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The numbers are in: Beth Medved Waller, founder of WHAT MATTERS, remains Warren County’s #1 listing agent in 2018

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Beth Medved Waller, Warren County’s #1 listing agent in 2018

Warren County, VA — Beth Medved Waller’s new year’s goals for the past decade have always been to remain the top listing agent in Warren County and to spread the word about her favorite nonprofits. She never imagined that in 2018 she would be able to sell the most Warren County listings while also starting her own global 501(c)(3) nonprofit that took her out of the country seven times. “I believe we are all on a journey in life, and if we follow our hearts, even when it means taking leaps of faith that don’t make sense, our lives will be blessed beyond measure and most importantly we’ll be able to bless others in the process.”

Beth in Bunyade, Uganda – a remote village that has no electricity, but now has a new primary school thanks largely to the real estate clients who called on Beth Medved Waller to sell their homes in 2018.

Initially worried that people would think she couldn’t be an effective realtor with her nonprofit work and traveling, she laughs when people question her ability to serve her sellers. “Before I head overseas, I tell my clients that I’ll be faster responding to their emails and calls while abroad. When I’m away, I’m not on back-to-back appointments like I used to be the past decade, so I can return calls and emails faster. My phone works better in the remote village that has no electricity (where the new school is located) than it does in Browntown, VA!” Beth also works with a fantastic transaction coordinator based out of the Keller Williams Solutions main office in Manassas, VA to keep her organized and always connected. Both her real estate and nonprofit work are headquartered in the former “Team Waller” office at 27 Cloud Street in downtown Front Royal, which she has converted into a nonprofit center. The building provides office space for the Front Royal Women’s Resource Center and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). She also hosts a free community meeting space beside the Daily Grind on Main Street which is a WHAT MATTERS initiative to support downtown Front Royal and residents by providing a comfortable and well-appointed place for groups large and small to meet (or host fundraisers, presentations or networking events) at no cost.

To learn more about how Beth can help with your real estate goals, or to discover more about WHAT MATTERS, please visit her website at www.whatmattersw2.com or give her a call at 540-671-6145. She’d love the opportunity to share her passion for real estate and her gift of negotiating and outside-the-box marketing/strategizing. Her passion for nonprofit work is also a topic she’d love to discuss with anyone interested. She can also be reached by email at beth@whatmattersw2.com to start a conversation about you joining in her support efforts to help Light up Life Foundations in Uganda, to book a time to utilize her free community meeting space (“Open House” in the Middle of Main building on Main Street), to schedule a no-cost social media video to promote your business/group or cause, or to discuss another current or future WHAT MATTERS Initiative.

BETH Medved Waller
Associate Broker, KW Solutions, Keller Williams Realty
Director, WHAT MATTERS, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit


Can you spare $1 to change a life of one of the children in the lyric video below? 

Download “What Matters is your Heart” on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon or Google today for $0.99-$1.29. YOU can become a part of dollardreamdownload.com and change lives — one song, one dream, one download at a time! Help me reach my 1 million download goal to support children in Uganda!

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27 Cloud Street Front Royal, VA 22630  |  540-671-6145
Northern Virginia Office:
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Top tips for long-distance house hunters

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Buying a house from afar can be challenging. Here are four tips to make the process a little easier.

1. Clarify your needs
First and foremost, you need to establish your priorities and your non-negotiables. Are you willing to renovate? What’s your budget? How important are schools? This will help you narrow down your options and thereby save you time.

2. Go online
Your first step should be to find out as much as possible about the neighborhoods you’re considering. What are commute times like? Are there issues with crime rates? How good are the schools? Don’t limit your search to factors that affect you directly: a house in a great area has more resale value.

3. Get someone on the ground
The internet is helpful, but you’ll need someone on the ground to really get a sense of what your options are. Spend time finding a good realtor, especially one that’s familiar with the area and who’ll take the time to communicate with you and answer your questions.

4. Plan to travel
It’s a good idea to spend a few days visiting houses on your short list. Give yourself enough time to see each one without rushing.

Long-distance house hunting isn’t easy. However, with the help of a good realtor, you’ll be able to find a great home that meets your needs.

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Warren County Market Report – November 2019

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Watch this video for a quick summary of Warren County real estate for November 2019. Charts demonstrate the changes in the market, so be sure to click play!

In general summary:

  1. New Listings were DOWN -14.8% in October 2019. Numbers recover a little, but are still down by -7.9% in November.
  2. Closed sales are UP 46.5%.
  3. Average Median Sold $230,000 in October and has climbed to $252,500 in November.
  4. Average Days on Market 55. In my opinion, anything under 60 days is great!

*If you would like a copy of this report emailed to you, please send request to jenaveryrealtor@gmail.com.

Resource: 2019 Market Stats by ShowingTime
MRIS: Statistics calculated December 2019

Jennifer Avery, Realtor
“Your Happy Home Expert”

BPOR, SRS, CNE, E-Pro Certified | Licensed in VA
jenaveryrealtor@gmail.com | 540-683-0790
CRUM REALTY, INC | 318 S Loudoun St., Winchester, VA 22601 | 540-662-0400

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8 real estate investment tips

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Investing in real estate offers substantial tax benefits and is a good way to diversify your portfolio. To make the most of your real estate investments, here are eight tips you should follow.

1. Do your research. If you’re not familiar with the market, seek the help of a professional and remember that the principle of “buy low, sell high” applies to real estate.

2. Diversify. Just like your overall portfolio, it’s crucial to diversify your real estate holdings. Invest in diverse areas and property types.

3. Team up. Unless you can devote a lot of time and energy to your holdings, it’s best to have an investment partner or join a group of investors.

4. Get advice. Seek the expertise of someone with a good track record in real estate transactions. They’ll be able to give you relevant information.

5. Adjust expectations. Don’t expect investing in real estate to be easy, because it isn’t. Just like other forms of wealth management, it requires know-how and experience.

6. Look beyond bargains. Don’t expect to find a major discount. Approach the market with a long-term outlook and privilege properties that are likely to help you build equity and grow your portfolio.

7. Have a way out. Selling a piece of property that’s appreciated in value may seem like a lucrative option, but you may end up paying a lot of taxes. Have a plan for reinvesting the profits.

8. Look at the big picture. Make sure you understand how real estate fits in with your overall investment strategy. The best thing to do is to sit down with a financial adviser and make a plan.

Above all, remember that the best way to enter the real estate market is strategically. Know what your goals are and make a plan to attain them.

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3 tips for downsizing in a hot market

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It’s common for seniors living in up-and-coming areas to be solicited by realtors and potential buyers interested in their homes. A hot real estate market can be a boon if you’re looking to downsize, but it can also attract predatory buyers and lowball offers.

Here’s how to get the most out of this opportunity, especially if you’ve been off the market for a while.

1. Hire a good realtor. Interview three or more and check their references. Ask questions about their experience with selling properties like yours, their general approach to closing on sales and what you can expect in terms of communication. You should also ensure that the realtor you hire is a registered member of the relevant professional organization in your area.

2. Get a market analysis. It’s important that you have a clear understanding of your home’s actual value. Your realtor should be able to provide you with a realistic estimate. You should also get a home appraiser to assess the value of the property.

3. Make your wishes known. Just because you’re selling doesn’t mean you need to leave everything behind. You’re perfectly within your rights to request that valuable or sentimental items, such as your vintage chandelier, be excluded from the sale.

Downsizing in a hot market can mean a quick sale, but it’s important that you work with a reliable realtor to ensure you get the most out of the deal.

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Is home staging worth the money?

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Staging involves altering the look of your home to make it more attractive to potential buyers. Is it worth paying for? The short answer is, it depends.

How much does it cost?
The extent of the staging will largely determine how much it costs. A minimal staging involving a deep clean and a fresh coat of paint will be less expensive than one involving renting chic furniture and installing new light fixtures.

What are the advantages?
A 2017 report by the National Association of Realtors cites that 29 percent of seller’s agents believe that home staging can increase the dollar value of a home by one to five percent.

Staging can also prevent sellers from having to accept lowball offers or drop their asking price. Realtors may insist that the price of staging a home is offset by the (potentially) gained profits, but this strongly depends on a number of hard-to-predict factors such as how strong the market is. There’s no universal rule that can be applied in every scenario.

What’s the bottom line?
How effective staging is varies from case to case. The most important thing to do is have an open discussion about it so that you can define your budget, timeline and expectations.

Finally, remember that anyone can call themselves a home stager. If you decide to stage your home, make sure to check the stager or staging firm’s references.

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Lockboxes: pros and cons

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If you’re selling your home, your realtor might suggest keeping a set of your house keys in a lockbox. Though this can make it easier for potential buyers to view your home, is it a good idea? Here’s what you should know.

The pros
Lockboxes are convenient, especially when the property up for sale is vacant. Sellers don’t need to attend each visit and buyers can take a look at the property when it’s most convenient for them. In addition, some buyers prefer visiting homes when the sellers aren’t around.

The cons
No matter how secure the lockbox is, there’s always some level of risk that a burglar could access it. Mechanical lockboxes, however, are more vulnerable than electronic models.

Electronic lockboxes often use smartphone applications to enter a personal code, creating a record of who opened the box and when. While secure, they don’t eliminate the risk of human error.

Keep in mind that the use of a lockbox requires your consent following a thorough explanation of the risks. If you’re not comfortable with the idea, it’s your right to refuse. Finally, remember that realtors are never allowed to give the combination to anyone who isn’t a registered real estate agent. If you see this happen, report it right away.

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6:00 pm Holiday Open House @ Ruby Yoga
Holiday Open House @ Ruby Yoga
Dec 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Holiday Open House @ Ruby Yoga
Ruby Yoga will host a Holiday Open House Friday, Dec. 13. Doors open at 6 p.m. with free gentle yoga starting at 6:20, followed by refreshments and door prize drawings.
7:30 pm Canticum Novum: Sing a New Song @ Front Royal Presbyterian Church
Canticum Novum: Sing a New Song @ Front Royal Presbyterian Church
Dec 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Canticum Novum: Sing a New Song @ Front Royal Presbyterian Church
The Blue Ridge Singers presents its 2019 Christmas concert titled “Canticum Novum:  Sing a New Song” featuring some of the finest Christmas choral music across the centuries at one of the most popular events in[...]
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Celebrate George Washington @ Samuels Public Library
Dec 14 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Celebrate George Washington @ Samuels Public Library
December 14 is the 220th anniversary of George Washington’s death. Today we will learn more about this great leader of our country and celebrate his legacy. Refreshments will be served. For ages 7 to 18.[...]
11:00 am Saturday with Santa @ Warren County Community Center
Saturday with Santa @ Warren County Community Center
Dec 14 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saturday with Santa @ Warren County Community Center
Bring the kids and your camera for yummy snacks, crafts, and a picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus! All are welcome!
1:00 pm “Clara, Little Mouse & the Golde... @ Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
“Clara, Little Mouse & the Golde... @ Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Dec 14 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
"Clara, Little Mouse & the Golden Key" @ Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Join us for this original version of the timeless story ballet The Nutcracker Suite. Follow Clara and Little Mouse on a journey to find what the Golden Key unlocks… Christmas will never be the same[...]
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4:00 pm R-MA Hosts Community Christmas C... @ Randolph-Macon Academy | Boggs Chapel
R-MA Hosts Community Christmas C... @ Randolph-Macon Academy | Boggs Chapel
Dec 15 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
R-MA Hosts Community Christmas Concert @ Randolph-Macon Academy | Boggs Chapel
The local community is invited to join the Randolph-Macon Academy family for an afternoon of holiday spirit with the R-MA Band and Chorus! The annual R-MA Christmas Concert will be held on Sunday, December 15th,[...]
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4:30 pm Science Scouts and More @ Samuels Public Library
Science Scouts and More @ Samuels Public Library
Dec 17 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Science Scouts and More @ Samuels Public Library
Tuesday, December 3: Kids will explore popular books and book series through science, games, food, and more! After reading a Christmas story, we’ll discuss giving and how it affects us and the people around us.[...]
7:30 pm Christmas Concert @ Boggs Chapel on the R-MA Campus
Christmas Concert @ Boggs Chapel on the R-MA Campus
Dec 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Christmas Concert @ Boggs Chapel on the R-MA Campus
Christmas Concert | Presented by the American Legion Community Band Tuesday, December 17, 2019, at 7:30 pm Boggs Chapel on the R-MA campus in Front Royal, VA
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10:15 am Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Dec 18 @ 10:15 am – 12:00 pm
Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
10:15 Toddler story time | 11:00 Preschool story time Wednesday, December 4 and Thursday, December 5: Gingerbread and Candy Canes will be the delicious theme of our stories, songs, and craft this week! Siblings welcome.[...]
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10:15 am Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Dec 19 @ 10:15 am – 12:00 pm
Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
10:15 Toddler story time | 11:00 Preschool story time Wednesday, December 4 and Thursday, December 5: Gingerbread and Candy Canes will be the delicious theme of our stories, songs, and craft this week! Siblings welcome.[...]