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The 7th Annual Kids Fishing Day will be held at Camp Powhatan located in Pulaski County on Saturday, May 13, 2017 starting at 7 am.

Bring out children under the age of 15 to Camp Powhatan for this free family event to bring awareness to children and parents of the ample outdoor opportunities available in our area.  There will be plenty of trout for the kids to catch and lots of prizes to go with the fish!

Only children under 15 are allowed to fish and they need to be accompanied by an adult. Children will be able to fish off both the banks and docks at the lake. Fish cleaning will be provided and there is a three fish per child limit.

The Southern Nights Band will provide musical entertainment from 11 am until 1 pm.

No registration is needed and lunch will be provided.

Photo provided by the Kids Fishing Day.org

 
 
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Showing like a Pier One show room 870 Walton Road is a real show stopper. Style and utility are masterfully fused together in this chic renovation. A large foyer formally the vestibule sets the scene for this church transformed into a sophisticated home. A dramatic interior offers wealth of comfort and pleasant living with soaring ceilings, restored gleaming hardwood floors, wood stove, recessed lighting, ceiling fans, and neutral color paint colors creating a calming, elegant and even electrifying effect. An open living room is great space for everyone to kick back and interact with the chef! The designer kitchen offers a stainless appliance package, ample cabinet and counter space plus a breakfast bar! Banquet size formal dining room is dressed to impress. Master suite with private bath and two additional bedrooms plus a second full bath complete this incredible renovation. Zoned agricultural with a chicken coop and partially fenced pasture for goats on 2.65 acres. Perch yourself on the deck to relish in the mountain views and peaceful rural setting. All this and more could be yours in this amazing all brick home. Come see! 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 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 April 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.

 
 
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Welcome to 5886 Douglas Street an all brick ranch home with basement in a convenient Dublin location. With a quick commute to Radford/Christiansburg you will be home before you know it to enjoy all this Mt. Pleasant home is offering. Mature landscaping and a front porch with handicap access sets the scene for all the updates and modern conveniences. A lovely family room features laminate flooring, coat closet and big window views. The light filled updated kitchen offers solid surface counter-tops, tiled floors, a full complement of appliances, oak cabinets and plenty of room to dine. Three generously sized bedrooms and full updated bath all on the main level. Walk-out basement area with laundry room is almost complete and would be an easy project. Value, warmth and beauty can be yours. Make your appointment today! 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 Dublin 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.

Moving Day Survival Kit

by Desi Sowers

You’ve closed on your new home and it’s time to move in!  This is an exciting time, but can also be a bit stressful.  Where do you even begin?  A good place to start is to create a moving day survival kit for yourself. It should include anything and everything that is important or of great value to you and should stay with you and not go with movers. Here is a list of “must have” items to make your move as organized and stress-free as possible:

  • Toilet Paper.  At least a few rolls. Trust me on this one.
  • Pain reliever and all your medications.  You don’t want to be searching for these necessities, so make sure they are easily accessible.
  • Toilet Plunger.  Yes, really. Especially if your new place only has one bathroom. Better safe than sorry!
  • Cash for tipping your movers.
  • A Multi-Tool.  While having a whole tool box handy would be great, there is only so much you can (and should) fit into your survival kit.  Something like a Leatherman will provide you with a way to open boxes and other small tasks…and it will fit in your pocket!
  • Trash Bags.  And clear recycling bags.  Look up where you can recycle locally and have the address in your phone so you can take packing boxes/materials there after you unpack.
  • Power Strip and Mobile Phone Charger.  There is nothing worse than discovering your phone is dying and you have no idea where your charger is!  The power strip will come in handy because you will probably clear one small area and can plug in your electronics, a lamp, a coffee pot, etc.…
  • Personal Hygiene Items.  Pack an overnight bag with your toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, shampoo etc.  That way, when you are ready to call it a day you can jump right in the shower without having to search through boxes for them.
  • All Purpose Cleaner and a Roll of Paper Towels (or two). Hopefully move-in day won’t be cleaning day, but you never know.  Be prepared.  Even if the house looks clean, you are going to want to wipe down the toilets, sinks and counters.
  • Bottled Water and Granola Bars.   You are going to be hungry. And tired.  Have water and snacks on hand to get you through the day.  Look up some Take Out Restaurants and have their numbers in your phone so you can have food delivered.
  • First Aid Kit.  Well, at least a box of Band-Aids in case you cut yourself opening boxes.
  • Note Pad and Pen.  Because you WILL come up with a list of things you need and need to do as you are unpacking and you will want to write them down so you don’t forget.
  • Scented Candles or Air Fresheners.  Even the cleanest house will smell a little musty if it has been closed up for a while.
  • Flashlight.  Some rooms won’t have overhead lights and if you haven’t unpacked the lamps yet, a flashlight will come in handy.

Enjoy your new home!  And if you haven’t found your dream home yet visit desisowers.com and start your search today!

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Dreaming of a new home? Be the first to live in this new construction home in Senneca Springs. The Glorian model is sure to impress boasting an open floor plan, soaring high ceilings, gleaming hardwood floors, gourmet kitchen, modern fixtures and lighting, pocket doors, and lots of storage all sprawled out on one level, plus low maintenance brick and vinyl siding and an attached 2 car garage. The beautiful living room with vaulted ceilings flows effortlessly into the dining area for an entertainers dream layout! The well-appointed kitchen is a chefs delight with stainless steel appliances package, granite counters, maple cabinets, tiled backsplash and an oversized island that invites people to pull up a chair and relax. A soothing master suite and pampering bath include a custom tiled shower and soaking tub. The two generously sized secondary bedrooms and full bath are perfect for a growing family or guests. Enjoy the convenience of being located just minutes to VT, shopping and restaurants, plus the benefits of lawn maintenance, snow removal and walking trails included in the HOA! A super buy for all the amenities this Christiansburg VA home offers!

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.

Come out and join the Blacksburg Volunteer Rescue Squad for their annual open house Saturday May 6th 1:00PM-5:00PM.  The station will be giving ambulance tours and performing technical rescue demonstrations.  Spend the afternoon learning more about your local rescue squad.  

Photo from the Blacksburg Rescue Squad

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Welcome home to 402 Robertson Street a wonderful Radford location! Pack your bags and come on over to this lovely home has plenty of space for living and entertaining. You will enjoy the big window views, hardwood floors, recessed lighting and neutral paint colors in the living and dining area. A bright kitchen offers, ample cabinet and counter space plus a wall oven, cook-top and refrigerator. Three bedrooms complete the main level. An inviting finished basement has a large 20 x 20 recreation room and full bath, this space is large enough to divide for extra sleeping area.  Storage and laundry room outside access is just another perk waiting for you to arrive. Fabulous fenced yard with patio and covered porch. This one will not last long make your appointment today! 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.

If you are preparing to list your house for sale, you may be wondering if the financial reward will be worth the time, effort and money to fix up things that are in disrepair or that are dated.  The answer to that question depends on a myriad of circumstances such as the current real estate market, the condition of competing inventory and whether or not the renovations that need to be made generally provide a return on investment.

Some home buyers are looking to purchase a "fixer upper".  They are looking for properties priced to sell, perhaps because they don’t qualify for more expensive homes or maybe because they want to make a profit by fixing the home up themselves.  Most fixer buyers want to do simple repairs such as painting walls, replacing light fixtures and putting in new carpet. Only a few want to take a house down to the studs and completely redo it.  These potential buyers will want a price for the home that will allow for all the repairs, the inconvenience of doing the work, and often a bit more.  For example, if a home is worth $200,000 fixed up but needs a new roof, and the roof costs approximately $10,000, a buyer most likely will not offer $190,000 for this home.  The reason is that they can probably find a similar house that already has a new roof for $200,000 and save themselves the headache of replacing it themselves.  A buyer in this situation might offer $175,000 or less, in which case it would make more sense for the seller to replace the roof and sell it for $200,000.

It’s important to note that many buyers are looking for "turn-key" homes.  They fear having to make major repairs because they might be more costly than anticipated or other problems might be revealed.  Even if the price is right, homes listed for sale in “as is” condition might not attract as many buyers.

However, before doing major renovations, there are many things to consider.  Smart sellers will research what their home’s market value will be once improvements are made and compare it to the cost of the renovations. If an upgrade won’t provide return on the investment, it probably doesn’t make sense to do it.  Knowing the condition of your competition is helpful.  For example, if other homes for sale in your neighborhood all have modern kitchens, it might make sense to update yours.  This doesn’t mean you should tear it down and start from scratch.  Often a minor kitchen remodel will suffice.  Also, keep in mind that kitchen and bathroom remodels are known to bring the best return on investment.

Start by making a list of the things in your home that are dated or in disrepair and then prioritize.  Here is a list of 10 minimum improvements to make before putting your house on the market:

  • Patch all holes and cracks in walls and ceilings.
  • Fix all appliances and HVAC systems.
  • Repair leaky faucets.
  • Replace worn carpeting.
  • Repaint dark or marred walls in neutral colors (not white).
  • Replace broken windows.
  • Repair the roof.
  • Change dated light fixtures/ceiling fans.
  • Replace old linens/window coverings.
  • Fix any code violations.

If your real estate market is a seller’s market and homes are moving quickly, you can get by with fewer fix ups, however a home that needs repairs will still deliver a lower price.  If it’s a buyer’s market, people might not even be willing to look at homes that need repairs.  Desi  Sowers can help you understand the current market in The New River Valley so that you can make informed decisions about whether to sell your house “as is” or not. 

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