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Blacksburg VA Home Sales September 2017

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Halloween Trends 2017

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Happy Halloween!

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Open Floor Plans: Love Them or Leave Them?

by Desi Sowers

Watch any of the home renovation or buying/selling shows on HGTV and you will hear people asking for open floor plans. Even in small houses, people want the feel of spaciousness that an open floor plan provides.  A “great room” with no wall between the kitchen and living space seems to be the most popular choice when it comes to floor plan considerations.  But is it the best choice for everyone?  Let’s look at the pros and cons of the open floor plan and see if it’s the right decision for you and your family.

Pros:

  • You won’t feel isolated.  If you are cooking or doing dishes in a kitchen that flows into the family room,  you will be able to chat with family and friends or continue watching television instead of being stuck in a closed off room by yourself.
  • You will be able to keep an eye on the kids.  A great room with no walls allows you to watch your kids at play while you are cooking or cleaning.
  • More natural light.  Without interior walls, sunlight will flow through the house from the exterior wall windows.  You will also have an unobstructed view of the great outdoors.
  • Ideal for entertaining.  When you have guests over, they can congregate throughout the great room, so you won’t miss anything if you are in the kitchen cooking and serving food.

Cons:

  • Lack of privacy.  If your household includes people of various ages on a multitude of different schedules, an open floor plan can make things challenging.  For example, if your teenager wants to have friends over for a study group at the kitchen table, but you want to watch a movie.  Or perhaps you want to read quietly on the couch, but your daughter’s having a sleepover and they want to have pizza and bake cookies.  A separate, enclosed kitchen may be better for some families.
  • Limited wall space. Placing furniture in an open space is tricky sometimes, especially if you have a lot of windows.  And if you are an art lover, you are going to want blank walls for displaying your treasures.
  • Overwhelming mess.  Smaller, enclosed rooms are easier to keep neat and tidy.  With open floor plans, stuff tends to spread out.  And you may not want kids’ toys in your main living space, so a smaller, enclosed room might be your preference for a play area.
  • Too noisy.  With an open plan, there are more acoustics, therefore noise travels further. A quiet conversation in the kitchen may not be possible with the television on across the way.

Remember, just because something is popular, doesn’t mean it’s right for you.  Think about what is going to suit your family’s needs before starting your home search.

http://www.desisowers.com/Blog/Selling-to-Millennial-Homebuyers

http://www.desisowers.com/Blog/Welcome-to-the-New-River-Valley

http://www.desisowers.com/Blog/Help-for-First-Time-Homebuyers

Come out to Sinkland Farms for the final weekend of the 2017 Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, October 28, 2017.

Don't miss the popular autumn family tradition this fall at Sinkland Farms Pumpkin Festival. This award winning festival features lots of fun activities for all ages to celebrate the fall harvest season.

Saturday, October 28th Special Events Schedule:

• All Day: Art in the Barn

• All Day: Chainsaw Exhibit

• All Day: Wine Tastings from Iron Heart Winery

• 12:00-1:00 pm: Cloggers

• 1:30-4:30 pm: Music from 3 Minute Lovin' (Barn Stage)

• 1:30-4:30 pm: Music from Mitch Clark (Back Porch Stage)

Admission price is $10.00 for adults and $8.00 for kids (toddlers under 2 are free). With admission, you and your family will be able to take a hay ride to pick your Great Pumpkin (pumpkins are extra) out of our 10 acre patch, tour the 2017 corn maze depicting a well loved sport in agriculture, visits to the farm animal barn and an all new Kid's Zone with many new features will provide kids lots of fun activities.

Extras include art and crafts vendor booths, pony rides, horseback trail rides and wine tastings. Pumpkins, fall décor and some of Virginia's Finest products are for sale in the cottage shoppe. For snacks and food, you will find Kettle Korn, Ice cream, great home cooked food and a coffee bar, with hot chocolate and cider. Food is individually priced.

Information and photo from Sinkland Farm.

New River Valley VA Real Estate For Sale
903 Jordan Ave, Radford, VA  24141

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Every detail is in perfect order, all this home needs is you! Gorgeous classic brick colonial perfectly situated on a 1.3 acre lot that is just unheard of in Radford! Outfitted with the finest quality craftsmanship, finishes and amenities, 903 Jordan Ave features 4 spacious bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, hardwood, tile and slate flooring, two fireplaces, beautiful moldings, modern fixtures, recessed lighting, a partially finished basement and an attached 2 car garage. As you enter into the two story foyer, you will experience an open feel combined with elegant formal rooms. The stunning formal dining room with crown and chair rail moldings will make you want to host every holiday gathering! The formal living room is a comfortable space to grab a good book and relax for the day. Brilliantly designed for entertaining and function, the connecting family room and kitchen are sure to be the heart of the home! Oversized windows let the sun and mountain views in to this lovely space where you can toast your toes by the gas log fireplace. French doors to the large deck make entertaining inside and out a delight! A delicious designer kitchen filled with all the bells and whistles a cook could desire including cherry cabinets, granite countertops, a full complement of appliances, pantry and built in desk in the sunny breakfast nook. The master suite is a sweet retreat with its soaring high vaulted ceiling, huge walk in closet, plus a laundry room! The luxurious bath lets you soak your cares away in the jetted tub and provides plenty of space with his and her vanities. The two secondary bedrooms, both with private bathrooms, on the upper level will perfectly accommodate a growing family. Heading to the lower level, a large den with wet bar and fireplace provides a thriving space to unwind and relax. The fourth bedroom, currently used as a home office, and a bath would be the perfect guest quarters. Walkout to the lower deck and private, fenced yard. Fall in love with the warm and inviting atmosphere - before you leave you will know that you are home!

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.

Radford VA Home Sales September 2017

by Desi Sowers

Home Inspections are Important: Here’s Why

by Desi Sowers

With all the fees and expenses involved in purchasing a home, it may be tempting to skip the home inspection to avoid spending the money.  But in the long run, it may cost you more to skip it.  Home inspections sometimes reveal things that ultimately could have cost you way more than the fee involved.

While you might believe the sellers are being honest about the condition of the home, it’s important not to take their word for it.  Truthfully, they probably are being honest.  But they don’t necessarily see what could be “wrong” with the house any more than you do.  That’s why you need an expert to come in and do the inspection. They can find things that never would be noticed by the naked eye because they know what to look for. Home inspectors can also give you advice and things to look out for in the future. With that information, you have an idea of how to prepare for potential costs down the road.

A home inspection can be a deal breaker as well.  For example, if sellers offer a discounted price or cash back for skipping the inspection, that is a huge red flag!  Walk away from the deal.   A home inspection only takes a few hours and is paid for by buyers, so there is no reason sellers should protest unless there are critical issues in the home they know about and are trying to hide.

When hiring a home inspector, you want someone with many years of experience and proper certifications and licenses. You also want someone who will be thorough…willing to go through the basement, attic and up on the roof to check out every nook and cranny of the home.  It’s important to gather as much information about the house as possible so that you know what you are getting in to.

It is not mandatory for you to be present for the inspection, but it’s a good idea to be there.  Some inspectors are happy to have you walk along with them and ask questions as you go.  Others will want to do the inspection on their own and then have you do a walk through with them after they are done.  Either way, be sure to look carefully through the report they give you and ask as many questions as you want.  Remember that you are paying for their time, so don’t hesitate to have them go over the report with you so that you have a clear understanding of it.

Even if your inspection comes up clean, the fee you pay is worth the price to have peace of mind. Include it in your home-buying budget and don’t think of it as an “extra” expense.  It is a crucial element of your decision in purchasing the home and paying a $450 fee and finding nothing wrong is better than skipping it and ending up having to replace your roof for $3000! 

http://www.desisowers.com/Blog/Investing-in-Real-Estate-Tips-for-Success

http://www.desisowers.com/Blog/Help-for-First-Time-Homebuyers

http://www.desisowers.com/Blog/Buying-a-Home-is-a-Sound-Financial-Investment

Come out and enjoy the 2017 Annual Radford Highlanders Festival on Saturday, October 21, 9:00AM-5:00PM.  The festival will take place at Bisset Park in Radford.

The Radford Highlander Festival brings together Scottish Highland Games, Celtic music, massed pipe and drum band performance, Scottish clan march, sheep-herding demonstrations, booths from more than 50 craft and food vendors and family friendly entertainment for festival lovers of all ages.

Festival Schedule:

• 9:00 am - Highland Games begin         

• 10:00-10:30 am - Grand Entry - Massed Bands and Scottish Clans

• 10:00 am: Brave Heart 5K Run/Walk begins

Main Stage - Gazebo:

• 9:00-9:20 am: Virginia Highlands Pipes and Drums

• 9:25-9:45 am: Radford Highlanders Pipes and Drums

• 10:30-10:50 am: The Pipers Club

• 10:55 am: Braveheart 5K Announcements

• 11:00 am - 12:00 pm: SYR performs

• 12:15-12:45 pm: The Pipers Club

• 1:00-2:00 pm: Syr

• 2:15-2:45 pm: The Pipers Club

• 3:00-4:00 pm: Syr

Community Stage - Shelter #1:

• 12:00-1:00 pm: Central Fine Arts Academy

• 1:30-2:30 pm: The West End

• 3:00-4:00 pm - PanJammers

Admission is free and and all are welcome.

The festival is a joint partnership with the City of Radford and Radford University.

Information and photo by the Radford Highland Festival

New River Valley VA Real Estate For Sale
75 Gavins Court, Christiansburg, VA  24073

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Welcome to Senneca Springs in Christiansburg VA where homes match the taste and lifestyle of anyone who loves low maintenance living. The Rendition Grande model offers main level living, Timberlake cabinets, a brick/vinyl façade with stucco accents, hardwood flooring, vaulted ceilings, arched doorways, granite counters, tiled backsplash, Stainless appliances, recessed lighting and two car garage. Gorgeous open floor plan offers comfort and quality to meet today’s busy lifestyle with a living, kitchen and dining room combination plus a large sunroom. HOA features lawn maintenance, snow removal and common area maintenance. Only minutes from Blacksburg, with the charm of country living and a small-town feel, yet just minutes to VT, mall, shopping and recreation. Open land and pond views. Come see this home!

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.

The Aging of Your House - How Long Will It Last?

by Desi Sowers

What is the life span of a house?  Some houses may survive for hundreds of years, but the individual components that make them up may not.  Parts of the house made of concrete or brick may last a long time, but other things such as appliances may only last ten years or so, regardless of how expensive they were to purchase. 

As seen in the graphic, components of the house made with hardy materials such as wood or stone flooring can last 100 years or more.  Other durables that can last a lifetime included natural stone or tile countertops, fiberglass, wood or fire-rated steel exterior doors, copper wiring and most types of insulation.

A study by the  National Association of Home Builders warns that life expectancy of homes will vary and the life span of an individual house’s component will depend greatly on the quality of installation, level of maintenance, weather and climate conditions and intensity of use.

Many homeowners will swap out house components or appliances before necessary due to changing styles and preferences or improvements in newer products.  Eligibility for tax credits or rebates and newer models that are more energy efficient and less costly to use may entice homeowners to replace items before the end of their useful life.

Consistent home maintenance is the best way to make your home, and all its various components, last as long as possible. 

http://www.desisowers.com/Blog/Autumn-Home-Maintenance-Must-Do-List

http://www.desisowers.com/Blog/To-Renovate-or-Not-to-Renovate-Should-You-Fix-Up-Your-Home-or-Sell-it-As-Is

http://www.desisowers.com/Blog/Protect-Your-Home-from-Fire-Four-Surprising-Fire-Hazards

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