Who's in the mood for a coffee break? If you're looking for your next cup of coffee in the Shenandoah Valley, then you don't have to look very far. January 20, 2023, is National Coffee Break Day, and in honor of the occasion, our REALTORS® are excited to share their favorite coffee shops in Augusta County!
Fall fun is on its way to the Shenandoah Valley, and our real estate agents want you to be a part of it.
There's always something exciting for the whole family here in the Shenandoah Valley, and the autumn season is no exception. Between trips to the great outdoors to see the fall foliage, you can revel in any number of small community festivals. Each of these has a unique flair and a fall flavor you won't forget.
Town chambers of commerce, small businesses, and nonprofits all work together to make fall in the Shenandoah Valley a truly rich experience with something for everyone. You won't want to miss a minute of these charming local events. They're a terrific opportunity to mingle and meet the neighbors!
Let's drop in on a few highlights of Shenandoah Valley's bustling fall calendar:
If you've been looking at Augusta or Rockingham County homes for sale recently, odds are good you've learned about one of the many things that makes our area special: The flourishing craft brewery scene. Nowhere is that more evident than on the local Beerwerks Trail here in the Shenandoah Valley.
If you recently bought a home with a detached garage, you basically have a whole extra building on your property. While you could use the detached garage to house your vehicle, there are plenty of more creative ways to take advantage of the space. Our real estate agents have seen homeowners using their detached garages in all sorts of unique ways over the years. Today, we have a few suggestions to share with you.
Our real estate agents know many people are excited about all the things 2022 has in store. For some, that means exploring the best Augusta County homes for sale. Others will be taking big steps in different ways. If wedding bells are ringing, Augusta County has plenty of options for you.
The holidays are a wonderful time in Staunton, with local businesses, homeowners, and community organizations going all out to put on some amazing holiday displays. Touring the light displays around Staunton is a great way to enjoy some quality time with your family and get everyone in the holiday spirit. Staunton's Celebration of Holiday Lights is the biggest light display near Staunton, with a variety of ways to get involved yourself or simply drive through and enjoy the show. Our real estate agents have all of the festive details on the best holiday light displays near Staunton this year.
If you've been exploring Elkton homes for sale, you probably already know how proud this community is to be a part of the Appalachian Trail. In fact, we recently celebrated becoming the 50th designated trail community. Other designated communities span all the way from Georgia to Maine.
Close to four million hikers head out on the trail each year. If you've ever dreamed of joining them, you'll need to spend some time getting yourself prepared. Our real estate agents have had the opportunity to speak to many hikers over the years and have learned a lot from them. Here are a few of the most important tips they've shared with us.
The holidays are right around the corner, and our real estate agents are excited about all the possibilities the new season brings. As always, we're also excited to highlight some of our favorite local businesses in the Shenandoah Valley.
Of course, the holidays are poinsettia season, and if you're looking for a place to pick up a perfect holiday bouquet, you have a wealth of options to choose from in the Shenandoah Valley. These are our favorite local florists for holiday bouquets!
The government shutdown has impacted people in all states and industries. In the housing market, the shutdown has caused serious issues when it comes to processing loans, verifying buyer information, and conducting transactions for housing purchases. The state of Virginia has specifically been hit hard because of its large number of federal workers and members of the military.
The Shutdown's Impact On Housing
Throughout the country, the government shutdown has caused some serious challenges for people that are looking to buy a new house. Loans that were going to be approved by the FHA or Federal Housing Administration are backed up because of the shutdown. Even private mortgage market companies that are not government entities were impacted by the shutdown because their pending loans could not be researched properly: the IRS was unavailable to verify the income of someone trying to purchase a house or get information about them by researching their social security number through the Social Security Administration.
Effects Felt By Virginia
Virginia in particular has seen drastic impacts on its economy and housing market because of the large impact the government has in the area. According to the Vienna, VA Patch, Virginia is one of the five states with the most federal workers per capita, the most federal contract money per capita, and the most veterans per capita. Without income from government contracts or benefits from the Veterans Administration, even those that are not directly employed by the federal government felt the sting of the shutdown. And while many government employees that were furloughed will get what they were owed during the time that the government was shut down, many contractors saw pending awards simply vanish because of the government shutdown. Without these valuable federal dollars it is difficult, if not impossible, for many in Virginia to purchase a home.
Although it is now over, the government shutdown had a ripple impact on markets in all areas of the country. In Virginia, the real estate market was hit because of the state's huge presence of federal workers and contractors. Buyers or sellers that are interested in navigating the post-shutdown housing market should get help from specialists like the ones at Old Dominion Realty.
Waynesboro Virginia real estate is perfect for the home buyer that wants to enjoy endless skies, picturesque mountains, and plenty of great recreation. Waynesboro residents get to live in close proximity to some significant historical sights as well as cultural attractions. There are some excellent advantages of deciding to live in the city of Waynesboro for those that appreciate the splendor of Mother Nature as well as the legacy of American history, yet still want to make a sound investment in a home.
Strong Property Values
Many statistics show that real estate in the Augusta County area is trending upwards. In January 2013, it was reported that overall annual sales for residential Augusta County homes increased almost 8.5% compared to similar 2011 statistics. However, the Waynesboro Virginia real estate market still offers reasonably priced homes and condominiums for a variety of different types of residents that need a space that fits their unique lifestyle.
Waynesboro is in the heart of an area of Virginia that was of great importance during the American Civil War. At the Waynesboro Heritage Museum locals will get a chance to relive some of the high drama of Civil War conflicts that took place around the area. There are also many historical markers in the area, such as Early's Last Battle where Lt. Gen. Jubal A. Early was defeated, which ended the Shenandoah Valley Campaign.
Outdoor activities like biking, hiking, and camping are some of the most popular for Waynesboro denizens. At one of the many campgrounds in and around Waynesboro locals can bond with the outdoors as well as close friends and family members. Residents can also access portions of the Appalachian Trail, which makes for wonderful hiking excursions that provide physical as well as spiritual refreshment.
Waynesboro offers much more to enjoy than just historic locations. At the Shenandoah Valley Art Center residents can see the latest pieces from current artists or take classes on artistic techniques. Waynesboro Virginia real estate is also close to some excellent theaters like the Blackfriars Playhouse and the Wayne Theater, the latter of which is currently being renovated.
Living in Waynesboro is an experience like no other. To buy a home effectively in Waynesboro, it is wise to call upon an experienced and knowledgeable realty company. Pick Old Dominion Realty to fulfill any property needs in and around Waynesboro.