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Open House Tomorrow the 26th - Come See!!

by Desi Sowers

Open House Tomorrow the 26th from 1:00 to 3:00

Located just blocks to VT, beautifully updated and the best yard in the neighborhood with blueberry, apple, pear and apricot trees.  Come See!!! 

New Listing - Waterfront Claytor Lake

by Desi Sowers

Enjoy a vacation every weekend at this Claytor Lake home!

Nestled in a clean, quiet, deep cove with over 250 feet of water frontage.

Large mature trees and open grassy areas on the 2.05 acre lot provides plenty of room for sun, play and entertainment.

Cozy cabin is great for those summer getaways or easy access to VT games.

Enjoy the peaceful seclusion while fishing, boating or just plain relaxing.

Come See!

Announcing...Blacksburg Condo and Price Reduction

by Desi Sowers

 

 Announcing Property Changes

Nellies Cave condo in Blacksburg is back on the market and looking for a new owner!  It has been completely remodeled and is an excellent value!

The home at Gate 10 Rd. just had a $10,000 price reduction and is also anxious for a new owner!

Please let me know if you have any questions or if you would like to view either of these homes - I have appointments available this weekend.

Thanks so much and hope you do have a great weekend!

10 Markets Most Likely to Appreciate

by Desi Sowers

10 Markets Most Likely to Appreciate

Forbes magazine turned to real estate research firm Local Market Monitor to figure out which markets have the greatest likelihood of price appreciation because they offer a mix of jobs weighted toward growth industries.

These are the top markets, the research company concludes:

1. Raleigh-Cary, N.C.
2. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas
3. Austin-Round Rock, Texas
4. Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, Tenn.
5. San Antonio, Texas
6. Colorado Springs, Colo.
7. Albuquerque, N.M.
8. Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, Colo.
9. Springfield, Mo.
10. Indianapolis-Carmel, Ind.

Five Smart Reasons to Buy a Home Now

by Desi Sowers

Five Smart Reasons to Buy a Home Now

1. Low mortgage rates serve as an equity shock absorber. When buyers borrow at today's record-low rates, they start building equity as soon as they close. That means they have a little give to absorb a few ups and downs as the still-recovering housing market gains traction.

2. Houses are in move-in condition. Homeowners have continued to spend on maintenance and repair, according to the Harvard Joint Center on Housing. Homeowners who have been holding back kept their houses in good shape while they waited. As those houses enter the market, they are in marked contrast to tattered foreclosures.

3. Terrific houses are coming on the market. Foreclosures are finally starting to clear the system – and this is just the opportunity that owners of many desirable properties have been waiting for.

4. Appraisal regulations are finally aligned with market realities. Fannie Mae has adjusted its appraisal guidelines...again. Now that appraisers have more flexibility to set values that reflect the current market, today's deals will make it over the finish line.

5. Plenty of programs. Homes are more affordable than they have been for years, but communities have stuck by "workforce housing" programs that encourage middle-class families to buy houses. Buyers who qualify can get a big boost by combining one of these programs with today's low mortgage rates.

New Listing - Impressive All Brick Colonial

by Desi Sowers

All Brick Colonial in One of Christiansburg's Most Popular Neighborhoods!

Impressive all brick Colonial in one of Christiansburg's most popular neighborhoods.

Quality construction throughout home including hardwood floors, extensive crown molding, interior columns, cherry cabinetry and built-in storage units.

The open floor plan adds to ease of living while the upstairs bedrooms and bathrooms give privacy to owners and guests.

Professionally landscaped yard is big enough for play yet small enough for easy care.

This is the well kept home you've been searching for! 

View Virtual Tour

 

HUGE $20,000 Price Reduction!! - 9.5 Acres

by Desi Sowers

HUGE $20,000 Price Reduction - 9.5 Acres, All Brick Home

 

$10,000 Price Reduction

by Desi Sowers

 

 

Exceptional Log Home - Radford

Price just reduced $10,000!


It's About the Basics: 7 Tips for Selling Your Home

by Desi Sowers

It's About the Basics: 7 Tips for Selling Your Home

Since the housing boom ended and the market began to shift, the phrase “going back to basics” has been tossed around quite frequently. From the way agents handle their business to the way they communicate with clients, the phrase has gotten quite the workout.

But what about consumers? They were caught up in the housing boom as well…with homes selling in a day, sometimes a few hours. Getting back to basics seems like something simple that sellers should look at as well. It might just mean the difference between selling within a month and selling within a year.

Here are some basic tips from State Farm on selling a home:

Set your price carefully

Too high and buyers may not consider it, too low and you're selling yourself short. Agents often give a free home market analysis if you ask. This gives you an idea of how your home compares financially with similar, recently sold homes in your area. The analysis may also include how much you might expect to earn after closing.

Don't do major remodeling

Don't break the bank preparing your home for sale. Pricey items such as a new roof may be big hits with buyers, but rarely does the buying price end up covering the payout for such costly home improvements. When possible, stick with the simpler (and less expensive) options rather than major remodeling.

Make a good first impression

Curb appeal is important. Keep your lawn and other landscaping neatly trimmed, weeded and watered. Check the exterior of your home for signs of wear and damage, such as peeling paint, foundation cracks or loose shingles, and fix what is needed. Clean the outside of the house, including windows. Many people suggest giving the front door a fresh coat of paint for that warm, welcome feeling. In addition, adding a few flowers in the spring and summer, or keeping the walks cleared of leaves and snow in the fall and winter can be inviting to potential buyers.

Clean!

The obvious seller's commandment: thou shalt clean. Remove all clutter from every room, including closets. Organize your basement and attic. Have a garage sale with all the stuff you don't want to move to your next home! Wipe down and paint walls and trim if necessary. Many people advocate repainting with a neutral color palette to appeal to a wider range of potential buyers. Clean all windows, light fixtures and ceiling fans. Bathrooms should always be squeaky clean. Inspect and make any necessary repairs to the plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical systems. Highlight the bath and kitchen by selecting some attractive new towels, curtains or cabinetry knobs.

And keep it clean

Maintain the new and improved interior and exterior of your home until you successfully sell. It's hard, but it's necessary. A professional cleaning service may be able to help maintain the new clean look with occasional visits.

Light it up

When showing your house, provide plenty of light and make your home a warm, welcoming place. Open the curtains to let in the sunshine. In the event of an evening showing, make sure you have ample lighting available in all areas. Fresh cut flowers make a nice addition, and a pleasantly scented house is very inviting.

Go away

Many agents and potential buyers would prefer that the seller not be present during a showing, to avoid limiting the buyers' conversation or making them uncomfortable. Children and pets should also be absent or out of the buyers' way during a showing, if at all possible.

Open House! Sunday, 8/22/2010 Come See!

by Desi Sowers

Please join me as I host Open House at this custom built brick home on 9.5 acres. 

Open House 1:00 to 3:00 Sunday, August 22nd

 

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