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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School Snow Days in Montgomery Count

Snow is on the way for the New River Valley, and Montgomery County Public Schools Big Tweeter Mark Miear posted a helpful infographic of how MCPS reviews conditions, and determines school closures. I thought I’d post it here – I don’t have any details on other counties in the region, but I have to imagine they follow similar protocols. Dr. Miear’s – who’s a great follow on Twitter, he routinely engages with students and teachers – post even got a musical response from a sister duo … I, for one, say LET IT SNOW!

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Build A Gingerbread House and Support Micah’s Backpack

One of our favorite fundraisers at Nest Realty every year is our annual Gingerbread House contest, supporting Micah’s Backpack. We’ve been doing it for several years now, and each year we get the question “are you doing the gingerbread houses again?” Yes! There are still a few gingerbread houses left, and the deadline for building your house, and delivering it to Kent Square, has been extended! All the details are in the flyer below. Can’t see the image? Here’s what you need to know: pick up your house at either Nest Realty, or Kent Jewelers. The kit is $30, and …

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Dusting Off The Keyboard … Again.

Yesterday I had the honor of being installed as the 2019 President of the New River Valley Association of Realtors. I woke up this morning feeling … well, feeling just like I did yesterday. Fame and fortune are sure to follow though, I’m sure. That’s not the point of this post, however. Association leadership was never something I truly desired. What I wanted was for Nest Realty to have a voice in the discussions surrounding the issues of our industry, and to set the example for others that there’s value in having a seat at the table. I might have …

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Tax Reform and Real Estate

If you’re paying any attention at all, you know that tax reform is one of countless issues being discussed in Washington DC right now. Whether you like what the House and Senate are proposing, or whether you don’t, the fact is that what’s on the table as “reform” has some serious deficiencies, and will be vigorously debated in the next several weeks. As a primer, I wanted to highlight the differences between the House and Senate bills. As of this writing, the House has passed its’ version, on November 16 2017, with the Senate set to begin floor consideration after Thanksgiving. …

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The Q3 2017 New River Valley Real Estate Market Nest Report

Winter is coming. It’s hard to remember that when it’s in the mid-70’s in late October, but winter IS coming. And that means the third quarter is behind us. The Q3 2017 Nest Report is out, and you can read the entire report here. In this quarter’s report, we can clearly see the effects that supply and demand have on real estate pricing in the New River Valley … that seems to be the general theme for all of 2017, in fact. Low supply, and higher demand. It’ll be something to watch going forward – for the foreseeable future, anyhow, we’re …

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The 2017 Nest County Fair

Excuse me while I dust this blog off a bit … It’s been a while since I jumped back on the blogging train, and while there are a number of excuses for that, none of them are really good ones. Maybe we can get to that a little bit later … one day … perhaps. Anywho – just got the video back from our 2017 Nest County Fair, and man was it fun! The County Fair is an annual event we hold here at Nest Realty, and it’s an opportunity to have some fun with those who’ve supported and cheered …

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