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How Many Homes Are For Sale in Blacksburg and Christiansburg?

As Realtors, we get asked a lot “what’s the market like right now?”. I was in Richmond last week, meeting with Virginia Senators and Delegates from our district, and every single one of them asked “how’s the market?”. It can seem disingenuous to always be saying that the real estate market is moving quickly, but as you can see from the graph below of single-family homes in Blacksburg and Christiansburg, as of this post the market is moving quickly. We’re not making this up.

(The graph is interactive, and therefore should update automatically over time; what it’s detailing is how many months worth of supply there is at any given point. If you hover your mouse over a particular point on the graph, you’ll see the exact data representation for that point of the graph.)

Find your own single-family home here.

As you look at this, what you’re seeing is that – since July 2016 – inventory levels in the NRVMLS (New River Valley Multiple Listing Service) have been falling. It took Blacksburg and Christiansburg a few more months to catch up, but beginning in September 2016 they also saw inventory levels starting to fall. In January 2017, inventory in the NRVMLS was at 6.3 months of inventory, in Blacksubrg it was 2.6 months, and in Christiansburg, 3.4 months. We call this the Absorption Rate – how long it would take the market to absorb the available inventory in the market. I’ve written about it before, and it’s something that we at Nest Realty watch pretty closely.

Why does Absorption Rate matter? Well, it gives us a sense of both where the market has been, and where it is now. The general line of thinking is that 6 months of inventory is a relatively balanced market, favoring neither buyers nor sellers – much like the New River Valley real estate market right now. Click Here to see more info. Anything greater than six months typically favors buyers because supply is exceeding demand, and anything less than six months favors sellers because demand is exceeding supply. That’s what we’re seeing in Blacksburg and Christiansburg.

So what’s that mean for buyers and sellers in Blacksburg and Christiansburg right now? It’s a familiar refrain, I’m afraid – sellers who are priced well and show well are going to be in the drivers’ seat for the foreseeable future, and buyers need to be ready and prepared (preapproved) to buy … there isn’t going to be much opportunity to wait and think about it.

Find your nest. It’s free. Truly.

Christiansburg Named A Best Place To Live in Virginia

CreditDonkey says Christiansburg VA is the second-best place to live in the state of Virginia.

Admittedly, the name CreditDonkey is hard to say with a straight face, but it isn’t hard to admit that Christiansburg is a great place to live, and CreditDonkey has said as much. From the press release:

Christiansburg sits just off I-81, centrally located between Blacksburg, Radford, and Roanoke. The town of just over 20,000 is convenient to the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Jefferson National Forest as well as two major universities: Virginia Tech and Radford University. The atmosphere of Christiansburg is best summed up by its motto, Progressive Small Town Living at its Best, which reflects the town’s low-key feel.

You can read the whole press release here, OR, start your search for your next home in Christiansburg using our award-winning website search.

Do you live where you love? We do.

Time for Fall Cleanup, Christiansburg

Christiansburg residents, it’s time for Fall cleanup, aka the annual purge of items you’ve been too lazy to haul off to the dump yourself, or give away on Craigslist and Freecycle!

From the Town’s web posting:

The 2012 Fall Clean-Up will take place from October 1- October 13. During this time, residents of the Town desiring special trash pick-up must place these materials with their garbage on the regular pick-up day. Special trucks will pick up extra items not appropriate for normal weekly pick-up. While there is no charge for items picked up during this time, there will be a charge assessed for items placed out after October 13, 2012.

During Clean-Up, the Town will pick up tree and brush trimmings, old furniture, a maximum of two (2) appliances, and up to four (4) tires per household. If you are getting rid of your old furniture and want some new and trendy furniture then check out Wellingtons Fine Leather Furniture. These are the only times that these items will be removed free of charge by the Town.

Start looking through those basements and garages – October 1st will be here soon!

What Do People Love About Living in the New River Valley?

A couple of weeks ago, I asked on Facebook and Twitter “what do you love about living in the New River Valley?”  I was overwhelmed with responses, both in messages on Facebook, or tweets, or emails and in one case, a text.  Here’s a list, unedited, of some of the reasons why people are so in love with the New River Valley (well, bolding or links are mine … so it’s partially unedited).  Leave some more reasons in the comments?

  • When you drive down the back roads and people wave
  • I love coming over a hill and seeing the Blue Ridge Mountains everywhere
  • I like that I can leave my keys in the ignition and not worry about it not being there when I come out of a store or restuarant. Plus how clean it is.
  • We love that there’s curbside recycling available, and that it’s growing to include even more of the Valley!
  • The abundance of coffee shops, the tech savviness, the short work commute, the Hokies!, the plentiful, jaw-dropping sunsets, etc…
  • That if I go out of town for the weekend and forget to lock the front door, all of my stuff is still in my house when I return. Short commute
  • The sense of community, parks and open spaces, the university brings events that a small town otherwise may not have (art, music, sports), and everything Caroline said
  • Friendly people, supportive environment
  • There isn’t any traffic – unless you’re trying to go to a football game at Lane Stadium
  • I buy my fruits and vegetables from the Farmer’s Market and my meat directly from the farmer.  I love knowing where my food comes from
  • Even though I have never gone to The Lyric on a Monday, I love the text message I get from Downtown Blacksburg each Monday informing me that it’s “Free Popcorn Monday” at The Lyric
  • I love the parades we have for Christmas and 4th of July and how the whole Town attends them
  • The kids in my neighbohrood play outside all day long and build forts, make up games, collect bugs and pick wild blackberries. I love that they can just be kids.
  • There’s a planetarium in Radford that offers free shows.  At night, we can sit out on our deck and see the stars and point out all the new things we learned.
  • At the local coffee shops, people don’t have conversations about what they watched on TV. They talk about how they can make our community better.
  • I love that I can jump on Amtrak in the morning out of Lynchburg and be in the heart of New York City by mid-afternoon, all for $66.50 (and have wi-fi all the way)
  • I love that I can catch Megabus in Christiansburg and be in the heart of DC in 4.5 hours for $8 (and have free wi-fi all the way).  If i want to take the BT to catch the MegaBus in Christiansburg, it costs me an extra $.50.
  • If I leave my neighborhood and travel 7 minutes west, I can see a covered bridge that was built more than 100 years ago.  If I trvel 7 minutes east, I can see the amazing things being researched and invented at Virginia Tech to improve our future.
  • I have neighbors from Sweden, Poland, Mexico, China, India, and all parts of the US.  I experience the true meaning of diversity every day.
  • I love that we have more health food stores and local markets than traditional grocery stores.
  • I can experience three seasons in one day … I’m learning to layer my clothes and love that.
  • I have a menu of collegiate athletic events I can choose to attend each week – many of which are free.
  • The Christiansburg Aquatic Center.  It has a water park for my son and free wi-fi for me – I love it.
  • My family can have a nice dinner out with table service for less than $30.
  • My property taxes are less than 5% of the tax bill my parents pay on their house in New York. And I love to remind them of that.
  • When people here say, “Hi! How are you today?”, they look you in the eyes and they mean it.
  • Life in the New River Valley is not a sprint; it’s a marathon (quote from @nrvliving)
  • Volunteering and giving to others is the norm here, rather than the exception
  • I love that wherever I travel in the NRV, I always have a beautiful view out of my window.
  • History is cherished here, rather than ignored
  • I love the “casualness” of the NRV.  We put on our “nice” jeans and bowling t-shirts here to go out to dinner.  It’s okay to wear your slippers to the grocery store.  Sweatshirts are perfectly acceptable church attire.  And the kids all wear VT shirts to school.

An Interesting Way To Determine Christiansburg’s Budget

Christiansburg is undertaking what is, in my opinion, an interesting way of determining how they'll allocate spending in the next budget cycle.

They're giving residents $100 hypothetical tax dollars to spend as they see most appropriate:

We are inviting the people who live, work and pay taxes in Christiansburg to participate in an exercise designed to understand their priorities for town spending. In the exercise, you are given $100 hypothetical “tax dollars” to allocate among the goals Christiansburg thinks are most important, so we can evaluate which services are of the highest value to our community.

It's called priority based budgeting – fancy term to ask "how would you spend the money" – but I like the concept.

Residents have until March 25th to provide responses.  You can find out more information, and download the form, here.

The Christiansburg Town Code is Good Reading Material

Ever wanted to read the Town Code for Christiansburg?  In all its 654-page glory?

Well now you can. Click here for fine government-goodness.

I’m not knocking the Code, not at all.  In fact, some of the stuff I skimmed I found interesting, and thought you might as well:

  • Residential garbage service costs $13.00 per month (Section 24-44, page 308).  Incidentally, that’s more than one full-year of curbside recycling.
  • There’s a section that deals specifically with disturbing a school (Section 17-9, page 256).
  • A church must have one light per 5 seats (Section 30-9, page 428).

Enjoy.  I downloaded this copy from www.Christiansburg.org.

Huckleberry Trail To Be Expanded Even Further

Thanks to a large gift by a late Christiansburg resident, that is.

In March 2008 I asked how the Town of Christiansburg should approach the problem of dealing with Peppers Ferry Road, and in October asked for help.

Seems like Renva Weeks Knowles had the right idea all along – she donated money to the problem.

I’m looking forward to seeing the Trail move forward, and I hope the Town will focus on ways to do that as I truly believe we’re going to see a lifestyle shift occurring in our homes over the next 10 and 20 years.

Where Are You Voting, Christiansburg?!

It’s the day before election day in Christiansburg, but do you know where you’re voting?

From this press release, dated April 29th (links and bolding are mine):

Montgomery County, Virginia – The Christiansburg Town election on May 4, will be held at the Christiansburg Armory, 15 College St., Christiansburg. The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Citizens will be voting to fill three open seats on the Christiansburg Town Council, as well as the position of Mayor. There are five candidates on the ballot for Council and two for Mayor. For candidate information, visit MontgomeryCountyVa.gov/vote.

If you are registered to vote in the Town of Christiansburg and will be unable to vote on May 4, you may absentee vote in person at the Montgomery County Voter Registrar’s office, 755 Roanoke St., Suite 1F, Christiansburg, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The last day to vote absentee in person is Saturday, May 1 and the Registrar’s office will be open that day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call the Registrar’s office at 382-5741.

Exercise that right to vote, Christiansburg!

Christiansburg Town Council Candidate Forum

If you live in/work in/drive-in/drive-through/worship in Christiansburg, you’ve surely noticed the political signs that have sprouted everywhere. On May 4th, Christiansburg residents will hit the polls to vote for several races, including Council and Mayor. The League of Women Voters has posted videos of the Candidate Forum, held April 15th, on their website … sure wish they would let you embed them.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Now’s as good a time as ever to get caught up on where the candidates stand.  There are a lot of issues on the table – how are you going to vote?  NRVHub.com has information, as well, and you can find the candidate email addresses listed below … honestly, I find it disappointing that only one candidate, Meghan Dorsett, appears to have a website that addresses the election in any way.  It’s probably safe to say that Christiansburg is facing some critical issues during these next terms; this would be a great time for candidates to have a place where residents could go to read about each candidate and learn something other than a soundbite at a forum.

There’s also a Voter Guide that’s available..  Election Day is May 4th, Christiansburg.

Spring Clean-Up in Christiansburg

Christiansburg residents – get rid of that junk! That is why we recommended Vale Carpet Cleaning services in Cardiff.

April 3rd through April 17th, the Town will be providing special trash pick-up on your trash days.  There is no charge for the service.

You can see more about the program here, including a list of things they will – and will not – take.  If you have any questions, call the Town at 540-382-6120 for more information.

** And don’t forget that Valley Curbside Recycling is now serving all neighborhoods within Town limits! (shameless plug)