What is "Trunk or Treat?"
Traditionally, kids have donned their Halloween costumes and walked door-to-door through the neighborhood, gathering sweet treats along the way. Trunk or treat puts a reverse spin on this popular activity by bringing candy to the kids.
These events first began showing up in the mid-1990s. At the time, they were usually referred to as "fall festivals," with the trunk or treat term gaining favor in the new century.
Simply put, trunk or treat is holiday tailgating. Participants decorate their automobile trunks and fill them with candy. Everyone then gathers in a parking lot, where kids can help themselves to candy from the open trunks.
This year, we are happy to celebrate our 60th anniversary and mark a milestone in our commitment to servicing our local community. Join in on the celebration and discover more about our 60 years and plans for the future below.
60 Years of History
When we're not busy helping buyers explore the best Rockingham County homes for sale, many of the agents at Old Dominion Realty enjoy spending their time trying new recipes. As the colder weather starts to creep in, we particularly enjoy making homemade soup. Not only is it easy to make and comforting to eat, but when you cook a batch of soup, your home will smell amazing all day long.
A combination of low-interest rates, limited nationwide inventory, and pent-up demand has made this year's real estate market one of the hottest in history. In a competitive seller's market, buyers often lose some negotiating leverage and are forced to enter into bidding wars.
However, if you're looking for a home in today's real estate market, all hope isn't lost. The key to finding the right home for the right price is a combination of patience, dedication, and working with an experienced real estate agent.
If Harrisonburg is the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, then downtown is its soul. The vibrant 40-block area is packed with shops, restaurants, and cultural attractions that embody the city's past and present. Take in the delights of historic downtown Harrisonburg with a visit to these great places recommended by our real estate agents.
Cold winter weather can be hard on us humans, but it's not easy on our four-legged friends either! Our real estate agents want to make sure your pets stay safe this season, so be sure to take these safety tips into account if you're out there looking at Rockingham County homes for sale!
The holidays are upon us, and there's a good chance you have at least one hard-to-shop-for individual left on your list. As always, our real estate agents are all about lending a helping hand. And if we get to give a shout-out to some great local businesses in the Shenandoah Valley region, so much the better!
With winter fast approaching, there's no better place to stay bundled up than in the comforts of your own home. Enjoy the quiet snowfall from inside, and do yourself and your family a favor by baking one of these festive and delicious cookie recipes! Our real estate agents love baking this time of year and enjoy sharing cookies with friends and family. From our table to yours, enjoy these recipes from the Old Dominion team.
It's hard to believe that autumn is just around the corner! It's almost time for pumpkin spice, Halloween costumes, and, of course, leaf peeping in the Shenandoah Valley. When people come to the area in autumn looking for homes for sale in West Virginia or in our Virginia real estate marketplace, they're always taken aback by its stunning natural beauty.
This is one of the reasons why our real estate agents love showing homes when the leaves start to turn. Shenandoah Valley is one of the best places in the county to take in the fall foliage. If you haven't been leaf-peeping in Shenandoah Valley before, this is the year to do it! Here are a few adventures to plan along the way.
With more people working from home than ever before, having a strong WiFi connection throughout the house is critical. Our real estate agents are acutely aware of this, as we're doing much of our business online as well.
Whether we're doing virtual showings of Virginia homes for sale, following up with our clients, or working with other professionals to coordinate inspections and closings, it's important that we don't miss a beat.
Take a look at some of our best tips for making sure you have a great WiFi signal in every corner of your home.
Whether you're decorating a new home or searching for the perfect finishing touch for your long-time abode, our real estate agents are happy to report that the antique stores of the Shenandoah Valley are sure to have unique items that you won't find anywhere else. The best antique stores offer a little bit of everything, from home décor to memorabilia, furniture, art, toys, and historical treasures. Start searching for your next one-of-a-kind treasure, with our guide to five great antique shops located in the Shenandoah Valley.
Staunton, are you ready to rock? With so many musicians throughout our neighborhoods, it is no surprise that Staunton is home to several excellent guitar shops. Whether you're a longtime player looking for a new set of strings or a new player searching for the perfect starter guitar, our real estate agents encourage you to head to one of these guitar shops in Staunton and live your rock star fantasy.
Selling your house runs more smoothly when you begin with a plan.
Buyers have ample options when shopping for West Virginia real estate, so it's essential to present your listing in the most favorable light possible. Our real estate agents are here to help for selling your home, with six tips to make your home stand out in your local real estate market.
As we make our way into the heart of summer, we prepare to celebrate one of the most important American holidays: Independence Day. The 4th of July and its adjacent weekend is often a time when friends, families, and neighbors gather together in gratitude for our freedom, health, and safety. Unfortunately, this year our July 4th festivities will be quite different than normal, but that doesn't mean that we still can't have a fun-filled holiday with those we cherish most. Our real estate agents invite you to creatively celebrate the 4th of July virtually with these cool ideas.
Waking up on a hot summer night to a broken air conditioner is a nightmare. Unfortunately, HVAC malfunctions are common, and it's only a matter of time until your A/C unit is on the fritz.
Although this may be an unavoidable issue, knowing whether you need to replace or repair your unit will help save you thousands of dollars. Our real estate agents believe that you should know which problems with your air conditioning unit may require a quick repair or a full replacement.
If the first three rules of real estate are, "Location, location, location," the fourth rule would be, "Timing is everything." Selling and buying a home simultaneously is a tightrope act that defies the skills of the most experienced circus acrobat.
Fortunately, our real estate agents have a superior sense of balance. Here are their top tips for buying and selling a home at the same time.
Father's Day is Sunday, June 21, and our real estate agents understand that we all may need to don our creativity caps to celebrate our fathers and father-figures due to social distancing. While we may not be able to take them to their favorite restaurant, catch a movie, or take them on a shopping spree, there are plenty of ways that we can give them a spectacular yet safe Father's Day. Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
Embrace your home this season with dazzling décor and dynamic designs. Sprucing up your home by painting the walls and adding in complementary colored decorations works wonders in any space. Whether you're getting ready to list or if a few of your rooms need a makeover, our real estate agents encourage you to let your creativity flow with the fabulous finds at these Harrisonburg home stores.
Nothing brings history to life as vividly as the stories of those who lived through it. 2020 is almost halfway through, and it's already beyond the scope of any year our country has seen. Use these ideas from our real estate agents to memorialize 2020 with a family time capsule.
Colton Mitchell of our South Main, Harrisonburg office is a resident of Bridgewater. He grew up in Dayton and attended Turner Ashby High School with wife Charlotte, who now teaches 5th grade at John Wayland Elementary School. They welcomed their beautiful daughter, Rowan, into the world in November 2019.
In a world of high-tech entertainment, fishing retains a nostalgic charm. The appeal of spending a pleasant summer day with a sandwich, cold beverage, and fishing pole never seems to grow old.
If you promise not to tell, our real estate agents will share the secrets of their favorite fishing spots in Augusta County.
If you're planning to sell your home soon, one of the best things you can do is invest your money in targeted renovations. Our REALTORS® have helped many clients find cost-effective ways to improve the sale price of a property – even just a few weeks before it goes to market.
The caveat: When it comes to remodeling, not all projects are created equal!
Market trends and other factors can play into whether your project could add a significant amount to your selling price. While some projects are very reliable, others come and go. A real estate pro can help you choose the best way to make the most of your budget.
Consider these useful options:
After living in Rockingham County, Penn Laird, and McGaheysville, for 25 years, I moved back to my hometown of Shenandoah, VA, to be near my parents. I love the hometown feel and a neighborhood of friends and church family. I'm now within walking distance of my lifelong friends and parents. I love how the Town of Shenandoah offers something for everyone. Be it a computer center, a library, a variety of excellent restaurants, community movie nights, holiday events like Easter Egg Hunt, Christmas Tree lighting, parades, carnivals, veteran memorials, and regular events to support the elderly and those in need. I can sit on my front porch and listen to the church bells every day play my favorite hymns. The beauty of this area is something that we take for granted.
Michael J. Fox, star of the appropriately-named Family Ties, once declared, "Family is not an important thing. It's everything." Celebrate family members, by blood or choice, during International Day of Families on Friday, May 15. Our real estate agents suggest a fun-filled trip to one of these exciting outdoor areas in the Shenandoah Valley.
COVID-19 is changing the way people work forever.
Our REALTORS® have been exploring ways to work from home, and we know many of our clients have, too. As we're finding plans to market your Harrisonburg homes for sale, we are always exploring new ways to get more done, including at home. But adapting to a home office can be tricky at first!
Being truly successful when you work from home starts with the right space. You can find your groove even if you don't have a fancy home office. Still, it is very important to plan out your work area from the beginning and give yourself every advantage possible.
Many of your favorite Harrisonburg restaurants are continuing to serve customers while coronavirus precautions are in effect, with takeout, delivery, and curbside pickup options. Ordering from local restaurants is a great way to keep things fresh while stuck at home, and your favorite local restaurants need your support now more than ever. While the list is ever-changing, there are many Harrisonburg restaurants committed to serving customers during these unprecedented times. Our real estate agents offer our guide to five Harrisonburg restaurants you can support by ordering meals for curbside pickup.
April is National Garden Month and our real estate agents plan on getting our green thumbs covered in soil. This month is an excellent opportunity for homeowners to prioritize their spring curb appeal. A little time, effort, and few seedlings from your budget can completely transform your exterior. Consider these spring projects that will instantly boost your curb appeal.
Gail grew up in the small town of Dayton and has lived in five different new homes (all built by Gail and her husband, Kevin), since 1986. Her homes have ranged from Rockingham County, Bridgewater, and Dayton. She has returned to Dayton, where she truly calls home! She currently lives in South Breeze Estates, in Dayton. Gail is an alumnus of Turner Ashby where her two grown children also attended school.
I live in the College Park neighborhood of Staunton, Virginia (McSwain Elementary and Staunton High School districts), and my family and I love it here! We have great neighbors, and there is a genuine sense of warmth and community here. We're always looking out for each other, and it's always easy to say hello or offer neighborly help to one another. Life is a little bit slower, and southern hospitality is everywhere. Furthermore, my son really enjoys McSwain Elementary, and we have nothing but good things to say about the awesome teachers there. I would also like to highlight the plentiful programs available to us through Staunton Parks and Rec and the local YMCA.
If you're preparing for your next (or first) 5K in Staunton, our REALTORS® bring you these five best places to train in our area. As you achieve a full-body workout and improve your energy levels, you can also take time to view some impressive Staunton homes for sale along the trail.
The first day of spring is March 19th, the perfect time to start planning your spring cleaning. As the Shenandoah Valley warms up, you'll want to get all of your chores taken care of as swiftly as possible so you and your family can enjoy the outdoors all season long. Our real estate agents suggest enlisting the help of a wonderful cleaning service to get your house looking and smelling as fresh as spring flowers! Here are some local businesses to get you started.
March Madness begins on March 17th and our real estate agents cannot wait to fill out our brackets. Even if you're not a die-hard college basketball fan, March Madness offers fun for casual and non-fans alike. The NCAA Men's Basketball tournament starts with 68 college teams playing in single-elimination games until there is one unbeaten team left standing. To make the event even more exciting, fans fill out their own brackets, trying to guess which teams will advance for each round. If you make a wrong selection, your bracket is busted! If the stars align and you choose the winner, you'll be the talk of the town. Fill out your brackets and catch all of the March Madness games at these local sports bars!
Our REALTORS® at Old Dominion Realty are always looking for ways to make the home buying process easier. No matter whether you're looking for homes for sale in Virginia or homes for sale in West Virginia, our team is with you every step of the way.
Buyers have a lot of questions about how to optimize their finances and get the best deal. But you can't ask a question on a topic you haven't heard of yet! One of the most important topics slips through the cracks for many buyers: Earnest money.
Earnest money is a deposit a prospective buyer puts down during a transaction to show they are serious about going forward. Once the home reaches closing, the money is returned. It can also be applied to closing costs or mortgage loans.
It usually equals about 1%-2% of the home's purchase price.
In general, the earnest money isn't part of your financing package. The need to pay this money out of pocket catches many buyers by surprise at a crucial time. It's vital to understand the role of earnest money and how to use it in a way that serves your interests.
Look out for these critical earnest money mistakes:
Do you want prospective home buyers to fall in love with your home? Then maybe you should leave them feeling blue in the best of ways! The Pantone Color of the Year for 2020 is 19-4052 Classic Blue and it's safe to say that men and women of all tastes are diving into this refreshing hue. Whether you're considering a full remodel or a small renovation project before you list, you'll want to increase your chances for success by integrating Classic Blue into your space.
What do you love best about your community?
How supportive the whole community is, "once a Gladiator always a gladiator" from the children to the adults if you need something they are there to help, with fundraising dinners, taking your kids to sports or a walking buddy.
Some say that wine is the nectar of the gods, but we think that a glass of vino is simply the secret ingredient for a good time. Whether you consider yourself an amateur sommelier or if you're not picky when it comes to color, taste, or body, National Drink Wine Day is a great opportunity to pour yourself a glass of wine straight from the Valley.
What's the best way to celebrate National Drink Wine Day on February 18th? By uncorking a delightful bottle in the vineyards of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. Our REALTORS® invite you to grab life by the stem and enjoy National Drink Wine Day with a glass of red or white at one of these local wineries.
If you're tight on time and can't make it to a vineyard, we suggest heading straight to Yelping Dog Wine. This wine, cheese, and gourmet shop have more than 1200 different bottles of wine from over 200 vineyards. A cozy space to hang out with your partner or your closest group of friends, their free wine, cheese, and Greek olive oil samples allow you to explore a world of flavor without ever leaving your seat. Come hungry on National Drink Wine Day and pair a glass with one of their gourmet grilled cheeses.View this post on Instagram
Put burgers on the backburner and leave your leftovers in the fridge — February 9th is National Pizza Day and you deserve a slice topped with gooey cheese, crisp vegetables, and crunchy crust. Believe it or not, more than 3 billion pizzas are sold annually and every America consumes around 23 pounds of pie throughout the year.
How can you observe National Pizza Day? You can grab a few slices with friends, order delivery for a movie night at home, or grab a pie and have a pizza party in the park with your family. Nearly 20 percent of all restaurants in the country are pizzerias and if you're searching for the best pizza spots in the Shenandoah Valley, these five parlors are some of our REALTORS® favorites!
Getting denied for a mortgage loan may put a temporary halt to your dream of buying a house, but it doesn't have to be permanent. When you find out why your loan application was denied, you can correct any issues and reapply. Here are five common reasons your loan application can be denied as well as suggestions from our REALTORS® on how to fix them:
Are you thinking about selling your home soon? You're not alone!
There are many beautiful Harrisonburg homes for sale right now. If you want your home to sell quickly and for a great price, you'll need to put some effort into making it stand out from the crowd.
Almost all sellers will spend time sprucing up their curb appeal and making small upgrades like adding a fresh coat of paint. However, our REALTORS® know that today's homebuyers want more than that.
Luckily, one of the most popular upgrades among buyers is both easy and relatively inexpensive. We're talking about smart home technology! However, not all smart home features are created equally. Here are five upgrades that are definitely worth the investment.
Home is where the heart is — and it's the compassion, honesty, and integrity that's inside our hearts that truly brings us together as a united community. Our REALTORS® at Old Dominion Realty believe that home is more than a place where we live. It's a place where our food, our children and our community grows. It's a space where we come together to support each other and pass along our values. Home is where we give back to our community and our local farmlands are vital resources that foster the growth of each and every one of us.
Whether you've fallen in love with one of our sprawling single-family homes or a quaint residential condo, there's one thing every buyer looking at Staunton homes for sale can agree on — low utility bills are a must. Even in the largest homes, it's possible to significantly reduce your monthly electrical bill with a few simple decisions. Our REALTORS® have found that many homeowners in the area use these six tips to decrease their utility bills and run a more energy-efficient home.
Inheriting a home is a unique experience, often carrying a mix of sorrow for the loss of a loved one and excitement for the property that they cared enough to leave to you. Whether you're planning to live in the home yourself, rent it out, or get it prepared for sale, following a proven process is the best way to accomplish your goals. Inheriting a house is quite different from shopping for Harrisonburg homes for sale in the traditional way, and there will be big decisions to make regardless of what you choose to do with the home. Our REALTORS® are here to help, with our guide for what to do when inheriting a house.
Make a Plan for Utilities
Regardless of what you ultimately decide to do with a home you inherit, you'll want to keep the property in good shape while you decide. Start by making sure that necessary utilities remain turned on while canceling any utilities you won't need while the home's status is in flux. It's often wise to keep the lights and water on since you'll be spending time getting the house prepared.
We've asked our agents at Old Dominion Realty to share with you what they love best about the place they've chosen to call home.
Barry lives in Bridgewater, VA. This is also the town where he grew up. Barry lives in the newer Mill View Estates Subdivision backing up to Whitelow Park in the Turner Ashby School District.
Barry loves the Town of Bridgewater's Park System with many acres of public parks, low crime, friendly neighbors and the economically responsible Town government.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but when it comes to listing your home there's only one word you want to hear — sold! Our REALTORS® are here to help you showcase your home with stunning photography. Here are our seven simple steps to capturing picture-perfect listing photos of your home during the winter.
When it comes to buying a home, the process can seem quite overwhelming — especially if you're a first-time home buyer investigating finance options. If you're like many prospective home buyers, you'll be working with a mortgage lender to secure a rate that works well with your budget and lifestyle. Our REALTORS® recommend that most prospective homeowners get pre-approved for a loan before they put an offer in on a home.
When searching for Harrisonburg homes for sale, you should already have an approximate budget in mind. This range can be frugal, sliding only by $10,000 to $20,000, or it can be a little more flexible by stretching between $25,000 to $50,000. Once you've determined this amount, you'll be ready to enlist the help of a mortgage lender through your preferred financial institution.
It's beginning to look a lot like a home sale! Homeowners across the city are listing their Harrisonburg homes for sale during the most wonderful time of the year. If you're interested in listing your home during the winter, our REALTORS® have eight things you should know about selling your home during the holidays.
Believe it or not, the holiday season is a fantastic time of the year to sell your home. Although many home sellers may think that weather or festivities will interfere with their viewing potential, there are plenty of potential homebuyers that are highly motivated to purchase a home between November and January. Our REALTORS® have created this list of helpful tips on how to stage your home for the holidays without hurting its sale potential.
Not everyone is a Martha Stewart or Betty Crocker when it comes to the kitchen. With Thanksgiving Day on the way, save a little time (and a lot of frustration) by ordering your favorite for Thanksgiving dinner pies from one of these tasty Harrisonburg bakeries.
Buying a home as a veteran or military member comes with its share of unique challenges, but you also have advantages that aren't available to the average buyer. Whether you're shopping for your first home or looking to upgrade from your current one, there is plenty that you can do to make sure you're getting a deal on a home that you'll truly love. Our REALTORS® are here to help you find a great deal on your next home, with six tips for military and veteran home buyers.
It's hard to believe the holidays are just around the corner, but they'll be here before you know it! There are a lot of fun holiday events in or area, and our REALTORS® love helping residents find the most exciting ways to celebrate the season. One of our favorite activities is the Potomac Eagle's Country Classic Christmas featuring the North Pole Express.
Hop aboard the train and ride the rails to the North Pole. Once onboard, there will be sing-along Christmas caroling with musicians and tasty milk and cookies. The most exciting part of the entire ride, however, is the SURPRISE you'll see on your kids' faces when the big guy himself climbs on board. That's right, SANTA will join you and your family for the ride. Not everyone can see him, though. He will only appear to those who truly believe!
The entire family will love hearing the endearing story of how a train saved Christmas. You'll also enjoy the stunning views as the train makes its way through the gorgeous countryside. After you experience this for the first time, you'll want to adopt it as a cherished family tradition that you can carry on for years to come.
The North Pole Express runs each weekend from Friday, November 22nd until Sunday, December 22nd. Shows run at 3 p.m., 5 p.m., and 7 p.m. (check the schedule to confirm dates and times). This top-rated event will sell out, so you'll want to book your tickets as early as possible.
The train ride departs from Moorefield, which is a gorgeous place to live and work. You may want to plan to arrive a couple of hours early so you can drive around and take a look at some of the beautiful Moorefield homes for sale.
Adults can purchase their tickets for just $35 during the day and $52 for evening rides. Children aged 2 to 12 years old are $25 during the day and $42 in the evening. Infants and children under two years old are welcome to ride your lap and are not charged. However, you will still need to reserve a ticket for each child who will attend.
Are you ready to spend the holidays in your dream home? Old Dominion Realty can help! Our REALTORS® are ready to listen to your goals and work with you to find the perfect property. Contact us today to get started.
When is it time to walk away from a house negotiation? Buying a house is a complicated process, and it's easy to get emotional about a home that seems like a perfect fit. Sometimes, however, the fit simply doesn't work out, and knowing when to walk away can save a lot of stress in the long run. Everyone's "walk away" point is a little different, but there are also common signs that can tell you when to walk away from a negotiation. Our REALTORS® understand what it takes to negotiate a home sale, including the signs that it's time to move on to the next option on your list.
Home is much more than what you get when buying a house — it's your neighbors and neighborhood as well. When those that live in a neighborhood look out for one another, socialize as more than neighbors and sincerely care about their surroundings, everyone wins. If you're eager to cultivate a sense of community in your neighborhood, our REALTORS® want to help. Here are ten effective ways to build strong bonds with your neighbors.
Buying a historic home can be an exciting, rewarding decision, and it's a dream for many shoppers of all ages. There are certainly many charms to owning a historic home, from unique, timeless designs to the stories that await around every corner of the home. Yet owning a historic home is not for everyone, so it's important to be aware of both the benefits and potential drawbacks. Our REALTORS® are here to help you make an informed decision, with our guide to the pros and cons of owning a historic home.
Moving to a new state is a great way to begin a new chapter of your life while experiencing the diversity our country has to offer. Our REALTORS® understand that many homeowners dream of one day moving to another state but aren't sure what steps to take first. With years of experience helping homeowners relocate across state lines, we've put together this helpful guide with steps to buy a home in a different state without hassle.
No matter the generation, time and again it's proven that homeownership remains a key ingredient in the American Dream. Owning a home provides financial stability, makes it easier to build personal wealth, helps in establishing social stability, and gives you the freedom to plot your own course in life. The community also benefits from homeownership by gaining active, engaged residents who have a stake in the future of each neighborhood. Our REALTORS® know the benefits of homeownership for people, and why it's so important for communities to have a strong base of homeowners.
The Perks of Owning Over Renting
The initial investment required to own a home can be scary for first-time buyers, but there are many long-term financial benefits to owning over renting. Both rent rates and the value of homes tend to rise over time. When rent goes up, only the landlord benefits. When the value of a home that you own goes up, you're the one to benefit. With the variety of assistance programs available for people who want to own a home, the upfront investment isn't nearly as daunting as it seems. Over time, as you make your mortgage payments, your equity in the home and personal wealth build. Add it all up, and homeownership just makes more financial sense than renting.
What does home mean to you? Is it the place where you grew up, or the place where you lay your head today? Is it a specific location, or a combination of people, places, memories, and your five senses? Home means something a little different to all of us, yet it's also something that we can recognize the moment we see it. Strong communities are built one home at a time and are defined by the memories built inside the walls of each home. Our REALTORS® know what it means to find a true home, so let's take a closer look at what home might mean to you.
Home Is a Place and a Feeling
While every home is a place, it's not just any place. Your home means more to you because it's your own. It's a place where you can be safe, comfortable, and surrounded by the people you care about, yet it's so much more than simply a dwelling. Home is also a feeling, which is part of the reason that people talk about "making a house into a home" after they move, and why everyone has their own way of accomplishing that goal.
It's more than just walls, floors, and ceilings. It's about what happens inside the home, how you spend your time, and who you spend it with. It might mean baking cookies with the kids, inviting the whole neighborhood for a holiday party, or simply lounging around with your special someone. Ultimately, home is what you make it, and everyone has their own definition of what home means to them.
The Sights, Sounds, and Smells of Home
For many of us, familiarity is a big part of feeling at home. That's why the home where you grew up will always still feel like home when you visit, even if it's been many years since you lived there full-time. You know the familiar decorations, the sound of every creaky floorboard, and the aroma of your favorite childhood meals drifting through the air. The same is true of the place that you currently call home and the memories that you build there.
How Good Company Makes a House Feel Like Home
Home is different for everyone, even if there are many common threads. If you move frequently for work or other reasons, then the feeling of home may be tied less to a place than it is to the people around you. The memories that we make with friends, spouses, kids, and neighbors can make any location feel like home. Over time, the moments you create and the people you spend them with have so much influence on how you define home.
The Psychology of Finding a True Home
The desire to feel at home is not just a fleeting thing – it's something that's hard-wired into our psychology. While home means something different to everyone, there's no doubt that everyone wants to feel at home. Finding a home is so much bigger than simply having a shelter or a physical address. Home is safe, comfortable, and welcoming. It's a place we know we can count on to relax us after a rough day, and inspire us after a great one. Each home is a center of the community, where people gather, carry on old traditions, and create new ones.
No matter how you define home, our experienced, local real estate team is here to help you find the dwelling of your dreams. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Central Shenandoah Valley and Eastern West Virginia.
Your credit score is a golden key that can unlock the best interest rates and loan options for your new home.
It's a simple equation: A higher credit score = A lower interest rate = Your home costs you less money.
Before you apply for a loan you want to make sure that your number is as polished as possible. To help you attain the most advantageous loan, our real estate agents share the following steps to take before you begin your home search.
If you love fresh, local food, fun times, and friends, then visiting community farmers markets is a great way to spend a day. Local farmers markets offer many benefits to communities, including healthy dining options, fresh produce for all of your meals, fun events, great deals, and the opportunity for small, local businesses to find a market for their wares. In addition to offering food, many farmers markets feature vendors selling crafts, art, handmade jewelry, and plenty more. Our real estate agents love shopping local, and we've got the inside scoop on eight local farmers markets you need to explore.
There was a time when eating a gluten-free diet meant you had limited choices for dining out. However, as more health-conscious people have adopted this way of eating, restaurants are taking note.
Potential homebuyers often ask our real estate agents for local restaurant recommendations, and we're happy to report that there are many gluten-free dining options nearby. Next time you're in the area looking at Harrisonburg homes for sale, check out one of these excellent gluten-free hot spots.
There are plenty of Harrisonburg homes for sale to choose from, but any of them will put you right in the middle of fun and excitement. One of the best things about beautiful Harrisonburg is its energetic live music scene. Lots of memorable acts originated right here, so there's always a show going on.
Summer is concert season, and the action is in full swing in August.
Harrisonburg celebrates July 4 with fireworks, food, family fun, and community events packing the holiday's schedule. Harrisonburg's July 4 celebration has a new name – Friendly City Fourth – and all of your favorite Independence Day events will be returning for another fun-filled holiday.
Start your day with a run, enjoy all of the great food that the city has to offer, participate in family-friendly activities, listen to live music, and settle in for a spectacular fireworks display to cap off the day. Our real estate agents have the details on all of the great events happening in Harrisonburg on July 4.
Valley 4th Run – 8:30 am – Main St. and Liberty St., Harrisonburg 22801
Harrisonburg homes for sale make it easy to participate in all of the fun activities planned for July 4, including the Valley 4th Run to start the day. Kick off the July 4 festivities by choosing your run (1.5 miles, 5k, or 10k), and choosing the charity you would like to support. The race is open to all ages and skill levels, which has helped it grow into the most popular way to start your day in Harrisonburg on July 4.
Is there ever a bad time to indulge in a sweet treat from a local Shenandoah Valley shop? Of course not! But some days are better than others, and National Doughnut Day provides the perfect excuse to sample the local fare. There's just something special about starting – or finishing – your day with a fresh, hand-crafted doughnut, and a hot cup of your favorite coffee. Fortunately, there are plenty of great places in the Valley where you can do just that. Our real estate agents have the delicious details on some spots in the Valley where you can celebrate National Doughnut Day, or indulge your sweet tooth any day of the year.
Sweet Blessings Bakery & Catering – 121 S Main St., Woodstock 22664
Conveniently located near Woodstock homes for sale, you'll find few sweeter places in the Valley than Sweet Blessings Bakery & Catering. The staff at this friendly, hometown bakery is happy to help you with sweets for any occasion, offering home-cooked treats served with a smile. Of course, it's also a great place to stop solo, when you're looking for just the right snack on National Doughnut Day.
If you'll be working with our real estate agents to find your dream home in Augusta County this summer, you surely won't want all of the time you spend with us to be about business. Fitting a little fun into that trip won't be a problem in our area. There's a lot going on around here in the summertime, given that this time of year is the festival season. Here are a few of Augusta County's Summer 2019 festivals that you may want to check out while you're in the area:
On a warm Shenandoah Valley summer day, nothing's more refreshing than a day at the pool. Our real estate agents offer their recommendations for the top pools in the area.
Our REALTORS® invite you to join us as we celebrate a new festival coming to the Moorefield area! Come on out to beautiful Brighton Park for the South Branch Riverfest and spend the Saturday, May 25 with your friends, family, and neighbors alongside the Potomac.
When: Saturday, May 25, 2019, 11 am - 5 pm
Where: Brighton Park — 644 Fisher Rd., Moorefield, WV 26836
Sponsored by the Hardy County Chamber of Commerce and Hardy County Community Foundation, the South Branch Riverfest will make its debut at Brighton Park on May 25. For years, residents and visitors of the South Branch Valley have enjoyed the beautiful green spaces along the mighty Potomac River, making it the perfect place to host this new event. Admission to this festival is free for all who wish to attend.
South Branch Riverfest includes:
Let's welcome the warmer weather by celebrating Learn to Swim Day on May 18th. Our real estate agents believe teaching your little ones to swim can be a positive experience that helps them develop their motor skills, instills them with courage and exposes them to a fun activity that they can enjoy for the rest of their lives. If you'd like to join us in celebrating National Learn to Swim Day this May, we suggest that you consider these six locations that offer swimming lessons for children.
Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner! There's no need to book plane tickets or a hotel room because there are plenty of great things to do right here in Shenandoah Valley.
Our real estate agents all agree that the Valleyfest Beer & Wine Festival is one of Memorial Day weekend's best events. After all, what better way to kick off summer than to spend the day outdoors listening to live music and enjoying wine, ciders, and microbrew beers?
The event, which is in its 19th year, is extremely popular among both locals and visitors. Here's everything you need to know so you can make the most of your experience.
"Moving is easy," said no one ever. While moving to a new home will never qualify as fun, you can take steps beforehand to make it less tedious and time-consuming. Our real estate agents offer valuable moving tips they've learned from years of experience helping home buyers and sellers throughout Virginia and West Virginia.
Our REALTORS® at Old Dominion Realty WORK to help you find a home where you will be truly happy. A lot of factors go into that: The community, the amenities, and your finances.
The financial decisions you make when you're first looking for a home will stick with you for years to come. With that in mind, you have to go into the process with accurate information.
Your real estate agent will help you make the right choices in the market. Only you, however, can figure out the facts about your own household finances that you're sure to need.
Every major investment or purchase starts with one thing: A budget.
And buying a home is no exception.
A budget is a very useful tool for maintaining your financial health. However, most people get by with a simple budget. To get ready for buying a home, you should dive deep into the details.
That's the best way to prevent surprises later!
Let's look at how to build a budget that will support your home buying goals.
Monterey homes for sale are some of the most desirable in Virginia, and our real estate agents have them. This town of only about 150 people is one of the state's best-kept secrets. It has a land area of only about a third of a square mile, yet it sees thousands of tourists a year.
How does such a tiny town attract so much interest from around the country?
Its many unusual traditions make Monterey a fascinating place to visit or live. One of the biggest and best local events that takes place every year is the Highland Maple Festival. Highland, of course, is the beautiful county where little Monterey is located.
If you're checking out local homes, you won't want to miss this unforgettable fun!
Are you a yoga fanatic, or simply looking for a new, relaxing way to work out close to home? No matter your experience level, yoga can be a beneficial workout for both body and mind. People of all ages and fitness levels participate in yoga classes, and for many yoga becomes a way of life. In addition to being a great place to exercise, yoga classes also present an excellent opportunity to meet new, like-minded people close to home. Our real estate agents are here to help you find the right spot to pursue your yoga passions, with our guide to seven great yoga studios in our OmTown.
Our real estate agents adore their pets and are excited to show them some extra affection this February 20 on National Love Your Pet Day. On this day, we celebrate the joy our pets bring into our lives and recognize the responsibility we have for keeping them comfortable, safe, and secure.
When you're planning a move, it's more important than ever to pay special attention to your furry (or feathered) friends. Pets are experts at reading our body language, so if we're feeling stressed and anxious, they'll feel it too. Since they won't understand what's going on, the sense of upheaval they feel can be even more dramatic.
Luckily, pets are also very adaptable. For them, "home" is wherever they are with you, not necessarily the four walls where you currently live. Planning and taking a few simple precautions will help keep the move easier on everyone.
Are you ready to dive into some freezing-cold fun? Join your family, friends, and neighbors on February 16 for the inaugural Luray Polar Bear Plunge.
The Polar Bear Plunge is yet another exciting event hosted by the Page Alliance for Community Action benefiting the Luray community. Participants take the plunge in the waters of Lake Arrowhead spending several shivering raising awareness for the many local causes the PACA supports.
All participants are kindly asked to help make the inaugural Polar Bear Plunge a huge success by raising funds individually or as a team. Whichever person or group can raise the most money will be awarded a cash prize of $500 that will be donated to a charity of their choice.
Do the words "mortgage application" send a chill up and down your spine? It's an understandable reaction, considering the financial and emotional investment that goes into the purchase of a home in Augusta County.
Fortunately, applying for a mortgage doesn't have to be so stress-inducing. Preparation is the key, as our real estate agents share their top tips that pave the way to a streamlined mortgage application process.
Here's one thing many people don't realize about our area of Virginia: It has some of the best skiing opportunities around. If you want to enjoy a winter sports season you won't forget, Rockingham has it.
When it's time to go skiing, tubing, or snowboarding, one name delivers it all: Massanutten Mountain Resort, and it's waiting for you.
What could be better than a quiet, snow-covered scene, filled with the sort of natural beauty that you can only find in West Virginia? Enjoying your favorite winter sports while taking in all of that scenery, of course! Whether you love skiing, hiking, tubing, sledding, or snowshoeing, you'll find a wealth of opportunities for outdoor fun throughout the winter in West Virginia. And you won't have to travel far to enjoy all of the outdoor excitement that our state has to offer. Our Moorefield real estate agents have the details, in our guide to wintertime adventures in West Virginia.
Dieting or not, sometimes you just need to indulge your taste buds. If you're in town shopping for Harrisonburg homes for sale, this may just be one of those times. After all, shopping for a new home is hard work, and it can be a bit stressful. If you are new to the area, you might be wondering just where the best places are to find that satisfying treat you crave. Here are six spots in Harrisonburg to cheat on your diet:
Our real estate agents at Old Dominion Realty are often asked how a seller can raise a home's value before going to market. No matter whether you're planning to put your house on sale or want to spruce things up, a kitchen remodel can bring plenty of value.
It's also one of the most complex home improvement projects, so it's vital to do the right way. You can save time, money, and stress with these six kitchen renovation tips:
When you think about tinsel, mistletoe, and candles all aglow, do you envision yourself decking the halls in a different home? If you're daydreaming about Harrisonburg homes for sale as you plan your holiday shopping, it's time to add "New Home" to the top of your Christmas wish list.
Our real estate agents enjoy sharing their biggest house-hunting secret: The year-end holiday season is one of the best times to buy a home. Here are a few reasons why.
Just like most residents of Hardy County, our real estate agents anxiously awaited the unveiling of renovations to the Hardy County Library. At its Grand Re-Opening Celebration earlier this year, what attendees found was a beautiful Hardy County Library ready for the future with its new bright, spacious, airy, and clean new look.
The Hardy County Public Library has been at the heart of Moorefield, WV for decades, but by the turn of the millennium, this treasured institution had begun to show its age. The library celebrated its 75th birthday in 2014, and just three years later, the ground was broken on a new renovation project that would revamp and extend the current library to include the neighboring property – formerly Puffenberger Jewelry.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and that may never be truer than in Moorefield, WV. Our Moorefield real estate agents are here to share some of the sights and sounds you won't want to miss during the Christmas season.
When should the Christmas tree go up--before Thanksgiving or after Thanksgiving? It's a discussion more than one Moorefield homeowner has had with their families. No matter what your personal resolution might be, the Moorefield Lions Club along with the Hardy County Historical Society and the Town of Moorefield say "after Thanksgiving" is the answer.
On Giving Tuesday, our team at Old Dominion Realty can find no topic more fitting than recognizing the work of the Bill Blose Memorial Scholarship Fund, founded in honor of a former member of our team. Bill Blose was a special man – father to seven girls, exceptional real estate agent, beloved friend, and a strong supporter of community initiatives. While Bill may have left us too soon, his memory and charitable spirit live on through the Bill Blose Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarship grants to local student-athletes each year. Our real estate agents are here to tell you more about the Bill Blose Memorial Scholarship Fund, and about memories of the wonderful man that the fund honors.
"As your children are growing up you need to be their parent, not their best friend so that when your children become adults, you can be their best friend."
– Bill Blose
While the scholarship fund is our primary focus in this post, our team can't help but think back to the memories of sharing an office with Bill Blose every day. According to Linda S. Goodson, Old Dominion team member and co-worker of Bill's:
"Bill was a gentleman who was a positive force, offering uplifting advice and support to everyone. He had a kind soul and a competitive spirit. He was one of a kind, and he is missed."
Can you believe Thanksgiving is here? During Thanksgiving weekend, you'll find a diverse selection of fun, family-friendly events and attractions going on throughout the community. Our real estate agents have the details on six exciting events in Harrisonburg, VA on Thanksgiving weekend (and beyond!) for this year.
Christmas comes but once a year, and our friends in the Staunton, VA area know how to celebrate the season in style! If you're in the neighborhood looking at Staunton homes for sale, be sure to set aside some time to check out these great holiday activities in the Shenandoah Valley.
The town of Moorefield, WV, founded in 1777, is an example of the historic, family-friendly communities that you will find throughout West Virginia. From locally owned businesses operated by the same families for generations to structures standing the test of time since we founded the community, you'll often find evidence of the past blending with the present in Moorefield.
Of course, Moorefield residents focus on the city's future, and there's exciting news to share about what to expect for our community. Moorefield has been selected to participate in a community revitalization project, backed by the West Virginia Community Development Hub's "Cultivate WV" program, and our Moorefield real estate agents have more information on how this opportunity will help create an even brighter future in the community.
When you're touring Harrisonburg homes for sale, you'll quickly discover our hometown is a beautiful place to live, work, and raise a family. However, there's one more reason to love our city, the newly opened Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center. Our real estate agents are passionate about the community we call home, and we're excited to show new clients all we have to offer.
If you are among the estimated 266,120 women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2018, you are familiar with the swirling rollercoaster of emotions and questions that come with the diagnosis.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Agencies, hospitals, groups, and individuals working throughout the year to raise money for research, prevention, and treatment of breast cancer. Individuals like you participate in walks, runs, and other special events to raise funds for the cause. Our REALTORS® are here with information on how you can support the cause in Harrisonburg.
Here in Harrisonburg, the 16th Annual Race to Beat Breast Cancer 5K Run/Walk is happening on Saturday, October 20. The 5K Run/Walk takes off at Westover Park, 305 South Dogwood Drive, Harrisonburg. The Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation Department is organizing the event. Proceeds from the race provide women in our community with treatment, support, and funding for mammograms at the RMH Foundation for Breast Care and Treatment at the Sentara RMH Medical Center.
Harrisonburg, lovingly called Rocktown or The Friendly City by locals, has earned its reputation as a home for foodies, arts and culture aficionados, and history buffs. Located in the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, Harrisonburg is the perfect combination of city and rural living.
If you're in the process of searching Harrisonburg homes for sale, and you're questioning about whether to buy or build a home, our real estate agents are proud to say we've helped clients buy existing homes and lots for over 50 years. Harrisonburg has a number of subdivisions with lots ready to build your dream home. We're here to introduce you to the Highland Park neighborhood.
The Highland Park subdivision in Harrisonburg is no exception with its convenient location on the outskirts of Harrisonburg on its beautiful lots. An ideal site for building a home, Highland Park has been around for more than two decades and offers its residents a welcoming neighborhood feel with plenty of mature trees and a softly rolling landscape. The neighborhood has easy access to shopping, schools, and other popular amenities like the Lakeview Golf Course, Shenandoah Lake, and Sentra RMH Hospital.
Harvest season is here. That means it's almost time for one of Burlington's longest-running community events. The 45th Annual Apple Harvest Festival is a weekend full of old-fashioned fun for the whole family, with contests, shopping, fantastic food, live entertainment, and so much more. This year's festival includes three days of fun events, starting on October 5, 2018. Our real estate agents have all the details on the 45th Annual Apple Harvest Festival, one of Burlington, West Virginia's most anticipated events of the year.
The 45th Annual Apple Harvest Festival
Location: 120 Hope Lane, Burlington, WV, 26710
Date/Time: October 5 - 7, 2018 – Festival Grounds Open 10 am – 7 pm
Admission: Free, with Free Parking and Shuttle Service Available
The Annual Apple Harvest Festival in Burlington, WV is organized by Burlington United Methodist Family Services and takes place on the BUMFS residential campus. The festival starts on Friday and continues throughout the weekend, with both scheduled events and all-day attractions. It's the perfect opportunity to get out, take in the autumn air, and create special memories for every member of the family.
The nights are getting cold, and the air is turning crisp, a sure sign that fall has come to the Shenandoah Valley. Our real estate agents love this time of year, and there's no better time to explore our beautiful region.
From Staunton to Harrisonburg and every hill and holler between, autumn brings the Shenandoah Valley to life with a stunning display of colors. We've got your guide to exploring the best fall foliage across Central Virginia.
After a hot summer, the promise of cool weather and incredible fall foliage is our reward. The maple trees are already beginning to change, introducing a brilliant scarlet shade to the mountains. The golden yellow of the birch and poplar trees, purple dogwood leaves, orange beach, and rusty-hued oak, are sure to follow, transforming the landscape into a radiant canvas of warm colors.
Peak color usually arrives in the Shenandoah Valley and surrounding mountains in mid-October, though the exact timing is hard to predict. Any time from October 7 to 21 is sure to offer excellent leaf-peeping opportunities. Be sure to check out annual fall color report from the National Park Service to track the changing leaves in Shenandoah National Park.
Every year around the close of summer, the people of Hardy County come together to celebrate Heritage Weekend, one of the biggest local events of the year. Hardy County Heritage Weekend is a celebration of everything that makes local communities such special places to call home. During Heritage Weekend, you'll have the opportunity to learn about local history, shop for products from local businesses and artisans, catch a classic movie, watch live shows, enjoy live music, and even participate in an "all schools" reunion for former students of local schools. Our real estate agents are excited to tell you all about the events at Hardy County Heritage Weekend this year.
We feel confident saying our featured Harrisonburg neighborhood, The Springs at Osceola, is just the right combination of serene country living with magnificent views in a family-oriented living community.
Our real estate agents at Old Dominion Realty work hard to bring you the best experience when you look for Franklin homes for sale. We'll be by your side throughout your home buying experience – and that commitment starts when you're first exploring the market.
When relocating a long way, many people will visit the city where they plan to move several times before they finish the house-hunting process.
Since you're going to be visiting, why not have fun at some exciting local events?
The 50th Annual Treasure Mountain Festival is one great weekend you won't want to miss – and it's coming up right here in Franklin, West Virginia.
Real estate and baseball have a lot in common. Scouting a new right fielder for your team is like house hunting. Playing each game is like attending open houses. And winning your league's championship is like having a seller accept your offer.
What many home buyers don't understand is that the 30 to 45 days before closing day is like the home stretch of a baseball game. Errors that happen during this time could get your closing day delayed for rain or even thrown out at third.
Okay, enough with baseball. In the real estate world, there are mistakes home buyers can make during the time prior to closing day that can jeopardize closing on their new home.
Our real estate agents are ready to be by your side during the home buying process. Here are the five mistakes to avoid so your home buying experience is a "home run!"
Not being able to find a buyer is every seller's worst nightmare. As a seller you want to do whatever you can to make your home stand out to buyers. Our real estate agents have complied this list of things not to do so you aren't canceling out your efforts to sell your home.
There is a reason most sellers--roughly 90 percent--use a professional real estate to sell their homes. Professionals have the real estate "know how" to sell your home quickly and for the right price. If you're still considering a FSBO to save the price of a commission, think again. The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® reports people who choose to "go it alone" and sell without a REALTOR® often make less money than they would hiring a REALTOR®.
Selling a house quickly and for the most money takes time, marketing skills, knowledge of the local neighborhood, and negotiation skills--to name a few. Using a real estate agent can be the difference between a successful sale and months of frustration.
If that's not enough cause to hire a professional, here are four more reasons why hiring a REALTOR® like those on our team at Old Dominion Realty is the right choice for you.
Every summer around the end of July, Petersburg locals gather for one of the biggest, most beloved local events of the year. The Tri-County Fair brings together people from Hardy, Grant, and Pendleton counties for eight days of good, old-fashioned family fun. Events at the Tri-County Fair run the gamut, from livestock competitions and educational exhibits to demolition derbies. There will be live music, great food, and fun for every member of the family. Our REALTORS® have all of the exciting details on what to expect from the Tri-County Fair in Petersburg this year.
If you're interested in buying one of our homes in Hardy County, you probably already know that this is a perfect place for anyone who loves to spend time in the outdoors. Famous for its beautiful mountain scenery, Hardy County offers endless opportunities for hiking, biking, fishing, paddling, and just about any other way you can imagine getting in touch with the outside world. If you're the outdoorsy type, our REALTORS® have a few ideas on how you can live life to the fullest in Hardy County's Lost River area.
No matter if you're thinking of selling in the future or plan to put your home on the market in the next few days, our real estate agents want you to know there's never a wrong time to raise a home's value!
You don't have to spend tens of thousands to get a return on your renovation projects. Many projects are inexpensive – some, you could do yourself with only the cost of supplies – and the right ones are eminently worthwhile.
No matter what your timeframe looks like, you want to be sure you're making the right selections to make the most of your investment. Luckily, there are consistent winners that stay the same no matter what style trends are popular.
Let's look at them now:
As the summer season kicks into full swing, our REALTORS® typically notice an upswing in inquiries about Harrisonburg homes for sale. We always look forward to introducing newcomers to the charms of this iconic Virginia community.
Whether you're interested in buying a home in Blue Stone Hills, Heritage Estates, Preston Heights, or any of Harrisonburg's other welcoming neighborhoods, we're eager to help you find the perfect home in one of these great neighborhoods.
There are some things that are common to most great neighborhoods. They are part of the local culture--while difficult to pin down--but can be felt everywhere you go. That's what we'd like to talk about today!
Staunton homes for sale are attracting a lot of attention these days ... for more reasons than you might think. Our real estate agents report more and more clients moving to Staunton from nearby communities to take advantage of its great amenities and economy.
When you get a home that's right in the middle of everything, it pays off in a million unexpected ways. For example, you'll always have something to do on holidays like Father's Day, coming up June 17.
The warm, wonderful days of summer are just around the corner, and that means children throughout Augusta County will be looking for fun activities to keep busy when school is out. Fortunately, there are plenty of great summer camps in the area that allow your kids to enjoy the season in a safe, active setting, make new friends, and pursue their passions. Our real estate agents are here to help you prepare for the season, with a guide to five of the best summer camps in the Staunton, VA area this year.
Exciting news – that's for sure! Old Dominion Realty has been growing. So much so we found ourselves in need of more space for our Augusta County real estate office.
Not to worry, we didn't go far. You'll find us at our brand new office location in the Myers Corner Community located at 19 Myers Corner Drive, Suite 101 in Staunton, VA. Myers Corners is a mixed-use development with a 30-acre business park and a residential community located in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
Why Myers Corner? It's pretty simple: Our team wanted a larger office space in a high-profile location with easy access to major routes like Interstate 64, Interstate 81, and Route 250, but close to home. And Myers Corner was the perfect fit.
If your tax return is burning a hole in your pocket, there are endless ways you could spend it. Sure, you could go on vacation, or splurge on that latest gadget you've had your eye on, but there's a better option.
If you've been dreaming of finally becoming a homeowner, your tax refund could offer a real opportunity. Our REALTORS® have a few ideas on how you could use your refund to make home ownership a reality once and for all.
You probably never made a conscious decision to stay a renter forever. Sometimes it just happens. You lease a nice apartment and settle into a renter's lifestyle. You pay your bills and build your savings along the way. But then what? Do you stay a renter forever or take the homeownership plunge?
Our REALTORS® work with many first-time home buyers. We believe there are lifestyle, financial, and personal signs that tell you when the time is right to buy a home. Here are five situations to consider.
Spring came to Virginia a little late this year, but now that it has finally arrived, we're ready to take full advantage. Our homes in Petersburg, WV are surrounded by beautiful parks, quiet streets and the gorgeous rolling countryside on the banks of the Potomic River. It's a great place to enjoy some time in the outdoors, and with the Spring Mountain Festival set to arrive in Petersburg soon, our REALTORS® are ready to do just that.
If there are two things that go better together than cold beer and live music, we haven't found them yet (though, rest assured, we have our best people on it). Until then, the Rocktown Beer and Music Festival is about as good as it gets, bringing its namesake brews and tunes to Harrisonburg, VA every year to great acclaim. This year's festival is right around the corner, and our REALTORS® recommend that you check it out.
Are you ready to put on your running shoes, spend some time with the community, and support a great cause in the process? Then we hope to see you at the Shenandoah Valley Autism Partnership's 11th Annual 5K Run/Walk for Autism! Every year, this well-attended local event provides an opportunity to raise autism awareness, raise funds for the Shenandoah Valley Autism Partnership, and bring the community together. Many of our REALTORS® with their families and friends will be hitting the streets to participate in the 5K Run/Walk for Autism, and we've got all the details on how you can join us for this wonderful, local event.
Staunton, Virginia is one of those lovely small cities that has something for everyone who is looking to buy a new home. From stately historic homes and quaint cottages to vibrant new neighborhoods, this city of just under 25,000 people has everything. And while you are looking for Staunton homes for sale, we at Old Dominion Realty want to make sure you see the best of what this area has to offer.
When selling your home, you may teeter between having a professional home inspector evaluate your home prior to listing or not.
Something you need to know ... A report by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) showed that nearly four out of every five homes sold in the United States are evaluated by a professional home inspector before they are sold. In addition, realtors recommend buyers get a home inspection nearly 99 percent of the time. Most buyers heed their agent's advice and request a home inspection in 84 percent of all transactions.
Understanding the home inspection process and getting your home ready for the inspection only helps to ensure that your home sale goes through reaping the best selling price possible.
Are you searching for the perfect place to build a life--or a business--in Augusta County, VA, with easy access to all of the communities that make our region special? Welcome to Myers Corner! Spearheaded by Crescent Development Group principals Scott Williams and Greg Jurick, Myers Corner is a mixed residential/commercial development with beautiful homes, safe neighborhoods, and an excellent environment for businesses to thrive. Work here. Live here. That's the promise of life in Myers Corner.
West Virginia is wild and wonderful and it's also a great place to live, work, and raise a family. When you visit this beautiful state during March, you'll enjoy hills decked out in early spring greenery, wonderful homes, and unique cultural experiences. If you're thinking about relocating to West Virginia, it's the perfect time to tour Petersburg homes for sale. If you time your visit just right, you can be a part of Maple Days, a fun family event.
Our REALTORS® know you'll love Maple Days. West Virginia maple producers and enthusiasts host the event in locations across the state. You can eat maple treats and learn everything you ever wanted to know about maple syrup. Here's how you can be a part of this great West Virginia tradition.
Harrisonburg Restaurant Week is one of the biggest culinary experiences in Virginia!
It all takes place March 5-11 throughout Harrisonburg, VA. The best restaurants in the city are working together to create a truly enthralling week of fine cuisine and fascinating events.
Not only will you have the chance to sample foods from the area's greatest chefs, but you'll also get to see unprecedented collaborations between Harrisonburg's favorite dining spots. Delightful dishes you can't find anywhere else are a major part of Restaurant Week.
Staunton, VA is a small, friendly place with a Rockwell-esque charm. It's a picture-perfect example of the many small, yet colorful towns that dot the landscape in Virginia between pristine countryside and metropolitan centers. Even though major cities are just a short commute away, Staunton's peaceful atmosphere makes it attractive. It's long been known as the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson, the 28th U.S. president.
Now, it's added a new title to its repertoire: Virginia Foodie Town to Try.
Staunton was honored with the distinction by Virginia.org, the state's official tourism travel blog. It's been drawing travelers from all around to give the taste of Staunton a try – and they're liking what they've discovered!
No culinary tour of Virginia would be complete without Staunton. If you dream of eating your way across the state, don't forget these seven Staunton mainstays that should be on the menu for every connoisseur of fine foods.
For growing families, school quality is an important factor when buying a home. Harrisonburg, VA is known for many features that appeal to families--one of the most vital being excellent schools.
Families moving to Harrisonburg will find plenty of public and private school options from pre-K to college prep. Harrisonburg provides an atmosphere where every child has the opportunity to do his or her best academically.
When you are selling your Harrisonburg home, it only makes sense you want the sale to close successfully. But, how do you define success? It's simple—maximizing your profits and minimizing disruption to your daily life. For nearly 90 percent of homeowners that means enlisting the services of experienced real estate agents like our REALTORS® at Old Dominion Realty.
Yet, there is a small percentage of homeowners who choose to list their homes for sale by owner (FSBO), perhaps hoping to save money by avoiding commissions. Unfortunately, FSBOs have a reputation for failure. We have created this list of five reasons why homes for sale by owners fail.
Located two miles south of Washington D.C. right between the beautiful Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, Harrisonburg attracts new residents every year. It's a great place to move: Up-and-coming professionals, growing families, and retirees all find their way here.
As one of the three top Virginia cities in the area, Harrisonburg is noticeably less expensive than its neighbors Richmond and Alexandria--while still offering truly amazing homes.
Of course, you'll want to start enjoying everything Harrisonburg has to offer as soon as you can. That means taking care of the preliminaries so you'll be comfortable in your new home.
Here's how to navigate some of the most common issues when moving to Harrisonburg:
Will 2018 be the year you get fit? If you're one of the many Americans who made a fitness resolution on New Year's Day, congratulations! You're heading toward a healthier, happier life, and fitness goals don't have to be ridiculous to make a big impact. Instead of holding yourself to a grueling gym schedule, you can start with small, manageable goals – like attending a weekly class. Staunton is full of coaches and classes that make working out fun.
Our REALTORS® have plenty of experience helping people transform their lives, and our local businesses can help you transform your body too. Here are ten gyms and fitness centers in Staunton that are sure to help you stick to that New Year's resolution:
Buying your first home is a big step—think you're ready for it? We certainly hope so, but we also want to make sure that you buy your dream home at the right moment.
At a certain point, every renter gets to a place in their life where they just don't feel like they can do it anymore. Whether it's the noisy neighbors, the overbearing landlord, or the feeling of powerlessness that comes from continuously paying for a living space you'll never own, you just have to get out. Homeownership is the next logical step. Here are six questions our REALTORS® want you to ask yourself before you decide to go for it.
The historic streets of Staunton, VA are filled with fantastic dining spots, historic sites, and unique small businesses that add so much to the community. Staunton homes for sale put you in the center of this dynamic community. Staunton and its surrounding communities of Fishersville, Bridgewater, Mount Crawford, and Afton serve up an excellent offering of wineries and vineyards. Each location has its own unique atmosphere, flavors, and history to explore. Ready to learn more? Our REALTORS® have you covered with a guide to some of the best wineries and vineyards in the Staunton area.
If you're considering a relocation, December is a great time to discover the beautiful homes in Harrisonburg. The year-end real estate market is a little slower, so you won't have to deal with house hunting crowds. The holiday season is the perfect time to get to know this wonderful city. Winter Wonderfest is a great place to start. You'll get a preview of local lifestyles and traditions with a holiday twist.
Our REALTORS® recommend Winter Wonderfest because it's a local family favorite with something for everyone. You'll enjoy a day of music, holiday treats, and fun that will put you in a holiday mood. You can combine your festivities with a leisurely trek through downtown shops to wrap up your shopping in plenty of time for Christmas.
Decorating your home for the holidays is fun and exciting. Not only do you get to spend some time on an enjoyable project, but you'll beautify your neighborhood. Your time and effort could pay off in holiday cheer for lucky kids and families.
With all that in mind, it's no surprise that so many homeowners put such amazing creativity and hard work into their annual holiday displays. Many people start working on their displays the very first morning after Thanksgiving.
Still, in all the hustle and bustle of the season, it's important to take your time with decorating for the holidays. There are all kinds of little hazards involved that can lead to accidents. If you take care to stay safe, you'll get the project done without a hitch.
Ready to hit the shops for the holidays? Like many families with homes in Harrisonburg, VA, you'll probably make plenty of purchases this holiday season. Why not make sure your gifts make an impact on your hometown too? There's no better time than this weekend. Saturday, November 25 is Small Business Saturday, and our REALTORS® want to help you participate. Instead of spending your holiday worrying about Black Friday deals, wait a day and shop at locally owned businesses instead.
When you spend money at a local business, you reap the rewards of your neighbors' talents, and you also make an investment in your community that will come back to you later. Celebrate Small Business Saturday by getting your gifts here in Harrisonburg. Here are a few of our favorite places to find holiday treasures:
If you're planning to spend some quality time with the whole family this holiday season, there is truly only one way to travel... All aboard the North Pole Express! Every year, the North Pole Express is one of the most popular holiday events in the Moorefield area, and a perfect opportunity to let the kids experience the wonder of the season. Enjoy a scenic train ride with great food, fun visits from holiday characters, games, songs, and loads of spectacular scenery. Our REALTORS® are all ready to board the North Pole Express, and we're excited to share the details on one of Moorefield's beloved holiday traditions.
Hunting is a West Virginia tradition that stretches back centuries to the time before our state was settled, and continues proudly to this day. It's a bonding opportunity for families, a sporting opportunity for competitors, and a key driver of the state's economy, generating nearly $270 million in revenue for West Virginia. Finding the right hunting property is easier when you start your search in West Virginia, because this is one of the best places in the country for deer hunters to call home. Our REALTORS® have all the details on why West Virginia is the place to be for hunters.
Staunton is considered a hidden gem here in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. Situated between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, Staunton's charming downtown is home to inspired architecture, a vibrant arts and music scene, unbeatable restaurants and eateries, and a variety of small shops and businesses along our historic Main Street. Staunton is a city where artists, entrepreneurs, and families live side-by-side along tree-lined streets. If you're looking for a truly unique place to call home in Virginia, you've found it in Staunton, VA.
Sq Ft: 2,610 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 3 (full)
Open House: Sunday, November 5, 2017 from 1PM - 3PM
James Madison University (JMU), located in "The Friendly City" of Harrisonburg, is a nationally recognized university in Virginia and a plays a positive role in the cultural and economic livelihood of Harrisonburg and its surrounding communities. JMU's seven colleges offer its students 124 bachelors, masters, and doctorate degree programs. The school's athletics program features tennis, swimming, golf not to mention a NCAA Division I Championship football program.
JMU's beautiful campus and surrounding neighborhoods add the finishing touches that create an exciting university lifestyle.
Faculty and staff members--many of whom relocate to Harrisonburg from other parts of the country--search to find Harrisonburg homes close to JMU to enjoy easy access to the university and the numerous businesses and attractions surrounding it. Our REALTORS® have put together a list of the nine best neighborhoods near James Madison University to buy a home .
Don't forget to grab your umbrella when you head out to visit our open houses on Sunday. The weatherman is predicting a 70 percent chance of precipitation with a high of 48 degrees; no better time to be inside getting an up-close look at what could possibly be your new home.
Our local real estate agents know the local Virginia and West Virginia real estate markets inside and out and are ready to show you homes in the area and to answer the questions you may have. Visit our open houses this weekend to find the home you've been dreaming of.
Spring Lakes Subdivision
Sq Ft: 2,250 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 2 (full)
Open House: Sunday, October 29 from 2PM - 4PM
Sq Ft: 2,000 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full)
Open House: Sunday, October 29 from 2PM - 4PM
Sq Ft: 1,610 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) /1 (partial)
Open House: Sunday, October 29 from 2PM - 4PM
It's hard to size up a home at first glance, and even harder to judge an entire neighborhood, but both are important. If you're searching for a home, it's important to remember that your new home isn't just a house; it's a street, a neighborhood, and an entire city. So how do you know that your new neighborhood is the right one?
That's a question that our REALTORS® get asked a lot with many different answers. When you're planning on buying a house, these are the things to look for in the surrounding neighborhood:
Anyone who has shopped for a home knows what it's like to spend countless hours dreaming about your ideal home, scouring every online listing in your area, and attending open houses to get an up-close look at your favorite properties.
These can all be fun activities when you're working to buy a house, and they also present valuable learning opportunities that will help you find the right deal for your needs. But is it still worth it to attend an open house, even if you're not ready to purchase? Our REALTORS® are here to explain why with five reasons to attend an open house even if you're not planning to buy.
Surrounded by the rolling landscape of the Shenandoah Mountains, the cozy town of Bridgewater, VA sits amid some of America's most magnificent scenery. Bridgewater homes also offer access to amenities typically found in a much larger city, from shopping and dining options to schools and colleges.
Increasingly, the Bridgewater area is also gaining a reputation as one America's great up-and-coming wine regions. The climate and landscape of the Blue Ridge Mountains makes it perfect for growing grapes. So if you're looking for a place to sample some of the local flavors, look no farther than Bridgewater's own Bluestone Vineyard.
A growing number of homes for sale seem to include smart home technology. CNBC.com reported in 2016 80 million smart home devices were delivered worldwide...a 64 percent increase from 2015. Analysts predict despite the industry's growth last year, 2017 will be the year of the smart home because the companies behind the technology will be smarter about educating their consumers.
In a smart home, wireless technology allows you to control various systems and appliances easily using your smartphone, computer, or even voice commands. There is no standard definition of what makes a smart home complete. Exciting new features are hitting the market regularly.
Our REALTORS® have compiled this list of some of the most common smart home features:
Planning to spend some time in Staunton, Virginia from September 22nd to September 24th? Better bring your broomstick, wand, and finest wizard's regalia! Every year around the close of the summer, the city of Staunton, Virginia turns into a magical wonderland, where witches, wizards, and muggles come together to bring the wonderful world of Harry Potter to life.
Throughout the weekend, you'll find magical special events, fantastic food, family fun, and more than a few opportunities to break out your favorite Harry Potter costumes. Our wizards--ahem, REALTORS® in Staunton--are already working on their costumes, and we're excited to share the details of a whimsical Harry Potter weekend.
Purchasing a home can be an overwhelming process--especially for first-time home buyers. There are a number of factors to consider when you're looking for the right home for you and your family. One of the first things to think about is finding the best financing to match your lifestyle and financial status.
While family and friends may offer well-meaning advice, it's always best to consult a real estate professional to set the record straight when you're buying a home.
When you're ready to start your home search, our real estate agents are here to help. In the meantime, here are five home-buying myths you should stop believing today.
If you've been house hunting for any amount of time, there's a good chance you're all too familiar with the process. You find a few homes, meet the agents, and shake some hands. The conversation moves on to the type of homes you like, the type of neighborhood you're looking for, and maybe even making preliminary plans to visit an open house.
But before things get too far, you get the question that every experienced real estate agent asks of new clients: Are you pre-approved for a mortgage?
For some home buyers, the question comes as a shock. Aren't you supposed to be the one evaluating which real estate agent you want to work with? As it turns out, there are some very good reasons that your real estate agent asks about pre-approval.
Today's farmers markets began in 1934 with an idea and two entrepreneurs from Los Angeles. What started as one market with a dozen farmers plus a few others selling fresh produce from the back of their trucks has evolved into over 8,600 farmers markets nationwide.
As demand for locally grown, fresh food continues to grow, so too have the opportunities for America's farmers to market fresh food directly to the consumer.
Our hometown of Harrisonburg, VA joins other communities across the country in celebrating National Farmers Market Week August 6 - 12.
During the sunny seasons, what could be better than freshly picked produce, freshly baked bread, and freshly cut flowers? At the Staunton Farmers' Market, you'll find all three and much more all summer long. Every Saturday and Wednesday morning from late spring through early fall, the Market takes over the Wharf Parking Lot in Staunton's historic downtown district. Families with homes in Staunton are already in on the secret, but if you're new to the area, make sure you check it out for yourself.
Each third Sunday in July, Augusta County residents join ice cream lovers across the country in celebration of National Ice Cream Day. As REALTORS® in Augusta County, we live, work and shop here. We know where to find the best local ice cream. Just in time for National Ice Cream Day on July 16, we present our list of the 10 best shops.
Gypsy Hill Park remains a gem in the Shenandoah Valley's treasure chest with almost-nightly entertainment for the entire family. Staunton neighbors come together at Gypsy Hill Park for play, a picnic or perhaps an evening concert. In fact, when it comes to summertime in Staunton, Gypsy Hill Park is the central focus of much that takes place throughout the community. Here's why the park remains one of the top attractions for those who purchase homes in Staunton.
Summer is just around the corner in Staunton and your A/C system will soon be working overtime. There's nothing like stepping through the door of your comfortable, air-conditioned home after a day in the summer sun--the good news is that keeping your home cool doesn't have to break the bank. Our REALTORS® have created these simple, money-saving, home cooling tips so you don't have to sacrifice air-conditioned comfort this summer.
Is buying a house on your bucket list? Saving for a down payment is an important first step. When you make a substantial down payment, it lets you save on your mortgage financing. The larger your down payment, the sooner you'll be able to pay off your home loan.
Both historical and glorious, Shenandoah National Park explodes with wildflower colors during the summer months. Get your camera ready because white-tailed deer are everywhere and you might even catch a glimpse of a black bear or wild turkey. Can you imagine relocating to Harrisonburg, Staunton or Waynesboro and having this wildlife wonderland right in your own backyard? Our REALTORS® at Old Dominion Realty can work with you to find a home in the gorgeous Shenandoah Valley.
Mike Pugh and Cathy Ward, Old Dominion Realty Brokers, recently hosted a team of their top-producing real estate agents and staff on a five-day, four-night all-inclusive trip to Iberostar Paraiso Beach Resort in the Riviera Maya, Mexico.
The corporate retreat was announced last year to the Old Dominion Realty team via a video "starring" Mike Pugh and Cathy Ward. Cathy Ward commented, "We challenge our team daily to be the best in the business. Now we decided to challenge them with an adventure for relaxation and fun!"
Selling your home in Staunton? While the internet brings buyers and sellers together like never before, most home sales still come down to one thing: first-hand impressions of the home. Personal tours still play priceless roles in the decision to make a bid, but because most sellers can't keep their home ready for guests at all times, they rely on the open house to show off their space to anyone who might be interested.
So, how do you make sure your open house results in serious offers? Make sure you take the following five steps before opening your doors.
Owning a home has long been considered the quintessential American dream: a two-story home with a white picket fence and 2.5 children--give or take a mini-van and Golden Retriever. But with that home and yard come lots of maintenance, repairs and renovations.
Today, many people are opting out of the traditional idea of homeownership and signing up for the new, 21st century version—Homeownership 2.0 … better known as Maintenance-Free Living.
Staunton, Virginia is a beautiful community with a rich history and vibrant present. Its unblemished historic districts and the breathtaking backdrop of the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains are breathtaking, but this thriving community has much more to offer. Not only is it home to the only replica of William Shakespeare's famous Blackfriars Theatre anywhere in the world, it's also the location of Mary Baldwin University and carries the nickname of the Queen City of Shenandoah Valley.
Harrisonburg residents and the Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance are gearing up for what's expected to be another sell out event at this year's Rocktown Beer & Music Festival on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 3:00 to 8:30 pm.
Downtown Harrisonburg is home to an assortment of popular events throughout the year that shine a spotlight on our city. The Rocktown Beer & Music Festival is one of our most popular events. When you live in one of the downtown homes in Harrisonburg, good living, good fun and a tremendous community are right outside of your front door.
Staunton, Virginia is a vibrant community with many attractive attributes, and a great place to settle down in your first home. There are a wide variety of cultural and social opportunities in the area including outdoor exploration of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah Valley. Deciding to buy a home can be intimidating, though, no matter how much you like the community. Here's some helpful information for anyone considering buying a house for the first time.
Harrisonburg, VA is a beautiful and laid-back community with deep historical roots. Although it didn't officially become an independent city until 1916, it's a very old settlement that was founded in 1779. The area played an important role in the Civil War, and now boasts an amazing variety of historical monuments and quaint businesses like the Stonewall Jackson Inn. Converted from a mid-1880s mansion, the Inn is a spectacular destination for resting, relaxing, and exploring the surrounding area of Harrisonburg.
The process repeats every morning. While most of us are still snoozing, the crew at Kline's Dairy Bar is already hard at work producing fresh ice cream for the day's sales. By the time the afternoon sun is beating down, Harrisonburg residents begin filtering in to enjoy one of the city's tastiest traditions. Kline's Dairy Bar has been delighting Harrisonburg residents for more than 70 years with fresh, flavorful ice cream and a commitment to quality that has never waivered since the business first opened its doors all those years ago.
When most people see the words "as is" in a real estate ad, they act as if the words are a red flag warning them against checking out the property. While there have been times when a house sold "as is" has turned into a dud, you shouldn't dismiss the property without first learning more about it. Sometimes "as is" property's turn out to be a good deal.