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New River Valley VA Real Estate For Sale
385 Colin Reid Pass, Christiansburg, VA  24073

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Dreaming of a new home? Be the first to live in this new construction home in Senneca Springs. Glorian model is sure to impress with an open floor plan, high ceilings, hardwood floors, pocket doors, extra storage, low maintenance brick/vinyl siding and attached 2 car garage. Beautiful living room with vaulted ceilings flows effortlessly into the dining area – entertainers dream layout! Well-appointed kitchen is a chefs delight with SS appliances, granite counters, and an oversized island. Soothing master & pampering bath include a custom tiled shower and soaking tub. Two generously sized bedrooms and a full bath are perfect for a growing family or guests. The 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, hospitals, shopping and Huckleberry Trail.

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.

Preserving Family Heirlooms 101

by Desi Sowers

Family heirlooms are treasures that evoke memories of the past and hold great sentimental value.  Keeping them safe and well preserved is important. There are many kinds of keepsakes. What may seem not very special to one person, might be the most cherished of items to another.  The following tips will help you preserve them and keep the memories alive:

Paper Documents

Don’t make the mistake of keeping precious papers in a box somewhere. Paper is vulnerable to crumbling and fading if it is exposed to too much light, heat or moisture.  You can keep documents safe by placing them in acid-free envelopes or folders.  When you want to look at them, make sure your hands are clean and dry. Avoid using lotion on your hands if you know you are going to be handling paper heirlooms.  Three ring binders are excellent for keeping documents organized and safe.  Keep them in temperature controlled parts of the house to avoid deterioration due to heat and moisture.

Books

Like paper documents, books need to be kept away from heat, bright light and anything highly acidic.  If you want to keep a book pristine, interleaf the pages with acid-free tissue paper.  If you keep favorite books on a shelf, make sure it is not exposed to too much sunlight.  They will fade over time, but keeping them out of harsh conditions will make them last longer.

Photographs

Many people have photographs stored in old-school albums where they are stuck on the pages by adhesive. Unfortunately, many of these old albums are not acid-free and will cause the photographs to deteriorate and fade over time. To preserve them, remove them from these albums and place them in PVC-free plastic sleeves, which can then be placed in binders.  If you are lucky enough to still have the negatives from old photos, keep them safe so that you can replace pictures if they are destroyed or lost. How to Properly Store Your Negatives

Textiles

When preserving textiles such as quilts, wedding dresses, baptismal gowns or antique linens, you want to make space for flat storage.  It’s vital that you keep them in an acid-free box and in a location free of pests.  If you get them cleaned and pressed, make sure starch isn’t used because bugs will attract bugs. Make sure your hands are clean and free of lotion when handling your cloth heirlooms.  Do your research and get professional advice on how to clean them before storing. The Golden Rules of Washing Vintage Items

Regardless of what kind of treasure you are attempting to preserve, it is advisable that you never store them in the attic or basement. Extreme temperatures and humidity will harm stored artifacts.  Keep your boxes and binders of family heirlooms in a closet or on a shelf in your temperature controlled living space.  Make sure they are out of direct sunlight.  Not only will this keep them safer and preserve them longer, but it will also make it easier for you to get them out to look at when you want to take a trip down memory lane!

If you’re thinking about selling or buying a home in the New River Valley area, contact professional, experienced Realtor Desi Sowers and let her assist you with all your real estate needs. Give her a call today at 540-320-1328!

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New River Valley VA Real Estate For Sale
130 Gavins Court NW, 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. The 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, hospitals, shopping and Huckleberry Trail. Come see this new 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.

Draper Mercantile and Trading Company presents a Community Flea Market on Saturday, July 7, 2018 9:00am-2:00pm, at Merc Farms.

Enjoy a Community Flea Market featuring vendors, food, artists, live music and more! Vendors include honey & goat lotions, local produce, handcrafted jewelry, street dogs & breakfast burritos, fresh made doughnuts, fresh popped kettle corn and many more.

There will also be a fire truck on hand for kids and a planting class in the greenhouse.

Merc Farms is located near the Draper Mercantile at 2980 Brown Road in Draper, VA.

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

 

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Welcome to Senneca Springs in Christiansburg VA where homes match the taste & lifestyle of anyone who loves low maintenance living.  The Deerfield model offers a main level Master Bedroom Suite and two upper level bedrooms.  Quality features include easy care flooring, tiled wet areas, vaulted ceilings, multi-panel doors and extra storage. The kitchen is sure to whet your appetite with an abundance of cabinet and granite counter space, plus Whirlpool SS appliances. The 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, hospitals, shopping and Huckleberry Trail.

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.

Celebrate Independence!

by Desi Sowers

Unless you plan to stay in a home for the rest of your life, resale value should be a major consideration when purchasing a house. Home-ownership is a huge financial investment and the goal should be to get as much monetary return as possible when you sell.  While you can’t always predict what the future holds for the real estate market, there are some basic guidelines for what kind of properties have good resale value.  Don’t make the error of focusing only on what you want when doing your home search.  Think about the following factors that will affect the resale value:

  1. LOCATION - This should be a primary consideration when looking for a home that will provide a good return on your investment.  A desirable location is likely to remain a hot market for home sales.  Think about the school district you will be in.  Even if you don’t have children in school, a top district will draw many buyers.  Different people will be looking for different things, but most buyers will want basically the same things from the location of their home.  Home Buying: Location Matters
  2. NUMBER OF BEDROOMS - A house with more than two bedrooms will sell faster and for a better price than one with only one or two bedrooms.  Even a couple with no children will want extra space for an office or guestroom (or both).
  3. NUMBER OF BATHROOMS - Buyers will expect to pay much less for a home with only one bathroom.  If people are choosing between a house with one bathroom and one with two, they will almost always be willing to spend a little extra to get that additional restroom.
  4. GATHERING SPACE - Buyers want a large, informal space for relaxing and entertaining family and friends.  You will get more value out of a spacious family room than you will out of a formal living room.  Large Family Room Ideas
  5. STORAGE - These days people have a lot of “stuff” and they need places to put it all.  Storage space, including closets, a pantry and loads of cabinets will improve the odds of getting high bids for your house. 
  6. GARAGE - People who live in suburban areas need places to park their cars.  A covered parking place or two is ideal.
  7. OPEN FLOORPAN - Buyers are looking for homes with open spaces and rooms that flow from one to the next.  A house with an Open Floorplan will improve your chances for a profitable resale.
  8. OVERALL CONDITION - A property that is well-cared for, updated and remodeled will greatly enhance resale value.  Focus on rooms that matter most to buyers - kitchens and bathrooms. Make sure everything is in good working order.  Some people might be looking for a fixer upper, but many buyers are willing to pay a premium for a move-in ready home.

If you’re thinking about selling or buying a home in the New River Valley area, contact professional, experienced Realtor Desi Sowers and let her assist you with all of your real estate needs. Give her a call today at 540-320-1328!

Come out to the Motor Mile Speedway, Saturday, June 30 from 4:00pm-10:30pm, for the 2018 Monster Truck Show. 

Event Schedule:

(subject to change)

• 4:00 pm: Gates open

• 4:00-6:45 pm: Free Monster Truck Rides

• 5:00-6:30 pm: Free Pit Party

• 7:00 pm: Show starts

The Monsters are coming and bigger and better outside! This year's Monster Truck Show features Bigfoot, Avenger, Brutus, Hurricane Force, Bad Company and Storm Damage! And, there will be two ride trucks providing free Monster Truck rides!

Arrive early for the free Pre-Show Pit Party! And, enjoy the fireworks after the show.  The event is rain or shine.

Photo and information provided by the Motor Mile Speedway

Festive Independence Day Desserts!

by Desi Sowers

One of the best things about summer is getting to celebrate Independence Day with friends and family.  July 4th parties are filled with food, fun and laughter, but they aren’t complete without a spectacular, patriotic dessert!  Here are some delectable dessert ideas for your 4th of July celebration: (click on the links for recipes)

PATRIOTIC WHOOPIE PIES

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It only takes about twenty minutes to create these yummy treats! 

PATRIOTIC TRAIL MIX

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Enjoy dessert all day with this delightful trail mix!

PATRIOTIC RICE KRISPIE TREATS

Photo Credit: cookingwithruthie.com

Who doesn’t love a rice krispie treat?  Add a little icing and some sprinkles to create this wonderful red, white and blue confection…simple enough for even kids to do!

FIRECRACKER CAKE

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Nothing says “Happy 4th of July” like fireworks!  This firecracker cake will add a perfect spark to your July 4th festivities!

NO BAKE SUMMER BERRY ICEBOX CAKE

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Too hot for you to bake?  Don’t despair!  This cool confection will please the masses with fresh berries and cream! 

STRAWBERRY BLUEBERRY YOGURT POPS

For a simple treat that is healthy and easy to serve, make these adorable little yogurt pops!

Serve one (or more) of these treats at your 4th of July celebration and you are sure to impress your guests!  Happy Independence Day!

If you are interested in buying or selling a home in the New River Valley area, let experienced professional Realtor Desi Sowers assist you with all of your real estate needs.  Visit her Website or call her at 540-320-1328.

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

 

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