Blacksburg Chickens: What’s the (s)COOP?

If you haven’t heard yet, chances are, you will: backyard chickens are now allowed in Blacksburg. A committed contingent has lobbied for years and is finally seeing an ordinance passed, Ordinance 1888. If you aren’t among that small group of fowl fanatics, you might be wondering ‘why’? It’s a fair question, but for many people it scratches that itch to become a bit of a farmer, while still maintaining close proximity to your local Kroger. It’s also a great way to get your kids involved in a laid-back hobby the whole family can enjoy. For the most part, chickens are …

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Four Biggest Seller Mistakes

Big day! Time to sell the house. This day came around sooner than you thought, didn’t it? We sell for all kinds of reasons–to go bigger, to move into something smaller, or to move across the country. No matter what the reason, it’s important to avoid some simple mistakes. You may have thought home buying was stressful but this is a whole new beast. Selling means showing your house and waiting for that sometimes illusive offer. Once it does come, you have to move. If you’ve been in the home thirty or forty years, moving can be extraordinarily daunting. Selling …

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Four Biggest Buyer Mistakes

Ready to buy? Great! That’s why we’re here. Buying a home–whether it’s your first or your tenth–is an exciting time. Chances are if it you are a seasoned homebuyer, you’ll already have learned most of these mistakes either by experience or a good realtor before me. For those new to the whole experience, it’s important to understand that it’s a stressful time and overwhelming experience for everyone. The best way to help ease some of this anxiety is to do your homework and work with a great realtor who has done this many times before. Once you’ve been doing it …

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Cost-effective Landscaping Tips

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Spring is here! By that I mean that we’re between ice storms here in the New River Valley. It’s never a safe bet to assume warm weather is here to stay until at least May but it’s certainly time to start thinking about some simple and cost-effective landscaping ideas. Good landscaping ticks several boxes. It should be low-maintenance, easy on the eyes, and hopefully help your home values when it’s the right time to sell. You always want to come home and #LiveWhereYouLove

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How To Time the New River Valley Real Estate Market

My friend Mike Simonsen posted this on Twitter a couple of weeks ago, in response to someone saying they wanted to buy their first home in 2020 (note – he said “do” try and time the market … he meant “don’t): 100% correct. There is no timing the real estate market, Mike’s exactly right. And he should know – as the CEO of Altos Research, one of the premier real-time real estate data firms around, Mike knows market timing better than most. You cannot time the market, at least not intentionally; sometimes you might get lucky and sell at a …

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Go Look at Houses in the Rain – Seriously

Picture your dream house and what do you see? A gourmet kitchen with a wraparound front porch on 80 acres? You bet, we can do that. A perfectly adorned downtown condo, if that’s more your style? We’ve got a few of those. Bet you that dream house fantasy comes with perfect weather too, doesn’t it? Sunny and 70 degrees? If it’s the New River Valley, it can be winter in the morning, and summer in the afternoon! 

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On Board For Passenger Rail

For years, it seems, people have been calling for Amtrak passenger rail service to the New River Valley, and plans to finally make that a reality were coming together – but now they’ve hit a snag. Sure, I could have said they’ve been derailed, but that would be too easy. Yes, we could say the train’s been delayed, it’s failed to leave the station … all good stuff. Years ago, I took the train from Lynchburg up to New York in order to attend a conference. I love train travel, but this trip soured it for me. It was a …

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Christiansburg and A Little Walt Magic

Finally. The giant parking lot that sits at the intersection of Franklin and Peppers Ferry, in Christiansburg VA, might not be a giant parking lot for too terribly much longer. You know the one – the one with the Applebees. Wait, that’s gone. Well, it had Beamer’s restaurant, surely you remember that. Wait, that’s gone, too. Pet store? Gone. And just about everything else in there, as well. Best tailor in the area, Rose’s Tailor, is still hanging by a thread (sorry, had to). But thankfully that’s all changing, according to this article – the deal finally closed in November. I’ve got …

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