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I’m Moving To Blacksburg – What Now?

The Town of Blacksburg has put out a movie about what to do when you’re moving to Blacksburg since the moving part is easy with the new moving companies, especially the “local movers” nearby. – but what about the information like setting up utilities, registering to vote, etc., it takes typically boring information and puts a – well, an interesting – spin on it. On the other hand, if you have recently made a transition from your current job to one that pays significantly more, but this requires you to move to a different state, you will need to hire out of state movers to help you with this transition. Just a thought.

Are sites like Xtranormal, and Qwiki, becoming the new thing? Or just a fad? Is it helpful to have information categorized this way?

Here are links to the ___ mentioned above:

From The Roanoke Times – “Exchanging Information over the Internet”

I’m a few weeks behind on this, but wanted to be sure it got out there. Sarah Cox of The Roanoke Times and I talked recently about the new real estate search on NRVLiving.com, as well as why being able to search for all New River Valley real estate is important. While I certainly want people to find me online, one point that’s missed is that information should be made as readily available as possible, and not hidden behind this veil of secrecy that real estate seems to crave. Real estate searches on NRVLiving.com bear that out … the site’s been inundated with recent searches.

IDX isn’t a new concept – it’s just that for a long time it’s been an overlooked concept.  It shouldn’t be an option for brokers to decide whether they want to share their listings with other brokers, in my opinion … the consumer should demand it.

Anywho, here’s the reprint – links to sites were included by me: But wait, there’s more

“Best in the New River Valley” series – Part 4

Welcome to a new week, and another in the “Best in the New River Valley” series!  In part 1, we introduced Coldwell Banker Townside, the real estate company you voted #1 in the New River Valley.  In part 2, we introduced yours truly and my snake charming skills.  Part 3 included an interview with Mike Eggleston, the agent voted #1 in the New River Valley, and in today’s video, we asked others what they thought about Mike and myself – you might be surprised at their answers.

So why exactly are we doing this?  Because last year, you voted Coldwell Banker Townside the #1 real estate agency in the New River Valley, and you voted Mike and myself the #1 and #2 real estate agents, respectively (although I’m still disputing the results), in the New River Valley.  We’re proud of that fact, and excited to share with you all the reasons we think Coldwell Banker Townside is special!

Don’t forget to vote!  Voting is now open at The Roanoke Times‘ website, or by clicking through on this link, and the deadline to cast your vote is February 14th.

Disclaimer #1 – your participation entitles you to nothing but our undying admiration. And – we hope – perhaps a chuckle or three.

Disclaimer #2 – thank you for thinking so much of us.  Seriously.  We’ve had a lot of fun with these videos, and we hope that you enjoy them, but in all honesty none of this would be happening if you didn’t think well of us and vote.

Disclaimer #3 – see Disclaimers 1 and 2.  Rinse and repeat.

“Best in the New River Valley” series – Part 3

The Best in the New River Valley series continues today!  We had fun with Part 1 and Part 2, and this time we introduce Mike Eggleston, the New River Valley’s #1 real estate agent in 2009 as voted by Roanoke Times readers.

Don’t forget to vote!  Voting is now open at The Roanoke Times‘ website, or by clicking through on this link, and the deadline to cast your vote is February 14th.

Disclaimer #1 – your participation entitles you to nothing but our undying admiration. And – we hope – perhaps a chuckle or three.

Disclaimer #2 – thank you for thinking so much of us.  Seriously.  We’ve had a lot of fun with these videos, and we hope that you enjoy them, but in all honesty none of this would be happening if you didn’t think well of us and vote.

Disclaimer #3 – see Disclaimers 1 and 2.  Rinse and repeat.

“Best in the New River Valley” series – Part 2

In Part 1 of the “Best in the New River Valley” series, we were introduced to Bill Gearhart and Anne Lee Stevens, managing brokers for Coldwell Banker Townside. They went on … and on … and on about all the things they thought went into making Coldwell Banker Townside the #1 real estate agency in the New River Valley, but truth be told they had a lot of good reasons.

But that’s not why you read this blog, right?  You want to hear from me!  <crickets chirping> Okay, my megalomaniac moment is over.  Following is Part 2 of the series, an interview with yours truly … warning, there are tears … and foam fingers.

Don’t forget to vote!  Voting is now open at The Roanoke Times‘ website, or byclicking through on this link, and the deadline to cast your vote is February 14th.

Disclaimer #1 – your participation entitles you to nothing but my undying admiration. And – we hope – perhaps a chuckle or three.

Disclaimer #2 – thank you for thinking so much of us.  Seriously.  We’ve had a lot of fun with these videos, and we hope that you enjoy them, but in all honesty none of this would be happening if you didn’t think well of us and vote.

Disclaimer #3 – see Disclaimers 1 and 2.  Rinse and repeat.

New Zoning District Proposed in Blacksburg

From Blacksburg Alert:

Notice of Public Input Meeting on Proposed New Town Overlay Zoning District
Proposed Ordinance #1564 is a Zoning Ordinance Amendment that would create a New Town Overlay zoning district specifically for the area bounded by North Main Street, Turner Street NW and Prices Fork Road in the Downtown Commercial Zoning District. If adopted, the Overlay District would create regulations with incentives that would permit greater building height, uses and residential density.

However, the regulations would also require the mixing of uses, design standards for buildings and parking garages, wider sidewalks, and better connectivity between North Main Street and Turner Street NW. Establishing this Overlay District does not change the ability of any property owner within the district boundary to develop or redevelop under the existing Downtown Commercial Zoning District regulations; participation in the Overlay District is entirely optional.

To learn more about the proposed New Town Overlay District please come to the public input meeting,Wednesday, January 20 at 7 p.m., Blacksburg Motor Company, 400 South Main Street,  or contact the Planning and Building Department at 540-961-1126. After the public meeting, the proposed Overlay District will be considered by the Planning Commission on February 2, 2010.

If you can, take the opportunity to make your opinion heard; it’s a chance to have direct impact on what future development within the Town looks like.  Haven’t you always wanted to drive down Main Street and say “I did that”?  Here’s your chance.

Blacksburg’s Main Street Gets A Facelift

According to Blacksburg’s website, 1/2 mile of North Main Street in Blacskburg is getting a facelift.  It’s the culmination of years worth of discussion, and now the pavement’s about to meet the jackhammer.  It’s been covered here on NRVLiving.com a few times, and now it’s about to become a reality.  But I’m wondering what’s it going to mean for traffic on Main Street, which now abruptly narrows from four to two lanes (at Main and College) and feature a roundabout at one of the busiest intersections in Blacksburg?

I’ve seen comments online over the last few days from local residents, and a TwtPoll (yes, that’s spelled correctly) I posted earlier in the week yielded a mixed response.  Personally, I’d like to see Blacksburg be more bike-friendly – sorry, it’s not despite saying otherwise – and it looks like at least some of you agree.  In fact, in the public comments forum the Town held, it looks as if nearly 20% of those who spoke expressed an interest in making bike lanes a part of the plan.  The Town, however, did not, as evidenced from a letter in 2004, and I wonder why.  The proposed Right Of Way reduces

safe travel lanes for bikes because, in my opinion, it funnels the same number of cars traveling down Main Street through a smaller space.  On the other end of Main Street, how many of us have waited as multiple cars have run the turn signal to turn from Main Street on to Prices Fork Road?  A roundabout at one of the biggest – and busiest – intersections in Blacksburg seems to increase a dangerous situation.

The plans look nice, and I’m hoping that this will be a piece of the puzzle that helps make downtown Blacksburg more of a lifestyle destination.  It just looks – to me – as if it might still be dangerous to arrive there by bicycle.

Blacksburg’s Main Street Presentation … your thoughts?

Do You Know Your Home’s WalkScore?

Yesterday I went for a run – a very slow run – and I was surprised by something.

Because of my job and the distances between towns here in the New River Valley, I obviously travel by car quite a bit – more than I’d like to, really.  And since I have a tendency to be rushing, I’ll take the fastest route possible and don’t always get to see the side streets and alleys that connect neighborhoods together.

So yesterday while I was out huffing and puffing, I noticed something – there are a lot of people in Blacksburg that commute to and from work.  And that’s cool.  In a short period of time I noticed at least a dozen people, all in work clothes, walking or riding their bike home from work.  I never knew so many people in the area did that; it was really cool to see.

While I love the New River Valley, sometimes getting around by foot or bike can be a bit difficult, so it was nice to see people doing it anyway.  And if you’re interested in just how easy it is to walk around your neighborhood, try out WalkScore.com.  It’s a site that quantifies just how easy – or difficult – it is to get to points of interest in your area; just plug in the address and you’re off.

Try it out – see you on the trail?

Stay Current On New River Valley Home Values

There’s a service I’ve been providing to many folks throughout the New River Valley, and as the latest information went out I thought it might be worth mentioning again.

A lot of people ask me “when’s that house down the street going to sell?”, or “how much did that two-story on Main Street sell for?”  While I’m glad to tell you, there’s a way you can find out even faster.  If you’ll email me your name, email address and the neighborhood you live in, I’ll set up a search in the MLS that’ll email you every time a property in your neighborhood comes on and off the market.  You’ll be the first to know when it this the market, the first to know if the price changes … be the envy of all your friends!  Don’t worry – by providing your email address I won’t be spamming you, or sending you cutesy recipe cards in the hope that you’ll remember my name.  If it helps, I won’t even save your address.

I’ve just found that if you’re interested in following the values in your area, this is a good, real-time way to do that.  I’ve set it up for myself to track my own neighborhood, and those of some of my former clients, and can do the same for you.  Just email me and I’ll set it up; I hope you find it useful.