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The Price House Nature Center is offering Family programs every Saturday 9am-1pm.  Come explore the nature center where you can see birds nesting, frogs and toads in the pond and how the beautiful butterfly garden is growing.  Each week they offer a different family friendly activity, so load up the kids and experience nature in Blacksburg!

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Happy Valentine's Day!

by Desi Sowers

Celebrating Love!

Just hearing or seeing the date, February 14th, conjures images of hearts and flowers in our minds. Valentine’s Day.  A “holiday” named for St. Valentine.  A day set aside each year to celebrate love.  But how did Valentine’s Day begin?  And who is St. Valentine?

Have you ever wondered how Valentine’s Day got its name?  While it is believed that the name came from a saint, the origins of how it became attached to a day to celebrate love are a bit of a mystery. One legend claims that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome.  When the Emperor during that time decided that single men made superior soldiers than those with wives and children, he outlawed marriage for young men.  Valentine felt this was unjust, so he defied the Emperor and continued to secretly perform marriages for young lovers.  Another story contends that Valentine may have sent the first “valentine” letter while imprisoned in a Roman prison.  He allegedly fell in love with a young girl, possibly the jailer’s daughter, who visited him during his confinement.  It is said that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine”, an expression that is still used today.  While we may never know the true story about St. Valentine, the common theme throughout these stories is that he was sympathetic, heroic, and most significant…a romantic figure.

The origins of Valentine’s Day began with a pagan festival during the month of February. By the end of the 5th century, February 14th was declared Valentine’s Day by Pope Gelasius. It wasn’t until much later that the day became associated with love.  During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in England and France that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that the date should be celebrated as a day of romance. While Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until after 1400.  The oldest known Valentine known of was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London.  It is also believed that King Henry V hired a writer to compose a Valentine note to a woman he admired.

It is believed that people began exchanging hand-made Valentine’s in America in the early 1700s.  By 1840, a woman named Esther Howland was selling the first mass- produced Valentines in America. Known as “the Mother of the Valentine”, she created elaborate cards using real lace, ribbons and colorful paper. Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, and estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making it the second largest card sending holiday behind Christmas.

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Spring Curb Appeal

by Desi Sowers

Whether you have your house on the market now or you are planning on putting it up for sale this spring, now is the time to start sprucing up your yard for curb appeal.  Here are some tips for how to rid your yard of that wild, unattended winter look and replace it with a space that will give prospective buyers a first impression that will have them wanting to see more!

  • Send Winter Packing! Pull out your rake and remove all the debris of winter.  Leaves, pine cones, sticks etc. are not appealing and keeping a visibly tidy yard can make the difference between a potential buyer driving on by or stopping in for a look.
  • Declare War on the Weeds! Weeding is no fun, but it’s a necessary part of maintaining your lawn and garden.  Taking the time to clear your yard of weeds will not only make it look nicer, it will also show that you take pride in all aspects of your home. Six Ways to Prevent and Remove Weeds
  • Time for a Trim! As spring approaches, it is time to start cutting your grass regularly again.  Healthy, even grass is attractive and gives the yard a pleasing appearance.  Don’t forget to trim the edges as well to complete the look.
  • Quench That Thirst! It’s important to keep your grass hydrated.  It will become dry and a dull shade of green if it’s not watered regularly. The same applies to your garden. Pay special attention to areas that are sheltered and don’t get as much moisture when it rains. Watering Your Lawn the Right Way
  • Dress it Up! Planting seasonal plants and flowers will dress up your yard and enhance curb appeal. Look for plants that will be in bloom during the time your house will be on the market for sale. Go to your local nursery and ask an expert what will work best for your space. Crow's Nest Greenhouses
  • Prune Away! Trim back any large shrubs, trees or plants to frame your house in a way that is inviting.  Pruning also encourages new growth, so start doing it a few weeks prior to your selling period in order to have fresh, full plants when buyers start to look at your property. 
  • Mulch it Up! Once you have planted and pruned, mowed and edged, it’s time to spread mulch around your garden beds. Mulch helps to keep moisture in your plants and makes the garden easier to maintain.  Make sure you choose a mulch that compliments your garden type and style.

http://www.desisowers.com/Blog/Spring-cleaning-6-areas-to-repair-replace-and-refresh

http://www.desisowers.com/Blog/Brighten-up-your-home-and-bring-in-buyers-with-these-easy-ideas

http://www.desisowers.com/Blog/12-Simple-Home-Repairs-to-Lift-You-Out-of-Winters-Funk

If you are interested in buying or selling a New River Valley home, contact Desi Sowers at 540-320-1328, and discover the difference she can make during your family's move. 

 

New River Valley VA Real Estate For Sale
2281 Hitching Post Drive, Christiansburg, VA  24073

MLS# 323127

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Modern and chic are the prefect words to describe this stunning Heritage Place home! 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, hardwood and tile flooring, high ceilings, crown molding, designer kitchen, wainscoting, built ins, French doors, neutral colors, recessed lighting, finished basement, plus an attached two car garage are just the start of the many desirable features offered at 2281 Hitching Post Drive! Style and elegance are masterfully fused together in the chefs quality kitchen with GE Café Series appliance package, granite counters, decorative backsplash, and custom cabinets. Gorgeous open living area lets the sunshine in and the entertaining begin. A knock your socks off master suite plus three additional bedrooms with private baths allows for the ultimate privacy. A grand finished basement features a huge family room, custom solid wood wet bar and a private suite with all the perks to please your guests. Brilliantly designed outdoor living includes a built in gas grill with fridge, cooks station with polished concrete counters, pergola, Trex lifetime decking, and a stamped concrete patio – an oasis that is sure to sweep you away on 2.73 acres! Call today to start living the good life in Christiansburg 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.

Adventures in the New River Valley: Valentine's Day Tail Ride

by Desi Sowers

This weekend take in a trail ride and help out local rescue horses. Winterfrost Farm and Ride-a-Rescue at Skyline Stables presents a Valentine's Day Trail Ride Fundraiser, this Sunday February 12th 10am-8pm.  They are offering 3 different pricing packages that include a keepsake photo of your trail ride, a sweet treat and a BOGO coupon for a bag lunch at Mockingbird Café.  Come out and enjoy a ride while helping purchase feed for the Ride-a-Rescue horses. 

Purchase tickets here: Event Tickets

New River Valley Real Estate For Sale:

250 Chelsea Loop, Christiansburg VA 24073

MLS# 326980

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Let the sun shine in! Warm and inviting Kensington Terrace Colonial home shows pride of ownership. Offering large inviting rooms filled with natural lighting and crisp neutral colors in a popular Christiansburg VA location. Comfortable living and dining area offers a relaxing atmosphere for casual everyday living. Illuminated with natural lighting the spacious kitchen features easy access to the deck, a dining area to soak up the views and an appliance package. Soothing master suite with private bath plus two additional bathrooms and a shared bath on the upper level. Bring your plans to the easy to finish walkout basement, already plumbed for a bath. Don’t miss this excellent well kept home. Make your appointment today! 

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.

Pulaski County Home Sales January 2017

by Desi Sowers

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.

Don’t Wait! Buy Your Home in 2017!

by Desi Sowers

If you have been thinking about buying a home, now is the time to do it.  And here are three significant reasons why:

  • Interest rates have begun to rise and will likely continue to do so.  Last year rates on 30 year mortgages bottomed out at 3.55%.  Now that the Federal Reserve finally decided to raise its key interest rate, mortgage rates have begun to slowly climb.  Currently the average rate is just above 4%; by 2019-2020, rates could climb to 6%.  The upside is that when rates go up, competition and housing prices generally go down.  Higher rates can mean that sellers might be more flexible in pricing.

  • Inventory is shrinking. In November, 2016, there were only 1.85 million homes for sale.  That is a 10% drop from the year before. And the number of homes for sale continues to steadily decline since just before the housing crash when inventory peaked.  It is predicted that that inventory will continue to shrink for the foreseeable future.  That means as a homebuyer, you have more homes to choose from today than you will next year. Or even next month.  Winter is commonly considered to be real estate’s off season. So if you get moving now, you’ll have less competition for those homes than you will in the peak spring and summer months.  The longer you wait to look for a home, the more competition you will face for fewer homes.
  • Home prices are still rising. Unfortunately for buyers, home prices now stand higher than before the 2007 crash.  They increased 5% between 2015 and 2016.  It is expected that they will continue to increase and additional 2% to 3% in 2017.  While it’s anyone’s guess how high prices will rise and how long they will remain high, the good news is that if you jump into the market right now you might just get into your home before prices go up! 

http://www.desisowers.com/Blog/Blacksburg-VA-Home-Sales-October-2016

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If you are interested in buying a New River Valley home, contact Desi Sowers at 540-320-1328, and discover the difference she can make during your family's move. 

New River Valley VA Real Estate
7230 Morgan Farm Rd, Radford, VA  24141
MLS# 326910

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Beautiful views sweep you away before you even step inside this delightful one level ranch! Once inside, enjoy an open floor plan highlighted with tons of natural light, spacious rooms, easy care flooring, bay window, extra storage, laundry room with cabinetry, and low maintenance vinyl siding all perfectly situated on the 0.92 acre lot. The large living room that flows into the eat in kitchen is built for family function and entertaining. An abundance of cabinetry, full appliance package, bar seating at the center island, and a pantry highlight this lovely kitchen where you will enjoy preparing a meal while still being able to interact with your guests. The sun filled dining area makes hosting a breeze, plus French doors lead to the sunroom where you can relax and enjoy the views. Retreat to the soothing master suite after a long day and wash your cares away in the soaking tub, plus enjoy a separate shower, dual vanity, walk in closet and French doors that lead to the backyard. Three generously sized secondary bedrooms with ceiling fans and plentiful closet space provide privacy and room to grow, plus a shared full bathroom. A car lovers dream awaits in the detached 2 car garage with half bath and painting area – tons of room for all your tools and toys. Move right in and add your own special touches along the way. This Radford VA home is calling your name!

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.

The Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech will host the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine Saturday, February 4, 2017, at 7:30 PM.  Theodore Kuchar will be the conductor laureate.  The orchestra will be joined by Kiev-born pianist Alexei Grynyuk, who attracted wide attention at the age of 13 when he won the first prize at the Sergei Diaghilev All-Soviet-Union piano competition in Moscow.  This program will feature Dvořák’s Carnival Overture, op. 92; Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto no. 3 in C Major, op. 26; and Shostakovich’s Symphony no. 5, op. 47.

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