Your home's exterior is your best chance to make a good first impression on home shoppers. Your exterior has a huge impact on your ability to sell quickly and drive clicks to your listing online. Taking the time to ensure your garden, lawn, and patio area are all in tip-top shape before listing your home is essential for success.
Home staging is the process of dressing up your home in such a way that it is attractive to home shoppers. It's a process that can help your property sell fast, and it can also help you earn a higher sale price. When it comes to home staging, many sellers are quick to prioritize the interior; however, our real estate agents always tell clients to not forget about the outdoor space. Here are a few tips to keep your home's exterior looking great:
Buyers are more likely to pay close attention to your home's exterior in warm weather months, so taking the time to stage your outdoor area is well worth the time. If you're planning to list your home for sale this year, we can help. Contact us today.
As life changes, people naturally seek new homes that are better suited for that next stage of life. Whether it's starting a new family or starting to downsize, our needs are constantly changing.
Understanding what buyers are looking for can really pay off when it comes time to sell. Our real estate agents always recommend you put yourself in the shoes of your target buyer, so you can market features of your home that are most desirable. Here are some of the top home features we believe consumers are willing to move for in 2022:
By learning what buyers are looking for in a home, you can be better prepared to market the best features of your listing. For more tips on how to maximize your property, contact us.
Spring naturally brings out the desire to clean, and if you're interested in selling your home, it couldn't come at a better time. Before your home is listed for sale with one of our real estate agents, make sure it will look its best. Spring cleaning can make your home shine and look fresh and clean! This is sure to make it more appealing to prospective buyers and help it stand out from other Rockingham County homes for sale.
The following spring cleaning tasks will help you get your home ready to list:
Contact us to see Rockingham homes for sale or Harrisonburg homes for sale. Whether you're looking to buy a home, sell one, or do both, we have the knowledge and experience to make your transaction go smoothly.
If your plans for 2022 involve selling your home and purchasing a different property, now is the perfect time to start your planning. Accomplish your New Year's resolution of selling your home! Here are some tips our real estate agents recommend in 2022 to help you streamline the selling process.
Ready to put your home on the market? Contact us today to get started!
You're ready to put your home on the market, but the holiday season is near. Should you wait to sell your home, or is there a way to find a buyer during the holidays?
Our real estate agents know that with a few adjustments, it's entirely possible (and even profitable!) to sell a home during the holiday season. Buyers tend to have more flexible schedules around the holidays, which gives them more opportunities to look for a home. Here's what you need to know about selling your home during the holidays.
Ready to sell your home this holiday season? Contact us today to get started!
Spring is just around the corner, and if you're thinking about putting your home on the market, now is the time to start getting ready. The real estate market heats up every spring, and with interest at historic lows, there couldn't be a better time to take advantage of the seller's market.
Preparing to list your home can be a lengthy process, especially if it's your first time. From cleaning to staging, you may not know where to even start. If you want to make sure your home stands out among these beautiful Virginia homes for sale, be sure to follow these tips below:
Selling your home doesn't have to be an intimidating process. Working with a good real estate agent is the best way to ensure a smooth transaction. If you're planning to list your home this spring, contact us today.
As you prepare to show your home, our real estate agents suggest that you and your agent take an afternoon to evaluate the entire house once more to ensure that everything is as presentable as possible. Unless you've hired a professional staging company, you may want to consider these easy last-minute staging suggestions that will showcase your home.
When listing Virginia homes for sale, we typically recommend hiring a professional staging company to showcase your home for a successful sale! For help buying or selling homes in Virginia, contact us today.
Our real estate agents understand the importance of professional photography and its powerful impact on selling your home. Professional photos make a lasting first-impression and can help you sell your home quicker and for more money. Over 90 percent of home buyers use the internet to search for a house, and the use of professional photos of your home is a great way to grab their attention.
Here are just five reasons why you should consider using a professional photographer for selling your home.
Professional photography plays a vital role in attracting potential home buyers and can help improve the speed of the entire process, while also allowing you to sell your home at a much better price. If you wish to learn more, feel free to contact Old Dominion Realty for more ideas on selling or buying your home in the Virginia and West Virginia real estate markets.
As Punxsutawney Phil popped his head into the daylight on February 2, he saw his shadow...calling for six more weeks of winter weather. If you're planning on selling your home this spring, lucky you! It gives you a few more weeks to get your home ready for the spring selling season because as the days warm up, so does the real estate market.
Our REALTORS® offer these ten tips to get your home ready for a quick spring sale.
If you plan to list your home this spring, we can tell you what to do right now to make the process easier. Contact Old Dominion Realty when you're ready to list your home for sale.
Staunton, Virginia is a vibrant community with many attractive attributes, and a great place to settle down in your first home. There are a wide variety of cultural and social opportunities in the area including outdoor exploration of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah Valley. Deciding to buy a home can be intimidating, though, no matter how much you like the community. Here's some helpful information for anyone considering buying a house for the first time.
It's perfectly natural to feel some anxiety about buying a house for the first time. However, if you're feeling anxious because you're unsure whether you want to own a home at all, it's extremely important to make the decision of whether you really want to own a home, or if it's just what you're "supposed to do" when you're an adult. It's much better to explore your options before getting involved in securing a mortgage and becoming a homeowner than to go through the process and be unhappy with your choice.
Once you've decided home ownership is right for you, start looking at your finances. They should be well organized before you start talking to lenders about a mortgage. Getting ready for a mortgage might include:
Before shopping for a specific loan, ask various lenders about any available first-time homebuyer programs, government-backed loans that you might be able to use, and their fees for financing your mortgage. It's your right to ask questions about anything you don't understand. Remember, just because you talk to a lender doesn't mean you're obligated to go through them for your loan.
Buying a house means being fairly certain of your plans over the next several years. You should know whether kids will be coming into the picture, which amenities might be most important over the long term and if there's enough room for your future growth, both personally and professionally. A list of things you might want in your new home can help you narrow your choices to properties that fit your needs now and into the future.
When you're looking into buying a house, it's best to consider a lot of different properties that are offered for sale due to foreclosure, short sales or as part of a real estate auction, especially if you're willing to make some investments in the home. Many of these situations will have different requirements than a traditional "fair market listing" sale, so it's best to work with a local real estate agent to understand different sale options and find the right property for your needs.
At Old Dominion Realty, we have a lot of useful information about relocating to Staunton, VA. You can even view our listings for gorgeous homes in Staunton easily from your computer. Contact Old Dominion Realty when you're considering buying a house in Virginia. Our REALTORS® in Staunton have all the experience and information you'll need to find your perfect new home.
Whether you're moving down the street or across the country, settling in to a new home can be a fun adventure. If you're buying a home in Staunton, get to know the city and your new neighbors at this year's 26th annual edition of the Shenandoah Fall Foliage Bike Festival, a weekend-long event with fun for the whole family.
The beautiful city of Staunton has earned many accolades for its fall foliage over the years, including a mention in U.S. News and World Report's rankings of the best fall bike rides in the country. Our natural scenery is a big reason why, and Staunton also does a great job with special events during the height of the foliage season.
Our team at Old Dominion Realty is excited for this year's Fall Foliage Bike Festival, and we've got all the details on what to expect as you see the sights in Staunton, VA.
When: October 14-16, 2016
Where: Staunton, Virginia
Who's Invited: Everyone! There are routes fit for every level of rider, kids included, and plenty of fun events for you to unwind after a day of spectacular scenery.
A Day of Riding and Sight-Seeing: The Fall Foliage Bike Festival really has two distinct stages each day. During the morning and afternoon, you can choose from a selection of 11 routes to ride, which take you through the heart of Staunton's fall foliage. You can opt to push the pace on one of the more challenging routes, or take a leisurely cruise on a more relaxed route with the whole family. There are also some great meal stops planned along the way, including:
An Evening of Food and Entertainment: After a day of riding through Staunton's best fall foliage on Saturday, you'll be treated to the free Saturday Night Street Party, which gets rolling at around 5 p.m. and continues through the evening. There will be a free, live concert for the public by Melissa and the Growlers, and fantastic food from the city's best restaurants at Staunton Wharf. Adults in your group will also enjoy sampling some local micro-brews, or trying a tasting with wine from Ox Eye Vineyards. Staunton Wharf is a great place to spend a fall evening, and it's even better with a few hundred of your closest friends during the festival.
Experience Staunton: The Shenandoah Fall Foliage Bike Festival is a great showcase for all of the growth that Staunton has experienced in recent years, and we have a feeling you'll like what you see. Our city has never had a more diverse collection of businesses, dining spots, and beautiful natural spaces to explore. Add it all up, and it's easy to see why Staunton, VA homes for sale rank among the hottest in the region.
Want a front-row seat for the annual Shenandoah Fall Foliage Bike Festival? Contact our local team at Old Dominion Realty to buy and sell homes in Staunton, VA.
Preparing for an open house can be a stressful experience, especially if you're selling a house for the first time. Your to-do list is a mile long, you want everything to look perfect, and you can't shake the nagging feeling that you've forgotten something important. Don't worry. Take a breath, collect your thoughts and read on to find 10 steps for a flawless open house from your team at Old Dominion Realty.
No matter how you choose to prepare for an open house, there's simply no substitute for the help of an experienced REALTOR®. Contact our team at Old Dominion Realty and lean on our real estate experience when selling your home.
Have you noticed your friends and neighbors talking about downsizing their homes? Whether their decision is the result of a life event or a need to live more simply, people are realizing that many advantages exist when you live in a more manageable space. If you're trying to decide whether downsizing is the right move for you and your family, here are some benefits to consider before taking the plunge.
The larger the home, the more you have to maintain. Properties, no matter how new, require consistent care. People downsize for several reasons, whether recent empty nesters, divorces, lifestyle adjustments or to save on expenses. The nice part living smaller is less to worry about in interior and exterior care and cleaning, meaning you have more time and money to spend doing other things.
Large, spread-out floor plans often leave people going in their own separate directions. Families and roommates that live in cozier situations often talk about the ability to spend time together and bond. It's perfect for learning to co-exist with one another, and grow closer in a way you may not have before.
If you're an eco-conscious person, downsizing your home will make you feel good. Less space requires fewer resources. You'll reduce energy consumption markedly. It's a win-win for go-green fans and the Earth.
People who are going through a major life change like children leaving the home, divorce, or death of a spouse often find a change of scenery refreshing. Living in the same house can bring up painful memories and elevate depression. Downsizing has its perks. You can choose to live in a place with grounds maintenance assistance, or even a condor or townhome where there's less exterior care. Plus, with a new space comes the opportunity for a new outlook, something that can be extremely important for healing.
By increasing savings and decreasing time spent on home maintenance, you increase the ability for leisure time and travel. Not only can you close up shop easier and take off for a bit (especially if you go with a condo), but if you're saving a lot from the downsize, you can put that money into a vacation home.
Downsizing your home can involve moving to the heart of the city. What you lose in space you gain in new, exciting things to do nearby. Urban areas are lively, dynamic, and full of walkable options for art, music, food, culture, and other types of attractions. The trade-off is ideal for those looking for a boost in activity.
Reducing debt and saving money are perhaps the most essential advantages to downsizing your home. You'll save in many areas, including:
If you're convinced that downsizing your home is the right option, contact our experienced REALTORS® in Virginia and West Virginia. Our team of professionals at Old Dominion Realty can help you sell your current house and buy a new house to move into the next chapter of your life.
Join Old Dominion Realty at the 36th Annual Home and Garden Show on April 2 – 3, 2016 at the Augusta Expo in Fishersville, VA.
Get a true taste of what living in Virginia is all about with Old Dominion Realty at Booths K10 and L10 for the unveiling of our new Myers Corner model home plans and subdivision plat as well as complimentary scoops of delicious ice cream from Virginia's own Kline's Ice Cream. 104.3 Country KCY will be onsite with a live remote from 11AM – 1PM with giveaways throughout the day.
Old Dominion Realty along with other "home and garden" businesses ranging in categories from real estate, home improvement, home repair, building and remodeling, HVAC, financial, and travel will showcase their services and products to the local Augusta County community.
Originating in 1980, the Augusta Home and Garden Show showcases great ideas for your home and garden to check a few of those "honey do" items off your list. Show times are Saturday from 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM and Sunday from 10AM – 4PM. Don't miss the Home and Garden Show's demonstrations and displays to get your spring season started right.
CVR, Home Depot, Dutch Way, Cox Construction, Outback Heating, Valley Building and Absolute Stone Design are among the sponsors for this year's event.
The Augusta Expo is located in Fishersville, VA just off I-64 and only 4 miles from I-81.
If you're interested in buying or selling homes in the Augusta County real estate area, contact our team of local REALTORS® in Fishersville, Virginia. Old Dominion Realty is a locally owned real estate broker with offices in the West Virginia and Virginia real estate areas (Harrisonburg, Crossroads Plaza, Augusta County, Moorefield and Franklin) and a proud Member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (www.LeadingRE.com).