Posts Tagged ‘Charlottesville’

The New Traffic Pattern at Zion Crossroads

If you drive in or around Zion Crossroads just east of Charlottesville VA you have had to deal with the construction for the last couple of months, well the good news is the project is almost finished!

VDOT has planned an open house to help the public understand what the new traffic pattern will be like since it is the first in the state. The open house will be on February the 5th from 4:30 – 7:30 at the Best Western in Zion Crossroads, to learn more click this link; http://goo.gl/xsXJ2H.

If you would like to see a simulation of what the intersection will look like click this link; http://goo.gl/NkV7pU.Image

Home Upgrades that You Won’t get Your Money Back On

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File these six upgrades under wish fulfillment, not value investment.

Life is a balancing act, and upgrading your home is no different. Some upgrades, like a kitchen remodel or an additional bathroom, typically add value to your home. Others, like putting in a pool, provide little dollar return on your investment.

Read more: http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/home-improvement/home-upgrades-you-shouldnt-do/#ixzz2elSBP1NI

Read more: http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/home-improvement/home-upgrades-you-shouldnt-do/#ixzz2elS1z6cB

Financial Tips for First-Time Home Buyers

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While it’s tempting to simply enlist the help of a realtor, grab a folder full of listings, hop in the car and start looking at houses, purchasing a home for the first time is a process that requires a lot of planning, budgeting and number crunching. The fun part will be much more fun – and less risky – when you’ve done your homework.

Without a sound financial strategy in place first, you could set yourself up for disappointment or put yourself in a financial hole that may be difficult to escape. Here are three tips for first-time home buyers that can help prepare you for the biggest purchase of your life and live within your means.

To read the rest of the article click here,  http://goo.gl/vMDNHr

10 Best Kept Secrets for Buying a Home

Are you thinking about buying a home? Have you been watching home prices and interest rates and think now is the time to buy? Before you start read this article from HGTV,  http://www.hgtv.com/real-estate/10-best-kept-secrets-for-buying-a-home/index.html, and afterwards give me a call to see how I can help you buy your home.

The Victory Garden | Live Green | Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate

Budding up behind houses and on rooftops across the country is a blast from the past called the victory garden.

During WWII, victory gardens were promoted by the U.S. government to save fuel and other transportation costs so more supplies were available for the troops. Patriotic citizens were encouraged to live on locally-produced food.

Homeowners planted fruits and vegetables in their ‘victory gardens’ to feed their families and to exchange surpluses with neighbors.  The effort was successful and many people remember with nostalgia the camaraderie of sharing in a common goal.

Today, many homeowners feel there is another war to be won – against high cost, lower quality foods — and they’re reviving the victory garden concept with a few modern twists.

So what’s driving the spade for victory gardens today?

Click the link below to read the entire article.

The Victory Garden | Live Green | Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate.

9 Reasons to Visit Charlottesville, VA

I read a great article out of AAAWorld magazine about 9 great reasons to visit Charlottesville, VA.   I live east of the city of Charlottesville and believe that there are way more than 9 reasons to visit, but I will highlight the points that they did.

The first reason is the history that most of us who live here take for granted, like Monticello, Ashlawn, Michie Tavern and so many more. Of course Charlottesville is best known for the University of Virginia and all that it brings to the area, but we also have great community colleges and very good public schools. Food, we have plenty of places to eat, from quick and easy to an elegant meal. We also have beautiful rolling landscapes, flowing rivers, mountains to hike and open land to enjoy.

The convenience of Charlottesville is one of the things I find appealing, I can be in Richmond in an hour, DC in two hours, the beach in three hours and the mountains in just over a half an hour. The area also boosts a varied selection of places to stay from all styles of hotels to bed and breakfasts. If you are looking for entertainment you can go to John Paul Jones for a concert or sports game, to the many wineries and orchards that surround the area and the many theaters both live and movie.

The last but probably one of my favorite things are all the nature activities you can do from hiking and biking to horseback riding and camping. If you would like to find the entire article please click on this link, http://goo.gl/9itXE.

Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS Year End Report

Thanks to Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS for the following year end report:

The results in our local market are in line with national figures. Home prices have remained steady andpockets of value are still attractive for buyers. The gradual float down of listing inventory and thestability in Days on Market all support the move towards a sustainable and saleable market. For now,we will continue to watch the inventory of homes for sale and the number of foreclosures coming intoour local market. If we see inventory levels continue to decline and the pace of foreclosures stayssteady, we can expect prices to begin a gradual rise. If inventory climbs again and the regionaleconomy and loan availability both remain stagnant, there is limited opportunity for growth in ourhousing sectors.Price sensitivity is still a key factor in this market and if you plan to sell a home in 2011, be sure tohave a REALTOR® prepare a comparative market analysis (CMA) so that you can price it to sell. And,if you are looking to buy, a REALTOR® can help you understand the current market and evaluateyour options.

To read the complete report click on this link: http://goo.gl/K68Vw

Backyard or Professional Which Do You Prefer?

Do you run a professional horse operation or do you have a backyard, hobby one?  What is the difference?

The Charlottesville area has plenty of both types of operations. There are barns that offer lessons, board, training and shows – these are usually your professional operations. Then there are barns that have only a few horses that are owned by the owner of the property and are only for the use of the owner, these are considered backyard or “hobby” operations. Both of these types of barns my have a variety of horse breeds and disciplines, but they all have love for horses and horse sports in common.

The pictures in this post depict a small, professional barn that has 10 stalls, a center isle, a wash stall, tack room and an apartment for barn help. This property is currently on the market for sale.

Farmers’ Markets – The When and Where

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What a great time of year! Everyone I know loves fresh vegetables, but what do you do if you don’t grow your own?  There are plenty of Farmers’ Markets around the area where you can buy fresh vegetables, bread and other homemade items.  I was curious about when and where these markets were, so I thought I would look them up.

The following is a list of the local markets I found:

I’ve created a map with the place and times of each of these for your convenience, http://tinyurl.com/2vdwl9m

A Unique Cottage Style Barn

This has got to be one of the most unique and cute barns I have seen. The owner wanted a barn that could be turned into a guest house, if ever need be. The barn currently houses minis and has 7 small stalls, but could easily be converted into 4-5 large stalls. The stairs are already in for the loft, what a great idea. Unfortunately the owner of this barn and home is having to sell her dream property, so let me know if you want more information.