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Adventures in the New River Valley: 2018 Family Fun Festival

by Desi Sowers

A “Family Fun Festival” will be held at New River Community College in Dublin on Saturday, February 24, from 1 to 4 p.m.

The Family Fun Festival will include a variety of activities for adults and children. Children’s activities will include face painting, balloon art, a bouncy house, a mechanical bull and games. There will also be several science tables with animal displays including snakes, a falcon, lizards, rats, scorpions, genetically modified fish, tarantulas and Madagascar hissing cockroaches. The cockroaches will also be part of a “cockroach race” event.

Information and photo provided by New River Community College

Radford VA Home Sales January 2018

by Desi Sowers

Five Top Home Décor Trends for 2018

by Desi Sowers

We are over a month into the new year and spring is approaching.  If you are thinking about changing your home décor, now is a great time to do it, before warmer weather and longer days make you want to head outdoors.  Here are five home décor trends that are popular this year:

  1. Iridescent Accents: If you’re renovating your kitchen or bathroom, don’t be afraid to add a little shimmer!  Iridescent tiles bring sparkle to the room!  Iridescent accents such as photo frames and small vases can be placed in other parts of the house as well.


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  1. Fringe:  That’s right, fringe!  It’s going to be huge this year. Fringe on items such as lamp shades, blankets and curtains will add a little fun to your décor.  How to Decorate with Fringe


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  1. Classic Books:  Add a vintage vibe to your shelves by decorating with old, classic books.  You might have some in your home already, but if you don’t you can find some here


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  1. Cement Texture for Walls & Floors: Add a utilitarian edge to your home by either exposing cement floors, counters or walls.  No cement to be exposed? Don’t worry!  You can paint a wall to look like concrete! Learn more about Paint Colors That Sell!



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  1. Typography: The written word is still “in” for 2018.  Signs with favorite quotes or poems or even single words offer a simple way to express yourself in your home décor.  If you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can make your own!


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These are just a few of many home décor ideas that are trending this year! Read my blog to learn more about home trends and tips for 2018!

YOUR HOME SEARCH STARTS HERE            FIND OUT WHAT YOUR HOME IS WORTH  

The Hahn Horticulture Garden at Virginia Tech continues their Learn at Lunch series with "Super Tough Wildflowers" on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 12:00PM to 1:00PM.  The talk meets at the Peggy Lee Hahn Garden Pavilion, rain or shine.  They will move the talk indoors if the rain becomes too heavy or storms. 

This lecture will be hosted by Ian Canton, owner of Wood Thrust Native Plant Nursery.  He will be introducing you to wildflowers that will grow in adverse conditions.

Parking pass required for our visitor lot. A pass can be picked up at the Pavilion the day of the talk at no cost.

Information and photo provided from Hahn Horticulture Garden.

Christiansburg VA Home Sales January 2018

by Desi Sowers

Valentine's Day Wishes!

by Desi Sowers

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Searching for the right home is a huge endeavor.  Your home is where your heart is…where you feel safe and comfortable and happy. It’s the place where you spend time with your family, where you raise your children, where you come together in times of joy and sorrow.  So, choosing the perfect house is something that should never be taken lightly.  While feeling emotionally drawn to a home might feel good, it’s important to also consider practical aspects as well.  When deciding to make what will probably be your largest financial investment, you cannot rely solely on what you feel.  Both your head and your heart should be part of the decision-making process.

When you start your home search, chances are you’ve been thinking about it for a while and you have an idea of what you want.  If you’ve provided your Realtor with a list of wants and needs, she will find homes to show you that have as many of your wants and needs as possible.  You may walk into the very first home and immediately fall in love with it.  And that’s ok.  But that doesn’t mean you should stop your search and make an offer.  Here are some reasons why you should keep looking:

- There may be other homes with similar features, but lower asking prices.  Maybe the first home you fall in love with is the best one for you, but you can’t possibly know that if you haven’t compared it to any others.  It’s wise to shop around and compare that first home to others.

- You should take time to consider resale value.  Whether you are planning to stay in your new home long-term or you know you might be moving in a few years, resale value matters.  Shopping around will help you get a feeling for the area where you are looking. Is your “first love” home the nicest in the neighborhood?  If so, it may not appreciate in value as much as the others.  Educate yourself about features that provide high resale value before making a final decision on a home.

- Getting super excited about the aesthetics of a home can cause you to miss red flags.  You may walk into a home and immediately see beauty and perfection.  But that doesn’t mean it is in perfect condition.  Be careful to not get swept away by the look of the home.  Remember, you can’t judge a book by its cover and in the same respect, you can’t judge a home by its appearance.  There may be hidden problems that only a thorough, professional inspection will unearth.

- You will save yourself from experiencing “buyers’ remorse”.  Have you ever impulsively gotten a haircut, then looked in the mirror and wondered “what was I thinking?”  Choosing a home should never be an impulsive decision.  Don’t rush into it.  If, after looking at several more houses, you’re still in love with the first one you saw, go for it!  You can be confident in knowing that you are making an educated, thoughtful decision.

Falling in love with a home is just part of the equation when it comes to choosing the perfect place for you and your family to live.  Desi Sowers is committed to serving real estate clients in the New River Valley area. Contact her at 540-320-1328 and let her help you find your dream home today!

YOUR HOME SEARCH STARTS HERE            FIND OUT WHAT YOUR HOME IS WORTH  

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Habitat for Humanity ReStore offers Crafternoons featuring the craft "Succulent Planter Repurposing Punch Glasses" on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 11:00AM-1:00PM.  You will be able to make a 3 minute succulent planter repurposing punch glasses.  This craft is an easy way to add a little life to any desk or shelf.
 

Information and photo provided by Habitat for Humanity.

Pulaski VA Home Sales January 2018

by Desi Sowers

New River Valley VAReal Estate For Sale
7491 Bluff View Drive, Radford, VA  24141

Enjoy breathtaking mountain and river views from the sprawling back deck of this River Bluffs home which just might be the unique opportunity you have been waiting for! Spacious with plenty of room to grow, 7491 Bluff View Dr offers 4 bedrooms, 3.5 remodeled bathrooms, soaring high ceilings, Anderson windows, central vac, recessed lighting, built ins, moldings, repaved driveway, stone and wood exterior and an attached 2 car garage.  The stunning living room is sure to be the heart of this home with its vaulted ceilings, stone fireplace and a wall of windows illuminating the space with natural light. Corian counters, an abundance of custom cabinets with under lighting, a pantry, stainless steel appliances and a tile backsplash create a kitchen you are sure to want to prepare a meal in! A cozy family room and dining room both feature sliding doors to the deck making in/outdoor enjoyment a breeze. Work from home in the delightful office space off the den. A master suite sure to sweep you away features plentiful closet space, deck access, custom granite dual vanity, soaking tub and a tiled, glass enclosed shower. Another main floor bedroom, plus two more upstairs and a loft area provide plenty of room for family and privacy – there is just so much living space! The large walk in attic is floored for storage or future expansion. Offering so many special elements, celebrate the spectacular beauty of this rare gem!

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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Desi Sowers, Associate Broker,
Certified Residential Specialist at REMAX 8
1344 N. Main Street
Blacksburg VA 24060
Phone: (540) 320-1328

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