If you feel like you're always running out of pantry space, you're not alone. Pantry space is often at a premium in homes, leaving us to scramble to find space for all our food, kitchen gadgets, and supplies. Would you like to keep your pantry more organized for the holiday season and beyond? Here are a few recommendations from our real estate agents for making the best possible use of that space.
Temperatures may be dropping, but the fun doesn't stop at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Our real estate agents share a sneak preview of upcoming holiday festivities at this popular attraction near Richmond homes for sale.
Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights
The gardens are beautiful in daylight but are truly spectacular when lit up during the evening. This year, "Seeds of Light" is the theme for the Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights. Based on the idea that tiny seeds provide the spark of life, more than half a million lights are part of a creative display inspired by the connection between seeds and fruit.
There's another craft beverage industry bubbling just under the surface in Richmond: mead and cider.
Local meaderies and cideries create unique beverages—made with honey and apples—that are becoming more and more popular every year. Fall is the perfect season to sip these unique, richly historic concoctions, and our real estate agents are excited to share some of their favorite spots for local cider and mead in Richmond!
Thanksgiving is a great holiday to enjoy all your favorite foods. A busy social calendar around the Richmond area means you can fit in a run, even during the holiday season! Enjoy your turkey dinner and all the trimmings, and start the day at one of these exciting turkey trots near Richmond homes for sale.
Fall in Central Virginia has always been one of our real estate agents' favorite seasons. As the weather cools off and the trees light up with brilliant colors, there's simply no better time to get out and explore the great outdoors.
And there may be no better place to do so than Pocahontas State Park. Just 30 minutes from Richmond, this spectacular state park offers some of the most amazing fall foliage in the region, along with a wealth of opportunities for outdoor recreation.
Pocahontas State Park Fall Foliage
Spanning nearly 8,000 acres, Pocahontas State Park is Virginia's largest state park. It was first opened in 1946 and was developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the hills and valleys surrounding Swift Creek.
History, culture, and nature meet at the Riverfront Canal Walk, one of Richmond's more popular attractions for both locals and tourists. Our real estate agents share what makes this fascinating spot a must-see for everyone.
Founding and Early Days of the Canal
While the seven-mile falls of the James River offer wonderful recreational and sightseeing opportunities near Richmond homes for sale, they were a serious problem during the Colonial era. The falls served as an obstacle for ships carrying passengers and goods into the western region.
Are you looking for trendy but easy upgrades you can add to your home, perhaps before you list it for sale? Installing barn doors is a fast upgrade with a dramatic impact, and it makes a good weekend DIY project. Here are a few tips from our real estate agents on installing a barn door that adds a farmhouse touch to your home.
Richmond is well known for its craft beer scene, but the local wine culture in Central Virginia doesn't always get the attention it deserves. Some of the best wine country in the eastern United States is a stone's throw from Richmond, and today, our real estate agents are excited to share some of their favorite Richmond-area wineries and vineyards. Stop by these local spots for a wine tasting and to savor wines from the Richmond area.
It's time to take care of maintenance or repair projects so that your home is ready for chillier temperatures. By starting your list now, you'll have plenty of time to tackle all those chores you've been meaning to do. Here are a few things our real estate agents suggest for preparing your home for the fall months.
It's never too early to start planning for the Richmond Oktoberfest, with this year's event expected to be bigger and better than ever. The 2022 edition is the 52nd annual Richmond Oktoberfest and will be taking place at the Old Dominion Building at the Richmond Raceway. This two-day event features all of the charms of a traditional German Oktoberfest celebration, with a convenient location near Richmond homes for sale and a packed schedule of events. Our real estate agents have all the exciting details on what to expect.
It often gets overlooked, but sparkling clean windows can make a big difference in how your house looks, both inside and out. Whether you're selling your home or just want it to look its best, here are a few tips from our real estate agents on making your windows dirt-free and crystal clear.
August 17 is National Thrift Shop Day, and thrifters in the Richmond area have plenty of options when it comes to finding vintage goods at a bargain!
Whether you're on the hunt for vintage clothes, antique furniture, or artwork, you never know what treasures await at your local thrift shop. That's why our real estate agents are excited to share some of their favorite thrift stores in Richmond.
There's no doubt that farm-to-table dining is a trendy option, and for good reason. The benefits to local farmers are significant, and the difference that comes with fresh, locally sourced ingredients can be tasted in every bite of your meal. Richmond is in the perfect position to offer farm-to-table dining, with so many fantastic local farms located throughout Central Virginia. Our real estate agents have all of the delicious details on 5 of the best farm-to-table dining experiences located in Richmond.
Furniture really makes a room. Arrange the furniture one way, and you have a sleek and sophisticated look. Arrange it another way, and the same room looks cozy and inviting. Whether you're already in a home or still looking at Richmond homes for sale, the following furniture rearranging tips are sure to come in handy.
There's nothing like warm weather and live music to bring people together. That's the ethos behind Richmond's annual Music in the Park concert series. Our real estate agents have attended several of these concerts, and we couldn't be more excited about this year's series! Keep reading to learn more about this exciting event and when you can stop by Forest Hill Park for a free live show.
About the Concert Series
Relaxing on a deck is enjoyable in any season, but especially during the summer months.
Want to expand your home's outdoor spaces and increase your home's value? Building a deck will help you accomplish both of these goals!
With so many different options regarding deck materials, styles, and designs, it's important to do your research so your deck is right for your home. Here are a few things our real estate agents suggest you know when building a deck.
If you enjoy farm-to-table cuisine, handmade crafts, and mingling with neighbors, Richmond has quite a few local markets that take place all summer long. Shopping at small businesses helps to support the community, local economy, and independent artists and farmers. Since food doesn't travel far to get to the local market, you're sure to find some of the freshest fruits and vegetables around.
You just might run into one of our real estate agents shopping at one of these local markets this summer:
Interior design trends come and go. But one that has gained popularity in recent years is a modern twist on farmhouse style.
Our real estate agents see this style frequently in the homes they show, and many buyers love this look. Here are a few ways to create this look yourself by adding farmhouse details to your modern decor.
So summer is almost here and you're already dreading the cries of, "There's nothing to do!" Our real estate agents have been there, and they recommend these wonderful summer programs near Richmond homes for sale to keep your kids engaged in productive and entertaining activities.
Summer will be here in no time. Our real estate agents know that means summer IPAs.
The RVA is one of America's most vibrant craft brewing scenes. It encompasses some of the smallest micro-breweries and has also given rise to big brands. Whenever you're checking out Richmond homes for sale, you can rest assured local "beer wizards" are at work!
With more than a dozen breweries within Richmond alone, it can be a challenge to know where to start. In fact, the RVA is rich with brewery tours that will take you all around the area. But if you are ready and raring to jump in, we can recommend a few places that hit the spot with many of our clients.
When you compare Richmond homes for sale, you're not just picking a building – you're choosing a community. Our real estate agents know the right neighborhood makes the winning difference. That's especially true when you have kids!
Moving to the RVA, you'll have your pick of family-friendly restaurants. Richmond cuisine runs the gamut from good old-fashioned burgers, pasta, and pizza to fusion cuisine that will expand young palates. There's always something new to try.
National Barbecue Day is coming – and our real estate agents know just how to celebrate!
National Barbecue Day on May 16 celebrates one of the nation's time-honored culinary traditions. Although it's during the spring, May marks the start of the summer barbecue season. Why not kick things off with a bang?
There are over three dozen barbecue restaurants within a short drive of Richmond homes for sale.
What could be better than spending some time outdoors, enjoying a healthy, fun activity, and supporting great causes in the process? Spring and summer are the busiest times of year for 5K events around Richmond, with plenty of races to train for in the upcoming months. Our real estate agents have the details on six 5Ks that you can start training for in the Richmond area.
With spring just around the corner, trees and plants are showing signs of new growth, green leaves, and early blooms. Our real estate agents think it's the perfect time to get outside and plant your Richmond garden so that you can enjoy all the benefits of National Garden Month in April.
As you do your spring cleaning this year, you may discover some things that you no longer need that would be useful to someone else. Donating unneeded home goods, furnishings, and other items to a donation center near Richmond homes for sale is a great way to make a positive contribution to the community in the process and lighten your own load in the process. Not only is decluttering an important part of spring cleaning, but if you're getting your home ready to list, it'll help make the space appear more inviting.
Declutter and do something good for the community when you have a "donate" pile while working on your spring cleaning. Our real estate agents have the key details on some of the donation centers around Richmond, where you can finish your spring cleaning by helping community members in need.
If you're an old soul, you easily make your home a reflection of your personality by adding some vintage decor. Antique furniture pieces can create a classic atmosphere in any room, so it's easy to see why vintage decor is in style.
Our real estate agents are always looking for new vintage furniture and antique finds. To help you with your search in the Richmond area, we compiled a list of top places to find vintage decor for your home.
When you're in the mood for a day of fantastic shopping, you certainly won't have to travel far from Richmond homes for sale. Downtown Richmond is filled with unique, local boutique shops offering fashion, art, antiques, home goods, culinary delights, and so much more. Whether you're shopping for the perfect gift or treating yourself, Richmond has you covered. Our real estate agents have the details on some of the many great shops that you'll find throughout downtown Richmond.
The key to a successful and affordable move is to plan ahead. This way, you can start saving and budgeting well in advance of your moving date. But what expenses do you need to account for as you plan your move? Our real estate agents list some often-forgotten moving expenses below.
With spring around the corner, it's time to plan your spring cleaning. One area that many homeowners often overlook is their windows.
Clean windows maximize the amount of natural light that enters your home; our real estate agents know that gleaming windows also help your home look its best during home showings.
Richmond is a place where a rich history and vibrant present come together, and if you're thinking about making this area your new home, then we're here to help.
Just like any city, the best way to get to know Richmond is to put boots on the ground and explore it in person. If you want to get to know the city a little better, our real estate agents recommend these fascinating Richmond tours!
Sports leagues offer a fun, social way to stay fit, enjoy all of your favorite games, and meet some new people in the process. Richmond homes for sale make it easy to join up with leagues for all of your favorite sports, at locations all around the city. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop on some of the local groups you can join when you move to the Richmond area.
Once a month, Richmond's thriving arts community takes center stage in one of the city's most popular traditions. Our real estate agents love visiting Downtown Richmond for First Fridays from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. During these monthly events, make sure to stop by these wonderful galleries, shops, and restaurants that are right down the street from Richmond homes for sale.
Redecorating after moving into a new home can feel like an insurmountable task. Let's say you've finally closed on one of these Richmond homes for sale and are looking to change up a few things to fit your style better. Now, where do you start?
Let's take a closer look at the trending paint colors that will inspire you in 2022. Make sure to consider the mood you want to inspire and the types of rooms you might want to use these trends for in your home.
Our real estate agents know there are plenty of reasons to love Richmond, Virginia!
If you've been exploring Richmond homes for sale, you're already aware of many of them. Natural beauty, a thriving arts scene, and a vibrant economy all contribute to attracting new residents each and every year. But there's something else that shouldn't be underestimated: The food!
If you're planning on buying or selling a house in the coming year, you might be wondering how to find the right real estate agent to support your transaction. After all, so much of your success depends on the experience of the real estate agent you select to support you along the way. If you're selling your home, your real estate agent is key to securing the highest possible sale price. If you're considering one of these beautiful Richmond homes for sale, your agent's expertise in the market and negotiation experience can help you land a solid deal.
However, finding a good real estate agent with the right level of experience isn't as simple as you might think. With so many agents out there, you might have to do some work to really find one who is truly a good match for you and your family. To help you, below are some tips that can help you find the best real estate agent to support your transaction in 2022.
When you enter a room, the scents inside the space impact your feelings, emotions, and immediate perception of the home. This is especially true around the holidays.
Our real estate agents know that inviting, comforting scents are what people associate with the holiday season. Here are a few ways to enjoy seasonal scents in your home.
Richmond has a long, interesting story that spans centuries, and residents have always had a love of local history. Many of the city's historic buildings have been preserved to the present day, and are just waiting to be explored. Whether you're a history buff yourself or you're searching for fun, educational family activities in Richmond, a historic tour is a great way to spend a day in the city. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop on 6 historic buildings in downtown Richmond to explore.
Officially opened in 2015, the Virginia Capital Trail unites the state's past and present. Pedestrians and bikers can travel just over 51 miles between Jamestown, Virginia's first capital, and Richmond.
If you're moving to Richmond, you're in luck. You're just in time for the VCU Health Richmond Marathon! Always tremendous fun, the annual event is eagerly anticipated by runners and spectators alike. And there's still time to sign up! There are plenty of Richmond homes for sale that put you just a stone's throw away from where the action will be. Here's what to expect.
Finding the perfect gift can be a challenge, no matter what the occasion. One occasion that may have you scratching your head is shopping for a house-warming present for a new homeowner.
Is your friend or relative settling in among Richmond homes for sale? Our real estate agents have vast experience helping homeowners acquire the home of their dreams or selling their homes so they can move on -- but they also know a thing or two about what a new homeowner might welcome in the way of a gift.
Moving to a new place is never easy. In addition to the chore of dragging your stuff from one house to another, you also have to readjust to a new area and find a way to incorporate all of your old routines into unfamiliar surroundings. For instance, walking and playing with your dog. There are plenty of Richmond homes for sale, where you and your family can move, but where are the dog-friendly hiking trails near those homes? We've got you covered. Here are a few of our favorite spaces in nature where you and your dog can walk, hike, and play.
Our real estate agents know local dining is one of the big things that many new homeowners think about when deciding on a home. No matter what your tastes are, you won't be disappointed in the RVA. World-class cuisine of many different styles can be found seemingly around every corner.
The vibrant startup scene of the Richmond, Virginia area also applies to the restaurant industry. Experienced chefs and restaurateurs are constantly creating new experiences for residents and visitors to enjoy. Over the last decade, vegetarian and vegan options have expanded by leaps and bounds.
Coordinating the logistics of a move is rarely an easy task, which is why our real estate agents are always trying to offer tips to make things as easy as possible. In our experience, renting a storage unit can help make things significantly easier during the home sale and moving process. However, many of our clients wonder if the benefits are worth the expense. If you're planning on moving soon, below are 5 ways renting a storage unit can make your life a lot easier.
National Comic Book Day is on September 25th and is a terrific time to explore local comic book stores or treat the comic book lover in your life. Richmond homes for sale benefit from the city's creative culture, and comic books have long been a part of the area's publishing scene. If you take a little time to plan ahead, you could end up starting your own comic book collection just by visiting all of the comic book stores near Richmond!
Richmond is one of the best cities in the region for craft breweries, and the Richmond Beer Trail is the perfect way to discover all that local breweries have to offer. As you travel the trail, you'll have the opportunity to experience the best local breweries and the many attractions in the unique communities where each brewery is located. Our real estate agents have all of the details on 5 breweries that you won't want to miss along the Richmond Beer Trail.
The importance of natural light in the home can't be overstated. Everyone loves bright, open rooms, and natural lighting really makes your home appear larger and more welcoming. Maximizing your home's natural lighting can also decrease your utility costs, and more importantly, it can actually improve your mood and mental health.
The best part is, increasing natural light exposure can be easy and cost-effective. While windows are your primary natural light source, there are many simple things you can do to maximize light throughout your house. Here are simple tips from our real estate agents:
Rain, rain go away! Summer showers are bound to happen and even people who love the rain can get cranky when they are cooped up inside all day. You can stave off that boredom by jumping into a DIY project to stay active. Our real estate agents have a few ideas for projects for kids and grownups alike. Some are just for fun, while others are designed to spruce up Richmond homes for sale. Take a look at some of these great options:
The rich soil between the Blue Ridge and the Atlantic Coast is perfect for growing grapes and has given rise to some truly outstanding local wineries.
Ready to hit the water? Central Virginia offers some truly amazing paddling opportunities, and our real estate agents are excited to share their favorite summer kayak spots.
Nestled along the mighty James River, Richmond, in particular, is a great place to explore by kayak (there's a reason they call it the River City). Here's where to launch your kayak, join a guided trip, or gear up for your next kayak adventure in Richmond, VA!
As the weather grows warmer, you may find yourself looking for a way to cool off. Stopping by a local pool or splash pad is a great option. Most of these places are kid-friendly and welcoming to families, so people of all ages can splash around and enjoy a break from the heat.
Each year, June 15 is designated National Nature Photography Day by the North American Nature Photography Association. It's a great opportunity to grab your camera and head into the great outdoors.
We don't need any excuse to gush about our favorite parks and green spaces in the Richmond area. Even so, National Nature Photography Day offers a unique opportunity for our real estate agents to highlight these great wild places in and around Richmond.
Bubble tea, also known as boba, is a delicious indulgence any time of year, but especially in the spring and summer months. Between the sweet, milky tea and the chewy tapioca pearls, you're in for a treat. Whether you're already a fan of this trendy beverage or you want to try it for the first time, you're in luck! Richmond has some awesome bubble tea cafes. Here are a few that our real estate agents recommend.
Do you love to live in a walkable neighborhood with plenty of attractions and key services located within walking distance of your home? Walking is such a healthy activity for both body and mind, so it's no surprise that so many shoppers are increasingly looking for a walkable neighborhood to call home. Richmond is one of the most walkable cities in Virginia, with various scenic, amenity-packed neighborhoods to choose from when shopping for your next home. Our real estate agents are here to help you learn more about all of the vibrant, walkable neighborhoods that are waiting for you in Richmond.
Designing a beautiful home is no easy task. While it may seem simple, it takes a keen, knowledgeable eye to create an interior with that special wow factor! Our real estate agents show a variety of homes that reflect beautiful design style, and we see the difference it makes when buying or selling a home.
As interior designers know, it requires vision, skill, and planning to understand the impact of scale, color, and balance in your home. Many design decisions go into a well-designed interior. In Richmond homes for sale, savvy buyers are looking for interiors that reflect current design trends, so they don't have to sink money into costly design mistakes.
As one of the oldest major cities in the United States, Richmond features stunning examples of the various architectural styles that have been popular through the years. Get a new appreciation of the city's rich historical heritage when you view these classic buildings, only minutes from Richmond homes for sale.
If you love gracious Victorian architecture in all of its styles, from Queen Anne to Colonial Revival, you need look no further than the Fan District. But you didn't need our real estate agents to tell you that, did you? If you're considering one of the lovely Richmond homes for sale, let's look at some of the things that you may not have realized the Fan has to share.
Over the last decade, food trucks have become a crucial part of Richmond's food scene. It's a trend that our real estate agents are definitely on board with.
But where to find them? One of the advantages of food trucks is that they're mobile. They can go where the people are, but that can make tracking them down tricky.
After a day visiting Richmond homes for sale, you should take some time to unwind. The best place to do it is Carytown, Richmond's "Mile of Style." It has some of the best dining and shopping in Virginia! Stretching across nine blocks, Carytown is always fun to explore. Locals appreciate it as the place to eat, shop, and play.
Our REALTORS® have been known to visit these local restaurants and shops throughout Carytown.
What could be better than a warm, crispy waffle for breakfast, served by your favorite Richmond restaurant? Waffles have been served in some form since the 13th century, making them both one of the oldest and most beloved breakfast dishes in the world. Residents of the Richmond area have no shortage of great places to enjoy a delicious breakfast, and International Waffle Day provides the perfect excuse to order breakfast from a local restaurant. Our real estate agents have all the delicious details on 5 of the best places to order breakfast in the Richmond area.
For centuries, butterflies have captured human imagination, serving as inspiration for art, poetry, and song. Explore the fascinating story of these stunning insects during National Learn about Butterflies Day on Sunday, March 14. Join our real estate agents by planning a visit to one of these wonderful gardens around Richmond.
Looking for a chance to enjoy art and culture in Richmond? Our real estate agents have an idea!
When you're visiting Richmond homes for sale, you want to take the chance to learn all about the community. One way to really enjoy the spirit of Richmond is to visit its Museum District, truly one of a kind in the state.
Putting your home on the market is a big decision, and the process can be intimidating. Did you know the best way to prepare your home for an upcoming listing is by taking the time to properly stage it for potential buyers? The home staging process is actually one of the most exciting parts of the sales process. While it does require a lot of work and planning, it can also be fun. Proper staging can not only help you sell your home faster, but it can also help you get more in return.
If you have plans for a garden this year and prefer to save money and start your own plants from seed, now is the time to start those seeds indoors. Even if you're planning on selling your home this year, our real estate agents advise moving ahead with your normal gardening plans, as adding pretty flowers to your landscaping or to pots around the front door and porch can dramatically improve your home's curb appeal. Here are a few tips to help you successfully start seeds inside.
The traditional way to decorate your walls is to hang a few select pieces of artwork or mirrors, leaving a lot of empty wall space. If this seems a little boring to you, you'll love an alternative approach we often see in well-staged Richmond homes for sale: the gallery wall, which is where you hang many pieces of artwork together for a collage-like effect. While some of these gallery walls might look haphazard at first glance, usually they're well planned out with a theme and with an eye for balance and design. They're great for family photos or eclectic displays of artwork. Here are a few tips for bringing this savvy look into your own home.
Who doesn't love a fresh pizza from a pipping hot oven? No matter what you top your pie with, pizza is one of the most popular foods in the country. That popularity led to Tuesday, February 9 being designated as National Pizza Day. Join our real estate agents in the celebration by ordering your favorite pie from one of these top pizza joints around Richmond.
If you're trying to eat healthier this year, there's no need to eat less-than-tasty food. Richmond has plenty of healthy dining options at many of its restaurants so you can follow a nutritious eating plan while still loving what you eat.
Our real estate agents suggest stopping in to enjoy a healthy meal, snack, or beverage at any of the following Richmond restaurants:
When it comes to your home decorating style, do you struggle to pick out pieces because you don't know what to focus on? Do you feel pulled around by trends? Or do you feel like you can't put your finger on it because everything is mismatched and pieced together? Identifying your home decorating style can be a minefield of indecision and procrastination.
Our real estate agents believe that our homes should be a reflection of our personalities. It has to do with trusting your intuition instead of following the crowd. The following tips for finding the right style of décor for your home will help you create spaces that look beautiful, feel authentic, and make you happy.
When is the last time you thought about your kitchen from the eyes of a stranger? When you look at something every day, it's easy to stop seeing the things other people would notice, such as dated appliances. Here are a few guidelines our real estate agents give for when you should upgrade your kitchen appliances, based on the homes they see regularly.
As we move into the waning days of 2020, Richmond homes for sale are still getting plenty of attention from buyers. For all kinds of reasons, people from around the country are learning what our real estate agents already knew: Richmond is the place to be in 2021!
Let's look at seven of the biggest reasons why:
The holidays are right around the corner — have you put in your cookie order yet? Though our real estate agents love baking cookies, this is one of those years where we could all use one less to-do on our plates. Instead of baking yourself into a frenzy, order holiday cookies from these Richmond area bakeries.
With the end of the year approaching, prospective homebuyers have holiday cheer on their minds as they tour Richmond homes for sale. This doesn't mean you should make your home into a replica of the North Pole though! Successfully staging your home for the holidays takes subtlety and class. Here are a few tips for tastefully staging your home for the holidays.
The weather around Richmond is cooling down, and our real estate agents are ready to cozy up for the winter. One of the best ways to embrace and enjoy the seasonal shift from falling leaves to snow flurries is to grab a hot cup of cocoa when you're out and about. Next time you're spending the afternoon running errands, order up a warm cup of hot chocolate at these RVA cafes.
Fall is the prime time of the year to tackle certain home improvement projects! Not so hot and sticky outside, and you can even turn off the air conditioner, open the windows, and get some work done before the cold weather sets in.
Raise your hand if you've spent the last few months making homemade bread. If you're in the same boat as our real estate agents, then you can agree that it's time to leave it to the professionals. Thankfully, National Homemade Bread Day is right around the corner and we encourage you to visit one of these local RVA bakeries for a loaf of homemade bread on Tuesday, November 17th.
Are you ready to buy your first home? Congratulations! This is a major milestone and an awesome accomplishment that you should be proud of. Our real estate agents understand how important this decision is, and we're here to help anyone who feels ready to enter into homeownership. Get ready to buy your first home by using this helpful checklist.
With temperatures cooling, it's the perfect time to check out the soup of the day! Richmond is no stranger to delicious dining, and that of course includes fall soups. Our REALTORS® recommend these wonderful local restaurants for homemade soups that'll warm your belly and your soul during the chilly weather.
When you're in the mood for seafood, the Richmond area is the place to be. Whether you're searching for a prepared meal from expert chefs or fresh ingredients for your own home-cooked seafood feast, it's not hard to find when you call Richmond home. National Seafood Month takes place every October, providing the perfect excuse to explore Richmond's seafood scene. Our REALTORS® have all the delicious details on where you can find fresh seafood in the Richmond area for National Seafood Month this year.
Let's be honest: for java lovers like our REALTORS®, every day is coffee day. But Tuesday, September 29 has been officially declared National Coffee Day, so why not celebrate? Luckily, there are plenty of local coffee shops serving up delicious roasts in our area! Get your favorite drink or try a new one at one of these popular Carytown coffee shops around Richmond homes for sale.
For International Geocaching Day this August 15th, our REALTORS® want to introduce the fun and excitement of geocaching!
Geocaching is a hobby that's being adopted in ever greater numbers by urban adventurers near the best Richmond homes for sale. Anyone who is interested in spending more time outdoors and has a mobile device, like a smartphone, can participate.
Wouldn't it be nice to live in a city where every day felt like International Beer Day? The actual holiday falls on August 7th this year, and our REALTORS® are happy to report that Richmond's vibrant craft brewing culture means that you can celebrate in style close to home. Get ready to raise a glass, with our guide to 5 Richmond area breweries that you definitely won't want to miss.
Who wouldn't want their home to feel more spacious? You might think the only way to accomplish this would be to add onto your home, but our REALTORS® have a few other tricks up their sleeves.
Whether you're getting ready to put up your Richmond home for sale, or you just need a little extra space, these tricks will make your home feel much more open and spacious.
Organizing and decluttering can be great ways to stay productive while social distancing. The only thing more satisfying than an ultra-tidy closet, pantry, or laundry room is seeing what it looked like before it was super organized. And it doesn't need to be spring for us to get overly excited about a good clean-up and organization project. If you need a little inspiration to start your own, these tips and tricks are the perfect motivation to tidy up.
|1. Create Effective To-Do Lists
Make a habit of writing down your short and long-term goals. Then create additional to-do lists, separated by task. Listing out the steps you need to work toward your goals will help you reclaim the kind of crisp, results-oriented mindset that builds and sustains momentum.
|2. Make "Mise-En-Place" a Way Of Life
The French phrase translates literally to "put in place," and it refers to the practice of gathering all the ingredients and utensils needed before cooking a meal, then systematically cleaning your utensils and workstation as you go. Mise-en-place also beautifully focuses the mind, and, best of all, dramatically cuts down on organizational chaos.
|3. Expose Everything in Your Storage Spaces
Stacking clothes up pancake-style means you inevitably only end up wearing (and re-wearing) the few garments that land on top of the piles. The solution: Fold clothes small and tight, and store them in drawers "standing up rather than laid flat," says Marie Kondo, author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.
|4. Reuse and Repurpose
You don't have to leave the house to purchase anything for these organization projects. Get creative by repurposing shoe boxes and bank-check boxes (both lids and bottoms) as drawer dividers, or putting instruction manuals in a three-ring binder and you'll never rifle through drawers again.
|5. Hang and Stash
Hanging and stashing can make any space seem tidier. Think outside of the box when looking for creative storage solutions. A wine rack might store magazines and newspapers, while a wooden peg rack can be used to hang brushes or a blow-dryer in a bathroom.
|6. Keep Your Files Streamlined
To keep your desk and living spaces clear of papers and documents you're not currently using (both energy-sapping eyesores), try a simple, three-tiered filing system: one file drawer close at hand for current projects, another for research material you may need in a month or two, and a third for documents relating to finished projects you should hang on to for legal reasons.
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Grab your spoon! National Ice Cream Day is Sunday, July 19th, and you'd better believe that our real estate agents are ready to devour scoop after scoop! National Ice Cream Day is always the third Sunday in July (which also happens to be National Ice Cream Month) and celebrates one of our favorite desserts. Celebrate National Ice Cream Day at one of these Richmond ice cream parlors.
Now, more than ever, homeowners are interested in learning how to turn a portion of their backyard into a garden. Being able to create your own food supply is appealing, and gardening is actually much easier than you might think!
Follow these simple steps, and you'll have a flourishing garden before you know it.
There are plenty of steps you need to take when moving from home to home. With so many moving parts in motions, it's best to make a list of all the details you need to address before you change your address. Our real estate agents have helped many clients move, and we often see clients forget about the following five details that tend to fall off that list.
At Joyner Fine Properties, we care deeply about the health and well-being of our clients, our agents, our employees, and our communities. While COVID-19 has greatly impacted our way of life, we remain open for business at this time and are ready to help you in the home buying or home selling process. We continue to closely monitor guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local health officials for guidance in making informed decisions. Because we are committed to make buying and selling your home the finest experience possible, here are some of the steps we are taking:
We are dedicated to serving the community with the finest real estate experience and will continue to monitor federal, state, and local agencies' guidelines, providing updates as things change. We hope you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy during this season.
Like most major purchases, buying a home involves expenses beyond the reported sale price of the home. Some of these expenses are for processing key paperwork, and others cover measures to help you aware of potential issues with your purchase. Our real estate agents want you to be prepared for the full process of buying a home. Some expenses consist of a flat fee, such as the mortgage application or home inspection fee. Other expenses represent a percentage of the sale price. While exact figures are hard to determine before you make an offer on a specific home, knowing what these expenses are can help you estimate a figure for the assorted expenses involved.
Sure, a lot of our real estate agents are glued to the TV on March weekends catching the big games. But the fun and excitement of your full-court action are never far away here in Richmond.
There are plenty of gyms and community sports centers where you can enjoy a game or get your brand of exercise. Basketball, softball, tennis, swimming, and more are popular here.
Because the weather is so mild most of the year, you'll find plenty of indoor and outdoor courts to choose from. Plus, many communities have adult leagues and weekend teams to join. Of course, kids, teens, and twenty-somethings will find plenty of opportunities.
Let's look at five favorites for basketball in and around Richmond:
No matter how many homes you've sold, there are always new challenges to face. But if you're selling a home for the first time, those challenges can feel overwhelming. Our REALTORS® understand this, and we're here to help.
Nothing makes selling your home easier than having an experienced team on your side. If you're feeling intimidated about listing your Richmond home for sale, read on to learn some tips for selling your first home!
Give something extra sweet this Valentine's Day with some help from local chocolatiers. Treat your special someone to luscious creations from these fine chocolate shops around Richmond recommended by our REALTORS®.
There are so many things to love about calling Richmond home. While it's hard to narrow such a rich and varied city down to just a few attractions, our REALTORS® wanted to share some of our favorite things about life in Richmond. If you're in town looking at Richmond homes for sale, you'll be sure to love these things about the area!
If you're considering selling your home, you should make sure that your property is ready for potential buyers. You want your home to stand out among the other Richmond homes for sale and create a fantastic first impression. Check out a few important tasks before listing.
Have more questions about preparing your home for listing? Contact us today to make an appointment.
Do you dream of a small, intimate gathering of family and close friends or a spectacular event with hundreds of guests? Whatever your vision, see it fulfilled at one of these incredible wedding venues recommended by our real estate agents.
After the wedding, continue living the dream in your perfect Richmond home. Contact us for experienced guidance with all your real estate needs.
If you're looking to start the New Year off with a new diet plan, National Keto Day on January 5th is the perfect time to begin! What is keto? You eliminate carbohydrates from your diet so that your body burns stored glycogen first. Once it burns through the glycogen, your body moves into a stage called ketosis and begins burning excess fat away. This diet is somewhat restrictive, often limited to foods like dairy, nuts, low-carbohydrate veggies, sustainably-raised meats, and healthy fats.
Unsure of how to prepare your meals for your keto diet? You're in luck! Our real estate agents have found six restaurants featuring low carb dining in Richmond for you to give it a try!
Sweet, fruity sangria is refreshing on a warm summer day, but its versatility makes it a delightful beverage year-round. Raise a glass in honor of National Sangria Day on Friday, December 20, at one of these restaurants around Richmond recommended by our REALTORS®.
For most renters, owning a home is the eventual goal – it's just a matter of when to make the leap. Whether you've always wanted to own a home or you're simply growing tired of renting, there are plenty of signs to tell you that now is the time. Our REALTORS® are here to help you decide, with signs that you may be ready to buy a home.
Do You Daydream of Your Own Home?
Sometimes, the signs are straightforward. When you find yourself going online frequently to scout out Richmond homes for sale and dreaming, it's time to start thinking about turning that dream into reality. If you can already afford a monthly rent payment and your credit is in good shape, a mortgage may be more within reach than you expect.
Family on the Way
Whether you're transitioning from single to married life or expecting a child, sometimes life changes are the perfect motivation to move from renting to owning. Maybe you want additional space to accommodate a family or a place to settle down in a great school district. Either way, it may be time to buy.
Grab your favorite walking stick and lace up your most comfortable pair of walking shoes — National Take A Hike Day is November 17th! Join our REALTORS® on this beautiful Sunday afternoon for a hike along some of the best trails in the Richmond area. There's nothing like a day spent outdoors, especially when you're exploring the gorgeous greenspaces around Virginia. Here are six of our favorite trails to check out on National Take A Hike Day.
The holiday season is filled with fun and festivities. While some people are shopping for presents to put under the tree, others are looking at Richmond homes for sale for a new place to put their tree. To help you get the attention of prospective home buyers during the holiday season, we recommend the following home staging strategies.
At Joyner Fine, we're excited about the wonderful opportunities offered by the Richmond, VA area. Our real estate agents are always hard at work showing home buyers like you the very best Richmond homes for sale.
With a thriving economy and world-class amenities, there's never been a better time to move to Richmond. The cornerstone of the Greater Richmond Region (home to 1.2 million people), this state capital combines historic charm with a vision for the future.
Sometimes, cities offer the right combination of factors to become the new "it" location overnight. Fueled by its vibrant economy and diverse population, Richmond has been growing. There are plenty of reasons you should consider it as your next home.
There are many beautiful Richmond homes for sale that will certainly make you fall in love at first sight. If you're like some homeowners, you'll opt to purchase your dream home before selling your current house. It's not uncommon to list a vacant property. While your home is listed, ensure you maintain the condition of the home and present potential buyers with an attractive space they can call their own.
Our real estate agents have years of experience helping homeowners sell their empty houses and compiled this list of helpful tips.
Fall is the perfect time of year to shop til you drop. Whether you're starting your back to school shopping or looking for something for yourself, Richmond has shopping centers and boutiques to help you find what you need. You can find Richmond homes for sale to keep you close to everything Richmond has to offer.
America has traditionally been known as the land of plenty, but sadly, a number of men, women, and children go to bed hungry each night. Join our REALTORS® in observing National Food Bank Day on Friday, September 6 with a donation to one of these Richmond area food pantries.
Two locally owned and operated firms are joining forces to better serve home buyers and sellers in the Richmond area. This partnership gives Joyner Fine Properties additional resources to ensure it remains the market leader in the face of growing competition which includes national real estate companies and franchises. Joyner Fine properties will retain its distinct brand and culture and continue to operate independently.
Joyner Fine Properties and Virginia Credit Union will each continue to operate normally - it's business as usual. And our business is to serve the real estate needs of Richmonders with the highest quality and excellence. For our current clients and customers, there is no interruption and our processes and marketing remains the same.
For more information about Joyner Fine Properties, please see our "About" page: https://www.joynerfineproperties.com/about
For more information about Virginia Credit Union, please visit: https://www.vacu.org/
Your best friends are always there to celebrate the highs and cheer you up during the lows. August 1 is National Girlfriends Day, so show your gal pals how much you love and appreciate them with an outing to one of these great places around Richmond suggested by our REALTORS®.
This week in RVA there are a few special sporting events for your calendars!
Second in town, we have the 2019 World Overall Flying Disc Championships! Today the disc-related events are out in West Creek but will be moving closer to town starting tomorrow. Check out their schedule for a list of all the events!
On Saturday, July 13th at 7PM the Richmond Kickers will have a home game at the City Stadium. They will be battling North Texas SC and the game will be shown on WTVR CBS 6.3, ESPN+. Click here for tickets.
Last but not least, we have the IQA Pan-American Games for 2019! The IQA Pan-American Games 2019 is co-hosted by the International Quidditch Association, Richmond Region Tourism, and US Quidditch (USQ). It is being held July 13-14, 2019 in Glover Park in Richmond, Virginia. The event is co-hosted by the International Quidditch Association and US Quidditch, in conjunction with Richmond Region Tourism.
Admission is free and spectators can RSVP on Eventbrite to receive event updates and information. All games will be livestreamed.
Donating unused and unwanted items pays benefits beyond a clean, orderly home. Contributions help support deserving organizations and keep trash out of landfills. In honor of National Give Something Away Day on July 15, our REALTORS® take a look at six donation centers in the Richmond area to declutter your home.
Now that summer is here, are you dreading the first time you hear those inevitable words, "I'm bored?" In honor of National Anti-Boredom Month in July, our REALTORS® share this list of fun kids' activities in the Richmond area.
Vinyl is back and bigger than you'd ever believe! Once reduced to bargain-bin burial in thrift stores, vinyl records have been enjoying a resurgence over the last decade. Though some thought that this fad would fall flat after a brief bump, today's sales numbers don't lie — buying vinyl isn't a trend. Whether fans are scooping up printings of the newest releases from their favorite bands or thumbing through boxes of used titles at resale shops in search of songs from decades prior, the demand for vinyl continues to rise.
Thankfully, the RVA has plenty of shops ready to feed our vinyl needs. Join our REALTORS® on the hunt for that limited press at one of our favorite vinyl shops in Richmond.
Buying a house should never be entered into lightly, and often many potential buyers may not realize just how much work it actually takes or the process involved. Doing as much research as possible can help determine exactly what is needed and required, to put a buyer in the best possible position to make a purchase.
Here are ten (10) great ways to help you identify the point at which making a home purchase becomes feasible for you:
1) Little to no credit card debt
When you're trying to get a mortgage, perhaps the most important aspect of doing so is getting your credit card debt reduced as close to zero as possible, according to Money Under 30. That's true for two reasons. First, the size of your credit card balances relative to your limits makes up a significant portion of your credit score. Second, lenders look at debt-to-income ratio. As long as you're carrying relatively small balances from one month to the next (or ideally, not carrying a balance at all), you'll be in good shape.
2) All other loans paid off
One of the biggest hurdles for the millennial generation when it comes to being financially capable of buying a home is student loans. It may not be wise to try to buy until your loan balances under control. That doesn't mean they have to be paid off in full, but they certainly need to be somewhat small relative to your income.
3) Tens of thousands of dollars in savings
If you're trying to buy a home in today's market, you'll almost certainly need to make a sizable down payment. While it's possible to get mortgages with down payment requirements as low as 3 percent, the added long-term expense could end up costing you significantly over the life of the loan. Making as large a down payment as possible is going to keep your borrowing costs down.
4) A rainy day fund
In addition to the money that will go toward your down payment, it's vital to have some additional money saved just in case something goes wrong with the home, according to Mint. As a general rule, having about $1 per square foot - or 1 percent of the purchase price - in the bank will help cover some basic expenses you're likely to encounter after your home purchase.
5) A long-term plan
Whether you're buying a home for a whole family or as a single person, you need to know what your situation is going to look like two, five, 10 or even 20 years down the road. That will inform a lot of decisions about the kinds of homes you're looking to purchase - i.e. not buying a small one that you'll have to move out of in a few years when you have kids - and how much work you'll have to put in to make sure your finances are in good enough shape to do so.
6) Reliable income
Lenders also want to make sure you're going to be able to keep up with your mortgage payments in the long term, so a steady job is a must, according to Credit Sesame. While no one can predict their employers' future with 100 percent accuracy, it might not be a good idea to go house hunting at a time of turmoil. As long as you're fairly confident in your position, shopping should be no problem.
7) A comfortable cushion
One issue some homeowners encounter after buying a home is they've pushed themselves so far financially trying to get ready for the real estate sales process that they come out the other side in rough financial shape. Being "house poor" means people own a house but otherwise struggle financially because of the cost of that property. You'll need to make sure you're not buying too much house or else risk running into other financial problems even if you can technically afford the mortgage and other costs.
8) An understanding of what constitutes affordability
Along similar lines, it's vital to not only factor in the cost of the mortgage, taxes and so on themselves, but also other expenses. This may include higher electric and heating bills that come with living in a bigger space, more costly insurance coverage (especially if your new home is in an area prone to flooding) and so on. Sitting down and doing the math around the true cost of homeownership will help you avoid being house poor or running into expenses you might not have realized will crop up
9) A list of must-haves and nice-to-haves
When people actually start shopping for homes, it can be easy to fall in love with certain properties, according to Forbes. However, while it would be nice to have a state-of-the-art kitchen with stainless steel appliances, it's probably going to be expensive and not necessary to your happiness in the home. Having a list of things that you will absolutely need out of your new property - big backyard for the kids, finished basement for a home office, etc. - will inform your choices and help you get a better idea of what you can actually afford.
10) A talented and experienced agent
The key role of real estate professionals in every portion of the process cannot be overstated. They will be able to help first-time buyers as well as those who have previously been through the process get as prepared as possible so they can maximize their understanding and the value they get out of buying a home. Experienced agents have likely seen it all and can help shepherd any client through a sale - as either buyers or sellers - with ease.
Buying a home is usually going to be the biggest purchase anyone makes in their entire lives, so it's important to put in a lot of legwork - over a period of months or more - to ensure things go as smoothly as possible at each step of the shopping process. That, in turn, will help you feel more confident in your ability to make a purchase with confidence that you've done everything right.
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Get ready for the sweetest Friday ever — National Doughnut Day is June 7! Our REALTORS® are sprinkled with joy at the thought of chomping down on a box of our area's best doughnuts. These six shops throughout the RVA are the perfect places to stop on National Doughnut Day.
Memorial Day is May 27. Our REALTORS® know that Memorial Day Weekend is a busy time for our residents. With parades, festivals, ceremonies and other events happening around town, you've got quite the options to fill your weekend with fun. Here is our pick of five great activities you and your family can attend this Memorial Day weekend.
With Memorial Day almost here– giving way to the fast approaching summer - homeowners are encouraged to make preparations were necessary to ensure their homes are ready for the hot weather.
Here are five (5) tips to make sure your home and family will be in the best shape possible:
1) A/C Check and Maintenance
Whether your home has a central air conditioning system or window units you'll install when the weather gets a little hotter, you have to make sure they're in good shape, according to Insurance Hub. After all, if they're going to get dozens of hours of use every week for the next several months, having them in good working condition is a must not just so they work properly, but also so they're safe.
You'll also need to check and potentially replace the air filters on all units.
2) Clean your fans thoroughly
Along similar lines, if your home has ceiling or box fans you plan to use, you'll need to clean the blades carefully. That's because lots of dust builds up on them if they're not used throughout the fall and winter, and it can make them run less efficiently and propel dust around a home. That's not just a pain to clean, but lots of dust particles can also be a health risk if there's enough of it lying around.
3) Check the attic and basement
Spring is a time when a lot of moisture can build up in a short period, thanks to rain, condensation and so on. That can really do a number on your roof, foundation or both, so you'll need to carefully inspect these spaces for any sign of dampness. This may point to a bigger issue you'll need to fix, but that kind of check is vital to make sure problems don't get worse over the course of the summer.
4) Maintain your yard and the tools it needs
A big part of summer is tending to your lawn, garden, trees and so on, and you'll need to make sure you know how to properly care for all of them, according to Liberty Mutual. Of course, in addition to the know-how, you also have to have the right equipment, whether that's a freshly tuned-up lawnmower or gardening tools. If, after a long winter, they need to be cleaned, sharpened or otherwise better maintained, now is the time to do it.
5) Keep gutters clear
While April showers have already given way to May flowers, you're certainly not out of the woods yet when it comes to heavy spring and summer rains. While you likely cleared out the gutters already, once winter came to an end, giving them another check well after spring has sprung is always a good idea. This can help you identify potential issues, including leaks in the gutters or downspouts, that make the systems less effective than they otherwise should be.
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May is the perfect time to be a bicyclist and Richmond is the ideal place to ride! The League of American Bicyclists sponsors National Bike Month each year during May. The month also features National Bike to Work Week (and National Bike to Work Day for those who don't want to risk getting caught in a spring shower). Our REALTORS® love telling clients about all of the wonderful things to do and see in our community. Why not start by exploring Richmond on two wheels with this list of six top bike trails.
Spring is back in Virginia, and that means one thing for thrill-seeking families: Kings Dominion is back too. Our state's biggest amusement park opened for the season on March 30, and its rides and interactive attractions just might be the most exciting things between Richmond and Washington, D.C. If your family is looking at Richmond homes for sale, head north to Doswell for a preview of the adventures you could have all summer long.
What makes Kings Dominion Amusement Park so much fun for Virginia families? Here are some of our favorite things to do while visiting this 400-acre playground:
At Joyner Fine Properties, our REALTORS® won't rest until you have the chance to move into one of the most appealing Richmond homes for sale. We'll help you find your Richmond dream home so you can enjoy all that this amazing, historic city has to offer.
And one of the main attractions: Delectable gourmet food.
If you're in town to look at homes, you should make time to try out some of the best local specialties. Chesapeake Bay blue crab is the headliner when it comes to Virginia's seafood, but you won't want to miss out on our oysters – or the snacks of freshly roasted peanuts.
But the menu doesn't start and end with seafood. Not by a long shot!
You'll find many different cuisines ready to enjoy when you take a closer look at the dining scene in Richmond. Our team has picked out five of our favorite places for dinner, lunch, or just about any time.
If you are considering a move to Richmond, Virginia--a.k.a., the RVA--you'll soon come to understand there's much more to love about our hometown than just being the capital city of Virginia. Our REALTORS® are sure that after we introduce you to the community, you'll understand what we already know: Buying one of our Richmond homes for sale is an amazing idea. The following are nine reasons why Richmond is considered a southern treasure.
Richmond Makes the Right "Great Places to Live" Lists – Our city has made a lot of lists in recent years. It has been hailed as the "most content area" in America by the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research, one of the best places to find employment by Forbes, and one of the world's top destinations by Frommer's, to name just a few of its accolades.