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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. 


Comfort Food: Soup Recipes to Make This Fall


When we're not busy helping buyers explore the best Rockingham County homes for sale, many of the agents at Old Dominion Realty enjoy spending their time trying new recipes. As the colder weather starts to creep in, we particularly enjoy making homemade soup. Not only is it easy to make and comforting to eat, but when you cook a batch of soup, your home will smell amazing all day long. 

If you don't have a favorite soup recipe yet, you're in luck! Next time you're in the mood for comfort food, plan to try one of these delicious recipes. 


    • Creamy Pumpkin Soup
      Nothing says fall quite like a bowl of creamy pumpkin soup. This recipe has just the right amount of sweetness and is super easy to make. Best of all, you can serve it in a hollowed-out pumpkin. This is the perfect way to excite the kids or make a real impression at your next dinner party. Before you serve it, top it with a drizzle of heavy cream and some toasted pumpkin seeds. 

    • Slow Cooker Baked Potato Soup
      We love making soup in the slow cooker! This delicious baked potato soup gets its texture from added sour cream and is topped with cheese, crispy bacon, and chopped chives. It's the perfect hearty meal to enjoy on a cold afternoon. 

    • Healthy Miso Ramen with Chicken
      This recipe for miso ramen with chicken is much tastier (and healthier!) than the instant Ramen noodles you used to eat in college. It's topped with scallions, seaweed nori, carrots, sweet corn, and boiled eggs. Once you try this, you'll want to cook your own ramen at home all the time. Feel free to experiment with the toppings so you can enjoy a different meal each time. 


    • Creamy Tortellini Soup with Sausage
      When you're looking for comfort food, you can't go wrong with this tortellini soup. It includes Italian sausage, spinach, and kale, making it a tasty and wholesome one-pot meal. Best of all, you can get it on the table in less than 30 minutes and freeze any leftovers so you can enjoy it again on a day when you just don't have the energy to cook something new. 
    • Split Pea Soup
      This classic recipe for split pea soup is both filling and flavorful. It's loaded with nutrients thanks to the carrots, celery, and onions and has plenty of protein from the peas and ham. Top your soup off with crunchy, toasted homemade croutons for a delicious and memorable meal your family is sure to love. 

    • Beef and Bean Chili
      Whether you're looking for something to enjoy while you're watching the big game or you want a quick and filling dinner, you can't go wrong with beef and bean chili. This recipe has just the right amount of heat, but you can use more or less cayenne and chili pepper, depending on your taste. To make your chili even more delicious, top each bowl off with shredded cheese, crumbled bacon, and sliced jalapenos.
      Tomato Soup
    • Classic Tomato Soup
      A healthy twist on a classic comfort food! This tomato soup recipe is perfect for a chilly fall day and is sure to be a hit among all your family members. Enjoy it on its own, or make a grilled cheese to pair with your soup. 
    • Creamy Turkey Orzo Soup
      This creamy turkey orzo soup is the perfect solution for leftover turkey. You can make it all in one pot in less than 30 minutes. After you make it once, you'll be craving it all the time. It's similar to a chicken noodle soup but has a creamier texture. While it's a great way to use leftovers, you don't have to wait for the holidays to make this tasty soup. Just whip up a batch of slow cooker turkey breast and shred it up instead. 
    • Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili
      This white chicken chili is easy to make in the slow cooker and has a ton of delicious flavor. It only takes about 20 minutes of prep time and will soon be one of your family's favorites. This soup is made with white beans, frozen corn, heavy cream, and an array of spices and seasonings. It's particularly delicious when topped with shredded Monterey Jack cheese and chopped avocado. Serve it with a lime wedge to bring out even more flavor. 
    • Cheesy Cauliflower Soup
      Cauliflower soup is both tasty and comforting. This recipe features plenty of cheese, crispy bacon, and just the right amount of Cajun spice. The butter, flour, whole milk, half-and-half, and sour cream give it a thick, decadent texture, making this amazing dish is practically the definition of "comfort food." 

    If you're looking for your dream home, the agents at Old Dominion Realty are here to help! We have the inside scoop on all the best Shenandoah County homes for sale and we'll help you explore your options until you find the perfect one for your needs. Contact us today.


      7 Ways a Real Estate Agent Can Help You in a Hot Market

      Real Estate Agent Tips

      A combination of low-interest rates, limited nationwide inventory, and pent-up demand has made this year's real estate market one of the hottest in history. In a competitive seller's market, buyers often lose some negotiating leverage and are forced to enter into bidding wars.  

      However, if you're looking for a home in today's real estate market, all hope isn't lost. The key to finding the right home for the right price is a combination of patience, dedication, and working with an experienced real estate agent. 

      Our real estate agents are working with clients to help them navigate the complexities of today's hot market. Below are some ways we can help you:

      closing tips

      1. Agents Can Help Minimize Issues During Closing
        After putting weeks of work into looking for the right house, securing financing, and negotiating terms, the last thing you want is for the deal to fall apart at closing. Title problems and financing issues are the things that most commonly delay closings. An experienced real estate agent can establish a realistic closing timeline and knows how to spot problems before they arise.

      2. Agents Are Expert Negotiators
        Buyers can lose some negotiating leverage in a hot seller's market, which is why is the expertise of your agent is more important than ever. As a consumer, negotiating with a home seller can be an emotional process. Agents are able to remove emotion from the equation entirely. They also don't have any issue with being persistent and aggressive when asking for contingencies. Buying a new home is an emotional process, which is why it's important to have a good agent negotiating on your behalf.

      competitive offer

      1. Agents Can Help You Make A Competitive Offer
        In a hot market, the key to winning a bid is making your offer as competitive as possible. Luckily, there are many things you can do to help your offer stand out without drastically exceeding the asking price. For example, you may consider waiving the appraisal contingency, putting down a higher earnest money deposit, and making your offer as straightforward as possible in order to increase the chance of your offer being accepted. The bottom line, your agent can work with you to create a compelling offer.

      Market Tips

      1. Agents Know The Market
        Not only can your agent help you find homes that meet all of your criteria, but they're also familiar with current market trends as well as specific neighborhoods in your area. If you're considering one of these beautiful Shenandoah County homes for sale, your agent can provide you with insights about homes and locations that you may not be able to find on your own. They can also help you gauge whether a particular property is over or underpriced.

      2. Agents Can Act Quickly
        Buyers need to act fast when looking for a home in a seller's market, especially if you're considering one of these great Augusta County homes for sale. If you find a property you absolutely love, a good agent will be willing to turn around an offer in a matter of hours. 
        real estate paperwork

      1. Agents Can Handle The Paperwork
        A real estate transaction requires an immense amount of paperwork, which an average consumer likely can't handle on their own. Between the offer, counteroffer, and contingencies, there is a lot riding on the accuracy and completeness of the paperwork. Your agent will not only ensure everything is documented correctly, but that all pages are signed and initialed.

      real estate resources

      1. An Agent Can Connect You To Resources
        A standard real estate transaction often involves several third parties who perform various services throughout the process. If you need a mortgage broker, home inspector, or notary public, your real estate agent likely has a wide network of trusted resources. Real estate agents often manage multiple closings each week, so chances are, they've had ample opportunity to vet the efficiency of the service providers in their network. Since your agent can connect you with the services you need to ensure a smooth transaction, you can avoid a lot of stress and headaches along the way.

      While a hot seller's market can present a number of challenges for buyers, working with a good agent is the best way to mitigate risks and secure the home of your dreams. For more tips on how to make a competitive offer, contact us today.


      Explore Historic Downtown Harrisonburg With This Guide

      Historic Harrisonburg

      If Harrisonburg is the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, then downtown is its soul. The vibrant 40-block area is packed with shops, restaurants, and cultural attractions that embody the city's past and present. Take in the delights of historic downtown Harrisonburg with a visit to these great places recommended by our real estate agents.

      • Harrisonburg Farmers Market - 228 S. Liberty St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
        Did you know that farming is the largest private industry in Virginia? Enjoy the bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables at the Harrisonburg Farmers Market. This local favorite began more than 50 years ago as a modest stand in the parking lot of the Harrisonburg Police Station. Today the pet-friendly market is housed in the beautiful Turner Pavilion. Order online for convenient pickup. 

      • Ten Thousand Villages - 181 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
        Harrisonburg tradition meets global flair at Ten Thousand Villages, a delightful fair-trade gift shop in the heart of downtown. You'll find unique artisan-crafted home accessories, gourmet food products, jewelry, and gift items sourced from nearly 40 countries around the world. The non-profit business helps provide vital income for a wide network of artists. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon - 4 p.m. Sunday.

      • Virginia Quilt Museum - 301 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
        The picturesque Virginia Quilt Museum offers a double-sided look at Harrisonburg history. Exhibits such as "HERstory" and "What's in a Word?" examine the rich tradition of quilting arts in Virginia and how they are intertwined with the overall culture. In addition, the museum is located in the Warren Sipe House, an elegant Greek Revival-style building dating back to 1856. Beginning February 16, the museum will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

        • Explore More Discovery Museum - 150 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
          At Explore More Discovery Museum, learning is disguised as fun for a day that's both entertaining and educational. Exhibits such as Friendly City Medical Center, TV Studio, and Art Smart help kids develop creative and practical skills while learning more about the world around them. Take the museum experience home with Discovery Kits To Go. Admission is $7.50 per person and free for members. Visits are by reservation only from 9:30 a.m. - noon and 1:30 p.m. 4 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday.

        • Union Station Restaurant & Bar - 128 W. Market St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
          Union Station Restaurant & Bar
          , located in the former Wetsel Seed Building, takes its name from the railroad depot that once stood on its south side. Each booth includes photos and literature that serve as a tribute to a specific building that once stood or still stands in downtown Harrisonburg. Immerse yourself in local history while dining on baked crab dip, brisket sandwiches, and other elevated bar fare. Pick up a carryout order after a day viewing Harrisonburg homes for sale. Union Station is open 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

        • Hardesty-Higgins House - 212 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
          Now serving as downtown's visitor center, Hardesty-Higgins House bears the name of two former residents who had significant roles in Harrisonburg history. Henry Higgins, a physician who was active in local businesses and organizations, originally built the house. It was later occupied by Isaac Hardesty, the first mayor of Harrisonburg. Hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday.
        • Brothers Craft Brewing - 800 N. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22802
          While Brothers Craft Brewing was founded by three actual siblings, the Shifletts consider the entire community to be their extended family. The brothers renovated a soda bottling plant to realize their dream of bringing top-quality craft beer to the area around Rockingham County homes for sale. Between the year-round flagship offerings, seasonal flavors, and creative one-off styles, there's always something new to try. Orders can be placed for curbside pickup or local delivery. The taproom is open 1 p.m. - 10 p.m. weekdays, noon - 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon - 8 p.m. Sunday.

        Looking for experienced assistance with Virginia homes for sale? Whether you're buying or selling, we can help you achieve your goal. Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to learn more.


        7 Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe This Winter

        Pet Friendly Tips

        Cold winter weather can be hard on us humans, but it's not easy on our four-legged friends either! Our real estate agents want to make sure your pets stay safe this season, so be sure to take these safety tips into account if you're out there looking at Rockingham County homes for sale!

        1. Keep your house humidified.
          You're probably very familiar with the effects of dry winter air on your own skin. Pets suffer in much the same way, so it's best to run a humidifier for both your sakes! Dry, flaky skin can also be exacerbated by coming in and out of the cold, so dry your pets off quickly any time you come inside (especially their feet). 

          Dog Outside

        2. Stay inside when it's too cold.
          It's easy to assume that just because pets have fur, they're impervious to the cold. That's actually not the case, and while fur does provide some protection—how much depends on the breed—dogs and cats are susceptible to the cold in the same ways we are. They can get hypothermia and frostbite when it's bitterly cold, so it's best to stay inside as much as possible during cold weather, keeping outdoor potty breaks as brief as possible. Plus, keep a towel near the door to wipe off their paws, legs, and belly after being outside in winter. This isn't just to keep them from bringing snow and ice inside. It's to get rid of any chemicals they might have picked up, like antifreeze and de-icers, which can be toxic.

        3. Dial back the grooming.
          Don't shave your pet down to their shortest hair length in winter. A little extra fluff will help them stay warm. If you have a long-haired breed, you can trim it a little shorter (just enough so that their fur doesn't drag on the snow and pick up ice balls). Also, cut back on your pet's bathing schedule. Frequent bathing removes essential oils from the skin, which leaves cats vulnerable to dry, flaky skin. It's best to bathe your pet less often in winter and ask your vet to recommend a moisturizing shampoo. 

        4. Watch out for spills.
          While antifreeze is toxic to dogs, it has a sweet taste that may tempt them to lick it up off the ground. Do your best to avoid spills in your own yard and driveway, and don't let your pooch lick the ground in areas where there may be chemicals mixed in with the snow. 

        5. Give them a warm bed.
          Your dog or cat bed doesn't have to be fancy, but a warm blanket and/or a bed appropriate to their size will help them stay warm on chilly nights. It's especially important to give your pet a place to sleep if you have wood or tile floors. While you're at the pet supply store. Consider buying a sweater for your dog, especially if they have short fur. Not all pets take kindly to wearing "clothes," so use your best judgment! That being said, most dogs—especially shorter-haired breeds—can benefit from a doggie jacket or sweater when they go outside. And booties can help protect their paws from harsh salt and chemicals. 

        6. Use pet-safe de-icers.
          Contrary to what some product marketing may suggest, no ice melting product is perfect for dogs. Your pet should never be allowed to eat or lick up rock salt or other de-icer products off the ground. But some products are less harmful than others. De-icers made of magnesium chloride are a bit easier on pets' paws than regular rock salt. 

          Cat Outside

        7. Feed them a little more.
          Pets may burn more energy in winter than they do in the summer, especially if they're spending time outdoors and their bodies are trying to stay warm. It's okay to give them a little more food than you normally would and the occasional extra (healthy) treat. And as always, make sure they have plenty of water! 

        At Old Dominion Realty, we're committed to finding the perfect home for every pet... and their humans too. Contact us today to learn more about how to find pet-friendly Harrisonburg homes for sale!


        Gift a Bottle of Wine from These Shenandoah Valley Wineries

        Shenandoah Valley Wineries

        The holidays are upon us, and there's a good chance you have at least one hard-to-shop-for individual left on your list. As always, our real estate agents are all about lending a helping hand. And if we get to give a shout-out to some great local businesses in the Shenandoah Valley region, so much the better! 

        These locally-owned Shenandoah wineries are great places to find a gift for someone special. You may even be tempted to pick up an extra one for yourself!

        • Bluestone Vineyard - 4828 Spring Creek Rd, Bridgewater, VA 22812
          A beautiful family-run vineyard in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, Bluestone Vineyard produces wines that have been nationally recognized for their quality, including their award-winning Chardonnay. Founded in 2008, they credit their success, at least in part, to the unique bluestone (a type of limestone) soil beneath their feet. Indoor and outdoor seating areas are currently open at the vineyard, and masks are required when not seated. Online ordering and curbside pickup are also available for bottles. Bluestone Vineyard is a short drive from Harrisonburg and a stone's throw from these Bridgewater homes for sale

        • The Winery at Kindred Pointe - 3575 Conicville Rd, Mt Jackson, VA 22842
          You'll find an incredible variety of excellent wines at The Winery at Kindred Pointe, a picturesque winery nestled among 58 rolling acres of vineyard and farmland. The winery was founded in 2005 and offers a varied and ever-changing selection. Favorites include their 2013 Chardonnay, which is crisp and unusually complex for a Chardonnay, and their light red, fruit-forward 2015 Malbec. The Winery at Kindred Pointe is just minutes from these Mount Jackson homes for sale and is currently open with limited seating for small groups. You can also call ahead to order wine for pick up or order online and have your wine shipped almost anywhere in the U.S. 

        • Ox-Eye Vineyards - 44 Middlebrook Ave, Staunton, VA 24401
          Ox-Eye Vineyards spans 100 acres in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley and takes its name from the ox-eye daisies that abound on the surrounding hilly meadows. Everything about the vineyard, from its 1,830-foot elevation and southeast-facing slopes to its deep limestone soils, is perfect for growing wine grapes. Their wines are 100% estate-grown, including white wines like their dry, citrusy Traminette, and reds like their peppery, full-bodied Lemberger. You'll find the Ox-Eye Vineyards tasting room in the Downtown Staunton Historic Wharf District, convenient to many beautiful Staunton homes for sale

        • Little Washington Winery - 65 Clark Ln, Washington, VA 22747
          Little Washington Winery has earned a reputation as one of the very best wineries in the Shenandoah region. Ranked among the 40 Hidden Gems of American Wineries in 2020, this winery focuses on handcrafted Old World wines of the highest quality. Little Washington's award-winning Meritage—similar to a Bordeaux—has specially been singled out as one of Virginia's finest red wines. Their vineyard and tasting rooms are located in Washington, VA, near Shenandoah National Park and minutes from these Washington homes for sale

        • The Purple WOLF Vineyard - 2644 Cross Keys Rd, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
          The Purple WOLF Vineyard at White Oak Lavender Farm is a cozy, welcoming winery that sits at the heart of a beautiful family-owned farm. Starting as a modest lavender farm, the farm and vineyard has been open to the public since 2008 and now grow more than 8,000 lavender plants and produce 10 distinct vine varieties. You'll find many unique offerings hare, including red and white wines as well as a Royale Velvet port-style wine, and even wines infused with lavender. The Purple WOLF Vineyard is a short drive from these Harrisonburg homes for sale

        • Castle Vineyards - 2150 Mims Rd, Luray, VA 22835
          With a warm, welcoming tasting room that sits amid many acres of splendid farmland, Castle Vineyards exudes hospitality and Southern Charm. It's a working cattle farm and a vineyard, with deep roots in the local community. It's a great spot to spend an afternoon sampling some amazing wines, and you're sure to find a bottle or two worth talking home. Located just minutes from these Luray homes for sale, Castle Vineyards operates in partnership with Barren Ridge Vineyards in the nearby community of Fishersville, VA. At present, the wines served at Castle Vineyards are exclusively from Barren Ridge.

        Contact us today to learn more about life in the Shenandoah Valley. It's a special place to call home in any season, but it really comes to life during the holidays, which makes this the perfect time of year to find your dream home. 


        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.


        Leaf Peeping in the Shenandoah Valley

        Shenandoah Valley Leaf Peeping

        Explore These Spots for the Best Leaf Peeping in the Valley

        It's hard to believe that autumn is just around the corner!  It's almost time for pumpkin spice, Halloween costumes, and, of course, leaf peeping in the Shenandoah Valley. When people come to the area in autumn looking for homes for sale in West Virginia or in our Virginia real estate marketplace, they're always taken aback by its stunning natural beauty. 

        This is one of the reasons why our real estate agents love showing homes when the leaves start to turn. Shenandoah Valley is one of the best places in the county to take in the fall foliage. If you haven't been leaf-peeping in Shenandoah Valley before, this is the year to do it! Here are a few adventures to plan along the way.

        Explore Skyline Drive

        One of the most popular attractions for Shenandoah Valley visitors, Skyline Drive is a 105-mile trail where you can see some of the area's most beautiful scenery without ever leaving the car. There are also numerous overlooks and pull-offs where you can stop to enjoy the view and take some photos. 

        Hike Old Rag

        If you're a skilled hiker, you may want to try your hand at hiking Old Rag Mountain. Along the way, you'll enjoy breathtaking 360-degree views. Once you reach the summit, you'll be rewarded with a view with over 200,000 acres of parkland.

        This is a challenging hike that includes a 1.5-mile stretch that requires rock scrambling. Before you attempt this strenuous hike, make sure you have the physical ability to conquer it.  Also, don't forget to bring plenty of water and some snacks as this adventure will take you at least several hours. 

        Visit Doyles River Overlook

        Doyles River Overlook is known as one of the most beautiful overlooks on Skyline Drive. It's located just south of Loft Mountain. If you decide to drive there, you'll find it to the south of mile marker 80. You can also get there on foot by hiking the Appalachian Trail which runs north and south through the park. 

        Hike Hawksbill

        If you want to go for a hike, but don't want to spend all day on grueling trails, try exploring the trail that runs from Upper Hawksbill to Hawksbill Summit. This hike spans about 2.1 miles and is considered fairly easy. When you reach the top, you'll enjoy stunning views of the fall foliage. If you want to take a break during your hike, you can also relax at the day-use picnic shelter.

        South River Overlook 

        If you're traveling from the north, just before mile marker 63 you'll find the South River Overlook. Here you'll find beautiful views, a trail that will take you to the South River Falls, and access to the Appalachian Trails. The versatility makes this a spot that is sure to please everyone in your group. 

        Tips for Planning Your Trip

        Now that you know exactly where to go and what to do, you're well on your way to enjoying an unforgettable trip. It's important to note that the best time for leaf-peeping varies from year to year. Taking a look at Shenandoah Valley Park's webcams can help you decide on the best time to plan your trip. 

        You'll also want to make sure you pick up a paper map or download one here since cell phone service in the parks is spotty as best. Lastly, if you plan to camp during your adventures, make sure you reserve your spot ahead of time. They tend to fill up quickly, especially during peak leaf-peeping season. 

        Are you dreaming of a beautiful home in the Virginia or West Virginia area? Our real estate agents will help you turn those dreams into a reality! Contact us today to get started.


        Does Your WIFI Blanket Every Corner of Your Home?

        Home Improvement - WIFI
        With more people working from home than ever before, having a strong WiFi connection throughout the house is critical. Our real estate agents are acutely aware of this, as we're doing much of our business online as well. 

        Whether we're doing virtual showings of Virginia homes for salefollowing up with our clients, or working with other professionals to coordinate inspections and closings, it's important that we don't miss a beat.

        Take a look at some of our best tips for making sure you have a great WiFi signal in every corner of your home.

        Check Your Router Location
        It's always best to start by moving your router around. There are many simple issues that can impact a router's performance, including being too close to things like microwaves, baby monitors, Christmas lights, and even large fish tanks! Concrete and brick walls can also block the signal.

        While you might be limited in your location options, sometimes getting a longer cord and being creative with the router's positioning can solve the problem.  

        Update your Firmware (Or Upgrade Your Router) 
        If moving the router doesn't help, it might be time to update the firmware. You can often do this by entering your router's IP address into your web browser and then entering your username and password. Once you're logged in, follow the instructions to complete the update, then restart your router.

        If your router is old and outdated, you're likely better off upgrading to a new one. Check with your internet service provider to make sure you get one that's compatible.  

        Add Some Repeaters 
        WiFi range extenders, also known as repeaters or WiFi boosters, are also quite effective for ensuring your signal reaches every corner of your home. It works by repeating the signal coming from your router, resending it to areas of the home where the signal was previously weak. 

        Although these devices are relatively inexpensive and work well, they can be a bit tricky to set up. To ensure the best results, do some research before you set them up or contact a professional to do it for you. 

        Consider Powerline Networking
        Powerline networking is a more expensive option, but it will give you a strong, reliable signal with a higher speed than you'll get with repeaters. This setup uses the electrical wires in your home to transmit the signal from your router to any room. You'll then want to set up a wireless or wired connection at the other end. 

        This is a convenient option as there's no need to rip up walls or floorboards. It's as easy to install as simply plugging in an adapter. While these adapters will usually work fine in most modern homes, it's not guaranteed. Make sure you do plenty of research before you make this investment as it's likely to cost you at least a few hundred dollars. At a minimum, you'll want to purchase adapters that you can return if you run into a problem. 

        Combine Solutions to Meet Your Needs
        Depending on the layout of your home, you may be able to combine a few of these options. This is often the best way to counteract a variety of potential issues and optimize your WiFi signal in each room. 

        Enjoy Your New Connection! 
        Whether you're working from home, binging on Netflix, or searching for the best West Virginia homes for sale, a strong WiFi connection will make your life so much easier! 

        If you're ready to get serious about your home search, there's no substitute for working with a professional real estate agent. Not only can we help you find your dream home, but we'll also walk you through every step of the process from your initial offer to closing day. Contact us today to get started! 


        Shenandoah Valley Antique Stores: Find that Special Treasure

        Shenandoah Valley Local Business
        Supporting Local Businesses in the Shenandoah Valley

        Whether you're decorating a new home or searching for the perfect finishing touch for your long-time abode, our real estate agents are happy to report that the antique stores of the Shenandoah Valley are sure to have unique items that you won't find anywhere else. The best antique stores offer a little bit of everything, from home décor to memorabilia, furniture, art, toys, and historical treasures. Start searching for your next one-of-a-kind treasure, with our guide to five great antique shops located in the Shenandoah Valley.

        1. Factory Antique Mall – 50 Lodge Ln., Suite 106, Verona, VA 24482
          The Factory Antique Mall isn't just one of the biggest malls located near Virginia homes for sale – it's one of the largest antique malls, period, in the entire country! The Factory Antique Mall covers more than 135,000 square feet, and the setting is so unique that it has been used as a filming site for television shows on major networks. When you visit the mall, you'll find an endless selection of booths to explore, featuring every niche of antiques you can imagine and so much more. The mall is so large that aisles are divided into "streets" and "boulevards," so be sure to pick up a map when you arrive to make sure you don't miss anything.

        2. Shenandoah Heritage Market – 121 Carpenter Ln., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
          If you believe that variety is the spice of life, then you'll fit right in with the folks at the Shenandoah Heritage Market. This market is made up of a collection of more than 20 individual, locally-owned shops, offering everything from antiques to fabrics, hand-made furniture, and gourmet food. Dedicated shoppers can easily spend a whole day exploring the shops, scouring the shelves, and stopping for a delicious meal at the quaint, country cafe located on-site.

        3. Rolling Hills Antique Mall – 779 E Market St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801Located just a short trip over the state line from West Virginia homes for sale, the Rolling Hills Antique Mall has been a popular stop for antique lovers for more than 20 years. This mall specializes in collectibles, including military items, advertisements, glassware, and decorative items. You'll also find a wide selection of high-quality antique cookware, furniture, and tools. Rolling Hills Antique Mall is a pet-friendly store and offers ample parking if you're visiting with your RV.

        4. Shenandoah Valley Flea Market – 3549 Old Valley Pike, New Market, VA 22844
          With more than 70 individual booths stocked by local vendors, the Shenandoah Valley Flea Market is sure to have something special for your home. As with all great flea markets, you can find a little bit of everything here, with great prices, friendly service, and more than a few treasures to be uncovered. There are frequent sales and vendors restock their booths regularly, so be sure to stop by often.

        5. Stumps Old Town Antiques – 10279 McGaheysville Rd., McGaheysville, VA 22840
          Serving the area since 2007, Stumps Old Town Antiques may not be the largest antique mall in the Shenandoah Valley, but more than makes up for it with great prices, a diverse selection, and friendly, personal service. Whether you already have the perfect item in mind or need a little inspiration, the staff here will be happy to help you find everything that you need.

        Are you searching for the perfect home to display all of your unique treasures? Our team would love to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Central Shenandoah Valley.


        Become a Rock Star: Guitar Shops Near Staunton VA

        Staunton VA Local Businesses Guitar Stores
        Staunton, are you ready to rock? With so many musicians throughout our neighborhoods, it is no surprise that Staunton is home to several excellent guitar shops. Whether you're a longtime player looking for a new set of strings or a new player searching for the perfect starter guitar, our real estate agents encourage you to head to one of these guitar shops in Staunton and live your rock star fantasy.

        • Huss & Dalton Guitar Company – 420 Bridge St., Staunton, VA 24401 Over the last quarter of a century, Huss and Dalton Guitar Company has rocked the Shenandoah Valley. Acoustic and electric guitars join banjos, signature edition instruments, and a variety of accessories in their inventory designed to help you take your performance to the main stage. Designing and building their own traditional and contemporary guitars, Huss & Dalton Guitar Company is an excellent shop for seasoned musicians to get a one-of-a-kind guitar.
        • Staunton Music – 623 Greenville Ave., Staunton, VA 24401 
          For nearly 15 years, Staunton Music has served the needs of Staunton's musical community. Staunton Music is the perfect place for a beginner or intermediately skilled musician to grow their talents. Have you or your children have been curious about learning guitar, but you aren't sure if you want to purchase one? Staunton Music offers convenient instrument rentals to play around with a few different pieces of equipment until you find the perfect one for your musical goals.
        • Hometown Music – 38 Miller Circle, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 Offering hometown service at competitive prices, Hometown Music is here to help Harrisonburg turn it up to 11. They sell and repair all models of guitars. They also have a full inventory of everything an aspiring musician may need—drums, keyboards, PA equipment, recording software, accessories, and more line their shelves. Stop in today and check out their used gear to find an affordable instrument perfect for your first lessons.
        • Jaeger Guitar Werks – 2411 Indian Ridge Rd., Stuarts Draft, VA 24477
          What kind of axe are you rocking? Whether you've got a vintage Les Paul or a new Dean, let Jaeger Guitar Werks help you care for your instrument. They repair new and vintage instruments, completing everything from custom painting and refinishing to electronic modifications and custom builds. Jaeger Guitar Werks can also repair your amplifiers to keep you rocking smooth for years. Set up an appointment today to have them get your guitar back into shape.
        • Fretwell Bass – 17 West Beverly St., Staunton, VA 24401 
          If you're looking to develop your talents beyond the guitar, head over to Fretwell Bass. Along with guitars, they can show you their wide selection of banjos, mandolins, upright basses, and more. Vintage, new, and used instruments are available in their inventory, and they ask that you schedule an appointment for service. However, if you happen to be in town, feel free to stop by; they're usually in the shop and will be glad to help you out.

        Are you looking for Staunton homes for sale with plenty of practice space for your jam band? We can help! Contact us today to browse homes for sale throughout the Staunton area.


        Home Selling Ideas to Make Your House Stand Out

        Home Selling Ideas to Make Your House Stand Out
        Selling your house runs more smoothly when you begin with a plan.

        Buyers have ample options when shopping for West Virginia real estate, so it's essential to present your listing in the most favorable light possible. Our real estate agents are here to help for selling your home, with six tips to make your home stand out in your local real estate market.

        • Clean Your Home, Remove Clutter, and Keep It Looking Great 
          A deep cleaning of your home – both indoors and outside – is an absolute must if you want to maximize the appeal of your property, and cleaning before you list will also make life easier when it's time to move. While you're cleaning, take the time to remove clutter as much as possible, whether you decide to store it, sell it, donate it, or toss it. Remember to keep the home clean throughout the sales process, so it will always be ready for buyers who want to visit.
        • Consider Curb Appeal for a Positive First Impression
          Buyers start forming an impression of your home the minute they arrive. Curb appeal is a crucial ingredient when you want your home to stand out from other Virginia homes for sale. Start by cleaning your yard, keeping the lawn cut, trimming trees, pruning shrubs, and removing any plant debris that has built up. If your home's exterior could use a boost, adding fresh landscaping features can be a cost-effective way to enhance curb appeal.
        • Fresh Paint and DIY Fixes
          When buyers visit a home, they will be looking for small indicators of how well you've taken care of the property. So if your home has any small maintenance issues, it's worth investing the time and effort necessary to fix them. While you're tackling maintenance issues, check whether any walls need a touch-up or a fresh coat of paint.
        • Highlight Areas Where You've Added Value 
          Have you made any improvements to the home that you feel deserve the attention of buyers? Perhaps you've added an area for entertaining guests outdoors, turned an unfinished basement into an attractive living space, or made improvements to the master bedroom/bathroom. While not every upgrade adds value in every buyer's eyes, it's well worth pointing out areas where you have upgraded the home.
        • Professional Photography Helps Your Home Stand Out Online
          With all of the work you've put into prepping your home for sale, you want to make sure that buyers get a great impression when they find your property online. Professional quality photography is a must for your online listing and will help buyers fall in love before visiting in person.
        • Pick the Right Price to Maximize Your Market
          Choosing the right price, based on a comparative market analysis (CMA) from your real estate agent, is one of the biggest keys to maximizing your home market. A price well above market value will scare off potential buyers, but you also don't want to leave money. Your real estate agent should be your number one resource for picking a price that will get your home sold.

        Sell Your Home

        The right real estate team can make your life so much easier when selling your home, and we're here to help with all of your real estate needs. Contact us to buy and sell homes in Eastern West Virginia and the Central Shenandoah Valley.


        Celebrate July 4 at Home in the Valley

        Celebrate July 4 at home in the Shenandoah Valley
        As we make our way into the heart of summer, we prepare to celebrate one of the most important American holidays: Independence Day. The 4th of July and its adjacent weekend is often a time when friends, families, and neighbors gather together in gratitude for our freedom, health, and safety. Unfortunately, this year our July 4th festivities will be quite different than normal, but that doesn't mean that we still can't have a fun-filled holiday with those we cherish most. Our real estate agents invite you to creatively celebrate the 4th of July virtually with these cool ideas.

        • Party in the Backyard with Food & Games
          Cookouts are synonymous with July 4th so break out the grill and get the family together for some outdoor fun. Bake a few red, white, and blue cookies or cupcakes and make a few star-spangled crafts before heading to the backyard for food and games. Take a dip in the pool and throw the pigskin around. Cornhole, horseshoes, and potato sack races are also great alternatives if you have limited space in your yard.

        • Host a Socially Distanced Hot Dog Eating Contest
          If you love hot dogs, consider challenging your neighbors to a hot dog eating contest. Competitors can gather on the sidewalks in front of their houses and see who can eat the most hot dogs. This fun event can be easily held in your neighborhood while adhering to safe social distance guidelines. Make the event even more fun by challenging them to a water balloon fight as well!

        • Take Virtual Tours of America's Best Sites
          Did you know that the coolest, most interesting and awe-inspiring landmark in the United States can be visited without leaving home? Many of our iconic historical sites and museums can be explored virtually. From the Statue of Liberty and Smithsonian National Museum of History to The White House and National Museum of African American History and Culture, spend a few hours showing your family some of the most important relics of our country's past.

        • Host a Virtual Patriotic Movie Night
          For a country as young as ours, we have a rich history that has been recreated on the silver screen time and time again. These films give us the opportunity to glimpse into the past and see how our ancestors have molded our country's future. Pop some popcorn and gather the family on the couch for historical films such as The Patriot that are both thrilling and educational.  

        • Put on a Firework Show for Neighbors
          Many cities and towns around the country have confirmed that they will put on firework shows for residents to view from their homes, but that doesn't mean that you can't pop a few firecrackers off on your own. Taking all safety precautions into consideration, consider lighting a few legal fireworks in your backyard for your neighbors to enjoy.

        Just because you can't see your family and friends IRL doesn't mean you still can't have a blast with them! Celebrate the 4th of July virtually and contact us if you'd like to tour Virginia homes for sale or West Virginia real estate before the summer ends!


        Should You Repair or Replace Your Air Conditioner?

        Air Conditioner Home Maintenance
        Home Maintenance Help: Repair or Replace Your HVAC System

        Waking up on a hot summer night to a broken air conditioner is a nightmare. Unfortunately, HVAC malfunctions are common, and it's only a matter of time until your A/C unit is on the fritz.

        Although this may be an unavoidable issue, knowing whether you need to replace or repair your unit will help save you thousands of dollars. Our real estate agents believe that you should know which problems with your air conditioning unit may require a quick repair or a full replacement.

        • Old Age = Replace
          No appliance lives forever, including your powerful HVAC system. While you should be able to get 10-15 years out of you're A/C unit, systems that show malfunctions around the decade-mark generally will need replacing. Repairing an old machine may not be money well spent if the entire system kicks the bucket shortly after.

        • Warm Air = Repair
          An air conditioner that's blowing hot air is a problem, but thankfully, it's usually not a serious issue. In most cases, the warm air can be caused by a faulty compressor, low refrigerant, or a duct problem. These repairs are usually affordable and last for years to come.

        • Multiple Repairs = Replace
          Most units will need a handful of repairs over the years, even if you do have them serviced every year. While many small repairs are common, you should keep track of their frequency. If you've had to repair an element of your air-cooling unit once every year or two, you'll notice that these expenses quickly add up. It may be better to invest that repair budget into a new replacement system that won't give you trouble for a few years.

        • Minimal Air Flow = Repair
          Similar to warm airflow, a lack of airflow in certain sections of your home is another inconvenient problem. Thankfully, this is an issue that typically points to a problem with the compressor or the ductwork. HVAC technicians will usually identify the cause of interrupted airflow swiftly and perform a quick repair that will keep the cool air flowing for years.

        • Increase Utility Costs = Replace
          As your system ages, it loses efficiency, and thus, increases your utility bills. While it's not uncommon to see a small rise in your electric bill, you should be concerned about consistently increasing spikes in your monthly expense report. If your bill is inflated continuously year after year, a replacement A/C unit could save you hundreds instantaneously.

        • Strange Noises/Smells = Repair
          Odd noises or odors coming from the unit, both outside and inside, should be assessed immediately. Smells and sounds can be caused by multiple issues, including electrical problems or fungal growth that present health hazards to your family. Thankfully, if these issues are caught early, they can be resolved with an affordable repair.

        Whether you've just moved into one of our Virginia homes for sale or have owned your current home for years, it's wise to get your HVAC system inspected and maintained to prevent breakdowns and extend its lifecycle. Routine checkups will make it easier to identify and understand if the problem should be repaired or if the repair cost would be better spent on a new system.

        For assistance buying West Virginia homes for sale, contact us today!


        How to Buy and Sell a Home at the Same Time

        Help! We Sold Our Home Before We Bought Another

        Buy and Sell Homes Simultaneously

        If the first three rules of real estate are, "Location, location, location," the fourth rule would be, "Timing is everything." Selling and buying a home simultaneously is a tightrope act that defies the skills of the most experienced circus acrobat.

        Fortunately, our real estate agents have a superior sense of balance. Here are their top tips for buying and selling a home at the same time.

        1. Study the Market
          At any given time, based largely on the overall economic climate, the real estate market will favor either buyers or sellers. Knowing where the current advantage lies will help direct your strategy.
        2. Crunch the Numbers
          Get a solid handle on your financial picture. Determine your current liquidity, a realistic resale value of your home, and how much equity you have. This will give you an idea of the budget you're working with, including the amount of down payment you can comfortably afford.
        3. Get Pre-Approval
          "Your reach should exceed your grasp" is fine advice, except when it comes to real estate. Many people mistakenly assume their purchasing power will go much further than it actually does. With a pre-approval in hand, you won't be tempted to waste time on a home you can't afford.
        4. Have a Backup Plan (or Two)
          If you sell your home first, you'll need to arrange temporary housing. On the other hand, if you buy first, two mortgages can be a significant drain on your cash reserves. Draw up a workable game plan for either of these possibilities. Options include rent-back agreements, contingency clauses (for buyers and sellers), bridge loans or renting out your home. Keep in mind that each method comes with its own set of pros and cons.
        5. Prepare Your Home for Sale
          Take a good look at your home. Would you buy it today as is? Take care of any upgrades or repairs immediately so the home is ready to roll once it hits the market. Consider getting a pre-inspection so you're not caught off-guard by any unseen conditions.
        6. Work With a Qualified Real Estate Agent
          While it doesn't absolve you of responsibility for making informed decisions, the assistance of a reliable real estate agent is invaluable. Along with providing market insight, a good agent successfully steers you through the curves and speed bumps of buying and selling a home simultaneously.
        7. Negotiate Terms
          Selling price is only one of the terms that may be negotiated in a real estate transaction. If you need some adjustments to accommodate your timeline, your agent can negotiate the closing date, contingency clauses, and other elements that factor into your backup plans.
        8. Don't Operate Out of Fear or Emotion
          Yes, we develop emotional attachments to Virginia homes for sale but save that for the business of living, not the business of real estate. Remain level-headed and clear-eyed, and you'll find it much easier to make good decisions.
        9. Be Flexible
          No matter how carefully you construct your plans, there's a wild card you can't account for: the behavior of others. Accept the fact that you can't control what other buyers and sellers, lenders, and inspectors will do, and be prepared to pivot when need be. 

        Buying and selling West Virginia real estate can be a roller coaster ride, but we can reduce the scares and increase the thrills. Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to get started.


        Shenandoah Valley: Celebrate Father's Day While Social Distancing

        Shenandoah Valley Spots for Father's Day
        Father's Day is Sunday, June 21, and our real estate agents understand that we all may need to don our creativity caps to celebrate our fathers and father-figures due to social distancing. While we may not be able to take them to their favorite restaurant, catch a movie, or take them on a shopping spree, there are plenty of ways that we can give them a spectacular yet safe Father's Day. Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

        • Dinner & A Movie
          Just because you can't visit a restaurant and theatre doesn't mean you can't treat dad to an awesome night of fun. Most of our local restaurants now offer take-out and delivery services which allows you to get dad his favorite steak dinner. Rent a movie to watch at home or visit one of the old-school drive-in theaters that are popping up around town and enjoy a classic flick.

        • Wine Tasting at Home
          Does your father fancy himself a wine connoisseur? Host a wine tasting at home with a few bottles from one of our local wineries. Create a charcuterie board from local meats and cheeses to give him a taste of the Shenandoah Valley like no other. If he prefers liquor or beer, order delivery from a liquor store. Does dad simply like a good glass of pop? Create a gift basket of craft sodas, chips, jerky, and candies to satisfy his sweet tooth.

        • Play a Round of Golf
          Golf is a great outdoor activity that is a fun way to enjoy time out of the house while properly practicing social distancing. Head over to one of our local golf courses to take advantage of their Father's Day specials. If mini-golf is more his game, let him practice his putting skills on a few fun holes. Whether you take him to a driving range or to a putt-putt course, try to let him win a few holes.   

        • Relax with Rod & Reel
          There's nothing better than spending a warm summer afternoon casting a line and enjoying the sunshine. Our area has plenty of great fishing holes where you and your dad can spend hours in serenity without a care in the world. From Mossy Creek to Lake Arrowhead, find a secluded spot, and enjoy quality time together.

        • Outdoor Activities
          If fishing or golf isn't one of his preferred activities, there are other great outdoor areas to explore. Go on a horse ride at Jordan Hollow Stables or hike up Stony Man Mountain. Have a picnic in Gypsy Hill Park or explore the cool formations in Luray Caverns. With so many interesting natural spaces to explore, you and your dad can spend all day in the great outdoors.

        Whether you're looking to upgrade to a space that has a cozy room for your father or if your dear old dad is hoping to downsize to a more manageable house, contact us for help finding West Virginia real estate and Virginia homes for sale that meet all of your needs.  


        Harrisonburg Home Stores: Give Your Living Space a Boost

        Harrisonburg Home Stores

        Embrace your home this season with dazzling décor and dynamic designs. Sprucing up your home by painting the walls and adding in complementary colored decorations works wonders in any space. Whether you're getting ready to list or if a few of your rooms need a makeover, our real estate agents encourage you to let your creativity flow with the fabulous finds at these Harrisonburg home stores.

        • Grand Home Furnishings — 2080 Evelyn Byrd Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22801 
          A staple of Harrisonburg since the 1960s, Grand Home Furnishings should be your first stop during National Decorating Month.  They're ready to help you find you're happy by discovering the Grand Difference — a total satisfaction guarantee, the lowest price guarantee, and a 125 percent mattress guarantee. Their professional design consultants will help you every step of the way until you find décor or furniture that your home needs.

        • Ferguson — 44 Reedy Cir., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
          The professionals at Ferguson invite you to experience The Ferguson Difference. For years, they've implemented a variety of high-quality designs into residential, industrial, and commercial spaces. Their Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery is stocked with world-class products for the kitchen, bathroom, living room, laundry room, garage, and outdoor entertaining spaces. Use their Home Ideas section to get your creative juices flowing or speak with one of their knowledgeable associates to turn your vision into a reality.

        • Dayton Interiors — 160 Carpenter Ln., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
          Dayton Interiors
          understands that a one-style-fits-all approach is not ideal for homeowners in the Shenandoah Valley. Instead, they bring a mix of traditional, contemporary, and transitional home furnishings to their showroom to fit anyone's design preference. Best of all, they offer free local delivery to conveniently get your favorite piece from their store to your home.

        • Schewels Home — 2091 Evelyn Byrd Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
          As one of the oldest furniture retailers in the nation, Schewels Home has a level of experience that few others possess. Since 1897, they've provided generations of families with quality furniture that stands the test of time. Although their inventory has changed from decade to decade, their commitment to their customers is stronger than ever. Take their Design Style quiz to identify pieces that match your lifestyle needs. Along with furniture and décor, Schewels Home can also fill your home with the latest appliances and electronics, allowing you to tie the aesthetic of a room together in every piece possible.  

        • Roses Flooring & Furniture — 450 N. Mason St., Harrisonburg, VA 22802
          If you're interested in redecorating your home from top to bottom, let Roses Flooring and Furniture outfit you from floor to ceiling. Roses Flooring & Furniture sets the standard for quality products at competitive pricing. Perfect for the homeowner looking to maximize their budget, Roses sells new furniture that's been discontinued by manufacturers, which enables you to take home stunning pieces for a fraction of the showroom price. From large pieces like sofas, armoires, and buffets to office furniture, kid's furniture, accents, and outdoor sets, Roses will fill your home with style without emptying your wallet.

        Ready to fill one of our Harrisonburg homes for sale with your new décor? Contact us today to start your search!


        Summertime Family Fun: Create a Family Time Capsule

        Summertime Family Fun
        Nothing brings history to life as vividly as the stories of those who lived through it. 2020 is almost halfway through, and it's already beyond the scope of any year our country has seen. Use these ideas from our real estate agents to memorialize 2020 with a family time capsule. 

        1. Choose a Container
          The ideal container should be large enough to accommodate all your items and durable enough to withstand wear and tear over time. If you're handy, a DIY wooden box can do the trick. Other options include plastic Tupperware-style or metal containers.

        2. Use Written Documentation
          We have become a digital society, and technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace. While it might be easier to create electronic documents, the media may be outdated by the time the capsule is opened. (Does anyone remember floppy discs?) Using hard copies, whether hand-written or printed off a computer, ensures the materials can be read at any future time. 

        3. Start a Diary
          Have each member of your family keep a diary to record specific events and their reactions. You don't have to write an entry each day, but over time you'll have a compelling picture of everyone's journey. Need help getting started? Canadian artist Natalie Long has created time capsule workbooks for kids and adults.

        4. Every Picture Tells a Story
          Even during "normal" times, it's both fun and enlightening to look at pictures from the past and see how far you've come. But don't limit yourself to photos of your family. Print out online pictures depicting empty streets, healthcare workers, and other scenes that create a fuller perspective of this moment in time.

        5. Include Media Reports
          Newspaper and magazine articles help provide context for personal observations. Include entire publications or print specific articles from media websites. Be sure to include positive stories for balance.

        6. Conduct "Interviews"
          Another method to document experiences is to have members of the family "interview" each other. It's a great way to learn more about each other and develop deeper bonds. 

        7. Write Letters
          What insights would you like to share with your unborn children or grandchildren? Tell them in a letter. If you have kids, suggest that they write a letter to their older selves about what they've learned along with their hopes and dreams for the future.

        8. Incorporate "Relics"
          Think about everyday items that have taken on a special significance during this time. Appropriate options include hand sanitizer or antiseptic wipes, a roll of toilet paper, and a face mask. 

        9. Commemorate Special Events
          Are any family members celebrating birthdays, graduations, or even weddings? People have found amazingly creative ways to observe these traditional rites of passage while maintaining social distance. Be sure to document any special occasions that occur in your household carefully.

        10. Decide on a Storage Place
          While the traditional concept of a time capsule involves burial, most experts don't recommend it. The capsule is likely to succumb to the elements, or you may lose track of where it's buried. If you're using an attractive container, display it on a bookcase or shelf. Otherwise, store it safely in the attic where it can be easily retrieved at a later date.

        At Old Dominion Realty, we respect the connection attached to your home. Contact us for considerate and dedicated assistance with your real estate needs.


        A Place to Call Home: Colton Mitchell

        Colton Mitchell

        Colton Mitchell of our South Main, Harrisonburg office is a resident of Bridgewater.  He grew up in Dayton and attended Turner Ashby High School with wife Charlotte, who now teaches 5th grade at John Wayland Elementary School. They welcomed their beautiful daughter, Rowan, into the world in November 2019.

        Colton and Charlotte Mitchell

        Colton and Rowan Mitchel;l

        1. What do you love best about your community?
          Rockingham County has a small-town feel yet the amenities of the big city are within easy driving distance.  Colton enjoys the location between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains for all the outdoor recreation the mountains create.  He loves to hunt, fish, camp, and hike.  Natural Chimneys is one of his favorite places to camp.  He enjoys the small-town feel of Bridgewater with its restaurants, shops, and all you need just minutes away.  He feels it is a fantastic place to raise his new daughter Rowan Paige.

          Colton Mitchell Outdoors
          Colton also loves being two hours from Washington D.C., Richmond, and Roanoke because there are constantly things to do and see.  He enjoys the big-name country concerts that the larger cities bring us and the wide range of restaurants and activities all within a few hours' drive.

        2. What is your favorite local sports team?
          Colton played baseball and football at TA and still cheers for his alma mater.  He follows the Washington Redskins as they have the home team feeling being so close to FedEx Field.

        3. Favorite local restaurant?
          Colton and wife Charlotte love to eat and relax at Union Station downtown Harrisonburg in the old Wetsel Seed building.  They love the reclaimed ambiance and amazing food.  For burgers, they would choose Jack Brown's Beer & Burger Joint downtown or Billy Jacks for an evening outing.

        4. Favorite local coffee shop?
          A few mornings each week, Colton loves to swing into Bridgewater Coffee on the way to work for an iced coffee and blueberry muffin. He enjoys the cheery staff and cozy atmosphere of the coffee shop to start off his day.

        5. Favorite place for happy hour?
          You can find Colton and a few friends at the Cracked Pillar around happy hour.  Their selection of beers on tap is ever-changing and the food is good too.

        6. Favorite local grocery store?
          Colton prefers to shop at the Dayton Farmers Market for locally grown produce. He loves the wide variety of meats, cheeses, and desserts that are offered from local sources.

        7. Favorite local festival/parade/event?
          Colton loves the Maple Festival in Highland County.  Featuring homemade maple syrup, maple donuts, pancake breakfasts, good music, shopping and fun are always something to look forward to for two weekends in March.  Not to mention the beautiful hour or so drive from Bridgewater to Monterey, VA to take in the Maple Festival is something to look forward to each year.

          Growing up in Dayton instills a love for Dayton Days as a time to celebrate the community.  Good company, good food, and shopping draw Colton to Dayton each year for the annual town festival. 

          Being a big fan of country music you can always catch Colton taking in the Rockingham County Fair and its country headlining concert.

          Colton and his wife love spending Friday evenings at Bluestone Vineyard's Toast the Weekend events. He and his friends gather for great music, wine, and food from local food trucks.

        8. Favorite local activity
          Hunting is Colton's favorite local activity and there are plenty of opportunities for hunting close by!  Colton frequents Highland County, Virginia, and Pendleton County, West Virginia to hunt whitetail deer, eastern wild turkey, and black bear.  He also predator hunts on local farms.  When Colton is not hunting locally he enjoys heading west to hunt whitetail and elk.  He is an avid fisherman and takes to the water every summer in search of a citation Striped Bass on Smith Mountain Lake.  He spends many early mornings taking in the sunrise over SML with a community of tight-knit fishermen who share a love for the pursuit of the next citation Striper! Since having his daughter Rowan, he loves to spend many evenings taking her on walks around Bridgewater. They frequent Wildwood Park so she can listen to the rushing river and see the ducks. Colton wants to make sure he instills a love of the outdoors in Rowan!

        9. Other local business(es) you love?
          Colton loves to support Heartland Outfitters in Dayton.  They are a full-service bow shop with everything you need.  Rockingham Cooperative is another business he always loves to frequent for hunting and fishing gear.

        10. Three words to describe why you love living in your community.
          Family, Opportunity, and Experiences

        11. What you love best about your career in real estate?
          Colton loves being a real estate agent because he loves meeting new people.  The gratification of being able to help with one of their largest financial decisions and knowing that they were happy with their experience is what motivates Colton in his real estate career. 

          Find out how to work with Colton Mitchell to buy and sell homes on his website:

          Colton Mitchell Website

        Augusta County: Best Fishing for Local Anglers

        Augusta County Virginia Best Fishing for Anglers
        In a world of high-tech entertainment, fishing retains a nostalgic charm. The appeal of spending a pleasant summer day with a sandwich, cold beverage, and fishing pole never seems to grow old.

        If you promise not to tell, our real estate agents will share the secrets of their favorite fishing spots in Augusta County.

        • Lake Tams - Gypsy Hill Park, 600 Churchville Ave., Staunton, VA 24401
          The rustic beauty of Lake Tams, down the street from Staunton homes for sale, would be a perfect subject for a landscape painting. Its location, Gypsy Hill Park, resulted from the efforts of Captain William Purviance Tams, for whom the lake is named. Lake Tams is a 2.5-acre storm retention pond that features a stocked trout program. While boats are not permitted, there is an asphalt walking path that provides fishing access for everyone, including those with limited mobility. Park hours are 4 a.m. - 11 p.m. and fishing is available year-round.

        • Crimora Park - 1648 New Hope-Crimora Rd., Crimora, VA 24431
          Crimora Park is an 18-acre facility divided into two levels. The lower level features 1,000 feet of frontage along the South River, one of the more popular fishing spots near Crimora homes for sale. Both warm water and coldwater trout fishing is available in the South River, which also holds bass, sunfish, and bluegill. Crimora Park is open from sunrise until sunset.

        • Mossy Creek - 372 Kyles Mill Rd., Mount Solon, VA 22843
          There's a reason why anglers across the country sing the praises of trout fishing at Mossy Creek. It's not unusual to come away with a 20-inch fish weighing six pounds or more. Brown trout are the main attraction, but rock bass, eels, and suckers are also plentiful. Bring your patience, as Mossy Creek can challenge even experienced fly fishers. The water's path runs alongside private property, so be sure to get a free landowner's permit online. There is a public parking lot at Mossy Creek Presbyterian Church, just minutes from Mount Solon homes for sale.

        • Lake Arrowhead - 725 Lake Arrowhead Rd., Luray, VA 22835
          When you fish at Lake Arrowhead, you'll feel as though you're in a picture postcard come to life. The scenic 34-acre lake, located in the recreation area of the same name, is a favorite spot to catch largemouth bass, crappie, Northern pike, and channel catfish. This stunning example of nature's glory is conveniently located a short distance from Luray homes for sale. Please note that a Town of Luray fishing permit is required in addition to the state-issued fishing license. Park hours are sunrise to sunset.

        • Purcell Park - 41 Monument Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
          Looking for an easy afternoon getaway? Purcell Park is easily accessible to the area around Harrisonburg homes for sale. Enjoy a relaxing day of catch-and-release fishing for largemouth bass, bluegill, and channel catfish in the park's shallow but well-stocked pond. Purcell Park is open daily from 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.

        • Edgebriar Park - 101 E. Riverside Dr., Bridgewater, VA 22812
          Edgebriar Park is a lovely oasis sitting alongside the fish-rich North River, close to Bridgewater homes for sale. In addition to a handicap-accessible fishing pier, the park includes amenities such as benches, inlaid game tables, and a waterfall garden. Park hours are 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily.

        Are you randomly casting about for a new home? Contact us at Old Dominion Realty for the most up-to-date information on Augusta County homes for sale


        Where to Invest Your Remodeling Dollars?

        Remodeling Project That Pay You BankIf you're planning to sell your home soon, one of the best things you can do is invest your money in targeted renovations. Our REALTORS® have helped many clients find cost-effective ways to improve the sale price of a property – even just a few weeks before it goes to market.

        The caveat: When it comes to remodeling, not all projects are created equal!

        Market trends and other factors can play into whether your project could add a significant amount to your selling price. While some projects are very reliable, others come and go. A real estate pro can help you choose the best way to make the most of your budget.

        Consider these useful options:

        1. Slap On a New Coat of Paint
          Painting is one project you may be able to do yourself – and it can really pay off. Even when it doesn't have a major effect on selling price, it makes a great first impression. That can be the difference between getting an offer in the first week or waiting 30 days. Plan for both exterior and interior paintwork, but if you must choose just one, the exterior is the winner.
        2. Put In New Flooring
          New flooring can make a home look new and vibrant no matter its age. Worn-out carpets get dull and dingy, and even steam cleaning them might not restore them to their original look. Also pay attention to flooring in the kitchen and bathroom, which tend to have less square footage to cover but make a big impact whenever they're modernized.
        3. Refresh Countertops and Cabinets
          Countertops "frame" the kitchen and give an immediate indication of how up to date it is. That said, there are many different styles of countertops. Appearance and cost can vary widely. Before you decide on granite, laminate, or quartz, be sure to talk to your real estate agent about what buyers want. A mid-range countertop is often a better investment than a premium one.
        4. Replace Faucets, Fixtures, and Switch Plates
          It seems like a small detail, but fixtures are remarkably helpful in making bathrooms look their best. Equipping a whole home with new fixtures may run into the hundreds of dollars, but it is often worth it. Combined with cleaning, it prevents your sinks and tubs from showing their age.
        5. Update (Some) Kitchen Appliances
          Updating smaller appliances such as the microwave and toaster can be a surprising perk for your buyers. That's especially true if the newer elements beautifully match the larger elements in the room, such as the refrigerator, and complement the countertops and cabinets.
        6. Declutter
          You might not think of decluttering as a home renovation, but it really is that important. Remove about 30% of items from a home before you list it and leave closets about 50% empty. This makes a home seem more spacious and inviting. Moving items into storage can also help you work much faster when it's finally time to move into your next home.
        7. Perform Lawncare and Seeding
          Have a nice front lawn? You can recover several times the cost of some basic landscaping. Many of today's buyers are looking for enough space for dogs and kids alike to play. A professional can amplify your curb appeal with just a few hours of work. Also consider smaller touches – a wreath on the door, for example, or a path of decorative pavers leading up to the front step.

        Trends change, but Old Dominion Realty is always here to help you get the best deal for your home. To learn more about getting your property on the market, just contact us today.


        A Place to Call Home: Linda Goodson

        Linda Goodson, REALTOR®, Talks About Why She Loves Living In Shenandoah, Virginia

        Linda Goodson

        Shenandoah, VA | Page County

        After living in Rockingham County, Penn Laird, and McGaheysville, for 25 years, I moved back to my hometown of Shenandoah, VA, to be near my parents.  I love the hometown feel and a neighborhood of friends and church family. I'm now within walking distance of my lifelong friends and parents.  I love how the Town of Shenandoah offers something for everyone.  Be it a computer center, a library, a variety of excellent restaurants, community movie nights, holiday events like Easter Egg Hunt, Christmas Tree lighting, parades, carnivals, veteran memorials, and regular events to support the elderly and those in need.  I can sit on my front porch and listen to the church bells every day play my favorite hymns.  The beauty of this area is something that we take for granted.

        Linda Goodson, REALTOR®, Talks About Why She Loves Living In Shenandoah, Virginia

        Serving the community through church events is what brings me complete happiness.  I am a member of Christ United Methodist Church just one block from my home, and we are an extremely active congregation.  I serve on the board of trustees, educational committees, administrative boards, and teach Sunday school to youth in our church.  My favorite bible verse is Matthew 18:20 "For where two or three gather in my name, there I am also."  One of my favorite events is to help with the annual First Responders Dinner.  We serve dinner for the Shenandoah Rescue Squad, Fire Department, and Police Department and provide door prizes for each first responder who attends.  It is time to give back to these heroes who serve our community every day.

        Linda Goodson, REALTOR®, Talks About Why She Loves Living In Shenandoah, Virginia
        I love to spend time with my grandchildren, Emma, and Parker.  They are the light of my life.  Emma, 3, likes to ride her bike, play outside, swing, watch movies, and eat popcorn with her Nana.  Parker is a sweet 6-month old whose smile makes the world a better place.  I look forward to vacations with daughter, Molli, and son-in-law Joey and the grandchildren.  I love my goofy family and sister trips are the best. I love the beach.

        Linda Goodson
        I love to do yard work, home improvements, and DIY projects. five years ago, I fulfilled a lifelong dream of buying an old house and remodeling. I feel blessed to have been able to find a gem on 4th St that is 90 years old and I am the second owner.  It had great bones, and I have found great satisfaction in keeping the charm, yet updating to meet my current needs.

        The Shenandoah Valley is a great place to antique shop and I love to find treasure from the past.  I love genealogy and I have deep roots in the town of Shenandoah.  The land that my house sits on was once part of my 3 times removed grandfather, John Washington Coverstone, who was a member of the first town council in 1882.

        Linda Goodson

        Find out more about working with Linda Goodson on www.lindagoodsonhomes.com.


        Shenandoah Valley: Best Outdoor Spots for Kids


        Outdoor Spots for Kids Shenadoah Valley
        Michael J. Fox, star of the appropriately-named Family Ties, once declared, "Family is not an important thing. It's everything." Celebrate family members, by blood or choice, during International Day of Families on Friday, May 15. Our real estate agents suggest a fun-filled trip to one of these exciting outdoor areas in the Shenandoah Valley.

        • Bryce Resort - 1982 Fairway Dr., Basye, VA 22810
          All the natural beauty around Shenandoah County homes for sale is on display at Bryce Resort. Spend an afternoon kayaking on scenic Lake Laura or walking the nature trail that traces its perimeter. If you prefer adventure high in the sky, take a thrilling ride on the ski lift or zipline. Other activities include traditional, mini, and disc golf as well as tubing, swimming, and mountain biking. In addition to Copper Kettle Restaurant, Bryce Resort offers monthly mountaintop dinners during summer months. The resort is open to the public, but individual and family memberships are available with perks such as parking permits, discounts, and selected free amenities.

        • Stony Man Mountain Hike - Skyline Drive MP 41.7, Luray, VA 22835
          Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah National Park is a treasure easily accessible to the area near homes for sale in Luray. Enjoy the park's expansive vistas when you take the Stony Man Mountain Hike, an easy mile-and-a-half attainable for all ages. Be on the lookout for unusual plants and wildlife sightings as well as the historic copper mine. Those who prefer a more challenging route can take the 3.5-mile Passamaquoddy Trail that circles Stony Man. Pack a picnic and make a day of it. Park entrance fee is $30 per vehicle and covers seven consecutive days. Hours are dawn until dusk year-round.

        • Jordan Hollow Stables - 657 Pine Grove Rd., Stanley, VA 22851
          Every child dreams of having a pony, so give them the next best thing with a day at Jordan Hollow Stables. Most of the beautiful and gentle horses at Jordan Hollow have been rescued from shelters and given a "new" life delighting all ages of riders. No experience is needed for the guided ninety-minute rides along one of the trails on the stables' 125-acre wooded property. As a bonus, you're likely to spot deer, turkeys, rabbits, and other wildlife along the way. Prices start at $45 per person with a minimum age of 7. Jordan Hollow is open Monday through Saturday from March through November with riding times of 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.

        • Gypsy Hill Park - 600 Churchville Ave., Staunton, VA 24401
          With its multitude of facilities and activities, pet-friendly Gypsy Hill Park is like a free outdoor amusement park just minutes from Staunton homes for sale. With a skate park, mini-train, pool, fishing, baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis, horseshoes, and fitness station, your kids won't know what to do first! There's also an 18-hole public golf course along with grills and picnic tables available on a first-come-first-served basis. Park hours are 4 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily.

        • Luray Caverns - 101 Cave Hill Rd., Luray, VA 22835
          Channel your inner Indiana Jones with a visit to Luray Caverns. Guides lead you along lighted walkways passing through 10-story-high "rooms" with incredible rock formations. Other on-site attractions include the Car & Carriage Caravan Museum, Shenandoah Heritage Village, Toy Town Junction, Rope Adventure Park and Garden Maze. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for kids aged 6-12 with additional fees for Rope Adventure Park and Garden Maze. Luray Caverns is open 365 days a year. Visit the website for hours.

        Shenandoah Valley is for families. If you're buying or selling a home, contact us at Old Dominion Realty.


        Home Work - 5 Tips for Building a Home Office

        Build a Home Office
        COVID-19 is changing the way people work forever.

        Our REALTORS® have been exploring ways to work from home, and we know many of our clients have, too. As we're finding plans to market your Harrisonburg homes for sale, we are always exploring new ways to get more done, including at home. But adapting to a home office can be tricky at first!

        Being truly successful when you work from home starts with the right space. You can find your groove even if you don't have a fancy home office. Still, it is very important to plan out your work area from the beginning and give yourself every advantage possible.

        Here's how to get off to a running start with a home office just about anywhere:

        1. Use an Existing Room Where Possible
          Ideally, you would use a separate room, such as a spare bedroom, for your new home office. The most efficient home office is its own enclosed space far from distractions like the TV, phones, and various electronics. This isn't feasible for everyone, though. You can also consider folding it into your laundry room, expanding a closet, or using an alcove somewhere throughout the home. With the right decor, the space will still be separate and distinctive. That's the key!
        2. Make the Most of Natural Light
          Natural light will make it much easier to spend extended periods of time in your home office. It is crucial, however, to make sure that light streaming in from the window won't create glare in your monitor. Lamps should also be positioned to minimize reflection. In rooms with limited space, a torchiere can be ideal. Have multiple layers of optional window coverings to control light levels throughout the day.
        3. Organize It With Decluttering in Mind
          One of the biggest issues with a home office is keeping it clean and neat. Head off clutter before it starts by defining where everything goes and making sure you have sufficient storage space. A set of hanging folders or desktop "inbox" can keep papers organized. Be sure there is a discreet trash bin, too. While your favorite beverage is a must, try to avoid bringing whole meals into the space.
        4. Use Color to Your Advantage
          The work you do will affect what color scheme you want in your home office. A palette tending toward blue is the most relaxing. However, you might find that something bright and invigorating works better for you. No time to repaint right now? Treat yourself to a new painting that expresses your style and workplace goals and hang it where you can see it. Eliminate gray as much (and as soon) as you can.
        5. Add an Organic Touch
          Even if you are careful to create a space you really love, you're bound to feel the workplace doldrums from time to time. One of the best ways to make a space more inviting while keeping it looking professional is to add a plant. Anything from a desktop succulent to a hanging fern creates more vigor and life in a space – and, yes, it will even help to freshen the air. That's especially critical in the basement.

        One of the biggest reasons people look for a new home is to expand their office space. A little more space can make a big difference, but building good work at home habits is vital, too. That is something that only comes with experience.

        No matter what your needs look like, Old Dominion Realty is here to help you find the right home for your lifestyle. To learn more, contact us today.


        Harrisonburg Restaurants: Supporting Local Restaurants

        Harrisonburg Restaurants Support Local Businesses
        Many of your favorite Harrisonburg restaurants are continuing to serve customers while coronavirus precautions are in effect, with takeout, delivery, and curbside pickup options. Ordering from local restaurants is a great way to keep things fresh while stuck at home, and your favorite local restaurants need your support now more than ever. While the list is ever-changing, there are many Harrisonburg restaurants committed to serving customers during these unprecedented times. Our real estate agents offer our guide to five Harrisonburg restaurants you can support by ordering meals for curbside pickup.

        • Cuban Burger – 70 West Water St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
          If you love diversity in your local dining options, then Harrisonburg homes for sale should rank near the top of your list. The popular Cuban Burger is one great example of that international flair, serving up Cuban-style sandwiches, salads, and finger food. Cuban Burger has earned rave reviews from national publications, including a 5-star review in Esquire magazine. The restaurant is currently open for lunch and dinner orders every day except for Monday, with takeout, curbside pickup, and delivery options available.

        • Finnigan's Cove Seafood Bar & Grill – 30 West Water St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
          Located in the heart of Harrisonburg, Finnigan's Cove Seafood Bar & Grill is your local source for seafood that's as fresh and delicious as it gets. The menu here features a little bit of everything, with a focus on seafood, steaks, salads, sandwiches, and fantastic homemade soups. Finnigan's Cove is open every day with curbside pickup for lunch and dinner, along with free delivery downtown. In addition to great food, you can also pick up beer and wine from the bar at Finnigan's Cove.

        • L&S Diner – 225 North Liberty St., Harrisonburg, VA 22802
          Looking to start your day with a full, delicious breakfast from your favorite diner? Then make the call to L&S Diner, which is currently offering breakfast and lunch for curbside pickup every day. Begin your morning with a big, country-style breakfast, or order one of your favorite sandwiches for lunch. There aren't as many restaurants in the area offering curbside pickup for breakfast, and that's okay because you can find everything you need to energize your morning at L&S Diner.

        • Montpelier Restaurant and Bar – 710 South Main St., Suite 149, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
          With a menu that features steaks, authentic Southern barbecue, family favorites, and delightful desserts, Montpelier Restaurant and Bar is sure to have something for everyone in your home. The restaurant is currently open for curbside pickup every day during dinnertime hours, with all of your favorites from the menu available. If you're looking for a meal that will feed everyone in your family, be sure to check out the "family meals" section of the menu for dinners that serve up to six people.

        • Rocktown Kitchen – 217 South Liberty St. #101, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
          Fresh, farm-to-table food is the name of the game at Rocktown Kitchen, which is currently offering delivery and curbside pickup for dinner from Tuesday through Sunday every week. The menu here has been modified slightly for curbside pickup, but still features all of your favorites. Sample some of the best BBQ that Virginia has to offer, try a healthy, delicious salad, or grab a family dinner for four.

        No matter the circumstances, the Harrisonburg dining scene is one of many reasons that locals consider the area such a special place to call home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Harrisonburg, VA area.


        Boost Your Home's Curb Appeal During National Garden Month


        April is National Garden Month and our real estate agents plan on getting our green thumbs covered in soil. This month is an excellent opportunity for homeowners to prioritize their spring curb appeal. A little time, effort, and few seedlings from your budget can completely transform your exterior. Consider these spring projects that will instantly boost your curb appeal.

        • Simple Lawncare
          Don't underestimate the power of a lawnmower, edger, and rake. Spend a few hours in the yard with these items and you'll be wowed by the difference. Cut the grass, edge around all property lines, and rake up debris from trees or mulch beds — consistent lawncare will keep the yard looking presentable. If you have a flower garden, be sure to regularly pull weeds, water the flowers, and keep each plant as healthy as possible.   

        • A Thorough Cleaning
          Similar to basic lawn care, take this opportunity to make the exterior of your home look just as presentable as the lawn with a quick cleaning cycle. Use a pressure washer or a hose and scrub brush to clean the exterior of all dirt, grime, and stains. This will restore the vibrancy of your home's color and wash away all unsightly debris.

        • Colorful Containers
          If you're interested in filling your exterior with fresh flowers but would like a more manageable solution than a garden, consider potted plants. Available in colorful containers, there are flower pots of all sizes and shapes that can create a garden in virtually any space. Use colored containers that either match or complement the color scheme of your exterior to tie everything together.

        • Landscape Lighting
          Show off your garden, landscaping, and pathways with landscape lighting. These light sources are available as solar-powered devices that can shine all night without worry. Add them along walkways to increase safety. Install them to spotlight the best landscaping and architectural elements of your home so your curb appeal can stay showcased day and night.

        • Outdoor Seating Area
          After you've pruned your garden and manicured your lawn, sit back and appreciate your beautiful curb appeal in an outdoor seating area. Ideal for relaxing alone or entertaining guests, a few rocking chairs, a glider, a bench, or even a swing offers a comfortable place to sit that makes your home look inviting.

        • Front Door Facelift
          Homeowners who have a modest lawn and limited porch space can still dramatically increase their curb appeal by focusing on their front entryway. Repaint your front door, swap out your doorknob for a newer fixture, purchase new address numbers, and consider adding décor like a flag, potted plants, or doormat to warmly welcome your guests.

        • Plant for the Future
          Plan for the future by planting for the future. Plant a few trees around your property and let them gradually increase your curb appeal over the years. You can also plant year-round perennials that require limited upkeep and will endure seasonal changes.

        Are you ready to leap into a new home this spring? Contact us today to find out more about homes for sale in Virginia and West Virginia.


        A Place to Call Home: Gail Mitchell

        Gail Mitchell REALTOR®Gail MitchellREALTOR® Talks About Why She Loves Living in Dayton, VA

        South Breeze Estates | Dayton, VA

        We sat down with Gail Mitchell, from our Harrisonburg office, to find out what she loves most about living in Dayton.

        Kevin and Gail Mitchell;Gail grew up in the small town of Dayton and has lived in five different new homes (all built by Gail and her husband, Kevin), since 1986. Her homes have ranged from Rockingham County, Bridgewater, and Dayton. She has returned to Dayton, where she truly calls home!  She currently lives in South Breeze Estates, in Dayton.  Gail is an alumnus of Turner Ashby where her two grown children also attended school.

        Gail loves the quaintness of Dayton with its specialty shops, parks, and restaurants.  Her favorite thing about Dayton is the people, the friendliness of its residents.  Her connections with the people she grew up with and a lifetime of memories make Dayton not only her home but the home of her heart.

        Old Dominion Realty SoftballThese days Gail enjoys the social aspect of attending ball games locally.  Her favorite team to follow in the last few years in our own Old Dominion Realty co-ed softball team.  Gail loves to bring her two dogs, Charlie and Max out to cheer for her husband, Kevin, and son, Colton as they are staples on our softball team.  

        The Mitchell Family

        Mitchell PetsIt is truly a family affair as Gail's daughter, Lauren, and daughter-in-law, Charlotte and their dogs Milo and Koda all come together to enjoy ball games and cheer for our team, as well.  There is also the treat of Kline's Ice Cream or El Charro as a group after the games, on occasion.

        You can find Gail enjoying a good dinner of her favorite oysters at Mill Street Grill in Staunton, with husband, Kevin as he enjoys their famous ribs.  She loves Vito's for lunch or dinner and is a connoisseur of steak and cheese subs which they do very well!  Her favorite burger is the Cobra-Kai (jalapeño jelly and cream cheeseburger) at Jack Brown's downtown. 

        Gail loves coffee shops in general.  Some of her favorite local shops are Starbucks on Port Republic Road.  The Kaffee Klatsch in the Dayton Farmers Market is her favorite close to home.  She also loves the Rumor Mill Coffee Shop in the Valley Pike Farmers Market.

        The ambiance and charm of Union Station Restaurant, in the old Wetsel Seed Building, in Downtown Harrisonburg, or Blue Mountain Brewery, on Afton Mountain, make these two spots Gail's favorite place for happy hour.

        Bridgewater Foods is Gail's favorite stop for convenience items and small-town interaction at the grocery store.

        Gail is a long-time member of Dayton United Methodist Church and is actively involved in heading up and serving community meals in the winter months and the Dayton Autumn Celebration in October.  She also serves as a Trustee member, all in which she greatly enjoys. For Gail, worship is much more than Sunday morning service. Her service extends into everything she does to serve her community.

        Smith Mountain LakeGail's favorite quick getaway is Smith Mountain Lake.  She loves the small, local decorating stores the lake has to offer or an occasional drive to Black Dog Salvage in Roanoke. She also enjoys supporting the local restaurants in the lake community at Moneta and West Lake. 

        Hopeful Things on Dayton's Main Street is a favorite gift and decor shop for Gail.  She loves to support local shops in Dayton such as the Dayton Farmers Market. Other favorites are Valley Pike Farm Market in Weyers Cave and the shops in Downtown Harrisonburg.

        The three words that describe why she loves living in your community are:

        Peaceful, Safe & Unity

        When asked what Gail loves best about her community "the people" is her first response.  She has a lifetime of deep relationships with her family, friends and the local community. Real estate has given her the opportunity to see people happy after buying or selling. This is Gail's greatest reward in working!  She truly lives and breathes her community and is deeply committed to her Church, her town and the people that make it so special.  

        Gail Mitchell WebsiteGet to know more about Gail Mitchell by visiting her website.


        A Place to Call Home: Colby Shifflett

        Colby Shifflett, REALTOR®

        Colby Shifflett, REALTOR® Talks About Why He Loves Living in Staunton, VA

        College Park | Staunton, VA

        We sat down with Colby Shifflett, from our Augusta office, to find out what he loves most about living in Staunton.

        Colby Shifflett Family

        I live in the College Park neighborhood of Staunton, Virginia (McSwain Elementary and Staunton High School districts), and my family and I love it here! We have great neighbors, and there is a genuine sense of warmth and community here. We're always looking out for each other, and it's always easy to say hello or offer neighborly help to one another. Life is a little bit slower, and southern hospitality is everywhere. Furthermore, my son really enjoys McSwain Elementary, and we have nothing but good things to say about the awesome teachers there. I would also like to highlight the plentiful programs available to us through Staunton Parks and Rec and the local YMCA.

        Colby Shifflett Staunton
        Living in Staunton, there are a lot of great restaurants to enjoy, with one of my personal favorites being Kline's Ice Cream and BBQ. My son gets some delicious ice cream while my wife and I chow down on some pulled pork BBQ! I'll never get tired of their Carolina-style BBQ.

        Colby Shifflett Website

        Another few local spots we greatly enjoy including Gypsy Hill Park, where the ducks are always waiting to be fed and downtown Staunton where you can find some great gelato at Split Banana as well as cool antique shops and historic buildings to take in. If I were to use only three words to describe why I love living in my Staunton community, it would be "connected," charming," and "historic."

        Even though I live in Staunton, I work with clients all over the Shenandoah Valley. The best part of my real estate career would be meeting people from all walks of life and helping them by representing them, working with them closely, as well as being able to bring their dreams to reality. With this career, I've been able to explore many parts of the Valley and make new friends and acquaintances, which has also been very rewarding.

        Colby Shifflett Home

        I have overcome many challenges in my life, and I am very thankful to be where I am today with my family and career. I'm excited to continue to serve my community with the Old Dominion Realty team!

        Visit Colby Shfflett's Website

        Get to know more about Colby Shifflett by visiting his website.


        Best Places to Train for Your Next 5K Around Staunton

        Staunton 5K Race Training Venues
        If you're preparing for your next (or first) 5K in Staunton, our REALTORS® bring you these five best places to train in our area. As you achieve a full-body workout and improve your energy levels, you can also take time to view some impressive Staunton homes for sale along the trail. 

        1. F45 Training Staunton - 856 Statler Blvd, Staunton, VA 24401
          F45 Training is a functional training regimen that mixes circuit and heat style workouts to streamline your everyday movements. The letter "F" stands for functional while the 45 is the number of minutes of sweat-dripping and heart-pumping fun. The functional heat is specially designed to give you full-body workout while improving endurance, strength, metabolic rate, and energy levels.

          The mentality at F45 Training will help you transform your lifestyle both physically and mentally while encouraging no-ego attitude and community growth. With this training approach, you can burn up to 750 calories during the 45-minutes session.

        2. Queen City Strength - 1100 Greenville Avenue, Staunton, VA 24401
          Queen City Strength for custom-built, finely tuned, and effective workouts that are ideal for anyone training for 5K. Their unique hybrid collection offers multiple isolations, pin-loaded, and free-weight resistance training exercises that are tried and tested by industry specialists. 

          And since cardiovascular health is important for any athlete, Queen City Strength also offers regular, varied practice to give you a long, healthy, and independent life. You can try out their treads, steppers, arcs, ellipticals, ergonomics, and group fitness classes for added benefits.

        3. Anytime Fitness Staunton - 20 Bobby's Way Ste 103, Staunton, VA 24401
          At Anytime Fitness of Staunton, you'll be welcomed by friendly and professional trainers who are always glad to help you through your fitness journey. Every membership includes a personalized, result-driven plan and a fitness coach. Members enjoy global access to more than 4,900 gyms that are open 24/7. All their facilities are based in clean, welcoming clubs with supportive member communities. You also enjoy a free assessment to help personalize your workout plan.

        4. Aliquid Training and Performance -711 Greenville Ave. Staunton, VA 24401
          Aliquid Training and Performance in Staunton believe that strength and proper movement patterns provide a solid foundation for all kinds of sports. Whether you're looking for general fitness or preparing for your next 5K, their programs are designed around the basic concept of "strength is beautiful." The final goal is to ensure better performance, results, and longevity.

          General fitness still remains a big part of Training and Performance's repertoire, with several programs centered around structured and periodized models that are tailored to suit individual needs. The training programs focus on proper movement and gradual overload for improved performance, power, and strength.

        5. Sole Focus Running - 210 N Central Ave., Staunton, VA 24401
          At Sole Focus Running, the focus is on everyday people living active lives. Their training programs are designed to help you kick out old habits and build new, healthy ones. By listening to their story and observing your gait, Sole Focus Training will make the process of shopping for new running shoes easy and efficient. They offer weekly runs dabbed "Tempo Tuesdays" scheduled from 6 pm and featuring three- and six-mile group runs.

        With only a few weeks of training, you could be standing at the starting line of your first ever 5K race. It will take some effort and time, but these five places will give you the strength and stamina to competitively engage is your 5K race. Contact us today if you have any questions about the best places to train for a 5K in Staunton.


        Where to Turn for Spring Cleaning Help in the Shenandoah Valley

        Shenandoah Valley Cleaning Services
        The first day of spring is March 19th, the perfect time to start planning your spring cleaning. As the Shenandoah Valley warms up, you'll want to get all of your chores taken care of as swiftly as possible so you and your family can enjoy the outdoors all season long. Our real estate agents suggest enlisting the help of a wonderful cleaning service to get your house looking and smelling as fresh as spring flowers! Here are some local businesses to get you started.

        • Mara's Heavenly Hands — 1073 Woodbury Cir Suite 3., Harrisonburg, VA 22802

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          Mara's Heavenly Hands believes that you have better things to do than clean! This locally-owned company goes beyond the basic cleaning services to ensure that your home receives a thorough cleaning that will reenergize and enhance your family's lives. Top-rated, bonded, insured, and eco-friendly, Mara's Heavenly Hands offers personalized cleaning solutions that are backed by a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee. 

        • Maid Right of Central VA — Serving Charlottesville, Harrisonburg & Surrounding Areas

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          Life is short; let Maid Right of Central VA handle the dirty stuff for you. Their superior residential cleaning services offer the "best of both worlds" — the personal touch of an independent cleaner and the commercial-grade comprehensive cleaning from a large company. They use medical-grade disinfection products that are eco-friendly, safe for children and pets, and leave your home's air quality free of harmful particles — their exclusive Enviro-Mist process disinfects your entire home and kills 99 percent of common bacteria and viruses. Get spring cleaning completed with the superior quality residential services Maid Right of Central VA offers.

        • Merry Maids — 3263 Lee Hwy., Weyers Cave, VA 24486

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          Merry Maids believes that a clean home is a happy home and they're ready to kick off your spring season with a smile on your face. For over 40 years, the Merry Maids company has gained a spotless reputation for caring for each home like it was their own. Winner of the Women's Choice Award for America's Most Recommended Cleaning Service six years running, Merry Maids break down every room separate with unique cleaning checklists designed to focus on the specific needs of each space. Come home to more this spring with help from Merry Maids.

        • Hometown Cleaning Services — Serving Harrisonburg & the Shenandoah Area
          Does your spring cleaning checklist involve more than simply sweeping and mopping? Hometown Cleaning Services knows all too well just how much attention your whole house needs. That's why they're prepared to take the stress and hassle of ALL of your cleaning duties inside and out. Hometown Cleaning Services offers more than deep cleaning and organizing — they also handle gutter cleaning and cover installation, pressure washing, window cleaning, carpet and upholstery cleaning, shelving installation, interior painting, declutter and removal, and post-construction cleanup. No matter how big your mess is, indoors or out, Hometown Cleaning Services will take care of it for you!  

        • Bluestone Hills Cleaning Services — 1139 S. High St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801 Let the detail-oriented professionals at Bluestone Hills Cleaning Services refresh the exterior of your home this spring. Their goal is to make your outdoor space look amazing throughout the season. Offering residential power washing and landscaping services, they can care for every inch of your property including window washing and tree removal. Bluestone Hills Cleaning Services will get your lawn ready for April showers to bring May flowers!

        Would you like to welcome spring inside a new home? Contact us today to start viewing Shenandoah County homes for sale.


        Harrisonburg: Fill Out Your Bracket at These Local Sports Bars

        Harrisonburg VA Restaurants
        March Madness begins on March 17th and our real estate agents cannot wait to fill out our brackets. Even if you're not a die-hard college basketball fan, March Madness offers fun for casual and non-fans alike. The NCAA Men's Basketball tournament starts with 68 college teams playing in single-elimination games until there is one unbeaten team left standing. To make the event even more exciting, fans fill out their own brackets, trying to guess which teams will advance for each round. If you make a wrong selection, your bracket is busted! If the stars align and you choose the winner, you'll be the talk of the town. Fill out your brackets and catch all of the March Madness games at these local sports bars!

        • O'Neill's Grill — 221 University Blvd., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
          O'Neill's Grill is the hometown hangout for any game during any season on over 40 TVs. If you don't feel immediately at home with their warm, welcoming service, then you'll surely taste the heart that they put into every ounce of their homemade cooking. Bring your friends or make some new ones and enjoy a day full of basketball, beer, and the best home-style meals in town.

        • Jalapeno Southwest Grill — 1039 Port Republic Rd., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
          Southwest flavor in the heart of Virginia, that's what Jalapeno Southwest Grill is all about. Serving up fajitas, tacos, quesadillas, burritos and more, Jalapeno is a spicy stop for you to share a bowl of queso or guacamole while you count the Sweet 16 down to the Final Four. Just make sure you pencil in the Jalapeno Signature Margarita into your drink bracket — it's a winner every time.  

        • Billy Jack's Shack — 92 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
          Let's cut to the chase — yes, Harrisonburg locals will admit that the signature dishes, unique tacos, finger-licking-good boxes, and juicy burgers at Billy Jack's Shack are delicious, but we're only here to talk about one thing — donuts! Made in house with a new specialty donut cooked up each week, you've got to make one of these sweet serving a top priority. Try the Psycho Girl Scout with peanut butter, toasted marshmallow, and chocolate chips. Devour the Muddy Pig with Nutella and crispy bacon crumbles or munch through Barb's Desk Drawer with vanilla frosting and M&Ms. Trust us, these donuts are so good you won't even care that your bracket was busted!  

        • Capital Ale House — 41-A Court Square, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
          Cheer on your favorite Virginia teams at Capital Ale House. Proudly supporting local Virginia beer, business, and agriculture, Capital Ale House has over 450 beers on draught. Their monthly specials feature seasonal ingredients sourced from nearby farms, giving you a true taste of Virginia in every bite. Come in and enjoy a giant Bavarian pretzel or Prince Edward Island mussels with some of the best beers in the country.  

        • The Golden Pony — 181 N. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
          The Golden Pony is a hot spot for scratch-made American food, delicious local beer, and the latest local music. Along with their great burgers, fresh salads, and hearty subs, they offer a pizza buffet throughout the week. If you pop by on the 17th, you'll be treated to a record release party featuring performances from Crab Action and Parmesan Mayonnaise.

        • Jimmy Madison's — 121 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
          March Madness begins on March 17th which is also St. Patrick's Day — don't worry, Jimmy Madison's southern kitchen and whiskey bar will help you celebrate both! Sample a few with a whiskey flight and dive into one of their burgers, tacos, or meats pulled right from the smoker. Even if you're only in the mood for a drink, we insist that you order one of their amazing desserts like the Smores Pie, Warm Apple Blonde, or Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie.

        Hoping to score one of our Harrisonburg homes for sale this season? Contact us and we'll help you sink an offer before the buzzer!


        Homebuyers: Don't Make these Earnest Money Mistakes

        Homebuying Help Earnest Money

        Our REALTORS® at Old Dominion Realty are always looking for ways to make the home buying process easier. No matter whether you're looking for homes for sale in Virginia or homes for sale in West Virginia, our team is with you every step of the way.

        Buyers have a lot of questions about how to optimize their finances and get the best deal. But you can't ask a question on a topic you haven't heard of yet! One of the most important topics slips through the cracks for many buyers: Earnest money.

        Earnest money is a deposit a prospective buyer puts down during a transaction to show they are serious about going forward. Once the home reaches closing, the money is returned. It can also be applied to closing costs or mortgage loans.

        It usually equals about 1%-2% of the home's purchase price.

        In general, the earnest money isn't part of your financing package. The need to pay this money out of pocket catches many buyers by surprise at a crucial time. It's vital to understand the role of earnest money and how to use it in a way that serves your interests.

        Look out for these critical earnest money mistakes:

        1. Offering Too Little
          While 2% of the selling price is a good baseline for earnest money, sellers can expect anywhere up to 10%. The best amount to offer depends on the market and how much interest has been shown in the home already. Enlist your real estate agent in choosing the right figure.
        2. Removing Contingencies
          Contingencies are contract clauses that allow you, the buyer, to walk away from a transaction under certain circumstances without losing the money you have invested. Sellers don't benefit from contingencies and may argue strongly against them, but think carefully before you let any go as part of your negotiation.
        3. Overrunning Deadlines
          Once you submit your earnest money, the clock is ticking. Most contracts will spell out a date by which you must reach closing. If you don't complete the transaction in time, you might end up forfeiting your earnest money – even if you go on to close on the home a few days later.
        4. Buying As-Is Without Due Diligence
          "As-is" doesn't always mean there's something wrong with a home, but you should take extra steps to protect yourself. In particular, it's worth getting a complete home inspection that will give you a detailed insight on any issues that might need repair in the near future.
        5. Voiding a Contract Too Quickly
          If a sale falls through, both the buyer and seller must act to void the contract. If you feel you've lost your earnest money through no fault of your own, you're entitled to withhold your signature. Then, selling the property becomes impossible until the dispute has been resolved.
        6. Charging Into Buying a Home
          When you're buying a home, it's essential to strike a balance – moving fast enough to get things done on schedule, but slowly enough to make thoughtful decisions. Each step counts. Set your priorities early on (in writing!) so you can easily recognize when a home really meets them.
        7. Crediting Earnest Money Incorrectly
          Earnest money should be treated with care as part of your real estate transaction. That means making sure that a trusted third party receives the money and maintains it in a separate account. This can be a bank, a title company, an attorney, or even some real estate firms.

        Earnest money is a commitment. Take the right steps, though, and your bases will still be covered if new information makes the deal less desirable. Your real estate agent can help you as the voice of experience and an advocate who can negotiate on your behalf.

        Buy a Home with Old Dominion Realty

        Contact us with questions about earnest money or to get started searching for a home.


        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.


        A Place To Call Home: Natalie Campbell

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        Natalie Campbell, REALTOR® and Associate Broker Talks About Why She Loves Living In Staunton, VA

        Augusta County | Staunton

        We sat down with Natalie Campbell, REALTOR®, Associate Broker, and Instructor, from our Augusta office, to find out what Natalie loves most about living in Staunton, Virginia.

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        What do you love best about your community?
        How supportive the whole community is, "once a Gladiator always a gladiator"  from the children to the adults if you need something they are there to help, with fundraising dinners, taking your kids to sports or a walking buddy.


        What is your favorite local sports team?
        VT football  I LOVE FOOTBALL season!

        Favorite local restaurant?
        Don't have a favorite but love to support the locally-owned restaurants in the are--the food is amazing!

        Favorite local grocery store?
        Food Lion, the car side pick up is the best thing ever invented

        Favorite local festival/parade/event?
        We like going to the beach as often as possible.

        Natalie Campbell Children
        Favorite local activity?
        Our kids love to fish, visit the children's museum, and go bowling.

        Other local business(es) you love?
        We have a lot of great local businesses in the area, there are too many to name.  I like to frequent the ones that give back to our community.  Sponsor the baseball teams, FHA, animal market shows, etc.  They are the heart and soul of our community.


        Three words to describe why you love living in your community.
        Because it is a family. People really care and they reach out. Social media has made a way for everyone to communicate easily and when there is a need in the Valley people really step up, it makes me proud to live among people like that live here in the Valley.

        What you love best about your career in real estate?
        I enjoy seeing the growth from their first house to selling it and buying the next house and the next one.  I've enjoyed getting to know all my clients and friends over the years.  The people and those relationships are what make this job for me. 

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        To learn more about working with Natalie Campbell, visit her website today: http://www.nataliecampbell.net/


        Best Wineries and Vineyards Around the Valley for National Drink Wine Day

        Shenandoah Valley Local Wineries

        Some say that wine is the nectar of the gods, but we think that a glass of vino is simply the secret ingredient for a good time. Whether you consider yourself an amateur sommelier or if you're not picky when it comes to color, taste, or body, National Drink Wine Day is a great opportunity to pour yourself a glass of wine straight from the Valley. 

        What's the best way to celebrate National Drink Wine Day on February 18th? By uncorking a delightful bottle in the vineyards of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. Our REALTORS® invite you to grab life by the stem and enjoy National Drink Wine Day with a glass of red or white at one of these local wineries.

        • Yelping Dog Wine — 9 E. Beverly St., Staunton, VA 24401
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          If you're tight on time and can't make it to a vineyard, we suggest heading straight to Yelping Dog Wine. This wine, cheese, and gourmet shop have more than 1200 different bottles of wine from over 200 vineyards. A cozy space to hang out with your partner or your closest group of friends, their free wine, cheese, and Greek olive oil samples allow you to explore a world of flavor without ever leaving your seat. Come hungry on National Drink Wine Day and pair a glass with one of their gourmet grilled cheeses.

        • CrossKeys Vineyards — 6011 E. Timber Ridge Rd., Mt. Crawford, VA 22841
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          Located in the shadow of the Massanutten Mountain, CrossKeys Vineyards transformed 125-acres of unspoiled Virginia forest and created a truly tranquil vineyard. With hospitality and excellence, they open their tasting room doors for all to savor their twelve different grape varieties in favorites like the Cabernet Franc, Tavern, and Apple D'Vine. Luckily for you, National Drink Wine Day falls on a Sunday which means their bistro is also open for you to sample their delicious signature items.

        • Barren Ridge Vineyards — 984 Barren Ridge Rd., Fishersville, VA 22939
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          Barren Ridge Vineyards welcomes you to simply stop in and enjoy a glass of wine that reflects the serenity found in the Valley. Their cozy rustic tasting room and charming patio offer you, your friends, and even your dog an amazing space to sip their dry and sweet reds and whites. Swing by to tour the vineyard before sampling their rotating tasting list.

        • Veritas Vineyard & Winery — 151 Veritas Ln., Afton, VA 22920
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          With a backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, it's no wonder why so many weddings and special events take place at Veritas Vineyard & Winery. A perfect place to bring a picnic and enjoy the outdoors, bundle up and take a stroll through their vineyard with your four-legged friend. The Terrace restaurant, located next to the tasting room, will provide you with casual eats and farmhouse fine dining for those who desire an intimate wine pairing experience.

        • Ox-Eye Vineyards — 44 Middlebrook Ave., Staunton, VA 22401
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          With a tasting room located in the Historic Wharf District of Downtown Staunton, Ox-Eye Vineyards brings the farm to you. Delicious whites and reds retain their sugary and acidic taste thanks to diurnal farming high on the sloped vineyards of Augusta County. Visit on National Drink Wine Day and you may be lucky enough to catch one of their unique art shows featuring reduced prices on wine.

        • Bluestone Vineyard — 4828 Spring Creek Rd., Bridgewater, VA 22812
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          In case you haven't heard, the Shenandoah Valley is becoming an increasingly popular region for grape growing and the Bluestone Vineyard is taking full advantage of the climate by producing nationally recognized wines. This family-owned vineyard specializes in small-batch wines that evolve from year to year to capture the true taste of the Valley. Their tasting room wine list dwindles by the day as older red, white, sweet, and reserve wines are uncorked for visitors from around the country. We recommend heading in on National Drink Wine Day to taste the 2013 Houndstooth Bordeaux blend, the 2016 Chambourcin Steep Face, and the 2013 Petite Verdot before they're gone.

        • Muse Vineyards — 16 Serendipity Lane, Woodstock, VA 22664
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          Science, passion, and deep respect for traditional winemaking have helped the family-owned Muse Vineyards produce award-winning bottles. Their care, patience, and expertise dictate that they always use low-impact materials and work by hand to allow the grapes to tell the story of their growth through taste. Explore their food and wine tasting menus, or let National Drink Wine Day turn into a three-day weekend by booking an overnight stay at their 225-year-old farmhouse.


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        Are you searching for homes for sale in Virginia close to a vineyard — or better yet, with your own personal wine cooler? Contact us today and we'll help you begin your search.


        In Search of the Perfect Slice on National Pizza Day

        Shenandoah Valley Restaurants for Pizza
        Put burgers on the backburner and leave your leftovers in the fridge — February 9th is National Pizza Day and you deserve a slice topped with gooey cheese, crisp vegetables, and crunchy crust. Believe it or not, more than 3 billion pizzas are sold annually and every America consumes around 23 pounds of pie throughout the year.

        How can you observe National Pizza Day? You can grab a few slices with friends, order delivery for a movie night at home, or grab a pie and have a pizza party in the park with your family. Nearly 20 percent of all restaurants in the country are pizzerias and if you're searching for the best pizza spots in the Shenandoah Valley, these five parlors are some of our REALTORS® favorites!

        1. Bella Luna Wood-Fired Pizza — 80 W. Water St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
          If you love pizza in any form, then imagine how delicious a slice made with farm-fresh ingredients tastes. Bella Luna Wood-Fired Pizza makes all of its menu items from scratch daily using produce, meats, and cheeses sourced from local Shenandoah Valley farms. Following the traditional pizza-making process created in Naples, Italy, Bella Luna's 900-degree wood-fired oven is ready to warm up your taste buds. All 10-inch pizzas are 100 percent organic and can even be made with a gluten-free crust. While you can't go wrong with the Chef's Choice featuring the freshest local and seasonal ingredients available, we always suggest either the Bella Bianca with a roasted garlic puree or the Chicken Al Forno with locally-roasted chicken and hot sauce.
        2. Benny Sorrentino's — 64 S. Mason St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
          For National Pizza Day, there's no better place to go than the Home of the Virginia Slice. Taking "pizza is life" to a new level, Benny Sorrentino's believes that living an easy, breezy lifestyle with a slice in hand and a smile on your face is the best way to live. Opened in 2014 as part of Harrisonburg's downtown restoration project, every pizza at Benny Sorrentino's gives you a diverse taste of our country — cheese from Minnesota, tomatoes from California, fresh flour and custom Virginia-branded meat from the Midwest. If you're up for The Benny's Challenge, amateur eaters can try to take down a 28-inch pie in under an hour — professional eaters need to do it in under seven minutes!
        3. Romano's Italian Bistro — 40 New Hope Rd., McGaheysville, VA 22840
          Southern Italian cuisine is always on the menu at Romano's Italian Bistro. Unlike other pizzerias that may offer dozens upon dozens of combinations, Romano's understands that nothing beats a classic pie. Gourmet pizza options include a Bistro with grilled chicken, a Margherita with fresh tomato, and a White with ricotta cheese. They also have a classic Cheese, Veggie, and Meat Lover, as well as their Romano's Special with pepperoni, sausage, ground beef, onions, mushrooms, and green peppers. Finish it off with a cannoli or a slice of fried cheesecake and call National Pizza Day a success.
        4. Mamma Mia Italian Restaurant — 701 S. 3rd St., Shenandoah, VA 22849
          A Shenandoah staple for nearly one-quarter of a century, Mamma Mia Italian Restaurant knows how to please the pizza lovers in town. This family-owned-and-operated pizzeria blends Italian Classics with the hallmarks of the best New York-style pies to create an unforgettable pizza. You can't go wrong with the classic, hand-tossed New York-style" pizza, but we suggest that you make National Pizza Day special with a thick, hand-pressed Sicilian pan pizza. Top it with their premium ingredients like lightly battered eggplant, sautéed shrimp, and Philly steak. After one bite, you'll feel like you're eating in the heart of Mamma Mia's home kitchen.
        5. Vito's Italian Kitchen — 1047 Port Republic Rd., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
          When you come to Vito's Italian Kitchen for authentic pizza, you're guaranteed to get a true taste of Italy. Born in Sicily, Vito brought his talent for cooking to Harrisonburg in 2002 and forever changed the pizza game in town. The Soprano and The Godfather will give you an appetite you can't refuse while the Wicked Hot Carolina and The Pellerito delight even the toughest pizza critic. Be sure to ask about their Gourmet Pizza of the Week, made exclusively with a thinner crust, loaded with seasonings, and featuring specialty ingredients.

        Hungry for a home around the Shenandoah Valley? Contact us today to shop homes for sale in Virginia


        5 Reasons You Were Denied a Mortgage Loan--And How to Fix Them

        Buy a House Home Loan Approval
        Getting denied for a mortgage loan may put a temporary halt to your dream of buying a house, but it doesn't have to be permanent. When you find out why your loan application was denied, you can correct any issues and reapply. Here are five common reasons your loan application can be denied as well as suggestions from our REALTORS® on how to fix them:

        1. Check your credit score.
          Your credit score is based on your credit history and is supposed to represent your creditworthiness. If you've failed to make payments or have made them late, you may have a credit score that's too low to qualify for a mortgage loan.

          What to do: Check your credit reports to make sure they don't contain any errors, and if they do, work with the credit reporting agency to correct them. If you've been denied a mortgage loan because of accurate information, start making all your bill and loan payments on time, every time. Also, you can check with a different lender.

        2. You don't have enough money for a down payment and closing costs.
          You'll need to make a down payment as a condition of most mortgage loans. In addition, you'll need to be able to pay closing costs, which are fees that are due at the closing of a real estate transaction. The down payment and closing costs can't be included in the mortgage loan, so if you don't have the money to pay them, you may be turned down.

          What to do: A relative may be willing to give you money for a down payment as a gift. You can also ask the seller to pay some of the closing costs.

        3. You have too much debt compared to your income.
          Your mortgage lender will look at your debt-to-income ratio, which calculates how much of your monthly income goes to debt payments. If your lender thinks you won't be able to cover the monthly mortgage payment in addition to your debts, you may not be able to get a mortgage loan.

          What to do: Pay down more of your debt and also avoid taking on any more debt. You can also try to reduce the interest rate on some of your debt by, for example, transferring your credit card balance to one with a lower interest rate.

        4. You recently changed jobs.
          Lenders prefer it if borrowers have held their current jobs for at least two years. This represents stable employment and gives the lender confidence that your income will allow you to make your mortgage payments. If you've recently changed jobs, a lender may deny your mortgage application.

          What to do: Ask your employer to provide documentation such as your job offer letter or contract and several pay stubs.

        5. Your home appraisal is too low.
          A condition of your mortgage approval will be an appraisal of the property. If the appraisal is higher or in line with the purchase price, you won't have any trouble. But if it's lower, your mortgage loan application may be denied.

          What to do: Try to get the seller to accept a lower price, or pay the difference between the appraisal and the purchase price in cash.

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        Contact us today to find out more about how to qualify for a mortgage loan, even if you've been previously denied. We're very familiar with the mortgage loan process and can suggest lenders that have helped others buy Harrisonburg homes for sale.


        A Place to Call Home: Brian Ratliff

        Brian Ratliff - Broadway, VA

        Brian Ratliff, REALTOR®, Talks About Why He Loves Living In Broadway, VA

        Rockingham County | Broadway, Virginia

        Brian Ratliff Family
        Brian, his wife, and his two beautiful daughters reside in Rockingham County, specifically the Broadway, Virginia area. He loves the community he lives in because they always come together to help those in need.

        Brian's favorite sports teams are the Broadway Gobblers.

        Brian Ratliff Wife
        His favorite restaurants are Jack Browns in Harrisonburg, Virginia and in his hometown he enjoys dining at The Gobbler Grill and Romans.

        Mac's Superette is his favorite local grocery spot. He has many fond memories there… his parents owned it at one time.

        Every year Brian and his family look forward to the Bergton Fair.

        In his spare time, Brian enjoys golfing.

        Brian Ratliff REALTOR® BROADWAY VA
        Some of his favorite local businesses include Rocktown CrossFit, Ratliff's Tree & Blueberry Farm, and Showalter's Orchard.

        Three words that describe why Brian loves living in Broadway… Family, Friendly, Neighbors.

        Brian started at Old Dominion Realty in 2004. He loves getting to work with friends and family to make their home dreams come true.


        Five Smart Home Upgrades to Sell Your Home

        Sell Your Home Smart Home Upgrades
        Are you thinking about selling your home soon? You're not alone!

        There are many beautiful Harrisonburg homes for sale right now. If you want your home to sell quickly and for a great price, you'll need to put some effort into making it stand out from the crowd.

        Almost all sellers will spend time sprucing up their curb appeal and making small upgrades like adding a fresh coat of paint. However, our REALTORS® know that today's homebuyers want more than that.

        Luckily, one of the most popular upgrades among buyers is both easy and relatively inexpensive. We're talking about smart home technology! However, not all smart home features are created equally. Here are five upgrades that are definitely worth the investment.

        1. Video Doorbell
          Video doorbells are all the rage lately. Since they're easy to install and only cost a few hundred dollars, this is an upgrade you'll want to consider. Look for models that record high-quality video, contain motion sensors, and will communicate with smartphone apps.

        2. Smart Thermostat
          Reducing our carbon footprint isn't just great for the environment; it can also save a ton of money on utility bills. This is one of the reasons why smart thermostats are one of the most desirable features among homebuyers.

          Some higher-end thermostats come with voice activation and geo-fencing that allows the system to detect when people are in a room. Depending on your budget, these additional features may also help to differentiate your home from others with a standard smart thermostat.

        3. Upgraded Smoke Detectors
          Smoke detectors have also gone through a renaissance, making the smart versions far more desirable. The latest smoke/carbon dioxide detectors will communicate with your smartphone when there's a problem or when the battery life is running low.

          At the cost of about $100 each, this is a great investment. Adding this feature to your home will give buyers extra peace of mind that they're sure to appreciate.

        4. Smart Lighting
          Smart lighting isn't just cool; it's also another upgrade that will save the new buyers some money over the long term. Consider purchasing a starter kit with several smart bulbs and a hub. Simply swap out some of your existing bulbs with these new WiFi-enabled bulbs. Doing so will seriously improve your home's "wow" factor. 

        5. Motorized Shades or Blinds 
          Motorized shades or blinds make a big impact that can significantly improve your bottom line. The best models allow you to open and close your shades or blinds with a push of a button or a voice command. Some even allow you to pe-set opening and closing times each day. 

          Admittedly, this is a larger investment, as the cost is often upwards of $1,000 per window. However, in the right type of home, it can be an excellent selling point.

        Not sure whether a smart home upgrade is worth the investment for your specific home? Consult with one of our REALTORS® before you make the purchase. We're happy to give you an honest assessment and help you choose the perfect upgrades based on your home's value and the current market.

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        Selling your home doesn't have to be a hassle! Our real estate professionals at Old Dominion Realty have the knowledge and expertise to make the entire process a breeze. Whether you're ready to list or you're just starting to think about it, contact us today. 


        How Farms Grow a Community

        Home is where the heart is — and it's the compassion, honesty, and integrity that's inside our hearts that truly brings us together as a united community. Our REALTORS® at Old Dominion Realty believe that home is more than a place where we live. It's a place where our food, our children and our community grows. It's a space where we come together to support each other and pass along our values. Home is where we give back to our community and our local farmlands are vital resources that foster the growth of each and every one of us.

        Farming is the largest private industry in the state. There are over 45,000 farms within state lines that give back to our communities and our planet. Farming is also a personally rewarding experience, as many of the Virginia farms currently operating are small, manageable spaces that farmers tend to for enjoyment rather than generating their primary income.

        There are numerous ways that farming helps our community grow in every sense of the word. Large and small farms alike make substantial positive impacts in our daily lives, often affecting us in ways we're unaware of.

        • Farms create jobs for our community.
          Whether it's tending to the soil, harvesting the crop or selling the goods at the market, every farm creates occupational opportunities for the men and women of our community.

        • Farms also stimulate our economy.
          Just as they provide jobs, local farmers also stimulate our local economy by encouraging us to keep our income flowing within our region. Proceeds from every local purchase are more likely to be reinvested into the community compared to money spent at corporations or chains.

        • Farmers educate us about food culture and agriculture.
          Knowing where our food comes from is the first step to understanding the importance of sustainable, local food systems. By educating us on how and why certain foods are grown, we gain the knowledge needed to make everyday decisions that positively impact our environment.

        • Local farms reduce carbon emissions.
          Urban agriculture keeps our cycle of food within the community. Instead of selecting mass-produced foods that often result in increased industrial pollution, choosing to do business with local farms cuts down on fossil fuel usage.

        • Local foods nourish our community.
          Across the country, many adults and children do not get the nutrition they need from quality foods. Locally grown foods preserve biodiversity and food security which enables the community to get the nutrition their bodies desperately need.

        We invite you to visit one of these area farms to show your appreciation, gratitude and learn more about how these farms are helping our community grow year after year.

        • Back Home on the Farm Adventures — 2915 Willow Run Rd., Harrisonburg, VA 22802
          A fun-filled farm hosting family-friendly events throughout the year.

        • Harrisonburg Farmer's Market — 228 S. Liberty St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
          Stop by the Turner Pavilion and meet many of our local producers who bring fresh food to the market each week.

        • White Oak Lavender Farm — 2644 Cross Keys Rd., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
          A farm specializing in lavender plants and products, you can pick your own plants or choose from their wide variety of lavender goods.

        For help finding a home in one of the Virginia or West Virginia communities we represent, contact us today.
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        6 Ways to Make Your Staunton Home More Energy Efficient

        Staunton Energy Efficient Homes
        Whether you've fallen in love with one of our sprawling single-family homes or a quaint residential condo, there's one thing every buyer looking at Staunton homes for sale can agree on — low utility bills are a must. Even in the largest homes, it's possible to significantly reduce your monthly electrical bill with a few simple decisions. Our REALTORS® have found that many homeowners in the area use these six tips to decrease their utility bills and run a more energy-efficient home.  

        1. Purchase Energy-Efficient Appliances
          Regardless if you've just purchased your home or if you're considering selling in the near future, purchasing energy-efficient appliances is an effective way to curb energy consumption. Refrigerators, ovens, washers, and dryers are all available but don't feel like you're limited to the kitchen and laundry room. Smart technology has integrated into nearly every room of the home, with many products also enhancing energy efficiency. Smart HVAC systems can learn your heating and cooling patterns, smart faucets can control water flow and smart exterior lighting can keep your property safe without draining energy.

        2. Invest in Insulation & Air Sealing
          Another great investment in your home is to air seal and insulate spaces where heat transfers. Attics are an especially significant area where heat transfer causes your HVAC usage to skyrocket during every season of the year. Along with those found in your windows and doors, there are many other small cracks and holes throughout your interior and exterior that allow air to flow freely. By air sealing and insulating your home, you can keep your home comfortable without overtaxing your HVAC systems.

        3. Limit Electricity Use
          This may sound obvious, but most homeowners don't realize that even leaving phone chargers or monitor chords plugged in throughout the day draws a lot of power. Get in the habit of unplugging items that aren't in use and limiting which lights you keep on throughout the house. If possible, use daylight as much as you can and make a point to unplug small appliances throughout the house before you go to bed.

        4. Replace Your Bulbs
          You can lower your energy consumption without turning off your lights, too. In fact, simply switching your old lightbulbs for energy-efficient LED lighting can dramatically decrease your energy bill and limit the amount of heat these light sources produce.

        5. Consider Solar Panels
          Solar panels are rising in popularity. These resources convert the sun's rays to energy that you can use to power systems such as your hot water tanks. Solar panels can be a pricey investment, however, they may be a practical tool that helps you save money now and increases your home's value during a future sale.

        6. Perform an Energy Audit
          Do you know where your home is wasting energy? A professional energy audit will tell you exactly which areas of your home are consuming the most energy. We recommend that all Staunton homeowners who are serious about energy efficiency schedule an audit before taking any other steps. Based on your results, you'll know whether or not you need to invest in new appliances, replace your windows, or tend to other aspects of your home.

        For assistance buying and selling homes in Staunton, contact us today!


        Here's What to Do When You're Inheriting a House

        Homeowner Help Inheriting a Home
        Inheriting a home is a unique experience, often carrying a mix of sorrow for the loss of a loved one and excitement for the property that they cared enough to leave to you. Whether you're planning to live in the home yourself, rent it out, or get it prepared for sale, following a proven process is the best way to accomplish your goals. Inheriting a house is quite different from shopping for Harrisonburg homes for sale in the traditional way, and there will be big decisions to make regardless of what you choose to do with the home. Our REALTORS® are here to help, with our guide for what to do when inheriting a house.

        • Make a Plan for Utilities
          Regardless of what you ultimately decide to do with a home you inherit, you'll want to keep the property in good shape while you decide. Start by making sure that necessary utilities remain turned on while canceling any utilities you won't need while the home's status is in flux. It's often wise to keep the lights and water on since you'll be spending time getting the house prepared.

        • Decide What to Do with the Stuff in the Home
          When inheriting a house from a loved one, deciding what to do with all of the stuff that they left behind is often one of the most emotional steps in the process. While it may be tempting to delay, finding a solution for the stuff in the home – whether you buy, sell, store, or donate it – is a crucial step in moving forward regardless of what you ultimately do with the home.

        • Decide Whether to Sell, Rent, or Move In
          Once you handle the initial details of inheriting a home, it's time to decide whether you plan to sell it, rent it out, or move in yourself. What you choose to do with the home naturally plays a big role in how you prepare, so take your time, think it through, and make the decision that works best for your needs.

        • Key Steps for Selling an Inherited Home
          When selling an inherited home, you'll want to take the same steps for preparation as you would with any property. Make sure maintenance issues have been addressed, the home is sparkly clean, and that you have the right real estate agent for your needs. Ask your agent whether it's worth considering renovations to increase the home's value, or your best bet is selling the property as-is.

        • What to Do When Becoming a Landlord
          If you plan to rent the home out, start by making sure you get a home inspection to reveal any potential issues. Make necessary repairs to the property, and read up on local regulations for landlords. If you want to make life as a landlord easier, consider a property manager to keep an eye on your investment.

        • Considerations for Turning an Inherited Home into Your Own Dwelling
          Planning to move into the home yourself? You'll still want to start with a home inspection so that you get an idea of exactly what needs to be done for the home. Take care of any maintenance issues, and get the home move-in ready. Read up on property taxes in your location, and expect those taxes to rise when the home is reassessed.

        Whether you're looking to sell an inherited home or purchase the home of your dreams, our experienced real estate team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Harrisonburg, VA area.


        A Place to Call Home: Barry Pugh

        Barry Pugh Bridgewater VA

        Barry Pugh, REALTOR®, Talks About Why He Loves Living in Bridgewater, VA

        Bridgewater, VA | Mill View Estates Subdivision | Turner Ashby School District

        We've asked our agents at Old Dominion Realty to share with you what they love best about the place they've chosen to call home.  

        Barry Pugh Old Dominion Realty

        Barry lives in Bridgewater, VA.  This is also the town where he grew up.  Barry lives in the newer Mill View Estates Subdivision backing up to Whitelow Park in the Turner Ashby School District.

        Barry loves the Town of Bridgewater's Park System with many acres of public parks, low crime, friendly neighbors and the economically responsible Town government.

        Barry is more of an outdoorsman than a sports fan.  He enjoys fishing in his free time.

        Barry's favorite local restaurant was Pano's but he currently has it listed so his current favorite choices would be Thomas House or Red Lobster.

        You can find Barry enjoying happy hour in his home or in a neighbor's home with the neighbors he is so close to.

        Bridgewater Foods is his favorite local grocery store as it is very convenient to his home. Barry's mother always said of Bridgewater "you have everything you need and you wouldn't have to leave if you don't want to".

        Barry's favorite local event is the Bridgewater Volunteer Fire Company Lawn Party.  This event is near and dear to his heart as he is a lifetime member with 15 years of active service and was a former fire chief with Bridgewater Volunteer Fire Company.  He loves the camaraderie of firefighters and giving back to the community.  He even makes a mean funnel cake from time to time.  

        Barry's favorite activity is going after Rockfish on the Chesapeake Bay from his favorite vacation spot on Coles Point, VA.

        Barry loves and supports many local businesses.  F&M Bank stands out to him as they give so much back to the community.

        Three words to describe why Barry loves living in his community are (Peaceful way of life)!

        His favorite thing about his real estate career is helping people.


        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.

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        How Early Is Too Early for Home Loan Pre-Approval?

        Home Loan Pre-Approval
        When it comes to buying a home, the process can seem quite overwhelming — especially if you're a first-time home buyer investigating finance options. If you're like many prospective home buyers, you'll be working with a mortgage lender to secure a rate that works well with your budget and lifestyle. Our REALTORS® recommend that most prospective homeowners get pre-approved for a loan before they put an offer in on a home.

        Everything You Need to Know About Mortgage Pre-Approvals

        When searching for Harrisonburg homes for sale, you should already have an approximate budget in mind. This range can be frugal, sliding only by $10,000 to $20,000, or it can be a little more flexible by stretching between $25,000 to $50,000. Once you've determined this amount, you'll be ready to enlist the help of a mortgage lender through your preferred financial institution.

        When you make an offer on a home, you'll need to either show that you're pre-approved for a mortgage or you'll need to secure financing from a lender in order to move forward with the sale. Although you can wait until after you've made an offer on a home, we recommend that you get a mortgage pre-approval first. A pre-approval involves a bank or broker examining your loan application to determine if you'll qualify for your desired mortgage. This is based on factors like:

        • Employment History
        • Income
        • Debt-to-Credit Ratio
        • Credit Score

        One reason we recommend a pre-approval is because some lenders may offer you less than what you need depending on those factors. If you're pre-approved without issue, this gives the home seller reassurance that you're serious about your offer.

        However, your pre-approval won't exist indefinitely. In fact, there is a shelf life for all mortgage pre-approvals, albeit one that takes into account that real estate transactions aren't finalized overnight. How long do pre-approvals last? Unfortunately, there is no single set duration that your pre-approval will be valid for, but a 90-180 day time period is common in the real estate industry.

        Three months can fly by in the blink of an eye, especially if you're searching for a home in a hot market — which means you don't want to secure a pre-approval too early. Of course, you could find the home of your dreams next month and need an immediate loan approval so you also can't wait too long into your search. When is the best time to get pre-approved? We recommend that you first get prequalified with your lender when you're ready to begin your home search. Pre-qualification isn't as set in stone as a pre-approval, but it allows a lender to assess your finances and tell you how much you will likely be approved for based on your current finances. This will provide you with an idea of where your financial position sits in the eyes of a lender.

        If your pre-qualification is sufficient and doesn't require you to raise your credit score or decrease your debt, we then suggest that you identify the neighborhood and specific home features you desire. Knowing the price range, location and must-haves will help you narrow your focus to specific homes. Now that you know exactly what you're looking for, you're in a great position to seek pre-approval for a loan and continue your search.

        Would you like assistance with your pre-approval and homebuying process? Contact us today to get started!

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        Selling Your Home | It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like a Home Sale

        Selling Your Home During the Holidays
        It's beginning to look a lot like a home sale! Homeowners across the city are listing their Harrisonburg homes for sale during the most wonderful time of the year. If you're interested in listing your home during the winter, our REALTORS® have eight things you should know about selling your home during the holidays.

        Eight Tips for Selling Your Home During the Holidays

        1. Winter is an excellent time to list your home.
          Despite the colder weather and busyness of the season, the winter is a uniquely advantageous time to sell your home. Typically, there is less inventory on the market which lessens your competition. Many buyers are also more motivated to secure a home as quickly as possible, as many are buying to meet their immediate family or career needs.
        2. Reliable REALTORS® know how to capitalize on an opportunity.
          Your REALTOR® is your best resource when selling a home. These dynamic individuals know that everything from listing to staging to negotiating in the wintertime requires a slightly different approach and they're able to proceed accordingly. Make sure you hire a REALTOR® who has the knowledge and experience you need to sell your home successfully without stress during the holidays.
        3. You'll need exterior photographs from prior seasons.
          Of course, all homeowners should hire a professional photographer to take updated interior and exterior photos for the listing. However, the winter weather doesn't always showcase your exterior as dazzlingly as possible. By including photos of your property from the greener seasons, you can show off the full potential of your outdoor spaces.
        4. Landscaping is still an important element to curb appeal.
          Although you can't control the snow, ice, and slush that makes its way onto your property, you can prevent it from detracting from your curb appeal. Shoveling sidewalks and driveways and removing icicles can make a world of difference, as can trimming dead branches off of trees and raking up debris around the yard. Remember, curb appeal is one of the most important elements of your home and a top reason why buyers will consider your property.
        5. Your appliances will need to be ready to run without fail.
          While you may be able to sell your home even if it requires a few touchups in certain areas, your appliances must be running at peak performance. Homeowners will need to immediately use the stove, heater, fireplace, furnace, and hot water tanks. Any issues with these appliances can immediately make a buyer consider another property.
        6. Flexibility can dramatically increase your potential for success.
          The holidays are a busy time for buyers and sellers alike, but being flexible and understanding of your seller's needs can go a long way to helping you sell the home. Whether they need a fast close, small repairs completed or negotiated terms, being willing to find a compromise can help you seal the deal much smoother and faster.
        7. Seasonal décor can positively and negatively impact your viewings.
          Holiday decorations are often cherished by many homeowners and there are certainly plenty of buyers who will enjoy seeing your home and neighborhood spectacularly decorated. Unfortunately, there are also some buyers who may find religious, spiritual or cultural decorations to be off-putting. Be sure to consult your REALTOR® regarding how you can best present your home while still enjoying one last season with your favorite holiday décor.
        8. Timing is everything.
          Although there may be more motivated buyers and less inventory on the market, you still need to time your listing appropriately. If you don't need to sell your home before the New Year, it may be in your best interest to wait until January to list it.

        If you'd like help selling your home during the holidays (and all throughout the year), contact us at Old Dominion Realty today!

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        How to Stage Your Home for that Holiday Appeal

        How to Stage Your Home for a Holiday Sale
        Believe it or not, the holiday season is a fantastic time of the year to sell your home. Although many home sellers may think that weather or festivities will interfere with their viewing potential, there are plenty of potential homebuyers that are highly motivated to purchase a home between November and January. Our REALTORS® have created this list of helpful tips on how to stage your home for the holidays without hurting its sale potential.

        • Festive Yet Functional
          Before you plan any interior or exterior holiday decorating, always remember that your goal is to present your home in the best manner possible. Too much holiday décor — especially if your everyday décor is quite prevalent — may create a feeling of clutter in your home. You don't want your viewers to feel cramped or to cover prominent features of your home with temporary decorations. Keep the festive decorations to a minimum.

        • Celebrate Conventionally
          Not only should you limit the number of holiday decorations you display, but you should also be mindful of how they may potentially detract buyers. Although you have no intention of offending or isolating your market, displaying decorations that have religious, spiritual or cultural connections may turn away some buyers. Always try to keep your décor winter-themed rather than focused on a specific holiday.

        • Stage Before You Decorate
          If you want to sell your home during the holidays, you need to make sure your priorities are in the right order. Before you break out the decorations, you should have your home professionally cleaned and staged to ensure it's ready for buyers to visit at a moment's notice.

        • Share Holiday Cheer in Other Ways
          Decorations can really showcase the season, however, there are plenty of other ways you can capture the magic of the holidays without decorations. Offer your prospective buyers a warm and inviting space to seek shelter from the cold weather by using sounds, tastes and smells to your advantage. Bake a few treats and leave out hot cocoa for them to enjoy while walking your home. Use subtle smells like fresh flowers or evergreens that don't overpower the senses. If you're hosting an open house, consider putting instrumental holiday music on in the background for easy-listening.

        • Consult Your REALTOR®
          Planning to sell your home is quite a task, especially during the holiday season. With so much to accomplish, trust that your REALTOR® will guide you every step of the way with the best advice. They'll make sure that your home is presentable for buyers while still allowing you to enjoy one last holiday season in this home surrounded by your favorite decorations.

        For more advice to sell your home during the holidays, contact us today! We'll make sure your Harrisonburg homes for sale listing brings you tidings of great joy this holiday season!


        Harrisonburg Holidays | Local Pie Picks for Thanksgiving Dessert

        Harrisonburg VA Local Businesses
        Not everyone is a Martha Stewart or Betty Crocker when it comes to the kitchen. With Thanksgiving Day on the way, save a little time (and a lot of frustration) by ordering your favorite for Thanksgiving dinner pies from one of these tasty Harrisonburg bakeries.

        • Bittersweet Bakery — 120 W. Wolfe St. #103, Harrisonburg, VA 22802
          Sweet and savory are on the menu at Bittersweet Bakery. Two passionate pastry chefs prepare all of their delicious goodies from scratch each day, using as many locally sourced ingredients as possible. Call ahead and place an order for any of their assorted pies; maybe even add a few garlic cheddar biscuits, loaves of bread or pecan sticky buns to your order to really sweeten up your holiday.

        • Bazzle's Bakery — 9921 North Valley Pike, Harrisonburg, VA 22802
          Bazzle's Bakery bakes custom orders only so you know your Thanksgiving pie will be made exactly the way you want it. Their custom pies start at just $2.00 per serving so you can order precisely the amount you need — or then again, leftovers are one of the best parts about Thanksgiving.

        • Cinnamon Bear Bakery & Deli — 600 E. University Blvd., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
          Cinnamon Bear Bakery & Deli is a fantastic spot to stop for a cup of coffee, breakfast or lunch. Along with their daily bakery and deli offerings, they'll also prepare special order pies. All of their pies are nine inches and are available in peanut butter, apple, cherry, pumpkin, and pecan varieties. Grab one or two if you're on pie duty this Thanksgiving.

        • Shanks Bakery — 49 W. Water St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
          Looking for a few different flavors to bring to the table this Thanksgiving? Then let Shanks Bakery bake you an unbelievable pie. They do have pumpkin, pecan, apple and peanut butter for those who want more traditional Thanksgiving pies, but we suggest you order something a little different but just as tasty. Their Shoofly pie is a molasses crumb pie prepared Pennsylvania Dutch style. They also have key lime, lemon meringue, coconut cream, and peach pies. Their chess pie, a lemon and vanilla mix, is a delightfully different treat for any Thanksgiving table.

        • Heritage Bakery & Café — 212 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
          The mother and daughter duo at Heritage Bakery & Café are ready to supply your Thanksgiving guests with delectable dishes if you're looking for a treat other than pie. Their famous gigantic cookies, Italian macarons, shortbreads, bars, and sweetbreads are the perfect alternative to traditional pies. Order a few Scotcheroo bars, pumpkin sweetbreads, cranberry shortbread, and maple pecan sticky buns for a dessert spread like no other!

        Take it from our REALTORS® — buying a freshly baked pie from a locally loved bakery is a quick, affordable and easy way to top off your Thanksgiving dinner with the perfect treat. Plus, there's less prep and cleanup required, allowing you to focus on the bird and all of the fixings. For help finding Harrisonburg homes for sale that you'll be plenty thankful for, contact us today!


        6 Tips for Veteran & Military Home Buyers

        Military and Veterans Buying a Home
        Buying a home as a veteran or military member comes with its share of unique challenges, but you also have advantages that aren't available to the average buyer. Whether you're shopping for your first home or looking to upgrade from your current one, there is plenty that you can do to make sure you're getting a deal on a home that you'll truly love. Our REALTORS® are here to help you find a great deal on your next home, with six tips for military and veteran home buyers.

        1. Learn the Advantages of VA Loans
          As a military homebuyer, you have the benefit of being able to access VA loans when you purchase a home. VA loans offer a number of unique advantages, including no down payment requirement, and no monthly mortgage insurance payment. However, as with any loan, you need to meet the requirements to qualify for a VA loan. That means you'll want a clean credit report and a steady source of income.
        2. Get Pre-approved for a Mortgage
          Getting pre-approved for a mortgage is key because it tells you home much home you can afford and shows sellers that you're a serious buyer. Shop around to see what different lenders have to offer, and start working on pre-approval as soon as you find the right match. With pre-approval out of the way, you can get serious about shopping for your next home.
        3. Know Your Credit Score and Pay Down Debts
          If you want the best terms for your loan, you'll need a strong credit score. Start by getting a free credit report from the three major bureaus, and search for anything that may be hurting your credit score. Improve your score by paying down old debts, making all payments on time, and avoiding opening new lines of credit until after you have purchased your home.
        4. Do Your Homework on Homes and Neighborhoods
          With the financial side of the equation in order, you can get busy shopping for a home that you'll love. Finding the right home requires research on the neighborhoods where you'd potentially like to live, and the homes available in your target destination. Take the time to thoroughly research neighborhoods online, and plan to make at least one in-person visit if possible. The more you learn, the easier it will be to find the right home.
        5. Think of Your Home as an Investment
          As a military member, there's always a chance that you'll eventually need to relocate after buying a home, but that definitely shouldn't stop you from becoming a homeowner. If you shop for an appealing home in a desirable neighborhood, you'll have a much easier time selling or renting the home if you have to move to a new location.
        6. Find a Real Estate Agent That Understands Military Homebuyers
          The right real estate agent makes all the difference when you're shopping for a home, and that's especially true if you're a military member or veteran. Make sure you're working with an agent who understands the unique needs of military members, as well as all of the benefits available to you. An agent who knows VA loans will make it easier to secure a mortgage, and find a home that fits your needs. Don't be afraid to interview multiple agents until you find the right match.

        Ready to start shopping for homes with a real estate team that understands the unique needs of military and veteran homebuyers? Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout Virginia's Shenandoah Valley and Eastern West Virginia.


        All Aboard the North Pole Express for a Country Classic Christmas

        Moorefield WV North Pole Express
        It's hard to believe the holidays are just around the corner, but they'll be here before you know it! There are a lot of fun holiday events in or area, and our REALTORS® love helping residents find the most exciting ways to celebrate the season. One of our favorite activities is the Potomac Eagle's Country Classic Christmas featuring the North Pole Express.

        Take a Train Ride with Santa 

        Hop aboard the train and ride the rails to the North Pole. Once onboard, there will be sing-along Christmas caroling with musicians and tasty milk and cookies. The most exciting part of the entire ride, however, is the SURPRISE you'll see on your kids' faces when the big guy himself climbs on board. That's right, SANTA will join you and your family for the ride. Not everyone can see him, though. He will only appear to those who truly believe! 

        The entire family will love hearing the endearing story of how a train saved Christmas. You'll also enjoy the stunning views as the train makes its way through the gorgeous countryside. After you experience this for the first time, you'll want to adopt it as a cherished family tradition that you can carry on for years to come. 

        Arriving at the North Pole from Moorefield 

        The North Pole Express runs each weekend from Friday, November 22nd until Sunday, December 22nd. Shows run at 3 p.m., 5 p.m., and 7 p.m. (check the schedule to confirm dates and times). This top-rated event will sell out, so you'll want to book your tickets as early as possible. 

        The train ride departs from Moorefield, which is a gorgeous place to live and work. You may want to plan to arrive a couple of hours early so you can drive around and take a look at some of the beautiful Moorefield homes for sale

        Adults can purchase their tickets for just $35 during the day and $52 for evening rides. Children aged 2 to 12 years old are $25 during the day and $42 in the evening. Infants and children under two years old are welcome to ride your lap and are not charged. However, you will still need to reserve a ticket for each child who will attend. 

        Find Your Dream Home Before the Holidays 

        Are you ready to spend the holidays in your dream home? Old Dominion Realty can help! Our REALTORS® are ready to listen to your goals and work with you to find the perfect property. Contact us today to get started. 


        No Deal: When to Walk Away from a House Negotiation

        Walk Away from Home Negotiation
        When is it time to walk away from a house negotiation? Buying a house is a complicated process, and it's easy to get emotional about a home that seems like a perfect fit. Sometimes, however, the fit simply doesn't work out, and knowing when to walk away can save a lot of stress in the long run. Everyone's "walk away" point is a little different, but there are also common signs that can tell you when to walk away from a negotiation. Our REALTORS® understand what it takes to negotiate a home sale, including the signs that it's time to move on to the next option on your list.

        • Appraisal Shows Lower Home Value, Buyer Won't Budge
          If you fall in love with a home, then you may be prepared to make an offer close to the seller's asking price. But what happens if the appraisal comes in lower than the asking price? Normally, the seller should negotiate a lower price based on that new information. If the seller isn't willing to budge, then it's time to walk away.
        • Seller Doesn't Disclose Important Issues
          Disclosure laws vary by state, but in many locations, sellers are required to disclose any serious issues – like foundation damage, water damage, or roof damage – to the buyer. If you're negotiating based on the information the seller provides and you find out that the seller has been withholding or hiding key information, it's best to move on to your next option.

        • Inspection Reveals Serious Underlying Problems
          Even if the seller doesn't intentionally withhold information about the property, a home inspection can reveal serious issues that the seller wasn't aware of previously. If the seller is willing to factor the cost of repairs into the price, then you may be able to salvage the deal. If they're not willing to lower the price or you simply don't want to deal with the issue, walk away.

        • Falling Out of Love with the Home
          It's almost impossible to remove emotion from the equation of buying a house, and it's normal to fall in love with a home that seems to match all of your needs. Sometimes, a closer look will reveal that the home wasn't all you thought it was, and for some buyers, that's reason enough to walk away. This one's more subjective, but buyers definitely do get cold feet from time to time.

        • Termite Damage or Pest Issues
          Pest issues – especially termites – aren't always easy to spot at first glance, and can be difficult to notice at all if you're not trained to see them. A dream home isn't so dreamy when it has termite damage, and pest problems can certainly be reason enough to walk away.

        • Seller Doesn't Negotiate in Good Faith
          While most of the items on our list deal with the condition of the home, an adversarial negotiation can also cause you to walk away from a deal. Everyone's level of patience with negotiations is a little different. If the seller is hiding information, unwilling to negotiate on key terms, is overly rude during negotiations, doesn't listen to your concerns, or seems unwilling to make a deal that works for both parties, moving on to your next choice will often be your best option.

        Sometimes, walking away from a negotiation is simply a necessary step toward eventually finding the home that you will love to call your own. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout Virginia's Central Shenandoah Valley and Eastern West Virginia.


        10 Ways to Build Community In Your Neighborhood

        Build Community in Your Neighborhood
        Home is much more than what you get when buying a house — it's your neighbors and neighborhood as well. When those that live in a neighborhood look out for one another, socialize as more than neighbors and sincerely care about their surroundings, everyone wins. If you're eager to cultivate a sense of community in your neighborhood, our REALTORS® want to help. Here are ten effective ways to build strong bonds with your neighbors.

        1. Take Pride in Your Home
          Building your community starts right after buying a house. Take pride in your home by keeping your exterior looking presentable. Repair or renovate eyesores and keep up on your lawn maintenance. This includes keeping your sidewalk, driveway and curb free of debris and garbage.
        2. Lend a Helping Hand
          Now that your home is taken care of, you want to help others care for their properties. Offer your neighbors help with any issues on their property. This can be as simple as mowing an aging neighbor's yard to helping a family of five install a new swimming pool.
        3. Help Improve Your Surroundings
          You can also help the neighborhood as a whole by caring for community amenities. If a park or shared pool area is dirty, help clean it up. If you have an HOA or dedicated neighborhood group, volunteer to help with whatever they need.
        4. Be Sociable
          How well do you know your neighbors? If your knowledge of their lives doesn't extend passed their first name and profession, then you might not know those you live near too well. Be sociable and take the time to get to know them on a personal level. Don't be afraid to share personal information and take an interest in their lives.
        5. Attend or Host Events
          If your community hosts holiday events, weekly get-togethers or seasonal activities, attend them and take this opportunity to meet as many people as you can. You also don't need to wait for an invitation to get to know your neighbors. Invite them over for a gathering at your home like a barbeque or dinner party. Tell them to bring their children so the younger residents of the community can get to know each other as well.
        6. Develop Trust
          Trust is an important element of building a strong community. Ask your neighbors to pet sit or babysit your children when you need a little help. Once you feel like you know your adjacent neighbors well, you may also ask them to collect your mail or water your plants while you're on vacation.
        7. Get Involved
          You can do a lot for your community by getting involved in the larger organizations that make decisions for your town. Join community action organizations or consider running for a position within the town's government. You can effectively represent your neighborhood and the interests of your neighbors while bettering the entire town.
        8. Report Problems
          If you see something, say something — the motto of many neighborhood watches applies to all members of the community. Always report any health or safety hazards you may discover. This includes all public property like broken sidewalks and private property such as dead tree limbs extending from a neighbor's yard into the main street.
        9. Treat the Entire Neighborhood Like It's Your Property
          Be considerate as you live within your neighborhood. Drive slowly and cautiously as if your children may be playing around any corner. Help find lost animals as if you lost a pet yourself. Never litter and remove hazards from the road to keep your area safe and clean for all to enjoy.
        10. Be Sincere
          Just be your caring self, acting with compassion and respect to those around you, and you'll be surprised how much any gestures of kindness can unite the community.

        For more tips on how to build community in your neighborhood or help to buy a house in a tight-knit community, contact us today!


        Pros and Cons of Buying a Historic Home

        Pro tips for Buying a Historic Home
        Buying a historic home can be an exciting, rewarding decision, and it's a dream for many shoppers of all ages. There are certainly many charms to owning a historic home, from unique, timeless designs to the stories that await around every corner of the home. Yet owning a historic home is not for everyone, so it's important to be aware of both the benefits and potential drawbacks. Our REALTORS® are here to help you make an informed decision, with our guide to the pros and cons of owning a historic home.

        The Pros of a Historic Home

        • History and Charm
          Trends in home designs, layout, materials, and fixtures evolve over time, which means that a historic home can present a totally different look and feel from new construction in the area. Historic homes are filled with stories from floor to ceiling, and experiencing that history first-hand is a major attraction for many buyers.
        • Established Homes and Neighborhoods
          Since historic homes have been around for a long time, they're often located in established neighborhoods, with mature landscaping on the property. In addition to making for a nice place to call home, a location in a well-known, established neighborhood can lead to a higher resale value if you ever choose to sell.
        • Keeping History Alive
          When you purchase a historic home, you're also helping ensure that the home's history is maintained long-term. The work that you do to care for the home helps to keep the home's history alive and carry it forward for future generations to enjoy.
        • Possible Financial Incentives
          While it's not guaranteed, in some locations state or local governments will offer financial incentives for purchasing a historic home, including tax breaks or lower loan rates. This can help offset the maintenance costs of owning a historic home, and make it easier to purchase the historic home of your dreams.

        Potential Cons of a Historic Home

        • Restrictions on Renovations
          Historic homes, especially if they're located in designated historic districts, often come with significant rules about what you can do with the property. This means that you may have to clear some red tape before you can build an addition, or alter the home in any significant way.
        • More Maintenance Than Newer Homes
          Since historic homes have been standing for a long time, key systems like electrical and plumbing may present more maintenance issues than would be present in a newer home. Maintenance can also be more complicated because you want to do everything you can to preserve the look of the home.
        • Possible Hidden Issues
          Any home can have hidden issues regardless of age, but there are a few key issues that are more common in historic homes. There may be an oil or septic tank in the yard that needs to be removed or mismatched renovations from previous owners. If you plan to purchase a historic home, be sure to set aside some extra cash for maintenance and restoration.
        • Higher Insurance Costs
          Regular home insurance companies don't always offer the insurance products you need to insure a historic home, which means you may have to purchase historic property insurance for the home. Historic property insurance often comes with a higher cost than insuring a newer home.

        No matter what type of home you decide is right for you, our team is here to help you find the right match for your needs. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Central Virginia Shenandoah Valley and Eastern West Virginia.


        5 Steps to Buy a Home in a Different State

        Buy Home Different State

        Moving to a new state is a great way to begin a new chapter of your life while experiencing the diversity our country has to offer. Our REALTORS® understand that many homeowners dream of one day moving to another state but aren't sure what steps to take first. With years of experience helping homeowners relocate across state lines, we've put together this helpful guide with steps to buy a home in a different state without hassle.

        1. Organize & Prepare
          At very least you're buying a home which is a milestone purchase. At very most, you're conducting two substantial real estate transactions — buying a new home and selling your current home. The first step is to get organized and prepare to invest your time and energy into successfully closing on both transactions.

        2. Enlist Help from a Relocation Specialist
          Thankfully, you don't have to juggle this process alone. A knowledgeable and experienced REALTOR® that specializes in nationwide relocation is your best resource. They will be your advocate in your new town while you're away and ensure your current home's sale is finalized without a hitch.

        3. Decide Whether to Sell or Buy First
          Some believe you should finalize the sale of your current home before you begin the process of purchasing a new home. This is a wise decision because it allows you to free yourself from your physical and financial commitments to the previous home while helping you fund the new home. However, every situation is different, and it may be in your best interest to buy before you sell. Speak with your REALTOR® to identify the benefits and disadvantages of beginning the process in either way.

        4. Be Present for the Inspection
          While the number of times you travel to your new city prior to moving may be limited, there are a few situations when you must be there in person. By committing to the inspection date, you're able to understand and visually see any issues that might be present. You can also ask the inspector about anything you may be unsure of and learn information or tips that wouldn't be on the inspection report.

        5. Close Electronically if Possible
          Closing on the home is an act worth celebrating; however, it's not an element of the sale you need to be involved in in-person. Electronic closing is common now and a title company can easily help facilitate these signatures remotely.

        Old Dominion Realty is a proud member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World (LeadingRE). No matter if your dream home is across the street or the globe, the LeadingRE team of over 560 firms encompassing 4,300 offices is ready to help you relocate to anywhere on the planet. These sales associates within the LeadingRE group deliver unparalleled performance and exceptional client experiences in every transaction they conduct.

        Are you ready to find your dream home in another state? Our REALTORS® are ready to help. Contact us at Old Dominion Realty today to get started on your search.


        Why Homeownership Matters

        Homeownership matters - Family and community

        Homeownership Matters to Families and Communities

        No matter the generation, time and again it's proven that homeownership remains a key ingredient in the American Dream. Owning a home provides financial stability, makes it easier to build personal wealth, helps in establishing social stability, and gives you the freedom to plot your own course in life. The community also benefits from homeownership by gaining active, engaged residents who have a stake in the future of each neighborhood. Our REALTORS® know the benefits of homeownership for people, and why it's so important for communities to have a strong base of homeowners.

        • The Perks of Owning Over Renting
          The initial investment required to own a home can be scary for first-time buyers, but there are many long-term financial benefits to owning over renting. Both rent rates and the value of homes tend to rise over time. When rent goes up, only the landlord benefits. When the value of a home that you own goes up, you're the one to benefit. With the variety of assistance programs available for people who want to own a home, the upfront investment isn't nearly as daunting as it seems. Over time, as you make your mortgage payments, your equity in the home and personal wealth build. Add it all up, and homeownership just makes more financial sense than renting.

        • A Place to Call Your Own
          Of course, owning a home is about far more than financial benefits. When you buy a home, you can customize it to suit your needs and make it your own in ways that you never could with a rented dwelling. Your home is your own personal space in the world, where you can be comfortable and enjoy time with the people you care about most. It's a place where you can host family, friends, and neighbors while creating memories that last a lifetime.

        • How Homeownership Builds Strong Communities
          Buying a home also provides a chance to lay down roots, and truly become a part of the community. When people own homes, they're more likely to care about the future of the neighborhood and do what they can to add to the community. Homeowners become active in community organizations and provide many benefits to the local economy. When more people have a stake in the future of the community thanks to homeownership, the whole community ultimately benefits.

        • Social Stability Benefits Families
          Your home is both a gathering place for your extended family and a place to lay down roots for immediate family members living under your roof. Kids benefit by being able to attend the same school throughout their education, build relationships with community members, make friends, and participate in community events. Everyone in the home benefits from having a place in the neighborhood to call their own, and being able to build a life in the community.

        • Building Your Own Dream
          While there are many similarities, everyone has their own reasons for pursuing the dream of homeownership. Whether you want a place that you can customize to your heart's content or an opportunity to build a life in the community of your choice, homeownership simply offers benefits that renting can't match. Owning a home gives you the freedom to pursue the life you want, and that's the real dream!

        Whether you're a first-time buyer or a homeowner looking for a new place to call your own, our team is here to help you achieve your homeownership dreams. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Central Shenandoah Valley and Eastern West Virginia.


        Building Community One Home at a Time

        Old Dominion Realty Takes a Look at What Home Means to You

        What does home mean to you? Is it the place where you grew up, or the place where you lay your head today? Is it a specific location, or a combination of people, places, memories, and your five senses? Home means something a little different to all of us, yet it's also something that we can recognize the moment we see it. Strong communities are built one home at a time and are defined by the memories built inside the walls of each home. Our REALTORS® know what it means to find a true home, so let's take a closer look at what home might mean to you.

        • Home Is a Place and a Feeling
          While every home is a place, it's not just any place. Your home means more to you because it's your own. It's a place where you can be safe, comfortable, and surrounded by the people you care about, yet it's so much more than simply a dwelling. Home is also a feeling, which is part of the reason that people talk about "making a house into a home" after they move, and why everyone has their own way of accomplishing that goal.

          It's more than just walls, floors, and ceilings. It's about what happens inside the home, how you spend your time, and who you spend it with. It might mean baking cookies with the kids, inviting the whole neighborhood for a holiday party, or simply lounging around with your special someone. Ultimately, home is what you make it, and everyone has their own definition of what home means to them.

        Family Home Kitchen

        • The Sights, Sounds, and Smells of Home
          For many of us, familiarity is a big part of feeling at home. That's why the home where you grew up will always still feel like home when you visit, even if it's been many years since you lived there full-time. You know the familiar decorations, the sound of every creaky floorboard, and the aroma of your favorite childhood meals drifting through the air. The same is true of the place that you currently call home and the memories that you build there.

        Family Home Love

        • How Good Company Makes a House Feel Like Home
          Home is different for everyone, even if there are many common threads. If you move frequently for work or other reasons, then the feeling of home may be tied less to a place than it is to the people around you. The memories that we make with friends, spouses, kids, and neighbors can make any location feel like home. Over time, the moments you create and the people you spend them with have so much influence on how you define home.

        • The Psychology of Finding a True Home
          The desire to feel at home is not just a fleeting thing – it's something that's hard-wired into our psychology. While home means something different to everyone, there's no doubt that everyone wants to feel at home. Finding a home is so much bigger than simply having a shelter or a physical address. Home is safe, comfortable, and welcoming. It's a place we know we can count on to relax us after a rough day, and inspire us after a great one. Each home is a center of the community, where people gather, carry on old traditions, and create new ones.

        No matter how you define home, our experienced, local real estate team is here to help you find the dwelling of your dreams. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Central Shenandoah Valley and Eastern West Virginia.


        Buying a House? 6 Steps to Increase Your Credit Score

        Increase Credit Score
        Your credit score is a golden key that can unlock the best interest rates and loan options for your new home.

        It's a simple equation: A higher credit score = A lower interest rate = Your home costs you less money. 

        Before you apply for a loan you want to make sure that your number is as polished as possible. To help you attain the most advantageous loan, our real estate agents share the following steps to take before you begin your home search.

        1. What's in a Number? 
          Your FICO score is a reflection of your debts, loan repayment history, and monthly financial obligations. Ideally, you want to push your score up as high as possible. If you have a score in the "exceptional" range of 800-850, or "Very Good" range of 740-799, you'll generally qualify for the best interest rates.

          If you have a "Good" score of between 670-739, or "Fair" score of 580-669, you can qualify for most loans. However, you may need a larger down payment and could shoulder the burden of a higher interest rate.

        2. Examination and Disputes
          Credit scores take time to grow and you will want to start the process of improving your score long before you start submitting loan applications. One of the first things you should do is pull a copy of your credit reports from Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax. This is critical as not all creditors report information to all three bureaus.

          Once you have your reports, examine them for errors. Check current balances, make sure payments are credited, and look for stale information that should be removed. You should dispute any incorrect information and actively pursue the removal of bad data from your credit reports. It is a common problem and more than 40 million Americans have at least one error on their reports and you want to make sure that you are not one of them.

        3. Paying Down Balances
          It is always advisable to pay off as much debt as possible prior to requesting a new loan. This is especially important regarding credit cards with high-interest rates. Pay these balances down as much as possible, but don't pay them off and close the account as this can reduce your average credit length which can drop your score. 

        4. Raise Your Credit Limit
          It's not advisable to open new accounts prior to requesting a loan. However, if you have a good history with a creditor, you may be able to request a credit increase. Raising your available credit limits reduces your debt-to-credit utilization ratio which is approximately 30% of your FICO score.

        5. Diversify Your Credit
          If you have limited or poor credit, you may want to consider getting a short-term, secured loan from your current bank. Your credit mix accounts for 10% of your score and this can give you a slight boost once you pay the loan off. 

        6. Establish Good Habits
          Credit scores are ultimately a reflection of how well you manage your finances. Before you purchase a home, you want to establish good financial habits which your score will reflect. These include making payments on time and not "maxing" cards out. Towards your goal of homeownership, one of the best ways to make sure you keep your score rising is to establish a monthly budget and avoid spending any more than you plan in any given month. 

        Our preferred mortgage, F&M Mortgage, can help you better understand your options when it comes to qualifying for and obtaining a home loan.

        Contact us when you're ready to start your search for the right home for you.


        Our Local Farmers Markets in Virginia and West Virginia

        Local Farmers Markets VA and WV
        If you love fresh, local food, fun times, and friends, then visiting community farmers markets is a great way to spend a day. Local farmers markets offer many benefits to communities, including healthy dining options, fresh produce for all of your meals, fun events, great deals, and the opportunity for small, local businesses to find a market for their wares. In addition to offering food, many farmers markets feature vendors selling crafts, art, handmade jewelry, and plenty more. Our real estate agents love shopping local, and we've got the inside scoop on eight local farmers markets you need to explore.

        Virginia Farmers Markets

        1. Harrisonburg Farmers Market – 228 South Liberty St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801
          Harrisonburg homes for sale
          make it easy to visit the Harrisonburg Farmers Market, where you can find fresh food and so much more. Stop by every Tuesday and Saturday morning for fresh produce, baked goods, craft, local wine, and plenty of surprises.

        2. The Dayton Market – 3105 John Wayland Highway, Dayton, VA 22821
          You won't have to travel far from Dayton homes for sale to visit the long-running Dayton Market, which has been serving the area for more than 30 years. This market is open 6 days per week from Tuesday through Saturday, so there's never a bad time to visit.

        3. Broadway Farmers Market – 161 South Main St., Broadway, VA 22815
          Fresh food is never far from Timberville homes for sale, thanks to the Broadway Farmers Market which serves the Broadway-Timberville communities. In addition to tons of great products, this market has frequent special events through the spring, summer, and fall.

        4. Staunton Farmers Market – Wharf Parking Lot, Johnson St. & Central Ave., Staunton, VA 24402
          Staunton homes for sale
          are located close to the popular Staunton Farmers Market, which offers some of the best selection in the area. The Staunton Farmers Market is a producer-only market, which means every vendor is directly involved in the growing or production of the items they sell.

        5. Luray/Page County Farmers Market – Mechanic Street Parking Lot, Luray, VA 22853
          Located close to Luray homes for sale you'll find the excellent Luray/Page County Farmers Market, with great deals and even better food. This is a perfect spot to pick up fresh meat, baked goods, and plants, along with produce from local farms.

        West Virginia Farmers Markets

        1. White Barn Farm Market – 1433 US Highway 220 N, Moorefield, WV 26836
          Shopping for Moorefield homes for sale? Be sure to visit the White Barn Farm Market for all of your culinary needs. White Barn is open every day but Sunday, so you'll always have access to the freshest ingredients possible for your next meal.

        2. Pendleton County Farmers Market – 201 Confederate Rd., Franklin, WV 26807
          Franklin homes for sale
          provide easy access to the Pendleton County Farmers Market, located in the community. Find fantastic deals on a huge selection of local produce throughout the spring and summer at the Pendleton County Farmers Market.

        3. Grant County Farmers Market – Petersburg City Parking Lot, Petersburg, WV 26847
          If you're shopping for Petersburg homes for sale, then the Grant County Farmers Market will be your one-stop-shop for fresh food. Visit every Tuesday and Saturday morning to grab fresh food and handmade crafts from a variety of local vendors.

        An amazing selection of farmers markets is just one of many charms of living in local communities, and there's never been a better time to shop for homes in the area. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Shenandoah Valley and eastern West Virginia.


        Where to Find Gluten-Free Eats in Harrisonburg

        Gluten-Free Restaurants Harrisonburg
        There was a time when eating a gluten-free diet meant you had limited choices for dining out. However, as more health-conscious people have adopted this way of eating, restaurants are taking note. 

        Potential homebuyers often ask our real estate agents for local restaurant recommendations, and we're happy to report that there are many gluten-free dining options nearby. Next time you're in the area looking at Harrisonburg homes for sale, check out one of these excellent gluten-free hot spots. 

        1. Vito's Italian Kitchen - 1047 Port Republic Rd, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
          Local favorite Vito's Italian Kitchen caters to the gluten-free crowd with a separate gluten-free menu that includes a variety of salads, pasta dishes, and pizza. 

        2. Jimmy Maddison's - 121 South Main St. Harrisonburg, VA 22801
          The home of Southern cuisine, premium whiskeys, and soulful music, Jimmy Mattison's features a wide array of gluten-free menu options that you're sure to love. Try the She Crab Soup, Shrimp and Grits, Blackened Catfish, and Collard Greens with Ham. 

        3. Grilled Cheese Mania - 1476 S Main St, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
          You might not expect to see delicious grilled cheese on this list, but Grilled Cheese Mania seems to have thought of everything. Try their Classic Johnny or the Mama Mania made with mozzarella, pesto, tomato, and sriracha hot sauce. Both of these awesome sandwiches are made with Canyon Bakehouse gluten-free bread so you can enjoy them to your heart's content. 

        4. A Bowl of Good - 831 Mt Clinton Pike, Harrisonburg, VA 22802
          For unique, healthy menu choices, you can go wrong with A Bowl of Good. They serve up hot and cold bowls that can be made gluten-free by switching out the bread or pita and replacing it with corn tortillas or chips. Try the "Out of Africa Bowl" (Nigerian Stew), the "It's All Greek to Me" (Greek garbanzo salad), or the "Red, White, and Moo Bowl" (beef and bean chili). 

        5. Heritage Bakery and Cafe - 212 S Main St, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
          Going gluten-free doesn't mean you have to give up your sweet tooth! Heritage Bakery and Cafe offers gluten-free muffins, giant cookies, and hand-made granola bowls. Dine in, take your treats home with you, or consider booking a spot at one of their super-popular Sunday Tea events. 

        6. Boboko Indonesian Cafe: 217 South Liberty St. #102 Harrisonburg, VA 22801
          A cozy restaurant with delicious ethnic food, Boboko Indonesian Cafe offers a wide selection of gluten-free menu items. You'll definitely want to try the Teriyaki Summer Rolls, Spiced Sesame Salmon, or Potato and Tofu Curry. When you eat at Boboko, you can feel confident that you're getting the highest quality ingredients including antibiotic-free chicken and locally-sourced produce. 

        7. Greens & Grains Cafe - 865 Port Republic Road Harrisonburg, VA 22801
          A popular place for healthy eating alternatives, Greens & Grains Cafe clearly marks the vegetarian and gluten-free options on their menu. Try the Fall Harvest Salad, Crab Bisque, Wild Salmon Salad, or the Mushroom & Brie Soup. 

        Want to learn more about all the things there are to love about living in Harrisonburg? We would love to show you around! Contact us today to schedule an appointment. 


        6 of the Coolest Concerts in the 'Burg in August

        Harrisonburg Concerts August 2019
        There are plenty of Harrisonburg homes for sale to choose from, but any of them will put you right in the middle of fun and excitement. One of the best things about beautiful Harrisonburg is its energetic live music scene. Lots of memorable acts originated right here, so there's always a show going on.

        Summer is concert season, and the action is in full swing in August.

        Our real estate agents are looking forward to these cool August concerts:

        1. Late Bloomer – 181 North Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22802
          Headlining a night of music on August 13 is Late Bloomer, a North Carolina trio with a unique take on hook-driven guitar rock, punk, and indie. Fresh from their successful third full-length album, they have never sounded more dynamic or compelling than they do now. They'll be joined by indie rock duo Bloom, whose May 2019 EP soared to 100,000 views in just two weeks.
        2. Bruce Allen – 1230 Old Furnace Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22802
          Visiting the Fraternal Order of Eagles on Friday, August 16, Bruce Allen will bring his brand of county music to the Harrisonburg stage. Soloist Allen is a veteran of the Nashville music scene known for his versatility, soulful performances, and compelling lyrics. It's all brought to you by one of the most prominent nonprofits from right here in the 'Burg.
        3. Unspoken Tradition – 153 South Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
          Bluegrass band Unspoken Tradition celebrates the culture of North Carolina in its music, looking forward to the future while honoring the state's rich past. Now on tour, the five-person band will hit the stage on August 7. Expect to hear their chart-topping radio singles as well as some new takes on their nostalgic, yet sincere sound. You won't want to miss it!
        4. The Seldom Scene – 41 F Court Square, Harrisonburg, VA, 22801
          The Seldom Scene is one of the longest-running and most popular bluegrass bands playing in the Harrisonburg area. Founded in 1971 in Bethesda, Maryland, the Seldom Scene is a leading name in progressive bluegrass. Its five members create shows with bluegrass versions of hot hits from genres like country, rock, and even pop. They'll be in Harrisonburg on Friday, August 16.
        5. Queen of Jeans – 122 South Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
          Queen of Jeans headlines on August 7 in Harrisonburg, part of a night of music featuring fresh new sounds from young bands. Bringing their experimental alternative sound to Harrisonburg, these musical pioneers – who got started in the business with a debut album in 2016 – have a style that blends subversive elements with angelic female-led harmonies.
        6. Rockingham County Fair 2019 – 4808 South Valley Pike, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
          No list of cool August events would be complete without the best way to relax and unwind after a day of visiting Rockingham County homes for sale: The one and only Rockingham County Fair. The Fair has been going since 1949 and has grown every year. Fair Week entertainment will include Morgan Wallen, Aaron Lewis, Scotty McCreery, and many others on multiple stages.

        There's much more to see and do in Harrisonburg. With help from our team, you'll find the perfect home to experience it all. Contact us today to learn about local real estate opportunities.


        Harrisonburg Celebrates Friendly City Fourth

        Harrisonburg Friendly City Fourth

        Harrisonburg celebrates July 4 with fireworks, food, family fun, and community events packing the holiday's schedule. Harrisonburg's July 4 celebration has a new name – Friendly City Fourth – and all of your favorite Independence Day events will be returning for another fun-filled holiday.

        Start your day with a run, enjoy all of the great food that the city has to offer, participate in family-friendly activities, listen to live music, and settle in for a spectacular fireworks display to cap off the day. Our real estate agents have the details on all of the great events happening in Harrisonburg on July 4.

        Friendly City Fourth

        • Valley 4th Run – 8:30 am – Main St. and Liberty St., Harrisonburg 22801
          Harrisonburg homes for sale make it easy to participate in all of the fun activities planned for July 4, including the Valley 4th Run to start the day. Kick off the July 4 festivities by choosing your run (1.5 miles, 5k, or 10k), and choosing the charity you would like to support. The race is open to all ages and skill levels, which has helped it grow into the most popular way to start your day in Harrisonburg on July 4.

        • Classic Car Cruise-In
          Take a break after your morning run, then head downtown to Turner Pavilion to start celebrating at Friendly City Fourth. All evening, you'll have the chance to scout out the Classic Car Cruise-In, where some of Harrisonburg's most beautiful classic cars will be on display. Of course, you're welcome to show off your own classic ride, as well.

        • Food Trucks and Local Beer Garden
          You're sure to build up an appetite enjoying all that Friendly City Fourth has to offer, and there will be plenty of local vendors on-hand to help you conquer that hunger. There will be food trucks from throughout the region serving up July 4 treats, along with a local beer garden featuring the biggest names in the Harrisonburg craft brewing scene.

        • Art Market and Kids Activities
          Looking to pick up a souvenir, or find some fun activities for younger members of the family? The art market is an excellent place to pick up something unique for your home or grab a gift that you won't find anywhere else. There are also loads of fun activities for kids throughout the day at Friendly City Fourth.

        • Friendly City Fortune Raffle
          Are you feeling lucky? The Friendly City Fortune Raffle is the biggest in the Valley, with more than $250,000 in prizes. Tickets will be available throughout the day, with a winner announced near the close of the evening.

        • Live Music All Evening
          Enjoy the soundtrack of summer with live music all evening from Strong Water and Kendall Street Company, two local bands with reputations for putting on an excellent live show.

        • A Dazzling Fireworks Display
          All of the day's events build up to the big moment around 9:00 pm when the fireworks show begins. Every year, the fireworks display at Friendly City Fourth seems to get more impressive, and this is set to be the most spectacular display yet.

        Still searching for the right home in Harrisonburg, where you can enjoy great holiday events like Friendly City Fourth throughout the year? We can help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Harrisonburg, VA area.


        Here's Where to Celebrate National Doughnut Day in the Shenandoah Valley

        Shenandoah Valley Doughnut Shops

        Head Out on June 7 to One of These Doughnut Shops in The Valley

        Is there ever a bad time to indulge in a sweet treat from a local Shenandoah Valley shop? Of course not! But some days are better than others, and National Doughnut Day provides the perfect excuse to sample the local fare. There's just something special about starting – or finishing – your day with a fresh, hand-crafted doughnut, and a hot cup of your favorite coffee. Fortunately, there are plenty of great places in the Valley where you can do just that. Our real estate agents have the delicious details on some spots in the Valley where you can celebrate National Doughnut Day, or indulge your sweet tooth any day of the year.

        1. Sweet Blessings Bakery & Catering – 121 S Main St., Woodstock 22664
          Conveniently located near Woodstock homes for sale, you'll find few sweeter places in the Valley than Sweet Blessings Bakery & Catering. The staff at this friendly, hometown bakery is happy to help you with sweets for any occasion, offering home-cooked treats served with a smile. Of course, it's also a great place to stop solo, when you're looking for just the right snack on National Doughnut Day.

        2. Paradise Donuts – 114 North Central Ave., Staunton 24401
          Shopping for Staunton homes for sale? Then you're in for a real treat when you visit Paradise Donuts, one of the Valley's best-known spots for delicious doughnuts. Paradise Donuts is your one-stop shop for fresh, hand-crafted donuts, with unique flavors that will always keep you coming back for more. If you're looking for variety, you won't find a better spot than Paradise Donuts.

        3. The Galactic Donut – 2366 Tinkling Springs Rd. Ste. 102, Stuarts Draft 24477
          Located just a quick trip from Waynesboro homes for sale, you'll find out of this world flavors at the Galactic Donut. With doughnuts like Strawberry Shortcake, Maple Bacon, French Toast, Java Chip, and Chocolate DeLite, there's something for every taste at the Galactic Donut. The shop also serves breakfast sandwiches, ice cream, and coffee.

        4. Main Street Bakery and Catering – 127 E Main St., Luray 22835
          Luray homes for sale make it easy to celebrate with something sweet, thanks to great local businesses like Main Street Bakery and Catering. Main Street Bakery offers a wide selection of sweets, including eclairs that are perfect for celebrating National Doughnut Day. If you're in the mood for something other than a doughnut, the menu here is a mile long.

        5. Strite's Donuts – 219 E Market St., Harrisonburg 22801
          If you're shopping for Harrisonburg homes for sale, be sure to take some time to stop at Strite's Donuts for a sweet treat. This acclaimed local shop, where the doughnuts are always hot and fresh, has an endless list of items to tantalize your sweet tooth, and every item is crafted with care. You can also catch the Strite's team on the road, serving doughnuts at popular local spots.

        6. D&L Donuts – 240 North Central Ave. Ste. 1, Staunton 24401
          Last but certainly not least, D&L Donuts is a Staunton staple, serving up fresh, hot doughnuts starting at 6 am every morning. Sample some of Staunton's best doughnuts, enjoy a hot cup of organic coffee, and start your day with something sweet.

        Sweet treats are just one part of the delicious package that comes with calling the Shenandoah Valley home, and we're here to help you find a home of your own. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Shenandoah Valley area.


        Augusta County's Summer 2019 Festivals

        Augusta County Summer Festivals & Events
        If you'll be working with our real estate agents to find your dream home in Augusta County this summer, you surely won't want all of the time you spend with us to be about business. Fitting a little fun into that trip won't be a problem in our area. There's a lot going on around here in the summertime, given that this time of year is the festival season. Here are a few of Augusta County's Summer 2019 festivals that you may want to check out while you're in the area:

        • Sweet Dreams Festival - 96 Edgewood Ln, Stuarts Draft, VA 24477
          If you plan to spend some time looking at Waynesboro homes for sale in June, attending the 16th Annual Sweet Dreams Festival is a great way to fit a little fun into your trip. This festival is happening at Stuarts Draft Park, just 15 minutes from Waynesboro, on June 1st, and runs from 9 am to 4 pm. This event will feature a wide range of family-oriented entertainment and activities, including train rides, sports tournaments, concessions, contests, live music, and much more.
        • Red Wing Roots Music Festival - 94 Natural Chimneys Ln, Mt Solon, VA 22843
          If you'll be shopping Bridgewater homes for sale, the Red Wing Roots Music Festival is a local event you won't want to miss. Getting there from Bridgewater is just a 15-minute drive. This festival offers great music in the great outdoors, with more than 40 artists participating, and runs for three days – July 12th, 13th, and 14th. The festival will also feature a wide range of food and craft vendors, children's activities and many other activities and attractions. A variety of camping areas and other lodgings are available to music lovers who plan to enjoy the entire three-day experience.

        • Virginia Cider Festival, Valley Pike Farm Market, 3494 Lee Hwy, Weyers Cave, VA 24486
          If you'll be looking for your new home among Weyers Cave homes for sale this summer, the Virginia Cider Festival may be just the event you need for a bit of fun. This event is for people 21 years of age or older, and it's happening on July 20th, from noon to 6 pm. More than 18 Virginia cideries will be featured at this event, presenting over 50 hard ciders. Patrons can participate in 10 cider tastings and will receive Virginia Cider Festival commemorative glasses. There will be food and live music, with three concerts throughout the day.
        • Staunton Music Festival, 214 W Beverley St, Staunton, VA 24401
          If you'll be focused on Staunton homes for sale during your visit to our area, the Staunton Music Festival offers a great distraction from home shopping. It runs from Aug 16th through Aug 25th and is hosted by historic venues throughout downtown Staunton. The 2019 event will feature 75 of the world's most acclaimed musicians performing in more than 30 concerts.
        • Augusta County Fair, 13 Government Lane, Verona, VA 24482
          If you'll be perusing Augusta County homes for sale in late July or early August, you'll be right on time for the Augusta County Fair. This event runs from July 30th through August 3rd and has something for everyone. Attractions include a circus, magic shows, the West Texas Rattlesnake Show, a wine festival, live music, tractor pulls and other track events, a beauty pageant, laser tag, midway games and rides, and much more.

        To see homes for sale in Augusta County, please contact us. Our team of experienced real estate pros is ready to introduce you to the right Augusta County area for you.


        6 Swimming Pools & Splash Pads in the Shenandoah Valley

        Shenandoah Valley Swimming Pools & Splash Pads
        On a warm Shenandoah Valley summer day, nothing's more refreshing than a day at the pool. Our real estate agents offer their recommendations for the top pools in the area.

        1. Westover Pool - 305 S. Dogwood Dr., Harrisonburg 22801
          With its Olympic-size pool, diving pool and climbing wall, Westover Pool was already a popular summer destination. Memorial Day weekend will feature the opening of the new splash pad, with a number of water stations to provide fun for all ages. Masters Swimming and Summer Swim League memberships are available for those aged 5 and up who want to learn new skills. Daily, three-month and annual passes are offered with special prices for residents. Take a break from viewing Harrisonburg homes for sale and check out the new facilities.

        2. Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp & Resort - 2250 US Hwy. 211, Luray 22835 
          Jellystone Park may be the best summer entertainment bargain near Luray homes for sale. The highlight is Yogi Bear's Water Zone, which consists of three swimming pools, three thrilling water slides and an interactive splash pad. As if that wasn't enough, other activities include mini-golf, pedal boats, horseshoes, volleyball, and basketball. Day camp passes are only $25 for Page County residents and $29 for non-residents, with children 2 and under admitted free. Hours are 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily from June 14 through September 1.  

        3. Hawksbill Recreation Park - 205 Pool Dr., Stanley 22851
          Hawksbill Recreation Park is the site of the only public pool near Page County homes for sale. It began life back in the 1930s as Shuler's Pool, a creek-fed pool named after its founder. Today's modern pool has a spacious area of 7,275 square feet, and the park also houses a community center, hiking trails, playing fields, and picnic shelters. Passes are available in a variety of options, including a Family Pack for two adults and two children.

        4. Gypsy Hill Park - 600 Churchville Ave., Staunton 24401
          You might feel like you're relaxing at a resort when you spend a day at the Gypsy Hill Park pool. The L-shaped Olympic-size pool is surrounded by lounge chairs and grassy areas perfect for sunbathing. Kids have their own pool with splash pad activities and a zero-depth entry. There are also locker rooms and picnic tables on-site. Beginning Memorial Day weekend, pool hours are 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $3 for ages 3 and up.

        5. Montgomery Hall Park - 1000 Montgomery Ave., Staunton 24401
          Staunton homes for sale have the benefit of not one but two public pools nearby. Montgomery Hall Park has a beautiful pool with zero-depth entry and water play features for the little ones. Older kids will love the tunnel slide at the deeper end of the pool. Mom and Dad have a perfect view from the poolside grassy areas. Hours are the same as the Gypsy Hill Park pool and admission is $2 for ages 3 and up.

        6. War Memorial Pool - 700 S. Magnolia Ave., Waynesboro 22980
          Looking for Waynesboro homes for sale? You'll appreciate the convenient access to the 50-meter War Memorial Pool with its diving well and adjacent bathhouse. The pool opens for the summer on the Saturday before Memorial Day with public hours of 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $4 for everyone 16 and up and $2 for kids between 3 and 15.

        Find out why Shenandoah Valley is an ideal place to call home. Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to learn more from our helpful real estate agents.


        Moorefield WV: South Branch Riverfest

        Moorefield Festival South Branch Riverfest

        Our REALTORS® invite you to join us as we celebrate a new festival coming to the Moorefield area! Come on out to beautiful Brighton Park for the South Branch Riverfest and spend the Saturday, May 25 with your friends, family, and neighbors alongside the Potomac.

        Event:  South Branch Riverfest

        When: Saturday, May 25, 2019, 11 am - 5 pm
        Where: Brighton Park — 644 Fisher Rd., Moorefield, WV 26836

        Sponsored by the Hardy County Chamber of Commerce and Hardy County Community Foundation, the South Branch Riverfest will make its debut at Brighton Park on May 25. For years, residents and visitors of the South Branch Valley have enjoyed the beautiful green spaces along the mighty Potomac River, making it the perfect place to host this new event. Admission to this festival is free for all who wish to attend.

        South Branch Riverfest includes:

        • River learning activities for kids.
        • Delicious local food and beverage vendors.
        • Talented local vendors selling arts, crafts and other fine products.
        • Fly fishing demonstrations.
        • River kayaking and snorkeling.
        • Races & games for kids and adults.
        • Live music.
        • Fun for the whole family!

        Get Moving with Musical Guests Jay Halterman & Hurt Reynolds

        Let the acoustical stylings of Jay Halterman get your grooving. Covering your favorite classic rock and country tunes, Jay will perform songs spanning the '60's to today including hits from The Eagles, Neil Young, U2 and so much more.

        Hurt Reynolds will also take the stage to keep you rocking on the river. This foursome from the Moorefield and Buckhannon areas will treat you to their sweet southern and classic rock songs as you relax with your family and friends.

        Great Food & Vendors

        South Branch Riverfest embraces our community and encourages local vendors to come out and interact with Moorefield's residents. Many of our local establishments are sharing in this event, including Grillin Time BBQ, Stand of Pines Crafts, and Dandelion Designs. Explore their offerings and get to know the talented and creative people that make our town proud.

        Brighton Park's location on the South Branch of the Potomac makes it the ideal location to host our first ever Riverfest. The gorgeous views and green spaces create a truly serene environment that Hardy County residents cherish. We invite all of our friends, family, and neighbors to come out to Riverfest and celebrate life on the river with our REALTORS® at Old Dominion Realty. For more information about the event, or to browse cozy Moorefield homes for sale, contact us.


        Harrisonburg Living: 6 Places to Sign Up Your Kids for Swim Lessons


        Swim Classes for Harrisonburg-Area Kids
        Let's welcome the warmer weather by celebrating Learn to Swim Day on May 18th. Our real estate agents believe teaching your little ones to swim can be a positive experience that helps them develop their motor skills, instills them with courage and exposes them to a fun activity that they can enjoy for the rest of their lives. If you'd like to join us in celebrating National Learn to Swim Day this May, we suggest that you consider these six locations that offer swimming lessons for children.

        1. James Madison University Recreation Center – 701 Driver Dr., Harrisonburg, VA 22807 
          James Madison University has a campus that's bursting with immersive learning experiences, and their swim lessons are just as engaging and educational. UREC offers both private and group swim lessons for children and adults. Group lessons are held on Saturday mornings and are divided into three categories: a parent and child group for little ones aged 6 months to 3 years old, a preschool group for 4 and 5-year-olds, and a youth group for kids 6 to 9. Private lessons offer one-on-one instruction for new swimmers aged 3 and above, even adults!
        2. East Rockingham Recreation Association – 1250 Barracuda Dr., Rockingham, VA 22801 
          Those living in the southeast area of Harrisonburg can find swim lessons conveniently located at the East Rockingham Recreation Association. Their private lessons are open to everyone, even non-EERA members. Your children can take five, 30-minute one-on-one lessons with their instructors and start the summer off swimmingly!

        3. Westover Pool – 305 South Dogwood Dr., Harrisonburg, VA 22801 
          The Westover Pool is located near plenty of beautiful Harrisonburg homes for sale and provides residents with fun all year long! Private swim lessons are available during the summer for residents and nonresidents of all ages. They also have group child swimming lessons which include preschool classes for little ones and five levels of instruction for kids ages 6-15. Westover Pool is a fantastic place for families to come together with their children and make amazing summer memories.
        4. Sentara RMH Wellness Center – 2500 Wellness Dr., Harrisonburg, VA 22801 
          The Sentara RMH Wellness Center is pleased to offer aquatic activities including group swim lessons. The Baby & Me and Toddler & Me group swim lessons bring parents into the pool with their little ones for a fun and safe session. The Preschool group focuses on children 3-5, and there is also a swim group for kids ages 6-12. Those who would prefer private lessons for their preschool-plus aged children can schedule one-on-one instruction as well.

        5. Ashby Recreational Association – 250 Anaconda Way, Bridgewater, VA 22812 
          This member's only pool offers families a friendly space to play and relax during the summer. The Ashby Recreation Association provides private swim lessons for children that teach them how to be safe both in and near the water. All lessons are geared to each child's developmental age, so every experience is appropriate and positive. Schedule your little one's first lessons on National Learn to Swim Day, and they'll be ready to float on their own by the time summer kicks into full swing!

        6. Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA – 708 N. Coalter St., Staunton, VA 22401 
          The Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA is the perfect place to enroll your child for swim lessons. Although they do offer private swim lessons, they provide group lessons that get children acquainted with the water and learn basic swimming, safety and rescue skills while developing their confidence.

        Contact us for information about buying one of our Harrisonburg homes for sale and living in our nearby communities.


        Valleyfest Beer & Wine Festival - May 25

        Shenandoah Valleyfest
        Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner! There's no need to book plane tickets or a hotel room because there are plenty of great things to do right here in Shenandoah Valley. 

        Our real estate agents all agree that the Valleyfest Beer & Wine Festival is one of Memorial Day weekend's best events. After all, what better way to kick off summer than to spend the day outdoors listening to live music and enjoying wine, ciders, and microbrew beers?

        The event, which is in its 19th year, is extremely popular among both locals and visitors. Here's everything you need to know so you can make the most of your experience. 

        Live Music

        This year's event will feature a main stage and an acoustic stage. On the main stage, you'll find Americana bands YARN and The Judy Chops, solo acoustic performer Mike Davis, and funk, rock, and blues band Pebble to Pearl (P2P).

        The acoustic stage features YARN Plays the Dead, Trail of the Lonesome, and Gypsy Town. Whether you're in the mood for high-energy performances or relaxing and soulful vocals, you're sure to find exactly what you're looking for. 

        Food, Drinks, and Shopping

        The festival will feature a large selection of beer, wine, and cider as well as food vendors serving up your favorites like kettle corn, burgers and fries, and even fried Oreos. When you're ready to take a break from eating and dancing, you can also enjoy shopping for unique crafts and gifts from the many local vendors. 

        Getting There

        Valleyfest Beer & Wine Festival is scheduled for Saturday, May 25th, from 12 p.m. until 7 p.m. It's held on the slopes of the Massanutten Resort and is expected to draw a crowd of over 4,000 people. 

        Ticket prices are $25 each. Tickets for your designated driver and visitors under 21 are only $10, and children under 10 get in for free. All proceeds from the event benefit the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce. 

        Your Shenandoah Valley Real Estate Professionals

        Once you experience the great community vibe and get to know some of your potential new neighbors, you'll be more ready than ever to make this area your new home. We can help you find the perfect home in your ideal neighborhood. Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started! 


        Lighten The Load Before You Move

        Moving Tips New Home
        "Moving is easy," said no one ever. While moving to a new home will never qualify as fun, you can take steps beforehand to make it less tedious and time-consuming. Our real estate agents offer valuable moving tips they've learned from years of experience helping home buyers and sellers throughout Virginia and West Virginia.

        1. Create a Game Plan
          As with any other major project, successfully streamlining your move relies on a workable action plan. Here are some questions to answer before proceeding:

          • Will you be using a professional moving service?
          • What will you need in your new home? (Drawing a floor plan helps you decide.)
          • In which order will you clear rooms? How will you dispose of unwanted items?

        2. Start Early
          If you cut it too close to the actual moving day, you're likely to make bad decisions under pressure. Estimate how much time you think it will take and double the amount to allow for a cushion.

        3. Sort as You Go
          Items you decide to toss should go in one of three piles:

          • Reuse or repurpose for items to donate or sell
          • Recycle for paper, glass and other recyclable materials
          • Trash for anything that doesn't fit in the other two categories

        4. Use the 12-Month Rule
          Do you find yourself with boxes that have survived one or more moves without ever being unpacked? Purge items that haven't been used for 12 months or more with a clear conscience. This will apply primarily to clothes and accessories, but it's also helpful for items such as kitchen utensils.

          Other guidelines include:

          • Does an item give you joy or sorrow?
          • Would you buy it again?
          • Are you keeping it out of a sense of obligation?

        5. Consider Temporary Storage
          Are you still on the fence about several items? Pack them separately and keep them out of your new house for a while. If the number of items doesn't justify the cost of a storage unit, ask a friend or family member to hold them. This will help you decide once and for all if you can live without these items.

        6. Dispose of Hazardous Products
          Professional movers won't accept paint, propane tanks, lawn chemicals, and other hazardous items, and it's too risky to attempt moving them yourself. Check for the closest hazardous waste disposal center in your local area. Under no circumstances should hazardous products be put in trash or recycling bins.

        7. Use up What You Have
          Non-perishable food items and personal care products add weight and take up valuable space in moving boxes. Inventory what you have on hand and use up as much as you can. Donate remaining items to a food bank or shelter.

        8. Enlist Help
          The pre-move process can be intimidating if you take on all the responsibility yourself. Spouses, significant others, and children all have a stake in what stays and what gets tossed, so get them involved. Set up a schedule assigning times and tasks so everyone knows what is expected of them. 

        9. Reward Yourself
          No one can remain focused without breaks. Stay motivated by setting daily goals and rewarding yourself for each accomplishment. Watch a movie, read a book, or meet a friend for coffee.

        Buying or selling a home involves seemingly endless decisions that can be difficult to navigate on your own. Contact us at Old Dominion Realty and let our experienced and professional real estate agents show you the way.


        Budget Your Way into Buying Your First Home

        Budget to Buy Your First Home
        Our REALTORS®
        at Old Dominion Realty WORK to help you find a home where you will be truly happy. A lot of factors go into that: The community, the amenities, and your finances.

        The financial decisions you make when you're first looking for a home will stick with you for years to come. With that in mind, you have to go into the process with accurate information.

        Your real estate agent will help you make the right choices in the market. Only you, however, can figure out the facts about your own household finances that you're sure to need.

        Every major investment or purchase starts with one thing: A budget.

        And buying a home is no exception.

        A budget is a very useful tool for maintaining your financial health. However, most people get by with a simple budget. To get ready for buying a home, you should dive deep into the details.

        That's the best way to prevent surprises later!

        Let's look at how to build a budget that will support your home buying goals.

        • Start With Your Income
          The first thing you need to understand in any budget is how much income you have. For most buyers, this is simple: Add up the total take-home pay each person receives each month. If you have a variable income, such as from freelance work, an average figure derived from your last twelve months of income can give you a good fix on what to expect.
        • Capture Your Expenses
          A budget can only be accurate if you capture your expenses in detail. Rent and utilities are two basic expenses that rarely change. Food, too, is relatively fixed. Others may be harder to pin down: such as transportation, medical costs, recreation, and monthly savings. Try recording some of these transient costs for 2-3 months to see where you really stand.
        • Calculate Homeownership Costs
          Ideally, your monthly home costs should be no more than 25% of your total take-home pay. For a budget of $6,000 per month, that's $1,500. In addition to your mortgage, including the costs of maintenance and repair, HOA fees, landscaping, and housewares. Remember that higher square footage can translate to more expensive utilities. Also, recalculate your daily commute.
        • Look Ahead to Your Next Milestone
          If you've been saving vigorously for a down payment, then the day you move into your home will transform your budget. Before you pop the champagne, however, consider what future milestones you may be saving for next. For example, is it time to expand your retirement investments, save for a new car, or even plan for a new member of the family?
        • Adjust Your Budget Where Necessary
          If income and expenses are balanced at the 25% mark, then the way is clear for you to move forward with your home buying plans. If things are still tight, the first thing to look at is whether a plan of 20% makes more sense. From there, you may be able to save a few dollars if you look at the cost of recreation (nights out) or food (more cost-effective groceries and meals.)
        • Keep an Eye on Future Opportunities
          When you choose to buy a home, you'll have to work with the conditions that exist at the time. Sometimes, however, future improvements in the market can help you. If the housing market gets better after you buy, contact your lender. They may be able to help you reduce your monthly payments by refinancing your mortgage loan at a better interest rate.

        To learn about local real estate opportunities, contact us at Old Dominion Realty today.


        Attend the 61st Annual Maple Festival in Monterey

        Monterey Maple Festival
        Monterey homes for sale
        are some of the most desirable in Virginia, and our real estate agents have them. This town of only about 150 people is one of the state's best-kept secrets. It has a land area of only about a third of a square mile, yet it sees thousands of tourists a year.

        How does such a tiny town attract so much interest from around the country?

        Its many unusual traditions make Monterey a fascinating place to visit or live. One of the biggest and best local events that takes place every year is the Highland Maple Festival. Highland, of course, is the beautiful county where little Monterey is located.

        If you're checking out local homes, you won't want to miss this unforgettable fun!

        The 61st Annual Highland Maple Festival is Almost Here

        Held on the weekends of March 9-10 and March 16-17, the Highland Maple Festival is a truly special showcase celebrating Highland County "Virginia's Sweet Spot."

        It has been held every year since 1958 and has even been recognized by the Library of Congress as one of the most important cultural events taking place in the local area.

        Thousands of visitors make the annual trek to this rural paradise to celebrate the opening of the maple trees, a staple of industry here for many decades.

        Fascinating events will keep you entertained all throughout the festival:

        • Maple Festival Food
          What would a street festival be without delicious food? Treats infused with maple syrup are the cornerstone of a delightful culinary experience. Pancake dinners – your choice of regular or buckwheat – are held on festival days. Many local restaurants have a limited-time festival menu, too.
        • Juried Arts & Crafts Show
          Hosting more than 100 local artisans and artists, this juried show will give you the opportunity to peruse mementos like jewelry, glassware, photography, pottery, textiles, and carvings. With six locations to choose from, you're sure to find the perfect treasure to bring home.
        • Live Entertainment
          Local bands will bust out their best all throughout the festival. Artists including the Southern Rail Express, Tyler Hughes, Delta Junction, and many others will be playing. Some will be situated in Highland Center, the chief local venue, while others will play at nearby restaurants.
        • Highland History Museum
          You shouldn't pass up the chance to see the Highland History Museum, the place to see local history come to life. Many artifacts from the Civil War's Battle of McDowell are found here, as well as exhibits dating back to the county's formation in 1847.

        Highland County Could Be YOUR "Sweet Spot" for the Perfect Home

        If you want to explore homes in Monterey or the surrounding area, Old Dominion Realty is here for you. Our team of experienced and courteous real estate agents know Highland County inside and out. No one else has the insights into the unique Monterey real estate market that we do.

        Contact us to find out more about homes in Monterey. We look forward to helping you soon.


        Local Living: 7 Yoga Studios in Our OmTown

        Harrisonburg Area Yoga Studios
        Are you a yoga fanatic, or simply looking for a new, relaxing way to work out close to home? No matter your experience level, yoga can be a beneficial workout for both body and mind. People of all ages and fitness levels participate in yoga classes, and for many yoga becomes a way of life. In addition to being a great place to exercise, yoga classes also present an excellent opportunity to meet new, like-minded people close to home. Our real estate agents are here to help you find the right spot to pursue your yoga passions, with our guide to seven great yoga studios in our OmTown.

        Where to Find 7 Great Yoga Studios Close to Home

        1. The Center – 217 S Liberty St Ste 201, Harrisonburg
          Harrisonburg homes make it easy to reach many of the yoga destinations on our list, including The Center which is conveniently located downtown. The Center offers classes in yoga, pilates, meditation, and so much more. There are workshops, events, and even a 200-hour training program if you're interested in becoming an instructor.

        2. The Nest Yoga + Fitness Studio – 315 Lucy Dr, Harrisonburg
          With classes for every age, experience, and fitness level, The Nest Yoga + Fitness Studio aims to provide an accessible experience for everyone who attends. Work with instructors to learn the basics, take a specialty class, enjoy a private lesson, or even schedule a relaxing massage.

        3. Evolation Yoga Harrisonburg – 90 N Main St Ste 101, Harrisonburg
          Take a break from the daily grind to enjoy a class at Evolation Yoga, where a small team of instructors can help you accomplish big things. There are classes every day of the week, with 60-minute, 90-minute, and specialty options available at convenient times throughout the day.

        4. A Quiet Place Yoga and More – 725 S High St, Harrisonburg
          Looking for a yoga studio where the focus is always on the individual? At A Quiet Place Yoga and More, classes are designed to make everyone feel comfortable. Practice yoga, learn at your own pace and pick up healthy dining tips from an experienced, friendly team.

        5. FlyDog Yoga – 1039 Millmont St, Charlottesville
          If you're shopping for Charlottesville homes for sale, you won't need to travel far to reach an excellent yoga studio. FlyDog Yoga offers regular classes, workshops, events, and teacher training, in an inspiring, empowering atmosphere. New to yoga? The team at FlyDog will be happy to show you the ropes, and help you start on your journey.

        6. Opal Yoga – 949 Second St SE, Charlottesville
          Head to Opal Yoga in Charlottesville for fun, affordable yoga classes, taught by instructors who love to share the benefits of yoga with people from diverse backgrounds. Purchase a day pass to see what the studio is like, or grab a monthly pass to sample all that Opal Yoga has to offer.

        7. Shenandoah Powerhouse Gym and Fitness Studio – 2800 West Main St., Waynesboro
          Shopping for Waynesboro homes for sale? Then the Shenandoah Powerhouse Gym and Fitness Studio is the perfect place to keep up with your workout routine, with a modern, fully equipped gym, exercise classes of every type, and of course yoga! Other group classes at Shenandoah Powerhouse include spinning, TKO, quick super sculpt classes, and hip hop workouts, so there's always something new to try.

        Still searching for the right home near all of the excellent yoga studios in our area? Our local real estate team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Harrisonburg, VA area.


        7 Tips for Moving with a Pet

        Celebrate National Love Your Pet Day

        Moving with Your Pet

        Our real estate agents adore their pets and are excited to show them some extra affection this February 20 on National Love Your Pet Day. On this day, we celebrate the joy our pets bring into our lives and recognize the responsibility we have for keeping them comfortable, safe, and secure. 

        When you're planning a move, it's more important than ever to pay special attention to your furry (or feathered) friends. Pets are experts at reading our body language, so if we're feeling stressed and anxious, they'll feel it too. Since they won't understand what's going on, the sense of upheaval they feel can be even more dramatic.

        Luckily, pets are also very adaptable. For them, "home" is wherever they are with you, not necessarily the four walls where you currently live. Planning and taking a few simple precautions will help keep the move easier on everyone.

        1. Safety First
          Before your move, make sure your pet has a good collar with an ID tag attached. The tag should list your name and current cell phone number. Microchipping your pet will serve as another level of protection in case the collar slips off.  Hopefully, your pet will never get out of your sight, but if the unthinkable happens, you want to know you've done everything you can to ensure you'll be quickly reunited.
        1. Stick to Your Routine
          Although you'll be busy packing and preparing for your move, do your best not to change your pet's routine. Try to make sure you feed and walk him at the same time that every day.  If you usually play for 15 minutes when you get home from work, don't skip it just because you have packing to do. Maintaining structure helps your pet know what to expect, even when everything else feels like chaos. 
        1. Visit Your Vet
          A couple of weeks before your move, pay a visit to your vet. Ensure your pet is up-to-date on all necessary vaccinations and doesn't have any significant health issues. Staying ahead of potential problems is far better than scrambling to find a new vet as soon as you move. If you're worried about your pet suffering from car sickness or extreme anxiety, ask your vet for prescription medications while you're there.
        1. Secure Your Pet on Moving Day
          Moving day activities can be scary for your pet, and the chaos involved creates far too many opportunities for your pet to get lost or injured. Keep him safe by using a crate or arrange for him to stay somewhere else until the move is done.
        1. Make Arrangements for Long-Distance Moves
          If you're traveling a long distance, find pet-friendly hotels along your route and make your reservations ahead of time. Plan plenty of stops for water and potty breaks and try to keep a consistent feeding schedule.  Keep small animals secured in a crate the entire time you're traveling, and always keep larger dogs on a leash. Remember that the stress of a move can cause even the most well-behaved pets to run away or behave uncharacteristically.
        1. Create a Familiar Environment
          Although you might feel compelled to clean everything when you move into your new home, resist the urge to wash your pet's things. Having some familiar smells can help ease the transition.  Arrange your pet's bed, dishes, and toys as close as possible to the way they were in your old home, and keep your routine as consistent.
        1. Practice Patience and Compassion
          Above all, remember that there's a good chance the move will cause your pet to act out of character. It's not unusual to notice excessive whining, barking, or pacing. 

        Are You Ready to Make Your Move?

        Whether you're thinking about moving across town or across the globe, our real estate agents at Old Dominion Realty are here to help. Contact us to get started with the search for your dream home.


        Polar Bear Plunge in Luray Virginia

        Luray VA Polar Bear Plunge
        Are you ready to dive into some freezing-cold fun?  Join your family, friends, and neighbors on February 16 for the inaugural Luray Polar Bear Plunge.

        Our real estate agents share details about taking "the plunge"  and how to find your perfect home for sale in Luray, Virginia.

        About the Luray Polar Bear Plunge

        The Polar Bear Plunge is yet another exciting event hosted by the Page Alliance for Community Action benefiting the Luray community. Participants take the plunge in the waters of Lake Arrowhead spending several shivering raising awareness for the many local causes the PACA supports.

        All participants are kindly asked to help make the inaugural Polar Bear Plunge a huge success by raising funds individually or as a team. Whichever person or group can raise the most money will be awarded a cash prize of $500 that will be donated to a charity of their choice.

        All plungers will receive an event t-shirt, warm blanket and their choice of hot chocolate or coffee when they exit the lake. Costumes aren't just encouraged either — the participant with the best costume will go home with a prize.

        This event begins at 11 a.m. and concludes at 2 p.m. Event day registration is $35 per person, or advanced registration is $30 per person.

        Dry Off & Dash Over to These Other Great Events

        After the plunge, dry off and check out some of these other exciting events happing in Luray and Page Counties from President's Day weekend through the end of February!

        • Stone Rollin in Concert, February 16th: Head over to the Virginia Dreams Center Stage for a night of lively rhythm, blues and soul music. Stone Rollin features a talented group of musicians who've opened for renowned acts like Clint Black, Lonestar, Leon Russell, and The Guess Who.
        • Monday Night Madness, every Monday until February 25th: Hit the slopes at Massanutten Resort for their winter Monday Madness event. Each week, proceeds from the night are donated to one of eight local charities including the United Way of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. There are also free group lessons early in the evening for ages seven and above.
        • Murder Mystery Dinner, February, 23rd: There's been a murder at a Valentine's Day Party… can the killer be stopped? Make it a date night at the Mimslyn Inn and enjoy a delicious three-course dinner and dessert for two while watching Cindy Valentine's fate unfold before your eyes. The show starts at 6 p.m. but your night doesn't have to end when the curtain drops. Book a dinner and room suite combo to stay the night at this historic hotel.  

        Dive into a New Luray Home with Old Dominion Realty

        Luray homes for sale connects you to a community that prides itself on helping their neighbors. Throughout the year, Luray sponsors a number of equally exciting events for the whole family. Contact us today and speak with one of our real estate agents to learn more about Luray or to get you on your way to finding the perfect Virginia home.


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

        Mortgage Application Tips
        Do the words "mortgage application" send a chill up and down your spine? It's an understandable reaction, considering the financial and emotional investment that goes into the purchase of a home in Augusta County.

        Fortunately, applying for a mortgage doesn't have to be so stress-inducing. Preparation is the key, as our real estate agents share their top tips that pave the way to a streamlined mortgage application process.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


        Ski, Tube & Snowboard at Massanutten Mountain Resort

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

        Here's one thing many people don't realize about our area of Virginia: It has some of the best skiing opportunities around. If you want to enjoy a winter sports season you won't forget, Rockingham has it.

        When it's time to go skiing, tubing, or snowboarding, one name delivers it all:  Massanutten Mountain Resort, and it's waiting for you.

        Massanutten Mountain Resort Attracts Visitors Who Love the Slopes

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

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

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

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

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

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

        Delectable Dining and Premium Rooms Round Out Your Ski Resort Stay

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


        Wintertime Adventures in West Virginia

        West Virginia Wintertime Outdoor Adventures
        What could be better than a quiet, snow-covered scene, filled with the sort of natural beauty that you can only find in West Virginia? Enjoying your favorite winter sports while taking in all of that scenery, of course! Whether you love skiing, hiking, tubing, sledding, or snowshoeing, you'll find a wealth of opportunities for outdoor fun throughout the winter in West Virginia. And you won't have to travel far to enjoy all of the outdoor excitement that our state has to offer. Our Moorefield real estate agents have the details, in our guide to wintertime adventures in West Virginia.

        Outdoor Wintertime Adventures in West Virginia

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

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

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

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


        6 Spots in Harrisonburg to Cheat on Your Diet

        Harrisonburg Places to Cheat on Your Diet
        Dieting or not, sometimes you just need to indulge your taste buds. If you're in town shopping for Harrisonburg homes for sale, this may just be one of those times. After all, shopping for a new home is hard work, and it can be a bit stressful. If you are new to the area, you might be wondering just where the best places are to find that satisfying treat you crave. Here are six spots in Harrisonburg to cheat on your diet:

        1. Bella Gelato & Pastries - 49 W. Water St., Harrisonburg
          This popular spot has a lot to offer. There is an array of baked goods, including fresh bread, croissants, and other pastries and treats prepared daily. They also serve their award-winning gelato, made by hand with milk sourced from a local creamery. You can also treat your taste buds at the Bella Gelato & Pastries espresso and coffee bar, with coffees made from locally roasted beans, or enjoy specialty teas, like their house-made spicy chai.

        2. Heritage Bakery & Cafe - 212 S. Main St., Harrisonburg
          Stopping by this spot is sure to yield a tasty treat. You'll find a different selection of freshly baked pastries every day at the Heritage Bakery & Cafe, as well as a delicious selection of sandwiches, salads, and soups, a variety of quiche options, and many other offerings for breakfasts, lunches, and snacks. Beverage options include a selection of quality coffees and teas, Kombacha, traditional and dairy-free hot chocolates and much more.

        3. The Cupcake Company - 39 Burgess Road, Harrisonburg
          You'll find delicious cupcakes at this popular stop, with a list of up to 12 different flavors made daily – and that list changes every day throughout the week. They offer traditional, gluten free, dairy free, egg-free and vegan options, and cupcakes can be purchased in standard, jumbo or mini sizes. The Cupcake Company also features a cookie dough bar, where a variety of flavors are offered by the scoop in cones or cups.

        4. J-Petal - 1645 Reservoir St., Suite 170, Harrisonburg
          offers a unique variety of tasty treats, all made fresh onsite. Japanese crepes are one of their specialties and are offered in a wide range of flavors, including beef, chicken, seafood and vegetarian options, as well as fruit, berry and truffle crepes, among many other varieties. Other specialties include a variety of handmade Thai ice cream treats and an array of delicious milkshakes.

        5. Cinnamon Bear Bakery & Deli - 600 University Blvd., Suite E, Harrisonburg
          Whether you're looking for a meal or a snack, Cinnamon Bear Bakery & Deli has you covered. Breakfast is served all day, including delicious wraps, burritos, breakfast sandwiches, and bagels, along with a variety of specialty coffees and teas. Lunch offerings include hot and cold sandwiches, wraps and melts, salads, and desserts. You'll also find fresh baked goods, including muffins, cookies, cakes, pies and much more.

        6. Bittersweet Bakery - 120 W. Wolfe St., Suite 103, Harrisonburg
          Specializing in small-batch sweet and savory baked goods, the Bittersweet Bakery has a lot of tasty treats to offer, all made from scratch. They have a vast array of sweet treats, including cookies, eclairs, tarts, cheesecakes, danishes, cinnamon rolls, sticky buns and much more, and savory treats, like biscuits, bread, soft pretzel nuggets, quiche, and specialty crackers, to name just a few.

        When you're ready to start your search for Harrisonburg homes for sale (or to indulge in a local sweet treat), our real estate agents are here to satisfy your needs.  Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to get started.


        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.



        Does a New Home Top Your Christmas Wish List?

        Buy House at Christmas
        When you think about tinsel, mistletoe, and candles all aglow, do you envision yourself decking the halls in a different home? If you're daydreaming about Harrisonburg homes for sale as you plan your holiday shopping, it's time to add "New Home" to the top of your Christmas wish list.

        Our real estate agents enjoy sharing their biggest house-hunting secret: The year-end holiday season is one of the best times to buy a home. Here are a few reasons why.

        1. You'll Be the Center of Attention
          Many buyers begin abandoning their home searches as their children return to school. Before the holidays arrive, they get caught up in annual activities and seasonal celebrations. The local real estate market slows down even more as potential buyers begin shopping, cooking, and preparing for the upcoming holidays. All those missing house hunters clear the way for you and other serious holiday homebuyers. You can relax, take your time, and view homes without having to navigate a crowd. Real estate agents have more available time to spend with you as well. They'll do their best to meet your demands and help you negotiate your home deal. 

        2. Serious Home Sellers
          Sellers who leave For Sale signs in their yards this time of year have probably been marketing their homes since spring. They need a holiday break from open houses and home tours. Still, they keep their homes on the market anyway. These die-hard sellers may have pending job transfers or need a bigger place. Some homeowners may have added "Sell Home" to the top of their holiday lists. Whatever their reason for staying the course, you may be one of only a few serious prospects. They'll be ready to listen to your concerns, negotiate your offer, and agree to flexible terms. They might even greet you with a cup of hot cocoa and a candy cane.

        3. Year-End Tax Advantages
          Tax laws are always in transition, but if you buy a home this year, you may reap the benefits when you file next year's taxes. Itemized home sale fees and expenses, mortgage interest, and other home-buying costs may reduce your tax burden. Veterans in Virginia benefit from a homeowners tax exemption. It's a good idea to check with your tax professional to determine your potential tax benefits as a new homeowner.
        4. Holiday Prices
          Year-end home sellers are like department stores during the holidays. They want to sell the merchandise. When a seller has to keep their home on the market longer than they originally anticipated, they often adjust their asking price even if they'd prefer not to. Just like all those holiday sales, a reduced home price is a great motivator. Lower prices encourage home buyers to make an offer and complete a deal. Even if a seller hasn't cut their listing price, they may be receptive to your lower-than-listing-price offer. 

        5. Faster, Easier Closings
          As homesellers make their year-end exit from the real estate market, they leave mortgage underwriters, home inspectors, appraisers, and other home closing professionals with a light workload. When your finance and closing documents cross their desks, they can complete your credit evaluation, title research, home appraisal, and related tasks faster than at other times of the year. 

        Contact Old Dominion Realty if you're ready to make your dream of a new home a reality. Our real estate professionals will be here to help with your holiday home shopping.


        Hardy County Library Renovation Recap

        Hardy County Library Renovation Recap
        Just like most residents of Hardy County, our real estate agents anxiously awaited the unveiling of renovations to the Hardy County Library.  At its Grand Re-Opening Celebration earlier this year, what attendees found was a beautiful Hardy County Library ready for the future with its new bright, spacious, airy, and clean new look.  

        A New Beginning for the Library

        The Hardy County Public Library has been at the heart of Moorefield, WV for decades, but by the turn of the millennium, this treasured institution had begun to show its age. The library celebrated its 75th birthday in 2014, and just three years later, the ground was broken on a new renovation project that would revamp and extend the current library to include the neighboring property – formerly Puffenberger Jewelry.

        The much-needed renovation would result in expanded public work areas, new staff offices and storage space, improved handicap accessibility, a new room for the Children's books collection, better natural lighting, and the addition of roughly 1,000 square feet of space. That said, it wasn't always easy going. 

        The construction crew faced some challenges, such as connecting two buildings at different elevations and having to relocate the library's HVAC system. The project tested the public's patience as well, forcing nearby sidewalks to be closed off, to say nothing of the temporary closure of the library itself. 

        Of course, all the work paid off. Now that the Hardy County Public Library is once again open to the public, it's clear that the renovations have resulted in a remarkably improved and expanded space. Bright, clean and spacious, the new library offers Hardy County residents and visitors a beautiful place to meet, learn and connect. 

        An Ongoing Legacy

        Perhaps the most surprising thing about the library renovation project is its origin. The entire project, including the acquisition of the neighboring property, was funded by an endowment from Margaret P. Allen, a former library board member and president who was a driving force behind the library system.

        Mrs. Allen passed away in 2000 at the age of 101, having bequeathed $50,000 plus the rest of her estate to the library. This money was invested and grew over the years until it was enough to finance the entire $1.6 million renovation project. Not one penny of public or government money was spent.

        Of course, Margaret P. Allen's contribution to the Hardy County Public Library was more than her money – it was also her time, effort, energy, and belief that education and reading are for everyone. It is thanks to her contributions, financial and otherwise, that residents of Hardy County have such a remarkable resource in the Hardy County Public Library. 

        The Hardy County Public Library is located at 102 N. Main Street in Moorefield, WV. 

        Contact Old Dominion Realty today to learn more about life in Hardy County, WV! With cozy, welcoming communities and spectacular mountain scenery, it's a beautiful place to call home, and our agents are here to help you find the perfect Hardy County homes for you and your family. 


        A Local's Guide to Christmas in Moorefield

        Moorefield Christmas
        It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and that may never be truer than in Moorefield, WV. Our Moorefield real estate agents are here to share some of the sights and sounds you won't want to miss during the Christmas season.

        Celebrate the Season in Moorefield, WV

        When should the Christmas tree go up--before Thanksgiving or after Thanksgiving?  It's a discussion more than one Moorefield homeowner has had with their families. No matter what your personal resolution might be, the Moorefield Lions Club along with the Hardy County Historical Society and the Town of Moorefield say "after Thanksgiving" is the answer.

        Our local celebration, beginning on December 2, is the Moorefield Community Christmas Tree Lighting at Welton Park complete with a holiday parade, Santa arriving by horse-drawn carriage, and a band of singing elves.  Santa himself lights our community Christmas tree (donated by May Tree Farm) to welcome the holidays to Moorefield.

        All Aboard The Snowflake Express

        Come to the South Side Depot on December 7 for a train ride on the Snowflake Express.  Santa and his elves welcome you with cookies and hot chocolate on a train ride to the Festival of Lights.  Say hello to Elsa and Olaf, have a picture with Santa, and sing your favorite carols with our special guests.

        Old Time Christmas at Welton Park

        A visit to the Mountain State's Old Time Christmas in Petersburg is sure to spark the holiday spirit in all of us.  You'll be in Christmas "awe" as you stroll through the Christmas Festival of Lights at Welton Park.  Enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides, a visit with Santa, twinkling lights, and a special reading of Clement Moore's "Twas the Night Before Christmas."

        Welton Park a Center of Activity at Christmas and All Year Long

        Welton Park is one of Moorefield, WV's biggest attractions, and this beautiful, historic outdoor space offers opportunities for fishing, picnicking, hiking, and kayaking. Of course, the park's biggest claim to fame is hosting the town's annual Christmas holiday light display every year. The event seems to grow each year, with as many as 15,000 people gathering to take part in the ceremony. Folks travel from all over to see the holiday lights.

        Contact Old Dominion Realty today to learn more about life in the Moorefield, WV area. It's a beautiful place to spend the holidays, but we also think it's a wonderful place to call home in any season. Our agents are standing by to provide all the information you need to find Moorefield, WV homes for sale!


        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.


        Harrisonburg Living: 6 Ways to Spend Thanksgiving in the 'Burg

        Harrisonburg Thanksgiving Weekend Events
        Can you believe Thanksgiving is here? During Thanksgiving weekend, you'll find a diverse selection of fun, family-friendly events and attractions going on throughout the community. Our real estate agents have the details on six exciting events in Harrisonburg, VA on Thanksgiving weekend (and beyond!) for this year.

        1. Rocktown Turkey Trot and Gobble Gobble Kids Dash – Thanksgiving Day
          Thanksgiving Day runs have become a popular tradition in communities across the country, and you can enjoy a holiday run this year close to home in Harrisonburg. The Rocktown Turkey Trot (8:30 a.m.), held in conjunction with the Gobble Gobble Kids Dash (8 a.m.), is a great opportunity to get the whole family moving before you sit down for your Thanksgiving meal.

        2. Make Thanksgiving Dinner Reservations at Harrisonburg's Joshua Wilton House Inn
          Located at 412 South Main St. in Harrisonburg, VA, the Joshua Wilton House Inn is a fantastic place to spend your Thanksgiving holiday. With an elegant setting in a Victorian-era home, the Joshua Wilton House offers an excellent atmosphere in addition to a three-course meal prepared by some of the most talented chefs in the Harrisonburg area. It's a popular spot, so reservations are recommended.

        3. Just Say 'Ohm' for the Holidays – Register for a Yoga Class in Harrisonburg
          Looking for the perfect way to get your mind and body in sync for the holiday season? Head to The Center: A Yoga and Pilates Studio located 217 S. Liberty St., Suite 201 in Harrisonburg to sign up for a yoga class just in time for the holidays. The Center offers classes for all skill levels, including a special "Burn the Bird" class on the day after Thanksgiving.

        4. Start Your Christmas Shopping in Harrisonburg on Small Business Saturday – November 24
          Shopping local is a fantastic way to support the local economy during the holidays, and Small Business Saturday on Thanksgiving weekend is the perfect excuse to start your local holiday shopping. Downtown Harrisonburg is loaded with diverse small businesses, where you can find a truly unique gift for everyone on your list

        5. Too Much Black Friday Shopping? Relax at Blue Stone Vineyard in Nearby Bridgewater
          Whether you're shopping for Christmas gifts or Harrisonburg homes for sale, sometimes it's nice to take a break from the hustle and bustle of a busy season. With a scenic location at 4828 Spring Creek Rd. in Bridgewater, VA, Blue Stone Vineyard is the perfect place to get away from it all. Enjoy beautiful countryside views and an enchanting atmosphere, while you sample Blue Stone's best for the holiday season.

        6. Bonus Christmas Event: Don't Miss the Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting December 7
          While this one doesn't take place until after Thanksgiving weekend, it's definitely an item that you'll want to mark on your calendar for the holiday season. The Harrisonburg Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony features a new theme each year, and this year's theme is Capture the Magic. The best views of the parade for spectators are often found along Main St., between Gay St. and City Hall. After the parade, stick around for the tree lighting ceremony at City Hall, followed by a performance by the James Madison University Marching Royal Dukes.

        No matter the time of year, there's always something fun and interesting going on in Harrisonburg. So why not extend your stay? Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to buy and sell homes throughout the Harrisonburg, VA area.


        7 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in Staunton

        Staunton Holiday Events
        Christmas comes but once a year, and our friends in the Staunton, VA area know how to celebrate the season in style! If you're in the neighborhood looking at Staunton homes for sale, be sure to set aside some time to check out these great holiday activities in the Shenandoah Valley.

        1. Find Christmas Gifts at the Staunton Augusta Arts Center
          For the art lover on your Christmas list, there's no better place to find the perfect gift than the Staunton Augusta Art Center. The 2018 Art For Gifts exhibit lasts from November 9 to December 30, featuring a juried holiday shopping boutique with original fine arts and crafts by 60 incredible artists.

        2. Attend the Frontier Culture Museum Christmas Fair
          The Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia tells the story of the thousands of farmers, artisans, and other pioneers who migrated to colonial America in the 17th and 18th centuries. Head to the museum on Friday, November 23 and Saturday, November 24 to experience the annual Christmas Fair. Admission is donation-based and includes holiday-themed activities, great food and drink, caroling in the courtyard, and a holiday artisan and craft fair. 

        3. Share Christmas Tea With Friends
          The perfect place to spend some quality time with someone special this holiday season, the Anne Hathaway Cottage Tea Room offers traditional Victorian High Tea, as well as light lunches, English pub fare, and afternoon cream teas. Reservations are now being accepted for the Christmas season.

        4. Create Your Own Christmas Heirloom
          Sunspots Studios is famous for its live glassblowing demonstrations and beautiful glass gifts. But this holiday season, they're offering an opportunity to create your own work of art with Blow Your Own Ornament workshops. Open to anyone ages 7 and up, it's a great way to create a unique gift or start a new holiday tradition for your family.

        5. Make a Delicious Holiday Treat
          Our mouths are watering just thinking about the 3rd Annual Paris Cake Company Gingerbread Workshop, which comes to the Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center on December 9. Limited space is available, so contact the Paris Cake Company by phone or email in advance to reserve your spot, and then head to the Conference center at 1 p.m. on the 9th to assemble your gingerbread house. All the decorating supplies you need will be provided, along with a variety of delicious refreshments. 

        6. Tour Historic Staunton
          The Historic Staunton Foundation Holiday House Tour is one of the most anticipated events of the holiday season in Staunton. Now in its 46th year, this annual event offers an opportunity to explore the architecture of some of the most beautiful homes in the Stuart Addition Historic District and downtown Staunton. Tours take place on December 1 and 2. Visit the official website to learn more about the houses and the tour route!

        7. Watch the 'I'll Be Home for Christmas!' Parade
          Staunton puts on a spectacular holiday parade every year. This year's event dubbed the I'll Be Home For Christmas! Parade begins at the corner of North Augusta and Beverley streets at 7 p.m. on Monday, November 26. It's a popular event, so get there early to grab a good spot to watch all the floats, bands, and businesses walking by.

        The holiday season is also a great time to go house hunting, and our real estate agents have a wealth of experience helping folks find their dream homes in the Staunton area. Contact Old Dominion Realty to learn more about how we can help you get started on the road to homeownership. 


        Moorefield Selected to Participate in Community Revitalization Program

        Moorefield, WV Community Revitalization
        The town of Moorefield, WV,  founded in 1777, is an example of the historic, family-friendly communities that you will find throughout West Virginia. From locally owned businesses operated by the same families for generations to structures standing the test of time since we founded the community, you'll often find evidence of the past blending with the present in Moorefield.

        Of course, Moorefield residents focus on the city's future, and there's exciting news to share about what to expect for our community. Moorefield has been selected to participate in a community revitalization project, backed by the West Virginia Community Development Hub's "Cultivate WV" program, and our Moorefield real estate agents have more information on how this opportunity will help create an even brighter future in the community.

        Moorefield Selected to Participate in Community Revitalization Program

        Stepping onto the historic streets of Moorefield, WV is a little bit like traveling through time, with structures from every era of the community's history, and community members who are more than happy to help new residents feel at home. When he's not busy helping house hunters find Moorefield, WV homes for sale, Old Dominion Realty team member Mike Crites has been busy investing his time as part of the team behind the community revitalization project in Moorefield. The Cultivate WV program focuses on creating new opportunities in West Virginia's communities, and we're excited to see what the program has in store for Moorefield.

        Learn More about What the Cultivate WV Program Brings to Local Communities

        The Cultivate WV program from the West Virginia Community Development Hub (aka The Hub) is designed to put the power in the hands of local community members. The team at The Hub supports the process by helping engaged community members identify challenges within the community, and develop solutions for overcoming those challenges. Cultivate WV also makes valuable outside resources available to those community members, to help ensure that the process is a success.

        The process starts by engaging and mobilizing residents who are invested in the future of the community while creating a dialogue about what matters most to members of Moorefield. Cultivate WV often helps West Virginia towns undertake new community projects, support local entrepreneurs and help the small business community grow, develop/restore downtown areas, nurture its infrastructure, and secure funding for essential community projects. Securing the input and cultivating the solutions proposed by engaged community members allows the Cultivate WV project from the Hub to make a unique, meaningful impact on the future of each community that it visits.

        How the Claude Washington Benedum Foundation Creates Opportunities in West Virginia

        This unique opportunity to develop the future of Moorefield, WV wouldn't be possible without the funding of the Claude Washington Benedum Foundation, a philanthropic organization which has long supported community projects in West Virginia. The Claude Washington Benedum Foundation is committed to investing in communities throughout West Virginia, along with Southwestern Pennsylvania towns that border WV. The Foundation focuses on providing grants for essential development needs, including economic development, community development, education, and health & human services. It will be exciting to see how the funds from the Claude Washington Benedum Foundation are put to work to invest in economic and social initiatives throughout Moorefield, WV.

        Your Moorefield WV Real Estate Professionals

        Are you interested in finding a front-row seat to discover what the future has in store for Moorefield? Our experienced, local real estate team is here to help! Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to buy and sell homes throughout the Moorefield, WV area.


        Welcome to Harrisonburg's Hotel Madison

        Harrisonburg Hotel Madison
        When you're touring Harrisonburg homes for sale, you'll quickly discover our hometown is a beautiful place to live, work, and raise a family. However, there's one more reason to love our city, the newly opened Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center. 
        Our real estate agents are passionate about the community we call home, and we're excited to show new clients all we have to offer.

        World-Class Meeting Facilities In the Heart of the Shenandoah Valley

        Hotel Madison's opening in May 2018 provided a means for the community, James Madison University, and business leaders from across the Shenandoah Valley and beyond to connect.  While interest in a location to hold conferences and conventions in the area existed from some time, facilities large enough to accommodate such meetings had been missing. Hotel Madison's 21,000 square foot conference center features a banquet and ballroom, perfect for both business and industry meetings as well as private events. The hotel and conference center are already booking events well into the future, proof that the outlook for this venue is bright indeed.

        Hotel Madison is dog-friendly. We greet your furry friends with a host of treats designed especially to please them. When you make reservations, be sure to tell the staff that your pet will be accompanying you.  Please note not all rooms are designed to accommodate dogs. The hotel charges an additional charge for their stay.

        Visitors have easy access to the facility from I-81, Route 11, and the Shenandoah Regional Airport.  It's location at the corner of Main Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way places Hotel Madison in Harrisonburg's Downtown on James Madison University's campus next to Madison Hall, site of Undergraduate Admissions.

        An Air of Sophistication and Rustic Charm

        Hotel and conference center guests find an atmosphere of simple elegance alongside superior amenities during their stay. Here you'll find rooms with mountain and downtown views, a farm-to-table restaurant, and spacious ballrooms and boardrooms.  Hotel Madison offers valet parking and concierge service to ensure that visitors have access to area information and can experience all the wonders of the region. The hotel boasts 230 beautifully appointed guest rooms and offers special packages throughout the year. Hotel guests certainly won't go hungry either. In addition to the Montpelier Restaurant and Bar, the hotel also has a coffee and wine bar, a casual dining spot in the lobby, and in-room dining service for those looking to have a private meal. An indoor pool and fitness center are also available for guest use during their stay.  

        Building a Stronger Harrisonburg

        Hotel Madison is the official hotel of James Madison University and has partnered with the school to offer a unique learning opportunity for its students. The University's Hart School of Hospitality holds classes at the conference center to immerse students in the industry as they learn. Also home to a range of JMU events, Hotel Madison prides itself on helping its students ready themselves for their future. Centrally located in Downtown Harrisonburg, the hotel is an ideal accommodation for those attending events held by other area colleges and universities as well.

        Your Harrisonburg Real Estate Professionals

        Hotel Madison makes exploring downtown Harrisonburg convenient, and it's easily accessible from major highways and interstates and the regional airport. Contact Old Dominion Realty when you're ready to start your search for homes for sale in Central Virginia's Shenandoah Valley real estate area.


        Old Dominion Realty Participates in 16th Annual Race to Beat Breast Cancer

        Harrisonburg Helps in the Fight
        If you are among the estimated 266,120 women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2018, you are familiar with the swirling rollercoaster of emotions and questions that come with the diagnosis.

        October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Agencies, hospitals, groups, and individuals working throughout the year to raise money for research, prevention, and treatment of breast cancer. Individuals like you participate in walks, runs, and other special events to raise funds for the cause.  Our REALTORS® are here with information on how you can support the cause in Harrisonburg.

        How Harrisonburg Helps in the Fight

        16th Annual Race to Beat Breast Cancer 5K Run/Walk

        Here in Harrisonburg, the 16th Annual Race to Beat Breast Cancer 5K Run/Walk is happening on Saturday, October 20. The 5K Run/Walk takes off at Westover Park, 305 South Dogwood Drive, Harrisonburg. The Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation Department is organizing the event. Proceeds from the race provide women in our community with treatment, support, and funding for mammograms at the RMH Foundation for Breast Care and Treatment at the Sentara RMH Medical Center.

        The day begins at 7 am with all participants gathering at 9 am for the opening ceremony to hear testimonials from cancer survivors. The race takes off at 9:30 am. Almost 600 individuals and teams participated in the 2017 event.

        Old Dominion Realty employees, Janet Harrison and Kari Miller, and family members participating in the 5K run/walk as team members.

        Sentara RMH Funkhouser Women's Center - 275 Health Campus Drive, Harrisonburg

        The Sentara RMH Funkhouser Women's Center believes a warm, nurturing environment promotes healing for women. Their breast care program includes screening digital mammography or 3D mammography services, breast ultrasound, stereotactic and ultrasound breast biopsies, molecular breast imaging, breast health navigators, a dedicated breast surgeon, and genetic testing.

        Massanutten Regional Library - 174 S Main St, Harrisonburg, VA 22801

        Harrisonburg's Massanutten Regional Library recently received a $700 grant from the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation to use on books and literature for breast cancer patients and survivors to learn more about living with and recovering from the disease.

        The Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation - 2821 Emerywood Pkwy #203, Richmond

        Whether you've recently received a breast cancer diagnosis, currently undergoing treatment, or are a breast cancer survivor, the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation works to end breast cancer and to educate Virginians on the facts about breast cancer.

        The Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation provides a directory of support groups in Virginia run by hospitals and various community groups.

        Published dates and times may vary so be sure to call before attending. Harrisonburg has several groups available:

        • Caregiver's Support Group - For caregivers only
          Sentara RMH Funkhouser Women's Center
          530 Neff Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
          Meeting Days: 3rd Friday of each month / 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
          Contact: Elaine Dunaway/ 540-689-7065
          Please call to register.

        • General Cancer Support Group - For all types of cancers
          Sentara RMH Funkhouser Women's Center
          530 Neff Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
          Meeting Days: 3rd Monday of each month / 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
          Contact: Elaine Dunaway/540-689-7065
          Please call to register.

        • Women's Cancer Support Group - A collaborative service of Sentara RMH Hahn Cancer Center and Sentara RMH Funkhouser Women's Center.
          Sentara RMH Funkhouser Women's Center
          530 Neff Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
          Meeting Days: 4th Thursday of each month
          Meeting Time: 6:00 pm
          Contact: Elaine Dunaway/540-689-7065
          Please call to register.

        • You Can Live Well! - You Can Live Well! is a six-week program offered three times a year for cancer survivors and their caregivers. The group is designed to help lower the distress associated with a diagnosis of cancer, cancer treatment, caregiving, and survivorship.
          Sentara RMH Funkhouser Women's Center
          530 Neff Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
          Meeting Days: Call for Schedule
          Contact: Elaine Dunaway/ 540-689-7065
          Call for the next group time.

        National Breast Cancer Awareness Month gives us the chance to shed light on the facts surrounding breast cancer and how we can support the fight by becoming involved in local events.

        Join Old Dominion Realty at Westover Park on Saturday, October 20 at 16th Annual Race to Beat Breast Cancer 5K Run/Walk. Contact us for more information about the race.


        Building a Home in Highland Park: 7 Things to Consider

        Highland Park Lots
        Harrisonburg, lovingly called Rocktown or The Friendly City by locals, has earned its reputation as a home for foodies, arts and culture aficionados, and history buffs. Located in the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, Harrisonburg is the perfect combination of city and rural living. 

        If you're in the process of searching Harrisonburg homes for sale, and you're questioning about whether to buy or build a home, our real estate agents are proud to say we've helped clients buy existing homes and lots for over 50 years.  Harrisonburg has a number of subdivisions with lots ready to build your dream home.  We're here to introduce you to the Highland Park neighborhood.

        Harrisonburg Living: The Highland Park Neighborhood

        The Highland Park subdivision in Harrisonburg is no exception with its convenient location on the outskirts of Harrisonburg on its beautiful lots. An ideal site for building a home, Highland Park has been around for more than two decades and offers its residents a welcoming neighborhood feel with plenty of mature trees and a softly rolling landscape. The neighborhood has easy access to shopping, schools, and other popular amenities like the Lakeview Golf Course, Shenandoah Lake, and Sentra RMH Hospital. 

        Building a Home in Highland Park

        If you're building a home in Highland Park or any one of the Shenandoah Valley's other communities, there are certain factors you'll need to take into consideration before you start.  Here's a checklist of seven things to consider when you're thinking about building a home.

        1. Pinpoint Your Building Location
          Choosing where you want to live is just as important as your decision to build a house. You'll want to consider factors like proximity to work, schools, and amenities of course, and if you wish to live in an established community. Take your time, and consult with a qualified real estate agent who can help you narrow your search for the perfect neighborhood.
        2. Know Your Budget Well
          You may have already worked out a construction budget, but if you haven't, planning well ahead of time is recommended. What you will pay for your lot will be in addition to the actual home construction cost, and you need to plan for extra expenses during construction such as permits and fees.
        3. Selecting Your Contractor
          Deciding who will build your home is a significant decision and one that will affect the entire process. While adhering to your budget is critical, money shouldn't be the only deciding factor in choosing your builder. Check their credentials, references, and warranties offered as well as viewing homes they have recently built in the area. Our real estate agents are an excellent resource for finding local contractors.
        4. Design and Features
          Once you know your budget, your location, and your builder, you can focus more on visualizing the house you want to build. Your contractor will likely be able to make suggestions based on your tastes and budget if you do not have a clear image of the result. Be open and honest when communicating with your builder to avoid misunderstandings and costly adjustments during construction.
        5. Lot Compatibility
          Another pre-construction consideration is the lay of your land in regards to the type of home you are planning to build. Will any modifications such as extra grading be necessary? If so, will your budget support the additional expense?
        6. Work With Local Contractors
          Consider hiring builders and subcontractors from the area, as these professionals are familiar with the land, neighborhoods and construction requirements. Your home builder will also have access to most or all of the subcontractors required to complete the construction of your home. It's much easier to check references and credentials locally.
        7. Colors, Fixtures and More
          Perhaps one of the most enjoyable aspects of building your own home is being able to decide on the interior design. Adding your personal touch is essential when choosing the wall color, flooring material, cabinetry, and fixtures, but it's also advised to shy away from trends. Staying with classic design elements may give your home more value in the long run, and you can always add flair with furniture and decor.

        We'd love to discuss your real estate goals and partner with you in locating your perfect home or lot for building. Listing agent Gail Mitchell from our team at Old Dominion Realty to learn more about building your dream home in Highland Park.

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        45th Annual Apple Harvest Festival in Burlington

        Burlington WV Apple Harvest Festival
        Harvest season is here. That means it's almost time for one of Burlington's longest-running community events. The 45th Annual Apple Harvest Festival is a weekend full of old-fashioned fun for the whole family, with contests, shopping, fantastic food, live entertainment, and so much more. This year's festival includes three days of fun events, starting on October 5, 2018. Our real estate agents have all the details on the 45th Annual Apple Harvest Festival, one of Burlington, West Virginia's most anticipated events of the year.

        Celebrate the Season: The 45th Annual Apple Harvest Festival in Burlington, WV

        The 45th Annual Apple Harvest Festival
        Location: 120 Hope Lane, Burlington, WV, 26710
        Date/Time: October 5 - 7, 2018 – Festival Grounds Open 10 am – 7 pm
        Admission: Free, with Free Parking and Shuttle Service Available

        Enjoy Old-Fashioned Family Fun at the 45th Annual Apple Harvest Festival

        The Annual Apple Harvest Festival in Burlington, WV is organized by Burlington United Methodist Family Services and takes place on the BUMFS residential campus. The festival starts on Friday and continues throughout the weekend, with both scheduled events and all-day attractions. It's the perfect opportunity to get out, take in the autumn air, and create special memories for every member of the family.

        • Outdoor Open-Air Flea Market
          Throughout the festival, there will be an outdoor flea market set up with more than 100 vendors. Shop for antiques, hand-made creations, gifts, toys, and so much more from local vendors.
        • Arts & Crafts and Artisan's Village
          There will also be all-day arts, and crafts show taking place in the gym, along with a new addition for this year: The Artisan's Village, located outdoors, provides a chance to see local artisans in action.
        • Live Entertainment
          Enjoy live entertainment throughout each day of the festival, including stage shows all weekend and fireworks on Friday night. The Annual Apple Harvest Festival also includes an antique auto, tractor, and small engine show, which takes place on Saturday morning.
        • Fantastic Food
          You'll have no shortage of delicious food to enjoy during the 45th Annual Apple Harvest Festival, including the opportunity to enjoy fresh, old-fashioned apple butter all day long on Saturday. On Sunday morning after the auto show, get ready for a chicken barbecue, a meal you won't soon forget.
        • A Parade, Awards, and More
          No matter when you visit the Annual Apple Harvest Festival, you'll find something new to experience. The Grand Feature Parade, taking place at 4 pm on Saturday, is always one of the festival's biggest events. On Sunday evening, the Baby Apple Dumpling Award is given before the close of the weekend's festivities.

        How Festivals Create Community Spirit

        A strong sense of community spirit is one of the big attractions in many West Virginia communities like Burlington, for both long-time residents and people shopping for homes in Burlington. Major community events like the Annual Apple Harvest Festival help to foster that sense of community, by bringing people together, creating a community identity, keeping traditions alive, and reminding everyone in attendance of the community's heritage. So attending festivals – in your hometown or other communities – is a great way to learn more about what matters most to people in that community.

        Are you ready to find your own ideal home in the Burlington area, where you can enjoy great events like the Annual Apple Harvest Festival? We'd love to help! Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to buy and sell homes in Burlington, WV.



        Shenandoah Valley: The Best Time to See Fall Foliage Is Almost Here

        Shenandoah Valley Fall Colors
        The nights are getting cold, and the air is turning crisp, a sure sign that fall has come to the Shenandoah Valley.  Our real estate agents love this time of year, and there's no better time to explore our beautiful region. 

        From Staunton to Harrisonburg and every hill and holler between, autumn brings the Shenandoah Valley to life with a stunning display of colors. We've got your guide to exploring the best fall foliage across Central Virginia.

        See Fall Colors in the Shenandoah Valley

        After a hot summer, the promise of cool weather and incredible fall foliage is our reward. The maple trees are already beginning to change, introducing a brilliant scarlet shade to the mountains. The golden yellow of the birch and poplar trees, purple dogwood leaves, orange beach, and rusty-hued oak, are sure to follow, transforming the landscape into a radiant canvas of warm colors. 

        Peak color usually arrives in the Shenandoah Valley and surrounding mountains in mid-October, though the exact timing is hard to predict. Any time from October 7 to 21 is sure to offer excellent leaf-peeping opportunities. Be sure to check out annual fall color report from the National Park Service to track the changing leaves in Shenandoah National Park.

        Explore Skyline Drive

        If you're planning a visit to the Shenandoah Valley and don't know where to start your journey, begin with Skyline Drive. Stretching 105 miles through the heart of Shenandoah National Park, Skyline Drive follows the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains and offers access to some of the best vistas in the region, along with dozens of hiking trails, campgrounds, and picnic areas. 

        Skyline Drive is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week – though it does occasionally close due to inclement weather – and is the only public road through the National Park. You can drive the length of it in about three hours, so it's the ideal destination if you have an afternoon to spend exploring Shenandoah's fall foliage. You can explore Skyline Drive in either direction, beginning at its southern end in Waynesboro, or heading south from its northern terminus in Front Royal. 

        Hike, Bike, and Camp

        Of course, if you have the time, the best way to see Virginia's changing leaves is to get out in the woods, and Shenandoah National Park offers endless opportunities to do just that. Whether you're looking for a short stroll in the woods or are ready to tackle the entire 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail that meanders through Shenandoah National Park, you have plenty of trails to from which to choose. The hike to the top of Old Rag, one of the most popular and challenging trails in the park, is also a highlight, along with the Overall Run Falls Trail, which culminates at a 93-foot waterfall. 

        Many trails in the area are also open to mountain biking and horseback riding; be sure to check at one of the National Park Visitors Centers for maps and additional trail information. Shenandoah National Park also offers five shady, secluded campgrounds with hundreds of sites for tents and RVs, as well as rustic cabins and lodge rooms. 

        Fall is a great time to explore the mountains of Virginia, but we're lucky to live in a place that offers extraordinary natural beauty year-round. Contact Old Dominion Realty to learn more about life in the Shenandoah Valley. 

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        2018 Hardy County Heritage Weekend Begins September 28

        Hardy County Heritgage Weekend
        Every year around the close of summer, the people of Hardy County come together to celebrate Heritage Weekend, one of the biggest local events of the year. Hardy County Heritage Weekend is a celebration of everything that makes local communities such special places to call home. During Heritage Weekend, you'll have the opportunity to learn about local history, shop for products from local businesses and artisans, catch a classic movie, watch live shows, enjoy live music, and even participate in an "all schools" reunion for former students of local schools. Our real estate agents are excited to tell you all about the events at Hardy County Heritage Weekend this year.

        Hardy Heritage Weekend: A Celebration of the Past, Present, and Future of the Region

        The Event: Hardy County Heritage Weekend
        Dates: September 28-30, 2018

        Local Shopping from Craft Vendors and the Community Yard Sale

        Interested in shopping from local vendors and residents? During Heritage Weekend, you'll have the chance to shop the community yard sale at the HL Wilson Yard Sale Site, with tons of unique items being sold by residents. After you're done at the yard sale, stop by the Moorefield High School gym to shop for crafts from local artisans, and enjoy live crafting demonstrations. There will also be an antique auction on Saturday at 5 pm, where you'll have the chance to bid on truly unique treasures.

        History Comes to Life in Hardy County

        History is a huge part of the Hardy County Heritage Weekend, and there are great opportunities to learn about local history throughout the events. Participate in a historical walking tour that doubles as a chance to scout Hardy County homes, or take in a live demonstration from the Federal Generals Corps living Civil War history group. The weekend features tours of historic homes and buildings, lectures on local history, and even an antique farm equipment exhibit to explore.

        Live Demonstrations from Local Experts

        Throughout Heritage Weekend, you'll have the chance to take in live demonstrations from experts on an eclectic array of topics relevant to the past and future of Hardy County. There will be talks on the history of local towns and buildings, a look at the history of local churches, seminars on music in local schools, a muzzleloading demonstration, and walking tours of Hardy County communities.

        Live Music and Entertainment

        Look for live performances throughout the weekend, including many performances with free admission. You can check out the Blue Hill Bluegrass Band and the Fly Birds in separate shows on Saturday, or head to Mattias Community Center for crafts, food, and music throughout the final day of Heritage Weekend on Sunday.

        Children's Activities During Heritage Weekend

        Kids will love spending time at Hardy County Heritage Weekend too, thanks to many activities geared toward younger residents. The Amazing Animals photo and history exhibit is always a hit, with photos and memorabilia from a wide range of animals. Movie Night on Friday features the classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and there will be a pancake breakfast to kick off the day's events on Saturday morning. The Heritage Weekend Pie Contest is always a hit with kids (and adults!), and the WV History Alive show is an excellent opportunity for kids to learn about local history in a fun, engaging setting.

        Your Hardy County Real Estate Professionals

        Hardy County Heritage Weekend is a fantastic event, but it takes more than one weekend to experience everything makes the region so special truly. So why not stick around? Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to buy and sell homes throughout the Hardy County, WV area.

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        Neighborhood Highlight: The Springs At Osceola in Harrisonburg

        The Springs at Osceola

        Our real estate agents understand that when it comes buying a house, location is everything. And if that's the case, we have got the perfect location for you with our homes for sale in Harrisonburg

        We feel confident saying our featured Harrisonburg neighborhood, The Springs at Osceola, is just the right combination of serene country living with magnificent views in a family-oriented living community.

        The Springs at Osceola 

        The Springs at Osceola is a planned community with enough space to build the home of your dreams. You'll have a generous one- to two-acre, estate-sized site to design and build your home. Each lot has public water and sewer access.

        Natural beauty is another advantage. Beautiful Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountain ranges and Massanutten Peak in the distance provide a beautiful backdrop for your quiet life. Wooded surroundings ensure a level of calm and privacy you can't get in a big city.

        As a resident of the Springs at Osceola, you'll live away from traffic and noise yet you'll still have access to the things you need and the places you enjoy. The development is a short drive from Sentara RMH Medical Center, Lake Shenandoah, and Lake View Golf Course. It's a just outside of Harrisonburg, VA, a thriving medium-sized town. That means shopping, dining, art, and culture are just a short drive away.

        A Planned Community

        With the sale of many section one and section two sites, The Springs at Osceola has established its reputation as a desirable, private neighborhood. Section three sites are now available and ready for you to begin construction of your new home. Our Architectural review system is part of what makes our community so alluring. It helps maintain the integrity and value of the development as it continues to grow.

        As a new resident, you may build the custom home of your choice. To protect residents' home investments and maintain high community standards, the Architectural Review Committee views each home's design, and landscaping plans to make sure they meet community standards. In addition to the review system, homeowners must agree to follow community guidelines.

        Take an Aerial Tour

        If you can't get to Harrisonburg right away to check out The Springs at Osceola, it takes just a moment to visit by air.

        Watch our video for a a birdseye view of this beautiful community.

        Living in Harrisonburg

        The Springs at Osceola is just one of many Harrisonburg subidivisions welcoming new residents.  Harrisonburg is going through a growth spurt of its own. It's always been a charming town, but a decades-long community effort has helped it grow and thrive. Volunteers and development capital have helped the Downtown shopping area come alive. The effort revitalized existing businesses. It also helped to improve the business district and attract new companies.

        Like many trendy communities, Downtown Harrisonburg has new restaurants, shops, bars, a farmers market and even a craft brewery. It also has galleries and an annual schedule of special events and celebrations. Future plans include an urban park, conference center, and more restaurants and shops.

        Your Harrisonburg Real Estate Professionals

        If Harrisonburg's The Springs at Osceola sounds like it might be for you, contact us to schedule a tour of this community.


        Franklin WV: Treasure Mountain Festival

        Franklin WV Treasure Mountain Festival

        Our real estate agents at Old Dominion Realty work hard to bring you the best experience when you look for Franklin homes for sale. We'll be by your side throughout your home buying experience  – and that commitment starts when you're first exploring the market.

        When relocating a long way, many people will visit the city where they plan to move several times before they finish the house-hunting process.

        Since you're going to be visiting, why not have fun at some exciting local events?

        The 50th Annual Treasure Mountain Festival is one great weekend you won't want to miss – and it's coming up right here in Franklin, West Virginia.

        Franklin's Own Treasure Mountain Festival is a Unique Celebration of Heritage

        Running from Thursday, September 13th through Sunday September 16th, the Treasure Mountain Festival is an old-fashioned Appalachian Mountain get-together that will leave you looking forward to everything West Virginia has in store.

        The festival has so many things to do; it's almost impossible to list them all:

        • Traditional Food and Drink
          Any good country festival has to come with memorable meals to savor. You'll get to taste local specialties as well as observe some of them being made. Apple butter and cider making are both popular, as is heritage tea and the many pies.
        • Tons of Contests to Watch or Compete In
          Contests are a big part of the Festival, and they come in all kinds of varieties you might not imagine. The Beard and Mustache Contest is always one of the biggest crowd-pleasers of the whole weekend. There's also the giant pumpkin contest, jousting (yes, jousting!) and more.
        • Lots of Enjoyment for the Kids
          Naturally, kids love the Treasure Mountain Festival. There's something for all ages: From the treasure hunt to the puppet show and storytelling time, kids will never get bored. Antique cars, arts and crafts, and a slew of other events are ideal for older kids and teen.

        The Grand Parade is the centerpiece of the event. It has long attracted all kinds of community groups to create amazing floats, displays, and performances. Of course, there are also marching bands, including up and coming high school marching bands from throughout the area.

        Antique tractors, cars, and trucks are also a traditional part of the big parade. You'll be able to spend time with some of these classic vehicles in the shows that go on the day prior. All vehicles must be model year 1979 or earlier, so they are authentic blasts from the past.

        Get Started With Old Dominion Realty and Next Year, You Could Be a Franklin Local

        It's great to attend the Treasure Mountain Festival as a guest, but even better to be a local.

        You'll have experienced experts in local real estate on your side with our team at Old Dominion Realty.  Our local knowledge and dedication to customer service is something in which we take pride. We've helped hundreds of clients just like you find the perfect home for them here in West Virginia.

        Franklin is waiting for you. Contact Old Dominion Realty today to find out more.

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        Avoid These Home Buying Errors to Prevent Striking Out

        Home Buying Errors to Avoid

        Real estate and baseball have a lot in common.  Scouting a new right fielder for your team is like house hunting.  Playing each game is like attending open houses.  And winning your league's championship is like having a seller accept your offer.  

        What many home buyers don't understand is that the 30 to 45 days before closing day is like the home stretch of a baseball game.  Errors that happen during this time could get your closing day delayed for rain or even thrown out at third.  

        Okay, enough with baseball.  In the real estate world, there are mistakes home buyers can make during the time prior to closing day that can jeopardize closing on their new home.

        Our real estate agents are ready to be by your side during the home buying process.  Here are the five mistakes to avoid so your home buying experience is a "home run!"

        1. Switching Jobs
          One of the biggest mistakes you can make during the final closing process is to quit or switch jobs. Lenders always re-check your employment status and income before they finalize the closing. Changing jobs will require lenders to repeat the underwriting process, which results in a delay that can last anywhere between several days to weeks. Even staying with the same company but switching between a salary position to an hourly rate will have an impact on the closing process. Instead of making any drastic changes, it is best to wait until you sign the mortgage papers before you make any changes in employment.

        2. Low Home Appraisal
          A mortgage is always contingent on the home appraisal, and a lower than expected evaluation can pose problems. For example, you and the seller must renegotiate the price if the home appraisal is lower than the original selling price. Depending on the seller, this may be an easy process or a somewhat difficult one. If the seller is unwilling to negotiate, you will need to decide between making a larger down payment or walking away from the deal.

        3. Title Issues
          Various title issues can also delay the purchase of your home or even completely ruin the deal. These title issues are wide-ranging, whether it is errors in the public record, missing heirs, boundary disagreements, or liens. Purchasing title insurance can protect you from most of these scenarios, but it will still potentially cause delays in the purchase of a home.

        4. Expensive Purchases
          Spending too much money at once can also cause significant issues during the final closing stage and make it more difficult to buy a house. Mortgage lenders will always check the bank statements of a borrower during the approval process, and it is never a good idea to spend a large sum of money on home furnishings before you sign the final papers. While banks will provide you with an estimate of the closing costs, it is typically always higher than expected and not having enough extra cash in the bank can jeopardize you purchasing a home.

        5. Contract Disagreements
          Contract disagreements can arrive at the worst times and derail the final closing. These disagreements can be the result of many scenarios, whether the seller doesn't want to include the entire contents of the home in the transaction or if the seller refuses to pay for any additional repairs in the house. Discussing these issues with your real estate agent can help you work through these issues and try to find a resolution that satisfies both parties.

        Before you buy a house, it is essential to understand how to avoid these common mistakes to save you time and stress. Old Dominion Realty has been helping clients buy and sell homes since 1962.  One of our local REALTORS® is always close by to guide you through the buying and selling process.  Contact an Old Dominion Realty office near you to start your search for the perfect home. 

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        7 Reasons Why a Buyer Might Say No to Your Home

        Sell Your Home Why It Might Not Sell

        If Your Home Isn't Selling, It's Time to Understand Why

        Not being able to find a buyer is every seller's worst nightmare. As a seller you want to do whatever you can to make your home stand out to buyers.  Our real estate agents have complied this list of things not to do so you aren't canceling out your efforts to sell your home.

        1. Your house needs a little TLC.
          It can be tempting not to make repairs or upgrades when you won't be staying. But consider it from a buyer's perspective. People are busy, and the prospect of having a home improvement project every weekend just isn't appealing to a lot of people. Move-in-ready is much more tempting. Your competition is move-in-ready, so the more you leave for a buyer to do, the less likely it is they'll want to bother. Buyers specifically looking for a fixer-upper often are also looking for a bargain. This means your home may be going for significantly less than what it is really worth.

        2. Your house looks like something is wrong, even though it isn't.
          If there's still evidence of a disaster such as water stains or warped flooring from a broken pipe or char marks on the wall from a kitchen fire even though repairs have been made, buyers will assume they haven't.

        3. It's dark or smelly.
          As much natural light as possible helps buyers feel welcomed and keeps the house from looking dreary. Weird smells, no matter what the cause, are just flat out gross and buyers worry those smells are permanent. Neither will leave a good impression of your home. You can't let buyers use their imagination here, it will only lead to negative thoughts.

        4. Odd renovations.
          It may have made sense for you to turn your garage into a man cave or a guest bedroom, but a buyer will more likely want to put their car there. Even if they don't, they will expect it to be a garage. Consider undoing any less than traditional renovations.

        5. It's in a hard to sell neighborhood or is poorly laid out.
          You can't do much about where your house is located, but other minuses can sometimes be turned around. Try to make the most of what you have. An oddly shaped yard can be made much less obvious with good landscaping. Moving or adding an electrical outlet or two can make sense. Closet organization systems can make the most of the storage space you do have.  

        6. It's overpriced.
          This is the most common reason a home doesn't sell. People have an emotional attachment to their homes and are sometimes overly optimistic or just ignore their agent's advice.

        7. It's being badly marketed.
          Lack of or ineffective marketing can mean buyers won't know about your home or love your home enough to come to see it in person, let alone make an offer.

        If you're not sure what might be keeping your home from selling, have a neutral third party take a look around, you might be surprised at what you find. Our real estate agents have been helping homeowners across Virginia and West Virginia sell their homes since 1962.  Contact Old Dominion Realty today to find out what we can do for you!

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        Why Hire a Professional to Sell Your Home

        Hire an Agent to Sell Your House
        There is a reason most sellers--roughly 90 percent--use a professional real estate to sell their homes.  Professionals have the real estate "know how" to sell your home quickly and for the right price.  If you're still considering a FSBO to save the price of a commission, think again. The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® reports people who choose to "go it alone" and sell without a REALTOR® often make less money than they would hiring a REALTOR®

        Selling a house quickly and for the most money takes time, marketing skills, knowledge of the local neighborhood, and negotiation skills--to name a few.  Using a real estate agent can be the difference between a successful sale and months of frustration.

        If that's not enough cause to hire a professional, here are four more reasons why hiring a REALTOR® like those on our team at Old Dominion Realty is the right choice for you.

        1. Your Trusted Guide
          There is more work to selling your home than sticking a sign in your yard and hoping for a buyer to knock on the door. Many people do not know where to begin. You need to understand both the process of selling your house and the market you are trying to sell it in. Without this knowledge, you could end up selling your home for too low a price or not selling it at all.

          With the right REALTOR®, you can rest easy knowing that they will guide you every step of the way. These real estate professionals can take you from setting the right price all the way to the closing table. Every step in the process is critical to the success of selling your home.

        2. Knowledge and Experience
          Selling a home at the best price requires expertise and experience. Your real estate agent should know the local market well. They know what areas are selling well and what options are motivating sellers. Armed with this information, you can quickly prepare your home for sale and establish a fair market asking price.

          REALTORS® also have the experience to handle any surprises. They are trained in the entire process of listing, pricing, negotiating, and selling your home. Regardless of what happens during the sales process, your real estate agent has more than likely handled it before and will be able to handle it for you as well.

        3. Network of Professionals
          Our real estate offices have teams of professional real estate agents that work together. This team also has access to an entire network of worldwodie real estate professionals not just in Virginia and West Virginia. Through Old Dominion Realty's affiliation with the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE), professionals across the globe and their clients will see your real estate listing.

          By unleashing the power of this network, your real estate agent can connect you with interested home buyers from another country or across town. They can also narrow the list to qualified buyers that are looking for homes in your neighborhood. Your agent can connect the right type of buyers with your house in a shorter period possibly resulting in a faster sale at a better price.

        4. Marketing Plan for Success
          Perhaps the most important reason for choosing an Old Dominion Realty professional to sell your home is the fact that they can provide a proven marketing plan to sell your home.

          It starts with a thorough assessment of your house and your expectations for selling. They will leverage their capabilities to market your home to qualified buyers. Using market-driven research, they will negotiate the best price and get you through to the closing table.

        So are you ready to answer the question of "what is my home worth?" Contact Old Dominion Realty and let our real estate agents help you sell your home.

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        Come to the 98th Annual Tri-County Fair in Petersburg

        Petersburg WV County Fair
        Every summer around the end of July, Petersburg locals gather for one of the biggest, most beloved local events of the year. The Tri-County Fair brings together people from Hardy, Grant, and Pendleton counties for eight days of good, old-fashioned family fun. Events at the Tri-County Fair run the gamut, from livestock competitions and educational exhibits to demolition derbies. There will be live music, great food, and fun for every member of the family. Our REALTORS® have all of the exciting details on what to expect from the Tri-County Fair in Petersburg this year.

        Enjoy the Biggest Event of the Summer in Petersburg, WV

        The Event: The Tri-County Fair
        Where: 107 Rig Street, Petersburg, WV
        When: July 28 -  August 4, 2018

        Local Farms, Livestock & More

        Petersburg WV Fair

        This year marks the 98th edition of the Tri-County Fair in Petersburg, and the fair has never lost touch with its unique, local history. Every year since the beginning, the Tri-County Fair has been an opportunity for locals to show off all of the hard work they have done on the farm over the last year. The event features agricultural exhibits, livestock competitions, horticulture, art exhibits, and so much more to explore as you enjoy everything that the fair has to offer. The fun kicks off on the first day of the fair, with a series of equestrian events.

        Rides and Family Fun

        Petersburg Fair Rides

        The Tri-County Fair is such a beloved event because it blends educational exhibits with family fun. And what could be more fun than a carnival on a warm summer evening? The rides at the Tri-County Fair open at 6:00 pm on most days, and make for a perfect way to spend the evening after a day of exploring all that the fair has to offer. Take a spin on the Ferris wheel to get a bird's-eye view of the fair, or enjoy one of many other rides with the kids.

        Shopping and Fantastic Food at the Tri-County Fair

        Petersburg Fair Food

        The Tri-County Fair is also a great opportunity to see what local vendors have to offer and shop for some truly unique products. You'll find commercial exhibits and vendors located throughout the fairgrounds, offering everything from hand-made crafts to farming supplies. Shop local, and bring home something special.

        You're sure to work up an appetite exploring the fair, but that's a good thing! There will be a ton of great food available throughout every day of the fair, from sweet snacks to meals cooked with fresh ingredients from local farms.

        Live Music and Entertainment

        Trace Adkins County Fair
        The Tri-County Fair doesn't just attract visitors from throughout West Virginia... it also attracts some of the biggest stars in country music! This year, Trace Adkins will be taking the stage on July 31 at 7:00 pm, with tickets available for grandstand seating. Guy Penrod and the Steve Smith Band will also be taking the stage during this year's fair.

        You'll find plenty of other unique entertainment options during the fair, from the Queen's Pageant to an intense lumberjack competition. There will also be two demolition derbies at this year's fair, with one for compact cars and one for larger vehicles. When you visit the Tri-County Fair, there's truly entertainment for every member of the family to enjoy.

        Are you ready to start shopping for homes for sale in Petersburg, so that you can enjoy exciting events like the Tri-County Fair throughout the year? Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Petersburg, WV area.

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        Lost River: Living in West Virginia's Outdoor Beauty

        Lost River WV Real Estate
        Taking a Long Look at Lost River in Hardy County 

        If you're interested in buying one of our homes in Hardy County, you probably already know that this is a perfect place for anyone who loves to spend time in the outdoors. Famous for its beautiful mountain scenery, Hardy County offers endless opportunities for hiking, biking, fishing, paddling, and just about any other way you can imagine getting in touch with the outside world. If you're the outdoorsy type, our REALTORS® have a few ideas on how you can live life to the fullest in Hardy County's Lost River area.

        Trout Pond Recreation Area

        Located within the vast George Washington National Forest, Trout Pond Recreation Area is home to two gorgeous lakes. One of these, known as Trout Pond, is the only natural lake in West Virginia and supports a thriving population of native Brook Trout. The recreation area offers great fishing, a sandy lakeside beach, a children's playground and access to several easy walking trails around the lakes. More adventurous hikers can also access longer trails, like the 8.5-mile Long Mountain Trail, which offer more challenging terrain and sweeping mountain views. Camping is also available for tents and RVs at Trout Pond Recreation Area.

        Lost River State Park

        Spanning 3,712 secluded, densely wooded acres, Lost River State Park is a perfect place for a quiet mountain getaway. More than a dozen hiking trails traverse the rolling landscape, ranging from easy strolls through shady forest to strenuous treks into the mountains. Cabins are available for overnight visitors, and several of the trails are also open to horseback riding and mountain biking. The most famous landmark at Lost River State Park is Cranny Crow overlook, which offers an incredible view that spans five counties from the top of Big Ridge Mountain.

        South Branch Potomac River

        The South Branch of the Potomac River cuts a meandering path across Hardy County, flowing through lush valleys and serene forests to create an ideal route for canoes, kayaks, and rafts. The river offers some mild to moderate whitewater, most of it easily suitable for novice paddlers, and also includes long sections of smooth, calm water. Access points at Cunningham Road, Fisher Bridge, and Old Fields Bridge, among others, offer plenty of options to start or end a float trip. The river also offers excellent trout fishing.

        Lost River Real Estate Professionals

        Contact us today to learn more about enjoying West Virginia life in Hardy County. Our team of experienced REALTORS® is here to help you find the perfect Lost River home for sale and make it your own.

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        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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        Finding a Great Harrisonburg Neighborhood to Make Your Home

        Harrisonburg VA Neighborhoods
        As the summer season kicks into full swing, our REALTORS® typically notice an upswing in inquiries about Harrisonburg homes for sale. We always look forward to introducing newcomers to the charms of this iconic Virginia community.

        Whether you're interested in buying a home in Blue Stone Hills, Heritage Estates, Preston Heights, or any of Harrisonburg's other welcoming neighborhoods, we're eager to help you find the perfect home in one of these great neighborhoods. 

        There are some things that are common to most great neighborhoods. They are part of the local culture--while difficult to pin down--but can be felt everywhere you go. That's what we'd like to talk about today!

        Five Things That Make Harrisonburg's Neighborhoods Great

        When you are looking for a home, choosing the right neighborhood is essential. Your neighborhood will influence everything about your experience, including how far you have to travel to access all the things that are important to you. It is worth taking time to research and make an informed decision.

        Throughout Harrisonburg, you'll find vibrant neighborhoods with all the following great traits:

        1. Education
          Harrisonburg boasts a full spectrum of private and public schooling options for students of all ages. It's also the home of James Madison University, a private coeducational university that focuses on cutting-edge research and community service.

        2. Amenities
          Harrisonburg is home to some of the best shopping and dining in the area. Restaurants run the gamut from classic Virginia fare like crab cakes, oysters, and flounder to some of the region's top tastes of Italian, French, Japanese, and other world cuisines.

        3. Safety
          Safety is a high priority when you're choosing a new home, and Harrisonburg won't disappoint in this regard. By virtually all measures, Harrisonburg is notably safer from crime than the national average. A healthy police relationship with the community helps to protect residents, too.

        4. A Vibrant Downtown
          Harrisonburg has a very active Chamber of Commerce where businesses of all sizes join together to boost the local economy. Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance, a community organization that cultivates the downtown area, has helped to facilitate millions in local investment.

        5. A Strong Economy
          Harrisonburg's top employers include big names like James Madison University, Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Cargill Meat Solutions as well as many others. With a growing number of small businesses and startups, terrific employment options and quick commutes are the norm.

        Old Dominion Realty is Ready to Help You Find Your Harrisonburg Dream Home

        From Crossroads Farms to The Springs at Osceola, our team knows Harrisonburg real estate inside and out. When you work with us, you can rest assured that you're getting personalized advice from experts who care about your success.

        Contact Old Dominion Realty today to get your home search started.

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        Take Dad on a Beer Adventure in Staunton for Father's Day

        Staunton VA Fathers Day
        Staunton homes for sale
        are attracting a lot of attention these days ... for more reasons than you might think. Our real estate agents report more and more clients moving to Staunton from nearby communities to take advantage of its great amenities and economy.

        When you get a home that's right in the middle of everything, it pays off in a million unexpected ways. For example, you'll always have something to do on holidays like Father's Day, coming up June 17.

        Staunton's Explosive Craft Brewing Scene is Waiting to Welcome You

        If you want to do something unique, why not take Dad on a beer adventure in Staunton?

        Virginia has some of the most popular craft breweries anywhere, and Staunton is home to its own microbrew scene. Flavorful, imaginative, limited edition brews by local creators might be the perfect way to celebrate Father's Day.

        Let's look at some of the most memorable craft breweries in the Staunton area:

        • Bedlam Brewing
          Also found at BedlamBrewing.com, Bedlam Brewing's motto is "Embrace the Chaos." It's an ultra-small brewery – also known as a nanobrewery – reputed for its Belgian and French-style farm ales. Seasonal batches highlight the flavors of the Shenandoah Valley. While sampling the latest beers, you can also enjoy pizza from a wood-fired oven in a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

        • Queen City Brewing
          Queen City Brewing is a leading name in the local craft brewery world with a history going all the way back to 2003. That makes it the first brewery established in Staunton since the end of Prohibition! This "brew on premise" taproom is home to 80 distinct varieties with 22 on tap at any given time. Live music takes place every Friday night, and the space is available for events.

        • Redbeard Brewing Company
          This combination craft brewery and taproom is "drinks only," but it's located at the crossroads of some of historic downtown Staunton's best dining. The main taproom seats 40, but there's also ample outdoor seating to enjoy beautiful Staunton weather. Redbeard focuses on "real ales" – that is, beers that are warm, fermented, unfiltered, and naturally carbonated right in their kegs.

        • Shenandoah Hops
          Beer, cider, and wine are all available at Shenandoah Hops. Unlike many of the other breweries in the area, it's open all week long (with reduced hours on Sundays) so you can pop in at your leisure. If you're new to craft brewing or like to expand your tastes, you'll definitely want to check out Friday tasting from noon to 8 p.m. – it's a fun, refreshing way to refine your palate.

        • Shenandoah Valley Brewing Company
          This homebrew pub is famous for its "make your own" beer flights and will fill any growler you bring from home, not just the ones available on the premises. It's a great place to hang out and while the day away thanks to the selection of complimentary board games and sports always playing on the TV. Its applauded for brews with potent, yet sophisticated flavors that stick with you.

        Come for a Visit, Stay for a Lifetime

        At Old Dominion, our team understands how to buy and sell in Staunton the right way. You can save money, accelerate your transaction, and avoid pitfalls when you choose our leading experts.

        The fun and excitement of craft brewing is just a tiny taste of what Staunton has to offer you. We'll be glad to show you around and help along the way to finding your Staunton dream home.

        To find out more or get started, contact Old Dominion Realty.

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        Best Summer Camps for Augusta County Kids

        Augusta County VA Camps
        The warm, wonderful days of summer are just around the corner, and that means children throughout Augusta County will be looking for fun activities to keep busy when school is out. Fortunately, there are plenty of great summer camps in the area that allow your kids to enjoy the season in a safe, active setting, make new friends, and pursue their passions. Our real estate agents are here to help you prepare for the season, with a guide to five of the best summer camps in the Staunton, VA area this year.

        Summer Fun: Where to Find 5 Great Camps for Augusta County Kids

        1. Staunton-Augusta YMCA – 708 N Coalter St., Staunton
          If you researched the area while shopping Staunton homes for sale, you may have already heard about some of the great programs that the local YMCA has to offer. Throughout June and July, kids can enjoy summer day camps at the Staunton YMCA, which include swimming, sports, games, field trips, and plenty of opportunities to make new friends. YMCA summer camps also offer affordable weekly fees, with eight weeks of camps this summer.

        2. Boys & Girls Club of America – 302 E Wayne St., Waynesboro
          Any family searching for Waynesboro homes for sale will love having the local Boys & Girls Club of America close to home, in part thanks to all of the great summer activities that the club provides. Boys & Girls Club camps balance fun and education, with programs geared toward both younger children and teens. Kids will have the opportunity to participate in physical activities, experience the arts, learn more about healthy living, and even prepare for potential future careers.

        3. Camp LIGHT – 107 Creative Works Rd., Waynesboro
          The team at Camp LIGHT has a simple but powerful mission – to love, inspire, give, hope, and teach to both at-risk youth and children with special needs in the Staunton area. Camp LIGHT offers seven camps throughout the summer, where kids will have the opportunity to play, learn, and grow in a safe, supportive setting. Activities include gardening, time with animals, art, aquatics, theater, sports, and so much more. Camps here have no enrollment fee, and adults are welcome to get involved as volunteers.

        4. Fisherville UMC Child Development Center – 1600 Jefferson Hwy., Fisherville
          The Fisherville United Methodist Church Child Development Center is a big attraction for families shopping for Fisherville homes and provides plenty of fun activities for kids once you move to the area. Fisherville UMC summer camps offer 13 weeks of programming, with a unique theme for each week of camp. Some of the most popular themes include Summer Science, Junior Detectives, Master Builders, and Hysterical Histories & Other Tall Tales.

        5. Staunton Recreation and Parks Summer Camps – 1000 Montgomery Ave., Staunton
          Simple, safe summer fun is the name of the game at Camp Staunton, run by the passionate team at the Staunton Parks and Recreation department. These affordable, local summer camps offer a mix of outdoor exploration, physical activities, learning, and field trips to fun, unique local destinations. Camps are divided by age, to ensure that each child can make the most of their favorite activities. You can choose to pay Camp Staunton's affordable fees by the week or pay a one-time fee for eight weeks of action-packed summer fun.

        Still searching for the perfect home that allows you to enjoy all that the Staunton area has to offer year-round? Our team would love to help! Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to buy and sell homes throughout Augusta County.

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        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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        Use Your Tax Refund to Buy Your First Home

        Tax Refund for Down Payment
        Use Your Tax Refund for Your Down Payment

        If your tax return is burning a hole in your pocket, there are endless ways you could spend it. Sure, you could go on vacation, or splurge on that latest gadget you've had your eye on, but there's a better option.

        If you've been dreaming of finally becoming a homeowner, your tax refund could offer a real opportunity. Our REALTORS® have a few ideas on how you could use your refund to make home ownership a reality once and for all.

        Put it toward your deposit

        The more you are able to put down as a down payment for your new home, the less you'll end up paying in interest in the long run. You'll also be less likely to have to pay for private mortgage insurance if you're able to put down the recommended 20 percent down payment. When you get your tax refund, create a separate savings account for it so that you won't be as tempted to spend it. You may even gather a little interest if you let it sit for a while.

        Pay off your debts

        Debt makes it hard to qualify for a mortgage, especially credit card debt. Using your tax refund to work on paying off your credit cards and other debts will help boost your credit rating, which will make it easier to qualify for a mortgage with a rate and terms that you can live with.

        Apply it to closing costs

        Some new homeowners are shocked to learn that closing costs, including attorney fees, appraisal and inspection fees, title insurance and escrow costs, often add up to a substantial chunk of change. In a lot of cases, these costs must be paid upfront rather than being rolled into your monthly mortgage payments. Your tax refund can be a great way to take care of closing costs.

        Put it toward taxes and insurance

        Once you own your home, there's still property taxes and homeowners insurance to think about. Putting your tax refund toward these future costs is a great way to ease the financial burden of homeownership.

        Build your emergency fund

        The costs of owning a home don't end when you're handed the keys and open the door. There are ongoing expenses, many of them unforeseen, that often catch first-time homeowners by surprise. It's important to have a nest egg saved up to deal with the continuing costs of homeownership, and your tax refund can really help out. From monthly mortgage payments and utility bills to unexpected hardships, such as the loss of your job or a sudden and expensive home repair, you'll be glad you had some money tucked away.

        Contact Old Dominion Realty today to learn more about how you can put your tax refund to good use. Whether you're planning on buying or selling a home, we're here to help!

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        5 Signs It's Time to Stop Renting and Buy Your First Home

        Step Renting Buy Home
        You probably never made a conscious decision to stay a renter forever. Sometimes it just happens. You lease a nice apartment and settle into a renter's lifestyle. You pay your bills and build your savings along the way. But then what? Do you stay a renter forever or take the homeownership plunge? 

        Our REALTORS® work with many first-time home buyers. We believe there are lifestyle, financial, and personal signs that tell you when the time is right to buy a home. Here are five situations to consider. 

        1. Your Rent Is Enough to Make a Mortgage Payment
          If you're renting an apartment in a nice neighborhood, you are more than likely paying at least $1,000 per month. While $1,000 a month won't pay for a big beautiful dream home, it's enough to pay the mortgage on a cozy little place of your own.

        2. You Have a Cash Cushion
          Of course, the mortgage payment is just a part of it. But you're in great shape if you have cash enough for a down payment, closing costs, packing, and moving. Once you're settled into your home, you must also pay property taxes, higher utility bills, furnishing costs, maintenance expenses and more.

          If you qualify for a loan backed by FHA, VA, USDA, or other special home-buying programs, their lower down payments and interest rates may allow you to hang onto some of your money.

        3. Your Neighbors Push Your Buttons
          When you live in close quarters with so many other families, you get used to conditions you don't like. You learn to tolerate heavy feet upstairs, babies screaming downstairs, loud music next door, and smokers in the hallway. When all that neighborly activity begins to irritate you, at some point you'll want peace and quiet and a space of your own.

        4. You're Tired of White Walls
          When you rent, you make a phone call and a maintenance crew fixes the plumbing or shovels the snow. Your landlord does these things because the space you rent doesn't belong to you.

          That means you can't necessarily remodel the kitchen or install designer bathroom fixtures. And if you dare to paint the living room walls, you might lose your security deposit. When you get tired of these restrictions it could be a sign that homeownership is a better idea.

        5. You Want to Build Equity
          As you work hard to earn a living, you're not thinking about enriching your landlord. But that's exactly what you do each time you pay rent. When you own instead of rent, you build your own net worth.

          A recent Federal Reserve Bulletin, Changes in Family Finances, cites a rise in home equity as a factor for families that saw an increase in net worth. While homeowner's wealth increased 15 percent over the past several years, renter's net worth fell by 5 percent.

        If you're a renter, we can help you decide if homeownership is the right option for you. Contact Old Dominion Realty if you plan to buy or sell a home or if you want more information about the communities we serve.

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        Petersburg Family Fun: Spring Mountain Festival

        Petersburg WV Family Fun
        Spring came to Virginia a little late this year, but now that it has finally arrived, we're ready to take full advantage. Our homes in Petersburg, WV are surrounded by beautiful parks, quiet streets and the gorgeous rolling countryside on the banks of the Potomic River. It's a great place to enjoy some time in the outdoors, and with the Spring Mountain Festival set to arrive in Petersburg soon, our REALTORS® are ready to do just that.

        26th Annual Spring Mountain Festival - April 26 -29

        Every year, the Spring Mountain Festival marks the unofficial arrival of spring to the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia. It's a perfect opportunity to experience Grant County living at its best.

        This year, the 2018 Spring Mountain Festival is set to take place from April 26 to April 29, and includes a wide range of events and festivities. The festival is open to all visitors free of charge, and offers an incredible opportunity for locals and tourists alike to experience what it's like to live in Petersburg.  

        2018 Festival Events and Attractions

        The Grant County Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to enjoy this year's Spring Mountain Festival. The festival is centered around Petersburg City Park, but you'll find fun things happening all over town. Be sure to get there early on April 26t so you don't miss out!

        Highlights of the festival include carnival rides, games, an antique car, truck and tractor show, live entertainment on the festival stage and Civil War train rides. An incredible variety of food and drink vendors will be there as well. The festival also includes a flea market, where you'll find everything from local arts and crafts to antiques, plants and flowers from local growers, and a wide assortment of unique and hard-to-find items. There will be a parade on Saturday as the official launch of the festival. 

        Living in Grant County

        Surrounded by the stunning natural landscape of the West Virginia mountains, our Grant County homes offer the best of small town living and wild mountain scenery. From Petersburg's charming and vibrant downtown to the many nearby state parks, national forests and recreation areas, there are endless ways to enjoy Grant County. Stop by the Spring Mountain Festival this spring to experience it for yourself!

        Contact Old Dominion Realty to learn more about finding your home in the Petersburg, WV area, and to find out about all the upcoming events in Grant County. Our team is dedicated to helping you find your dream home and making it your own.

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        In Our Neighborhood: Harrisonburg Rocktown Beer & Music Festival

        Harrisonburg Rocktown Beer & Music Festival
        If there are two things that go better together than cold beer and live music, we haven't found them yet (though, rest assured, we have our best people on it). Until then, the Rocktown Beer and Music Festival is about as good as it gets, bringing its namesake brews and tunes to Harrisonburg, VA every year to great acclaim. This year's festival is right around the corner, and our REALTORS® recommend that you check it out. 

        Rocktown Beer & Music Festival - a Harrisonburg Tradition

        The Rocktown Beer and Music Festival is now in its 8th year, and it continues to grow. Every year, rain or shine, this event brings 3,000 beer and music fans to Downtown Harrisonburg's Turner Pavilion and Park for a day of fun and festivities. This year, the festival hits Turner Pavilion on Saturday, April 21.

        The festival got its start in 2011. Tim Brady, the founder of Pale Fire Brewing Co. and one of the founding fathers of the Rocktown Beer and Music Festival, envisioned a homegrown craft beer festival in Harrisonburg that highlighted the city's vibrant community and growing craft beer scene. The addition of a musical component was a natural fit, and the festival has evolved over the years to feature an eclectic assortment of bands ranging from country and Americana to indie and alternative rock.

        Beer, Music, and Community

        The 2018 Rocktown Beer and Music Festival is just days away, and it promises to be one of the best yet. Indie rockers The Trongone Band, singer-songwriter ADAR, and modern folk revivalists Illiterate Light are set to perform this year, joining the deep ranks of incredible talent that has graced the stage at past Rocktown festivals, including the likes of Nikki Lane, The War On Drugs, and The Steel Wheels.

        Of course, it wouldn't be a "Beer and Music" festival without beer, and craft brew enthusiasts are unlikely to walk away disappointed. The festival will highlight beers from more than 30 craft breweries, including locals like Three Brothers Brewing Co. and Pale Fire Brewing Co. as well as dozens of incredible brewers from across the country. Whatever your craft beer style of choice, you'll have an incredible variety of new and exciting brews to choose from.

        Tickets on Sale Now

        Your ticket to the Rocktown Beer and Music Festival includes ten 4 ounce pours—your bracelet will be marked each time you have sample—along with a souvenir 5-ounce sampling glass, sampling of 76-plus craft beers, and access to the full day of live entertainment. There will also be plenty of vendors offering food and drinks at an additional cost. Tickets are available online until 3 PM on the day of the festival.

        Old Dominion Realty is committed to not only helping you find the best homes in Harrisonburg, but also enjoying your life here to its fullest.   Contact Old Dominion Realty to start your search for a home in Harrisonburg and to learn more about this event, and other great events that are coming up in the Harrisonburg, VA area.

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        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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        Have You Visited Sunspots Studios in Staunton?

        Staunton VA Sunspots Studios
        Staunton, Virginia is one of those lovely small cities that has something for everyone who is looking to buy a new home. From stately historic homes and quaint cottages to vibrant new neighborhoods, this city of just under 25,000 people has everything. And while you are looking for Staunton homes for sale, we at Old Dominion Realty want to make sure you see the best of what this area has to offer.

        A Place Where Glass is Art

        Getting to know a community will help you feel right at home and provide you with a list of fun and interesting places you can take all the visitors and guests who will want to visit you in your new home. In Staunton, when it comes to unique things to do, there's one place in the Wharf District that you absolutely have to see: Sunspots Studios.

        Sunspots Studios has so much to offer. It's not only a wonderful gallery and shop, selling one-of-a-kind blown glass creations, but it's also a popular entertainment spot, featuring glassblowing demonstrations daily and a calendar of live music and performance events at their outdoor pavilion. It's truly a place where locals and visitors alike love to go.

        Glassblowing Demos and Much More

        Over 15 different artisans create fabulous works of art that are available for sale at Sunspots Studios. They are located at 202 S. Lewis Street in Staunton and are open seven days a week (closed on Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and  New Year's Day). Best of all, every day until 4 PM you can find at least three rotating artists showcasing their glassblowing expertise. The studio provides an opportunity for you to get up close and personal with these talented and creative artists who are hard at work making beautiful creations of blown glass. They make colorful and gorgeous vases in every size, intricate and unusual ring stands, hand-blown ornaments, tumblers, wine goblets and other glassware, and even jewelry.

        The Shop at Sunspots Studios

        The gallery and shop at Sunspots have an ever-changing array of blown glass treasures, which is why our REALTORS® are quick to point their clients in the direction of this incredible place when they are looking for a unique item or gift to celebrate the purchase of their new home. Our clients often ask us where they can find something unique to our area to take back to their family or friends who are babysitting, pet sitting, or house sitting while they are away, and Sunspots is just the place for a very special and meaningful gift.

        Special Events

        The last weekend in April is always special at Sunspots because that's when they host the Virginia Hot Glass Festival and the place literally lights up with artists from across the region, providing non-stop demonstrations and offering an array of lovely items for sale.

        In addition to all of the beautiful artworks, Sunspots is a place where you can see live music, attend fundraisers and special events, and even buy fresh, locally grown vegetables, meats, soups and delicious baked goods during the Winter Farmer's Market, which is held each Saturday from December through March.

        At Old Dominion Realty, we care about our clients, and we want them to be as happy living in our communities as we are. So if you are looking to buy or sell real estate in Virginia or West Virginia, contact us for expert help and agents who really care.

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        Home Inspection Tips for Sellers

        Sellers - Home Inspection Tips
        When selling your home, you may teeter between having a professional home inspector evaluate your home prior to listing or not.  

        Something you need to know ... A report by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) showed that nearly four out of every five homes sold in the United States are evaluated by a professional home inspector before they are sold. In addition, realtors recommend buyers get a home inspection nearly 99 percent of the time.  Most buyers heed their agent's advice and request a home inspection in 84 percent of all transactions.

        Understanding the home inspection process and getting your home ready for the inspection only helps to ensure that your home sale goes through reaping the best selling price possible.

        Getting Ready for a Home Inspection

        During a home inspection, a qualified inspector will check over every aspect of the home and produce a detailed report on potential issues. Ideally, everything from the roof to the foundation will get a once-over from an expert.

        It's often best to hire your own inspector, not wait for the buyers to decide they need one. When you hire an inspector, they work for you and will provide the inspection report only to you. With enough lead time, you have the option of resolving any serious issues.

        For a successful home inspection:

        • Pick a Qualified Inspector
          A home inspection isn't something you should leave to a general contractor. It takes specialized knowledge and training. To get the right professional for the job, use the "Find an Inspector" database on the ASHI website, HomeInspector.org.

        • Do the Easy Stuff First
          A strong first impression can take the sting out of inspection issues for your buyers. Take care of pre-listing basics like lawn maintenance, exterior paint, and clean up – all inexpensive projects that will foster attachment and "buy-in" from potential buyers.

        • Let the Inspector Work
          No matter whether you decide to allow a buyer to attend the inspection or not, it's always best to leave the inspector alone while he or she is working. Sure, you can be on the property, but don't hover – save all questions until you get the final report.

          An inspector will often be able to advise you on the fastest and easiest ways to resolve certain kinds of problems. However, even they don't have the full picture until they take time to compile their findings in the form of a completed inspection report.

        How to Move Forward from Home Inspection Surprises

        The worst-case scenario for a seller is that a home inspection turns out to be bad news that throws the potential sale into doubt. Still, you can usually get your sale back on track if you know how.

        Follow these steps to stay on track:

        • Remember the Bright Side
          Although a bad home inspection report is a setback, there's a silver lining: With everything on the table, you're much less likely to have liability issues later. Unsatisfied buyers have taken sellers to court over things like sewer and electrical issues!

        • Get Ready to Negotiate
          Issues with a home inspection don't mean the sale is a wash. Instead, you will have to go back to the negotiating table. Buyers may request concessions, including getting major issues fixed before closing. You can prepare yourself by getting bids so you know the potential costs involved.

        • Review the Situation with Your REALTOR®
          Your real estate agent is your best ally when it comes to achieving a successful sale. He or she may have seen situations similar to yours in the past. An experienced REALTOR® has inside insight on the best way to negotiate after a bad home inspection and minimize concessions.

        For expert advice from our REALTORS® about selling your home, contact Old Dominion Realty.

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        Myers Corner: Love the Community You Call Home

        Myers Corner. Work Here. Live Here.

        Myers Corner

        Are you searching for the perfect place to build a life--or a business--in Augusta County, VA, with easy access to all of the communities that make our region special? Welcome to Myers Corner! Spearheaded by Crescent Development Group principals Scott Williams and Greg Jurick, Myers Corner is a mixed residential/commercial development with beautiful homes, safe neighborhoods, and an excellent environment for businesses to thrive. Work here. Live here. That's the promise of life in Myers Corner.

        Augusta - Old Dominion Realty New Office

        Work Here: Augusta County's Biggest Businesses Are Choosing Myers Corner

        When Crescent Development Group was planning Myers Corner, they knew they wanted to pick a location close to Augusta County's major businesses, including Augusta Health which is the county's largest employer. The prime location and business-friendly setup of Myers Corner make the development a very appealing destination for businesses from Augusta County, VA and beyond.

        • While Myers Corner is a new development, it has already caught the attention of plenty of big businesses. The current list of businesses at Myers Corner includes Fishersville Family Pharmacies, 7-Eleven, Bankers Insurance, Farmers and Merchants Bank, Prosperity Home Mortgage, and many more.
        • And that's just the start. As more and more business jump at the opportunity to be a part of Myers Corner, you can expect the list of businesses in the development to continue growing at a healthy pace.
        • Businesses in Myers Corner have the opportunity to reach customers from Augusta County, and beyond. The development provides easy access to major routes like Interstate 64, Interstate 81, and Route 250, so the potential for growth is strong.
        • Old Dominion Realty will soon be opening a new office located at 19 Myers Corner Drive, Suite 101, Staunton, VA.

        Myers Corner Residential

        Live Here: Residential Homes and Amenities in Myers Corner

        Myers Corner is both a great place to work and a great place to live. With fast growth already