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January
28

5 Staunton Restaurants Perfect for Valentine's Day

Staunton Restaurants Perfect for Valentine's Day
Whether you're visiting, moving into the area, or just beginning to shop Staunton homes for sale, spending February in the area will mean you'll have to find somewhere new to celebrate Valentine's Day. So where are the best local spots for a memorable dinner with your Valentine? Here's the lowdown on five Staunton restaurants that are perfect for Valentine's Day:

  1. Zynodoa Restaurant - 115 E Beverley St.
    A great spot for fabulous fine dining this Valentine's Day, Zynodoa Restaurant offers Southern-inspired cuisine and an extensive wine list for a fantastic dining experience. Ingredients for their ever-changing menu selections are fresh, seasonal and locally sourced, as they work with independent farmers and producers to connect farm and table.

  2. Mill Street Grill - 1 Mill St.
    This turn-of-the-century flour mill turned restaurant is well known for its quality food and fast, fun and efficient service. Mill Street Grill is famous for its tender and delicious Barbeque Baby Back Ribs, as well as its steaks, seafood, and flavorful pasta dishes. If your Valentine is vegetarian or vegan, this restaurant also offers a wide range of vegetarian menu items and made-to-order vegan meals.

  3. Emilio's Italian Restaurant - 23 E Beverley St.
    If your idea of perfect Valentine's Day meal is authentic Italian and Sicilian cuisine, Emilio's Italian Restaurant is just the place for you. This popular local spot offers a varied menu of well-prepared and delicious meals, a lovely wine list, and an elegant fine-dining experience in any of their five dining rooms, balconies overlooking historic downtown Staunton, or their seasonal rooftop patio.

  4. Aioli Restaurant - 29 N Augusta St.
    Another local spot known for providing patrons with a wonderful fine-dining experience, Aioli Restaurant specializes in Mediterranean cuisine. You'll find flavorful French, Italian, and Spanish dishes and beverages on the menu, all prepared by their exceptionally talented in-house chef.

  5. Depot Grille - 42 Middlebrook Ave.
    If you and your Valentine prefer a slightly more casual dining experience, the Depot Grille is sure to be right up your alley. A popular local spot for residents and tourists in the area, this family oriented restaurant is located in a historic building – a reclaimed 1902 train station. It offers a wonderful selection of foods on the menu, including hand-cut premium beef, prime rib, fresh seafood, and much more.

This is just a small selection of the many excellent eateries in and around Staunton. Contact Old Dominion Realty if you would like to know more about the area, including the local dining hot-spots. Our real estate agents are great resources for inside information on our area and are always happy to help residents, visitors, and potential Staunton home buyers.

January
21

Buying a Home in Augusta? Here's How to Apply for a Mortgage

Mortgage Application Tips
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.

  1. Polish Your Credit Score
    Mortgage lenders have a lot to lose on bad decisions, and your credit score is the best indicator they have regarding your financial responsibility. Request free copies of your credit reports from all three major agencies and clean up any inaccuracies.  Credit utilization ratio accounts for one-third of your total score, so devise a plan to pay down open balances as soon as possible.

  2. Know Your Limit
    If you fall in love with a house that's beyond your means, emotion may fool you into believing you can come up with the extra money. But reality hits hard and fast, and you might find yourself sinking under the weight of monthly payments. The industry standard is the 28/36 rule, which dictates that housing costs should be no more than 28 percent of gross monthly income while total debt payment should not exceed 36 percent.

  3. Determine a Down Payment Amount
    While it can be difficult to come up with ready cash for a sizable down payment, the advantages are worth it. Monthly payments will be lower, especially if you put enough down to avoid private mortgage insurance (PMI).  In addition, the smaller the down payment, the more vulnerable home equity is to sudden changes in real estate values.

  4. Research Options
    The good news AND the bad news is that there's no shortage of lenders, types of mortgages and rates. Fixed or adjustable rate? 15-year or 30-year? Government-backed or conventional? First-time home buyer program? It means putting in some serious study time, but there's enough variety to offer solutions for nearly every home buyer's individual situation.

  5. Collect Documents 
    There may be slight variations, but here's a list of the principal documents required by most lenders:

    - Recent paycheck stubs and bank statements
    - Last year's tax returns, including your most recent W2
    - Rent history, if applicable
    - A complete list of assets and debts
    - Divorce decree and bankruptcy discharge papers, if applicable

    If you're self-employed, documents such as tax returns, 1099 forms, and profit-and-loss statement can serve as proof of income.

  6. Get Pre-Approved
    While pre-approval doesn't guarantee a mortgage, it indicates that a lender has reviewed your qualifications and found that you meet their standards for a loan. A pre-approval letter can also mean the difference in having an offer accepted over a buyer without pre-approval.

  7. Read the Fine Print
    Imagine the shock and discouragement you would feel when you learn extra payments actually cost you more due to prepayment penalties. No one enjoys wading through legal documents, but when it comes to mortgages you literally can't afford any surprises. 

When you're ready to view Augusta County homes for sale, our friendly and experienced real estate agents can help you every step of the way. Contact Old Dominion Realty and get ready to make your dream home a reality.

January
14

Ski, Tube & Snowboard at Massanutten Mountain Resort

Harrisonburg Rockingham County Outdoor Fun
There are a hundred reasons to consider Harrisonburg homes for sale. Our real estate agents love showing homes in Rockingham County thanks to the excellent amenities and picturesque locale.

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.

Massanutten Mountain Resort Attracts Visitors Who Love the Slopes

Many people wait all year long for the chance to hit the ski slopes. Whether you're a triple diamond skier, just starting or prefer to lounge in the lodge, Massanutten's the place to be.

Massanutten's snow sports season runs from early December through March, with specific dates depending on weather conditions. The resort provides over a dozen trails for skiing including easy, moderate, and fiendish challenges. There's even a freestyle terrain course.

Massanutten is especially kind to beginners who want to explore skiing for the first time. With its dedicated instructors, you'll be able to learn everything you need to know quickly. You can attend tailored lessons and rent quality ski equipment perfect for first-timers.

Skiing is one of the main attractions, but it's hardly the only winter sport out there.

There's something for everyone at Massanutten Mountain Resort, even the kiddos. You can skate at the rink, go snowboarding or snow tubing, or drink in a scenic ride around the territory. There's also a team racing option for experienced skiers.

And, of course, you'll witness amazing views any time you head up on the lifts.

Delectable Dining and Premium Rooms Round Out Your Ski Resort Stay

When you visit Massanutten, you're getting the whole ski resort experience!

After a fun day out in the cold, it's a grand time to warm up with hot cocoa by a roaring fire. Dining includes selections from the Campfire Grill, Virginia BBQ & Pizza Co., the Hideaway Lounge, or the Base Camp. You'll find options ranging from casual classics to gourmet.

If you want to treat yourself to something special, don't pass up the full spa.

The spa menu features a full selection of services like massages, body treatments, skin care, nail care, and more. There are options for men, women, and young guests. Plus, the spa also holds an assortment of classes. The couple's massage course is especially popular.

Last, but certainly not least, is the shopping. Massanutten incorporates seven distinctive boutique shopping experiences. The General Store will meet all your needs, while the Market showcases wonderful treasures from all over the state of Virginia. There's also a dedicated gift shop – Piney Mountain Gifts – as well as a Teddy Bear Factory where kids can find their perfect souvenir.

Will You Be a Harrisonburg Local in Time for Next Year's Ski Season?

Ski season in Virginia is something you have to see to believe – and Massanutten Mountain Resort lets you do it in style. But, although skiing lasts only until the snow melts, the joy you can get from living in Rockingham County lasts all year long.

Old Dominion Realty has built up an experienced team of leading real estate professionals. We make the process of finding, choosing, and making an offer a home simple. Before you know it, you could be moving into a dream home just a short hop from your favorite ski resort.

Contact Old Dominion Realty today. We look forward to helping you.

January
7

Wintertime Adventures in West Virginia

West Virginia Wintertime Outdoor Adventures
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.

Outdoor Wintertime Adventures in West Virginia

  • Timberline Four Seasons Resort – 254 Four Seasons Drive
    No matter what winter sports you enjoy the most, you're sure to find a fun way to spend the day at Timberline Four Seasons Resort. The mountain features 40 ski/snowboard trails with something for every experience level, a vertical rise of 1000 feet, and the longest ski run in the area on the Salamander trail, which stretches for more than two miles. Timberline Resort also offers a host of other opportunities for outdoor wintertime adventures, including ice skating, and snow tubing. You can purchase daily lift tickets on the day that you visit Timberline, or pick up an affordable season pass for a full winter of West Virginia fun. The resort averages more than 150 inches of snow per year, so you can expect great conditions no matter when you visit throughout the winter.

  • White Grass Cross Country Skiing – 643 Weiss Knob Ski Road
    If you're looking for Moorefield homes for sale, know that you'll be able to enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities, including cross-country skiing, throughout the winter. The White Grass Cross Country Skiing area features more than 25km of groomed trails, with areas fit for skiers of every skill level. With an average of more than 13 feet of snow each year, White Grass is a great place to visit throughout the winter for all of your cross country skiing adventures.

  • Blackwater Falls – 1584 Blackwater Lodge Road
    Do you prefer your favorite outdoor winter adventures to include a healthy dose of stunning West Virginia scenery? Then head to beautiful Blackwater Falls State Park, where fun and natural beauty go hand-in-hand. Spend the day traversing the trails with snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, or find a quiet place to enjoy the scenery. Kids also love visiting Blackwater Falls State Park, because it is home to the longest and fastest sled run on the East Coast! Visitors of all ages often flock to the sled hill to feel the wind in their hair. Blackwater Falls State Park also features more than 20 miles of hiking trails, along with the opportunity to see the gorgeous, iconic 60-foot Blackwater Falls in person.

Are you still searching for a home close to all of the outdoor adventures that await you throughout the year in West Virginia? Our local real estate team is here to help. Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to buy and sell homes throughout the Moorefield, WV area.

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