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August
1

ODR's Affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World

Old Dominion Realty

As an independent real estate firm, our goal is to provide the best possible service to you and provide comprehensive assistance in achieving your real estate goals. This is true whether you're moving to a Virginia/West Virginia community from across town or across the world. One of the ways that we provide that level of service is through our affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE), a worldwide network of top independent real estate brokerages.

Both our real estate agents and our clients benefit from our affiliation with LeadingRE, whose mantra is "Making the Best Brokerages Better." No matter where you're moving from, our team is here to help you find the home that perfectly suits your needs.

Get to Know Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®

Founded in 1997 by 50 of the largest real estate brokerages in the United States, LeadingRE has grown into a worldwide network over the last 25 years. It's now comprised of 550 companies in more than 70 countries, with 4,700 offices located across the world and 136,000 sales associates. LeadingRE is a by-invitation-only network focused on raising the bar in real estate, with industry-leading metrics in sales and market coverage.

What this means for clients is that no matter where you're currently located and where you're planning to move, there's a global network of like-minded real estate firms ready to serve you. Long-distance moves are so much easier when you have a worldwide network to lean on, and we're proud to be part of a network that's built to serve you.

Global Network

A Global Network with Local Knowledge

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® is made up of industry-leading local and regional real estate firms. As a client, one key benefit of working with a local or regional real estate brand is that you have access to unparalleled local knowledge. In our case, that means helping you find the right home, in the right neighborhood, in Virginia and West Virginia communities.

When you're relocating from far away, there are so many factors to consider, whether you're relocating for work, family, military service, or simply to experience something new. Starting a new life in a new location is so much smoother when you have access to a global network with unmatched local knowledge. Take the guesswork out of a long-distance move, and find a real estate brand you can trust to make your transition a smooth, streamlined experience so you can focus on settling into your new home.

Local Team

Our Affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®

You can find our Old Dominion Realty page on the LeadingRE website and our video on Old Dominion Realty and LeadingRE to learn more about our affiliation with the network. If you're moving from out of state or outside the country, we can help you manage the logistics, find the right neighborhood, and find the right home. If you're moving from Virginia/West Virginia to another location, our affiliation with LeadingRE means that we can help you find the right agent in communities across the world.

On the LeadingRE website, you can also access tools like the Global Cost of Living Report, Currency Converter, and Mortgage Calculator to help you make informed decisions. The goal is to provide you with the best possible service, no matter where you're moving from or where you're moving to, through a network with global reach.

Services from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® offers a variety of tools to help facilitate long-distance moves for individuals and organizations.

  • Luxury Portfolio International®
    Luxury Portfolio International® is geared toward luxury clientele, with more than 50,000 of the world's finest properties listed annually. If you're searching for a luxury home, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® can help you find it.

  • RELO Direct, Inc.®
    RELO Direct, Inc.® is a service for corporate clients, providing comprehensive administrative support to help employees move with high satisfaction rates. It also has extensive certifications to help government organizations manage employee moves.

  • Solutions Group
    The Solutions Group program helps us help you. LeadingRE partners with a wide range of service providers that allow members to leverage the best tools, technology, and services in the real estate industry to provide the best possible service to our clients.

Our Team

Let Us Help You Plan Your Next Move

Whether you're shopping for Augusta County homes for sale or homes in another Virginia or West Virginia community, our team is here to help you accomplish your real estate goals. Our affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® can help us accommodate your needs, no matter where you're moving from or what is motivating your move. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Augusta County, VA area.

June
20

What to Know Before Adding a Pool To Your Property

Pool Tips

Having a pool in your own backyard sounds idyllic; on a hot, muggy summer day, you can cool off with a refreshing swim within minutes. Or, instead of the traditional cookout, pool parties are on the itinerary for your friends and family members.

Before you decide to install a pool, our real estate agents recommend considering the following factors that could potentially affect your decision. 

zoning

  • The Zoning Laws in Your Area
    Zoning laws aren't typically your first concern when you envision having your own pool, but they can impact your ability to install a pool on your property. Many towns have strict laws concerning fencing and safety precautions for residential pools. These laws can affect your budget and plans for your pool. Or, you may need to apply for a permit to add certain types of pools. If you install a pool without the right permits, you'll have trouble selling your home if you decide to add it to the inventory of Rockingham homes for sale

Pool Parties

  • How You Plan to Use Your Pool
    Spend a few minutes envisioning how you will use your pool. Do you want to add a daily swim to your exercise regime? Or, are you more interested in having a fun spot for summer parties and gatherings? Your purpose for the pool will impact the best design and materials for your pool, as well as the surrounding area. For example, if you want to use your pool for entertaining, you'll likely want to add a large patio to accommodate chairs and pool toys for your guests. Or, if your pool plans involve lots of lap swimming, an endless pool gives you the aquatic area you need without taking up as much of your yard. 
  • Whether You Plan to Remain in Your Home Long Term
    While you might not know your exact plans for your future, consider if your current home is a place that you want to stay for years or indefinitely. Adding a pool is a significant expense, and it usually doesn't provide a stellar return for your investment when you add your home to the list of Bridgewater homes for sale. Some potential homebuyers may even view a pool as a negative when shopping for potential homes. If you only plan to remain in your home for another couple of years, installing a pool may not be the best use of your funds. However, if you plan to remain in your home for a decade or more, the expense seems a bit more reasonable to ensure your home is suited to your needs and preferences. 

Budget

  • Your Budget
    There are a lot of costs associated with installing a pool, and you want to make sure that your budget can handle the expense. In addition to the cost of the pool itself, you have to factor in expenses for preparing your yard or, if you're installing an in-ground pool, the costs associated with excavating your property. There are also a seemingly endless number of features you can add to your pool, like ambient lighting, jets, and waterfalls. These extras will quickly cause the price of your pool to balloon. Another detail to think about is whether you prefer a chlorine or saltwater pool. Chlorine pools are usually initially cheaper, but they're difficult and more expensive to maintain. Saltwater pools have a higher upfront cost, but the maintenance is less cumbersome, and they're cheaper to operate. A pool also has ongoing costs that you'll need to account for. You'll likely pay a higher homeowner's insurance premium due to the liability of owning a pool, and you'll spend more on utilities to keep your pool running. Pools also need maintenance and periodic repairs to keep them running smoothly. 
  • How Quickly You Want to Start Using Your Pool
    Unfortunately, a pool is a home improvement project that can potentially take months to complete. If you want access to a pool immediately to improve your personal fitness, this isn't realistic. Plan on joining a local gym with an aquatic center to get your training done while your pool is being installed. Or, perhaps you're hosting an event and want to make sure your pool won't disrupt the aesthetic. If you're in a situation where a yard undergoing construction isn't acceptable, it may be best to delay your pool's installation. It's best to install a pool with minimal expectations about how long the installation process will take. Materials may be delayed, or the project just might take longer than expected. 

A pool sounds like a fantastic outside addition, but there are a lot of factors to think about that will influence your final decision. Want a home with more outside space? Contact us today!

May
9

Impress Buyers With These Outdoor Staging Tips

Impress Buyers with Outdoor Staging

Your home's exterior is your best chance to make a good first impression on home shoppers. Your exterior has a huge impact on your ability to sell quickly and drive clicks to your listing online. Taking the time to ensure your garden, lawn, and patio area are all in tip-top shape before listing your home is essential for success.

Home staging is the process of dressing up your home in such a way that it is attractive to home shoppers. It's a process that can help your property sell fast, and it can also help you earn a higher sale price. When it comes to home staging, many sellers are quick to prioritize the interior; however, our real estate agents always tell clients to not forget about the outdoor space. Here are a few tips to keep your home's exterior looking great:

Deep Clean

  • Deep Clean Everything
    Deep cleaning isn't just for the indoors. It's also an important element of outdoor staging. This means pressure washing your siding, porch, and patio, as well as cleaning the windows, gutters, and downspouts. Make sure to also rid your yard of any leaves, branches, or debris. At the end of the day, you want your home to shine bright like these Augusta County homes for sale.

  • Boost Your Curb Appeal
    Curb appeal is a term that describes the view of your home from the street. Curb appeal encompasses all elements of your facade, including your front door, landscaping, driveway, and front porch. There are many easy ways to give your curb appeal a boost. Paint your front door, buy a new mailbox, add some porch furniture, or even replace your address numbers. Your efforts will really show on your listing photos!

Refresh Landscaping

  • Refresh Your Landscaping
    Spring and summer are the perfect times to wow buyers with amazing landscaping. Make sure your lawn is mowed, bushes and hedges are trimmed, add a fresh layer of mulch in any garden areas, and clear out any weeds. Flowers can really help set the scene, so either plant some new ones or buy some potted flowers for the porch or patio. 

  • Add Comfortable Seating
    Outdoor gathering spaces are important selling points, so make sure to optimize yours. Whether it's a porch, patio, or firepit in the yard, comfortable seating is a must. Big, comfy patio furniture with a nice center table can make for a nice scene. Or, stage a nice backyard gathering spot with Adirondack chairs. 

Painting

  • Add Some Paint
    Take a look at the various elements that make up your exterior and determine where a fresh coat of paint is needed. Consider your fence, deck, porch, front door, and garage door. If anything is looking a bit faded, a fresh coat of paint can go a long way towards brightening things up. 

  • Ditch the Personal Decor
    The goal of any home staging effort is to make things as neutral as possible. When home shopping, buyers are trying to imagine themselves in the space. Personalization can make this difficult. Take the time to remove any outdoor clutter, such as garden decorations, toys, yard ornaments, porch decor, or hanging flags.

Exterior Lighting

  • Add Some Exterior Lighting
    While most home shoppers will be visiting your property during the day, some may drive by your home in the evening. This is when it can really pay off to have some beautiful outdoor lighting. Add some garden lights that reflect off of your facade, or line your sidewalk and driveway with LEDs. String lights also make for great options on outdoor patios. 

Real Estate Agent

  • Find a Good Real Estate Agent
    Staging a home is both an art and a science. Because most sellers don't have a ton of experience in home staging, it can be helpful to turn to a real estate agent who does. Real estate agents are in the loop on all the latest design trends, and they know what buyers want. A good agent is very capable of guiding you through the staging process and making the most of your property.

Buyers are more likely to pay close attention to your home's exterior in warm weather months, so taking the time to stage your outdoor area is well worth the time. If you're planning to list your home for sale this year, we can help. Contact us today.

March
14

Features People are Willing to Move for in 2022

Home Features

As life changes, people naturally seek new homes that are better suited for that next stage of life. Whether it's starting a new family or starting to downsize, our needs are constantly changing.

Understanding what buyers are looking for can really pay off when it comes time to sell. Our real estate agents always recommend you put yourself in the shoes of your target buyer, so you can market features of your home that are most desirable. Here are some of the top home features we believe consumers are willing to move for in 2022:

Home Office

  • A Comfortable Home Office
    Remote work is here to stay, and so is the need for a comfortable home office. For most people, taking conference calls from the dining room table will no longer cut it. So many consumers are seeking out new homes with an extra bedroom or a finished basement area that can be easily converted into a spacious home office. Even if your home doesn't have an office, it can help to stage one during the selling process. If you're looking for some examples of beautiful home offices, check out some of these awesome Augusta County homes for sale.

  • More Space
    Size requirements vary over the course of a lifetime, and so some families move primarily for the sake of more square footage. As a seller, we recommend doing everything possible to highlight the storage features of your home. During the staging process, make sure your closets are freshly painted and not overflowing. Closets that are a little less than half full actually appear larger in size. 

Outdoor Features

  • Beautiful Outdoor Space
    A big backyard may not always be important in a first home, but as consumers begin to start a family, having a nice green space for the kids to play becomes even more important. A bigger backyard has always been a common reason for moving. As a seller, you can really bring out the best in your outdoor space through good landscaping, patio decor, and gardening.

  • A Large Garage
    Covered parking is a big deal, especially in the winter. Many homeowners are willing to move in order to avoid off-street parking or a one-car garage. If you have a nice multi-vehicle garage, make sure to clean it out and declutter to try to maximize the space. Also, consider adding new bright lighting to make it shine.  

Pet-Friendly Features

  • Pet-Friendly Amenities
    A great home for pets is often a non-negotiable for millennials, so it's no surprise to see consumers moving for more pet-friendly amenities. Whether it's a walkable neighborhood or a location with quick access to parks, vets, or pet-boarding, many people are considering their dog or cat's well-being when choosing a place to live.

Kitchen Features

  • A Big Bright Kitchen
    Kitchens in many starter homes are small and not conducive to cooking large meals. Many people are willing to move in order to obtain that big bright kitchen they've always dreamed of. Big kitchens make it easy to host dinner parties and holidays. It's worth considering a nice kitchen makeover with new lighting, flooring, and even upgraded appliances, as these renovations could earn you a nice ROI when it comes time to sell.

  • A Spacious Extra Bathroom
    The total number of bathrooms is an important selling feature, and often families are in search of homes with two, three, or even four full bathrooms. Adding an extra bathroom can really boost your market value. We often see homeowners add an extra full or half bath to a finished basement. 

Laundry Features

  • A Nice Laundry Room 
    A dedicated laundry room is often among the most desired features of homebuyers. Washers and dryers are often stored in the basement, due to easy access to utility lines; however, many prefer a comfortable laundry room with space to wash, dry, fold, and iron clothes.

By learning what buyers are looking for in a home, you can be better prepared to market the best features of your listing. For more tips on how to maximize your property, contact us.

February
28

Spring Cleaning Tasks That Will Get Your Home Ready to List

Spring Cleaning

Spring naturally brings out the desire to clean, and if you're interested in selling your home, it couldn't come at a better time. Before your home is listed for sale with one of our real estate agents, make sure it will look its best. Spring cleaning can make your home shine and look fresh and clean! This is sure to make it more appealing to prospective buyers and help it stand out from other Rockingham County homes for sale.

The following spring cleaning tasks will help you get your home ready to list:

Declutter

  • Clear the Clutter
    Everyone has possessions that they no longer want or use, and holding onto them makes your home look messier and harder to keep clean. A crowded home also will make prospective buyers wonder if your home has enough storage and makes it harder for them to imagine your home as their own. Before you start spring cleaning, go through your home and remove clothes that are no longer worn, broken, or outgrown toys and household goods that have outlived their usefulness. Items that are still in good shape can be sold or donated.

  • Make a Checklist
    Make a room-by-room checklist of what you need to clean. This helps keep you on track, ensures that areas aren't forgotten, and gives you a sense of accomplishment as you cross items off your list. Break each room down into areas, such as drawers, and then individual tasks such as wiping them down and swapping out any outdated hardware. This checklist can also be used to divide spring cleaning tasks among several family members.

Cleaning Supplies

  • Shop for Needed Cleaning Supplies
    Make sure you have what you need, including a good all-purpose cleaner and microfiber cloths, before you start cleaning. Supplies that can be used for a myriad of objects and surfaces are ideal to start with, and as you start cleaning, you can always buy a specialty product if there's a need for it. Look for cleansers that have a pleasingly light scent since this can also help your home seem fresh and clean.

  • Don't Forget the Outside
    It's not just your home's interior that needs freshening up in the spring - it's also the outside. The outside of your home will be seen by house hunters even before the inside is. And if it makes a poor impression, they may never make it through your front door. Walk around your home and yard to see what needs cleaning, repairing, and refreshing. You might need to pressure wash the exterior of your home as well as your driveway, patio, deck, and walkways. Paint touch-ups may also be needed. 

  • Wash Everything You Can
    Household items can collect dust that makes them look dirty and dingy, so wash everything you can. This includes curtains, some area rugs, bath mats, and shower curtains. Items that can't be washed should be thoroughly shaken outside and vacuumed using the right attachment. If they've seen better days, you may want to simply replace them, especially if they're relatively inexpensive items.

Spring Clean Windows

  • Make Your Windows Sparkle
    If you've had your draperies or blinds closed for a good bit of the winter, you may not have noticed how grimy they've gotten. Scrub each pane clean inside and out on a cloudy day so you're not left with streaks. And don't forget to also scrub any sills or trim. Clean windows can make your entire home sparkle and will let sunlight in, giving your home a bright, fresh appearance. Just be aware that sunlight streaming into a home highlights any dust, so make sure to add dusting to your list of spring cleaning to-dos.

  • Clean Easily Overlooked Areas
    Prospective buyers will be looking over your home from top to bottom, so no area is too small to ignore. Clean your light switch plates and outlet covers, and pay attention to the inside of your appliances, drawers, and cabinets because potential buyers will definitely open them.

Spring Clean Entryway

  • Spend Extra Time on Your Entryway
    Since your entryway will be the first part of your home's interior that prospective buyers will see, take extra time on the area so it makes a good impression. Invest in a new welcome mat, make sure your door is in great shape (including any glass inserts), and clean the floor thoroughly. And if you have any furniture to store shoes, coats, or other items near the door, make sure it's clean and uncluttered. Not only does this make a better impression, but it also gives prospective buyers a place to hang their jackets.

Contact us to see Rockingham homes for sale or Harrisonburg homes for sale. Whether you're looking to buy a home, sell one, or do both, we have the knowledge and experience to make your transaction go smoothly.

February
21

Create a Vertical Garden This Spring

Vertical Garden

If you're thinking of creative ways to revamp your landscaping this spring, a vertical garden can make a beautiful addition to any yard. A vertical garden is simply any collection of plants growing on a vertical structure. The structure can really be anything...try a wall, fence, or homemade frame. Vertical gardens not only look great, but there are so many plants that can grow vertically, so you'll have plenty of options.

Our real estate agents have noticed vertical gardens are becoming quite the trend these days. We've even spotted a few at these beautiful Rockingham County homes for sale. Creating one might seem like a significant effort, but they're actually quite easy. Here are some tips to help you get started with your own:

  • Start By Choosing The Best Spot
    The success of your vertical garden is largely contingent on where you decide to put it. In many cases, choosing a location that receives adequate sunlight is most important. However, if you're primarily growing plants that enjoy the shade, this may factor into your location decision. In either case, you can easily turn a vertical garden into an aesthetically pleasing exterior element, so you'll most likely want to put it in a spot that is visible. Some people attempt to grow ivy up a trellis or fence to create an enclosed garden or even to increase the privacy of the backyard.

  • Create A Sturdy Frame
    One of the most common vertical gardening mistakes is using a flimsy frame. Your frame needs to be strong enough to support your plants but also to withstand rain, hail, and strong winds. Thick, sturdy wood is often the best bet -- steer clear of thin boards or loose wire.

Garden Tips

  • Select Your Plants
    Some plants are easier to grow vertically than others. Remember, in many cases, you'll be working with a limited amount of soil, so selecting plants with shallow roots is the way to go. Succulents, leafy vegetables, vines, ivy, and flowers all make for great choices.

  • Support Your Plants
    Not all plants naturally grow vertically, so some might need a bit of extra support. Forgetting to support your vertical growing plants can cause them to hang and block the necessary sun exposure your other plants need to survive. Make good use of fasteners and clips to keep your plants growing up.

  • Protect Your Property
    If you're growing a vertical garden against your home or shed, it's important to take the right steps to protect your exterior wall. A vertical garden will need to be watered frequently, so you'll need to be sure to use a protective backing layer to prevent damage. If your garden is placed against the side of your home, make sure to place a pooling tray at the bottom to prevent water from collecting near your foundation. 

Planters

  • Add Planters And Hanging Baskets
    While ivy or plants with shallow roots are great options for vertical gardens, you can also supplement your greenery with planters and hanging baskets. These items can be great for supporting your heavier plants. Just make sure they're well-secured.

  • You Can't Go Wrong With Ivy
    When many people think of vertical gardens, they think of a beautiful vine climbing the side of a brick wall. Using a clinging vine, such as a perennial vine, as the foundation for your vertical garden can add a beautiful and enchanted vibe to your home's exterior.

  • Ladders Make Good Shelves
    If your frame is running out of space, you can add a ladder to either side of your garden to give you some extra shelves. Ladders can make it easy to hang baskets or support heavier planters.  Choose a wooden, rustic ladder to enhance your garden's look.

    Vertical Garden Maintenance

    • Don't Forget To Prune
      Like a horizontal garden, a vertical garden requires lots of pruning and care. With a vertical garden, overgrowing plants are more likely to overshadow others, which is problematic if you're growing plants that need lots of sun. Make sure to regularly prune throughout the week.

    Vertical Garden Tips

    • Water Frequently
      When it comes to watering, vertical gardens have one problem: gravity. Gravity pulls water down instead of giving it the chance to soak into the soil. As a result, vertical gardens often need to be watered more frequently. 

    If you're looking to make your property stand out among these beautiful Rockingham homes for sale, a vertical garden makes for a great addition to your home's exterior. For more home improvement tips, contact us today.

    December
    27

    New Year's Resolution: Real Estate Tips for 2022

    Sell Home in 2022

    If your plans for 2022 involve selling your home and purchasing a different property, now is the perfect time to start your planning. Accomplish your New Year's resolution of selling your home! Here are some tips our real estate agents recommend in 2022 to help you streamline the selling process. 

    Declutter Tips

    • Remove Half the Stuff in Your Closet
      No matter what year you're selling your home, some things remain timeless. Like the fact that a clean and decluttered space will show better to potential buyers. It's common knowledge that you need to declutter before listing your home, but it's best to cut the amount of stuff in your closets and cabinets by half. Buyers will open your closet and cabinet doors to get a closer look at the storage space in your home. Though it might seem like having the closet or cabinet packed full will showcase how much it can hold, it's better to stage the space with less stuff. Having less stuff in a closet or cabinet makes it appear roomier and well-organized, Both of these traits will increase its appeal to potential buyers. 
    • Price Your Home Right at the Start
      It's tempting to price your home at the higher end of what you think you can get for it in hopes of maximizing your profits. You may think that if it doesn't quickly sell, you can always lower the price after a few weeks. Most of the time, it's better to price your home at a lower, more realistic price. Homes that are correctly priced attract more interest and sell faster. A home that's on the market for an extended period often appears worrisome to potential buyers. They may worry that it hasn't sold because there are issues (like expensive repairs or strict offer requirements) that are preventing potential deals from closing. 

    Natural Lighting

    • Illuminate Your Home with Attractive Lighting
      A simple, highly effective way to help your home look its best is to ensure that it's well-illuminated. Any home looks better when it's lush with atmospheric lighting. Go through your home and check that all your light fixtures have working light bulbs. Confirm that the lightbulb in the fixture is the best alternative. For example, fluorescent lighting often looks hazy and a little dull. Swap these light bulbs for an LED bulb that emits a soft, warm light. 

    • Optimize Your Home's Natural Light
      A space with lots of natural light looks cheery and inviting; it also appeals to potential buyers. Maximize the amount of light that enters your home by cleaning your windows, washing drapes and blinds, and moving any furniture that obscures the light.

    Real Estate Agents

    • Work with an Experienced Agent
      A qualified agent with experience handling Staunton homes for sale transforms the home selling process. Since they have local experience, they understand how to properly price your home and what concessions are considered normal for your area. They can make recommendations that will help your home look its best. Your real estate agent will assist with scheduling tours and open houses, and they'll take care of the marketing for your property. Experienced agents know how to handle buyer negotiations so that you're able to get as much money as possible for your home. If a problem arises during the home inspection or appraisal, they'll try to salvage the deal. 

    Home Upgrades

    • Be Strategic with Your Home Upgrades
      You might think that completing a few home upgrades is a simple way to get more money for your home. Some upgrades will have an excellent return and help your home sell faster and for more money. Others don't make a significant difference to potential buyers and provide a poor return for your money. One area that tends to have a strong return for your money is your home's kitchen. If your cabinets are old, consider painting them and adding new hardware to update their look. You can replace your countertops for a few thousand dollars. This instantly gives your kitchen a facelift, and you'll get your money back when your home sells. Remember, home repairs and maintenance aren't upgrades. These are the tasks that buyers expect to be completed in a home that's been properly cared for. Check that all your utilities and appliances are in working order. Doors should be even and on track. All your home's electrical components should work. It's also best to take care of any plumbing or structural repairs that your home needs before listing it. 

    Ready to put your home on the market? Contact us today to get started!

    November
    22

    How to Sell Your Home During the Holiday Season

    Holiday Home Staging

    You're ready to put your home on the market, but the holiday season is near. Should you wait to sell your home, or is there a way to find a buyer during the holidays?

    Our real estate agents know that with a few adjustments, it's entirely possible (and even profitable!) to sell a home during the holiday season. Buyers tend to have more flexible schedules around the holidays, which gives them more opportunities to look for a home. Here's what you need to know about selling your home during the holidays. 

    Home on the Market

    • Take Advantage of the Lack of Competition
      The winter months are commonly viewed as a poor time to sell a home. While there are some difficulties you'll need to address, the lack of competition during this period can be used to your advantage. It's true that there are fewer buyers (and home sellers) during the winter. Those who are buying are often ready to act fast when they see a home that meets their needs. Make sure that your home is as appealing as possible. The goal is for it to stand out as a fantastic option when compared to the small number of homes for sale. 

    Winter Decorations

    • Opt for Classic Decorations That Showcase Your Home's Best Traits
      This isn't the year to break out all your holiday decor, but you do need to decorate your home before you add it to the list of Luray homes for sale. A well-decorated home is welcoming and inviting to potential buyers. It allows them to envision their family using the home for holiday celebrations. Buyers think of using the kitchen to prepare holiday dinners and consider how the living room will accommodate their family. A home with a strong emotional appeal is simply more appealing to prospective buyers. Your decorations will work to create this emotional pull while staging your spaces. Decorations must compliment your home without making it appear cluttered. Do you have a lot of large windows? Highlight them by hanging a classic wreath or bow on each one. Are your doors stylish and new? Draw attention to them with a wreath and holiday lights. Skip the inflatable decorations and avoid anything that obscures the view of your home. Stage your dining area with matching place settings and a holiday centerpiece. When putting up your tree, make sure that the size compliments the space of your room. Your buyer should feel that choosing a spot for the tree is an effortless holiday chore.
    • Pay Attention to Your Home's Curb Appeal
      The winter months are a little tricky when it comes to maximizing your home's curb appeal. Most of the grass is brown, the trees are missing their leaves, and the flowers aren't in bloom. Before listing your home with other Augusta homes for sale, check that it looks its best. Make sure that your leaves are raked and that there's no debris or dead plants in your gardens. See that your lawn and gardens are weed-free. Check that your exterior paint looks fresh and isn't peeling or cracked. Keep trash and boxes that tend to accumulate around the holidays removed or hidden from buyers. Stage your front door to create a positive first impression. A doormat, wreath, and garland are simple yet effective additions to instantly improve the look of your home. 

    Photography

    • Use Pictures to Help Market Your Home
      Professional-quality photos are always valuable when selling a home, but they're even more imperative during the winter months. Buyers use pictures to decide if a home is worth venturing out in the frigid winter temperatures. Try to have photos taken before you decorate. Otherwise, holiday decorations may make your home feel "dated" if it's still on the market after the holidays. 

    Interior Lighting

    • Refresh Your Lighting
      Since natural light is limited during the winter, it's important to check that the lights inside your home are functioning correctly. Replace any burnt-out light bulbs before adding your home to the inventory of Rockingham homes for sale, and see that your lightbulbs all provide the same type of lighting (i.e. don't mix cool and warm light bulbs). Using the same type of lightbulb throughout your home gives it a balanced, consistent look that produces a cozy, cheerful atmosphere.
    • Be Prepared for Wintery Conditions
      Don't let winter weather produce unsafe conditions for your potential buyers. Have lots of rock salt and a snow shovel on hand to prevent icy spots on your paved areas. 

    Ready to sell your home this holiday season? Contact us today to get started!

    October
    18

    How to Warm Up Your Home's Entryway

    Entryway tips

    So many of the beautiful Rockingham County homes for sale have impressive entryways. Often, this is one of the features that captivates potential buyers. However, if your entryway is cold and sterile, it can have the opposite effect - detracting from your home's overall appeal. 

    Luckily, it's easy to make your entryway warm and welcoming. Whether it's drafty and freezing or just needs some TLC, the following tips will help turn your entryway into one of the best features of your home. 

    Entryway Lighting

    1. Keep the Cold Air Out
      If your entryway is physically cold, you'll want to take care of that first. You may need to add some additional insulation and put weatherstripping around your windows and under the door. This will help stop cold drafts, keeping the heat indoors and the chilly weather out. In extreme cases, you may even consider adding a small space heater to your entryway. Just make sure you pay attention to safety concerns and only use it when someone is home to keep an eye on it.

    Home Entryway

    1. Add a Rug
      Placing a rug in your entryway will add some softness and bring a splash of color and texture to the space. It can also help define the space, giving the area its own unique sense of style. While the look and feel of a rug is certainly important, you'll also need to make sure the carpet you choose is durable enough to stand up to this high-traffic area. If it's close to the door, also make sure the rug is low enough so it won't interfere with your ability to open and close it. When adding a rug to your entryway, it's also important to make sure you have a doormat on the outside. This will help keep guests from ruining your rug by tracking in dirt and moisture from the outdoors.  

    Entryway

    1. Layer the Lighting
      The right lighting can go a long way towards making a space feel welcoming. Most entryways have an overhead light, but this usually isn't enough. If you want to warm up the space, you'll need to layer in some lighting. Try adding a table lamp, some wall sconces, or even some lanterns to help give your space a warm glow. You can also make a statement by choosing an attention-grabbing chandelier or pendant light. Just make sure the combination you choose sufficiently lights up the entire space. 

    2. Keep it Clutter-Free
      Your entryway is the first impression of your home, so make sure it's not a mess. The best way to do this is to add a chest of drawers, a storage bench, or a console table to the space. This will give you a place to stash mail, keys, and other essentials so they're handy when you need them but still neatly out of sight.

      Entryway Style
    3. Give it a Sense of Style
      Our real estate agents love showing homes that have entryways with a big, bold style. Whether you chose a piece of statement art, a large mirror, or some plush stools, adding interesting decor to your entryway is the perfect way to set the tone and give guests an idea of what they can expect from the rest of your home. Don't be afraid to add bright colors to the walls, paint the inside of your front door, or experiment with wallpaper. All of these things can add style and make the space more inviting. You can also use your entryway decor to ease the transition between the outdoors and the inside of your home. Adding elements like large plants, rich wood, and stone accents can help turn the space into a transitional area.  
    1. Pay Attention to Scale
      Whether you have a large, grand entryway or one that's small and quaint, it's important to choose pieces that match. A tiny table will look strange in a huge foyer, and pieces that are too large will make a small entryway feel claustrophobic. Make sure you get the scale right, then add some accent pieces to pull it all together. 

    Entryway Tips

    1. Add a Personal Touch
      To give your entryway even more warmth, be sure to incorporate your unique personality. Consider adding a vase of your favorite flowers, a piece of art you truly love, or a framed photo of people who mean a lot to you. This will make the area feel homey and give you a warm, fuzzy feeling every time you walk in the front door. 

    Are you looking for your dream home? There are many beautiful Rockingham and Shenandoah County homes for sale, and the experts at Old Dominion Realty are here to help! Contact us today to discuss your goals and learn how to get started. 

    March
    1

    Top 10 Things To Get Your House Ready for The Spring Market

    List Home in Augusta County

    Spring is just around the corner, and if you're thinking about putting your home on the market, now is the time to start getting ready. The real estate market heats up every spring, and with interest at historic lows, there couldn't be a better time to take advantage of the seller's market. 

    Preparing to list your home can be a lengthy process, especially if it's your first time. From cleaning to staging, you may not know where to even start. If you want to make sure your home stands out among these beautiful Virginia homes for sale, be sure to follow these tips below:

    1. Find A Good Real Estate Agent
      The first and arguably most important step to listing your home is to find a reputable real estate agent. Referrals from trusted sources are usually the best ways to find a good agent. Working with a trusted real estate agent is the key to a smooth and successful transaction.

    2. Scope Out The Market
      Make sure to do some research about other Augusta County homes for sale, so you can get a sense of what other properties are selling for in your area. Look at homes that are similar in size to your own, as this can help you at least establish a starting point for a sale price.

    update lighting

    1. Invest In Lighting
      Lighting is one of the most important aspects of the staging process. If you have rooms in your house that don't receive adequate sunlight, it's time to invest in additional lamps and lighting fixtures. Remember, bright rooms often appear larger and more welcoming. A real estate agent can help you optimize the lighting placements in each room.

    2. Declutter Your Home
      If you're planning to move soon, do yourself a favor and start the decluttering process early. Empty the attic and basement and get rid of any junk you no longer need. Decluttering will not only help streamline the staging process, but it will also make your move a lot easier.

    3. Make Repairs
      If you've been procrastinating on repairing that leaky faucet, running toilet, or squeaky door, now is the time to address it. Go through your home and make sure to repair anything that isn't functioning as it's supposed to. Even if it doesn't seem like a big deal, you can bet that potential buyers will notice.

    4. Depersonalize Your Home
      As much as you may enjoy looking at your family photos and favorite art, any personalized items can certainly be off-putting to prospective buyers. Seeing personalization in a home can make it difficult for buyers to envision themselves living in the home.

    Fresh Coat of Paint

    1. Paint
      It's always a good idea to add a fresh coat of paint to your home's interior before listing it for sale. This can help give your home a fresh, clean look and also help your rooms appear brighter. Just be sure to stick to neutral colors, as anything bright or creative may turn off potential buyers. 

    deep cleaning tips

    1. Deep Clean
      Once you're almost ready to list your home, it's time to clean like you've never cleaned before. Every corner, nook, and cranny will need your attention. It's also a good idea to have your carpets professionally cleaned. You don't want potential buyers noticing any dust or odors, so it's best to make sure the home is pristine. 

    2. Create a Relocation Plan For Your Pets
      Your furry friends might be cute, but not every buyer will think so. It's wise to come up with a relocation plan for your pets so they're not in the way when you're showing your home. Also, be sure to hide any bowls, litter boxes, or toys and eliminate any odors caused by your pets.

    3. Consider a Professional Photographer
      High-quality photos are one of the best ways to attract buyers to your listing, so you might want to consider hiring a professional photographer. Good photos are a great way to help your listing stand out from the competition. Check out some of the listing photos for these Staunton homes for sale. If you're having trouble finding a good photographer, ask your real estate agent for recommendations.

    Selling your home doesn't have to be an intimidating process. Working with a good real estate agent is the best way to ensure a smooth transaction. If you're planning to list your home this spring, contact us today.

    May
    18

    Your Online Listing is Even More Important

    Online Property ListingsThe COVID-19 outbreak has completely upended the concept of "business as usual." While residential real estate businesses are considered essential services in Virginia and West Virginia, many state and local governments are imposing strict guidelines restricting normal practices.

    If you need to sell your home, don't despair. Our real estate agents explain why online real estate listings are more important than ever for successfully marketing your home.

    1. Social Distancing
      The primary purpose of social distancing guidelines is to keep everyone safe and healthy. An individual can still spread COVID-19 without becoming sick themselves. With the uncertainty about who is and isn't a carrier, listing your house online allows you to sell your home without putting yourself and others at risk.

    2. Broader Reach
      Whether it's through a computer, tablet, or smartphone, nearly everyone has access to the internet. People are spending even more time online as the only source of interaction with the outside world. An online listing reaches vast numbers of potential buyers, even ones who don't currently live in your community.

    3. Virtual "Open House"
      An open house has been a traditional way to show homes to a wide range of buyers in a short span of time. With current restrictions on large gatherings, online listings let multiple people view your home simultaneously.

    4. Low Mortgage Rates
      Home mortgage interest rates, which had already been dropping steadily over the last year, continue to hit historic lows. As a result, demand improves as people are enticed to take advantage of the low rates. If your home is listed online, it's immediately available to these potential buyers.

    5. Convenient Information Sharing
      With an online listing, you can easily post all pertinent information about the home, such as square footage, year of construction, and amenities. Other data can include school districts and information about the local community. This cuts down much of the back-and-forth between seller and buyer to answer questions.

    6. Put Forth the Home's Best Side 
      As the saying goes, you get only one chance to make a first impression. When you create an online listing, you have the luxury of including high-quality photos and videos staged to maximize your home's visual appeal. This frees you up from last-minute scrambling to clean any quarantine clutter and sterilize surfaces pre- and post-tour.

    7. Perpetual Marketing
      Once a listing goes online, it remains there until the house is sold. You'll have peace of mind knowing that your home is being marketing 24/7 without the need for renewals or additional work on your end.

    8. Instill Confidence
      Most homebuyers engage a real estate agent to represent their interests. When your home goes into the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), it shows up in real estate search websites used by agents. Since MLS listings must conform to certain requirements, agents know the information is accurate.

    Times are uncertain, but if you're ready to sell your home, there's no need to wait. Our agents at Old Dominion Realty can help you navigate the ins and outs of real estate transactions during the "new normal." Contact us today to get started.

    February
    18

    Why Classic Blue Accents Might Help Sell Your Home

    Classic Blue to Sell your Home
    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.

    Pantone Color of the Year

    Pantone, the dynamic company that provides a universal language through color, chooses a Color of the Year through research at their Pantone Color Institute. The shade is chosen based on forecasted color trends for the following year. This year's selection, 19-4052 Classic Blue, was hand-picked for its elegance and simplicity. In an age where uncertainty and disconnection are often prevalent, the reassuring qualities of Classic Blue bring a sense of tranquility, confidence, and stability to our lives. Step into the world of Classic Blue and immerse yourself in peaceful reflection.

    Incorporating Classic Blue into Your Home

    When it comes to choosing colors for your home, you need to think beyond wall paint. Although the color of your walls can dramatically change the perception of a room, it's important to understand that the entire room's color palette will consciously and subconsciously impact buyers as they browse homes for sale in West Virginia. Let's look at a few effective ways that you can easily integrate Classic Blue into any room of your home.

    • The Kitchen: The heart of every home, Classic Blue's calming and welcoming nature embraces those who step foot in the space. Consider painting your cabinetry, adding a strip of backsplash, or even upgrading to new appliances that are Classic Blue.

    • The Dining Room: Depending on your home's layout, you can integrate Classic Blue in a number of ways. For seamless connections to the kitchen, balance the hues by adding Classic Blue place settings, dishware, or décor. For an enclosed dining room, consider a Classic Blue furniture piece such as a hutch or china cabinet.

    • Bedrooms: You can effortlessly integrate Classic Blue into the master suite or guest bedrooms by creating an accent wall. If you're planning on selling the home fully furnished and will use white walls for the home house, we recommend adorning your master bedroom with an inviting Classic Blue comforter, sheets, and pillows.

    • Living Areas: Help buyers envision a calming, comfortable space in your living areas by adding a touch of Classic Blue. You can use Classic Blue curtains, end tables, or wall art to subconsciously make them feel at ease.           

    • Bathrooms: The bathroom is the best place to let Classic Blue shine, especially in the master suite. Give buyers the tranquility they seek by painting the walls in this relaxing hue.

    • Laundry Room: A laundry area or mudroom is a perfect spot to have fun with color without overwhelming conservative buyers. Use this opportunity to invest in Classic Blue appliances, wall paint, or even flooring.

    • Furniture & Décor: Not all Classic Blue elements need to be large or luxurious. Simply adding a few dashes of Classic Blue via décor and furniture can go a long way. Consider children's playrooms with Classic Blue beanbags to sit on, libraries with Classic Blue artwork, or simply a half-bath Classic Blue floor rugs and hand towels.

    • Exterior: You don't need to limit Classic Blue to only the indoors. Let this color spread to the outdoors by painting your door, window shutters, or mailbox Classic Blue.

    Position Your Home for Selling Success With Classic Blue

    Sell Your Home

    While you should showcase every room with the best color and décor possible, we recommend that all sellers try to incorporate Classic Blue into their homes prior to listing. Whether you paint the walls and cabinetry or simply add a few accents into your living spaces,  Classic Blue is a favorite of our REALTORS® and we know that buyers will love it too! For assistance with homes for sale in Virginia, contact us today.

    December
    9

    7 Steps to Picture Perfect Listing Photos in the Winter

    Sell Home Listing Photos

    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.

    1. Hire a Professional Photographer
      No matter the size or prospective value of your property, we always encourage every homeowner to invest in professional photography for the listing. Many prospective homebuyers will discover your home online and base their decision to schedule a viewing on the photos listed. By hiring professional photography, you'll have an experienced resource who knows how to showcase a property brilliantly even on the dreariest of winter days.

    2. Maintain Your Exterior Landscaping
      Before you have photos taken, you'll need to get your exterior in shape. Trim away any dead branches hanging from your trees, rake up debris and clean your gutters. If snow has fallen, shovel your driveway and sidewalk, and remove any icicles that may have formed around the exterior. Creating a presentable appearance even in the worst conditions will make a positive difference in your photographs.

    3. Enhance Curb Appeal
      Aside from lawn care, you'll need to ensure your curb appeal is as alluring as possible. Consider repainting your exterior walls or front door. Replace your garage door if it's damaged and pressure wash the exterior elements like siding or shingles if they're dirty or discolored. Don't neglect the side and rear of the home either — a great curb appeal will draw buyers in but they'll expect that the other areas surrounding the property look just as impressive.

    4. Light Your Interior Correctly
      In photography, lighting can make or break an image. Choose a time of the day that you can use natural lighting to showcase the interior. If you need to rely on artificial lighting sources, install smart bulbs that allow you to adjust the lighting intensity. You want each room to be well-lit with a soft light that isn't too harsh or creates distracting shadows.

    5. Stage, Don't Decorate
      Selling your home during the winter can be challenging, especially if you're a homeowner who likes to go all-out with holiday decorations. Before you put up any decorations, you need to professionally clean and stage your home. Remove clutter from the interior and exterior, and depersonalize each room. If you must decorate, choose subtle décor that's seasonal, not religious. For instance, keep the giant Santa lawn ornament stored and consider a nice winter wreath for the front door instead. By limiting your religious or cultural-based decorations, you ensure that you won't mistakenly offend buyers who do not celebrate these customs.

    6. Include Photos From Other Seasons
      This may be difficult if you've only recently made the decision to sell your home, but you should always include photographs from the greener months when listing your home in the winter. This is especially important if your home features amenities like a big back yard, garden, pool or patio. Make arrangements in the warmer months to have a few exterior shots taken or use previous photographs that showcase how the property looks when the snow melts away.

    7. Consider Drone or VR Inclusion
      New capabilities in photography and videography allow you to create a listing that is much more elaborate than a few simple snapshots. High-quality photographs taken by a drone can showcase the entire property in one shot while giving a glimpse at what the surrounding neighborhood offers. You can also enable your prospective buyers to "walk" your property from their own homes by including a virtual walk-through on the listing.

    Photography is key for all Harrisonburg homes for sale in the wintertime. Contact us today for assistance in creating an unforgettable listing with dynamic photography.

    Sell Your Home with Old Dominion Realty

    December
    24

    6 Tips to Rock Your Kitchen Reno

    Kitchen Renovation - Old Dominion Realty

    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:

    1. Start With a Budget
      No matter if you plan to spend $1,000 or $10,000, the budget for a kitchen renovation is where you should begin. You can use this as a basic guideline for dividing up your funds:

      • Cabinets and hardware - 29%
      • Design and installation - 22%
      • Walls, ceilings, floors - 16%
      • Appliances, ventilation - 14%
      • Plumbing and electrical - 9%
      • Miscellaneous - 10%

    2. Leave Your Layout
      Unless you have a big budget, consider leaving the layout as-is. You should budget about $5,000 for each time you need to move plumbing or appliances. If you are going to change the layout, it's extra important to do plenty of comparison shopping with different designers.

    3. Invest in Your Backsplash
      Taking backsplash tile all the way to the ceiling will create a more finished appearance and add visual height to the space. This technique is especially striking with narrower backsplash areas. A dramatic backsplash can add plenty of visual interest.

    4. Go for Lighter Cabinetry
      Lighter cabinetry helps the kitchen appear larger and is virtually always the popular choice. The latest trend is paneled appliances that match the cabinetry itself. This design method can create a sleek, homey look that appeals to many buyers. Darker cabinetry is usually limited to smaller apartments.

    5. Brighten and Lighten
      Speaking of "dark," brighter lighting can make any room in the home seem bigger. It is especially apt for the kitchen, though, since good lighting simplifies meal preparation. Smaller "task lighting" inserts around the sink and other key areas can help. New bulbs and fixtures refresh the room at a low cost.

    6. Open the Space
      If you have a larger budget and more time, an open floor plan kitchen is your best bet. You could add thousands to your asking price when you open the kitchen to the dining area. Opening the area makes the space welcoming in comparison to old-fashioned formal dining rooms.

    Renovations are part of the fun of home ownership, so don't hesitate to get started on the project of your dreams. You'll enjoy your home all the more – and when it is time to sell, all that "sweat equity" is bound to put you a step closer to the deal you want.

    Whether you're buying or selling, an experienced real estate professional can help you achieve more on the market. Contact Old Dominion Realty to find out more today.

     

    June
    20

    5 Great Ways to Add Personality and Value to Your Home

    Add Value to Your Home
    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:

    1. Refurbish the Kitchen
      The kitchen is always the #1 place to add value to your home. Buyers will spend a lot of time in the kitchen and family gatherings tend to center around the kitchen and dining area. With that in mind, they'll be giving its current state a close look.

      You don't have to start over with a completely new kitchen to get the benefit of updating. New appliances are reasonably inexpensive and will stand out to your prospective buyers. Updating countertops and finishes will also add new life to the space.

    2. Upgrade the Bathroom
      The bathroom is another area people spend plenty of time in but don't often think about much.

      To maximize value, it's always best to add a second bathroom if you can. If this isn't feasible, though, you still have options. Small touches go a long way in the bathroom: Classy towel bars, new fixtures, and re-grouting your tile will revitalize things with much less hassle.

    3. Brighten Things Up
      Color is powerful, but lighting has the most profound effect on the psychology of a room.

      People are subconsciously tuned into lighting conditions at all times, even if they don't notice it. The brighter a room is, the bigger and more open it feels. In addition to installing brighter bulbs, you can also bring in airy curtains and drapes to optimize natural light.

      LED lighting is extremely inexpensive and energy efficient – plus, it generates a tiny fraction of the heat associated with older bulb styles. This gives you more potential to add new lighting, such as under-counter lighting in bathrooms and kitchens.

    4. Add a Coat of Paint
      Fresh paint is an ideal solution for bringing a house in line with today's styles. Since would-be buyers form their first impression based on the outside of your house, an exterior paint job is just as valuable as anything you decide to do on the inside.

      What about indoors? Neutral shades, focused on living areas that form early impressions and stick in buyers' minds, are the best bet. If there's not much time, zoom in on painting trim.

    5. Do Some Landscaping
      Depending on where you are, your front yard could be a huge asset for your home sale. Many people look forward to the ability to have a garden of their own, and the stock of housing that offers this space is not always ample – but green spaces must be neat and tidy.

      Dark-colored mulch can rejuvenate an outdoor area quickly. Replace cracked or broken paving stones and concrete paths, too: Damage makes it feel like the space will be a chore to care for.

    This is only a small sample of the many ways you could raise your home's value before it goes to market! Contact Old Dominion Realty today to find out more.

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    April
    10

    Will We See You At the 11th Annual 5K Run/Walk for Autism?

    SVAP 5K Race for Autism
    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. 

    Hit the Streets of Harrisonburg for the 5K Run/Walk for Autism in 2018

    The Event: Shenandoah Valley Autism Partnership 5KRun/Walk for Autism
    Where: Eastern Mennonite University Commons in Harrisonburg, VA
    When: Saturday April 21, 2018
    Key Times: Check-In/Walk-Up Registration (7:15 AM), Introductions (9:00 AM), Start of 5K Walk/Run (9:30 AM)

    11 Years Strong for the SVAP 5k Run/Walk for Autism

    Every year around this time, residents from throughout the Shenandoah Valley come together in Harrisonburg to support the Shenandoah Valley Autism Partnership's 5K Run/Walk for Autism, and raise money for a cause that touches so many of our hearts. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 68 children is diagnosed with Autism, which can cause a wide range of developmental challenges. This year's event will be the 11th Annual Run/Walk for Autism, and support only seems to grow stronger with each passing year.

    How to Sign Up and What to Expect on Race Day

    Are you ready to register, and support this great event? The easiest option is to register online, with online registration available until April 18, 2018. If you're not able to register ahead of time, simply show up at 7:15 AM on race day, and you'll have the option to register on-site. The registration fee is $20 for individuals, or $15 for each member of a team. There's an added fee of $10 for on-site registration, and it's all going toward a great cause.

    The race will take you through the scenic commons of Eastern Mennonite University, and participants are encouraged to reach the finish line at their own pace. You'll have plenty of company if you want to run and try to beat your best time, but you're also welcome to walk at whatever pace is most comfortable.

    Support a Great, Local Cause and Have Fun in the Process

    The Shenandoah Valley Autism Partnership is dedicated to improving quality of life for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. SVAP advocates for people with Autism, provides a support system, organizes events like the 5k Run/Walk, and offers networking opportunities for families and professionals. The 5K Run/Walk for Autism is the signature fundraising event of the SVAP, and a great opportunity to get involved with the cause first-hand.

    Look for Old Dominion Realty at the 5K Run/Walk for Autism 2018

    Our team is proud to support the local causes that make our corner of Virginia such a special place to call home, and we'll have plenty of team members at the 5K Run/Walk for Autism if you'd like to stop by and say hello. Look for Old Dominion team members Janet Harrison, Kari Miller, Linda Goodson, Kristen and Kendra Eppard, Suzanne Riddleberger, and Renee Whitmore at the event this year. We hope to see you there!

    Are you shopping for homes in Harrisonburg, and looking to work with a local, knowledgeable real estate team? Contact Old Dominion Realty for all of your Harrisonburg real estate needs.

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    January
    30

    Top 5 Reasons Why FSBOs Fail

    Why FSBOs Fail

    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.

    1. Seller and Home Not Prepared
      One common misstep of homeowners trying the FSBO route is not fully understanding the work involved in successfully preparing their home for sale. Often, just the planning and budgeting process of getting your home in tip-top shape is a major achievement.  Sellers need to understand:

      - Curb appeal: Is your roof missing any shingles? Is your landscaping looking shabby? Does your front door need a coat of paint?
      - Interior: Have you shampooed your carpeting, painted any rooms or checked the condition of attic insulation?
      - ROI: Most importantly, do you know which of these and other minor home improvement projects, remodels, and upgrades offer the best return on investment in your market segment and community?

    2. Time-Consuming Inquiries and Showings
      One of the biggest pitfalls of a FSBO is that it's time consuming.  This includes keeping the home in "show-ready" condition, answering questions, and juggling showings and open houses. Do you have the time to field and screen phone calls from potential buyers, real estate agents, real estate investors, and window shoppers?

      After all, real estate agents and home buyers want quick responses to their inquiries. Otherwise, you can be sure they have other properties to view. You are better off hiring a real estate agent to handle all inquiries and to schedule and staff the showings.

    3. Pricing Pitfalls
      Accurately pricing homes for sale in Harrisonburg takes knowledge of the local market and experience. Our REALTORS® utilize comprehensive market analyses to arrive at an accurate home value which to help you gauge an asking price. Avoid the pricing pitfalls of FSBO homes, and talk to your agent.

    4. Lacking Market Reach
      You spruced up your curb appeal, organized home improvement receipts, and baked two pans of heavenly-smelling cookies before an open house event. Time for an honest reality check: lack of market reach is the final nail in the coffin for many FSBO homes.

      - FSBO: How many qualified home buyers do you suppose are aware of your open house?
      - Agent-assisted seller: Could a professional agent with their finger on the seller/buyer pulse likely bring more market exposure and buyers to the table?
      - Negotiations: Could an experienced and savvy agent likely bring you a higher closing price?

    5. Paperwork and Liabilities
      Anything can happen when closing a home. A last-minute credit check could disqualify the buyer. The results of the home inspection and appraisal reveal it is substantially overpriced, needs a new roof and furnace, and the lender goes cold. Just understanding and completing paperwork correctly is a handful for most inexperienced sellers.

      Moreover, selling your home without an agent (and their Errors &Omissions Insurance) may leave you vulnerable to liabilities during and after closing. At the end of the day, agent-assisted home sellers boast the best results.

    Contact Old Dominion Realty to sell your home in the eastern West Virginia and central Virginia real estate markets.

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    May
    3

    Selling a Home in Staunton Open House Tips from the Pros

    Open House Tips from the Pros
    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.

    1. Advertise your open house online.
      Marketing your home is easier than ever, with dozens of apps and websites that attract potential buyers with comprehensive, up-to-date local listings. Take advantage of these tools to list your open house, including the location, date, and time. Include all the info you'll put on your property description sheet, then spice it up with extra digital content like slideshows, maps, and virtual tours that help your home stand out.

    2. Inform and invite your neighbors.
      Some of the most helpful traffic at your open house might not be from house-hunting strangers at all. Your own neighbors could actually serve two unexpected purposes during your open house. First, potential homebuyers will get to interact with their potential new neighbors, making life in the neighborhood feel more real. More importantly, your neighbors might have friends or family who want to move closer to them, and they can spread the word on your behalf.

    3. Make your space as neutral as possible.
      Remember: your guests have other homes in Staunton to consider. If they spot something that violates their values or upsets them, they can simply choose to take their money elsewhere. Taxidermy, nudity, profanity, and politics are off-limits, so scan each and every room for any décor or belongings that could turn people off. Of course, neutrality is also important for a more subtle, subconscious reason: buyers need to "see themselves" in your home. Family photos aren't controversial décor, but too much personalization could prevent your buyers from picturing their own family members in each room.

    4. Clean and de-clutter every single room.
      A clean, organized home tells buyers it's also loved and well-maintained. Show how much you value your home, and make sure every surface is spotless and functional before guests arrive. Get rid of any clutter or extra furniture that makes rooms look smaller, and close the toilet lids in every bathroom. This is also the time to take care of any minor repairs you've been putting off, especially leaky faucets or missing bulbs. Finally, on the day of the open house, show off all your hard work in a good light. Open all the curtains and blinds to let natural light flow through every room.

    5. Guide the way with eye-catching signs.
      When the big day finally arrives, make sure you place signs throughout town. Advertise at busy intersections, with arrows clearly pointing the way to your street, and mark your actual home with matching signs and balloons that tell homebuyers they're in the right place. Today's buyers have a lot of listings to sift through, and someone who missed your post might spot a sign that changes everything.

    Need help selling your home in Staunton, VA? Our REALTORS® at Old Dominion Realty are passionate about Virginia real estate, and they're ready to help you stage and sell your home in Staunton. Contact Old Dominion Realty today to find a professional real estate agent near you.

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    June
    1

    Selling a House How to Draw Multiple Offers

    5 Tips to Get Multiple Offers When Selling Your Home

    It feels good to be popular; and when it comes to selling a house, you want to be the most popular person in the neighborhood. Having more offers to consider makes it possible for you to sort through your options to choose the one that will go through while putting the most money in your pocket. Our REALTORS® at Old Dominion Realty have created this list of tips to attract multiple offers from potential home buyers when listing your home for sale.

    1.  Price the Home Below the Market.

    Everyone loves a bargain, and people will come out of the woodwork to take a look at a great deal. Increasing the number of people who look at your home will increase the number of offers you receive. As the offers roll in and they realize that they are competing for your home, this will create an auction environment that will encourage the bids to start climbing.

    2.  Make Your Home Look Like a "10."

    A beautiful home inspires people to open their wallets. Sprucing up your home not only increases the appraised value, it creates a visually appealing property for buyers to look at. If your home looks like it would make the Jones' blush with envy, you can attract bids that are well above your listing price. Thus, it is well worth the investment of time and money to make repairs, paint the walls, plant new flowers, and make sure that your home looks like it has a date for the prom before you list it on the market.

    3.  Utilize All Marketing Channels.

    Selling a house requires using multiple marketing channels. Make sure your real estate agent has a proactive marketing plan that includes using social media, web listings, brochures and open houses to market your home. The more active and diverse your marketing strategy, the more interest you will generate, and the more offers you will receive.

    4.  Stay Realistic Expectations and Remain Flexible.

    Have an idea of the price you want to sell your home for, and the concessions you are willing to offer in order to make that happen. Knowing your price point and the things that are up for negotiation will help you sort through offers when they come in. It will also help potential buyers craft bids that match your expectations. Having a flexible range in your mind will give you more offers to consider that fit your plans and objectives.

    5.  Know Your Market and Speak to Your Buyers

    You can increase the number of offers you will receive by marketing your home to the most likely home buyers. Start by ascertaining your neighborhood profile and crafting a marketing strategy around that. Know who your neighbors are and what they do for a living. Determine what features and attractions your area has to offer. These details can help your REALTOR® craft a marketing strategy that speaks to your potential home buyers. The more directly you speak to your client's interests, needs and desires, the greater the likelihood that they will want to make an offer on your home.

    Contact Old Dominion Realty

    When you're selling your home in the West Virginia or Virginia real estate areas, contact Old Dominion Realty and we will be happy to help you devise a plan that will help you attract the greatest number of offers possible.

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