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Who doesn't love a well manicured lawn teeming with birds and wildlife? Spring is the time to begin enjoying it and nurturing your little piece of heaven. Lawns are a home for insects, worms, birds, and hidden invertebrates. A healthy lawn helps rainwater to drain away, prevents erosion, reduces noise, and creates a cooling effect while adding visual appeal. Want to sip on a cup of coffee in the early morning as you watch the bees and butterflies buzz among branches and bushes? Here are 8 ways that you can enjoy the benefits of having a beautiful lawn while also nourishing local wildlife.


  1. A gentle spring raking with a flexible leaf rake, once the lawn is lush and green, can help mitigate snow mold and remove t...

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April showers bring May flowers…and many home care opportunities. This is a great time to check on gutters, downspouts, rain barrels, foundational cracks, and windows. 


Did you know that for every inch of rainfall on a 1000 square foot roof, 600 gallons of water can collect? If you collect water in a rain barrel, you can reuse it for irrigating ornamental trees, lawn, and flowers; washing your vehicles; rinsing out recyclable containers before tossing them into the bin; and spraying down your walkways. 


Rainy spring days are a good time to check on the basement and crawlspace. Water stains along the wall and floor, excess moisture, or mold can be good indicators that you need to lo...

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"Spring is here and it's finally beginning to feel like it! With more pleasant weather, sunshine, and blooming flowers; many of us are tempted to open up our windows to clear out the old stuffy air and bring in the fresh scents of the season. Virginia is blessed with a plethora of fragrant native plants that you'll enjoy all season long.


This is a great time to do some spring cleaning by wiping out the inside and outside of those ledges, vacuuming out dust or webs that have formed over the winter, and identifying any damaged areas that need repair. 


All of this breezy air and dust stirring can irritate our allergies, though! It might help to pick up an essential oil diffuser so that you can support y...

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I've been thinking a lot about my family, friends, clients past and present, and colleagues over the past few days, and I wanted to take this opportunity to reach out and see how everyone's doing. 

It's been about a week and a half since we were instructed by federal and state governments to begin taking significant measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus. What that looks like is different for different people, but nonetheless, it's turned our lives upside down and been the source of great disruption and anxiety for most people. 

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It's hard to believe that we're nearly halfway into January. The way the holidays fell on the calendar, it felt like we were sprinting from Thanksgiving to the start of the new year! I had seven closings in December, which was a fun, busy and satisfying way to end 2019. I'm looking forward to carrying that momentum right through into the busy spring and summer seasons. Congratulations to all those clients who accomplished their real estate goals this year, and thank you for your business. It was my pleasure to work with you, and I look forward to our next transaction. 

The Roanoke Valley market finished strong, too. The

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On average, homeowners spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars heating their homes every winter. Fuel — no matter what kind you use — isn't getting any cheaper. Even in the Roanoke Valley, where our climate is fairly mild, we get some cold, cold days during winter, when your heating system has to work hard to keep up.

Depending on your current system and your budget, there are some easy and not-so-easy improvements that can help bring your costs down. The right answer for your home is probably a combination of improvements rather than a silver bullet. 

Start with an inspection

If you feel like your heating system runs a...

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When you start researching real estate investment opportunities, you'll want to consider the different types of investments to determine how to begin your strategy. Each type of investment requires a slightly different approach, but every one goes back to our three core investment principals: 

1. Buy at the right price.
2. Renovate at the right price.
3. Sell/lease at the right price. 

As you're learning about the different types of investments available, keep our primary goals in mind. 

Residential real estate

As the name implies, these are investments in properties that are meant for residential living, including: 

  • Single family ...

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