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New River Valley VA Real Estate
2670 Madison Avenue Christiansburg, VA 24073

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Double your pleasure… double your fun this is the right one! Refresh your life with this home run. Double living areas, double laundry facilities, double family rooms, double decks and double kitchens make this gem spacious and comfortable enough for two families.  Illuminated by natural lighting and adorned with hardwood floors the upper level living and dining area with deck access is sure to please. Three bedrooms and two bathrooms plus separate laundry facilities on the main level ensures plenty of privacy. Fabulous lower level with outside access, new carpet, full kitchen, laundry area, den, office, full bath and two bedrooms makes this the perfect place for long term guests. Double decks overlooking a wooded area and plenty of green space is sure to sweep you away.   A double garage offers fantastic storage.  Live on one level rent out the other there is plenty of room for everyone.

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 home is a near Blacksburg, VA 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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New River Valley VA Real Estate For Sale

6055 Chicwood Drive Pulaski VA 24301

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Imagine getting swept away in these magnificent long range views while riding your horses on 6 beautiful acres. Don’t miss this horse lovers dream with a 7 stall barn, wash room, tack room and a private riding ring. Nestled on a quiet cul-de-sac in desirable Chicwood Estates this recently remodeled Cape Cod is move-in ready. Including a newly stained deck, fresh paint, new carpet, new light fixtures, new dual zoned heat pumps, granite counter-tops and Stainless appliances.  A light filled living room with tiled floors and big window views will certainly impress.  The sparkling family room with deck access and hardwood floors offers a relaxing place for family and friends to gather. Beautifully updated kitchen with cabinet and counter space galore, tiled floors and a serving bar; entertaining is sure to be a snap. Wake up to views of nature in the soothing main level master suite. Spacious secondary bedrooms offer fantastic closet space and share a lovely hall bathroom.  Enjoy the views while working from your home office. A main level laundry will help you easily keep this organized. The extensive decking overlooking incredible views and mature landscaping is the perfect place for grilling and chilling. Make your appointment today before this picture perfect home is gone.

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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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 Pulaski VA home is a near Blacksburg, VA shopping, nightlife, VA Tech and recreational activities.

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Fantastic opportunity to own a gorgeous building lot just outside of the town limits of Blacksburg. Bring your plans to this previously perked and ready to build site. Less than two miles to Blacksburg's First & Main, shopping, VT and Blacksburg Country Club. You don't have to just visit; you can build here and enjoy all the New River Valley has to offer.

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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If you are looking for the not so ordinary ranch home, then this beauty is for you. Newly refinished hardwood floors, fresh paint and maintenance free exterior make this pristine home move-in ready. Beautiful formal rooms with bay window views and natural lighting are sure to impress. An inviting family room with a masonry wood burning fireplace, beamed ceilings and patio access is the ideal place for entertaining. A deliciously remodeled kitchen offers granite counters, cherry cabinets, tiled backsplash and a smooth-top range. Spacious master suite with private tiled bathroom is sure to please.  The additional bedrooms are generously sized and share a tiled bathroom with dual vanities. Retreat to the covered porch and enjoy the gorgeous park-like setting with mature trees. A storage building, full unfinished basement plus a two car garage offers tons of storage. Make this warm and welcoming home yours today. Call for a private tour.

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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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 a short drive to shopping, nightlife, VA Tech and recreational activities.

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135 Cedar Bluff Drive Christiansburg, VA 24073

 

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Remarkable all brick 4 bedroom,3.5 bath Colonial in the popular Windmill Hills neighborhood features an open floor plan for easy living and entertaining. Quality construction throughout home including hardwood floors, extensive crown molding, interior columns, cherry cabinetry and built-in storage units is sure to impress. The gorgeous dining room with trey ceiling, dazzling chandelier and columns flows into a delicious kitchen. Boasting and abundance of cabinets and counter space, recessed lighting, a center island plus a sunny breakfast area the cook is sure to be delighted. Kick back and relax in the spacious living room with a soothing ceiling fan and French door access to the patio entertaining is sure to be a delight. A library with built-in cabinets is ideal home office space. The upstairs bedrooms provide a soothing place to rest at days end. Relax on the patio and enjoy the professionally landscaped yard that is big enough for play yet small enough for easy care. This is the well-kept home you've been searching for!

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. Search New River Valley Real Estate & Homes For Sale!

B is for Blacksburg

by Desi Sowers

 

Bowl You Over!

B is for Blacksburg Virginia and for "bowl you over." This picturesque small town home of Virginia Tech University is known for academic accomplishments and bowl games. Since 1993, the Virginia Tech Hokies have played in 18 successive bowl games!  That is a record that would bowl anyone over! Last year we competed in the Orange Bowl and in 2012 we headed for New Orleans.

This January in a real bite-your- nails thriller, the University of Michigan narrowly defeated the Hokies as the Allstate Sugar Bowl Game that went into overtime.  Congratulations to the Hokies for a remarkable season!  We are proud to be the home of the Virginia Tech Hokies! To watch highlights of the Sugar Bowl go to http://www.hokiesports.com/football/#

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virginia Town is Best Place in the U.S. to Raise Kids

 

With good schools, an affordable lifestyle, and the Blue Ridge Mountains in the backyard, Blacksburg, Va., is No. 1

More than half the population of Blacksburg, Va., is Virginia Tech students, so it may be easy to mistake this town of 41,383 as just another college town. Yet this small community, between the Blue Ridge and Alleghany Mountains, also has the makings of a great place to raise children. Excellent schools draw many families to Blacksburg, which also has such amenities as a community center with sports, fitness, educational, and social activities; an indoor pool; and even a nine-hole, 54-acre municipal golf course.

 

“There’s very little crime. There are kids’ programs, green space, trails. It is a nice place to live and a nice place to raise kids. Everyone knows everyone. The weather is nice. The cost of living is not that high,” says Becky MacKenzie, a 34-year-old mother of three and a resident of Blacksburg since 2003.

Excellent schools, combined with an affordable cost of living, relatively low crime, and plentiful amenities lifted Blacksburg to first place in Businessweek.com’s sixth nationwide ranking of best places in each state in the U.S. to raise kids.

MacKenzie says that Blacksburg can seem small at times unless you are a true “Hokie,” or Virginia Tech fan, and there is little interaction with communities beyond the university—similar to many college towns—but “everyone thinks it’s a fabulous place to live.”

With help from Bloomberg Rankings, Businessweek.com evaluated 4,169 places with a crime index less than 10 percent above the national average, populations between 1,000 and 50,000 people, and median family income within 20 percent of the state median, using data from real estate information firm Onboard Informatics.

We evaluated educational factors (such as school scores, the number of public and private schools, and colleges), economic factors (including median family income, expenses, job growth, and unemployment), crime, amenities (such as child day-care centers, zoos, aquariums, museums, theaters, recreation centers, green space), air quality, and ethnic diversity. School performance, expenditures, and income were given the most weight.

After Blacksburg, Arlington, Neb., ranked second, and Morton Grove, Ill., placed third in the country.

East San Gabriel, a community near Los Angeles, took the top spot in the most populous state, California. In Texas, the second-largest state, the Austin suburb of Wells Branch beat out competitors. The best place in New York: Hampton Manor, a suburb of Albany.

Blacksburg’s large university population brings its median age to a low 22 years, but the town is also home to thousands of families. About one-third of households are family households, including 13.3 percent that have children under age 18, according to 2010 Census data.

Blacksburg also is more educated than most: About two-thirds of residents ages 25 and older have a bachelor’s degree or higher, and nearly 40 percent have a graduate or professional degree, the Census figures indicate.

 

In the No. 2 town in this year’s ranking, Arlington, Neb., 24.3 percent have a bachelor’s degree or higher, and in the No. 3 town, Morton Grove, Ill., 40.7 percent, as the U.S. Census measures it. Median family income in these places is $70,881 and $83,601, respectively, Onboard estimates.

Blacksburg has a large middle-income population: According to Onboard, median family income, at $83,670, is slightly higher than the state median, $72,476, and is also higher than in such nearby communities as Merrimac and Christiansburg. The median home list price in the town was $234,900 in October, according to real estate website Zillow.com.

The town’s economy relies heavily on Virginia Tech, Blacksburg’s largest employer with 1,306 full-time instructional faculty, who make an average salary of $87,400. Other employment hubs include the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, which has more than 140 high-tech companies with more than 2,200 employees, and Blacksburg Industrial Park, home to manufacturing and research-and-development businesses.

Blacksburg is also home to such tech startups as Modea, a fast-growing advertising agency founded by Virginia Tech grads in 2006, and e-mail hosting company Webmail.us, which was acquired by Rackspace in 2007.

To develop the economy further, the town, university, and economic development organizations are trying to expand the local technology industry, taking advantage of talent coming from the school’s engineering program. The Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, for example, aims to “develop a growing, prestigious research park for high-technology companies” and has an incubator program called VT KnowledgeWorks that creates companies based on VT-developed technology.

In addition to the benefits of a college town, Blacksburg provides the blessings of a family-friendly community. Data from Onboard Informatics reveal that the town has some of the best schools in Virginia. Part of the Montgomery County School System, it is home to seven public schools—five elementary, one middle, and one high school—as well as several private schools, day-care centers, and preschools.

Gilbert Linkous Elementary School, for instance, scores well above average on standardized math and reading exams and is among the few in the state to receive a top score of 10 from Greatschools.org, a nonprofit that provides school performance data. Students at Prices Fork Elementary and Harding Avenue Elementary also test above average, according to data from the Virginia Education Dept.

Blacksburg also has many recreational options. A downtown improvement project recently added wider sidewalks, a traffic circle, and new trees. Green space is abundant, with 400 acres of parkland in town, plus the Appalachian Trail and the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests nearby. Sports at Blacksburg’s community recreation center include basketball, volleyball, and soccer, along with a fitness center, a computer lab, and social activities such as senior programs. And while the memory of the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting remains fresh for many, the town in fact has a relatively low crime rate.

Blacksburg celebrates holidays with music and fireworks on Independence Day, a 10,000-egg hunt on Easter, and games on Halloween.

Says MacKenzie: “People in Blacksburg are very passionate about Blacksburg.”

 

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updated 11/15/2011 11:00:00 PM ET

Own Your Own Private Getaway on 45 Acres

by Desi Sowers

 

Rockin' Chair View

Panoramic scenes are the norm from every living space of this charming home.

Own your own mountain of 45 acres conveniently located just 10 miles to downtown Blacksburg or 20 miles to Roanoke.

Home has recently been totally renovated and boasts beautiful flooring, skylights and walls of windows to take in the views of Catawba Valley.

Enjoy relaxing on the gorgeous covered porch, hiking, mountain biking or 4 wheeling - this home will be your private retreat from the hustle and bustle!

What Does The Economic Stimulus Package Mean To You?

by Desi Sowers, REALTOR, ABR, GRI, SRS, CRS
 

Since passed by overwhelming Capitol Hill majorities in January, there has been much talk regarding the economic stimulus package. Yes, it will cost $168 billion, but what does it actually do for individuals?

The stimulus package is designed to help the country moderate the worst effects of a slowing economy and perhaps even avoid a recession. The idea is to encourage spending and with more spending to increase economic activity. While the theory looks good on paper, it will likely take months or years to know if it actually works.

From a personal perspective the January stimulus package has five major components that will immediately impact individuals with an interest in real estate.

1. Checks from Uncle Sam: According to the White House, taxpayers can receive rebates of up to $600 for individuals and $1,200 for couples. A minimum of $300 per person and $600 per couple will be available to those with at least $3,000 of earned income. This relief will be available to everyone with adjusted gross income less than $75,000 for singles and $150,000 for married couples filing jointly. The rebates will be phased out for taxpayers above those income thresholds.

2. Additional rebates will be mailed out for those with children. Everyone eligible for a rebate would also receive an additional $300 per child. For example, this would mean up to $1,800 of tax relief for an eligible couple with two children.

3. Reduced Income Taxes for Low-Income Wage Earners: The legislation says that 2008 taxes will be eliminated on the first $6,000 of taxable income for individual taxpayers and the first $12,000 of taxable income for couples. The tax rate used to be 10 percent on such income.

4. FHA mortgage loan limits will more than double in some cases. The usual limit in high-cost areas in the lower 48 states will rise from $362,790 to $729,750. Such financing allows buyer to purchase homes with 3 percent down.

5. Conventional loan limits will increase. The maximum size of a "conforming" loan will go from $417,000 to $729,750.

While the benefits for individuals look good, there are some caveats to consider.

First, those rebate checks are a one-time deal. While the government hopes that individuals will use the money for spending, many recipients will use the cash to pay down debts. Paying off bills can be a good use of your cash because it can mean lower monthly costs and better credit scores, thus lowering interest costs when you borrow to finance a home or car.

Second, if you want to buy or refinance with the new class of "conventional jumbo" mortgages, be aware that the FHA and conventional loan limits have only been raised for 2008. It's possible that the old limits will be reinstated in January 2009, so if you want a larger mortgage start planning now.

Third, while the conventional loan limit applies nationwide, the maximum amount you can borrow under the FHA program varies by location. In other words, the biggest loans will not be available everywhere. For specifics regarding your area, please speak with a mortgage counselor.

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