesthetic for your property.

     - Interior Paint - If the walls are looking a bit shabby and the trim a bit grimy, painting is a quick and easy fix.  The same applies if you went through a crazy color phase a few years back and decorated with hues that might not appeal to everyone.  Choose neutral colors that will allow buyers to focus on the spaces without being distracted. Behr's Paint Color of the Year 2018

     - Kitchen - The kitchen is one of the most important rooms that buyers focus on when looking at a house.  So, if yours is looking run-down you will want to update it.  It will be worth the investment to replace appliances that are on their last legs or putting in a new granite counter.  Or it might be as simple as repainting cabinets and adding shiny, new handles.

     - Bathroom - Nothing turns buyers off faster than an unsightly bathroom.  Sparkling, clean fixtures and a fresh coat of paint will go a long way toward impressing someone searching for their dream home.  Inexpensive touches like a decorative mirror or a lovely picture on the wall will add to the ambiance without breaking the bank.

     - Flooring - If your carpets are stained or thread bare, it is worth your while to replace them.  Otherwise, buyers may ask for a carpet allowance when they make an offer on your house.  The same applies if your vinyl floors are in bad shape.  Hardwoods are always popular, but you may want to consider getting them refinished if they are looking old and scruffy.

It may seem counter intuitive to spend money on repairing or fixing up a house you are getting ready to sell, but at the end of the day, it will not only help you sell your house faster, but you will get a better price for it too.

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!

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

by Desi Sowers

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If you are looking for space to spread out and build your own home look no further. Centrally located in Pulaski County this perfectly flat 2.85 acres offers the ideal homesite for peaceful country living. Nestled in the heart of Belspring VA where there is a host of can’t-miss things to do, from attending special events, learning about local history; to dining at independent restaurants and staying active at area parks. There is public water available but not public sewer, so the new owner will need to install a septic system and none of the lots have been perked. Great building site for single family home or possible investor for more than one home site. Come on over take a look!

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.

Life in a College Town

by Desi Sowers

With Radford and Virginia Tech students back at school, things are hopping in the New River Valley!  Living in a college town comes with many perks that you won’t find anywhere else. Sports, the arts, great restaurants, educational opportunities, and a lively culture are just some things that make living in a college town so wonderful. Recently, Blacksburg, VA, home of Virginia Tech, was named as one of the best affordable college towns for recent graduates…and everyone else.   With a median home list price of $231,400, achieving the American dream of home ownership is easily within reach in Blacksburg and the surrounding area. Many graduates of Va. Tech head to big cities like Washington DC or Charlotte, NC to pursue careers, but if you prefer an outdoor lifestyle and fresh mountain air, Blacksburg just may be the perfect home sweet home for you!  The Appalachian Trail is only a short drive away and nearby Claytor Lake State Park is fantastic for fishing and boating.  Not only does Blacksburg offer a great quality of life for people who love the outdoors, it also enjoys all the benefits of having the university there. There are many employment opportunities at Va. Tech, but there are other options too.  For example, The Dish Network employs about 1000 people and aerospace/defense company MOOG also has a presence there. While historic, single family homes in Downtown Blacksburg are popular, they can also be pricey. So many people opt to live in the outskirts. The New River Valley includes Blacksburg, Radford, Christiansburg and Pulaski. 

Desi Sowers is an experienced Realtor who knows the New River Valley like the back of her hand.  If you are thinking about living the good life in a college town, contact Desi at 540-320-1328 and she can help you find your dream home today!

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Cyber Safety - Keeping Kids Safe on the Internet

by Desi Sowers

With children back in school, technology is going to be part of their everyday lives.  They will be using the internet for things such as research and projects.  Some schools have even moved to using computers and tablets instead of textbooks.  Kids today are very tech-savvy; often even more so than some adults.  Keeping them safe in this digital age is challenging.  As parents, we want to provide everything they need for their education, while at the same time making sure they are using technology safely.  Here are some tips to help:

SET RULES - Limit not only the amount of screen time they can have, but where they have it.  If they are using a computer for homework, have them do it in a room where you can check in with them periodically. You don’t have to hover, but if they know you are present, they are more likely to stay on task.  If they have a smart phone, let them know that they cannot have it out while doing homework.  Make your rules clear and concise so they will know what your expectations are.  Define what the consequences will be if the rules are broken and follow through if that happens. The Importance of Limiting Screen Time

SET PARENTAL CONTROLS - Sometimes Parental Controls on a computer can be a pain because they will block sites that your child might need to access. But by having the controls, that means your child will need you to help them get to the site…which keeps you in the loop. 

EXPLAIN INTERNET SAFETY - You don’t want to scare your children, but it is important they understand what internet safety is and why they need to be careful.  An Internet Safety Talk should include information about protecting privacy, avoiding communication with strangers and cyber-bullying.

There are several kid-friendly websites  that you can introduce to your children that will allow them to have fun online while safely gaining experience with technology. Fun and Free Educational Websites for Kids

As children get older and enter the teen years, it can be more challenging than ever to control what they see on the internet.  That’s why it’s vital that you keep the lines of communication open and keep up with what they are doing online.  Stay in the know about current popular social media apps and technological advances. The more informed you are, the more you can help your children stay safe online.

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!

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1509 Glenmore Lane - Fabulous Remodeled Radford VA Home!

by Desi Sowers
 

Set your sights on this beautifully remodeled Radford VA home. New windows, new heat pump, new flooring remodeled kitchen and baths are just a few of the perks awaiting the lucky buyer. A sparkling kitchen with quartz counter tops, tiled backsplash stainless appliances and crisp white cabinets flows effortlessly into the sunny breakfast area. The spacious living area is illuminated by big window views and an inviting den with a crackling wood burning fireplace sets the scene for fabulous family living. Just off the family room a covered porch allows you to slip out and enjoy the views. A master bedroom plus three additional bedrooms and a trendy new bath complete the main level. Mosey on down to the finished basement with a recreation area, home office, full bath and outside access this is the perfect place to entertain. Pack your bags and come on over! We are sure you will want to stay!

 
 
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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.

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Desi Sowers, Associate Broker,
Certified Residential Specialist at REMAX 8
1344 N. Main Street
Blacksburg VA 24060
Phone: (540) 320-1328

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