Category: Blacksburg

Blacksburg – A Look Back In Time

Floating around on Twitter this week was a link to a site called That 70’s Blacksburg … written by a real estate broker at Coldwell Banker Townside, Dennis Smith, it’s an interesting look at Blacksburg back when some of them really went to sleep in this little town. Now, it’s a vibrant place … although it’s still a town. I’ve never met Dennis, but wrote him to tell him how much I’ve enjoyed looking back through time – hope you will as well. And that black and white photo below? That happens to be Nest Realty NRV’s office today!  

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Part Three – What Is A HUD-1?

Welcome to “What Is A HUD-1?”, a four-part series breaking down the settlement statement that’s used in a real estate transaction. The settlement statement, also known as the HUD-1, is your receipt – it’s an itemization of every penny associated with the sale or purchase, so if it’s money-related then it’ll be shown on the HUD-1. Each party (buyer and seller) or signatory will sign multiple copies of the HUD-1. A quick note – HUD, which is short for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, is a department in the federal government that oversees, among other things, housing, …

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Can You Rent A Bike in Blacksburg?

Recently, I was getting a bicycle serviced at a local shop, and a gentleman in front of me asked at the counter “Do you rent bikes and bike locks here? I’m in town for a few days and wanted to ride around town.” The answer they received was, unfortunately, no, and it got me thinking … “is there anywhere to rent bikes in Blacksburg? I mean, shouldn’t there be? We have a Bicycle Association, great paved and single-track trails surrounding the area, and even our mayor talks about biking in the NRV. We need to do a better job of improving some …

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Bears in the New River Valley

Today, a friend posted on Twitter that his neighbor had just seen a black bear in their Blacksburg neighborhood:   Oh come on, you wouldn’t have made a bear joke? All kidding aside, I know where @themannix lives, and while it’s not right in the heart of Blacksburg, it’s still within Town limits. Sort of surprising to think that there’d be a bear crossing the street in the middle of the day. The Town of Blacksburg immediately – awesome job at listening, guys and gals – replied and posted this link. Bears aren’t to be messed with, and it’s important …

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Interstate 81-Southbound Closed

Just a quick hit … If you haven’t already heard, Interstate-81 will be closed in the southbound lanes beginning today, as crews try to repair the unstable slope. Lanes will be detoured beginning at Dixie Caverns, exit 132. Guess all that blasting has terra firma not so firma. <ba-da BOOM> The construction through there has been bad enough for the last, oh, two years or so, and this is going to be nasty over the Labor Day weekend. I feel for those folks who live in the Shawsville/Elliston areas … the increased traffic through there is going to be brutal. Photo credit.

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Live Where You Love – Blacksburg

It’s the start of Orientation here at Virginia Tech today, and all around Town we’re seeing starry-eyed (incoming) freshmen and their families wandering the streets. Welcome to the Class of 2017! We hope you love living here – we certainly do, and we thought we’d show you, in the video below, a little bit about what we think makes Blacksburg special. Welcome to Blacksburg! This is one of a series of videos Nest Realty produced, and is recognized as a finalist for an Inman Innovator Award.

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Blacksburg Development and Dirty Words.

On Thursday of last week, The Roanoke Times posted an article regarding the development of the Old Blacksburg Middle School (OBMS) site, detailing some of the issues developers and Town and County officials are facing. This isn’t a new issue – it’s been a hot button topic of dissension among, well, everyone, it seems, for as long as I can remember. The long and short of it, as I understand it, is this – the County owns a prime piece of real estate in the center of Blacksburg, and though Blacksburg doesn’t own the property, they do have the right …

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Using The Earth To Heat and Cool Your Home

Ever thought about using the ground to heat and cool your home? It’s called geothermal heating and cooling, and it’s a fantastic way to use the earth’s energy to maintain the temperatures inside your home. That’s the mission and objective of www.pureairways.com – to give ducted air conditioning service for making your home fresh and cool. It used to be that technologies, like geothermal heating and cooling, were outliers, but now my clients seem to be looking at the energy efficiency of every home they’re considering, they don´t know that the best z wave controller is available now, it is …

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New River Valley Best at Adding Jobs

I’m late to this information – like, TWO MONTHS late – but that’s okay … the news as it relates to jobs in the Blacksburg/Christiansburg/Radford area is still good. As announced December 21st on MSN Money, the Blacksburg/Christiansburg/Radford area of Virginia was the number two ranked city (Blacksburg and Christiansburg are both towns, but you get the idea) in the country for adding jobs in 2012. Let that sink in – more jobs were created, by percentage increase, in only one place elsewhere in the country than the New River Valley, which saw a 7.17% increase in 2012. Think the Roanoke-Blacksburg …

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