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How to maintain your wood deck

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Wood decks are timeless backyard additions, but they aren’t maintenance free. When not properly taken care of, they’re prone to rotting. Here’s how to take care of your wood deck.

• Inspect it. Every spring, take time to look your deck over. Examine all the components to make sure there’s no damage. If you come across any, fix it before it gets worse.

• Clean it. Regularly sweep debris off your deck. Scrub it with soap and water once a year. If you’d rather use a pressure washer, be careful: highly pressurized water can gouge holes in wood. Using a sweeping motion, always keep the washer moving.

• Sand and seal it. Every two or three years, sand your patio and apply a sealant. This will prevent the wood from absorbing moisture. You can hire a professional to do this, or you can set aside a week¬end and do the job yourself.

Hopefully, you’ll get to enjoy your wood deck this summer, and for many summers to come. Regular maintenance will ensure that you do.

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Warren County Real Estate Market Report – September 2019

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We have been talking about the low interest rates lately. Looks like they continue to inspire a lot of buyer activity! In other news, be sure to watch to the end of the video to see highlight photos from the 2017 Zombie Walk. This year it will be held on October 19th, line up at Bing Crosby Stadium starting at 6pm.

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

In general summary:

  1. New Listings are up 20.3%
  2. Closed sales are up 74%!!!
  3. Average Median Sold $245,000.
  4. Average Days on Market 66.

*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 October 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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Real Estate Market & Economic Summit 2019

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Real Estate Market & Economic Summit with:

  • Dr. Lisa Sturtevant – Virginia Realtors, Chief Economist
  • Patrick Barker – Frederick County Economic Development Authority Executive Director
  • Shawn Hershberger – Winchester Development Services Director
  • Doug Parsons – Warren County Economic Development Authority Executive Director
  • Hosted by Blue Ridge Association of Realtors
  • Proceeds to benefit Habitat for Humanity and BRAR Scholarship Fund

A few key take aways from Dr. Lisa Sturtevant’s portion of the summit:

  • Because mortgage rates are so low, more people are locking in low interest rates instead of buying their next home. They are adding on to existing home.
  • Healthcare is highest growing job industry in Virginia.
  • We have lost 25-34 year-olds from Virginia. They are moving to places like  Austin, Cleveland, and Des Moines because of high quality of living and affordable housing. QUALITY OF LIFE AND HOUSING ARE BIGGEST REASON FOR LEAVING.
  • Job growth is the primary demand for housing.
  • Prices are going to continue to rise in the months to come.
  • Trend of supply will continue to decline.

Photos courtesy of Jennifer Avery.






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

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Warren County Real Estate Market Report – August 2019

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Huge shift in NEW PENDING sales in 2019. Could it be low interest rates?

Watch this video for a quick summary of Warren County real estate for August 2019 and a brief visual update of the new splash pad construction across from Fantasyland Playground. Video footage will show the progress including some additional work on the creek around the small overpass bridge near Bing Crosby Stadium. The work appears to be helping to protect the creek from future flooding and has already helped the flow of water in this area.

In general summary:

  1. New Listings are down for the first time in months. -5.66%
  2. New Pendings are the most remarkable change this month. 62.50% Because this change is so drastic, it has caused me to dig a little deeper. After reaching out to a few other business professionals including Michelle Napier (CBM Mortgage) and Jennifer Compton (Blue Ink Original Title and Settlement), we think the low interest rates that are available to purchasers right now must be playing a role in the sales jump. Jennifer commented, “The low interest rates have had us extremely busy the past few weeks closing refi’s.” She continued, “I bet these low rates are playing a big part in the percentage change in pending sales.”
  3. 3. Average Days on Market 73.

*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 September 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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NextHome Realty Select announces Curtis Siever as a NextHome Certified Instructor

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Every year, NextHome hosts a Franchise Owner Summit that brings together franchise owners and brokers from across the country with corporate and industry leaders. The event provides attendees with a first glance at new technology and products, allows them to network with other NextHome members, and to share strategies on elevating their business.

NextHome rolled out a brand new program at last week’s Franchise Owner Summit in Denver. Brokers and owners had the opportunity to register and complete our inaugural Train the Trainer course, a NextHome accreditation program.

Completing the course, in addition to meeting other prerequisites, has resulted in 35 franchise owners becoming NextHome Certified Instructors. Their office locations across the country are now National Association of REALTORS® approved sites where our NextHomies can teach the NAR Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR) course.

Given that over 50 percent of all agents inquire about the ABR designation, this is a game-changing opportunity for the first class of NextHome Certified Instructors to host trainings in their office locations and connect with local real estate professionals.

NextHome Realty Select would like to recognize Broker/Owner Curtis Siever, who completed the Train the Trainer course in Denver and is now ready to spread his knowledge with agents in his sphere.

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5 questions to ask when choosing a neighborhood

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Before you start shopping for a new home, it’s a good idea to consider what neighborhood you want to live in. Here are five questions to ask yourself when considering location.

1. Are the schools good? If you have young kids, this is a top priority. Do some digging online and consider visiting the more promising schools in person.

2. Is it safe? Ensure that the neighborhood doesn’t have issues with crime. You can often find information about crime rates on the web. Another option is to make inquiries with the local police department.

3. Where can I go by foot? Consider what shops, services or amenities are within walking distance. This includes grocery stores, cafes, restaurants, daycares, clinics, parks and gyms.

4. What will commuting be like? Take into account how close the neighborhood is to your workplace and your children’s school. If you intend to take public transportation, see how accessible and convenient it is.

5. Do I like the atmosphere? To better understand the overall vibe of the neighborhood, the best thing to do is scope it out in person. Walk the streets, chat with the locals and visit the area’s shops and restaurants.

In addition to asking yourself these five questions, it’s worth discovering what trends are emerging with respect to home values in the neighborhood. This will indicate whether buying in the area will prove a good investment if you choose to sell the property down the road.

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Warren County Market Report – July 2019

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Welcome back to school, Warren County!

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

In general summary:

  1. New Listings are up 15%.  This is a significant increase over last year.  Good news is that we are selling what we list and hopefully will continue to do so.  Closed Sales are up 9%.
  2. Average Median Sold $241,000.
  3. Average Days on Market 76.

*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 July 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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With an emphasis on individuality and creativity, this acrylic painting class welcomes all skill levels. Some concepts we will explore include various paint application techniques, color theory, and composition. Within these basic parameters, we will[...]
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We are offering classes for children ages 7-12 who would enjoy expressing themselves through art. The students will expand their creative side with drawing, painting and constructing, using various mediums such as acrylic, pastels, watercolor[...]
1:30 pm Botanical Drawing: October 2019 @ Art in the Valley
Botanical Drawing: October 2019 @ Art in the Valley
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Botanical Drawing: October 2019 @ Art in the Valley
Learn and practice the art of botanical drawing in pencil with local artist and instructor Elena Maza. This four session course will focus on learning basic drawing skills as applied to botanicals: basic line drawings[...]
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10:30 am Small Business Lending Forum @ Samuels Public Library
Small Business Lending Forum @ Samuels Public Library
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Small Business Lending Forum @ Samuels Public Library
The forum will provide participants with an overview of U.S. Small Business Administration and USDA/Rural Business Cooperative-Services (RBS)’s financing programs and services.  Participants will have the opportunity to field questions to lenders and learn more[...]
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Able Forces Foundation is hosting Andre Miller, Resource Specialist, Virginia Veteran and Family Support, Virginia Department of Veteran Services, to assist veterans, their spouses, and dependents with questions regarding Veteran benefits and in filing claims[...]
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The Fundamentals of Acrylic Pain... @ Art in the Valley
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Join the Northern Shenandoah Valley Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s Together, we can provide care and support to improve the lives of Americans affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia (including family, friends, and caregivers), and[...]