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June
21

7 Reasons to Move to West Virginia

Move to West Virginia

Do you love the great outdoors and dream of living in a home where you can go for a hike right outside your front door? Are you tired of the grind the comes with living in a community with a high cost of living and searching for a place where your hard-earned money goes much further? West Virginia has so much to offer. Our real estate agents love West Virginia, and we've got 7 reasons that you'll love moving to the Mountain State.

  • Why Remote Workers Love West Virginia
    Are you a lover of the outdoors who moved to a big city for work? West Virginia has become a magnet for remote workers who are interested in trading the daily grind of urban living for an appealing small-town lifestyle. Spend more time outdoors and enjoy some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the country, all while working remotely. There's even an incentive program for remote workers who move to West Virginia, which will allow remote workers who qualify to pocket some extra cash and enjoy some great perks at outdoor attractions around the state.

  • One of the Most Affordable States in the Country to Live...
    Whether you're shopping for Grant County homes for sale or looking in another great nearby community, you can be confident that your cost of living will be very affordable in West Virginia. In fact, the cost of living in West Virginia is almost 10 percent below the national average, which makes it one of the most affordable states in the country. So whether you're working remotely or finding a job closer to your West Virginia home, you can look forward to a cost of living that makes it easier to enjoy everything that you love in life.

  • And Your Home Buying Budget Will Stretch Much Further, Too!
    Have you checked out the latest listings for Hardy County homes for sale? If you've been searching for a state where you can get much more home for your money, then you're sure to find something to love in West Virginia. The housing index is a key element of cost of living, and West Virginia's housing index ranks even better than the state's already affordable overall cost of living. Why settle for a small home in a community with high housing costs when your budget can get you so much more in West Virginia?

  • West Virginia Is an Outdoor Lover's Dream
    There's a reason that West Virginia has inspired so many popular songs, and you can find it waiting right outside your front door. Whether you love climbing mountains, hiking trails, rafting rivers, or finding the most inspiring outdoor photos for social media, it won't take long to fall in love with the outdoor beauty of West Virginia. Enjoy skiing at spectacular mountain resorts in the winter, mountain biking in the warm weather, and strikingly beautiful foliage in the fall.

  • Find Friendly Faces and Tight-Knit Communities in West Virginia
    Whether you're moving from another small town or you're searching for a reprieve from city life, you're sure to receive a warm welcome in West Virginia. The state is famed for the friendly, welcoming nature of its residents and the small-town lifestyle that you can enjoy even in West Virginia's larger communities. It's a great place to build a life and find a long-term home for your own family.

  • West Virginia Is Filled with Historic Sites and Architecture
    If you love learning about history or touring historic architecture, then you're going to love living in West Virginia. Communities like Harper's Ferry are filled with historic architecture from the 18th and 19th centuries, along with historic sites that have been preserved with care to the present day. And the amazing architecture isn't limited to historic homes. Sites like the New River Gorge Bridge rank among the most popular places for visits – and photos – in West Virginia.

  • Live the Country Life with Easy Access to Major Metro Areas
    While the small-town life is amazing, sometimes you will still want to visit the big city. Living in Grant County and many other nearby communities means you will have a fairly short commute to big cities like Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. Even closer, you will find great, smaller Virginia cities like Harrisonburg and Staunton.

Are you ready to find your own reasons to fall in love with West Virginia? Our local real estate team is here to help you find the perfect home. Contact us today.

March
15

7 Best Irish Drinks to Celebrate St. Patty's Day

St Patty's Day Drinks

You've heard that everyone's a little bit Irish on St. Patrick's Day. While we don't know if this is really true, we do know that Americans have been celebrating the Irish saint since 1737 in Colonial Boston. The pub crawls of yesterday have given way to smaller gatherings at home. Mix up one of these cocktails to celebrate this year! 

  1. Top o'the morning!  

Jessica in the Kitchen offers a non-alcoholic option for the entire family with her Best Green Smoothie. For a fun and healthy beginning of the day, simply toss these ingredients into the blender, give it a whirl, and drink. For each serving, you will need: 

1 cup fresh pineapple chopped or cubed 

2 cups fresh spinach washed and stems removed 

2 small frozen bananas whole 

1/2 cup orange juice 

  1. Lovely cuppa tea 

From a simple afternoon gathering to a formal high tea, the Irish seldom let the opportunity pass to enjoy a cup. You can serve traditional teas of all different flavors for a non-alcoholic option, or let the grownups sample a more sophisticated version with the Irish Tea Party from The Spruce Eats.

Whirl the absinthe around the glass to coat it, pouring out the excess. Add the whisky and add tea to taste. The tea should already be chilled and sweetened, so it doesn't immediately melt added ice. Chilling the glass will help the drink stay cold longer. 

1/4 ounce absinthe  

1-ounce Irish whiskey 

4 ounces green tea 

  1. Leprechaun's treasure 

If, after your traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner, you're ready for an adult beverage, you have plenty of choices, and with this amazing Irish Gold Whiskey Cocktail, you don't need to dig for gold at the end of a rainbow.

This quick libation doesn't require a shaker or any other bar tools. Just pour ingredients over ice in a Collins glass and garnish with a wheel of lime. You don't have to find the end of a rainbow to enjoy this sparkling treat. This can be made by the pitcher to serve to a group without additional fuss.  

2 ounces Irish whiskey 

1/2-ounce peach schnapps 

Splash orange juice 

4 ounces ginger ale   

  1. Delicious old standby 

Would it even be St. Patrick's Day without Irish Coffee? Start with a rich, dark brew and stir in the brown sugar until it dissolves. Add whiskey and top with lightly whipped cream. Cuddle up by the fire and sip through the cream for a cozy night in. For a non-alcoholic version, ditch the whiskey and add ¼ teaspoon of rum extract. Dust the top of the cream with a touch of cocoa for a finished appearance.

1 to 2 teaspoons brown sugar  

4 ounces coffee  

1 1/2 ounces Irish whiskey 

1-ounce heavy cream  

  1. Spotlight on the green 

When you want something that screams green, tastes wonderful, and isn't beer, you can't go wrong with this crisp, flavorful drink, the Green Dublin Apple Cocktail. Simply fill a shaker will ice and add the ingredients. Shake for thirty seconds and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a slice of green apple for an attractive presentation. 

2 ounces Irish whiskey  

1-ounce sour apple schnapps 

2 ounces white cranberry juice 

Shamrocked Drink

  1. Irish elegance

Small, intimate gatherings can be elevated to a memorable level with a few simple touches. For a gorgeous offering, let the cocktail take center stage with Shamrocked from Town and Country Magazine

1.5 ounces Midori Liqueur

1-ounce Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey

1/2 ounce Irish Crème

Pour ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Strain and pour over ice into the glass. The creamy delight looks exquisite in a double old-fashioned glass. Swirl whipped cream on top and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint. 

  1. Celebration of Life

When the room is rocking with Irish music, you can't go wrong with a drink that offers tribute both to the James Joyce novel and Irish singers everywhere. What could be more perfect for a party than this iconic cocktail, Finnegan's Wake, also courtesy of Town and Country?

1 oz Jameson 

1 oz Green Chartreuse 

1 oz Luxardo maraschino liqueur 

1 oz lime 

3-5 mint leaves 

Sufficient absinthe to rinse the glass.  

After rinsing a coupe glass with absinthe and pouring off the excess, pour all the ingredients into a shaker of ice. Shake vigorously and pour, topping off with a few fresh mint leaves. 

Looking for a new home with a kitchen perfect for mixing up cocktails? If you'd like to tour any of the gorgeous Virginia homes for sale, Old Dominion Realty would like to help. Our real estate agents will gladly help you find that perfect house among the finest Rockingham County homes for sale. Contact us to make arrangements with one of our real estate professionals.

February
1

Where to Go Skiing in West Virginia for Winter Fun

Skiing in West VirginiaOnce the busy week is done, our real estate agents love to head for the slopes around West Virginia. The freedom of flying downhill is a perfect release from the responsibilities of daily life.

Skiing is also an ideal way for couples and families to share quality time together. Leave your cares behind with a trip to one of these great skiing sites near Pendleton County homes for sale.

  • Snowshoe Mountain - 10 Snowshoe Dr., Snowshoe, WV 26209
    At Snowshoe Mountain, their motto is, "There's no such thing as too much snow." They're so confident that Snowshoe Mountain offers a unique guarantee: through March 14, if the resort doesn't have more skiable terrain open than any other downhill skiing location in the Southeast, ski free the next day. Enjoy the magic of night skiing at Silver Creek, which has 12 trails open into the evening. Snowshoe Mountain also provides a wonderful balance between rugged outdoor adventure and luxury accommodations, including a spa, restaurants, and boutique shops. Visit the website for information about passes, including specials and package deals. Snowshoe lifts run 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily. Hours at Silver Creek are noon - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

  • Canaan Valley Resort State Park - 230 Main Lodge Rd., Davis, WV 26260
    Prestigious publications such as Frommer's Travel Guide and Washingtonian Magazine have recognized Canaan Valley Resort State Park as one of the best places to stay in the country. With an average annual snowfall of 180 inches, the 47 skiing and snowboarding trails are always ready for action. If you prefer a more sedate pace, you'll find several snowshoeing and cross-country skiing trails. Families also love the 1,200-foot-long multi-lane tubing park. Want to really get back to the land? Canaan Valley has several scenic campsites that include full access to resort amenities. Hours are 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

  • Timberline Mountain - 254 Four Seasons Dr., Davis, WV 26260
    So you say you've been to Timberline Mountain? Get ready for a whole new experience. The resort is open for the season with a remodeled lodge, two new terrain parks and lifts, a revamped beginner area, and more snowmaking than ever before. Reach the top faster with the new, state-of-the-art chairlift, a Doppelmayr high-speed six-passenger model that's the first of its kind in West Virginia. Learn freestyle or expand your repertoire of tricks in the beginner and expert terrain parks. Get a sneak peek at current conditions on the website's snow cams. Receive a discount when you purchase lift tickets online. Timberline Mountain is open daily from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

  • Winterplace Ski Resort - 100 Old Flat Top Mt. Rd., Ghent, WV 25841
    Is inexperience keeping you from discovering the joys of skiing? With a generous amount of beginner trails and a top ski school, Winterplace Ski Resort has a well-earned reputation as a good destination for newbies. Private, group, and family lessons are available to suit any needs. If it doesn't work the first time, you can take the class again for no charge. Their innovative SkiWee & Snow Explorers program is an effective introduction for children ages 6-12. Kids of all ages will have a blast at West Virginia's largest snow tubing park. Weekday hours are 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. except for Tuesday and Wednesday, when closing time is 4 p.m. Weekend hours are 8:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.

  • Oglebay Resort - 465 Lodge Dr., Wheeling, WV 26003
    Located minutes from the state capital, Oglebay Resort honors the legacy of its namesake, whose country estate and farm were once located on the grounds. Upon his death in 1926, Earl W. Oglebay bequeathed the property to the city of Wheeling on the condition that it be operated as a source of public recreation. Wilson Lodge opened in 1957, enabling the park to become a year-round resort. During the winter, Oglebay is a popular site for downhill skiing and snowboarding, along with themed weekend events such as Italian Food & Wine, Sweetheart Dinner, and Soup-er Bowl Hike. Hours are 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday.

Learn more about why Grant County homes for sale are special any time of the year. Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to speak with one of our cheerful and dedicated real estate agents. 

October
2

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.

 

March
6

Wonderful, Wild West Virginia Celebrates Maple Days March 17

West Virginia Maple Days
West Virginia is wild and wonderful and it's also a great place to live, work, and raise a family. When you visit this beautiful state during March, you'll enjoy hills decked out in early spring greenery, wonderful homes, and unique cultural experiences. If you're thinking about relocating to West Virginia, it's the perfect time to tour Petersburg homes for sale. If you time your visit just right, you can be a part of Maple Days, a fun family event.

Our REALTORS® know you'll love Maple Days. West Virginia maple producers and enthusiasts host the event in locations across the state. You can eat maple treats and learn everything you ever wanted to know about maple syrup. Here's how you can be a part of this great West Virginia tradition.

Maple Days Happen on March 17

If you've ever been curious about the process of tapping a maple tree for sap, that's just one of the things you can learn during Maple Days. The West Virginia Maple Producers Association presents this family-friendly event over two weekends and multiple locations. If you missed the February 24th festivities, you can still have fun at venues across the state on March 17th.The annual event celebrates West Virginia's growing maple syrup industry.

Maple Days Locations

For a complete schedule with Maple Days events and locations visit the West Virginia events page at gotowv.com. You'll find a list of syrup producers, retailers, and special events.

If you need help locating Maple Days participants across the state, check out the interactive West Virginia Maple Days Map.

Tapping Demonstrations

Maple syrup is a completely natural product derived from maple trees. Tree sap flows in the springtime when the temperature rises. Producers use spigot-style devices to tap the trees and drain the natural sap into buckets. They use the sap to create syrup and other products.

You can see tapping demonstrations at Bowers Maple Farm in Grant County and other producer sites listed on gotowv.com.

West Virginia Pancake Breakfasts

Pancake Breakfasts

Maple syrup is the perfect pancake topper. On March 17th you can taste it first hand at three Maple Days Pancake Breakfasts. Check the West Virginia Department of Agriculture site for Pancake Breakfast locations.

Maple Syrup Products

Maple Days Products and Specials

During the March 17th celebration, retailers across the state will feature maple any way you like it. They'll sell maple syrup, of course, plus a variety of products. Local restaurants, shops and even the Barn With Inn located in Wellsburg will feature Maple Days specials.

2018 Maple Syrup Festival

On March 17 and 18th, 2018, you can enjoy food, fun and maple syrup at the 2018 Maple Syrup Festival. Crafters will sell their wares. Food vendors will market tasty treats. You'll also enjoy a full schedule of live entertainment on stage at the Pickens Opera House.

When you visit West Virginia you'll agree it's a great place to raise a family. Contact Old Dominion Realty if you're buying or selling a home in Petersburg or one of our nearby Grant County locations.

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May
18

5 Reasons Why Your Offer to Buy a House was Rejected

Buy a House Offer Rejected

There is nothing quite like the excitement of buying a house. It is exhilarating when you find a home that fits your needs and budget like a glove... and it is disappointing when you put an offer in and it is rejected by the seller. There are many reasons why sellers might reject your offer to buy a house, and the following are five most common reasons the price may not be right:

1. You are not pre-approved for a loan.
Unless you are independently wealthy and paying cash, you are going to need a home loan. Sellers are leery of accepting an offer that may fall through when the purchaser's loan application is denied. Getting pre-approved for a home loan when you are ready to buy a house is a simple step that can reduce the possibility that your offer will be rejected.

2. You low-balled your offer.
You want filet mignon, but offer to pay for hamburger. Unless the asking price is outlandish and unreasonable, your purchase offer should be discussed with your REALTOR® prior to its submission. Our team of REALTORS® at Old Dominion Realty know the local real estate market well and the recent prices similar homes in the area have sold for. Researching this information before making an offer guarantees that your offer will be in the neighborhood.

3. You asked for concession after concession.
You may not like the color of the carpet and plan to replace it, or you may want help covering the closing costs. Sellers expect to make reasonable concessions in order to facilitate a sale. However, there is a line between meeting in the middle, and bending over backwards. If you are asking for too many concessions, the seller is likely to reject your offer and accept one that is easier for them to agree to and leaves more money in their pocket. The best way to avoid requesting too many concessions is to discuss your requests with your real estate agent before you offer to buy a house.

4. You were outbid.
This is a common problem in "hot" housing markets, and it's no fault of your own. Naturally, sellers want to make the most profit from their investment. When a big spender enters the picture, the price of a home can go well above the listing price. The more appealing the property, the greater the likelihood that a bidding war can erupt. When that happens, it's best to set a limit for how high you are willing to, and be ready to walk away when the amount you are willing to offer exceeds what you are comfortable paying for the property.

5. Your seller or their real estate agent has "high hopes."
It happens. Sometimes, sellers or their agents are simply unrealistic with their objectives. Sometimes, they may not really want to sell the property. Sometimes, they may have unrealistic expectations of the people they want living in "their" home once they move out. When you come up against a seller who is unreasonable and unrealistic, it is best to strategize with your real estate agent and find the best way of handling the negotiations. There is a good chance they have some skills up their sleeves that can help bring the seller to meet you in the middle when you are ready to buy a house.

Contact Old Dominion Realty
Our REALTORS® at Old Dominion Realty can help you make an offer to buy a house a seller won't refuse. Contact an Old Dominion Realty REALTOR® to discover the pride and professionalism that makes our company one of the finest in the Virginia and West Virginia real estate markets.

October
9

Maintenance Tips To Maximize A Home's Value

Owning a home is a great accomplishment for any person or family, but it does come with some responsibility. Homeowners that want to ensure that they keep their house in top of the line condition for when they need to put their home on the market must take several home maintenance measures to get as much value as they can from their property.

Routine Maintenance

Keeping a home in good condition requires some routine home maintenance procedures so that property does not deteriorate from situations that could have been prevented. For example, regularly cleaning the gutters of a home or changing the air filters on an air conditioner will prevent bigger problems from coming about with a residence. Lawn care is also important: shrubs should be trimmed regularly, and grass should be kept at an acceptable level.

Use Quality Materials

Try to always ensure that the materials used to repair your property are of the best quality. Use components that will last as long as possible and will be very durable so that potential buyers will face less ownership costs. These points can be highlighted when selling a home so that people that are on the market for a new place will understand the home maintenance benefits of the home they are considering.

Interior Upgrades

If a home is lacking in its interior aesthetic, it will be more challenging to sell. Try to ensure that a home has cabinets, countertops, and flooring that is as up to date as possible. Investing in these areas of a home might seem unnecessary when getting ready to sell, but they can make the difference between a home selling or not selling.

Home maintenance should never be neglected, especially for those selling their residence. Keeping a home up to date, ensuring that it is repaired with quality components, and performing regular maintenance will contribute to a home's ability to be sold. For more information or assistance selling a house in Virginia or West Virginia, visit the professionals at Old Dominion Realty to leverage their expertise to help a home get sold. 

August
6

Great Homes For Sale in West Virginia

Moorefield WV photo courtesy of takemytrip.com(Photo courtesy of takemytrip.com)

Whether you're in the market for a new home in the city or tucked quietly into the mountains, West Virginia has what you're seeking. 

Whether you're looking for a starter house, a place in a quiet community to raise your kids or a place to relax and enjoy your retirement with plenty of land, West Virginia has a lot of homes for sale right now that can meet your needs. 

One of the nice things about living in one of West Virginia's towns is that they're not too big and not too small. They're just right. The schools are community-based, so you know your son or daughter will get individualized attention. They all offer plenty of parks and trails, so finding something fun to do outside is always easy. There's a sense of community that can't be recreated in Columbus, Ohio, Pittsburgh or even Lexington, Ky. The quality of life is great.

And so is the housing. 


Right now in Franklin and Moorefield, for example, there are great homes for sale at all price ranges. Need an affordable home with three bedrooms? You can get into one for less than $165,000. In fact, you can find a nice little rambler with just enough room for you and your kids for $130,000.

Just getting started with your career and want to find a place in a thriving business area? You can't go wrong in Morgantown, which has been listed among the best "small places" for careers by Forbes magazine. You can land a job in Morgantown, as well as a sweet deal on a nice house that's near more than a dozen recreational parks and some really great golf courses.

But maybe living in a city isn't your thing. Maybe you want to be tucked back into the hills where you can take things a little slower. If that's the case, West Virginia has many homes for sale that meet your needs, too. 

Just outside of Moorefield, there are homes in the country and in the hills that include acreage. There are homes with property lines that butt up against some of West Virginia's famed state forests and national parks. How cool would it be to live near the Monongahela National Forest or the Thorn Creek Wildlife area?. You can! There are homes at all price ranges that will provide you the privacy you desire. 

West Virginia offers something for everyone. 

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