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January
27

Celebrating 60 Years

Old Dominion 60 Years

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.

196260 Years of History

In 1962 Clyde Pugh founded Old Dominion Realty in the building that is now the Crimson Inn in Bridgewater, VA. In the early days, Clyde shared an office with the town police. He recounted that when the town policeman was out on a call, he would answer the phone for the police. He received some entertaining calls in those days. In the same spirit of cooperation, the town policeman would answer Clyde's real estate calls when he was out of the office on appointment. 

Old Dominion was founded on Clyde's integrity, spirit of cooperation, and love for the local community. In the '60s and '70s, Clyde and Old Dominion were deeply involved in the growth and development of the Town of Bridgewater. Clyde was on the town council and was a part of the committee that built Ashby Pool. He was a Director for First Virginia Bank and was on the James Madison Foundation. He was a part of developing Windsor Estates, Northshore, Sanston Sites, Holly Hill Subdivision, Fletcher Pope Subdivision, and much of the western part of the town of Bridgewater and Reherd Acres in Harrisonburg.

In 1973 Clyde Pugh suffered a heart attack and his son, Michael Pugh, 19 at the time was suddenly cast in the role of Managing Broker for Old Dominion Realty at a very young age. Clyde's community stepped up to help in a huge way. Clyde's friends and competing brokers came together to help Mike keep the business running. Clyde's close friend Paige Gordon, a broker at Homeland Realty at the time provided almost daily support for Mike and Old Dominion Realty to continue to operate. 

1976Mike Pugh continued in the broker role after Clyde's recovery and never looked back. Mike's talents and contributions to the local community are innumerable. He has been a part of numerous commercial and residential projects and developments. Some of his work includes Old Mill Landing, Oak Meadows, and Millview Estates in Bridgewater, Saddlebrook Plantation in Mount Crawford, The Springs at Osceola and Wingate Meadows in Rockingham County, Broadway Plaza, the Wal-Mart in Timberville, and Crossroads Plaza in Penn Laird. His vision and ability to draw talented staff and agents to Old Dominion and train and provide support in everyday operations is truly amazing.

Mike has been a leader in the community his entire career. In addition to being Principal Broker for Old Dominion, he is also a Certified General Appraiser and was one of the founding members of Colonial Appraisal Service, Inc. He now serves as Chairman of the Board of F&M Bank and is Vice-Chair on the Board at Sunnyside. He is a past member of the board for Bridgewater Retirement Community, served on the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He is a current board member for Valley Southern Title, Bankers Title, and F&M Mortgage. He currently serves as Chairman of F&M Bankcorp. He was voted businessperson of the year by the Chamber of Commerce in 2012.

Truly a family operation Barry Pugh, Mike's brother has been with Old Dominion Realty for over 40 years as a real estate sales agent. He has also served as a Certified General Appraiser along with his wife Susan Pugh in the past. Prior to real estate both Barry and Susan served the Town of Bridgewater by being deeply involved in the Bridgewater Volunteer Fire Company.

Mike's daughter Micah and son-in-law Chad Branson are both involved with the family business. Micah is an Associate Broker and Chad runs Old Dominion Realty Property Management in addition to sales. Micah is a Certified Residential Appraiser. Son John Pugh provides landscaping, snow removal, and general maintenance support through his business, Pugh Landscaping. Clyde, Mike, and Micah are all past presidents of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Association of Realtors.

ODR joins LeadingRE

In 2005, Old Dominion joined Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. LeadingRE is an invitation only network of the world's market-leading independent real estate brokerages. From 2006 through 2007 Old Dominion experienced steady growth, opening offices in Franklin, WV; Moorefield, WV and Penn Laird, VA. In December of 2010 an opportunity arose for Old Dominion to open a real estate office in Augusta County under the leadership of Cathy Ward, who also became a partner in the firm. The Augusta office started with seven agents and quickly grew creating the need for more office space. In 2018, the Old Dominion Augusta Office moved to Myers Corner, where it remains today, and is home to 33 agents and 2 staff members. In recent years, Cathy has passed the leadership torch to her daughter, Natalie Campbell, who is now the Managing Broker for that office. Natalie shared her thoughts on the tremendous growth over 11 years stating, "The key to our success has been the hard work of every ODR member and we hope to continue serving our local communities for many years to come." 

Our ODR team has grown to support a sales force and staff of over 100 people. Still family-owned and operated by a talented team who value community and the family culture. With 5 offices in Virginia and West Virginia, our footprint covers the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.

For more information on our history, be sure to check out this video detailing our full history.

5 Offices

Our Present and Future

Today our real estate agents are happy to serve our community with support for residential, land, commercial, agricultural and recreational sellers and buyers in Virginia and West Virginia. Additionally, we offer or have partnering services in property management, appraisal, and auction services. We are a proud partner with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. Which gives our agents the tools to refer clients to qualified agents throughout the United States and Internationally. Ready to work with a real estate team that has the experience you need to accomplish your goals? Contact us today. 

December
7

Christmas Cookies from the Old Dominion Kitchen

Christmas Cookies from Old Dominion

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. 

No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Covered Ritz

  • 2 sleeves Ritz crackers
  • Creamy peanut butter
  • Melting chocolate

Make peanut butter sandwiches with a pair of Ritz and peanut butter.

Melt chocolate.

Dip sandwiches into chocolate covering them completely, set to cool and harden (chill in refrigerator).

Decorate for the season or enjoy them on their own.

Old Dominion Recipes Coconut

Coconut Macarons

  • 2 2/3 cups Baker's angel flake coconut
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 6 tbsp. flour
  • 1/3 tsp. salt
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • candied cherry halves

Combine coconut, sugar, flour, and salt in a bowl. Stir in egg whites and almond extract; mix well.

Drop from teaspoon onto lightly greased baking sheets. Add cherry halves.

Bake at 300 for 20 to 25 minutes, or until edges are golden. Remove from sheets immediately.

Peanut Butter Blossoms

  • 1 cups peanut butter
  • 1 cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Bag of Hershey's kisses or peanut butter cups
  • (double recipe for greater yield)

Mix peanut butter, sugar, and eggs.

Drop desired cookie size dough on cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 for 8 to 10 minutes. Add a candy on top right before removing from the oven.

Old Dominion Cinnamon Cookies

Cinnamon Delights

  • 3/4 cup Crisco
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup Grandma's Molasses
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp. ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. clove
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 350.

Cream shortening and sugar. Add egg and molasses, mix well.

Add flour, soda, cinnamon, ginger, clove, and salt.

Form dough into balls, roll each into a mixture of 1/2 c. sugar and 1 tbsp. cinnamon.

Bake for 10 minutes on a greased cookie sheet.

Old Dominion Sugar Cookies

Cut Out Sugar Cookies

  • 2 sticks (8 oz.) unsalted butter, at room temperature for 1 hour
  • 2 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 tsp. freshly grated lemon zest
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Mix butter, cream cheese, and sugar with an electric hand mixer or stand mixer until fluffy. Beat in egg, vanilla and almond extracts, and lemon zest.

Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate large bowl. Gradually beat dry mixture into butter and sugar mixture until fully incorporated and soft dough forms.

Divide dough into 2 balls, roll out each to 1/4 inch thickness between parchment paper. Refrigerate for 1 hour (or freeze then thaw in the refrigerator overnight).

Cut out cookies and bake at 350 on a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Bake 8 to 12 minutes until set, let cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before decorating.

Old Dominion Ginger Cookies

Giant Ginger Cookies

  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 cups shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 3/4 cup sugar

Mix flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt in a medium bowl. In a separate large bowl, beat shortening with an electric mixer on low for 30 seconds, add sugar, and beat till combined. Beat eggs and molasses into the shortening mixture until combined. Beat in as much flour mixture as possible, stir in the rest.

Shape dough into 2 inch balls then roll each in 3/4 cup sugar. Place 2 1/2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 for 11 to 13 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned and tops are puffed. Cool on a cookie sheet for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Involve your entire family in the process, and cherish this memorable activity you can revive each holiday season in your home. Looking for a sweet new home with a kitchen for all your baking? Let our team help you search Augusta County homes for sale and find the perfect home to celebrate the holiday season. To get started, contact us today.

November
26

Bill Blose Memorial Scholarship Fund Recognizes Spotswood High School Senior Student-Athletes

Bill Blose Memorial Scholarship
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.

The Bill Blose Memorial Scholarship Fund Recognizes Spotswood High Senior Student-Athletes

"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."

Bill brought passion to his work every day at Old Dominion Realty, helping people shop for Harrisonburg homes for sale with a friendly, personal touch. That's no surprise because Bill brought a lovable, outgoing nature to every situation. Betsy Blose, Bill's daughter, says her biggest memory is that her dad was "always there for his daughters and so many others," and how "he would greet those he knew and those he did not know with his big smile, open arms, and bear hugs."

Bill's love of the community was evident every day in his work and his support of community initiatives. The Bill Blose Memorial Scholarship Fund was established after his untimely passing to help local student-athletes from Spotswood High School take the next steps toward a productive college education.

Learn More about the Bill Blose Memorial Scholarship Fund and Past Recipients

Bill Blose loved sports and being a father, so a scholarship for local student-athletes who have taken an interest in their own future was a natural way to honor the man beloved by so many. Before Bill's untimely passing, his daughters had given Bill and his wife Ellen a trip to Ireland as a Christmas gift. While Bill passed away before being able to make that trip, the funds from the trip were used to seed the Bill Blose Memorial Scholarship Fund.

In celebration of his upcoming 80th birthday on February 5, Bill's family would like for people to celebrate Bill Blose by supporting his scholarship. To contribute to the Bill Blose Memorial Scholarship Fund, please visit the Rockingham Educational Foundation website.

Bill believed that team sports are a great way to prepare for the challenges of life, teaching invaluable lessons of cooperative effort, graciousness whether winning or losing hard work and discipline. So providing a scholarship that honors those qualities is a natural way to honor Bill's memory. Students can apply for the scholarship by writing an essay about how sports have prepared them for life. Entries are reviewed by Rockingham Education Foundation board members, who also interview entrants and present the scholarship every spring.

Past recipients of the Bill Blose Memorial Scholarship include: Kelsey Pack (2005), Alissa Michael (2006), Haley Pack (2007), Trey Jarrels (2008), Brennan Trick (2009), Makenzie Beam (2010), Erin Greene (2011), Austin Folsom (2012), Robbie Failes (2013), Caleb Detamore (2014), Elizabeth Dofflemyer (2015), Andrew McDaniel (2016), Adam Dofflemyer (2017), and Blair McGloon (2018).

Bill's family is grateful for the overwhelming support that the community has shown to the scholarship fund, and to honoring the memory of a man who meant so much to so many people. The Bill Blose Memorial Scholarship fund will continue to reward local student-athletes who wish to pursue higher education.

Our team at Old Dominion Realty is proud to honor the memory of Bill Blose, and highlight the work being done in his name today. If you wish to become a part of one of the communities that Bill supported, we'd love to help. Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to get started.

June
15

Old Dominion Realty Launches Online Listing Advertisements with Adwerx Enterprise

Program creates online ads to showcase newly listed properties to Virginia and West Virginia buyers

Staunton, VA, June 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Old Dominion Realty today announces that it is running automatic online listing ads through the Adwerx Enterprise Automated Listing Advertising Program. The service will provide ads generated from new properties publicly listed through Old Dominion Realty.

Digital property advertisements provide added visibility for newly listed properties by reaching potential buyers on the websites they already frequent. These ads are launched as soon as a home is listed for sale online to help streamline marketing so that agents can focus on the sales process.

"Delivering quality services that people can rely on is core to our mission at Old Dominion Realty," added Michael Pugh, Broker/Owner of Old Dominion Realty. "Adwerx has created an advertising system that combines effortless execution and precise reporting so that our agents and their clients can see how the home has been advertised online."

Old Dominion Realty was originally founded in 1962 and has expanded to 105 agents in five offices across Virginia and West Virginia. In 2005, Old Dominion Realty joined Leading Real Estate Companies of the World (LeadingRE), an association of the best-known local and regional independent real estate firms offering relocation and referral services.

"Old Dominion Realty is a well-known and respected brand in Virginia and West Virginia," added Jed Carlson, CEO of Adwerx. "We are honored to provide a service to help them showcase their listings and delight their sellers with targeted ad campaigns."

The Adwerx Enterprise Automated Listing Advertising Program was launched in 2017 and has expanded to brokerages around the United States, delivering over 1.4 billion ad impressions to date. Agents using the program have reported a high level of satisfaction with nearly 94 percent stating they felt it would earn them more listings.

To learn more, please visit https://enterprise.adwerx.com.

About Old Dominion Realty

Old Dominion Realty is a full service established regional real estate firm offering residential real estate services, property management, residential and commercial appraisal services, consulting, relocation services and commercial sales and leasing services. Old Dominion Realty is committed to serving and supporting clients and communities with integrity and quality services that are unmatched in the industry.

About Adwerx

One of the fastest growing companies in real estate technology, Adwerx automates digital advertising for brokerages to delight the seller and increase agent satisfaction.  Adwerx helps individual agents promote themselves and their listings online, working with over 100,000 real estate customers across the US, Canada, and Australia. Adwerx was ranked #173 on the Inc. 5000 list of America's Fastest Growing Private Companies for 2017 and has been an Inman Innovator Award nominee for its advertising technology. For more information, visit www.adwerx.com.

May
22

Old Dominion Realty Has Expanded to Its New Augusta County Office Location

We're On the Grow and On the Move

Augusta Office Open House

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 You Build It, They Will Come

Moving to a new office is no small task and neither is building it.  With more than a year invested from start to finish, we broke ground for our new location Summer 2017.  There's a ton of work that goes into the designing, planning, building, and moving to a new business home.  We officially unlocked the doors to our new office in April of this year.

Here are some photos of our new space while under construction:

Augusta Office New Space

It's Time to Celebrate

Old Dominion Realty and the Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce will be celebrating the grand opening of the new office location on Wednesday, June 6 with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open House beginning at 11:30 am to 5:00 pm.  The public is invited to attend the event.

Old Dominion Realty has partnered with Woody's Culinary Skills & Food Service Training (a part of the Woodrow Wilson Vocational Program) to provide refreshments after the ceremony for guests.  Woodrow Wilson Vocational Program provides workforce training, education, and support for its students that result in industry-recognized credentials and competitive employment opportunities in the local community.

Time to Meet our Neighbors

While Myers Corners is a relatively new development in our local community, it has already caught the attention of numerous businesses including Fishersville Family Pharmacies, 7-Eleven, Bankers Insurance, Farmers and Merchants Bank, Prosperity Home Mortgage, F&M Mortgage, Comprehensive Health Systems, PLC and many more. 

About Old Dominion Realty

Old Dominion Realty continues to serve the local Eastern West Virginia and Central Virginia Shenandoah Valley communities with excellent quality service for home buyers and sellers alike.  We are a full service, established firm with five office locations across Virginia and West Virginia. In an ever-changing real estate market, there has been one constant for over 50 years--Old Dominion Realty. Simply stated: We are built on integrity with proven results.

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August
16

Old Dominion Realty Announces Commercial Real Estate Website Redesign

ODR Commercial Relaunch
Old Dominion Realty is proud to announce the release of our newly redesigned commercial real estate website www.odrcommercial.com.  Old Dominion Realty--working with the design and marketing team at Delta Media Group—used advanced website design and technology to maximize our visitors' online experience.

As a full-service commercial real estate company in Harrisonburg, VA, Old Dominion Realty wanted to give our website an overall feel that went along with the branding of our residential website.  Our goal was to represent our brand to commercial investors and developers across the country as well as local real estate owners, developers, investors, brokers, landlords, and tenants.

www.odrcommercial.com is a responsive website that looks great and is easy to use no matter what device you're using—desktop, tablet or smartphone.  It showcases property listings with large-scale photos and a scrollable image gallery, detailed listing information, IDX technology, and an easy-to-use property search making it simple for Old Dominion Realty's clients to find the perfect investment properties.

ODR Commercial, a division of Old Dominion Realty, is a major force in commercial real estate in our local communities.  Contact ODR Commercial to learn more about our professional real estate services. We have an exceptional staff of seasoned REALTORS® each bringing their individual knowledge and experience to the forefront. With over 50 years of experience, we are Built on Integrity with Proven Results!

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