Is Buying Your First Home Within Your Grasp?

Are you an “old millennial”? Despite the terrible name chosen for this generation, you might be a good candidate for home ownership! Based on the infographic below, you will see that those that have been categorized as “old millennials” are dominating the first time home buying market.


How to Increase Your Equity Over the Next 5 Years

As the value of a family’s home (an asset) increases, so does their equity. Many of the questions currently surrounding the real estate industry focus on home prices and where they are heading. The most recentHome Price Expectation Survey (HPES)helps target these projected answers. Here are the results from theQ2 2019 Survey: Home values will appreciate by 4.1% in 2019


What is Title Insurance and Why is it Important?

The first question you may ask is, what is the title? The title to a piece of property is the evidence that the owner is in lawful possession of that property. 

Secondly, what is title insurance? Title insurance protects homeowners against any property loss or damage they might experience because of liens, encumbrances or defects in the title of the


Don’t Let Deferred Maintenance Decrease Your Bottom Line

Life is busy and as the old saying goes, “If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.” However, for many property owners, deferred maintenance and home improvement projects that have piled up really end up slashing their bottom line when they go to sell. Even in a hot seller’s market, home repairs that have been ignored can severely detract from maximizing


Got Grass?

If you feel like your other full-time job is dealing with all of the mud in your yard, this blog is for you!  My life for the last six months has been battling the havoc the never-ending rain has caused. I am bathing my dogs every time they come in the house, constantly reminding my kids to take off their shoes


All Tidied Up!

If you are like 99% of people I know- you have either heard of or have watched the new Netflix series ’Tidying Up’ with Marie Kondo. Marie is an organizational expert specializing in the KonMari method (you can read more about her philosophy here:  https://konmari.com/ ). In a nutshell, she believes your home should bring you joy, and that having


What is Radon?

What is Radon? Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that’s produced by decaying uranium. Its present in nearly all soils and very low levels of radon are found in the air we breathe every day. Radon seeps from the ground and enters the house and over time it can build up and can become a serious problem. Exposure to


Tips for Buying Unimproved Land

When the inventory gets tight, many home purchasers turn their attention to new construction opportunities. Buying a lot and building can be an easier proposition than you may think. Here are several tips for buying LAND and avoiding some headaches! GET A TOPO MAP Before you even get in the car to drive by the lot or parcel,


Don’t Let a Dryer Fire Destroy Your Home

Every year, more than 2900 home fires are started by clothes dryers. The leading cause of these fires is from a build of up lint from lack of maintenance. The removable lint filter, unfortunately, doesn’t catch all of the cloth and fabric particles, so maintenance requires a little more than just emptying the filter after each load. Whether you live


Are you a Pinball Wizard?

If so you are probably loving that PAUL’S PINBALL PALACE is up and running and offering the public access to 30 pinball machines in downtown Charlottesville.  These machines date from 1947 – 2017.  The Palace was opened by Paul Yates, a collectors and an avid pinball player himself.  He opened to the public in the hopes of passing on his


2018 Virginia Festival of the Book

The Virginia Festival of the Books dates and speakers have been announced for 2018.  The festival runs from March 21, 2018 through March 25, 2017 and the full list of speakers can be found below. A program of Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH), the twenty-fourth annual Virginia Festival of the Book announced the full list of featured speakers for


5 Questions To Ask Yourself When Deciding How Big Your Next Home Should Be

How much space do you really need?  Some people say the bigger the better, but is that really true?  Five questions to ask yourself when determining how much space you really need. Will this be my “FOREVER” home or my “RIGHT NOW” home? While none of us can predict the future, it is entirely possible to predict the likelihood of