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Mystic River Lavender’s 3rd annual Lavender Festival will be held on Saturday June 23 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and on Sunday June 24 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. You can cut your own Fresh Lavender Bundles, learn about Lavender (planting, growing, how to care of your plants, etc.), purchase several varieties of Lavender plants as well as our line of Lavender based body care products.  They will have several other vendors on site (jewelry/blown glass, wood working, etc.) as well as a local food vendor. Come and visit for a fun, relaxing time immersed in the beauty of Lavender.

Information and photo credit to Mystic River Lavender

 

1530 Putter Lane-Awesome Ranch Style Home with Full Basement!

by Desi Sowers

 

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Situated on a quiet cul-de-sac this sprawling ranch style home with an abundance of living space including two master suites and finished basement is just waiting for one lucky buyer. Special features include trendy updates to lighting, paint, kitchen and bathrooms, huge multi-tiered decking, beautiful hardwood flooring on the main level, and an all seasons sunroom that allows you to enjoy the peaceful setting year-round. Enter the home to find a large living room where you can gather with family and friends around the wood burning fireplace and stone hearth.  You will be captivated by the sweet kitchen with its abundance of pristine white cabinets and tile backsplash. Beautiful wainscoting adds a touch of class to the spacious dining room, giving it a lovely ambiance for dinner parties. Relax and rejuvenate in the master bedroom and stylish tiled en suite bath. Two more generously sized bedrooms and another full bath complete the main level. Head downstairs to the basement a thriving place to entertain with a family room, office and second master bedroom/bath; this space is perfect for the kids and kids at heart. Enjoying nature will be such a pleasure with all the areas available for eating, playing and relaxing outdoors, from the sunroom to the decks to the lush back yard with mature trees.  Abundant storage space can be found in the two-car garage and unfinished portion of the basement, meaning you will never run out of space for all your treasures!  If you have imagined living in a tranquil setting, 1530 Putter Ln. in Christiansburg is just the home for you!   

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. 

 

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Gently rolling hills, lush green grass and mature trees create the tranquil setting for this immaculate home situated on a gorgeous 1.9-acre lot with spectacular long range views.  Welcome to 4730 Shelburne Rd in beautiful Radford, VA.  This sprawling home features a main floor with glowing oak hardwood floors and a flowing, open floor plan that includes a formal dining area and fabulous kitchen with Corian kitchen counters, stainless steel appliances and stylish, glass tile backsplash.  A convenient breakfast bar provides ample room for casual dining.  The adjacent living room is the perfect place for gathering with family to watch a movie or have a game night.  Just off the dining area a sliding door leads to a bright sunroom bathed in natural light and overlooking the rambling back yard.  Venture upstairs to the lovely master bedroom where you will be wowed by enormous his and her walk-in closets and en suite master bath.  A second, sizable bedroom and full bath complete the upper floor.  A third bedroom and attached full bath is on the lower level of this fabulous home and can be used as a guest room or a second master suite.  Cozy up by the gas-log fireplace in the huge downstairs family room.  A convenient laundry room and storage space finishes off the lower level.  You will delight in spending time outdoors in this beautiful environment. A covered patio provides a shady spot for a built-in grill area, perfect for cookouts and picnics. Storage will never be a problem with a double attached garage, double detached garage AND a detached storage building. And there is tons of parking for cars, boats, and RV or camper as well.  You will not want to miss out on this sparkling gem of a home!   

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The 50-20-30 Rule - Learning to Live on a Budget

by Desi Sowers

If you are new to budgeting, managing your money may seem complicated and overwhelming.  You not only have to be organized, but you must make challenging decisions about how to spend your money.  But there is good news for you.  You don’t need fancy financial apps on your phone or extensive spreadsheets with dozens of categories of spending to see how your money is being spent.  You simply need to follow the 50-20-30 rule!

The 50-20-30 rule assists you in building a budget by using three spending categories. 

  1. 50% of your income should go to living expenses and essentials including rent, utilities, groceries and transportation.
  2. 20% should go to savings, investments and Debt Reduction payments.
  3. 30% of your income should be used for flexible spending. This includes everything you buy that you want, but don’t necessarily need such as travel, going out to movies etc.

Remember that the percentages for essentials and flexible spending are the maximum amounts you should spend.  If you use less income in these categories, you will have more to put into your other financial goals.

Here is how to start the 50-20-30 budget. First, determine exactly how much money you bring home each month.  This will be the amount you will base your 50-20-30 split on.  Then Track Your Spending. Every penny of it, from your rent payment down to the coffee you stop for on the way to work in the morning.  As you are analyzing your spending, split it into the 50-20-30 categories.  Once you see what you are spending where, you can make the needed adjustments to ensure you are falling into the 50-20-30 parameters.  If you find you are spending too much on things that you want but don’t need, that’s when it is time to cut back.

The 50-20-30 rule works because it provides a simple way to track your spending so that you can pay your bills, add to your savings and have money left over for fun stuff.  It keeps you on the straight and narrow so that you can begin to meet your financial goals.  If you stay the course, you will eventually achieve financial stability.

Have you been saving to become a homeowner?  If you are thinking of purchasing a home, contact experienced, professional Realtor Desi Sowers and let her assist you with all your real estate needs!  Call her today at 540-320-1328!

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Happy Father's Day!

by Desi Sowers

Christiansburg Library and the Friends of the Library continue the 2018 Music On The Lawn Concert Series with Piedmont Bluz on Saturday, June 16, 2018, 7:00 PM-8:30 PM.

The Piedmont Bluz acoustic duo are ambassadors of Country Blues music and the Piedmont style of fingerpicking, and their mission is to help preserve these rural, east coast traditions by educating audiences about this unique aspect of African American culture through musical entertainment. The husband and wife duo are much loved wherever they go and they feel that "there are stories to tell, people to remember, and things that must be said" so, in addition to tickling your ears with delightful music, they weave a bit of history into the presentation of each song.

Bring lawn chairs and blankets for an evening under the stars feel free to bring a picnic as well. If the weather is bad, everything will be moved inside.

Bring family, friends and dancing shoes to these free concerts!

Information and photo provided by Christiansburg Library

Dog Lovers Unite! How to Find a Dog-Friendly Neighborhood

by Desi Sowers

When searching for your new home you want to make sure the neighborhood is a good fit for everyone in the family, including your pup. You will likely be looking for a nice yard, but it’s important to look beyond the property line. The type of neighborhood you end up in can make a huge difference in the quality of life for you and your fur babies. Here are a few signs that you have found a dog friendly environment:

- There are more groomers in a two-mile radius than hair salons…walk in appointments welcome!

- Restaurants and shops have water bowls and treats for visiting pups.

- Pet waste stations are abundant.

- The local dog park is always busy with happy pooches frolicking with friends.

Here are some more serious things to think about when considering the home and neighborhood that will work best for you and your pets:

- NEIGHBORS WITH DOGS.  They will be more understanding if your dog occasionally barks and are more likely to be helpful should you need someone to let your dog out or walk them while you are away from the house.

PET SHOPS.  Areas with a lot of pets mean that there will be pet shops conveniently available.

- SIDEWALKS. A neighborhood with sidewalks is idea for dog-walking.  Bonus point if they have waste stations too.

DOG PARKS. These are especially nice for urban areas. Check if there are off-leash hours or dog runs, or at least grassy areas where pups can run and play.

- MEET-UP GROUPS. Check and see if there are local meet-up groups available for playdates with other families with dogs. This is a great way for you to make friends as well!

If you are looking to move to the New River Valley area and want to find a pet friendly neighborhood, contact Desi Sowers at 540-320-1328 to start your home search today!

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The Blacksburg Vintage Market presents their June Market on Sunday, June 10, 2018, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM at Market Square Park.

Come out to Market Square Park in downtown Blacksburg the second Sunday of the month for the Blacksburg Vintage Market. You will find vendors offering a variety of vintage vinyl, clothing, jewelry, upcycled goods and other treasures.

The market also features live music from local musicians most afternoons.

Photos and information provided by Blacksburg Vintage Market

New River Valley VA Real Estate For Sale
235 Wheatland Court, Christiansburg, VA  24073

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Main level assisted living does not get any better than this! Private end unit townhome nestled on a quiet cul-de-sac in the desirable Wheatland Hills 55+ community. A pool, library, chapel, outside maintenance, lawn service, exercise programs and facilities plus a la carte services are just a few of the perks you will enjoy. 235 Wheatland Court provides a beautiful floor plan loaded with tasteful features including soaring high ceilings, easy care flooring, neutral colors, ceiling fans, handicap features, an abundance of natural lighting and an attached 2 car garage! Vaulted ceilings and a cozy gas fireplace create a soothing atmosphere in the living room. A formal dining space is wonderful for family gatherings. A bright and cheery kitchen provides ample cabinet and counterspace, a full appliance package and pantry for all your storage needs – this way you can be as independent as you desire. The eat in area is sun filled and leads to the spacious rear patio for easy outdoor enjoyment. The master suite is a delight with a walk in closet, dual vanity, walk in shower, separate soaking tub and conveniently located laundry. The two secondary bedrooms are generously sized with plenty of closet space and lovely shared bathroom. Enjoy low maintenance living in this wonderful community! Make your appointment now!

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.

Affordable Home Staging Hacks

by Desi Sowers

Chances are, if you are getting ready to sell your home, you are also preparing to purchase a new home. So, the last thing you want to do is spend more money on your current property.  However, you certainly want to get the best price possible when selling it, and according to the National Association of Realtors, for every $100 invested in staging, the potential return is $400. As you can see, it will pay off in the end to stage your home to entice potential buyers.

Some people will hire a Home Staging Professional to get the job done.  While it might seem easier than doing it yourself, it is not the only way to get that SOLD sign planted in your front yard.  There are some simple, yet effective home-staging hacks that you can do that won’t break your budget:

  • Roll Out a Welcome Mat - Sounds simple, right?  It is!  First impressions mean everything when selling your home.  Also, prospective buyers tend to linger by the front door before the real estate agent opens the home for viewing, so an inviting entrance is crucial. A new welcome mat can cost as little as $15.  Purchase a modern mat that compliments the style of your home.  To further enhance the entryway, add a little green with some fresh plants.  An enticing entrance will make buyers want to see more!
  • Mount Mirrors in Strategic Spots - Every home has spaces like a dim hallway or small space that lacks natural light.  To spruce up these areas, hang a few mirrors.  They add extra light to rooms that look dark, and Make Your Space Look Bigger.  They will pack an extra punch if placed next to or directly across from a window because they will pull in more sun.  For a more decorative look, create a collage of several mini mirrors in different shapes and sizes rather than just slapping one large mirror on the wall. You can find inexpensive mirrors at craft stores and discount home stores.
  • Set Tables and Serving Areas for Entertaining - A home filled with friends, food and laughter is a happy one!  Paint a picture of what entertaining in your home will be like for potential buyers.  Keep it simple, but aesthetically pleasing. Lay out cloth napkins, wine glasses and solid plates in the dining room. Use matching mugs and bowls in the kitchen to produce the feel of family meals.
  • Replace Personal Photos with Art Work - Over the years, you have turned your house into a home by decorating with family portraits and personal mementos.  But potential buyers are going to want to be able to envision themselves living there and that is hard to do with your family members present in the form of pictures in every room.  So, get a head start on packing up your house by putting your pictures away and replacing them with art work that compliments the style of the home.  You can find inexpensive art at discount stores or you can print beautiful landscape photos to put in frames.
  • Make the Bathroom Look Elegant with White Linens - Spruce up your bathroom with crisp, fresh, all-white linens.  White towels, bath mats, and shower curtains give the room an instant update.  They inspire the feeling of a luxury spa without spending a lot of money.  Take it a step further by including some Spa-Like Displays.  Simple additions like an orchid, candles and special soaps will go a long way.
  • Arrange Decorative Scenes - Decorative displays can give a cozy, lived-in ambience to a house.  Assembling classy vignettes of colorful vases, lanterns, books, plants, baskets, and other items atop dressers, counters and bookshelves will make a house feel more like a home. Group items in odd numbers and in varying heights and shapes while keeping them in the same color family. You will be amazed at what you can find to use in your house, but if you need to buy some things, you can mix in inexpensive pieces from craft and discount stores.  Done properly, these displays will have people feeling like they are looking at rooms right out of home décor magazines…and that appeals to prospective buyers.

If you are preparing to put your home on the market, you don’t have to do it alone!  Professional Realtor Desi Sowers can help you get your house staged and sold in no time!  Call her today at 540-320-1328!

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