Category: New River Valley

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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What Natural Disasters Occur in the New River Valley?

Safe to say, the New River Valley doesn’t see a lot of natural disasters (save for that derecho, and an earthquake). Okay, other than those two events, we haven’t seen a lot of natural disasters in the 12 years I’ve lived here. Which is nice. If you’re curious in doing the research yourself, however, Trulia has released this information via their LOCAL page – just head over to Trulia.com/Local, plug in the area you want to research, and click on Natural Hazards. From there, you’ll be able to see heat maps of earthquakes, flooding, tornados, and more, for the area …

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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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It’s Time For Hokie Football!

Hey Hokies, it’s time for Virginia Tech football season! Yes, we’re aware we open with a team that’s supposed to be really good, but who cares? We’ve waited a LONG time for football season to come around – let’s start jumping!

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Will You Have Cell Phone Coverage In Your New Home?

Everyone’s done it – you’re walking through a building, holding your phone to the sky, trying to get a decent cell phone signal. Can you hear me now? Plenty of home buyers do it when they’re walking through a home, as well – can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard “uh oh … no cell phone signal here.” While in a meeting this morning at Nest Realty, we discussed a site called OpenSignal.com. This could be incredibly useful to a home buyer in the New River Valley, as it will not only show what cell phone providers are available …

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Home Modification Grants Available in the New River Valley

Home modification grants, designed to make “aging in place” easier than every before, are now available in the New River Valley. I’m told that Roanoke just had the same grant, and did $900000 (that’s HUNDRED THOUSAND) worth of work last year. Designed to be forgivable grants of up to $15000, they’ll help make homes in the NRV more accessible and/or energy-efficient. The only limiting qualification is an income requirement, which are listed below. There are other stipulations, found at this link, but everything is pretty typical for a program like this.   Essentially, eligible households can receive up to $12000, …

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New River Valley Real Estate Taxes

Several inquiries recently have asked about property taxes in the New River Valley, so I thought this would be an appropriate repost. Ah, taxes; and real estate taxes have certainly been a part of the discussion in Montgomery County lately (see here and here). If you’re going to own a home, however, they’re a part of the equation when making your mortgage payment every month.  These amounts will vary from locality to locality, and in some cases a municipality will have TWO rates – one rate will be for the City or Town, and the other rate will be for …

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The 2012 New River Valley Real Estate Market

Breathe. We’re not calling the end of any real estate troubles here in the New River Valley, but we’re continuing to see the trends we want to see that indicate a healthier real estate market. Slow and steady has been the mantra for some time now, and we will continue that into 2013. But after a year of studying the numbers here in the NRV, we think real estate is poised to do some positive things. Consider that for the year, we saw a: 4.38% increase in median sales prices 19.10% decrease in year-end months of inventory (and down 38% from …

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Real Estate Tax Rates in the New River Valley

Ah, taxes; and real estate taxes have certainly been a part of the discussion in Montgomery County lately (see here and here). If you’re going to own a home, however, they’re a part of the equation when making your mortgage payment every month.  These amounts will vary from locality to locality, and in some cases a municipality will have TWO rates – one rate will be for the City or Town, and the other rate will be for the appropriate County.  Feel free to use the phone numbers below to contact the taxing authority if you have questions.* The good …

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