How To Prepare Your Home For Winter

Winter is here in the New River Valley! Well, almost, but it’s never too soon to start prepping your home for winter. Best custom bed linens for heating needs this coming winter, oil delivery Hamilton NJ will be there to keep your family nice and warm. While we’re hunkered down through the winter months, remember that your home is exposed to the elements all that time, keeping you safe and warm. And there are certain things you should do now to ensure that all continues to be safe and comfortable. Looking for your next home this winter? Start your custom …

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Lawrence Yun’s Opinion on a Trump Presidency and Real Estate

As a follow-up to last week’s post about what a Trump presidency will mean for mortgage rates, I wanted to come back to this with a post by Lawrence Yun on Forbes.com. Lawrence is the Chief Economist for the National Association of Realtors, and a man infinitely more qualified than I to pontificate about all of this. But it’s my blog, and I can use the word pontificate here. Read Lawrence’s opinion here. It’s long, but good. If you want the bullet points: There will be a short-term stimulus. The trade deficit will rise. The stock market will gyrate. (now I …

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What Does A Trump Presidency Mean For Mortgage Rates?

Tap tap tap. Is this thing on? It’s been a long time since I blogged with any regularity at all, but today seemed an appropriate day to dust things off and get back into the saddle. I was speaking to a group yesterday and was asked about the blog, where I was reminded that it had been far too long since I had done this blogging thing. So … let’s get back to this, shall we? Now’s as good a time as any. There was a relatively significant event in the United States yesterday, one in which hundreds of millions of …

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Brexit – What’s It Mean For New River Valley Real Estate?

BREXIT. By now you’ve likely heard that British voters have voted, in an historic referendum, to exit (or British exit = Brexit) the European Union. British Prime Minister David Cameron will resign later this year as a result, and the value of the British pound has fallen to some of the lowest levels since 1985. And, befitting a headline you’d expect to read on The Onion, The Washington Post reports this. Regardless of whether or not Brexit is good or bad for the UK, EU, or the world, the United Kingdom is a long way away from the New River Valley – …

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10-Year Growth Report in Blacksburg

Dusting off the blog a bit … been a while since I’ve posted here. The title of this post … snooze, right? But I promise it’s a little more interesting than that. On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to speak with Bethany Teague, of WSLS, about a report the Town of Blacksburg had released earlier in the day. The report discussed how property values in Blacksburg – as well as in Montgomery County – had increased over the last decade, and highlighted some of the developments that have contributed the most to the Town’s tax base over that time. The fact that …

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That Rental Amount Seem Too Good To Be True? It Probably Is.

I’ve written about Craigslist scams and rental properties before, but it seems that it’s hit someone here locally again, according to this article, by Travis Williams. Thankfully, it seems that the seller’s weren’t harmed any more than just unnerved, but it brings up a good point – for both renters and homeowners. If you own a home, set up a Google Alert for your address and/or keywords, so that you’ll be notified when your listing gets “scraped” by these idiots. They’ll find your listing online, then repost it with the same language, even the same photos, and usually an absurd maintenance on your …

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What’s the Blacksburg Real Estate Market Doing?

Since January 1, it seems, real estate agents in Blacksburg seem to have been saying – to each other, to their clients, to anyone – what IS going on in the Blacksburg real estate market? Historically we follow a traditional bell curve, borrowing at simple loans for good financing and with more properties starting to come on the market in Mach, climbing to a high around May/June/July, and then falling to yearly lows in November and December … only to do it all again the following year. That’s what it’s USUALLY like. But 2016 hasn’t been usual, it seems, so this …

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Rocket Mortgage, from Quicken

If you watched the Super Bowl Super Bowl commercials, you might have seen an ad for Rocket Mortgage, Quicken’s new loan product that promises a mortgage loan from onqfinancial.com with just a click of a button. Is getting a home loan really that simple? Our clients can spend days or weeks compiling all of the necessary documents a lender will need just go get a preapproval – then you have the appraisal that needs to be done, the loan needs to get funded, and new guidelines established in 2015 mean that everything has to be prepared and off to the …

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Home Buying and Heavy Rain – A Perfect Marriage

This has become a bit of an evergreen post for the blog, one I keep going back to again and again, but it’s held up well over the last nearly five years, and it’s accurate for a day like today – where it’s rained, non-stop, in the New River Valley, all day. On days like today, when the temps have dropped and the rain continues to fall, all you want to do is … well, nothing. But seeing houses on a today like today can, in many cases, answer that most important of questions – “does this basement get wet?” …

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What Does The Future of Real Estate Look Like?

Last night, I attended a speech given by Robert Scoble, and hosted by Rackspace. Robert is “a futurist” – he looks at what’s coming, or what’s possible to create – and talks about real-world application. At least that’s my interpretation. He explains lots of ideas of his, like what is telekinesis and many more. Blacksburg and the New River Valley has an incredible startup community that, while still in its infancy, is really, really exploding – there are some tremendous companies that have based themselves here doing some really incredible work. Autonomous vehicles, virtual reality, DNA study … really, really …

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