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Blacksburg VA Home Sales July 2017

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Autumn Home Maintenance Must-Do List

by Desi Sowers

Summer is winding down and Autumn is just around the corner.  Take advantage of the longer days and warmer weather and get started on your Fall home maintenance to-do list now!

  • Check for peeling paint on the exterior of your home.  Don’t ignore it!  If paint is peeling or blistering, it’s a sign that it is no longer providing a protective covering for your siding, which can leave it vulnerable to damage that will cost you dearly in the future.  This doesn’t mean you have to repaint the entire house though.  You can repair the damaged areas and save yourself a lot of grief and money.
  • Clean your gutters.  Clogged gutters are a major source of wood rot problems and pest infestations.  Make sure downspouts are clear and joints and brackets are in good working order.  If they are damaged, replace them
  • Make sure windows and doors are sealed properly. Caulking and sealing is an inexpensive way to protect you home from the elements.  It also saves you money by preventing heat from escaping during the colder seasons.  Check your weather stripping as well. Replace it if it is damaged.
  • Take a good look at your roof.  Make sure there are no missing or loose shingles. Avoid having to deal with a leaky roof during the first snow by preemptively repairing any problems
  • Get your fireplace and/or wood stove ready.  If you have a wood burning fireplace, have a professional come out to clean your chimney. Making sure your fireplace/woodstove are in good working order is crucial for home safety.

Check these home maintenance projects off your list now and you can enjoy your Fall weekends in your cozy, warm house!

 

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Visit Gourmet Pantry in Blacksburg, a premiere cooking school for specialty cooking classes.  The off demonstrations and hands-on classes for every skill level.  The classes are taught by enthusiastic chef/instructors that draw from a variety of culinary arts backgrounds. 

The upcoming classes include:

            1. Fresh Mexican-August 26th 6:00-8:30 PM

            2. Tailgating!-September 13th 6:00-8:30 PM

            3. Vegetarian Cooking-September 20th 6:00-8:30 PM

            4. Sichuan Cuisine-September 27th 6:00-8:30 PM

Register online at Gourmet Pantry

Spend some time this fall working on your cooking skills at Gourmet Pantry in Blacksburg.

Information and photo provided from Gourmet Pantry

Radford VA Home Sales July 2017

by Desi Sowers

 
 
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Centrally located between VA Tech and Radford University sits prestigious Heron's Landing bordering VA Tech's Pete Dye River Golf Course and the scenic New River. Here is your chance to move right into a spacious end unit townhome with upscale amenities including Brazilian cherry hardwood floors, granite counter tops, gas fireplace, walk-in closets, gorgeous leaded entry doors, tray and vaulted ceilings, pocket doors plus a main level master suite. An open and airy great room invites you to start making those family memories around the gas fireplace flanked by windows for submerging yourself in the panoramic views.  Imagine all the delicious meals you can create in this stunning designer kitchen. Flourishing with gorgeous cabinets, lustrous granite counters, breakfast bar, tiled back splash, and upgraded appliances cooking is sure to be a pleasure. A luxurious main level master retreat provides a soothing oasis of special conveniences and comforts at day’s end with a walk-in closet, spa like bathroom including his and hers vanities, tile and a grotto walk-in shower. A main level laundry room and half bath complete the 1st floor. Upper level offers an alluring home office, three additional bedrooms and full bath. The patio overlooks quality landscaping making this the perfect place for entertaining. Pack your bags and come one over we are sure you will want to stay. View The Floor Plan

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. This Radford VA home is just steps to shopping, nightlife, VA Tech and recreational activities. 

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.

Investing in Real Estate - Tips for Success

by Desi Sowers

Real estate investing can be a great way to make money.  But to be successful at it, you need to do your homework first and make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into.  Here are some tips to help you get started:

  • Choose an experienced real estate agent .  Finding the right agent is critical to successfully capitalize on real estate investments.  You want to find someone who has the knowledge to make the process easier for you.  They should have awareness of location, value and return on investment.
  • Location, location, location!  Research what areas are declining and which ones are on the rise before deciding where to purchase an investment property.  If large retailers such as Lowe’s or Home Depot are setting up shop there, it’s probably a good place to invest because big chains do a lot of research before moving in.
  • If you plan to invest with a partner, make sure you have a partnership agreement drawn up to protect all parties in case something happens.  Relationships can sour and expensive mistakes can happen. Making early decision about how to handle bad situations will help prevent catastrophic results.
  • Be prepared to invest for the long term.  When you hold onto a property for a long time, you can manage expenses and income easier and use the money to pay the mortgage.
  • Be picky about renters.  If you are going to rent to students or rent rooms to different people verses to a family, you may need special permits, depending on where you live. Educate yourself about rules and regulations for renting out your property.
  • If you have more than three properties you’re renting out, you would benefit from hiring an experienced property manager. It can be overwhelming when you are trying to take care of multiple homes (including your own!). A property manager will handle repairs and minor problems for tenants. They will help find new tenants as well.  Just keep in mind that property managers usually get around 10% of the monthly rent.

Being a landlord isn’t always easy.  But with the right investment, it can be very rewarding!

Contact Desi Sowers for all your New River Valley real estate needs.

 

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Welcome to Senneca Springs in Christiansburg VA where homes are tailored to suit the taste and lifestyle of anyone who loves low maintenance living. The Belview is a gorgeous one level home boasting vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, maple cabinets, granite, 2 car garage and an extra storage room. Beautiful living room flows effortlessly into formal dining and a delicious well-appointed kitchen where a vast sized kitchen island invites people to pull up a chair and relax. A soothing master suite with a pampering bath is sure to impress. The HOA features lawn maintenance, snow removal and common area maintenance. Only minutes from Blacksburg with the charm of country living and a small-town feel, yet just minutes to VT , hospitals, shopping and Huckleberry Trail.

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. This Christiansburg VA home is just steps to shopping, nightlife, VA Tech and recreational activities.

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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Adventures in the New River Valley: Solar Eclipse Watch Party

by Desi Sowers

The Virginia Tech Alumni Association presents a Solar Eclipse Watch Party on Monday, August 21, 2017 from 12:30 to 3:30 pm on the Holtzman Alumni Center Lawn.

The watch party is free and open to the public. The Alumni Association will provide eclipse safety glasses to safely watch the memorable event. Pizza will be served and attendees are also encouraged to bring lunch.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and Earth, blocking the sun. On August 21st, everyone in North America will see the eclipse, and parts of South America, Africa, and Europe will see the eclipse or a partial eclipse.

In Blacksburg, the skies will darken (though it won't be pitch black) as about 90 percent of the sun is covered.

It is unsafe to look directly at the sun. Eclipse glasses with special-purpose solar filters allow viewers to gaze at an uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun safely.

The last total solar eclipse in contiguous United States was in 1979, and the next opportunity to see a total solar eclipse in the United States will be in 2024.

Information provided by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association

Christiansburg VA Home Sales July 2017

by Desi Sowers

 
 
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Loaded with value, warmth and beauty this 4 bedroom 3 full bath colonial home is dressed to impress. Mosey up the stamped concrete, relax on the covered porch relish in the blooming landscaping then come on in to this pristine home! Alluring features include two master suites, new appliances, new patio doors, ceiling fans and large walk-in closets. A crisp kitchen with new range, microwave, dishwasher and refrigerator plus an abundance of cabinet and counter space is sure to inspire the cook in your family. An effortlessly flowing floor plan with living dining and master bedroom on the main level is appealing to main level home buyers. Three additional bedrooms on the upper level including a suite with private bath. A single car garage has plenty of room for storage and a laundry area. A private patio is ideal for grilling and chilling. Add this beauty to the top of your list.

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. This Radford VA home is just steps to shopping, nightlife, VA Tech and recreational activities.

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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