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Adventures in the New River Valley: Blacksburg Holiday Market

by Desi Sowers

Head to downtown Blacksburg this Saturday November 18th 9:00 AM-2:00 PM for the Holiday Market at Market Square Park.

The first Holiday Market of the season is going to be a great one! Put a dent in that Christmas list with handmade local art, pottery and so much more! Shop locally for handmade gifts and goods in addition to our regular fare.

Information and photo provided by the Blacksburg Farmers Market

New River Valley VA Real Estate For Sale
3003 Lancaster Drive Northwest, Blacksburg, VA  24060

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Rare opportunity to live in the highly desirable Stroubles Mill neighborhood! Situated on a quality landscaped lot with a gorgeous slate wrap around porch, this beautiful colonial is loaded with classic features and modern touches including hardwood floors, fresh paint, built-ins, bay windows, main floor laundry, lots of storage space, plus an attached 2 car garage. With 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and a finished basement, lack of space will never be a problem for the family that calls this home!  Parquet floors highlight the welcoming front entrance. French doors and walls of windows drench this formal living room with natural light. Elegant formal dining is sure to impress your guests with access to the porch letting you easily extended the entertaining outside! The large, family functional kitchen provides you with a wealth of cabinet and counter space, full appliance package and breakfast area. The cozy wood burning fireplace highlights the family room where you are sure to enjoy a relaxing afternoon. Heading upstairs, 4 generously sized bedrooms, all with hardwood floors, await your growing family! The master suite offers you abundant closet space and a private bath. The perfect in-law space, home office, mancave or media room exists in the finished basement with bathroom. An extra-large deck and patio overlook the tree lined backyard perfect for BBQ’s! This convenient location just couldn’t be better - the elementary, middle and high schools are all within walking distance, nearby Virginia Tech campus, CRC, VCOM, plus there is an access trail to Blacksburg’s Heritage Park! Neighborhood recreation amenities include two pools, trails, tennis courts, basketball courts, a playground, fitness room and more!  What more could you ask for! Do not hesitate to make your appointment to see this rare find in Blacksburg VA!

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.

Christiansburg VA Home Sales October 2017

by Desi Sowers

How to Prevent Electrical Hazards in Your Home

by Desi Sowers

Electricity is a beautiful thing.  It provides warmth in the winter and cools you off during hot summer months. It gives you light in the dark and makes chores like washing/drying clothes and doing dishes so much easier.  You take it for granted because you’ve always had it and you certainly can’t even imagine what life would be like without it.  Because it is such a normal part of your life, you probably don’t stop to think about how dangerous it can be.  It is important to be educated about possible electrical problems in your home so that you will know how to deal with them before they happen.

  1. Do you know how old your home is?  Often older homes don’t have the capacity for electricity that current technology uses.  If you have never had an electrical safety inspection by a professional, now is the time to do so.  If your home’s electrical wiring has not been updated to safely handle all the current that your family uses, it is crucial to have it done .
  2. Is your electrical panel hot to the touch?  It shouldn’t be.  Check the brand of your panel. Several brands are outdated or faulty and should be replaced.  A faulty electrical panel can lead to a fire.  That is not something anyone should risk.
  3. Outlets should not be hot either.  If you feel an electrical outlet and it is warm or hot, it means there could be a problem.  There are dangerous issues indicated by a warm/hot outlet. Whether it’s too much demand on the outlet, faulty or melting wiring, or other precarious situations, you don’t want to ignore it.
  4. Keep plugged in appliances away from water.  This seems obvious, right?  But sometimes limited space forces us to use electrical appliances near sinks or bathtubs.  Whether you are blow-drying your hair at your bathroom vanity or your kitchen only has one plug for your toaster and it’s right by the sink, be extra careful.  If a plugged-in appliance gets wet, don’t unplug it. Go to your electrical panel and unplug the power source for the outlet you’re using.  Then you can unplug it.
  5. Make sure you are using the correct wattage light bulbs.  Using a higher wattage than can safely be accommodated by a lamp or light fixture may overload its wiring, which is a fire hazard.  It’s ok to use a light bulb with wattage equal to or less than that called for on the lamp’s socket.  If you want brighter light, look for a lamp that uses a higher wattage bulb.
  6. Use an experienced, licensed electrician to handle your home’s electrical repairs and/or replacements.  Professional electricians are well-trained and have years of on-the-job experience before being granted a license.  They will know current codes and regulations and can safely navigate any problems they might come across.

It’s easy to prevent electrical hazards if you are informed and educated about what to be aware of.  So, don’t take electricity or your family’s safety for granted!

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Thank You For Your Service and Sacrifice!

by Desi Sowers

"To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…"--President Woodrow Wilson

So began President Wilson in November 1919, when he dedicated Armistice Day, November 11, to the cause of world peace and to honor the sacrifice of the US military after World War I. Nineteen years later, a legal holiday was officially signed into being, and in 1954, the name was changed from Armistice Day to Veterans Day to honor all veterans. Veterans Day differs from Memorial Day in that it celebrates living and dead US Veterans, and pays tribute to their sacrifices for the freedoms in this country.

Ceremonies, parades, and special events dedicated to honoring our veterans happen all over the country, and what better way to pay tribute than to attend an event in our local area?  See the links for more information!

All National Parks admission is free on Veterans Day Weekend
Virginia Veterans Day Parade
Veterans Day Remembrance Ceremony at Va Tech

Virginia Tech's Japanese Cultural Association will be hosting our annual Fall Matsuri (Festival) on November 11th, 2017 from 12pm-4pm!

Join them on the Graduate Lafe Center lawn and Squires area for food, games, booths and performances.  This family-friendly event is free and open to the public.   The Japanese Cultural Associates welcomes members of the local Montgomery County and surrounding areas to come out and experience Maturi. 

Photo and information provided by the Japanese Cultural Association 

Pulaski VA Home Sales October 2017

by Desi Sowers

Putting Your House on the Market During the Holidays

by Desi Sowers

The idea of putting your home on the market during the holiday season may seem overwhelming at first, but it turns out there are several good reasons to do so. Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to get your house sold before the end of the year!

  1. If people are looking for a home during the holiday season, chances are they are serious buyers.
  2. Serious buyers have fewer properties to look at during this time of year, which means less competition and more money for you!
  3. Since the number of listings will increase dramatically in January, that means more competition and less money for you.
  4. Who doesn’t love a home delightfully decorated for the holidays?  Homes show better when festively dressed up!
  5. Buyers may have more time to look at houses during their holiday breaks.
  6. Some people want to buy before the end of the year for tax reasons.
  7. If you sell now, it may provide an opportunity for you to be a non-contingent buyer during the Spring, when many more houses are on the market for less money. This will allow you to sell high and buy low.

Tips for Selling a Home During the Holidays

If you would like to talk more about selling your home, give me a call at 540-320-1328 or visit my website to discover your new home!

Adventures in the New River Valley: NRV Holiday Expo

by Desi Sowers

Come on over to the New River Valley Fairgrounds for the NRV Holiday Expo this Saturday November 4th 9:00AM to 3 PM.  This year’s expo will feature food, crafts and holiday items from crafters and vendors.  Santa and friends will be on hand for photos.  There will also be a Kid’s pancake breakfast with Santa 9:00AM-10:00AM hosted by J&D’s Rockin’ Weenie Wagon.  General admission is free!

Information and photo from the NRV Fairgrounds

Blacksburg VA Home Sales September 2017

by Desi Sowers

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